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Porkslap Pale Ale - Butternuts Beer & Ale

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Porkslap Pale AlePorkslap Pale Ale

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Ratings: 734
Reviews: 322
rAvg: 3.19
pDev: 19.12%
Wants: 10
Gots: 35 | FT: 0
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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North Carolina

5/5  rDev +56.7%

12-09-2011 05:10:18 | More by TKHawn61
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5/5  rDev +56.7%

05-03-2013 13:35:19 | More by pigvomit
Photo of whatyousay

New York

4.75/5  rDev +48.9%

12-26-2012 17:06:47 | More by whatyousay
Photo of leannlovr

New York

4.72/5  rDev +48%

This beer was malty yet not syrupy. It had a slight hoppy finish which rounded it off nicely. It looked and smelled crisp and clean. The mouthfeel was light and not at all heavy or lingering. Overall a great beer for a session on just with dinner. I also have to mention the nice bouquet on the beer as well.

01-31-2010 03:58:56 | More by leannlovr
Photo of dogknot

New York

4.53/5  rDev +42%

This beer is doesn't have the complexity of some superior beers, BUT on the other hand it is unpretentious in its simple packaging and taste. Its balance and drinkability are porkslaps selling points. Taste is a great balance between the malt and hops with a slight spiciness, color is a cloudy light amber. Definitely a "best buy" type of beer, will buy it over and over again.

07-04-2010 03:18:13 | More by dogknot
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4.53/5  rDev +42%

I ran into a bud of mine while walking home. He said "check this beer out!", and broke off a can from the six pack. The pigs on the label are cute, and the orange can made me think of cream soda.

Onto the beer!

I poured it into a Schwelmer pils glass.

Deep bronze colour, and a nice thin white head.

It smells like a good pale ale; it reminded me of Sammy Smith, only lighter.

It tastes good. Light caramel, light toast notes, slightly bitter after taste, but in a good way.

The mouthfeel and drinkability are great.

This is a simple, tasty beer that just goes down well and is very easy to drink. Plus the can is just neat. Give it a try!

03-02-2010 00:22:46 | More by nephlim
Photo of halxyz


4.53/5  rDev +42%

If you've ever wished you could find a fresh American made bitter, this is a beer you should try.

Judging from other ratings this is a very misunderstood beer. It is not for American Pale Ale hopheads, but if you are looking for an English style bitter it's a beer you can love. The hops and the conditioning are restrained compared to most American pales, but why is that a bad thing? There is both balance and harmony in this beer. I recently had Porkslap from a cask and it was simply outstanding. From the can, I would highly recommend pouring to a glass to get the pleasure of its mouth feel. The added ginger made me dubious going in, but it is so restrained and complementary to the hop profile that folks didn't know there was ginger until told. I can be a hophead too, but this beer is not intended to compete with them and I for one am grateful for the alternsative.

04-29-2008 12:58:02 | More by halxyz
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New York

4.5/5  rDev +41.1%

11-21-2011 01:09:10 | More by Amalak
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4.5/5  rDev +41.1%

Poured out of a 12oz can into a pint glass. Served cold.

A-amber body, off-white thick head

S-buttery, fruity scent

T-buttery front, sweet, grainy some hop at the end.

M-medium and well carbonated

D-this beer really has turned me on to canned beer again. Incredibly drinkable. I found myself really drinking this over and over. I will drink this again.

04-23-2010 15:33:07 | More by jneiswender
Photo of p0wn

New York

4.5/5  rDev +41.1%

An exceptional session beer. Have never poured it, as it is in a bright orange can... some beers are for pouring, others are not. Has a ginger-ey type flavor, with a light pale ale taste.

A little thin, the mixture of malt and hops are very balanced, a distinct note of hops at the end.

Perfect for your friends who usually only drink macros, as it has a bold yet not overpowering flavor.

01-18-2008 20:07:31 | More by p0wn
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4.5/5  rDev +41.1%

07-09-2012 14:41:31 | More by beerdedbiker
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4.5/5  rDev +41.1%

03-03-2012 20:59:40 | More by brandonasplundh
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Rhode Island

4.5/5  rDev +41.1%

01-20-2012 03:21:11 | More by havenshine
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Rhode Island

4.5/5  rDev +41.1%

02-26-2013 17:25:59 | More by Wiedemann
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New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +41.1%

03-02-2012 04:28:10 | More by Trombone69
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New Jersey

4.47/5  rDev +40.1%

This can looks awesome. Some might think these two pigs belly bumping on the front is cheezy, but who doesn't want to drink a beer that has two hogs belly bumping on the front because they are so excited about the brew inside?

Look: Nice three finger bone white head,Soap bubble head with pretty good retention, Slightly hazy copper color ( about a 13 SRM), lacing is good, bubbles slowly float to the top.

Smell: Sticky sweet smelling malt, funk (not a bad one at all, it is a "farmhouse" ale style), grassy/hay/grain/light barn smell (not bad), bit of pine, wet wood (like after a rain storm in the woods), slightly fruity smelling like orange oil, peppery, leathery cigar smoke (like your old man's leather jacket that he'd wear smoking cigars on the porch. Not bad at all.)

