Portsmouth English Mild Ale | Portsmouth Brewery

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Portsmouth Brewery
New Hampshire, United States

Style: English Dark Mild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 3.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
A dark light beer. Yes, it is an oxymoron but this dark ale drinks remarkably light at 3.5% alcohol by volume and only 12 IBU’s (bittering units). A unique session beer with a lot more character than American-style ”lite” beers.

Added by JohnnyP on 10-12-2003

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Ratings: 12 |  Reviews: 7
Photo of hozersr
3.74/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mklisz
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of DonFrap
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of LostHighway
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Rochefort10nh
5/5  rDev +27.6%

Photo of DIM
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: This was a very dark brown. It poured with a frothy light tan colored cap.

s: Moderate dark roastiness that was a little nutty and some tart milkiness.

t: Dark, slightly bitter roast with some fairly pronounced nuttiness.

m: Gentle, but long lasting carbonation.

d: Thanks to joepais for the interesting brew. Pretty good, but not something I'd come back to.

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Photo of Bierman9
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Stopped in to the Brewery today for lunch with my girls... opted to start with an Imperial Pint of the Mild...

Poured a clear, deep, dark mahogany/chestnut color. Head was minimal, mainly a thin rim-job of tan bubbles on the edge. Lacing was scarce as well. Aroma consisted of some light malty sweetness, with a touch of nuttiness present. Body was solidly medium, with a smooth feel on the tongue.

Taste was also lightly sweet, with the malts having a bit of bite, with maybe a hint of toffee. Nuttiness was again evident here, with floral hops sticking on the palate in a somewhat bitter finish. Decently made, but not one I'd crave.


look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | drink: 3.5


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Photo of drseamus
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on Macallan cask at the brewpub.

A: Fairly dark body with a nice off-white head.

S: Roasted malt on the nose right up front. Perhaps a touch of perceptible scotch.

T: Roasty up front but a smoothness quickly sets in from what would seem to be the wood or scotch. There is a smokiness that lingers in the back but refuses to step forward. There is also a raw malt flavor I typically sense in milds.

M: Medium bodied. Very smooth in spite of the roasted malt up front. The cask adds a silkiness.

D: This is definitely an all day long drinker. Low abv and smooth body make excellent friends.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lunch at the Brewery today, tried their English ale. The bartender said not toget turned off by the color, it was a mild beer. It is a very dark red/brown, with a small head that persisted, and some slight lacing. It had a roasted malt odor, and a mild chocolate/coffee taste, with the coffee lingering on the palate. It has a mild, not substantial feel in the mouth, certainly not what you'd expect by looking at it. Quite drinkable.

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Photo of Truh
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Went on a serious tear with this one on 8/28/2004. 16-oz. pour in a shaker glass at the bar of the source.

Shadowy hint of head after initial 1/8 inch foam; later halo formed. To the eye, a liquid, deep mahogany to porter-like darkness and yet with just a tad more clarity. Chocolate malt roastiness to nose, molasses, and malted chocolate balls. Crunchy pine tar and roasted walnuts to taste, along with a staple of malt efficiency. Somewhat vacuous mouth feel, but warranted given the style. A nice offering to quaff in the fall months.

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Photo of oberon
4.07/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Definently on the lighter side I think for a mild pours a deep golden color with almost no head,aroma is malty and bready.Taste is crisp as a cracker with light sweetness in the beginning and very light hopping.A easy drinker to be expected but with some nice malty flavors,very enjoyable.

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Photo of Boto
3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was a dark golden color. It was also slightly hazy. There was some head, which died quickly. There was very little carbonation. Some, but not much lacing. Hint of hops and sweetness to the nose. It is a nice rendition of the style, even if you have to let it warm up a bit to the right temperature.

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Portsmouth English Mild Ale from Portsmouth Brewery
Beer rating: 3.92 out of 5 with 12 ratings
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