Thursday, 22 March 2007

Review: Smuttynose Portsmouth Lager

Smuttynose Portsmouth Lager from Smuttynose Brewing Company
Rating: B

This one came in my excellent Secret Bunny package from mymrnngjckt.

Appearance: Orange-tinted gold in color, hazy but most likely due to the amount of traveling it's been through lately and only an hour or so in the chill chest before being poured. Small head, with not much retention.

Smell: Mild malt, and some Saaz hop aromas. Typically lager "clean," but not boring in the least, in this case.

Taste: Well-balanced. Light and more malty than hoppy, but with a solid backbone of bitterness. I swear I'm picking up a hint of diacetyl, but maybe I'm confusing it with the Saaz flavors here... Vaguely English Pale Ale-ish in flavor profile, like buttered toast.

Mouthfeel: Light and crisp, good carbonation. Makes for easy drinking.

Drinkability: High and sessionable, with its low ABV. A nice and flavorful break from high octane ales.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 03-22-2007 18:05:59

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