Portsmouth Rye Not Pale Ale | Portsmouth Brewery

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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
Reviews by tpd975:
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3.28/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Cloudy golden with a nice tall white head. Above average retention and no lace.

S: Sweet malts, cereal grains, and honey.

T: Tons of caramel, and cereal grain. Bready, doughy, with lots of honey. Mild notes of floral hops and some spice from the rye.

M: Medium in body, overly sweet and malty for what I like in a rye beer.

D: Not soo good, too sweet from start to finish.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of lordofthewiens
2.8/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My only experience with a rye beer was Redhook's Sunrye, a truly undistinguished beer. But, it was nearly 100 degrees outside, and I thought this would help. Maybe I should have had it before the Thaizenheimer. Anyway, it was amber in color, with a small head. It had a grainy aroma, with a little citrus. Taste, I thought, was very nondescript. I think there was a little bit of malt, but that was about it. An OK beer, try it if you want to.

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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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Photo of bmoraymond
3.53/5  rDev +1.1%

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 ChrisL24481
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of hiphopj5
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

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 marcobrau
3.93/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy golden with plenty of carbonation that forms a tight head that leaves lace as it falls. Sweet floral taste of hops and creamy malt mixes with spicy rye for a tasty, drinkable rye beer. Definitely a good summer ale, but not bad in the winter either.

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Photo of dexterk1
3.3/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of Inglewood
4/5  rDev +14.6%

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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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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Photo of phingdong
4/5  rDev +14.6%

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 AnitaBrewski
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of Userme59
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of sethmeister
3.76/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber from the brewery.

Great big soft fluffy offwhite head atop an ever so slightly hazed brassy golden body. Sticky lacing adorns the glass

Scent is crackery wheaty tang.

Taste is similar but with a subtle spicy rye grain note following. Almost a graham cracker like sweetness followed by the grainy spiciness. A hint of citrus.

Juicy and coating mouthfeel. Rather substantial.

Drinkability is very high and this works quite well as a refreshing warm weather beer.

I'm a huge fan of rye beers and this does not disappoint. A well made, subtly flavored and easy to drink summer rye.

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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 mklisz
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 smutty33
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of bcastine
3.13/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle purchased at the Brewery drunk from a P-Brewery Tulip glass.

A: Nice near brilliant orange color, small white head that quickly dissipated to small skim, left next to no lace.

S: First thing i pick up is diacety by means of toffee/butterscotch other than that not getting much else.

T: get the toffee/butterscotch thing again, light notes of sweet rye at the back end. Hint of cracker and toast. Hops are really just there to balance the sweetness which is done nicely, but not much hop character to speak of.

M: under carbonated, i believe this is just an issue with their bottling process. This simple mistake really damaged the overall character of the beer. Makes the beer feel heavier and sweeter then it should, I can sense that this beer should really prickle the tongue, and it doesn't. They need to evaluate the bottling process and or start bottle conditioning imho.

D: If the carbonation was spot on it would be fantastic and an excellent summer brew. I think they switched up from their house yeast on this one as its not nearly as clean as their typical American Ales. Reminds me of a shipyard beer which uses ringwood ale yeast, however this is much better then the microwave popcorn flavor coming from shipyard.

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Photo of joepais
3.78/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewery served in an Imperial pint glass produced a finger worth of white head that trailed of to a thin lace. The color was a slightly hazy orange bodied brew.

The nose was slightly hoppy with some citrus thrown in. The feel in my mouth was light and crisp. The flavor was just as light but for a summer rye it is what I expected. Extremely easy to drink and quite sessionable

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Photo of LambicKing
3/5  rDev -14%

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