Portsmouth Wild Thang | Portsmouth Brewery

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Portsmouth Wild ThangPortsmouth Wild Thang

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Portsmouth Brewery
New Hampshire, United States

Style: Herbed / Spiced Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
A dark straw golden ale utilizing the tantalizing whole grains of wild rice to create a nut like character. The use of sterling hops help add a cherry flavor to this light bodied, crisp ale.

Added by Bierman9 on 04-23-2005

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Photo of edward_boumil
3.97/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured in a pint glass in the brewpub:
A bright, straw yellowed colored brew, rather cloudy. Not a ton of head.
The smell is that of yeasty hefeweizen, lots of esters and some barnyard straw.
The flavor is quite nice, sweet wheat bread, fruit ester, and funky saison like qualities as well. Finishes with a nice dryness on the finish to keep things balanced
Overall the beer drinks very smooth and is a highly enjoyable "saison" like beer. If available, would certainly drink this beer again.

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Photo of mklisz
3/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of Fettpopps
3/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of ajcormier
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of zakkondratenko
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of ncelauro
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of EatonHops
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of anewlanguage
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of Screper
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.35/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

not my favorite, a funny brew from Portsmouth with black rice. the beer pours a cloudy maple syrup color, almost not carbonated at all, no head to speak of. the nose is nutty like almonds, apparently from the rice. generic ale yeast and an incompletely fermented sweet malt base round it out. the taste is a lot like the nose, with residual sugar and a handful of mixed nuts being the prevailing flavors. its sharp at the finish before the sugar comes back in, a little acidic, tannic maybe is a better way to say it, like the sparge was too hot, but what do I know... the taste isn't bad, but the feel is, too much body, not enough bubbles (more like not any bubbles). this was a let down for me, but fortunately all the other beers I had at Portsmouth brewery were quite good. this is one to skip over, despite being interesting, the execution is rough.

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Photo of Kelp
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of RobDB
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tumbler pint, the beer is a orange-gold coloring with a fluffy, light, bright white head that settles out quickly to a thin filmy coating. Aromas of tangy sweet fruit, with hints of citrus, melon, and tropical varieties. Smells are subtle, but enticing. Flavors are a bit heavier, with a dark green cedar and oak barrel backbone. Bubble gum, melon, and fiddlehead flavors all blend together about the palate, as well as a hint of biscuit lacing throughout. The aftertaste is borderline sour, with a touch of clove and pepper cleaning it up. Slick, clean finish leaves a slight tangy linger behind. Much more mild than I was expecting, but very tasty and unique.

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Photo of ahbaggins
3/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of ms11781
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of ColForbinBC
4.08/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass

Cask w/summit hops

The body sits a golden yellow color, with orange through the middle. A creamy bone white cap has great staying power. Loads of sticky lace coat the glass.

Aromas of strawberries and grainy rice with a bright earthy, spicy hop character and an extra burst of grapefruit from the addition of summit in the cask.

The flavor profile mimics the nose. Strawberries and wild berries, spicy hops, bright grapefruit, and long grain rice.

A light body, clean and dry. The fruitiness lends a sweetness that is excellently balance by the dryness of the rice. The extra addition of summit gives this a pleasing, bright citrus hoppiness.

An excellent summer beer. Light and refreshing with a pleasing hop profile, albeit enhanced. The fruitiness is more than welcome. Delicious on all fronts.

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Photo of BeerKangaroo
4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As I surveyed the brew list at the pub today, it was the name that caught my eye and asked the waitress about it. So I had to try it:

In a pint glass:

A: hazy orange/brown body with a tiny white head that fades quickly. No carbonation is seen rising. It left no rings.

S: some sweet malts blended with some cherries and wheat tones.

T: bittersweet through the previously mentioned smells and also came through a bit tart at times

M: light to medium with a slightly dry sweet aftertaste and finish, moderate amount of carbonation is felt. It was fairly drinkable

O: it tasted great with the pulled pork sandwich I had. I would definitely have this again and next time come back with one of my growlers to get some more to take home.

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Photo of phingdong
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of randomdanger
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of steve8robin
3.69/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this bottle at the brewery on a trip to NH. Let's give this a go. 22oz bottle...

A: Super clear honey color with a tiny white head that fades quickly to a few bubbles atop the brew. Ok.

S: Some nice sweet malts blended with some bready rye. Some light wheat scents in the middle with some more earthy scents on the backend. Good.

T: A watery mild tartness quickly followed by some bready wheat and mild sweet malt. A hint of grassiness on the backend. Decent.

M: Medium body with a heavy carbonation. A bitter finish. Decent.

D: Goes down good.

All in all, this is an ok brew. Nothing special. It's definitely unique with a wheat based beer blended with elements of a tart wild ale. Pulls it off a little awkwardly, but maybe a good try if you want to give something different a chance.

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Photo of Duhast500
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this at the brewery on 01-29-2011

Poured from the tap into a pint glass.

The color was a hazy orange with a finger or two of foamy off-white head and some nice lacing.

The smell is funky, some nice grassy and floral hops come out to sing the bitterness tune. Some malt aroma is there in the background but is outshines by the hops.

The taste is again, bitter for bitterness sake. Not the most bitter beer but it is pretty resiny and thick with a floral and citrus hop flavor. There is a sticky flavor that coats your tongue and almost eclipses the malty sweetness in the back/middle as this goes down.

The feel of this beer is a little bigger then expected and goes down easy but has a thick aftertaste that stays for a while.

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Photo of muttyd
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy orange/brown with a soapy thin head that coats the glass. Grainy malt aroma with a nutty presence. Slight citrusy/fruity hops come through as the beer warms up. Very sweet & malty. Nutty, hoppy and slightly tangy. Medium body with moderate carbonation. Sweet finish with a florally hoppy presence. Very drinkable and enjoyable.

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

Tap at brew pub.

Almost no head over mostly clear peach orange color.

Nose light malts, some bright fruits, a biscuity malt, and nutty like aroma.

Taste light dry malts, spicy feel, light fruit, saison like dry malt, light farmhouse, with wheat and a toasted rice flavor, light saison fruity hop taste, peppery, light sweet malts and bit of sugar. Finish is a little spicy, little sweet still but dries a bit, lingering golden malts, slight bit of orange peel.

Mouth med to lighter bodied with decent carb and bit of spice.

Drink is decent, some interesting flavors mixed in there, but overall light and drinkable, the spicy quality takes it down a bit.

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Photo of Bendurgin
3.82/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks again Andy, for another one of your beers. . .

Poured into a tulip. Pours a hazy star color with a thin bubbly white head that vanishes almost immediatley. It's got thin, soapy lace. The aroma is kind of spicy with a bit of a lactic aroma to it. I can certainly tell there is rice in this one from the smell. It has that deep harty aroma to it. This has a really light kind of spicy flavor to it. It's got a real crisp flavor to it. The mouthfeel is light, nicely carbonated and refreshing. This goes down easy, I'd dig this anytime.

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Photo of andrewinski1
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip. Average head, about half an inch. Good caramel colored body. Can't see through this guy.

Smells very dry and well, maybe it's in my head but it does smell ricey; like a lager.

The taste is dry and crisp, but I do perceive a bit of malt sweetness in the finish. There is a bit of spiciness also. This is very refreshing and I enjoy it more than I thought I would from the smell. I thought it would be very middling, but this is quite good.

Very good mouthfeel and great drinkability. This is very refreshing and nice. Good stuff.

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