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Porkslap Pale Ale - Butternuts Beer & Ale

Porkslap Pale AlePorkslap Pale Ale

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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 hopdog


3.25/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz can shared courtesy of TomDecapolis.

Cool looking can. Poured a medium amberish color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of some earth, light citrus and some peppery spices. Tastes of caramel and light earth.

Notes from: 12/28/06.

Serving type: can

01-13-2009 00:52:04 | More by hopdog
Photo of Brenden


3.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

The color is a darker than expected orange-yellow. The head shows weakness even as it pours and the general look is fizzy, a little too bubbly not to be concerned. Once it's poured out my suspicions are confirmed that there's a general looseness to it. Lacing isn't nonexistent, but close to negligible.
The aroma doesn't lack pungency. A floral and more tropical than citrus fruits are the main elements. There's just the slightest touch of an almost gingery spicy element though it's a far cry from Good Juju. Dry malts are difficult to detect and makes this beer on the one-dimensional side.
The bite from hops bitterness has some depth to it and is complemented by a decent balance from malts. A little spiced sort of sourness kicks in just at the finish. This is a solid APA with just a very slight off flavor.
As feared, this beer is bitingly fizzy and bubbly; at least I can't claim it's not crisp. Let it sit and it feels just a little smoother, though not enough for the drinkability one looks for in a style like this. The bracing crispness sticks around until this beer's been allowed to rest awhile; even then, it doesn't abate enough for comfort.

Serving type: can

07-13-2011 15:28:11 | More by Brenden
Photo of tdm168

North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

Serving type: can

06-29-2012 22:26:23 | More by tdm168
Photo of Gmann

New York

3.15/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a slightly hazy copper color with not much head to speak of. There is a faint smell of hops not much else. Kind of a quirky taste. There is a bit of a hop taste but it disappears very quickly, leaving not much else. It has an odd sweetness to this, strange for the style, almost has a fruit taste...hard to tell. The feel is light and fizzy, drinks like a lager. Not a bad beer, different. Not very true to the APA style, maybe it's due to the can. I dunno, worth a 12 oz sampling.

Serving type: can

03-25-2007 03:09:24 | More by Gmann
Photo of puboflyons

New Hampshire

3.68/5  rDev +15%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on September 3, 2010. The copper pour is much cloudier than I anticpated with a thin, white head that leaves lacing for a few minutes. The aroma includes barley malts and some sweeter notes. The taste includes caramel malts and ginger with a bitter hop ending.

Serving type: can

09-04-2010 00:50:11 | More by puboflyons
Photo of Suds


3.45/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

From a 12 ounce can, this brew pours as a very clear amber liquid. The head is initially about a finger, but quickly falls into a wispy shadow. The aroma is centered on a floral hoppiness, backed with a caramel and toast. Not bad, but not really outstanding either. The taste is pretty good, and a little more flavorful than the aroma would indicate. It starts a little fruity, with a solid malt flavor. The hops are modest, and come into play in the finish. It’s a bit metallic (nothing to do with the can), and a little distractingly carbonated. The body is somewhere between medium and light, but the finish is a little weak. Not a bad beer, all in all. The price (about $5.00 for a six pack) made it worthwhile. I wouldn’t go out of my way for this beer, but I wouldn’t turn one down either.

Serving type: can

09-15-2006 00:13:52 | More by Suds
Photo of Durge


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

A light copper color with a fair white head and decent lace. The aroma suggests a tart citrus hops but fairly mild and yeast/wheat tinged. The taste is a crisp and refreshing combination of light malt and grapefruit/floral hops. A touch of charcoal thrown in to this fairly thin offering but overall it's OK and certainly goes down easy enough. Worth a try if you have a gap in your choices but nothing memorable, except for those pigs on the can!

Serving type: can

02-08-2008 05:59:39 | More by Durge
Photo of Bierman9

New Hampshire

3.15/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Porkslap? Count me in!! Got a couple of cans o' 'Slap from buddy Artied2. Lazy Saturday afternoon; time to give 'em a go.

Pours a medium copper color into the pint glass. Has some very light haze, with little to no head at all, just a few rim-bubbles. Practically no lacing, either. Aroma has some soft, toasty malt along with a bit of floral hopping. Feel is a little rough on the tongue, with the body being a notch or 2 below medium.

