Porkslap Pale Ale - Butternuts Beer & Ale
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3.1/5 rDev -2.8%
Passable beer. Good foamy head and lace. OK scent and taste, the latter a bit citrus C hop. Light on mouthfeel, malty with a tad of toasty kicking it at the finish. This could be OK after the lawn, and too malty and not quite hoppy to deserve being called a pale. Thanks Crwills.
02-23-2007 04:41:29 | More by Sammy
3.14/5 rDev -1.6%
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.
07-10-2014 07:05:25 | More by UCLABrewN84
1.95/5 rDev -38.9%
Reviewed from notes. Poured from a can.
Pours a moderate amber color with a tiny off white head that recedes quickly. Nose brings forward some old, stale bread and mashed up crackers. The faintest hint of hops. The taste is along the same lines, with a bit of bread crust and residual bitterness. Light body. Nothing good about this beer.
10-20-2010 10:53:05 | More by Thorpe429
3.3/5 rDev +3.4%
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.
08-31-2011 23:06:54 | More by metter98
3.63/5 rDev +13.8%
Fuzzy apricot with pale honey trim. Apparently, the boys at Butternuts added chocolate malt 'for color'. What's wrong with a sunshine gold pale ale? The good looking crown is midway between ecru and ivory. It's also beginning to deposit large sheets of lace that resemble spray-on snow.
The nose is both familiar and different. PPA smells like a typical APA... with a twist. The twist is ginger. I probably couldn't have come up with that on my own, but it does add something of value and keeps the score on the good side of average.
Porkslap Pale Ale succeeds because BB & A has given us a solid pale ale with just the right amount of ginger. If that sounds like something you might like, you probably will. The good thing is that the ABV is low enough and the spice is subdued enough for sessioning to be a viable option. The bad thing is that I only have one can. Thanks biegaman.
Thankfully, the chocolate malt isn't appreciated on the palate. It does, however, keep the beer from tasting exclusively pale malty. The hops are a tough call and are possibly English in origin. I might be thinking that because the brewery calls PPA an English pale ale. Flavors include apricots, grapefruit zest and a hint of green apple.
The beer is nicely balanced throughout, with bitterness creeping ahead on the semi-crisp finish. Given the ABV, the mouthfeel is pretty decent. It isn't too light and is properly carbonated, allowing one to drink quickly, slowly or anything in between.
Porkslap Pale Ale won't set the barnyard on fire, but it's good beer and is different enough to stand out from the crowd. If I thought it would help bring me a few more cans, I'd do a little hog calling right here and now. Soooey!
01-25-2009 14:03:37 | More by BuckeyeNation
3.9/5 rDev +22.3%
Appearance: Pours a hazy amber color with a thick head that leaves a pattern of lace here and there
Smell: Cake batter malt with ginger tones (although I would not have guessed that without knowing that ginger was used); a decent amount of citrusy hop as well
Taste: Starts out with a biscuit and stone fruit flavor that adds a citrus and ginger dimension by mid-palate; a bit metallic, too; after the swallow, the ginger flavor lingers but the finish tends toward the sweeter side, with the hops taking a back seat
Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly carbonation
Drinkability: I think this beer is misunderstood by many around here; the brewers are clearly shooting to pack a lot of individualistic flavor in a low abv beer - not a typical APA or EPA, it almost has a Belgian character; I came into this beer with low expectations but rather enjoy it for what it is - something different, with considerable flavor and clearly sessionable
12-11-2009 01:03:17 | More by brentk56
3.5/5 rDev +9.7%
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.
09-02-2011 20:12:01 | More by Phyl21ca
4/5 rDev +25.4%
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.
10-13-2010 01:51:52 | More by mikesgroove
3.3/5 rDev +3.4%
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.
10-06-2011 21:57:52 | More by womencantsail
3.03/5 rDev -5%
Appearance: Pours a clear, orangey body with a thin, wispy white head.
Smell: Middling malty aroma with a bit of sourness and a squirt of fruit juice.
Taste: Pale malts with some sweetness. Lightly hoppy with a mild bitterness. Slight sourness. Hint of fruit. Sheesh. All the flavors are pretty bland and come across as half-hearted, like the beer equivalent of a shrug.
Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Moderate carbonation.
Drinkability: No thanks! It's nothing to porkslap about.
02-08-2008 23:08:29 | More by ChainGangGuy
2.53/5 rDev -20.7%
Had to buy it just because of the name. This beer really isn't much or anything spectacular It pours out as a muddy looking orange color and some decent head. The smell is very much all malt like the can states. The flavor also confirms that. There isn't much of a dynamic to this beer... it's malt with malt and malt. Really one dimensional and not exciting to me at all. Just wasn't a fan.
04-08-2011 00:09:38 | More by Knapp85
3.13/5 rDev -1.9%
My first taste of Butternuts canned offerings,this poured a nice deep golden with a tight 1 1/2 finger head that really stuck like glue to the glass as it settled very slowly,it goes down from here though.Not much in the nose definently no hops to speak of really slight toastiness and caramel sweetness but its nothing to write home about for sure,something is off in my mind flavor wise kind of a funky sweetness in the finish the lightly sweeter malt base is ok a little buttery flavor with some caramel.To me there is no semblence of hops to be found wither in the nose or flavor to one dimensional and a little odd,I wont seek out again.
09-24-2006 19:52:40 | More by oberon
3.98/5 rDev +24.8%
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!
