Portsmouth Rye Not Pale Ale | Portsmouth Brewery

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Brewed by:
Portsmouth Brewery
New Hampshire, United States

Style: Rye Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Sometimes referred to as Summer Rye, though not restricted to that season.

Added by Bierman9 on 08-07-2006

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Ratings: 37 |  Reviews: 20
Photo of mklisz
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Kegatron
3.71/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NEhophead
3.47/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JuliusCaesar
3.54/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dexterk1
3.3/5  rDev -5.4%

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3.53/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of Inglewood
4/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of AnitaBrewski
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of Userme59
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of Bicyclette
2.64/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

Served on cask @ the brewery. Dry hopped with experimental hops #05256.

Sample pour was entirely foam. Had to wait a couple minutes for settling.

Never went for a full glass. Each time I took a sip, my tastebuds asked if there was a piece of candy in my mouth. Wasn't the malt - that seemed fine. It was more of a "sugar" impact on my sweet tastbuds and a little of the fragrance.

The experimental hops give a citrusy flavor.

Overall - I had an impression of holiday candy in my beer. Just not what I was looking for. Went for the Rye Dunkelweizen instead, because I love rye beers.

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Photo of ajcormier
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of Kelp
3/5  rDev -14%

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3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of LambicKing
3/5  rDev -14%

Photo of Sammy
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed on tap at the brewpub. Liquor coloured body with a bit of a head. Tasted like gin,rather than rye,with so-so drinkable.Herbal,toasty,honey, marmelade, well malted.Average mouthfeel, little sign of hops. A bit odd so I won't seek it out again.

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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of mountdew1
3.6/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Color was a medium golden brown with a thing 1 finger white head. Head didn't last long, but left a thing layer that had a small bit of cling to the sides. Aroma was grainy, definitely prominent rye aroma. Finished with a slight hint of sweet aroma. Flavor a bit of bitterness to begin, but shifted to a robust grainy flavor. A small hint of sourness finished it up. Felt ok in the mouth, a tad bit of over carbonation on the tongue, despite not seeing large amounts of bubbles. Overall not bad, a nice beer.

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3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of phingdong
4/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.53/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured on-tap at the Portsmouth Brewery, the beer was served in a pint glass. The beer is a vibrant, clear, honey-gold coloring with a low profile, frothy, dense, white head. Very light malt aromas, with a toasted grain base and a light hop and fruit highlight. Creamy and smooth in mouth, the hops give a sharpness to the end of the brew, and it sticks like glue all over the side of the glass. Flavors are peppery and pungent wet hops, with a tangy, slightly sour, malt presence and a tart grapefruit/citrus highlight more common in an IPA. Grain/cereal flavors resonate at the end. Definitely a hop heavy Pale, with a tangy and resiny aftertaste. The finish is astringent, but slick at the same time. Decent brew.

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Photo of Kinsman
3.82/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this on tap last night at the brewery so grabbed a growler to-go. Pours a nice golden orange body with just a slight have and a wispy white head.

Fruity and hoppy aroma dominate upfront. Slight yeasty character on the nose and just a little bit of a malt presence.

Wide variety of flavors being picked up with each ingredient blending together nicely to make a well balanced but flavorful beer. Malts provide some biscuity character with the rye adding in its characteristic spice notes. Ale yeast adds in some fruity esters which are complimented well by strong American hop presence. Citrus fruits and a slightly floral character tell the story here and finish with a slight bitterness that compliments the beer well.

Mouthfeel is medium body with a crisp and bubbly feel. Overall, I'm really digging this beer. Portsmouth achieves a nice balance with just the right amount of rye to get the flavor without overpowering everything else.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.45/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy deep golden color with a smallish bubbly white head that barely survives the first sip. Aroma is a bit on the spicy side with hints of butter and sweet bready malts. Reminds me a lot of a summer wheat beer in the nose, strap a lime to the rim of the glass and sit under an umbrella. Taste is bready sweet malts with some hints of fruit like apricots or peaches. Slight spicy twang in the middle and finish that I assume is the rye's contribution. Little to no hops present in the nose or mouth. Medium body, moderate to low level of carbonation. creamy/oily mouthfeel. Not a bad beer by any means, but not great, its just kind of meh. Seems a bit heavy for a "summer beer" well unless your spending the summer in the Arctic.

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Photo of steve8robin
3.28/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this one at the brewery. 22oz bottle...

A: A cloudy golden color with some orange hues. A tiny white head that fades quickly to small bubbles on the brew. Ok.

S: I smell a hint of sweet malt sugars and a mild rye scent. Not much else. Eh.

T: A full malty backbone with a hint of bready rye in the middle. Some hints of spicy malts on the backend. Decent.

M: Medium body with a great carbonation. A full malty finish. Good.

O: This is an ok brew. Nothing special. I've had better ryes. If you're looking for something good in the style, don't worry about this one.

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Photo of jpmclaug
4.15/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into my New Belgium globe. I don't remember who gave this to me I just remember at the end of Shogo's tasting after NotF we hadn't opened this or HopArt so I traded with whoever brought this one. Thanks mystery dude! Wish I remembered your name but I had way too much to drink that night.

A - A clear amber almost redish body with a small white head on top.

S - A pale malt base with hints of floral hoppiness and rye. Interesting mix. Pretty pleasant.

T - follows the nose closely. Picking up a bit more rye spiciness, also a bit of a belgian yeasty flavor but not overwhelmingly so. A nice interplay between pale malts and floral hops fills in the gaps.

M - light to medium body with a light carbonation

D- pretty drinkable enjoyable beer. I could easily see myself putting away a number of these. Wouldn't mind drinking this one again.

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