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Porkslap Pale Ale - Butternuts Beer & Ale

Porkslap Pale AlePorkslap Pale Ale

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Ratings: 666
Reviews: 318
rAvg: 3.2
pDev: 19.38%

Brewed by:
Butternuts Beer & Ale visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  4.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: John on 03-04-2006)
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Photo of mscudder


3.31/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Served in a globe.

A - Cloudy amber hue with a large ivory head. Fair retention with average lacing.

S - Malts, light caramel, ginger and citrus. Rather bland to my nose.

T - Lots of bread with a touch of the elements in the nose.

M - Medium body with moderate carbonation.

O - For a low-ABV APA, this is not half bad, just not for me.

Serving type: can

03-13-2014 00:39:07 | More by mscudder
Photo of psoriasaurus


2.08/5  rDev -35%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Saw "Porkslap," on the menu, absolutely had to order one. Well, the name is the only thing that this beer has going for it. Extremely bland on all counts. Absolutely nothing to pick up on the nose, and about as much complexity as extremely diluted sewer water. Don't let the awesome name of this beer deceive you.

Serving type: can

02-13-2014 02:54:15 | More by psoriasaurus
Photo of AlmaMatters

New York

3.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A beautiful amber pale ale with a crisp taste when ICE COLD. the carbonation subsides rather quickly, so you should drink quickly!

A - Light amber with hints of hop, malt and citrus...a little nutmeg too

S - metallic due to can

T - Tons of hop and malt at first, but a smooooth finish

M - Crisp and watery; low carbonation throughout

Overall - Drink it fast! The carbonation falls as does the coolness, but still refreshing

Serving type: can

02-08-2014 00:38:42 | More by AlmaMatters
Photo of StonedTrippin


3.94/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this is one of new yorks best kept secrets, and a beer that is punishingly underrated here on BA. it pours a dense amber color with a sturdy white head, but I like it best from an ice cold can. its got the perfect mix of grain and hops in both aroma and flavor. touches of sweet, dusty red malts are countered before they can even set in by bitter English and American hops, piney for the most part, but a little citric, just a really nice balance and level come complexity not commonly found in this style, despite billions of attempts. at a low abv, its real sessionable for me, and the fuller body but upbeat carbonation keep with that theme. its around all year, but I like it best in early fall, before real heavy beer is up, but long after the summer beers no longer seem right. don't let the funny name and poor ratings deter you, this really is a winner. more of a hoppy amber to me than anything else, this is worth a try if you've never had it, and worth revisiting if you have.

Serving type: can

08-05-2013 14:21:08 | More by StonedTrippin
Photo of dar482

New York

2.9/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours in a amber color.

The aroma has tons of breadiness, but also this strange herbally funk going on.

The flavor has a metallic bitterness and leaves a strange taste in the mouth. It's really heavy on the malt and lacks bitterness.

I thought I liked this beer more, but I guess not.

Serving type: can

06-22-2013 23:08:45 | More by dar482
Photo of apants007

New York

3.03/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

poured form a bottle into a pint glass

a: a little cloudy, amber, with a nice head that sticks around for a while.

s: bready with a hint of kool-aid

t: artificial lime (think jolly rancher) with a hint of pine... not a bad mix actually... and a metallic bitterness... not a good thing.

mf: the metallic tasted leaves my mouth feeling dry and thirsty... actually makes my mouth "feel" something... strange.

had some of this left over after a dinner party. I like the option for something better than bud in a can for beaches and other bottle unfriendly zones... but the taste doesn't seem to lend itself to that environment... I don't mind it right now... but I won't seek it out.

Serving type: can

06-20-2013 21:35:23 | More by apants007
Photo of angusdegraosta

New York

3.51/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Carbonation fizzes mightily and is gone. Caramel colored. No fancy lacing. It smells great - predominately malt with some herby hops. The taste is a little mouth-puckeringly dry, but balanced with the malt overall. What's good is that it's a distinctive APA without a bitter hop kick. The mouthfeel is carbonated, bur pleasant. Drinkable? Sure is. I'd get it again.

Serving type: can

06-05-2013 21:07:18 | More by angusdegraosta
Photo of Antikythera

New York

3.56/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: golden amber, crystal-clear. Thin head that never goes away entirely. Now that the glass has warmed up and I've drunk half, it's still sitting on there like very fine soapsuds.

s: biscuity and a little sweet. As it warms up the sweet turns a bit honeyish.

t: wheaty, a little bit sour at the end.

m: fizzy but not distractingly so.

o: a decent pale ale without anything unpleasant. Could be my go-to this summer for stocking the party cooler.

Serving type: can

03-19-2013 23:56:12 | More by Antikythera
Photo of gopens44


2.2/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Ok, so it looks pretty enough. Nice foamy creme colored head, hazy copper appearance and thick, luxurious lacing. Good stops there. Smell is somewhere between soapy and biscuity with little else happening. Taste starts out with a touch of citrus that gives way to mineral water memory I have from when I was a kid and Perrier just arrived stateside. Not a particularly good memory. Got some aftertaste going on here too -- like it was sweeter than it came across.

