Portsmouth Whipper Snapper American Mild | Portsmouth Brewery

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86
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72 Ratings
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BEER INFO

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

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Hardly a mild beer! With big hop flavor & aroma, this light colored, medium-bodied ale is big in flavor & highly sessionable.

Added by gentlebubbles on 05-01-2005

BEER STATS
Ratings:
72
Reviews:
38
Avg:
3.9
pDev:
9.74%
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
1
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0
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Ratings: 72 |  Reviews: 38
Photo of muttyd
3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bomber over the weekend.

Poured aggressively into a Portsmouth Tulip (seemed fitting?). 1/2 inch thick soapy white head forms but immediately fades into a faint white ring. The nose is filled with a pleasant grassy/floral hop presence with a sweet/fruity malt graininess. Flavor also presents a grassy/floral and more citrusy hop quality with a honey/toasted grain malt sweetness. Finishes on the dry side with a bitter hop bite. Moderate to low carbonation with a light body. Although I have never tried a traditional English pale mild, I assume this is a more American take on the style with the bigger hop presence. Very enjoyable and drinkable beer.

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Photo of COBeerBuff
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Received bottle via LIF from CooperEllis...Thanks!

Appearance: In a Spiegelau tulip, a vigorous pour yields a pale straw colored beer with two fingers of bright white head. The liquid is cloudy, but it still lets a ton of light through. The head shows good retention, and the lacing is pretty solid as well.

Smell: Light bittering hops are present along with some citrus and a light malt presence as well. I'm not sure what I was expecting from the style, but the lightness of the nose took me by surprise. With each sip, I find myself holding the glass to my nose a little longer each time.

Taste: Just like the nose, the taste is sweet, citrusy, and a tiny bit bitter. I can pick out some lemon and grapefruit flavors, a touch of spice, and a little bit more piney hops, though not enough to truly move this to the Pale Ale category.

Mouthfeel: Very light. This beer really is mild. But, the crispness of the hops prevents any thoughts of comparing this to any of the lighter lagers. This beer has flavor and it lets you know, without overwhelming the palate.

Drinkability: I can't believe this beer only has 4% ABV. If this brewery were local to me, I'd drink the crap out of this beer, and that's not an understatement.

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Photo of Kinsman
3.94/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Picked a 22oz bottle up from the Brewery about 2.5 weeks ago.

Pours a light amber to golden colored body with a mediocre off-white head that faded rather quickly.

Smell is hoppy for the style, and features some of the more citrusy american hop notes. A light malt sweetness is also detected.

Taste would be hard to define as a mild, but with the light malt presence and low abv, I can see where the brewers are going with this. Again, come the american hops with a vengeance, but not overly so. Really, this is more of a light bodied American Pale Ale.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp. At 4%abv, there really is not much body in this.

Overall a highly drinkable "hoppy" mild. Usually available on tap at the brewery and I try to get it everytime.

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Photo of u2carew
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber.
A) Pours with a thin head that sticks around. Lacing is thin and sticky. Hazy body with upward carbonation.
S) Floral hops tones. Citrus notes - orange, grapefruit.
T) Dry grainy sweetness with subtle grapefruit tartness. As it progresses malt characters weaken as the hop bite remains consistent. In the finish the taste fades quickly.
M) The lighter side of a medium body brew. Smooth with mellow fizz.
D) Classified as a engish mild but the characteristics lean more toward an IPA. I'd have another.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.38/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber purchased direct from the brewery. Maintained freshness well. Poured into a pint glass.

Poured cloudy yellow amber - with time borders on a reddish hue. Laces. lowe creamy foam.

light fruity buttery smell.

Taste opens hop, but subdued, and it stays buried in some maltiness throughout.Some mild fruitiness in there, difficult to peg. Tastes like an english pale.

Finish is mild bittering with light carbonation in the mouthfeel.

Good brew, certainly drinkable and a worthy PBC purchase.

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Photo of brewandbbq
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle out of the fridge.

Pours hazy gold with a two inch head of dense white froth. Retention is decent, with a slow retreat of the head leading the way to a myriad of webbed lacework throughout the glass and a thickish skim coat on the surface.

Aromatics lead off with pungent hops, a hint of malt, and a bit of sulphur. Cracked garlic, skunky grass, and herb-rubbed citrus.

Medium bodied with plenty of crisp, drying mouthfeel.

Oily hops, earthy resins, and a trace of toasted malt start the palate. A firm bitterness quickly builds and sustains through the finish. Hopping is a mix of garlicky funk, greenbud, and spruce dew.

