Porkslap Pale Ale - Butternuts Beer & Ale

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Porkslap Pale AlePorkslap Pale Ale

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Ratings: 809
Reviews: 333
rAvg: 3.2
pDev: 18.75%
Wants: 13
Gots: 74 | FT: 0
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New York, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: John on 03-04-2006

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Photo of GnomeKing
2.86/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The mouthfeel is so thin that any taste the beer has just doesn't assert itself. The most prominent impression is made by an odd aftertaste, which I think comes from the hops but tastes like hops gone bad. Do I really need to keep describing this one? Nah.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Moneypenny
2.93/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.25

Inoffensive. Thin on the palate. Mild aroma of ginger. Dubious lace. Wan carbonation. Gosh darn cute label.

Photo of oberon
3.14/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

My first taste of Butternuts canned offerings,this poured a nice deep golden with a tight 1 1/2 finger head that really stuck like glue to the glass as it settled very slowly,it goes down from here though.Not much in the nose definently no hops to speak of really slight toastiness and caramel sweetness but its nothing to write home about for sure,something is off in my mind flavor wise kind of a funky sweetness in the finish the lightly sweeter malt base is ok a little buttery flavor with some caramel.To me there is no semblence of hops to be found wither in the nose or flavor to one dimensional and a little odd,I wont seek out again.

Photo of orbitalr0x
2.81/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Always excited to try some more micros in cans..this one arrives in a bright orange can with two pigs bouncing their bellies together, seriously. Pours from the can into my tulip glass a dark amber/red color with a thin head of off white bubbles. Aromas are rather mundane with a bit of toasty, biscuity malt and a odd sort of peppery spiciness. Subtle earthy hops in the background with a fruity, berry accent. Overall aroma is just plain weird for a pale ale and slightly off putting.

First sip brings a toasted/biscuity maltiness that's rather light. Again, I get an odd sort of spiciness on the way down with only a touch of earthy, non descript hops. Somewhat dry and fruity, but overall just pretty bland for an APA. Seems more like a kind of mellow amber ale than anything. Aftertaste leaves something to be desired.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side with lots of fast moving carbonation. Goes down smooth but doesn't really have anything that leaves me wanting more. The carbonation is a bit stingy on the tongue. One is enough for me. Thanks to plaid75 for the opportunity to sample this one.

Photo of SunDevilBeer
3.42/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I really like the ginger taste of this beer, despite what the other reviewers say.

I'll admit, my 1st tasting of this beer I really didn't care for it. But I bought the mix pack a 2nd time since I dug the wheat beer, so I tried it again.

As mentioned before - smell and taste are ginger, ginger, ginger. I dig it - different.

This is an easy-drinking sessionable beer that isn't too pretentious. Did I mention it has a strong ginger taste???? :0)

Photo of bishopdc0
3.63/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy amber almost brown in color good lace
The aroma is malty upfront pale with crystal malts with a slight hoppy citrus.

The taste is an emglish style malty with full buttery taste. The hops make an appearance in the end slightly bitter with a pale nuttery finish.

Photo of Billolick
3.95/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce can. Yeah- cans are cool IMHO for a change and for all the reasons stated above or below as the case may be....I like the humorous graphics as well. This APA pours clear medium golden/amond amber, with a light tan head, pretty rich and creamy, mostly tiny bubbles and leaves respectable, long lasting lacing. Nose is of light hops, and some slightly smokey maple. Drinkable, nicely balanced ale, notes of light smoke, honey, toasted malts and perhaps some biscuits. Nicely done, pleasant quaffer, good road trip brew cuz of its drinkability and easy packing. More worthy brew from another new NY State brewery, good luck Butternuts!!

Photo of Homebrew35
3.64/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

No head to speak of when pouring. A nice orangy fairly clear body. Smells a bit sweet, carmel, some citrus, some grass too. Taste is crisp, medium dry earthyness, Carmel, citrus, slight hop bitterness on the finish. Low carbonation, thin body, easy to down a few of these. I pick this up again but not any time soon, maybe on a rainy day. Not bad but not noteworthy. I do love the artwork and the storage cantainer.

Photo of tigg924
2.58/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: brown in color, medium carbonation, clear, 1/3 inch head

Smell: toasted malt, honey, and bread

Taste: toasted malt, honey, and bread

Mouthfeel: semi-sweet, light body with high carbonation.

Drinkability: A watery and weak pale ale. It goes down easy enough. If I was camping I could drink a six but nothing to get excited about or reach for.

Photo of jondeelee
3.98/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I admit: I bought this beer for the label. How could I not, with its charming belly-bumping pigs suspended mid-air beneath a cartoon-font name? And I bought the beer expecting exactly nothing of it. My first whiff thus was a pleasant surprise, as I encountered not the bland skunkiness of an Anheuser-Busch product, but a nose full of malt: butternut squash and apricot, macadamia nut and orange, all suspended over fresh wheat.

