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Portsmouth Winter Rye | Portsmouth Brewery

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Portsmouth Brewery
New Hampshire, United States

Style: Rye Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
The Belgian yeast character hits you in the front and then the slight tantalizing tartness of the rye malt comes though and lasts to the finish - a very nice light-amber, medium-bodied beer that will warm you as winter nears.

Added by lordofthewiens on 12-13-2007

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Ratings: 27 |  Reviews: 15
Photo of hozersr
3.71/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Fettpopps
2/5  rDev -47.4%

Photo of ajcormier
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Kelp
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of ChrisL24481
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of mklisz
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of DonFrap
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of jmilo64
3/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of steve8robin
3.71/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this bottle when I went to buy some KTG scratch tickets. Let's give this one a go. 22oz bottle...

A: A medium burnt orange color with a mild haziness to it. A big 1+ inch off white head that fades slowly. Very good.

S: I get hit with rye immediately on first nose. The rye is quickly married up with a hint of orange and citrus notes. Some sweet malt scents on the backend. Decent.

T: A nice sweet malt follows all the way through. Upfront is a mild hop bite with a mild rye quickly following. The citrus from the nose makes an appearance towards the back with a orange peel taste. Decent.

M: Medium body with a great carbonation. A medium dry finish. Good.

O: All in all, this is a good beer. Not amazing, but worth a try if you like rye in your beer.

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Photo of mountdew1
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Color was a hazy amber orange with a very thin head, that had some accumulation on the sides. A few small streams of bubbles rose from the bottom. Aroma was a sweet floral with a definite undertone of grains. Tasted slightly sweet, with a bit of spice towards the end that was a nice offset. Well balanced and didn't lean to heavily in either direction. Felt good in the mouth, coated nicely had a bit of chew. Not overly carbonated at all.

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Photo of phingdong
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of Reagan1984
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of joepais
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of brandoman63
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of akorsak
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 650 mL bomber purchased at the brewpub. Hand-written 'Winter Rye'.

A: The rye beer is a darker, brown-orange color, darker like concentrated apple juice. Still translucent, there is sediment suspended mid-glass. A half a finger of head comes with first pour and leaves a think band of lace.

S: The nose is sweet with caramel and butterscotch syrup. The aroma is a little too sweet, possibly old (even though the taste doesn't necessarily support that).

T: The ale has a sweet, syrupy constitution, but I wouldn't call it bad. The sweetness accentuates the caraway and rye flavors - darker and breadier with anise-like spices. Beyond the rye, the ale is sweet, too sweet. Come for the rye, strongest upfront. Hell, I like this better than the draught version. It is sweeter with minty notes alongside the rye.

M: The mouthfeel is confusing. It is so sweet that I want to write it off, but the rye is so pleasant that I can't. A nice rye beer.

D: I almost wish that I had picked up another bottle. The rye is strong, anisey with mint flavors. Much nicer than the tap version.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a fairly hazy amber-red color with a nice finger of frothy off-white head. The head has pretty good retention and laces nicely.

S - Aroma is full of sweet lightly roasted malt. There is also some nice light sweet fruit aroma mixed in alongside some carmel. Also, some rye notes in the background.

T - Starts off with a building sweet fruity flavor mixed with just a touch a touch of carmel malt and rye in the background. Through the middle the carmel malt comes through a bit more and some tartness comes through also. The finish has a lot more of the carmel flavor and of the rye flavor and just a touch of hop bitterness. There is a fruity sweetness that lingers nicely afterwards.

M - Medium to medium-light bodied with medium-low carbonation. Really crisp and almost a bit syrupy. Leaves behind a bit of a syrupy feeling in the mouth.

D - Very drinkable. Very nice sweetness and the touch of tartness is really nicely balanced throughout. Very nice and crisp and refreshing.

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Photo of jlindros
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light fizzy 1 finger head that fades semi slowly with some messy lacing over mostly clear honey nectar copper orange color.

Nose has some darker reddish copper malts, some crystal, a crisp ale aroma, some light creamy but toasty malts, with that comes some spicy and little fruity rye but not heavy, a bit of fruit, a slight bit of herbal hops, and slight almost diacetyl.

Taste starts a little creamy, with a crisp ale flavor, some fluffy carbonation as well, a bit sweet with some malty flavors, a little bit of a toasty red malt, some creamy malts, some spicy rye, a little fruity, touch of herbal hop bitterness, a bit of an earthy malt taste even, the fruit brings like an bright fruit, almost peach or tangerine. The rye gets spicier after a few sips. As it finishes the sweetness lingers with a touch of herbal hop bitterness, a bit of spicy rye, and some malts.

Mouth is a little heavier bodied and fairly creamy, with decent carbonation, little bubbles in the carbonation which is kinda weird, almost nitro but not as there is no nitro flavor, just the creaminess and little bubbles.

Drink is decent, booze comes out just a touch but normal for 7%, fairly heavy beer for drinking in the winter, a bit on the sweet side, and the rye is balanced well.