Finishes with leafy hops, garlic greens, and some lingering toast.

This one is highly drinkable and really is close to being an IPA.

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Photo of ckeegan04
4.07/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to beertruth for this one.

A - Pale golden brown with a huge, bubbly off-white head. Excellent retention but only light lacing.

S - Somewhat sweet in the nose with lots of bready malt and biscuit aroma. Hints of citrus underneath. A very pleasnt aroma.

T - Bready sweetness initially with some toasted grain as well. A strong bitterness comes through mid drink with an interetsing combo of citrus and noble hops taste. Bitterness lingers well after the drink.

M/D - Light and crisp. Very well carbonated. A very easy drinking beer and I really enjoyed my first sampling of the English Mild.

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Photo of gford217
4.07/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle labeled "American Mild" courtesy of MrRetardMonkey poured into a pint glass. Thanks Scottie for my first mild ale experience.

Pours almost completely clear and golden amber with some bubbles feeding up from the bottom. The head is very small and short lived leaving a tiny ring of bubbles and no lacing.

Smells of toasted grains, citrus and a a slight sweetness from the pale malts. It smells a bit bready overall and a good bit like a cream soda, at least to me.

The taste has the citrus kick up front with the the pale bready malts and hints of caramel mix together in the middle. The finish has a crisp vanilla-ish flavor.

The mouthfeel is well-carbonated and creamy. The finish is slightly dry.

Having had no experience with milds, I didn't no what to expect. I certainly wouldn't call it an IPA, more like a bitter to me. Either way, it's really drinkable and I enjoyed it.

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Photo of cleeze
3.72/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Stopped at the Brewery to get my growler filled.

It poured a nice hazy golden hue with a nice stickey, foamy head.

Smelled kinda fruity. Maybe some citrus on the nose with a destinct hoppy aroma.

Taste was very pleasant. Like an IPA just not as hoppy. It still has plenty of hops though. First it's a tangy sensation followed by some really good earthy tastes to it.

I love the name. "American Mild" fits this brew perfectly. I love the drinkability on this one. You get the same hoppy sensation as an IPA but it's much easier to handle

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Photo of BeerTruth
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at the brewpub last weekend and had to bring a couple bottles home.

22 oz. bomber poured into a nonic.

Pours a murky light bronze hue with a full one finger off-white head that slowly falls to a creamy layer of foam. A good amount of stick remains covering the sides of the glass. Smell is very pleasant; mandarine oranges, whipped cream, and pine. Sweet pale malts and a good amount of kettle corn popcorn and honey as well. Taste begins pretty hoppy, especially for being a "mild" ale. Starts off with puckering grapefruit and freshly baked bread on the tongue. Midway some floral hops emerge with toasted grains and biscuits. Aftertaste is pretty buttery with some earthiness as well. Light to medium body with a somewhat strong carbonation. The feel to this beer though is mostly creamy and soft and helps a lot with the super drinkability. Wonderful session beer with sweet hoppy flavor, the bomber didn't last very long. The term "American Mild" fits well for this brew.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this from a 22oz bottle purchased from the brewery store. Poured a hazy orange that positively glowed in the sunlight. Thin, tightly beaded white head. Smells lightly bready and fairly hoppy wih herbal hops. Lacks sweetness. I was really hoping that this would go more in the Mild direction rather than the IPA direction. Lightly malted beers with low abv often can't stand up to the hops. As expected, it is very hoppy for the style. More properly, this an American Pale Ale. There is a base of dry, crackery breadiness and lots of piney hops on top. No sweetness at all to help balance the pine. The mouthfeel is crisp rather than smooth. While I enjoyed drinking this, I think I would have enjoyed it more if it was a true mild and more lightly hopped. This tastes very American, and if its in the Bristish style it would certainly be a bitter, not a mild.

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Photo of indiapaleale
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy straw color with a great carbonation level and a very nice looking head. Pretty much a perfect looking pour for a refreshing summer time beer.

Smell is grassy, hoppy, a bit bready and some sweetness (lemonade perhaps?).

Taste is very crisp and refreshing. I don't know what other way to describe that initial pleasure I get from a big sip of this beer. Nothing is overpowering at all. There are citrus, apple, sour malt and some light sugary notes.

Its nice and hoppy, crisp and refreshing and its not high in alcohol content. Overall, its an amazingly drinkable light beer. You can't do much better than this in the sub 5% category!

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Photo of
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle

Faintly hazy, true gold in color. Medium to large, creamy, just off-white colored head.