On the tongue, the beer continued to surprise, for though it wasn't as fruity as the nose promised, it still carried a good load of light fruit esters (white grape, lychee nut), as well as Grape Nuts cereal-like toasted grains. The label says "all malt," but there's a good bit of hops in here as well, providing a nice grapefruit-bitter background. The flavors are rounded out by a surprising, but somehow appropriate, splash of ginger root (which is actually added, and does not result merely from the malt). The flavors are quite distinct, and the brew has been made lovingly, with good quantities of malts and hops. The aftertaste tends to sway a bit excessively toward grapefruit and ginger, but the main part of the mouthful is enjoyable.

Overall, while I can't say this is a stellar pale ale, it is an interesting and highly quaffable one, and will no doubt make its way into my fridge again, or at least my camping cooler.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another interesting session ale, a slightly hazed caramel amber hue with a slightly off white head. Leaves speckled lacing down the sides of my pint, aromatics are impressive caramel and spicy ginger with herbal citric hops arising in there as well. A strong caramel/almost butterscotch tone as well, it's pretty wild, sweet but not overly still malt driven. Flavor is pretty funky with the fresh ginger, and straight cereal malt flavors. A bit herbal earthy hops, but it definitely strays from the typical APA that throws citric/floral oils at you. Mouthfeel has dryness/bitterness from both the hops and the ginger, which doesn't really burn but it leaves a nice flavor. Carbonation is pretty mellow which works well with the style, again a solid offering from a brewery I've avoided for quite awhile. I don't know the cans just look like something I wouldn't care for. Don't judge a book by it's cover right? Solid funky pale ale that strays from the norm and keeps it interesing, like a good creative homebrewer gone pro in upstate NY at an old dairy farm. Oh, wait that's Butternuts.

Photo of chinchill
4.05/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz can served in standard pint glass.

A - nice copper color with light tan head. Head is short-lived but leaves partial top coat and side lacing.

S - sweet floral malt with mild hops

T - Crisp, smooth and malty. Brewery reports that this "beer is flavored with crystal hop and a touch of fresh ginger"; the ginger (thankfully?) is just barely detectable. Citrus and caramel notes are more obvious. Nice progression of tastes and lingering finish. Nearly a 4.5

M - a bit light. Well carbonated.

An interesting and malty but well-ballanced PA "brewed with 2 row N. American barley and English crystal malt".

Photo of OStrungT
2.35/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a slightly cloudy golden orange color, with a thick, fluffylight tan head. the head fades very slowly, leaving a massive lace.

This beer has a slightly astringent aroma. It smells citrusy as well. It dosnet really have a very appealing aroma.

This beer tastes slightly oxidized. It has a grassy hop flavor as well. This beer dosent taste very appealing either.

This beer is highly carbonated. It leaves an astringent aftertaste reminicent of industrial cleaners.

I dont know about the drinkability of this one. It is low in alcohol, but it just dosent taste too good.

Overall: Thanks to JWC215 for the generous hook up. I didnt really care for it. You cant love every beer you drink.

Photo of glid02
3.43/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Part of a mixed 12-pack purchased from Hop City in Atlanta.

Pours a clear copper color with a one-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of a combination of pale and caramel malts with very light hints of floral and citrus hop aromas.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Grainy pale and slight caramel malt flavors up front are joined by small amounts of citrus hops midway through the sip. Near the end of the sip the malt flavors grow a bit darker before a mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It has a nice thickness with solid carbonation.

Drinkability is OK. I finished my can but I'm not so sure about another.

Overall this is a decent EPA but not one I'm likely to order again.

Photo of Brenden
3.29/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

The color is a darker than expected orange-yellow. The head shows weakness even as it pours and the general look is fizzy, a little too bubbly not to be concerned. Once it's poured out my suspicions are confirmed that there's a general looseness to it. Lacing isn't nonexistent, but close to negligible.
The aroma doesn't lack pungency. A floral and more tropical than citrus fruits are the main elements. There's just the slightest touch of an almost gingery spicy element though it's a far cry from Good Juju. Dry malts are difficult to detect and makes this beer on the one-dimensional side.
The bite from hops bitterness has some depth to it and is complemented by a decent balance from malts. A little spiced sort of sourness kicks in just at the finish. This is a solid APA with just a very slight off flavor.
As feared, this beer is bitingly fizzy and bubbly; at least I can't claim it's not crisp. Let it sit and it feels just a little smoother, though not enough for the drinkability one looks for in a style like this. The bracing crispness sticks around until this beer's been allowed to rest awhile; even then, it doesn't abate enough for comfort.

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

Gotta love beers in a can, especially when they have great artwork and quasi-pornographic names like porkslap....

A-slightly veiled copper amber with a creamy eggshell head.

S-Floral hops with caramel malts and a slightly spicy hint in the background.

T-Spice hits the palate first. Do i detect ginger? Odd. Very dry throughout with an especially astringent finish. Clean and refreshing. Decent, but not mindblowing.

M-Medium light with balanced carbonation.

D-Interesting, if somewhat lackluster brew. I'd buy it again, mainly because there are so few choices in cans. As I review this, I actually like it better than the first one I cracked open a few weeks ago.

