Porkslap Pale Ale - Butternuts Beer & Ale
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Reviews by jondeelee:
3.98/5 rDev +24.8%
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.
Serving type: can
08-06-2011 18:56:23 | More by jondeelee
More User Reviews:
3.14/5 rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
Pours a hazy honey orange with a foamy beige head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, earth, floral, and herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with earth and herbal hop flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an average beer with a super malty presence that overpowers the hops in this one.
Serving type: can
07-10-2014 07:05:25 | More by UCLABrewN84
4.11/5 rDev +28.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Unmarked can at 40 degrees into Duvel snifter
Aroma slightly grainy.
Head large (6.5 cm), white, creamy, slowly diminishing to
Lacing excellent – thick rings and islands of small bubbles
Body medium yellow, slight chill haze
Flavor good – odd taste of ginger which overpowers any hops, begins with an even odder taste of squash as part of the graininess but maybe the squashiness is just suggestion from the brewery name. No hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl.
Palate light to medium, watery, soft carbonation.
This meets the definition of American Pale Ale (sort of) with the maltiness more prevalent than the hops. For me, this is just so odd that I find it crushable. What I define as the squash flavor probably isn’t; more likely what I notice is the graininess. The appearance, head, lacing, and palate are all more typical of an APA than is the flavor. This beer is just weird enough to be really good.
Serving type: can
07-02-2014 01:21:15 | More by Ozzylizard
Porkslap Pale Ale from Butternuts Beer & Ale
74 out of 100 based on 720 ratings.