Porkslap Pale Ale - Butternuts Beer & Ale

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Porkslap Pale AlePorkslap Pale Ale

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809 Ratings
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Ratings: 809
Reviews: 333
rAvg: 3.2
pDev: 18.75%
Wants: 13
Gots: 75 | 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 tillmac62
3.94/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BOD 9/26/14. Pours a slightly hazy orange, the same color as the can. World class head volume, retention and lacing.

Light nose of biscuit and a hint of grassy and floral hops. As it warms, a bit of orange is noted.

Medium body that approaches a creamy texture. Superb carbonation with a nice effervescence in the middle and a prickly rush in the finish.

The flavor profile is borderline outstanding. It is reasonably intense, slightly complex but is perfectly balanced. It begins with a nice blended flavor that slowly separates. Grassy hops lead then flow into a very mild bitterness. Under the bitterness is an orange flavored background. Biscuit malt proves a subtle balancing sweetness at the end of the middle. The finish has a ginger note that exhibits itself in both flavor and a lingering light spicy bitterness. The finish is dry and a ginger bitterness lingers.

Photo of CampusCrew
4/5  rDev +25%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

nice beer, love the marketing

Photo of BcOneSeven
2.5/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Not really getting the ginger.

Photo of Antc2382
3.27/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I slappa da a pork

Photo of ccgurl
4.93/5  rDev +54.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Love the label! Really enjoyed the nice light taste

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 Paulieblaze
3.52/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Great micro brew. We enjoyed this beer on my birthday very much so.

Photo of DoubleJ
3.19/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

With a name like Porkslap, I was thinking that this beer was brewed with ham hocks, or bacon, or anything pig related. Instead, this is a pale ale brewed with ginger. I like ginger. Out of a 12 ounce can, on to the beer:

It look muddy orange colored with a murky body while on top sits a two finger's thickness of foam. The head is showing good retention and sturdiness thus far. The aroma does not. It smells bland with a note of esters and husk. I'm not getting ginger initially, but it has another opportunity to show itself. With time, the ginger makes a small step forward in the aroma.

The taste is much closer to English-styled than American-styled. It does have a decent overall flavor, ginger or not. Controlled diacetyl hits fist, then a spark of ginger cuts through the diacetyl. The beer does have some edges which could be smoothed (notes of husk, a sting of bitterness among them). The beer has a light, but somewhat creamy body, with modest carbonation and a sting of spice.

Porkslap is easy drinking ale. Not wildly impressive, but easy drinking.

Photo of BeeArthurWhite
4.37/5  rDev +36.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The current average rating seems super low for this magnificently unique brew, brahs.

Photo of Urk1127
4.15/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured into tulip glass. One finger steady head not dissipating. Light yellow Orange hazy color. Smell is spice and hops, grassy almost like hay or a farm smell. Did not know it was ginger like the beer advertises. Taste is kind of dry and hoppy. The ginger and spices are great and I buy this whenever I have a chance one of my favorite beers

Photo of Gajo74
3.89/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice copper color with thick head. Dissipates into white lace.
Smells malty sweet.
Toasted malty taste and ginger.
Light bodied but slightly syrupy feel. Low carbonation.
Overall, not a bad beer with a unique taste.

Photo of HamdenHector
2.81/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

A: clear; bronze colored - darker than I expected; 1 finger white head that receded to a thin cap; light lacing;

S: very faint; hard to make out;

T: taste is odd; ginger is the only thing I can identify; no hops; no bitterness;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: not sure what the brewer was going for, but it didn't work for me;

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.16/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Photo of Ozzylizard
4.07/5  rDev +27.2%
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.

Photo of illpass78
4.07/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of mscudder
3.29/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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.

Photo of AlmaMatters
3.27/5  rDev +2.2%
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

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.93/5  rDev +22.8%
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.

Photo of dar482
2.92/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

Photo of apants007
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.

Photo of angusdegraosta
3.52/5  rDev +10%
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.

Photo of Antikythera
3.58/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

Photo of gopens44
2.22/5  rDev -30.6%
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.

Photo of Bowdoinbeerboy
3.25/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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Porkslap Pale Ale from Butternuts Beer & Ale
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