Flavor has a touch of caramel, and some subtle malty sweetness. Afterwards, hints of sourish, tropical-like fruit come into play, plus some green apple and pear. Then come some flavors akin to mouthwash, leaning towards medicinal. Now that's putting me off. Without that, it might be a decent, easy-going sessioner. But with the Listerine, well.... Glad I only opened 1 of the 2 cans. Will save the other for later, if ever...


look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | drink: 3


Serving type: can

01-10-2009 20:30:17 | More by Bierman9
Photo of tgbljb


4/5  rDev +25%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a cloudy deep amber color with modest white creamy head.
Smell is light with modest amounts of sweet malt and citrusy malt.
Taste also shows some lught malt combined with a light but tasty hop presence.
The hops show themselves more at the finish and present a refreshing ending to this beer.
Very nice to drink, Would be good to session.

Serving type: can

01-01-2008 20:37:05 | More by tgbljb
Photo of Deuane


2.53/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks again to Kegatron for saving me the money on this one!

A-Brilliant copper with a medium off white head that reduces to a thin cap and leaves nice lace.

S-Muted sweet malt and a vague hint of cutrus hops.

T-A light metallic bitterness, a bit of sweet biscuity malt and then...meh. Nothing about this is complex and it is very uninteresting.

M-Medium-light and the bitterness hangs on becoming at least less metallic. Not bad...but not good.

D-Another ho-hum offering from Butternuts. I surely would not waste my money buying any of the beers I have had from them so far. This is so dull it's almost like, "Why bother?"

Serving type: can

10-15-2008 08:02:24 | More by Deuane
Photo of BARFLYB


1.83/5  rDev -42.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

12oz can into a pint glass after work. My 1st from Butternuts.(LOL)

Into the glass, Porkslap pale is darker than normal with a brown, pumpking orange with somewhat of a build that dies super quick. The foam is burnt sugar white and has a ring around the collar.

Smell is mainly malt and butterscotch, melted caramel and faded hops. Nothing else though.

Taste is a caramel lovers dream, very sweet with malts up front, the can does say "all malt" on it, so perhaps I shoulda known better. A bit of a grassy tone with old pine needles. Very upsetting.

Feel is real thick, especially for 4.3% of beer. It looks thicker than average for a pale ale. Kinda syrupy, a small sweet aftertaste. No bitterness. From the largeness here, this was probably never a contender to begin with.

I really am going to go out of my way to avoid this stuff in the future. Not to my liking. Bleeh.

Serving type: can

10-26-2010 21:52:12 | More by BARFLYB
Photo of tigg924


2.58/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: brown in color, medium carbonation, clear, 1/3 inch head

Smell: toasted malt, honey, and bread

Taste: toasted malt, honey, and bread

Mouthfeel: semi-sweet, light body with high carbonation.

Drinkability: A watery and weak pale ale. It goes down easy enough. If I was camping I could drink a six but nothing to get excited about or reach for.

Serving type: can

07-06-2010 16:11:09 | More by tigg924
Photo of ngeunit1


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

A - Pours a bright slightly hazy orange-yellow color wit ha finger of frothy white head. The head fades fairly quickly down to a ring around the glass leaving behind a few spots of lace.

S - Aroma is a bit bland. There is a bit of sweet malt and some pine hop, but it is not too powerful.

T - Starts off with some bread flavor with some caramel sweetness in the background. Faint hops in the background. Through the middle some more biscuit flavors some out and just a touch more of hops. The finish is a mix of bread and a bit of grassy flavors that linger a tad.

M - Medium-light bodied with moderate lively carbonation. Feels a bit empty and dry. The finish is kind of bland and uninteresting.

D - Very drinkable, but also pretty uninteresting. Flavor feels a bit off and unbalanced and could have used something to make it a bit more interesting. Not bad by any means, but not very memorable.

Serving type: can

04-24-2011 03:02:01 | More by ngeunit1
Photo of kmpitz2


4.08/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz can purchased at the brewery. Before getting into the review, I want to say how inviting Chuck was when we visited. There is no tap room or public area, but we were invited in to look around, sample the beers, and chat. It was the best part of our tour of the beer to be found around Cooperstown.