Obviously I am not a big fan, but it would make a great picture.

Serving type: can

03-07-2013 23:46:03 | More by gopens44
Photo of Bowdoinbeerboy


3.23/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a can, purchases this sixer at trader Joe's for 7.99.

Very little head on this beer, and almost no lacing. The beer itself is a fairly hazing golden amber color. I expected this beer to be much clearer than it is, perhaps unfiltered? Regardless, I like it!

The nose is fairly subdued, light piney hop notes, that quickly fade to a WONDERFUL malty notes, not bready per see, almost candied fruit? This is light though and only became apparent after the beer warmed up some.

The taste is somewhat of a let down after a surprisingly subtle nose. This beer may be slightly over-carbonated, I get a fairly stong metallic taste and a fairly bitter flavor. The beer leaves a tangy metallic, over-carbonated aftertaste.

Overall, this beer is not bad. It is a well-priced and approachable sixer, a little over-bitter for my taste and perhaps metallic, but the nose is truly sublime.

Serving type: can

01-09-2013 20:10:34 | More by Bowdoinbeerboy
Photo of RedMosquito1

South Carolina

3.18/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Porkslap is what I'd rate as "drinkable". First impression was not great, as it had an odd dry bitterness that was unexpected versus other pale ales. By the third tasting, I enjoyed that bitterness as a unique quality of the beer. The front of the taste is weak, but the aftertaste is solid. Carbonation was heavy.

Definitely would session in the future.

Serving type: can

12-23-2012 02:37:54 | More by RedMosquito1
Photo of Drunkelstiltskin


3.48/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Even though I am not the biggest pale ale fan, I do enjoy this beer. Tastes like a cross between a pale ale and a Belgian white. Light orange in color and moderately cloudy. Strong and unique in flavor this beer is a must try for the ale connoisseur.

Serving type: can

11-11-2012 17:13:00 | More by Drunkelstiltskin
Photo of dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.4/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a very lightly hazy dark copper to amber in color with moderate to significant amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall beige head that quickly reduces to a small patch of extremely thin film and a very thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light amounts of caramel malts with even lighter notes of earthy hops and ginger.

T: Very similar to the smell, there is a light flavor of caramel malts with just a touch of sweetness followed by some earthy hops and ginger notes. Light to moderate bitterness that lingers slightly.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Crisp and smooth with some light dryness in the finish.

O: Pretty easy to drink and could easily be sessionable for me... I like the addition of the ginger giving it a slightly spicy hint.

Serving type: can

10-19-2012 22:21:19 | More by dbrauneis
Photo of orangedive


3.45/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Butterscotch yellow. Lots of carbonation bubbling to the top. Short, off-white head.

S - A little orange candy smell. There's a slight vinegar smell, but it's nice. It's like a hint of an open salt 'n vinegar bags of chips. Just a hint though. Also, some nice floral hops notes.

T - Very balanced. Nice malty flavor with a good hoppy balance. A nice pale ale with a bit of orange tootsie roll flavor. Not terribly complex, but that's not a bad thing.

M - it's fine. Not thin, smooth enough.

O - a very good pale ale. It's above average and a nice session beer. The sweetness on the aftertaste may become a little cloying, but it's a solid beer.

Serving type: can

09-27-2012 01:59:40 | More by orangedive
Photo of NiceTaps

New Jersey

3.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap in a pint glass.

A-copper in color that lightens to a gold when held to the light. One finger head with some good lacing.

S- dry bread and malt unlike most pale ales. Slightly sweet bbq aroma.

T-semi-sweet dry caramel malt, not a hop found here.

M- despite its minimal carbonation, mouthfeel is full bodied and bready, thick.

O- it's ok. I drank it on three different visits to a local dive bar. At first, I thought that it was a brown ale, not a pale ale. I still feel that way. Oh, and it's not worth the $5 that I paid for a draft pint.

Serving type: on-tap

09-09-2012 00:30:56 | More by NiceTaps
Photo of Binky61

3.38/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is my version of an everyday beer for me. It's not too much to pay for more than the the macro-bud-miller-coors (you get the picture) juggernaut, but much better.

To be honest I first was drawn to the name, but after tasting it, I was pleased. A good APA for the money.

Serving type: can

08-09-2012 19:46:07 | More by Binky61
Photo of micromaniac129


3.38/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a tall head but nonlasting and the head fades away.
Aroma is light with hops and malts.
Taste is desent with a good malt backbone and some citrus hops coming through.
Beer drinks smooth with very little bitterness.
A good tasting beer.
Got this at the North pole general store in Wilmington Ny which also has a fairly desent selection but with no real surprises.

Serving type: can

08-09-2012 18:53:39 | More by micromaniac129
Photo of BeerKangaroo


2.89/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Into my nonic:

A: copper/orange colored body that leaves a one finger white head, barely any lacing

S: hops up front backed up with a combination of citrus, roasty bread and butter.

T: pretty much the same with more of a buttery aftertaste.

