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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 slassy


2.3/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

A: Pours a medium copper color with a decent head, about a finger high. Color almost makes it look like some ciders I've had. Can of course is amazing...two jubilant pigs high-fiving. 50s retro-rural look.

S: Straight hops. Really can't detect much else (not a bad thing at all)

T: Definitely not as hoppy as I was expecting...pretty mild altogether. The dominating flavor has to be that of...bread. In fact, it pretty much tastes like soggy bread.

M: Very mild carbonation. Goes down smoother than maybe any ale I've ever drank. Almost like drinking a pilsner.

O: Extremely disappointed...flavor didn't match up to the smell (or the greatness of the can). Won't be getting again anytime soon.

Serving type: can into a pint glass

Serving type: can

06-03-2012 02:47:36 | More by slassy
Photo of Flounder57


3.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can was poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: The poured a minimal head that has reduced to a thin layer. It is an amber orange color with great clarity and tiny bubbles coming up throughout the whole beer. Great lacing is left on the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: sweet and bready malts, some fruitiness, but not much else going on there.

Taste: bready, malty, fruity, tangy, creamy, and that is pretty much it. Malts take over the whole sip. Hops are not that noticeable.

Mouthfeel: smooth, a little dry, medium to high carbonation, a little chewy, and medium bodied.

Overall: Not a bad APA out of a can, but I would have others before this one. Would have liked to see more hops presence.

Serving type: can

04-08-2012 06:16:12 | More by Flounder57
Photo of tobelerone


3.08/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Serving type: can

03-26-2012 17:40:25 | More by tobelerone
Photo of BrewGirl91

1/5  rDev -68.8%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

F-ing horrible. I wish I could give this a 0. Pours a creepy orange with no head. Looks like the urine of a man whose liver has stopped working. Very metallic. Cloying malts, hop bitterness, but no aroma. Salty. I wish I could go back in time and not drink it.

As you can tell - I hated it.

Serving type: can

03-17-2012 05:21:04 | More by BrewGirl91
Photo of BEERMILER12


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

Packaged January 25, 2012

A: Pours a pale golden color with almost no head

S: Some pale malts and light fruitiness, some hops are hidden in the back as well

T: Follows the nose with the pale malts and light fruitiness with almost no hop character. Definitely seems more like an English style pale ale than an APA

M: Light bodied with moderate carbonation. Very smooth

O: Another easy drinker from Butternuts that would do a good job washing down some food, but that's about it. It's not bad, it just doesn't do much to stand out amongst the mass amounts of APAs, IPAs and DIPA/IIPAs out there

Serving type: can

03-08-2012 17:20:33 | More by BEERMILER12
Photo of JimKal

North Carolina

2.9/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a can into NB Chalice glass.

This one pours with a very large head. Even pouring very carefully down the side of the glass produces a four inch head that leaves good lacing as it slowly dissipates. The body is a hazy amber.

There is a slightly malty aroma.

The taste and mouthfeel where a disappointment to me. Having had their IPA ( a very non-West Coast style IPA but still quite enjoyable to me) I was expecting something different that a standard Pale Ale. But this seemed to fizzy and slightly sour. I tried it both with and without food without affecting the taste profile.

This will not be a repeat purchase for me.

Serving type: can

02-13-2012 15:17:40 | More by JimKal
Photo of Brad007


3.6/5  rDev +12.5%
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?

Serving type: can

01-30-2012 02:43:57 | More by Brad007
Photo of stakem


3/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to Eric for gifting me with a can of this. Poured into a shaped pint glass, the brew appears a hazed copper with just shy of 2 fingers worth of frothy off-white froth. The cap slowly fades leaving patches of lacing sticking to the glass. Constantly rising bubbles of carbonation support the cap with pretty solid retention.

The smell of this brew is a little fruity with hints of citrus hops and minerals. A bit of caramel grain sweetness goes along for the ride with a hint of grass and something along the lines of orange pulp.

The taste brings forth some rindy sweetness reminiscent of oranges but it is contrasted by a flavoring of toffee to caramel malt. Some mineral inclusion is felt towards the back coupled with a bit of herbs and lemon quality.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. The alcohol is not present which is expected for the 4% abv. Quite honestly, I dont know what to think of this brew. The label clearly states pale ale - farmhouse ale. This brew is neither a farmhouse ale nor really all that pale. I dont know what Butternuts was shooting for with this offering but it falls right down the middle of the road. Take it or leave it, I probably wouldn't be interested in having it again regardless of style.

Serving type: can

01-17-2012 22:54:15 | More by stakem
Photo of JayS2629


4.25/5  rDev +32.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This was absolutely amber. Quite dark for a pale ale. Still, nice clarity, a two finger head with descent retention and rings of sticky lace rings.

The aroma is a nice citrus hops on a caramel backbone. Simple, balanced. Orange peel and grapefruit.

The flavor is nicely balanced with a clean, bready bottom and a touch of caramel with orange rind, grapefruit and lemon zest.

Crisp, refreshing, easy drinking

Very nice, drinkable session beer.

Serving type: can

01-16-2012 18:02:24 | More by JayS2629
Photo of rjplumer

Rhode Island

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

Pours to a nice two finger head with nice retention. A citrus hop aroma that grabs you right away. A mild hazy amber color. Has a little bitterness that gives way to a tart and clean finish. Refreshing and very drinkable. Very well done and would love to have this one again.

Serving type: can

01-15-2012 05:06:10 | More by rjplumer
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.

Serving type: can

01-14-2012 01:07:12 | More by davewlfpckfan29
Photo of GarthDanielson

North Carolina

2.28/5  rDev -28.8%
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.

Serving type: can

01-08-2012 22:44:32 | More by GarthDanielson
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.

Serving type: can

01-08-2012 21:04:19 | More by nimrod979
Photo of horshack7


3.28/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Serving type: can

11-25-2011 01:19:28 | More by horshack7
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.

Serving type: can

11-08-2011 01:06:44 | More by SickGnar
Photo of OWSLEY069


3.18/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

Serving type: can

11-04-2011 12:26:57 | More by OWSLEY069
Photo of Yoonisaykul

Quebec (Canada)

3.35/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Serving type: can

10-30-2011 02:25:19 | More by Yoonisaykul
Photo of GreenJetta912


2.42/5  rDev -24.4%
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!

Serving type: can

10-22-2011 14:26:46 | More by GreenJetta912
Photo of JunkYardJake


1.98/5  rDev -38.1%
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.

Serving type: can

10-19-2011 02:39:34 | More by JunkYardJake
Photo of JohnnyChicago


2.88/5  rDev -10%
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...

Serving type: on-tap

10-13-2011 02:50:28 | More by JohnnyChicago
Photo of Arithmeticus


3.43/5  rDev +7.2%
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

Serving type: can

10-10-2011 01:49:45 | More by Arithmeticus
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.

Serving type: can

10-08-2011 21:02:38 | More by samie85
Photo of Minkybut


3.8/5  rDev +18.8%
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.

Serving type: can

10-07-2011 16:44:33 | More by Minkybut
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
Photo of Stinkypuss


2.75/5  rDev -14.1%
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.

Serving type: can

10-02-2011 16:23:58 | More by Stinkypuss
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