The brew pours a solid iced tea color with a full coat of whitish head over top that breaks in the middle to a patchy coat. Clarity is very nice and there is a solid cascade of bubbles in the brew. The nose is slightly toasty and bready, with spicy ginger. There is a kiss of earthy hop in there as well. Taking a sip, I find the bready and toasted malt character hits up front, moves to a ginger sweet and spice and rounds out nicely at the end with a solid bitterness and a very nice earth hop. There is good flow between the flavor components, keeping everything detectable while still having blending of them at the transitions. Mouthfeel is moderate with a moderate carbonation; pretty well where I expected it. Overall, I really enjoy this brew. The first can was enjoyed while tossing some boccie balls around our campsite, and really was nice on a warm summer day. It is simple, but not boring.

Serving type: can

07-28-2007 22:50:02 | More by kmpitz2
Photo of NJpadreFan

New Jersey

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

Butternuts- Porkslap

A- Reddish copper brown with a small sticky head. Good lacing!
S- Grainy, with a touch of earthy hops.
T- Very grainy, nutty, with a woodsy earthy hop flavor. All very subdued.
M- Watery with an acidic/ bitter finish.

Overall- Not much going on in this one. Use it for drinking games.

Serving type: can

02-19-2008 20:25:57 | More by NJpadreFan
Photo of flexabull


3.6/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Can courtesy of leftmindedrighty. Thanks again!

As I've mentioned many times, I love the idea of canned craft beer...

Pours a light and clear amber color, with a faint white head.

Aromas are of caramel, sweet malts, and a touch of grassy hops.

Taste is light, with a slightly sweet creamy malt flavor. Finish is crisp, a bit dry, and with a slight floral hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is full in the mouth, with light carbonation.

Drinkability is a good. A nice simple easy drinking pale, reminds me a bit of a British style Pale. Very session worthy.

Serving type: can

09-29-2007 00:41:38 | More by flexabull
Photo of VelvetExtract


3.55/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Slightly murky light copper color. Head is barely there. Thin ring of white fuzz. Leaves lacing islands along the glass.

S-I am sorry but this kinda smells like Cheetos initially. After my nose becomes accustomed to the aroma. I detect some pretty focused caramel maltiness. Hops are nonexistent. This is strictly sweet caramel. I still am getting a dairy/cheese/greek yogurt aroma for some reason.

T-The flavor is refreshing despite its concentrated sweetness. Like a piece of bread covered in sugary whipped butter. Light, light, light grassy hops. Oddly quite refreshing.

M-Fuller than a 4.3% brew normally feels. Mellow, fuzzy carbonation. A bit slick but it feels clean sometimes. The bitterness is very mild but it is detectable.

O/D-Like Moo Thunder, this was better than I expected it to be. Pretty decent. A pleasant surprise captured in an epically decorated aluminum can.

Serving type: can

07-01-2012 22:51:02 | More by VelvetExtract
Photo of grub

Ontario (Canada)

3.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

quarterly tasting party feb 21/07 with northyorksammy, Derek, crwills, biegaman and me (grub). everyone threw in a few bottles and we had an interesting mix of beer. crwills contributed this one, so thanks craig!

12oz can.

pours deep amber with thin off-white head. no lace.

aroma is nice. big malt with light grapefruit hops. bit of caramel.

taste is a bit odd. there's definitely some clove, and a mineral presence. medium bitterness. grapefruit with a little pine. the hops make a really odd combo with the spice.

mouthfeel is ok. medium carbonation and good body. the clove mouthfeel is odd.

drinkability is ok. well balanced, but the spice is just throwing me in this one.

Serving type: can

02-23-2007 03:23:48 | More by grub
Photo of dsa7783

New Jersey

3.93/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Single, twelve ounce can just copped from Buy Rite on Oak Tree in South Plainfield... Just to let you know, this is not a gimmick beer... This is a really great tasting, light-bodied APA worthy of praise... Pours a hazy, tawny, ruddy, copper-colored hue with a minimal head...
Faint aroma replete with a nice mixture of hops and malts...
Taste, likewise, was a delicate balance of malts and hops, with a subtle bread and butter essence, including nuances of nuts, almonds, caramel, and a hint of vanilla...
I love beer in cans, and this one certainly doesn't dissapoint...

