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: 73 | FT: 0
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New York, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: John on 03-04-2006

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Ratings: 809 | Reviews: 333
Photo of davewlfpckfan29
3.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A canned beer! 6.99 for a 6 pack at a store in downtown Northampton. For what you pay for it, its a nice beer.

Smelled it right from the can and got a real grainy smell, with a hint of some malt.

Poured my can into a pint glass see it has a golden brown, nothing too special. Carbonation seems and feels nice on the mouthfeel.

This beer is a very very average beer. Cool that it comes in a can, and that you can get it for 6.99 around here.

Photo of GarthDanielson
2.27/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a can into a tumbler pint, the beer is a hazy, muddled, dirty-water orange-brown coloring with an extremely thin layer of off-white head on the surface. Aromas are mild, and somewhat jumbled, with a hint of roasty character, some tangy and slightly sour malt, and a musty overtone. The nose is just a mess. Flavors are watered down, with a slight malt sweetness that has a splash of hops at the tail end of the palate. There isn't much else kicking around the tongue on this one, and the beer is so watered down that the flavors are gone in the blink of an eye. The aftertaste is so subtle, with a little bit of hoppiness kicking around for a minute. The finish is weak and quick, leaving nothing behind. The limp-wristed finish is appropriate for the utter lack of flavor throughout the drinking experience.

Photo of nimrod979
3.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From a can, pours a hazy orangish color. One finger white head. Pretty nice retention and lacing going on as well.
Aroma is mostly citrusy hops. and biscuity malts. Pretty basic.
Biscuity and sweet malt flavors. Citrusy hops. Lemony, soapy and slightly metallic.
Mouthfeel is clean and dry. Medium bodied. Quite smooth. But there's nothing here that's really all that exciting.

Photo of horshack7
3.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: It pours a hazy copper color with an inch of head on top. As the head thins out only a little bit of lacing is left behind.

Aroma: Lots of malt up front with a molases aroma and a little bit of dark bread. The hops are citrusy but with a light dryness. There is a twinge of toffee.

Taste: Imediate sweetness from the malts that is a little bit like molases and brown bread. The mouthfeel is quite smooth. Hops are in the back but have a decent citrus note.

Notes: This one is not too bad quite malty which is different for an American Pale ale. Cheers.

Photo of SickGnar
3.13/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Nice warm copper that is less than clear with an eggshell head of modest size that leaves just a few okay smidges of lace.

S: Steely caramel malts, toasty grain, a good bit of breadcrust. Hops are not really making themselves known – perhaps just a slight herbal background note. Fairly malt focused nose that is pretty clean and of mild strength.

T: Malty breadcrust is stronger here with some melanoidans and dry roasty notes. Toasty grain and hint of caramel round things out. Minimal sweetness. Almost more of a dry Ofest dones as ale. Hoppy enough though – more than balanced. Bit of an odd, muddled mix of character aspects though. Continental mixed with American. Mostly herbal and minty with some lighter citrus and pine that grow as it warms. Some light fruit esters, but otherwise fairly clean for yeast notes. Mint + Citrus clashes after a bit.

M: Just barely medium body with average plus carbonation. Barest hints of dextrins and sugars – overall it is quite attenuated and dry. Most of the texture comes from the hops which get a bit coarse. Almost quenching in a rough way.

D: Come to think of it, if you pitch ale yeast into a rather hoppy marzen wort you would get a sort of pale. That seems to be about where this one is at. Sort of scattershot. Still, it has a fair bit of alright flavor and for the abv makes a fair session beer. A bit more sweetness / malt base would help this one.

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.12/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy orange-ish to amber color with an off white head. In the aroma, sweet malt and a small hop, a bit soapy too. In the taste, earthy, spicy, and a small hop. A spice like bite and a medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry spice in the aftertaste. Smells of a pale, tastes of a saison, ok, but nothing to exciting.

Photo of Yoonisaykul
3.38/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Hazy burnt orange.

S- Butterscotch and cream soda. Smells nice but strange and very sweet, the kind of mell which could mean good or bad for the taste.

T- Nice. You get the vanilla and the sweetness but it's all kept in check by a surprisingly present grapefruit rind bitterness. Not exactly clean, tiny bitof vegetable and tap water.

M- Medium to high carbonation, medium body. A generally smooth and enjoyable mouthfeel. Dry finish.

O- Different. Very sweet and ''Maillard''-y but backed by a considerable bitterness.

Reminds me of a better Boréale Rousse. or Griffon Rousse. Try it if you find it cheap.

Photo of GreenJetta912
2.46/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I cracked the can. It volcanoed after sitting still in the fridge for over an hour. Extreme over carbonation. Poured gingerly it into a Belgian Goblet the head came over the glass (more than 2 fingers). Average lacing and pretty good retention. Yeast forms little balls (that look like a packet of dry yeast) and sinks to the bottom. Better be careful on the last sip.

