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Porkslap Pale Ale - Butternuts Beer & Ale

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Porkslap Pale AlePorkslap Pale Ale

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Ratings: 791
Reviews: 327
rAvg: 3.19
pDev: 18.81%
Wants: 14
Gots: 65 | FT: 0
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Butternuts Beer & Ale visit their website
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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Ratings: 791 | Reviews: 327
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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.

Photo of tugdriver7
3.98/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had to buy this can. The artwork alone was worth the purchase. But decent pale ale from a can? Yes. It was great. And quite fresh tasting (thanks to the can). Hazy orange with a nice tan bubbly head. Soft carbonation that brought a soft malty smell to the nose. Flavor was fairly one dimensional, but well balanced with a subtle hops bitterness in the finish.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.98/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

had a couple of new cans from butternuts after work. really solid on both accounts and this was the second of the two. poured cold into a pint this one was consumed on 10/11/2010.

the pour was a nice medium to light amber color with a thick head of white that sat on top throughout the entire session, nice lacing down the glass.

aroma is light, nice little notes of citrus, hints of apple, pears, light grasses and a smooth, even flavor or light fruity yeast. as i take the first sip i get the clean, crisp flavor right off the bat. really nicely done. clean and light hops, a good strain of yeast and very nice carbonation all lead to a solid pale.

overall nicely done. i liked the hefe better, but this was very, very well done.

Photo of tgbljb
3.98/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a cloudy deep amber color with modest white creamy head.
Smell is light with modest amounts of sweet malt and citrusy malt.
Taste also shows some lught malt combined with a light but tasty hop presence.
The hops show themselves more at the finish and present a refreshing ending to this beer.
Very nice to drink, Would be good to session.

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3.97/5  rDev +24.5%
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!

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3.97/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Porkslap pours a dark amber color with some nice peachy colors thrown in. It looks unfiltered as its rather dense looking and somewhat opaque. The head is a good size and pretty dense. Not bad right out of the can.

The smell is sweet orange and ginger. There is some grainy smells as well but mostly its a spicy ginger aroma that I am getting. Quite unique as ginger is not advertised anywhere on the can nor in the description.

A big sip and all I can say is this is a very easy drinking pale ale. Its got some maltiness up front, some citrusy hop bitterness on the tongue but overall its the nice subtle ginger spiciness that really gets me. Its such a nice touch and maybe some of you purists will think I am crazy, but I really like it. There are some unique flavors going on here and if you are looking for traditional pale ale flavor you'll find some of that but not all of that. I like it, a lot.

Porkslap really does its own thing and I commend Butternuts for that. It seems there is a fine line between being creative and being commended for it and being creative and being asked "why would you do that?". Ginger is a great addition to this beer, so don't be afraid. Try this one with an open mind.

As a canned pale ale with a low ABV this is definitely a great beer for a trip into the woods, down a river or just sitting around a campfire.

Photo of Billolick
3.95/5  rDev +23.8%
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!!

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Porkslap Pale Ale from Butternuts Beer & Ale
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