Serving type: can

08-04-2008 23:43:05 | More by dsa7783
Photo of StJamesGate

New York

3.6/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours pale amber with swiss cheese fast-fading froth. Toasty metallic malt nose. Marmalade and peanut malts then some spice and earth with oranges back from hops. Thin to medium, fizzy, with a dry finish.

Basically, a Best Bitter with a bit more (American) hops. Not an APA, but drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2010 23:47:57 | More by StJamesGate
Photo of prototypic


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

Thanks to csmiley for his generosity.

Appearance: It's a little hazy and amber in color. Head was white and about a finger deep. It disappeared quickly and left a light coat of lace sticking to the glass.

Smell: It's earthy up front and features some grainy characteristics. Malts are noteable and provide a bit of a sweet smell. Hops are stronger than you'd think and are mostly floral, perhaps attributing to the earthy smell. It's straight forward and a little light on the nose. Tough to pick up much past that.

Taste: It's malty and sweet on the first sip. Hops kick in very quickly and provide some bitterness, but not much. There's definitely more of a floral quality to them which results in a more earthy flavor. It's more malty and sweet than hoppy. It's a little grainy and tastes slightly watered down. Sweet and slightly yeasty finish.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's light bodied and has a decent feel. It's a little crisp and goes down pretty easy. Carbonation is good. Drinkability is above average, but it's lacking in flavor which limits it quite a bit.

This is a pretty good pale ale, but it hardly stands out. There's too many great beers of this style on the market to warrant repeat purchases. It's far from a bad beer though. It just could stand a healthy addition of hops and a beefing up of the nose. All in all, worth a try.

Serving type: can

05-26-2008 03:20:57 | More by prototypic
Photo of Chaney

District of Columbia

3.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Much darker than I was expecting: Autumn harvest orange color, with a mildly off-white head that drew down from its 1 - 1.5 finger status within a few minutes.

S: Candy sugar won out over the citrus at first, but then the a tingle of orange and apricot regained its footing. Faint, yet present.

T: Doesn't really taste like much of anything. I got sugar water and fruit juice. No really malt backbone or hop profile to speak of. A bit disappointing.

M: The lacing was sticky and ridiculous, and the carbonation was fine, but I could have used a bit more citrus.

O: Not horrible, but not really memorable either. I know this is only an APA, but, please, somebody squeeze a grapefruit into this or something....

Serving type: can

05-07-2011 20:21:45 | More by Chaney
Photo of ClockworkOrange


3.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A 12 ounce can from a variety pack. Poured into my nonic pint glass. This ale appears a cloudy amber color with about an inch of creamy light rust colored foam. Smells and tastes of lightly toasted grains, whatever hops are present are earthy and grassy. Thin bodied with ample carbonation. Take it or leave it.

Serving type: can

05-19-2009 04:44:07 | More by ClockworkOrange
Photo of OtherShoe2


3.48/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours medium orange with a big billowy head. Some nice lace. Nice note: Yeast is in a nice little pile in the pint. From the can to the glass.

Some toasted dry grain aromas Not getting much beyond that.

Toasted malt, some ok (but mild) hop bitterness, some bread rust bitterness, some herbal notes. But mild. Finishes fairly dry and lightly bitter.

Medium body, good carbonation.

I, uh, am not sure what to think. This would be campfire beer for me. No flavors that would get in the way of food, but nothing special. Just ok.

Serving type: can

07-22-2012 17:10:05 | More by OtherShoe2
Photo of BeerKangaroo


2.89/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Into my nonic:

A: copper/orange colored body that leaves a one finger white head, barely any lacing

S: hops up front backed up with a combination of citrus, roasty bread and butter.

T: pretty much the same with more of a buttery aftertaste.

M: light to medium, carbonation is notices, sessionable

O: I see why they are called "Butternuts" and why I most likely won't come back to this because of that weird buttery aftertaste

Serving type: can

08-01-2012 01:33:32 | More by BeerKangaroo
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