Smell leaves a lot to be desired. Not much hop aroma or sweet malty smell. A slight adjunct aroma and some citrusy pineappley sweetness but not much here.

Taste is ok. Nothing to call home about. No malt backbone, serious hop deficiency, and nasty overly yeasty character. Way outta balance. Probably didn't use the best water either.

Finish is a continued reminder of overpowering yeast.

Overall this beer pretty shitty! I saw it on a Maxim magazine list a while ago but now I realize they must have paid them to put their name on. If you see this broke-ass case of beer, keep walking!

Photo of JunkYardJake
1.97/5  rDev -38.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12oz can to pint glass.
Well, this is certainly not a prize winner in the looks depatment. Muddy in color and clarity, with a less than inspiring head. The nose is no better. One whiff and the buttery diacetyl tells the whole story. Palate has an adequate hop profile and a flavorful malt bill but is ruined by the diacetyl. Mouthfeel is slick and very lively from strong carbonation. This lack of quality shouldn't suprise me. I did, after all, buy this variety pack because of the low price. Either way, I won't be wasting any more money on this brewery.

Photo of JohnnyChicago
2.81/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

On-tap at Iguanas in Queens; served in a shaker pint.

A: Dull golden-amber with a lacking white head. The beer moves in the glass like a glass of oily water in a warm glass...it just looks ugly.

S: Yeah, not much of anything here. The big star of this show is diacetyl, with a medium malt hint and almost no hops at all. Weak.

T: Actually an improvement. The diacetyl is still the major flavour, but it is strangely appropriate. It provides a nice buttery taste that makes up for the lack of hops.

D: Tough to finish this one. Its low in ABV, but the frustrating flavours are making this hard.

Overall: Swing and a miss. It isn't a terrible beer, by any stretch of the imagination, but it just reeks of unrefined brewing techniques and poor quality control. Weird beer...

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

Poured chilled in ale glass

A: thin head, brownish orange, only moderate carbonation; lacing was ok
S: light, malty aroma
T: orange, malty, sweet, lightly hopped pale ale; butternut squash?; alcohol not noticeable; a decent session beer
M: a bit buttery

benign, unremarkable

Photo of samie85
4.05/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes; originally one hour ago.

A-Pours a clear orange color with two fingers of white head head.

S- A nice tropical assortment of mango, a little pineapple, some pine and a nice light caramel malt.

T-Follows the nose with mango, pineapple and that nice light caramel malt backbone.

M-Smooth, medium bodied with low carbonation and a nice slick feel.

D-Incredibly drinkable and I like the low ABV; if this beer was regularly available to me, it would be a regular in my fridge.

Photo of Minkybut
3.76/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this funny looking beer into my tumbler at 45 degrees. The beer was cloudy but poured an explosion of a head into my glass. It was awesome .The beer had really good lacing. The beer was really good but I really could not nail down what it tasted like other than beer. I liked it and would buy again and I guess that is what counts in the end.

Photo of womencantsail
3.28/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: The pour is a light amber color with a dense white head.

S: Smells fairly sweet with lots of bread and toffee. There is a moderate citrus hop aroma to it, but it is also quite sweet. A few hints of floral hops, maybe some earthy tones as well.

T: The flavor is about the same as the aroma. It's on the sweet side with fairly feeble hop flavors. Heavy on the bread with a toasted malt note and some toffee. A few citrus notes as well as a very faint hop bitterness.

M: Medium in body with medium carbonation.

O: Not bad, but the sweetness became a bit too much. While I don't mind sweeter pale ales, a more caramel forward approach is better.

Photo of Stinkypuss
2.76/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Butternuts : Pork Slap Pale Ale

12oz CAN. Pours a hazy orange color, soapy white head. A few spots of lace. Little to no aroma. In the flavor, light toasted malt and a small earthy hop. Caramel malt, mild hop bitterness. Light to medium bodied feel, carbonation is alright. Overall, a budget pale. Very light, but unoffensive and easy to drink.

Photo of therica
2.77/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A= cloudy caramel, little head and that dissipated quickly.

S= interesting florals, some from hops and some seem to be from some other ingredient. I can't find any malt but there's also a slight hint of egg smell.

T= watery, old dishwater with soap-bitterness. Mothers everywhere could have used this 50 years ago to wash out their kids' mouths. Light weed-like grassyness.

M= flat, slightly tart and with a not-pleasant bitterness. Ugly belches.

O= pass on this one. It came in a mixed 4-pack sampler of cans and now I fear trying the other 3 if they're anything as disappointing as this one. I really try to like every beer-- honest! Just not possible on this one, the rest of it is following the dishwater down the drain.

Photo of vfgccp
2.31/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A - Golden peach color, foamy white head with low retention. Medium lace.