Aroma was spicy, followed by bread/yeast. Touch of honey or caramel. Overall, pretty mild (ha ha).

Taste was more bitter than sweet, with bitterness lingering nicely, grass/pine in character. Bread dough. Bit of sweetness, maybe sweet wheat bread.

Light to medium in body. Medium carbonation. Dry.

Very solid and highly drinkable. Good balance with a slight tilt towards bitter. Great session beer.

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Photo of Lexx
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A great thanks to Viggo for sharing this with me, quite enjoyable!
Pours a golden amber, almost cider color, with a bubbly, off-white, quick-popping head.
The aroma is of copper, green apples, strawberry, honey, a hint of grassiness, and the teeniest bit of grapefruit.
The taste is irony, straw, green apples, tangy fruits and light bitterness in the finish, very pleasant.
I could enjoy this very, very often. Thanks, Eric!

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Photo of Viggo
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tried this one courtesy of purplehops, sent to me for BC2!

Pours a cloudy gold/amber, bit of an orange tint, huge white head, lace rings, nice layer, looks great. Smell is neat, sweet, perfumy, honey, floral, citrus/grapefruity hops, quite nice. Taste is caramel/honey, mild floral, perfume, grapefruit, nice and light. Mouthfeel is light bodied with medium carbonation, very smooth. Not totally mild ABV wise but pretty damn flavourful. We need more beers like this! Thanks Stan!

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Photo of grub
4.07/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Viggo was nice enough to share this one with me. thanks eric!

22oz bottle with plain portsmouth label and hand written "American Mild" on the bottom.

pours hazy reddish copper colour with a small off white head. the head drops fairly quick and leaves a bit of spotty lace.
3.5

aroma is nice. wheat bread. light grapefruit hops. no sign of alcohol.
4

taste is nice. light wheat bread character. bit of grapefruit. low bitterness level.
3.5

mouthfeel is good. medium-low carbonation level. nice medium-light body.
4

drinkability is excellent. balanced and very enjoyable. thanks eric!
4.5

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Photo of adowney523
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a hazy orange color from the growler into a pint glass. There was a thin white head with great lacing.

Lots of floral hops in the nose. Biscuity and citrus notes in the background.

Taste is biscuity/toasty malt upfront which fades to the floral hops. Hints of orange zest apparent.

Medium-light bodied, finishes dry.

Very refreshing, I could drink many of these.

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Photo of muffguy4beer
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Poured dark amber with a nice thick tan head. Nothing too exciting, very mild as it were.

Smell - Earth tones most definitely with a kick of spice. Again nothing out of this world but that is the style.

Taste - Sweet, earthy, nice touch of hop bitterness and pine aroma.

Mouthfeel - Medium body not too heavy but substantial enough for deep gulps.

Drinkablilty - To me this style is the definition of drinkable. I love this style and wish that it was represented much more in American brewing.

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Photo of Franchise
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark orange slightly hazy that leaves a thick frothy tan head. The aroma is pine, spice, hops, earthy fresh notes. The taste starts sweet with a cooked sugar, buttery caramel, on the palate but quickly remedied back to style with a blast of bitter citrus rind bitterness. This beer site on your palate lightly carbonated and soft it has a creamy IPA feel to it but like the name say milder.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a mild IPA. As our server said, it's a less hoppy version of Bottle Rocket. Still, it's a really nice beer. Faintly cloudy yellow, with a medium head and a little bit of lacing. It had a floral, citrus aroma. Taste was grapefruit, with a mild hop presence that quickly dissipated. Fairly dry-tasting. I could drink a few of these.

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Photo of PatandDavid
3.79/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the brewpub, one of my favorite places to drink in NE. Lovely looking brew, slightly diffuse with a golden glow. Threads of slow dreamy carbonation. Aroma is low, grainy and citrusy, although maybe a touch of vegetables too. Medium mouthfeel, crisp. Tastewise: soft malt, low hops, very drinkable.

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Photo of gentlebubbles
5/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

NERAX 2005

Words cannot describe how wonderful it is, but I'm going to try anyway.

Beautiful honey gold with an airy white head belling over the rim of the glass.

Sweet orange blossom scent.

The perfect tender mouthfeel wraps gently around a delicate malt with exquisite tingly bitterness. Subtle, living freshness of orange and grapefruit with a pine breeze in the finish. A suggestion of orange rind on the lips keeps you coming back.

In fact, I came back for two full pints the next day. Does that sound drinkable, or what?

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