M: light to medium, carbonation is notices, sessionable

O: I see why they are called "Butternuts" and why I most likely won't come back to this because of that weird buttery aftertaste

Serving type: can

08-01-2012 01:33:32 | More by BeerKangaroo
Photo of Tschnab

New York

3.5/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- a copper orange hue, inch cap, thin lace on the glass.

S- hops that give off an orange citrus. Cereal grain and burnt toast as well.

T- more of the same orange hops with a slight herbal note and a good bready note from the malt.

O- a pretty nice pale ale although pretty much a middle ground beer.

Serving type: can

07-24-2012 18:21:36 | More by Tschnab
Photo of OtherShoe2


3.48/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours medium orange with a big billowy head. Some nice lace. Nice note: Yeast is in a nice little pile in the pint. From the can to the glass.

Some toasted dry grain aromas Not getting much beyond that.

Toasted malt, some ok (but mild) hop bitterness, some bread rust bitterness, some herbal notes. But mild. Finishes fairly dry and lightly bitter.

Medium body, good carbonation.

I, uh, am not sure what to think. This would be campfire beer for me. No flavors that would get in the way of food, but nothing special. Just ok.

Serving type: can

07-22-2012 17:10:05 | More by OtherShoe2
Photo of BucannonXC5


3.53/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had in Blue Mountain Lake, N.Y., on July 1, 2012. Can into a pint glass. Three fingers of head. Caramel copper iced tea color. Foamy, bubbly white lacing with average retention.

Smelled light citrus hops, plum, peach, dark fruit and iced tea.

Tasted similar to the smell. Iced tea, lemon and citrus hops. Grass, wheat and bread.

Medium body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Wet smooth finish.

Just about an above average beer overall. Nothing spectacular, nothing horrible.

Serving type: can

07-10-2012 05:36:01 | More by BucannonXC5
Photo of VelvetExtract


3.55/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Slightly murky light copper color. Head is barely there. Thin ring of white fuzz. Leaves lacing islands along the glass.

S-I am sorry but this kinda smells like Cheetos initially. After my nose becomes accustomed to the aroma. I detect some pretty focused caramel maltiness. Hops are nonexistent. This is strictly sweet caramel. I still am getting a dairy/cheese/greek yogurt aroma for some reason.

T-The flavor is refreshing despite its concentrated sweetness. Like a piece of bread covered in sugary whipped butter. Light, light, light grassy hops. Oddly quite refreshing.

M-Fuller than a 4.3% brew normally feels. Mellow, fuzzy carbonation. A bit slick but it feels clean sometimes. The bitterness is very mild but it is detectable.

O/D-Like Moo Thunder, this was better than I expected it to be. Pretty decent. A pleasant surprise captured in an epically decorated aluminum can.

Serving type: can

07-01-2012 22:51:02 | More by VelvetExtract
Photo of tdm168

North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a dark orangish amber with a large cap of loose, dense, off white head that has great retention

S - the nose is grassy with some underlying bready malt aromas

T - lightly bready malt with a faint grassy hop finish

M - light to medium bodied, smooth, well carbonated

This is a very easy to drink APA. It doesn't have tremendous flavor. It's a bit malt forward and lacks any significant hop character. It's easily quaffable and comes in cans which may be it's saving grace.

Serving type: can

06-29-2012 22:26:23 | More by tdm168
Photo of Onenote81

North Carolina

2.58/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Originally reviewed: 4/5/12. 12oz can poured into a pint glass. Pours a darker tawny-orange with a thin egg-white head capping it off. The nose is slightly musty, with some graininess and grassy notes. The body is on the thin side with low-to-moderate carbonation. Really a slick beer. Mild sour notes right off, not from infection, just citrusy tart. Hop bitterness is near absent. Flavors of grains and mild malty sweetness. Overall, this just really isn’t all that flavorable or enjoyable. The market is flooded with this style and there are far better ones that I have easier access to. Won’t revisit this one. I love the can though, so it’s got that going for it.

Serving type: can

06-11-2012 16:32:22 | More by Onenote81
Photo of axeman9182

New Jersey

2.88/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz can with no dating, taken home from ACBF. It was poured into my Bruery tulip.

Porkslap Pale Ale pours a very clear orange, with light tangerine highlights. There's maybe a finger and a half of white foam, with a little bit of head retention but no real lacing. Aroma? The nose on this one is super dull, I have to strain to appreciate anything. Hard to find as it may be, there's a bit of caramel, as well as some orange and minty hops in the nose. The flavor's got more of a biscuity sweetness to it, and a bitterness that's more intense than what I might have expected given the lackluster nose. The finish follows from the nose, with some orange and a bit of herbal mint present. It's a nice change from the hop profile one usually finds, but it's also a bit too muted. The body is surprisingly firm for a lower ABV pale ale, but it's lacking some in the carbonation department. Porkslap Pale Ale's not quite offensive, but it's easily one of the more underwhelming pale ales I've had.

Serving type: can

06-07-2012 03:19:23 | More by axeman9182
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Porkslap Pale Ale from Butternuts Beer & Ale
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