Taste: Hm, wow. Slightly sweet malt, grass, yeasty, oaky, grains, funk (still the good funk), peppery, peach (that after a peach taste) slight cream kind of taste, light hop back bone that finishes piney. The body is the only thing that is a let down. Its light, not seriously light, but enough to be noticed.

Final Thoughts: I really like this. The only thing it lacks for me is more body. It's exactly what it seems to claim to be and does it well. It's a pale ale with a farmhouse twist. I was worried they might under do or over do the "farmhouse funk", but its perfect. I love beers like this, where the nose brings great thoughts and memories. I really love funky beers. Though I can see how this beer might not be for everyone, Butternuts did a fine job on this one.

07-26-2011 01:02:07 | More by bpw28
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New York

4.25/5  rDev +33.2%

06-18-2012 22:58:55 | More by philistinedream
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4.25/5  rDev +33.2%

This was absolutely amber. Quite dark for a pale ale. Still, nice clarity, a two finger head with descent retention and rings of sticky lace rings.

The aroma is a nice citrus hops on a caramel backbone. Simple, balanced. Orange peel and grapefruit.

The flavor is nicely balanced with a clean, bready bottom and a touch of caramel with orange rind, grapefruit and lemon zest.

Crisp, refreshing, easy drinking

Very nice, drinkable session beer.

01-16-2012 18:02:24 | More by JayS2629
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North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +33.2%

02-21-2013 02:45:51 | More by DasBoot2112
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4.22/5  rDev +32.3%

I was so excited to find a six pack of this at Wegman's in Lakewood, NY 8 29 09. Consumed 8 30 09 at my brother's house near Chautaqua Institute just down the road. Six pack was priced at just under $10.

A Light caramel opaque body under a brief, light brown head. Extra credit for the great label that pretty much inspired me to buy this beer. 4.5

S Light hops, malt. Solid Pale Ale smell. 4.0

T Kind of basic pale ale with some hops but in good balance with a moderate light roasted malt. Very nice. 4.0

M Moderate to light and appropriate to style. 4.0

D The best feature of this beer. My pint was gone before I knew it. 5.0

Notes: I freely admit that I bought this in part due to the excellent label on the can. Every time that I look at it I laugh.

09-05-2009 01:45:29 | More by adamette
Photo of Ozzylizard


4.11/5  rDev +28.8%

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.

07-02-2014 01:21:15 | More by Ozzylizard
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4.09/5  rDev +28.2%

12 oz. can poured into a pilsner glass.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy amber with a pillowy white head with good retention. Carbonation is heavy.

Aroma: Slightly floral in nature, with a big malt presence.

Taste: Malt, malt, malt. This beer has a nice big malty flavor up front with some breadiness and floralness in the background. They aren't kidding with the little emblem on the can that say "all malt." Also some slight spiciness, especially on the finish.

Mouthfeel: This is a pleasure to drink - the depth and balance are just right.

Overall: Pretty terrific pale ale in a can. Hard to say "no" to this. A great all purpose ale; I paired it with lentil tacos and guacamole and it was perfect. I venture it'd be a great match for most meals.

05-31-2014 00:40:20 | More by illpass78
Photo of IBUnit63


4.08/5  rDev +27.9%

From can into Alpine mug...

Poyurs a cloudy apple cider brown with ample carbonation and a wispy thin head that comes and goes, leaving decent lacing.

Nice bance of boiled malt with apples and cinnamon with a fait complement of mild piney hops.

Clean and austere malt profile, resembling a lighter pale ale, with a fair amount of English-style grassy and piney hoppiness. Cinnamon emerges with warmth. Quite enjoyable.

Very soothing mouthfeel-hearty, woody, rustic and full. Freshness and carbonation give this one some nice ups.

This drinks lightly and quickly. Calorie count only 150 per the can. Another very enjoyable effort from the gentlemen down Route 80 in the 607.

10-08-2008 12:39:59 | More by IBUnit63
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Rhode Island

4.08/5  rDev +27.9%

Pours to a nice two finger head with nice retention. A citrus hop aroma that grabs you right away. A mild hazy amber color. Has a little bitterness that gives way to a tart and clean finish. Refreshing and very drinkable. Very well done and would love to have this one again.

01-15-2012 05:06:10 | More by rjplumer
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4.08/5  rDev +27.9%

Pours a slightly hazy grade B maple syrup, one finger off white head sinks quickly down to a spotty covering.

Smell is of dried orange peel, green hay, and light pine.

Tastes like alfalfa mixed with toasted oats, orange peel bitterness, and some slight pine freshness.

Mouthfeel isn't bad at all, great body with not too much slickness, carbonation is refreshing but not overpowering. Solid drinkability and feel for an APA.

10-11-2008 06:11:04 | More by currysage1
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Porkslap Pale Ale from Butternuts Beer & Ale
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