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Porkslap Pale Ale - Butternuts Beer & Ale

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Porkslap Pale AlePorkslap Pale Ale

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Ratings: 773
Reviews: 324
rAvg: 3.19
pDev: 19.12%
Wants: 13
Gots: 46 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: John on 03-04-2006)
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Photo of chinchill
4.05/5  rDev +27%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz can served in standard pint glass.

A - nice copper color with light tan head. Head is short-lived but leaves partial top coat and side lacing.

S - sweet floral malt with mild hops

T - Crisp, smooth and malty. Brewery reports that this "beer is flavored with crystal hop and a touch of fresh ginger"; the ginger (thankfully?) is just barely detectable. Citrus and caramel notes are more obvious. Nice progression of tastes and lingering finish. Nearly a 4.5

M - a bit light. Well carbonated.

An interesting and malty but well-ballanced PA "brewed with 2 row N. American barley and English crystal malt".

chinchill, Nov 28, 2010
Photo of tdm168
3.58/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a dark orangish amber with a large cap of loose, dense, off white head that has great retention

S - the nose is grassy with some underlying bready malt aromas

T - lightly bready malt with a faint grassy hop finish

M - light to medium bodied, smooth, well carbonated

This is a very easy to drink APA. It doesn't have tremendous flavor. It's a bit malt forward and lacks any significant hop character. It's easily quaffable and comes in cans which may be it's saving grace.

tdm168, Jun 29, 2012
Photo of plaid75
3.15/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a light copper hue with a three finger sudsy head. There was excellent retention and decent lacing.

The smell was very subtle. Mild malt and rose petal aromas.

The flavor was very unique. A light tasting mix of ginger and grapefruit. A bit of a ginger ale type taste. Needs more hops.

The mouthfeel was light and very dry. Good carbonation.

Overall a decent APA. Certainly a different take on the style. The can was pretty cool too.

plaid75, May 31, 2006
Photo of Kelp
3.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Kelp, Feb 07, 2013
Photo of sendbeer
2.25/5  rDev -29.5%

sendbeer, Oct 23, 2012
Photo of beerthulhu
3.83/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a murky, and rustic orange with a 1 finger creamy, soft light beige head. Visible carbonation was soft, while the lacing was minimal leaving a slight broken ring band. Retention was less then average and quickly dissipated.

S: displayed bright zesty oranges and a nice citrusy hopping. Some fresh pine and a light showing of grapefruit was evident. Moderate in strength and fairly nice overall.

T: The flavor had a nice big freshly squeezed citrus juice hopping with some light pine and grapefruit flowering. An orange juice acidity and caramel malting also stand out along with a well balanced bitter citrus finish. Overall was crisp, refreshing with a nice fresh citrusy hopping.

M: light and well carbonated with a slightly rough texture. The finish is fairly crisp and sharp leaving behind a nice fresh squeezed orange juice lacing.

D: Decent drinkability, six pack worthy, crisp, refreshing, and a nice balance of hops and caramel makes for a decent try.

beerthulhu, Oct 16, 2008
Photo of GarthDanielson
2.28/5  rDev -28.5%
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.

GarthDanielson, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of rolltide8425
3.25/5  rDev +1.9%

rolltide8425, Jul 11, 2012
Photo of atrocity
2.25/5  rDev -29.5%

atrocity, Nov 05, 2014
Photo of harpus
2.68/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - poured clear honey amber, the hue of clover honey in the light with a 1.5" fluffy and billowing off-white head that lasted a while. Nice lace patches in the pint glass. 3.5

S - Much malty sweetness, very faint hint of hops. Clean and light. 3.0

T - Again, sweet forefront with faint hops in the finish. Not much else going on. Clean finish. 3.0

M - Light body, well carbonated and smooth. 3.5

D - Drinkable, but not outstanding. Probably won't get this again. 3.0

harpus, Sep 11, 2010
Photo of Derek
2.75/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Light caramel colour with an off-white head, some retention & lace.

S: Mineral aroma with a blend of mild hops (floral, spice & citrus), slight breadyness.

T: Spicy hops with a hint of citrus; bready; mineral (I'm not sure if this is the water, hops, or what). It's a fine brew, but for a pale ale, the flavour doesn't really stand out.

M: Moderate body & carbonation, slightly creamy.

D: I'm not fond of that mineral quality.

Thanks crwills!

