Traditional Ales

ABBEY STYLE/ST. DANMON TRIPPEL
Originating in abbey breweries, trippels are brewed with nearly three times the malt as 'normal' beer. This ale is characterized by its deep golden color, medium body, subtle hop aroma and flavor, and a little warming sensation on the finish. 

ALTBIER
Alt is a light brown, medium-bodied ale with a moderate hoppiness. We use German hops for a continental flavor. "Alt" (German for old) refers to the old (ale) style of brewing, predating the advent of lager beers. Ale brewing still dominates in the Rhineland cities of Dusseldorf and Köln, famous for its Kölsch. 

AMERICAN PALE ALE
An all-American beer with Cascade playing second fiddle to Chinook & Palisade hops for a big citrus character.

BARLEYWINE
A deep amber, full bodied, intensely bold beer that is made to show off the true qualities of the malts used.  Flavors of figs and dates and malt sweetness  predominate with enough earthiness from the hops to balance this beer.

BELGIAN DUBBEL
Traditionally, this full-bodied brown ale was brewed to nourish monks during their Lenten fast.  The incorporation of Belgian candi syrup as well as the yeast strain employed give this beer its authentic flavor.

BIERE DE GARDE
This typical French “farmhouse” ale is big in fruity flavors, like apples & cherries, & balanced by a kiss of hops.

BROWN PORTER
As the name implies, this is a brown ale with an assertive hop character.

DUNKELWEIZEN
This dark wheat ale has a touch of roastiness & a crisp refreshing character with a medium body.

ENGLISH STYLE BITTER
Don’t be afraid of the name.  An English Bitter is a stepping stone between a Mild and an ESB.  This light amber beer has a medium body and just enough hops to caress your taste buds.

EXTRA SPECIAL BITTER
Our ESB is a bolder, hoppier pale ale.

5 C’s IPA
Our interpretation of a West Coast IPA is golden, medium-bodied ale that is very hop forward.  The use of Cascade, Chinook, Columbus, Centennial and Crystal hops makes this beer a hophead’s dream.

HEFEWEIZEN
A German style wheat ale,
mit hefe (with yeast). This cloudy, classic is light in body yet big in flavor. Lots of clove & a bit of banana make a big aromatic presence.

KATE THE GREAT RUSSIAN IMPERIAL STOUT
Named Number One Beer in the USA (Number Two on Planet Earth) by Beer Advocate Magazine, Kate is one of our rarest and most talked about beers.
Here's what the Beer Advocates have to say about Kate.

KÖLSCH
This light-bodied, golden German style ale features a light hop profile. Brewed with an authentic yeast from Köln, it is quite drinkable.

MILK STOUT
Medium-bodied and black in color, this unique stout is brewed with thirty pounds of lactose, an unfermentable milk sugar that imparts a very smooth, roasty character in this “sweet” stout.

MILD ALE
A dark light beer. Yes, it is an oxymoron but this dark ale drinks remarkably light at 3.5% alcohol by volume and only 12 IBU’s (bittering units). A unique session beer with a lot more character than American-style ”lite” beers.

MURPHY'S LAW RED ALE
The eponymous creation of our former Head Brewer, Paul Murphy, is a full-bodied ale whose ruby color and toasty sweetness result from the generous use of caramel malt, balanced by four hop additions, including a dry hopping in the conditioning tank.

OATMEAL STOUT
The addition of flaked oats add a “smooth” texture to this big black ale. Lots of chocolate roasty flavors tightened up by an abundance of Pacific Northwest hops.

PORTER
Porter, a full-flavored dark ale with full body & medium hops, is a style that enjoyed enormous popularity during the 1800's, when it was the drink of the working man, especially dockmen and warehouse porters.

SAISON
A beer made for the migrant workers
, or saisonnières, during harvest season in France. A light, yet refreshing and full-flavored ale with a crisp spiciness to quench the heaviest of thirsts. 

SCOTCH ALE
A big, malty, amber ale 
brewed in the tradition of the Scottish highlands with a touch of smoked malt. Full-bodied & smooth.

WEIZENHEIMER
Our most popular summer elixir. An American wheat beer made with 55% wheat malt and 45% barley malt. Light, crisp, tart, & refreshing.

WHIPPERSNAPPER AMERICAN MILD
Hardly a mild beer! With big hop flavor & aroma, this light colored, medium-bodied ale is big in flavor & highly sessionable.

WINTER WEIZEN
This hefeweizen is brewed with a bit more wheat malt & hops to create a well balanced, robust winter ale.

WIT
A touch of sweet & bitter: orange, coriander, pepper & cumin along with a special yeast make this summer wheat ale crisp & refreshing!

XX BITTER
This Belgian style pale ale is hopped to the XX-treme.  Hops predominate in this deep golden, medium-bodied ale. 


The Portsmouth Brewery • 56 Market Street • Portsmouth NH 03801
603-431-1115

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