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

Butternuts- Porkslap

A- Reddish copper brown with a small sticky head. Good lacing!
S- Grainy, with a touch of earthy hops.
T- Very grainy, nutty, with a woodsy earthy hop flavor. All very subdued.
M- Watery with an acidic/ bitter finish.

Overall- Not much going on in this one. Use it for drinking games.

Photo of jmz62565
3.65/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber with a smallish head that disappears quickly. The color is darker than other pale ales. The smell is citrus hops and a "bisquity" aroma. Not bad,and stronger than other pale ales. The taste is all citrus hops,but it is somewhat watery,with bread yeast,and floral flavors. The m/f is light with everthing mixing well. A pretty good beer with a real hop flavor although it does taste watered down. Still not bad and worth a try.

Photo of asabreed
3.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. can into a pint glass.

Appearance: Lighter amber color with a head that sinks down to the top of the brew's body after a few minutes and doesn't leave a significant amount of lacing on the glass, though a swirl or two seems to get it charged back fairly quickly.

Smell: Almost too initially buttery, with some sweet bread or sugar cookie, with raisins or something, along with an odd meld of leafy but watered-down hops. Interesting, but a bit too weird and nervy and unbalanced to warrant much more nose in the glass.

Taste: Initial hop and bitterness bite with something I can't put my finger on, maybe raisins, or vinous semi-dryness, or fruit. A bit of diacetyl and bread crust too. Finish is a bit dry with some wet hop notes coming through.

Mouthfeel: A bit too slick and watery as its base, though there's a decent burst of carbonation at the end to save it from below average territory.

Drinkability: Not bad overall, and easy to put down, though there's not a lot of complexity, and it reminds me more of an ESB than a Pale Ale.

Photo of Magpie14
3.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: clouded crimson color, reasonable head retention and not to much lacing. Nice color overall!

S: malts, honey sweetness, watered hops and grains

T: honey sweetness, touch of watery grains with a bit of bitterness. Floral hops, caramel, and a touch of toasted malts

M: mild and refreshingly crisp, good feel overall

D: I would have no problem hitting a few of these. Straight forward brew. Thanks to Karsten24 for the can of Pork Slap and all the good times!

Photo of Sammy
3.11/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Passable beer. Good foamy head and lace. OK scent and taste, the latter a bit citrus C hop. Light on mouthfeel, malty with a tad of toasty kicking it at the finish. This could be OK after the lawn, and too malty and not quite hoppy to deserve being called a pale. Thanks Crwills.

Photo of tdm168
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.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.97/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Porkslap pours a slightly hazy, dull copper body beneath a short head of creamy white froth. The head retention is limited, and it soon drops to an average collar and whispy surface covering. Some nice patches of tiny sopts about the glass do redeem it a bit.

The nose is nicely hoppy (floral and somewhat leafy) over a caramelish, toasted malt base.

It's medium-light bodied and gently crisp in the mouth.

The flavor offers a solid combination of grainy, toasty, and caramelish malt; leafy, floral, piney, and mildly grassy hops; and bold bitterness. It finishes dry and lightly spicy with a touch of residual sweetish and toasty malt (and almost a kind of smokiness similar to the phenolics of a weizen yeast).

An enjoyable pale ale to be sure! I wish I had another one... I couldn't really get a grip on exactly what's going on. At first it seems quite simple, but once you look there are a lot of subtle nuances. Very nice!

Photo of Ezone024
3.52/5  rDev +10%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours out a cloudy deep amber with a huge spongy head
Smells of bready malt and earthy wholesome hops that have a very refreshing clean air scent.

Nothing in the taste department really stands out however this is a really tasty brew. I'm tasting mostly the bready malt followed by a really clean finish.

This beer is well balanced medium bodied and really easy to drink.

not really like any other pale ale's more just like a regular beer with a complete taste.

i'd certainly buy this beer again!

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

Thanks to csmiley for his generosity.

Appearance: It's a little hazy and amber in color. Head was white and about a finger deep. It disappeared quickly and left a light coat of lace sticking to the glass.

Smell: It's earthy up front and features some grainy characteristics. Malts are noteable and provide a bit of a sweet smell. Hops are stronger than you'd think and are mostly floral, perhaps attributing to the earthy smell. It's straight forward and a little light on the nose. Tough to pick up much past that.

Taste: It's malty and sweet on the first sip. Hops kick in very quickly and provide some bitterness, but not much. There's definitely more of a floral quality to them which results in a more earthy flavor. It's more malty and sweet than hoppy. It's a little grainy and tastes slightly watered down. Sweet and slightly yeasty finish.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's light bodied and has a decent feel. It's a little crisp and goes down pretty easy. Carbonation is good. Drinkability is above average, but it's lacking in flavor which limits it quite a bit.

This is a pretty good pale ale, but it hardly stands out. There's too many great beers of this style on the market to warrant repeat purchases. It's far from a bad beer though. It just could stand a healthy addition of hops and a beefing up of the nose. All in all, worth a try.

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Porkslap Pale Ale from Butternuts Beer & Ale
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