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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.

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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 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 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 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 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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Photo of tpd975
3.86/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice golden hue with a nice solid foamy white head. Wonderful retention and great lace. It's a real looker.

S: Rice for sure, lots of malt sweetness as well. Light hopping as well.

T: Not bad at all. Lots of malt sweetness, rich, and sweet bread. Nice dose of bitter green hops.

M: Medium in body, smooth, with lots of sweetness from start to finish.

D: Pretty good. It shows what a rice beer could be.

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Photo of u2carew
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A) Golden color. Thin head. Thin tight bubbled lacing.
S) Malty sweetness. Caramel. The rice aroma is noticeable. Some hop notes.
T) Hoppy. Malty rice notes - very sweet malt flavors.
M) Smooth. Creamy. Light to medium body feel.
D) Definitely drink another!

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Photo of OtherShoe2
4.12/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep gold with an orange edge to it with a big-bubbled white head. Some limited lacing.

Bunch of sweet malt and hop leaf aromas, with a sweet grain edge and some fruit scents.

Some hop leaf bitterness up front, which is immediately smoothed out by some sweet grain and light sweet malt. There's a fruit edge to this that I cannot put my finger on. But you go bitter-sweet-grain-fruit-bitter. Very very nice beer -- and mind you, the freshness factor is a big piece of the taste here.

Some good slick body to this one, a little oily in you mouth, nice bitter malty finish.

Overall, this growler went quick. Obviously much better the first day open, it still retained alot of flavor and carbonation through day 3. I could do this stuff year round. Many thanks for the gift with "Wild Thang" written on the cap.

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Photo of plaid75
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a light copper hue with a two finger foamy white head. There was very good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a nutty malt, an herbal hop an dsome fruity esters.

The taste consisted of a light malt, some earthiness and a blurry cherry note.

The mouthfeel was toward the lighter side of the style with a nice crispness.

Overall a unique and easy to drink ale.

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

Draft at brewery. Pours hazy auburn with a tiny white head. Aroma is fruity and earthy, kind of like an abt, but with hops. Smooth mouthfeel with the taste of malt and sugary fruit that turns bitter toward the end. Expected this to be a Japanese rice. Interesting and good beer.

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Photo of gford217
3.38/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber courtesy of MrRetardedMonkey poured into a pint glass.

Pours a pale golden amber with a small white head that doesn't last too long and leaves a trace of lacing. The aroma sweet malts and light grains, maybe rice if I was pushed to identify it. The taste has more of the light sweet malts and some rice along with an interesting kick at the finish, possibly hops but not completely sure. The mouthfeel is light with tons of carbonation and very crisp and clean. This is an interesting brew from Portsmouth though I probably wouldn't go out of my way to get it.

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Photo of Reagan1984
4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was my favorites of the beers that I tried at Portsmouth Brewing... along with Kate the Great, of course.

Very unique and I chose to go back for a 2nd as we waited for the Kate release.

This beer is bright, clear and deep gold in color with a minimal head and very little lacing. The beer did have a fair amount of visible carbonation.

Aroma was nutty and very light on hop notes.

Taste was excellent and I almost noticed a slight berry like flavor. Well balanced and a little grainy texture to the taste. Again, I got the sense of a nutty flavor. This one was more difficult than most to describe, but really enjoyable.

Crisp mouth feel and also refreshing. I think it was very drinkable and frankly wish it was available in the Boston area.

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

22 oz bomber purchased in the Portsmouth Brewery Bottle Shop on KTG Release Day.

Light gold body with very thin white head.

Nose is sweet malt and adjunct. Can I get the rice, I think so...

Flavor is sweetish malt and rice adjunct, not a lot of hop character that I can detect, more a bit of zing on the finish. It's kind of a well done Budweiser with flavor, whatever that would be.

Mouthfeel is thin and zingy with carbonation.

Drinkability is OK. Nothing to write home about, but it's quenching.

This was not what I expected. I bought it blind, without even asking any questions about it. That'll teach me!

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.45/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had during Kate the Great day.

Pours a golden color with a decent fluffy head and some patchy lacing.

Smell has a light aroma, some citrus and grain, but nothing really standing out considering it's a spiced ale.

Taste is crisp and light, unfortunately it seems a bit thin and watery to me, mostly malty with a decent hop bitterness, but couldn't get past how watery it seemed to taste.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Portsmouth Brewery- Wild Thang

On tap on the eve of Kate the Great Day.

A- Nice golden orange with a thick frothy head. Light lacing.
S- Earthy hops, slight dried fruit malt.
T- A touch of dried cherries immediately came through with a good malty presence. A bit of moss detected too.
M- Creamy and sweet with a bone dry finish slight bitterness in the end.

Overall- Wasn't expecting much for some reason, just ordered this 1 as a warm-up. Turned out to be good enough for a 2nd pint.

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

On-tap 6/24/08 at the brewpub, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a short white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of pale hops and citrus, with a little wheat and light malts.

T: The taste is hoppy and bitter up front with a light rice and citrus sweetness. The malt character is thin. The after-taste is bitter. It was described as "a wild rice wheat beer" by the waitstaff but it tastes more like an IPA or APA as I didn't really taste much rice or wheat.

M: Crisp with a little smoothness, light body, medium carbonation, finish is very dry.

D: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, mild kick, intrigue made me try it but it's not good enough compared to Portsmouth's other beers to make me want to drink it again.

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Photo of Truh
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My heart sang with this one on 7/24/2006. 16-oz. pinmt in a shaker glass at the best brewpub in Portsmouth.

Lots of fluffy white stuff to start, nearly a 1/2-inch, that settles to a really good lace hitting south. Light golden amber hue with a touch of haze and just some light bubbling, in no rush to be freed. Kind of a plonky hop hit on the nose, a bit subdued, with a hint of lemon and cilantro thown in to the mixing bowl. Crank of bitter down the core of the tongue that is quickly balanced out and finishes extremely cleanly; gentle backbone of malt creates a greater balance to the affair. Very drinkable summer brew.

Would like to see this one come back around some time.

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Photo of warriorsoul
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap last weekend and now I am enjoying a snifter thanks to a growler filled by fitzIPAtrick and his SO, growler...thanks guys.
Clear, golden copper color with less than a full finger of off-white head...disappears rapidly and very little lacing forms.
Gentle, yet pleasant in the nose...mild spice, floral hops, and some caramel malt.
The taste is where this one takes over...the hops show up right away and add a nice bitterness in the front end...less spice than what showed up in the nose.
The wild rice adds a real unique twist on this beer...complements the hops real nicely and makes this one very drinkable.
Mouthfeel is medium-bodied...carbonation is perfect.
The glass becomes empty way too quickly with this one...well done Portsmouth.

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Photo of francisweizen
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was damn lucky enough to find and sample this one on tap at the brewpub in Portsmouth. This is some crazy stuff. A light ricey gold colour with a small-bubbled and fizzy off-white head of foam that dies out quickly and leaves only minor lacing. The aromas are sake-like, boozy, and rice-like. The only comparison beer I have for this stuff is the red-rice ale from Hitachino. The taste is a bit hot with the ricey booze vapors. The flavor is pretty wild and their are some definatey fruity/berry (black) notes in this brew as well. The mouthfeel is light and fizzy, but it suits this brew well and makes the drinkability quite good. This is hard to rate, and put into words because it is such a unique, and one-off brew. There is some cool stuff coming out of NH for sure

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Portsmouth Wild Thang from Portsmouth Brewery
3.73 out of 5 based on 39 ratings.
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