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Porkslap Pale Ale - Butternuts Beer & Ale

Porkslap Pale AlePorkslap Pale Ale

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666 Ratings
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Ratings: 666
Reviews: 318
rAvg: 3.2
pDev: 19.38%

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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Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: can

02-23-2007 04:41:29 | More by Sammy
Photo of BuckeyeNation


3.63/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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!

Serving type: can

01-25-2009 14:03:37 | More by BuckeyeNation
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +25%
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.

Serving type: can

10-13-2010 01:51:52 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of womencantsail


3.3/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Serving type: can

10-06-2011 21:57:52 | More by womencantsail
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North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Serving type: can

12-11-2009 01:03:17 | More by brentk56
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Quebec (Canada)

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.

Serving type: can

09-02-2011 20:12:01 | More by Phyl21ca
Photo of Thorpe429


1.95/5  rDev -39.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

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.

Serving type: can

10-20-2010 10:53:05 | More by Thorpe429
Photo of metter98

New York

3.3/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Serving type: can

08-31-2011 23:06:54 | More by metter98
Photo of ChainGangGuy


3.03/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: can

02-08-2008 23:08:29 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

3.13/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: can

09-24-2006 19:52:40 | More by oberon
Photo of NeroFiddled


3.98/5  rDev +24.4%
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!

Serving type: can

10-17-2006 02:44:34 | More by NeroFiddled
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Rhode Island

3.43/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: can

04-15-2010 02:46:03 | More by TheManiacalOne
Photo of WesWes

New York

3.68/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a dark gold color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a fruity yeast scent along with light hops and a mildly malty aroma. It boasts of pale and light crystal malts. It has a creamy/fruity scent; very refreshing. The taste is decent. It has a smooth pale and light crystal malt flavor that is a bit grainy. It has some malt sweetness, but finishes mildly bitter. It has almost an extract taste to it. The mouthfeel is good. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a pretty good brew, but not their best. Still, for this new brewery, a good start.

Serving type: can

04-27-2006 00:35:27 | More by WesWes
Photo of drabmuh


2.8/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: can

10-15-2010 02:30:25 | More by drabmuh
Photo of jlindros


3.98/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: can

11-11-2009 03:28:36 | More by jlindros
Photo of Knapp85


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

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.

Serving type: can

04-08-2011 00:09:38 | More by Knapp85
Photo of jwc215


2.65/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a hazy orange with a very thin head that almost immediately disappears to barely a patch, then soon to nothing.

There is a very thin smell of nuts and a sweet fruitiness that is not easily detectable.

The taste is odd. I never had a pale ale like this. There is some toasted grain, a hint of nuts along with a hint of floral hops and sweet malt. Not bad, but not really good either. The flavors don't blend so well.

Watery thinness washes away almost everything. A weak toasty, tea-like taste is left for a short time.

There are other pale ales, even in a can, to bother with this one. It's odd and bland. I can appreciate different interpretations, but this one misses the mark.

Serving type: can

09-09-2006 17:31:31 | More by jwc215
Photo of RblWthACoz


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

Pours a clear amber with some head that doesn’t 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.

Serving type: can

12-31-2007 04:37:08 | More by RblWthACoz
Photo of WVbeergeek


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

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.

Serving type: can

09-11-2010 14:15:32 | More by WVbeergeek
Photo of Gavage

New Jersey

2.9/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: pours a light hazy orange color with a hefty 3" head. Some lacing develops during the session.

Smell: caramel sweetness.

Taste: the first thing that hits me is the strong dryness of this beer. Caramel, ripe fruits, bread, and a strong bitterness are the main flavor components, but it is wrapped in a whisper of a smokey tone.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp and extremely dry. The dryness reminded me of how my tongue would feel after licking a carpet. Relatively clean aftertaste. Medium bodied.

Drinkability: personally this was a bit strange for a APA, with the hints of smokey tones, super dryness, and English style breadiness. I had two cans on two seperate occasions, and the feeling remains - not for me.

Serving type: can

06-05-2006 23:32:49 | More by Gavage
Photo of smcolw


3.45/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Good start to the head, but it settles to only rim lace and leaves minimal stringy lace. Dark amber color and relatively clear.

Strong smells of cream (lactose?). The rest is malt. Very little hop to the nose.

Very dry flavor, almost astringent. This allows the bitterness to show up. Very spritzy beer--thin bodied with a very high carbonation.

Serving type: can

06-25-2011 00:26:06 | More by smcolw
Photo of mactrail


3.85/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very decent beer for drinking. I think it hits the right notes of slight Saison funkiness, tangy flavor, good dose of malt, and enough bitterness in the aftertaste. All quite balanced. More interesting than the usual lagers, not as bitter as regulation pale ales. I think it's more of a light-weight Belgian Pale Ale. If you're looking for big hops, look somewhere else. More of a perfumey touch, just enough sharpness to mess with the mellow.

Serving type: can

07-28-2011 03:43:52 | More by mactrail
Photo of StonedTrippin


3.94/5  rDev +23.1%
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.

Serving type: can

08-05-2013 14:21:08 | More by StonedTrippin
Photo of tempest


3.23/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Not bad, but fairly bland. The hops are all in the aftertaste, and there its only a kinda spicy citrus rind. The malt is too smooth and mellow. Sometimes in these conditions can allow for a subtle beer, but in this case it's a plain light caramelized malt taste. So there's not a lot going on here, but it tastes decent and goes down easy.

Serving type: can

11-17-2007 23:07:35 | More by tempest
Photo of Rifugium


3.4/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: can at Good Dog Bar, Philly, PA

Poured from the can into a pint glass, slightly hazy copper-orange with a minimal white head. Aroma was sweet and malty, light and a bit floral. Taste was somewhat sweet, fruity, bready, with undertones of citrusy hops providing just a small amount of bitterness. Light-medium body, and pretty smooth, making for fairly easy drinkability.

Serving type: can

04-30-2011 15:51:15 | More by Rifugium
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Porkslap Pale Ale from Butternuts Beer & Ale
74 out of 100 based on 666 ratings.