10-17-2006 02:44:34 | More by NeroFiddled
3.38/5 rDev +6%
Pours a clear amber with some head that doesnt really stick around. Nose is hopped. Flavor is slightly bitter and for some reason reminds me of pork rinds. Hmmm. It does have a slight sweet tone on the end of it. Feel has a decent character to it. Overall an okay drinking experience. I guess they are trying to jump on the canning bandwagon. But as far as quality goes, this one falls pretty short.
12-31-2007 04:37:08 | More by RblWthACoz
3.43/5 rDev +7.5%
Poured from a 12oz can into a US tumbler pint glass.
A: The beer is a deep golden brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.
S: The aroma is of caramelized malts, citrus and some hops.
T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of caramel, honey, citrus and a little bit of spice, followed by a hearty malt character. I'm also getting a hint of a minty kind of flavor in there. The hops presence is mild for the style but brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.
M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.
D: Tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, very mild kick, decent representation of style, it's not a bad beer but there are a lot of other pale ales that I would select first.
04-15-2010 02:46:03 | More by TheManiacalOne
3.28/5 rDev +2.8%
Another interesting session ale, a slightly hazed caramel amber hue with a slightly off white head. Leaves speckled lacing down the sides of my pint, aromatics are impressive caramel and spicy ginger with herbal citric hops arising in there as well. A strong caramel/almost butterscotch tone as well, it's pretty wild, sweet but not overly still malt driven. Flavor is pretty funky with the fresh ginger, and straight cereal malt flavors. A bit herbal earthy hops, but it definitely strays from the typical APA that throws citric/floral oils at you. Mouthfeel has dryness/bitterness from both the hops and the ginger, which doesn't really burn but it leaves a nice flavor. Carbonation is pretty mellow which works well with the style, again a solid offering from a brewery I've avoided for quite awhile. I don't know the cans just look like something I wouldn't care for. Don't judge a book by it's cover right? Solid funky pale ale that strays from the norm and keeps it interesing, like a good creative homebrewer gone pro in upstate NY at an old dairy farm. Oh, wait that's Butternuts.
09-11-2010 14:15:32 | More by WVbeergeek
2.5/5 rDev -21.6%
12 oz can into a pint glass.
Pours a clear light copper with 2 fingers of creamy off-white head. Nice sturdy retention that leaves some good lacing behind. The aroma just doesn't have a lot going on with it. A bit of citrus and bread but that's about it.
The taste is only a bit better, with light bittering hops, astringent citrus character, and some bready malt sweetness. All in all, pretty blah. The mouthfeel is light bodied with a fairly creamy carbonation and easier feel.
Pretty disappointing Pale Ale here. This was my first offering from a mixed 12 pack of Butternuts cans and I hope to God that the rest are better than this. I would not try this again.
09-25-2008 16:10:27 | More by Kegatron
2.8/5 rDev -12.2%
Beer is brown and a little hazy, big short lived head that leaves a lot of lacing on the glass. Looks OK.
Beer smells butterscotchy. eh...mild hops.
Beer is medium to light in body and buttery in the mouthfeel and in flavor. Its kind of spicy, maybe some cinnamon. Mild hops, eh, I don't like this beer. Not very good.
10-15-2010 02:30:25 | More by drabmuh
3.98/5 rDev +24.8%
Another awesome canned beer up for review. Poured it into an oversized snifter for the hell of it. Kkkkksssttt. OOoh, the delicious sound of a can opening.
A: Delicious looking 1.5 finger head with frothy bubbles all over. A semi clear almost pig looking pale orange pinkish color gazes in at you. You size it up, thinking about how to attack it, but all you can think of is the two pigs doing a belly smack to each other on the label of the can, but now it's in your glass. A slight haze ices over as it frosts the outside of the glass. The color is almost as if the ground up pure pig and added it to the beer. The head leaves a thick lacing over the sides of the glass.
N: The nose is pure malt with a touch of pale hops. A delicious crystal malt aroma billows out, followed closely with some nice lightly paled hops. A slight fruit aroma, almost banana with a touch of yeast sneaks out through all the malt and pale hops. I also get some fresh wort aromas of brewing fresh beer, oh man I love that smell.
T: The taste starts with some sweet brown sugar and malt flavors. I get some strange malt flavors I can't put a finger on. Wow this is really different. A slight pale hop flavor comes through with some earthy tones and slight spice, but its really just a strange malt flavor. Perhaps they grind up some pork bones and... er nevermind. Some slight crystal malt flavors also smash your mouth, and add a touch of fruit and yeast. I get some juicy hop flavors too, somewhat surprisingly. I still get some fresh wort flavors that leave an unfermented beer dream in your mouth, of what could be to come, but it is already there, so it adds the character of both awesome worlds.
M: Semi thick and semi thin, lots of carbonation, and pretty refreshing.
F: Finishes pretty bitter actually. It bitters up pretty well on the finish, and dries off quite a bit too. A nice earthy hop flavor really shines through the finish as it dries, and a slight citrus flavor also touches itself. The heavy carbonation really pulls off the tongue and lets you ready your mouth for more. A malty earthy toasty flavor keeps the great beer flavor going for minutes after the swallow, with lots of help from the bittering hops of course.
11-11-2009 03:28:36 | More by jlindros
Porkslap Pale Ale from Butternuts Beer & Ale
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