Portsmouth Carlyle Cream Ale | Portsmouth Brewery

BA SCORE
85
very good
35 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score
Send samples
Portsmouth Carlyle Cream AlePortsmouth Carlyle Cream Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Portsmouth Brewery
New Hampshire, United States
portsmouthbrewery.com

Style: Cream Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
A smooth straw colored ale. One of America’s two hybrid styles. This beer is fermented cool to produce a crisp, light-bodied, clean tasting ale.

Added by Bierman9 on 02-17-2004

BEER STATS
Ratings:
35
Reviews:
21
Avg:
3.81
pDev:
9.97%
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
1
For Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | nextlast
Ratings: 35 |  Reviews: 21
Photo of rderedin
3.15/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of sgregory
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mklisz
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of psweendogg
3.67/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Fettpopps
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of johnnnniee
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from the brewery shop.
Pours a medium golden color with a huge creamy bubbly bone white head that persists forever. Aromas of floral and earthy hops with a fair amount of bready pilsner maltiness and a light touch of fruit and corn. The flavor is clean bready with a touch of honey and corn on the malt side with a solid shot of earthy hop flavor. Light hop bitterness is present but doesn't let this on skew from the malty side. Light to medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet sugar watery mouthfeel. Solid cream ale, I really enjoyed this!

 570 characters

Photo of nebula1999
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of EatonHops
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

Photo of Rifugium
3.13/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

First had: on tap at Portsmouth

Poured a clear golden-yellow color with a thin white head; no mentionable retention or lacing. Light crackery aroma, toasted grain, a touch of citrus. Taste of pale malts, toasted grain, light citrusy hops. Pretty basic, pretty typical for the style. Light body, easy drinkability, but overall lacking. Not bad for a cream ale, but just really not my thing.

 390 characters

Photo of
4.75/5  rDev +24.7%

You had this beer. Write a review.

Photo of cliff1066
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of kristiekatk
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at the Portsmouth Brewery in December 2012.

Pours a light orange/golden color. Nose is toasted grains, a mild hop presence, and a light fruitiness. There is a malty sweetness to this beer, but it is very subdued. Nice balance. Smooth, crisp, with a light-medium body. Very easy drinking beer. If you're looking for a simple beer to have with dinner, or to drink a few of, this is definitely the choice at the brewery.

 435 characters

Photo of fitz284
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When we picked up this bottle, they told us it was brewed for 2012 Craft Beer Week, but after entering it into the BA database as a unique beer, it was marked duplicate, so I am moving th review to the original brew listing. The beer is a pale, slightly hazy, orange-copper coloring with a slim, white head that quickly settles out into a filmy topper. Aromas of roasty sweet cream and a toasty backbone. Flavors are smooth and rich, with a creamy flavor throughout and some buttery highlights. The body is midbodied and very smooth. There is a roasted, rich aftertaste leading to a slow, smooth finish. Tasty brew, and very easy to drink.

 639 characters

Photo of Rhettroactive
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of LambicKing
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of Stockfan42
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of jneiswender
4.21/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had as part of a beer sampler tray at the brewpub. Served in a 3oz sample glass.

A-Goldenrod color with a ringed white head.

S-cereal smell

T-Corn and grain flavor, light hops finish

M-medium light mouthfeel

D-This an incredible session beer. Great full flavor beer but not too filling.

 291 characters

Photo of BeerTruth
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this at the brewery.

22 oz. bottle poured into a nonic.

A somewhat murky golden corn color with an almost one finger head that quickly dies down to a thin layer of multiple sized bubbles. Tiny bit of lacing left behind, but nothing too spectacular. Smell is a lemon zest with a white bread aroma. Some pepper and butter like scents emerge as well. Very light floral tastes up front with a bit of buttery biscuit flavors. Creamy pale malt on the tongue with a lemon/wheat like aftertaste. Taste follows up the smell quite well. Mouthfeel is a creamy light body with a soft carbonation. A style that seems to be overlooked, but I'm starting to really appreciate. Very good representation of the Cream Ale. I have some HaverAle I look forward to having soon as well.

 769 characters

Photo of YonderWanderer
3.38/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a light golden color, almost straw, with a bit of orange. A thin layer of foam disappears quickly, and there's virtually no lacing on the glass.

S: A bit of caramel and biscuit, with a touch of hops. Not much here though.

T: A solid malt backbone with some sweetness and bread to it. A faint hint of spicy hops comes through. Nothing spectacular, but good.

M: Nicely carbonated, with a nice crisp finish.

D: This is a good session beer. It's not something I'd go back to often personally, but it's a good example of the style, and pretty drinkable. A decent offering from a great brewery.

 601 characters

Photo of oberon
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brew pub, came to the table in a standard pint glass a light golden with just a hint of orange tint a thin wispy head atop.Mild aromas a bit of toasted grain and floral hop with an underlying fruity sweetness,nice mix of hops and malt going on firm lightly sweet bready malt leading into a lightly hopped leafy finish.Just solid easy drinking no frills cream ale there are no flaws but just interesting enough to order another and its food friendly.

 463 characters

Photo of kimcgolf
3.37/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought this bomber at the brewery. Poured to a light golden orange with thin off-white head that lasted awhile and left little lacing. Nose was a mild floral hop, and the mouthfeel of this medium bodied beer was a bit on the thin side. Flavor followed the mild floral hop theme and the finish was medium short and unremarkable.

Not a bad session beer, but nothing great either.

 378 characters

Photo of scarletfire79
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

straw colored. you can smell a sweet buttery malty aroma from the glass. it's really nice. almost butterscotch notes. the taste is balanced and nice. slightly filling but very smooth. not really a favorite style of mine but i could drink quite a few of these.

 259 characters

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz. bottle, which was purchased on 6/23/07 from the brewpub and consumed on 6/28/07, into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color with a medium white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is bready but light with a little malt sweetness, some spice and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out malty and sweet but still very light. There’s a mild but complimentary hops presence that comes in provides a nice balance. The after-taste is sweet and slightly bready.

M: Very smooth with a little crispness, very light body, medium carbonation, clean finish.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not filling at all, not much of a kick though but that’s normal for a Cream Ale, good representation of style, this beer is definitely the one to stick with if you want something easy-to-drink and not too strong. Personally, I don’t look for that sort of thing often, but this would be one of my top choices if I were.

 988 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | nextlast
Portsmouth Carlyle Cream Ale from Portsmouth Brewery
3.81 out of 5 based on 35 ratings.
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.

    Learn More
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.

    Learn More
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.

    Learn More