S - Light sweetness, with notes of honey. Beer is too light in color.

T - Very surprised. The flavors felt watered down, with an usual degree of saltiness. When you combine that with the impression from the label, you could honestly trick yourself into thinking there was a note of ham in there.

M - Way too light and watery.

O - Too light, even for a pale ale. It needs just a little more pop.

Photo of BeerLover99
2.53/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: cloudy burnt orange body, no head, no lacing

S: sweet corn, grain, mild bread

T: sweet grain, mild malt, light crisp bitter finish

M: light body, big carbonation, semi-dry mouth

O: Seems like BMC version of pale ale.
Maybe gateway brew; not going to get again
nor would I recommend this.

NOT GREAT, GET IN A PINCH!

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can: Poured a light amber color ale with a nice foamy head with good retention and some light lacing. Aroma of light hoppy notes with some citrus flavour is quite enjoyable. Taste is nice mixes between some light dry malt with some hoppy notes with are well balanced between some bitter and citrus notes. Body is about average with good carbonation. Nothing to write home about but considering the low ABV this is a good thirst quencher.

Photo of metter98
3.28/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: The beer is clear copper in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high beige head that died down and left some lacing on the surface and a thick ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of caramel malts and ginger in the nose.
T: The overall taste has a light amount of bitterness with flavors of ginger and notes of caramel malts. The ginger particularly stands out in the finish and lends some spiciness along with the bitterness from the hops. No sweetness from the malts is detectable.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and somewhat crisp and smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is some dryness in the finish.
O: The addition of ginger to this beer is rather unique for the style but prevents it from being sessionable. However, the ginger lends a spicy edge to the finish and could make it an interesting choice when paired with foods.

Photo of doopydoogle
4.02/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. can into a nice beer glass:

A - Rich, creamy head that lingered to the last sip. Rich amber color with vibrant carbonation.

S - Floral and fruity with a nice malt essence. Slight pineapple and citrus complemented by some piney notes.

T - Light, crisp, clean, with a good balance between a good malt profile and a slight hop bitterness. There is a slightly resinous pine flavor that lingers, and the finish leaves a pleasant bitter that resolves into an enjoyable malt that sticks around. A unique taste that might be the result of the use of a small amount of ginger in the recipe.

M - A little watery for the style, but not objectionable. Surprising given the rich head and vibrant carbonation. Maybe a result of canning?

O - An intensely sessionable ale. Unique for the style, not overly hoppy at all, closer to a traditional ESB without the diacetyl funkiness. A good beer, imminently drinkable, and with a very unique character.

Photo of Burt
2.94/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a pint glass.

Amber and crystal clear that I can easily see couple of carbonation strands. White head that dispersed quickly and left little lacing.

Smell is light malt, caramel and no hops in the nose.

Light roasted malt in the front that thins out in the middle, has a little tease of bitterness at the end, slick on the tongue.

Not a bad beer but it is on the low end of the scale for an APA. I got this in a mixed 12 pack and it is not something I would go out of my way to get by itself.

Photo of tgorgz
3.62/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

P: Into a goblet from a can.

A: Great carbonation, looks a little like apple cider. Surprisingly little head, little lacing, though.

S: Strong caramel and, as advertised, good malt as well.

T: However, the taste is a little different. It's certainly sweet from the caramel, and the malt is nice- but I can't quite get behind this one. It seems to lack something.

M: Here's where it lacks- it's more in the texture. It doesn't seem to run across the palate, and the carbonation overpowers the caramel and malt balance.

O: So, I think we could deal with the carbonation a little. Other than that, not a bad beer-could drink a couple and enjoy it.

Photo of angelsil
2.6/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Part of 12 Butternuts pack sampler. Poured into ghetto Ikea pint glass, because it's what I got on hand.

A: Nice amber color. Fairly clear.

S: Funky mold smell, but not heavy. None of their beers have much nose.

T: This beer tasted odd. It's malt forward, but then the aftertaste is like an ashtray and it lingers. Oh dear does it linger. I feel like I've been chewing cigarette butts.

M: Crisp. Heavily carbonated, like all their beers I've tried this weekend, but in this style it's TOO bubbly.

O: Definitely the weakest of the 4 Butternuts beers I've tried. It's clearly more EPA than APA and it's not a strong version of that.
Serving type: can

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

12oz Can

Appearance - Slightly hazy amber/copper colour with an average size fizzy beige coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some fairly good lacing. The head lasted for around 4 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, caramel, hops

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel/butterscotch, and some very light hops. The beer really has a lot of buttery flavour going on. It finishes with a malty sweet aftertaste.

Overall - While it was a very drinkable beer, there are some other really great beers I'd rather be drinking. It reminded me of more of an English Pale ale than an American one as well.

Porkslap Pale Ale from Butternuts Beer & Ale
74 out of 100 based on 809 ratings.