Portsmouth Whipper Snapper American Mild - Portsmouth Brewery

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Portsmouth Whipper Snapper American Mild
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86
very good

69 Ratings
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Ratings: 69
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 9.61%
Wants: 4
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Portsmouth Brewery visit their website
New Hampshire, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Hardly a mild beer! With big hop flavor & aroma, this light colored, medium-bodied ale is big in flavor & highly sessionable.

(Beer added by: gentlebubbles on 05-01-2005)
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Photo of smcolw
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not much head even on the initial pour. Cloudy orange, dirty gold color.

Very mild aroma (the glass may be dirty). Low hop.

Much stronger hop flavor, it's almost to the IPA level. Decent body with a surprisingly high carbonation. Long puckering aftertaste.

Photo of BaconCheeseburg
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of ILiveOffHops
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of mdaschaf
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Portsmouth, review from notes.

A: Pours a hazy orange with a small white head with a medium retention and decent lacing.

S: Very fruity aroma with tons of citrus, orange, grapefruit, and tropical fruits. Very aromatic for 4%.

T: Similar to the aroma, maybe a touch less intense, but lots of citrus fruit, orange, and grapefruit again. Some light bready malt shows itself as well.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Very easy drinking.

O: Really liked this beer, very impressed with the flavors imparted at only 4%. Would definitely order this beer again.

Photo of raythealeman
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of inlimbo77
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle. No dating, but this was purchased at the brewpub on Kate day '12. Poured this into a Deschutes tulip.

A: Hazy light orange yellow color. Low carbonation, about a quarter finger soapy white head. Swirls up creates more. Some lacing bits. Tight bubbles off bottom of glass.

S: Smells of mild pine, and the some fruits. Peach. Marmalade. Maybe some citrus notes as well.

T: Some bitterness on the tip of the tongue. It's a really balanced pale. No one note over powers. I get some of that marmalade and caramel malt. Fairly weak flavors. Dry normal finish.

M: Light to medium bodied.

O: Eh, it's ok. With so many great pales on the market now, I'd probably reach for something else before this one.

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a tumbler pint, the beer is a hazy, bright, honey-gold coloring with a slight film sparsely coating the surface. Aromas are citrusy sweet, with highlights of grapefruit and lime, blending across a subtle, resiny and spiced hops profile. Flavors are more roasted initially, but that quickly transitions into a tangy sweet and hoppy blending that blossoms from a toasted cereal backbone. The aftertaste is more of the grainy, toasted cereal flavors, with a buttery highlight and slight hopping. Smooth transition of flavors, and a fairly clean finish with some tangy and resiny hops residue clinging on at the end. Tasty brew, very easy to drink and very sessionable.

Photo of smutty33
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of phingdong
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of mdfb79
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 12/22/11 notes. Big thanks to joepais for sending this one my way; thanks Joe! Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into my Duvel tulip.

a - Pours a murky bright orange color with two fingers of fluffy off white head and moderate carbonation evident. Some spotty lacing left on the glass, and the head lasts for several minutes.

s - Smells of oranges, citrus hop, floral hops, grapefruit, tropical fruits, and lightly toasted
malts. Very nice hoppy nose.

t - Tastes of citrus hops, floral hops, grapefruit, oranges, lemons, fruity malts, bready malts, and tropical fruits. taste is lightly bitter, but not much at all. Again, very nice.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Very easy to drink.

o - Overall I thought this was a really nice beer. Very hoppy and fruity, and very easy to drink the whole 22 oz. bottle by myself. A beer I would certainly pick up a lot if I lived by the brewery.

Photo of jlindros
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tap at brew pub.

Light fizzy head, no real lacing, hazy golden wheat orange color.

Nose light floral fruity hops, citrus, plenty of grapefruit, centennial or cascade hops I think, no malts.

Taste starts with more hops, light floral, citrus and grapefruit, light tangerine and orange rind, bit grassy, decent bitterness, light dry many like taste. Juicy as well. Finishes with a bit spicy hops, a bit more biter and dry, chewy and citrus hops, long lingering bitterness.

Mouth is lighter bodied, good carb.

Overall not bad, not quite sure I would call it a mild, more like lighter apa, quite big on hops and very light on malts, but drinkable and sessionable.

Photo of sethmeister
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Growler filled at the brewery yesterday.

orange - golden hazed body with a tight ecru head which drops quickly but not before lacing the glass with soapy rings

scent is faint citrus and earthy

taste is dry biscuity / crackery malt with a hint of grapefruit and citrus hops and a light bitterness which builds slowly

light side of medium body

drinkability is excellent

Nothing spectacular but at 4% abv this does make a lovely session ale

Photo of sinstaineddemon
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - dark orangeish brown in color, the pour wells up a half finger of creamy white head that laces swiftly, steady carbonation

S - mild, yet distinctinve hop aroma, piney/mango

T - the taste brings out the hops far more than the aroma, strong and piney, some earthy mustiness in the finish

M&D - clean and crisp, refreshing, and easy to drink for the strength of the hop profile. my first beer from Portsmouth (other than samples at EBF) and it does not disappoint

Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of johnnnniee
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this today at the brewery.
Pours a slightly cloudy deep golden color with a thinnish white head that displays minimal retention and moderate lace. Smell is a nice balance of citrus and earthy hops with a smattering of bready sweet malt. Taste follows the smell fairly well. Medium to thin body, moderate level of carbonation, sticky resinous mouthfeel. Nice little session ale I could have sat there all day drinking these if I lived closer.

