Portsmouth Carlyle Cream Ale | Portsmouth Brewery

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Portsmouth Carlyle Cream AlePortsmouth Carlyle Cream Ale

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Portsmouth Brewery
New Hampshire, United States

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

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Photo of muffguy4beer
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Clear golden yellow color. Thin white foamy head.

Smell - Not much there in this department, sweet if anything.

Taste - Grainy taste that finishes sweet. Hops not very present.

Mouthfeel - Light body that is very smooth and CREAMy.

Drinkablility - Maybe I am not crazy about the style because I was not crazy about the beer. It came off as very average to me. Very drinkable though if you dig the style.

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Photo of bjohnson
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes.

A: Pours and extra clear golden straw color with a frothy one and a half finger white head. Nice retention on this bad boy. Fantastic lacing. Sweet lacing on this.
S: Sugary presence with a nice fruity hop note profile--lemon, apple, orange peel. Honey notes are also detected.
T/M: Light and soft with a decent level of fruity hoppyness. Slight honey and sugary notes also come through. Smooth and creamy this beer slides across the with ease. Easy drinking and very refreshing--more suited for the hot summer months methinks. Good malt background with butterscotch flavors. Grassyness in there also.
D: Yep, definitely drinkable and especially at that price ($4). You know it's going to be fresh. Cheers to Portsmouth for having another goodie.

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Photo of generationmy
4.48/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This may be one of the best ales in Portsmouth. Definitely a must try when visiting the brewery. Nice and light, with silky smooth carbonation. Superb mouthfeel and delicious taste. Left some nice lacing on the glass. This is a great starter for the night.

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Photo of WanderingFool
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

After a nice dinner at the brewpub I picked up a bottle of the cream ale to bring home. This review is from that bottle.

The beer pours a hazy honey yellow color with a creamy white head on top. A fog of small particles is seen floating in the middle of the beer. The foam fades down to a thin sheet on the beer leaving behind a fair amount of lace on the glass. An aroma of corn, honey and lemon citrus floats above the beer.

This smooth medium bodied beer has a nice soft fizz which lasts down to the last drop. The flavor begins sweet with a honey and malt. Some lemon citrus moves in towards the middle and it finishes mildly bitter with a hint of hops. It finishes dry and once gone a bit of sulpher and honey flavor lingers on the palate.

I haven't had too many cream ales, but this has got to be one of the best. My only regret was that I only bought one bottle.

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Photo of aluskungs
3.82/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had lunch at the brewery and ordered their beer sampler, and the best one I liked was to my surprise was the cream ale. So I bought a 22 oz bottle at the brewery to bring home.

Lacy light foam in my glass. You can see the carbonation bubble up through the pale yellow color. I don't like the color, a tad darker than a bud might be, but we don't drink beer for it's looks.

A sweet, malty, freshly husked corn, citrus smell is nice.

A real tasty beer. Good subtle malt flavor with just a bit of hops to keep it in check. Good balance, very drinkable. Carbonation still present even on the second glass from the bottle with only a little bit left in the bottle. Pilsner like in taste and appearance but an ale, interesting. Maybe a cross over beer for light beer drinking crowd.

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Photo of Franchise
3.57/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful golden lemon rind color, the nose is very light fluffy in character with a citrus background. The taste is refreshing the carbonation hits you first then it is followed by a malty sugary fruit essence and finishes with a hoppy character to balance the sweetness out.

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Photo of Gavage
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served on-tap at the Portsmouth brewpub. Clear pale yellow in color with a nice white 1.5" inch head. Some mild lacing develops. The aroma is of malt, bread, and a hint of lemon citrus. Flavor is a basic combination of light malts, tempered bitterness, and hint of citrus. Simple yet flavorful.

The mouthfeel is crisp and finishes creamy. Relatively clean aftertaste. Refreshing. Definitely an easy drinking brew. Bought some bottles to bring home too.

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

Sampled on tap at the brewpub in Oct. 2004.

This cream ale poured a clear, golden color with white foam that settled. The smell was lightly malty with a hint of grain and a trace of sulfur. The taste was lightly malty with some biscuit and a very faint hint of sweetness. There was a light hoppiness throughout. The mouthfeel was smooth and creamy with medium-light body and modest carbonation. This was a nice, light cream ale.

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Photo of PatandDavid
4.45/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this on tap at the brewpub yesterday and really enjoyed it. Golden in color, low head. This most interesting thing about this beer, and the most surprising, was the aroma: it had a slight sulfury nose! Not un-pleasant at all, just not smelled much around these parts. I actaully found the beer to be slightly lager like, from the color, to the medium body and crispness. Also enjoyable about this brew was the lack of over-all grainyness. Easy drinking, as much as I enjoyed the Hop Harvest, and maybe the numbers don't show it, but this one I could have drank all day. My kind of session beer.

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Photo of mschofield
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a yellow-gold, topped with a one finger off-white head and leaves a partial sheet of lacing.
Fruity aroma, light and subtle, biscuit.
Fruity taste, citrus, bitter orange, caramel. Not very bitter compared to some styles - but it is impressive they went this high with their "intro beer". I guarantee the people who ordered "the closest thing to a heinekein" at the next table were suprised.
Light to medium bodied, nice to see a brewpub brewing one of the rarer styles.

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