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Photo of tigg924
3.67/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: gold/brown in color, minimal head, clear, low carbonation

Smell: citrus hops, caramel, and light rye

Taste: honey, caramel, citrus hops, then the rye kicks in at the end

Mouthfeel: medium/low carbonation, sweet start that goes bitter quick...with an extra bitter kick towards the end, medium bodied

Drinkability: I really like the way this tastes overall, but for a rye beer, I wish there was more of a rye presence. I could have two or three as long as I was not expecting a rye bomb. Nicely crafted.

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Photo of Bendurgin
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass. Filled this one this afternoon at the brewery. Booyah! Nice visible carbonation in a clear amber body with a thin white head that fizzles away shortly after being poured. Thin runny lace. Mostly a fruity aroma on this one. Strawberries for me with a grainy finish to round it out and a slight malt backbone. Really grainy malt flavor. Solid stuff here. The mouthfeel is light and the carbonation lacks a little bit, but it's from a growler filled from the tap a few hours ago. Easy drinking, glad I have 64 ounces of this bad boy.

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Photo of JAXSON
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I think this is the correct entry for this, it was from a Portsmouth bomber that just said "Rye" on it. Pours clear honey gold with a large head, settled into soapy crags around the glass. Nose is Belgian yeast, sweet stone fruits, not necessarily getting any rye. A bit of a harder edge in the mouth, probably the rye, with a lot of that Belgian yeast and stone fruit, mucg light a Belgian blonde ale, or a light tripel. Fine, not bad, pretty good.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to jmu500 for this brew.

22oz. Bomber

Pours a very nice cloudy dark golden yellow/brown color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger thick/creamy off-white head, with some nice sticky lacing and small islands left behind. The nose is malty, with a nice rye note, slight hop note. The taste is sweet, malty, bitter, with some caramel. Medium body, the finish is bitter and dry. Drinkable, this is a nice one, glad to have gotten a chance to try it.

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Photo of jamie2dope
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grabbed a couple bombers of this beer at the Brewpub yesterday afternoon. It pours a copper color, with a slow to rise, but rather large and dense white head. Rye and winter spices are prevalent in the smell. It almost has a Winter Warmer quality to it, which makes it a good one for this time of year. The rye plays along really well with all of the spices inside. I get some cinnamon, clove, brown sugar, and maybe a hint of fruit here and there. Mouthfeel is crisp, and a bit larger than I was anticipating. Drinking this is great, it never seems to get boring. I always like a good rye beer, and this one delivers on all fronts, with a nice holiday twist to it. Probably not worth going out of your way to seek out, but certainly one to try if you happen to be in Portsmouth. Cheers

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Photo of DIM
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a: This was a slightly hazy, coppery peach color. It poured with a big, craggy, off-white head that faded to moderate lace fairly quickly.

s: Wow, I wasn't expecting Belgianesque sweetness from this one! Sweet, moderately fruity, candied sugar aromas are blunted somewhat by some spicy, prickly rye notes.

t: This wasn't as sweet as the smell would suggest. Mildly tart and spicy apricot flavors up front. The finish brings a nice, sharp rye bite.

m: Makes the mouth feel very full, big bodied and gently carbonated.

d: Another interesting Portsmouth brew from joepais. This one caught me off guard, but I enjoyed it and recommend trying this if given the chance.

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Photo of gford217
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle courtesy of MrRetardedMonkey poured into a tulip.

Pours a clear, dark amber with a large creamy cream-colored head that lingers as a small cap for a while and leaves spotty lacing.

The aroma is very sweet with caramel malts with some interesting banana/cotton candy aromas that I was not expecting in a rye beer. The rye is very subtle in the aroma.

The is not nearly as sweet as the aroma and has a much more prominent rye presence that leaves a spiciness through the finish. The caramel sweetness is still there in the background but the other sugary stuff is not really there.

The mouthfeel is what you would expect from a rye with a super silky smoothness that coats the mouth completely.

This is very interesting take on the style with some aromatics that I was not expecting. I really enjoyed this one and thanks again to Scottie for hooking me up with another Portsmouth brew.

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Photo of MrMonkey
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed at the brewery the day before Thanksgiving. Just found my notes.

Pours a dark amber with a 1.5 finger off-white head that fades slowly to a skim coat and a sticky ring. Some thick lacing left behind just at the top of the glass as the head recedes, but nothing else.

Smell is toasted rye bread, some peppery spice, and a hint of earthy, floral hops. There's a faint fruitiness in there as well.

Taste starts off with some biscuity malt before the spicy rye comes forward. As it warms, the rye becomes more prominent, with a hint of caramel sweetness backing it up. Finishes with more of that peppery spice.

Medium-bodied, crisp mouthfeel. Very refreshing.

If it weren't for other beers on tap I want to enjoy, I could easily drink several of these. I guess I'll have to settle on bringing home a bottle or two. A solid winter brew!

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