Portsmouth Brewing Red Bird Ale | Portsmouth Brewing Co. / Mault's Brewpub

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Brewed by:
Portsmouth Brewing Co. / Mault's Brewpub
Ohio, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

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Added by AtLagerHeads on 10-13-2003

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Ratings: 29 |  Reviews: 11
Photo of dirtyharry2489
1.98/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

Photo of seanote
2.84/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of iwashmycar
1.29/5  rDev -55.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.5

Poured from bottle into what I had on hand. More of a snifter shaped glass. Does have a really nice Amber color. Head dissolves quickly and what little lace goes shortly thereafter. Smell is bitter and grainy. Taste follows with bitter pennies and hay. Mouthfeel is watery and leaves an extra bitter aftertaste. Bought it from a neighborhood market since they sell local (state) brews. This one was a mistake. I will note I tried one last night right from a bottle and the bottle tasted ten times more bitter. Almost as if the cap left it on the lip of the bottle. Yuck.

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Photo of Rudes
2.99/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of cbusbeerlover
2.24/5  rDev -22.8%

Photo of grues
3.75/5  rDev +29.3%

Photo of reedmn
3.75/5  rDev +29.3%

Photo of elkinbrown
3.75/5  rDev +29.3%

Photo of DarenIke
3/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of bakerca
3.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of mrfrancis
3/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of bigbluebeerguy
3/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of chinchill
3.68/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This is actually a Calif Common: "A classic steam ale, dating back to the early 1800's". In any case, a very well crafted beer and, unlike their flagship pilsner, not lacking in hops. Medium-light amber with exceptional clarity. It has a head with nice size, density and durability, and it leaves an abundance of lacing. Medium-light body with very good, medium carbonation. Smooth.

O: Very good to excellent for style.

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Photo of duff247
3/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of mikepcarney
3/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of JRod6242
3/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of 440kk
3.5/5  rDev +20.7%

Photo of Kahmal
3/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of PDXHops
1.45/5  rDev -50%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

12 ounce bottle from Ryan011235, poured into a LaChouffe tulip. The body's a hue that just barely qualifies for the lowest end of the "amber" scale. A modest head at the time of the pour becomes an even more modest wispy layer by the time I sit down. No lacing.

A rather boring nose of husky grains, pale malt sweetness and half-baked bread. As it warms, some somewhat artificial aromas sneak in there. Ridiculously fizzy carbonation and a metallic/seltzer combo have me thinking "plop, plop, fizz, fizz". (And I reckon I may have dated myself with that particular commercial jingle reference...) Canned corn sweetness, cardboard and pennies. It's rare that you run into an amber ale (perhaps the most unf###uppable of styles) that's damned near undrinkable. My first ridiculously mediocre amber homebrew was miles better than this.

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Photo of xdefeatsy
2.75/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of wodanick
3.43/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a good representation of a red ale, much better than the mainstream representations on the market. A hint of bitterness with an overwhelming taste of grain. A highly drinkable beer, something I have not been able to find in the red category. Has a tobacco-like taste (which I highly enjoy). Not very sweet, but doesn't leave a nasty bitter flavor when it's done. Aftertaste is pleasant, something that usually fails beers in my opinion. This is my second favorite from the Mault brothers.

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Photo of Ryan011235
1.33/5  rDev -54.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Poured into an A-B flute on 7/29/12

Tobacco and honey hued with a two finger head that doesn't last, save for a thin layer. No lace.

This smells pretty dismal, much like corn syrup, cereal grains, candy, bread and over caramelized sugars. The taste and feel are inseparable - watery, thin and metallic. Caramel bread water and corn are riddled with loose, fizzy carbonation. Weird, tangy fruit notions as it warms. Halfway through the glass the finish picks up a coating feel.

This beer keeps getting worse with each drink; an utter failure.

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Photo of Irish7r
4.5/5  rDev +55.2%

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.17/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Red Bird Ale has a very thick, fluffy, off-white head and a clear, copper appearance, with minimal lacing. The aroma is sweet, fruity, floral, and aromatic, and this, as it turns out, is this beer’s strong suit. Taste is, initially, malty, semi-sweet, woody, menthol, and hoppy, but as one drinks it down, this beers presents astringent, detergent, sour, and other, indistinguishable and unpleasant, flavor notes. Mouthfeel is light to medium and soft, and the finish is quite dry. Overall, this ale just does not hold up and has too many nasty aspects.


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Photo of rabsten
3.45/5  rDev +19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Again, the sanitizing solution this place uses on the glasses kills any chance at a head so appearance is based on the body only. Nice red-amber with some carbonation. Would probably be a pretty beer if handled correctly.

Malt and noble hops in the nose, but not much of either. Still, the combo works...

Flavor leans more towards the Amber Ale than the Red. Iced tea noble flavor over the malt, with was somewhat roasted. Again, it was good but not great.

Decent moutheel: round enough to fill palate with some residual crispness, something I noticed in the Pilsner they have. Decently drinkable.

Another good but not great entry from Portsmouth Brewing. Worth a glass if you're there. Or, better, get a growler and pour it into something proper and clean. It'll be a better beer for it.

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Portsmouth Brewing Red Bird Ale from Portsmouth Brewing Co. / Mault's Brewpub
2.9 out of 5 based on 29 ratings.
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