Derek, Feb 24, 2007
Photo of tobelerone
3.08/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A so-so, thoroughly mediocre pale. Nearly clear amber with a decent head and retention. Average lacing. Mild aroma is kind of sweet and generically malty; with a slight grassy hop note behind that. Flavor is much the same, balanced between the sweet malt and grassy, floral hops that are just a bit more assertive in the taste than in the nose. Vaguely metallic, light bitterness. Overall a bit bland. Carbonation is medium to high, body is medium thin, finishes dry. Not worth seeking out, very middling. Best thing about this beer is the can.

tobelerone, Mar 26, 2012
Photo of beertunes
2.8/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into straight pint glass. Poured a 1 finger head that quickly disappeared. An attractive copper/amber color. Aroma presence lacking. The taste is typical for the style, however there is a odd flavor that I found across the styles from this brewery. Perhaps the yeast they use? The body is as expected for the style. This would be a very good session beer but for the odd taste I can't put my finger on. Go ahead try it. I want to try it draft to see what differences show up.

beertunes, Dec 25, 2008
Photo of glid02
3.45/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Part of a mixed 12-pack purchased from Hop City in Atlanta.

Pours a clear copper color with a one-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of a combination of pale and caramel malts with very light hints of floral and citrus hop aromas.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Grainy pale and slight caramel malt flavors up front are joined by small amounts of citrus hops midway through the sip. Near the end of the sip the malt flavors grow a bit darker before a mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It has a nice thickness with solid carbonation.

Drinkability is OK. I finished my can but I'm not so sure about another.

Overall this is a decent EPA but not one I'm likely to order again.

glid02, Aug 27, 2009
Photo of Brad007
3.6/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice golden color with a frothy head into my glass. Nice representation for the style. I like it.

Aromas of sweet buttery malt and grassy hops come to mind. Borders on the English style.

Unfortunately, the taste isn't so appealing. The hops seem to have faded to where there's a mess of grassiness and mildly sweet malt.

Lingering grassiness and buttery malt. Nothing special.

I'm somewhat disappointed with this example of the style. Wonder if it's better on tap?

Brad007, Jan 30, 2012
Photo of THECPJ
3/5  rDev -6%

THECPJ, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of Griffith
3/5  rDev -6%

Griffith, Sep 21, 2014
Photo of xnicknj
3.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can poured into pint glass

Pours a clear golden copper with a frothy head which slowly fades out leaving plenty of patchy lacing.

Scents of light grassy malts, some citric hops, and a hint of buttery sweetness.

Some slightly sweet malts up front, which give way to further caramel body and some doughy, bread-like qualities. Additional buttery flavors mix in with some citrus hops, which is a little odd. Malt backbone returns for the finish, which is fairly crisp with a bit of lingering flavor.

Lighter medium body, medium carbonation, some stickyness in the feel. Pretty smooth drinking, although the flavors are fairly muddled at points.

xnicknj, Oct 23, 2010
Photo of vfgccp
2.28/5  rDev -28.5%
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.

vfgccp, Sep 24, 2011
Photo of tone77
3.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a caramel color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is basically missing for the most part, maybe some malts. Taste is of malts with a bit of hops, and just a touch of sweetness. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has decent drinkability. Overall this is a decent beer, but unremarkable.

tone77, Mar 08, 2010
Photo of Lare453
3.5/5  rDev +9.7%

Lare453, Jul 25, 2013
Photo of DefenCorps
2.17/5  rDev -32%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

$1.49 single at the Village Pump. Why does the can say it's a Farmhouse Ale when it isn't a saison?

A mostly clear light amber with a dense, off-white head that recedes to a disk leaving no lace. The nose is a little disappointing. I get some cereal, cooked grains, nearly rotting oranges and a rather surprising crystallized ginger. There's also a little spice character, almost mace-like. Unusual, to say the least.

The palate opens with the ginger being very noticeable. Unfortunately, there's not much behind it. There's a blend of honey and malt sweetness, with no real hop character. Mild fruitiness is present, but apart from that, there's nothing. Rather disjointed, the flavors don't come together at all. Light in body, mildly watery, this is quite highly carbonated. Not enjoyable, this is like a watery braggot.

DefenCorps, Jan 29, 2011
Photo of spinrsx
3.35/5  rDev +5%
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.

spinrsx, Aug 17, 2011
Photo of OWSLEY069
3.18/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

OWSLEY069, Nov 04, 2011
Porkslap Pale Ale from Butternuts Beer & Ale
74 out of 100 based on 773 ratings.