Photo of randomdanger
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of tigg924
3.4/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had on tap at the brewery..served into a pint glass

Appearance: minimal head, golden-amber in color, clear, moderate carbonation

Smell: piney hops

Taste: sweet caramel start followed by piney/citrusy hops

Mouthfeel: moderate carbonation, light bodied, sweet start with a bitter middle that fades slowly

Overall: A decent light and hoppy beer with a slight kick. Several of Portsmouth’s beers blow me away. This one is way more subtle. Worth a try, but not worth a drive up for.

Photo of readbaron
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a crisp golden yellow - with a bit of an orange tint and a tiny bit of head. No lacing and limited retention.

Smells good. An initial burst of hops, then lots of rich, buiscutty malts, and a bit of earthy grass.

Taste is also quite nice - more malty than hoppy, but there are enough piney hops in there to give it some complexity and balance. Finishes fairly smooth - just a hint of hoppy bitterness.

Mouthfeel is good - crisp, dry, well carbonated, body is on the lighter side.

Overall - a good, easy-drinking summer offering. I don't think this is an IPA (American Mild makes perfect sense to me). Portsmouth continues to impress. If it were available locally, I'd be happier.

Photo of DefenCorps
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shared by Thorpe429 the other night, celebrating TurdFurgison's visit to DC. Thanks, Mike!

Clear orange with a dense, white head that recedes to a ring, leaving little lace. The nose is excellent. Light toffee, toasted grains, a little caramel, a mild hop character, green and grassy with a little bit of fruit, this is excellent. I particularly love the toffee character here. The palate opens medium in body with a wonderful blend of toffee, caramel and toast. A mild fruitiness is present as well, it's almost like a blend of English and American ale yeasts were used here. There's a hop component to the fruitiness as well, with a blend of citrus and floral flavors. Drying on the finish with toffee and a mild hop bitterness, this is excellent. If this were available locally, I would drink a LOT of it.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of rpstevens. Served in a Bruery tulip.

Pours a clear light golden color with an average white head that leaves behind just a bit of lacing. The nose has a bit of light malt and light hops. Mostly floral for the latter. A bit of citrus in there as well. The flavor runs along the same lines with some floral and citrus hops. Light body with average carbonation. Slight bitterness in the finishing. Pretty good; a nice mild.

Photo of drabmuh
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Thorpe for sharing this beer with me, this has been on the short list for a while since this used to be the #1 English pale mild ale but apparently no more. Oh well, still a great beer.

Beer poured into a Bruery tulip. Beer is pretty clear and slightly orange with a thin white head that doesn't really stick around, carbonation is low to moderate. Looks good.

Aroma is really in your face hoppy. Whoa. It is pretty citrusy.

Beer is thin in body but not watery. It has a notable lack of malt character but makes up for it in a nice hoppy presence. Mostly citrus hops in the midpalate, the finish is bitter but not overly so. Decent all around, nice nearly session ale, I'd have it again. Thanks Thorpe and thanks Portsmouth.

Photo of muttyd
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bomber over the weekend.

Poured aggressively into a Portsmouth Tulip (seemed fitting?). 1/2 inch thick soapy white head forms but immediately fades into a faint white ring. The nose is filled with a pleasant grassy/floral hop presence with a sweet/fruity malt graininess. Flavor also presents a grassy/floral and more citrusy hop quality with a honey/toasted grain malt sweetness. Finishes on the dry side with a bitter hop bite. Moderate to low carbonation with a light body. Although I have never tried a traditional English pale mild, I assume this is a more American take on the style with the bigger hop presence. Very enjoyable and drinkable beer.

Photo of COBeerBuff
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Received bottle via LIF from CooperEllis...Thanks!

Appearance: In a Spiegelau tulip, a vigorous pour yields a pale straw colored beer with two fingers of bright white head. The liquid is cloudy, but it still lets a ton of light through. The head shows good retention, and the lacing is pretty solid as well.

Smell: Light bittering hops are present along with some citrus and a light malt presence as well. I'm not sure what I was expecting from the style, but the lightness of the nose took me by surprise. With each sip, I find myself holding the glass to my nose a little longer each time.

Taste: Just like the nose, the taste is sweet, citrusy, and a tiny bit bitter. I can pick out some lemon and grapefruit flavors, a touch of spice, and a little bit more piney hops, though not enough to truly move this to the Pale Ale category.

Mouthfeel: Very light. This beer really is mild. But, the crispness of the hops prevents any thoughts of comparing this to any of the lighter lagers. This beer has flavor and it lets you know, without overwhelming the palate.

Drinkability: I can't believe this beer only has 4% ABV. If this brewery were local to me, I'd drink the crap out of this beer, and that's not an understatement.

Photo of Kinsman
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Picked a 22oz bottle up from the Brewery about 2.5 weeks ago.

Pours a light amber to golden colored body with a mediocre off-white head that faded rather quickly.

Smell is hoppy for the style, and features some of the more citrusy american hop notes. A light malt sweetness is also detected.

Taste would be hard to define as a mild, but with the light malt presence and low abv, I can see where the brewers are going with this. Again, come the american hops with a vengeance, but not overly so. Really, this is more of a light bodied American Pale Ale.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp. At 4%abv, there really is not much body in this.

Overall a highly drinkable "hoppy" mild. Usually available on tap at the brewery and I try to get it everytime.

Photo of u2carew
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber.
A) Pours with a thin head that sticks around. Lacing is thin and sticky. Hazy body with upward carbonation.
S) Floral hops tones. Citrus notes - orange, grapefruit.
T) Dry grainy sweetness with subtle grapefruit tartness. As it progresses malt characters weaken as the hop bite remains consistent. In the finish the taste fades quickly.
M) The lighter side of a medium body brew. Smooth with mellow fizz.
D) Classified as a engish mild but the characteristics lean more toward an IPA. I'd have another.

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86 out of 100 based on 69 ratings.