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Porkslap Pale Ale - Butternuts Beer & Ale

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Porkslap Pale AlePorkslap Pale Ale

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Ratings: 749
Reviews: 322
rAvg: 3.19
pDev: 18.81%
Wants: 12
Gots: 38 | 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 JohnnyChicago
2.88/5  rDev -9.7%
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...

JohnnyChicago, Oct 13, 2011
Photo of Arithmeticus
3.43/5  rDev +7.5%
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

Arithmeticus, Oct 10, 2011
Photo of samie85
4.05/5  rDev +27%
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.

samie85, Oct 08, 2011
Photo of Minkybut
3.8/5  rDev +19.1%
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.

Minkybut, Oct 07, 2011
Photo of womencantsail
3.3/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

womencantsail, Oct 06, 2011
Photo of Stinkypuss
2.75/5  rDev -13.8%
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.

Stinkypuss, Oct 02, 2011
Photo of therica
2.73/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A= cloudy caramel, little head and that dissipated quickly.

S= interesting florals, some from hops and some seem to be from some other ingredient. I can't find any malt but there's also a slight hint of egg smell.

T= watery, old dishwater with soap-bitterness. Mothers everywhere could have used this 50 years ago to wash out their kids' mouths. Light weed-like grassyness.

M= flat, slightly tart and with a not-pleasant bitterness. Ugly belches.

O= pass on this one. It came in a mixed 4-pack sampler of cans and now I fear trying the other 3 if they're anything as disappointing as this one. I really try to like every beer-- honest! Just not possible on this one, the rest of it is following the dishwater down the drain.

therica, Sep 27, 2011
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 BeerLover99
2.53/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: cloudy burnt orange body, no head, no lacing

S: sweet corn, grain, mild bread

T: sweet grain, mild malt, light crisp bitter finish

M: light body, big carbonation, semi-dry mouth

O: Seems like BMC version of pale ale.
Maybe gateway brew; not going to get again
nor would I recommend this.


BeerLover99, Sep 19, 2011
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

Phyl21ca, Sep 02, 2011
Photo of metter98
3.3/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

metter98, Sep 01, 2011
Photo of doopydoogle
4/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. can into a nice beer glass:

A - Rich, creamy head that lingered to the last sip. Rich amber color with vibrant carbonation.

S - Floral and fruity with a nice malt essence. Slight pineapple and citrus complemented by some piney notes.

T - Light, crisp, clean, with a good balance between a good malt profile and a slight hop bitterness. There is a slightly resinous pine flavor that lingers, and the finish leaves a pleasant bitter that resolves into an enjoyable malt that sticks around. A unique taste that might be the result of the use of a small amount of ginger in the recipe.

M - A little watery for the style, but not objectionable. Surprising given the rich head and vibrant carbonation. Maybe a result of canning?

O - An intensely sessionable ale. Unique for the style, not overly hoppy at all, closer to a traditional ESB without the diacetyl funkiness. A good beer, imminently drinkable, and with a very unique character.

doopydoogle, Aug 31, 2011
Photo of Burt
2.95/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a pint glass.

Amber and crystal clear that I can easily see couple of carbonation strands. White head that dispersed quickly and left little lacing.

Smell is light malt, caramel and no hops in the nose.

Light roasted malt in the front that thins out in the middle, has a little tease of bitterness at the end, slick on the tongue.

Not a bad beer but it is on the low end of the scale for an APA. I got this in a mixed 12 pack and it is not something I would go out of my way to get by itself.

Burt, Aug 29, 2011
Photo of tgorgz
3.6/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

P: Into a goblet from a can.

A: Great carbonation, looks a little like apple cider. Surprisingly little head, little lacing, though.

S: Strong caramel and, as advertised, good malt as well.

T: However, the taste is a little different. It's certainly sweet from the caramel, and the malt is nice- but I can't quite get behind this one. It seems to lack something.

M: Here's where it lacks- it's more in the texture. It doesn't seem to run across the palate, and the carbonation overpowers the caramel and malt balance.

O: So, I think we could deal with the carbonation a little. Other than that, not a bad beer-could drink a couple and enjoy it.

tgorgz, Aug 21, 2011
Photo of angelsil
2.58/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Part of 12 Butternuts pack sampler. Poured into ghetto Ikea pint glass, because it's what I got on hand.

A: Nice amber color. Fairly clear.

S: Funky mold smell, but not heavy. None of their beers have much nose.

T: This beer tasted odd. It's malt forward, but then the aftertaste is like an ashtray and it lingers. Oh dear does it linger. I feel like I've been chewing cigarette butts.

M: Crisp. Heavily carbonated, like all their beers I've tried this weekend, but in this style it's TOO bubbly.

O: Definitely the weakest of the 4 Butternuts beers I've tried. It's clearly more EPA than APA and it's not a strong version of that.
Serving type: can

angelsil, Aug 21, 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 jondeelee
3.98/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I admit: I bought this beer for the label. How could I not, with its charming belly-bumping pigs suspended mid-air beneath a cartoon-font name? And I bought the beer expecting exactly nothing of it. My first whiff thus was a pleasant surprise, as I encountered not the bland skunkiness of an Anheuser-Busch product, but a nose full of malt: butternut squash and apricot, macadamia nut and orange, all suspended over fresh wheat.

On the tongue, the beer continued to surprise, for though it wasn't as fruity as the nose promised, it still carried a good load of light fruit esters (white grape, lychee nut), as well as Grape Nuts cereal-like toasted grains. The label says "all malt," but there's a good bit of hops in here as well, providing a nice grapefruit-bitter background. The flavors are rounded out by a surprising, but somehow appropriate, splash of ginger root (which is actually added, and does not result merely from the malt). The flavors are quite distinct, and the brew has been made lovingly, with good quantities of malts and hops. The aftertaste tends to sway a bit excessively toward grapefruit and ginger, but the main part of the mouthful is enjoyable.

Overall, while I can't say this is a stellar pale ale, it is an interesting and highly quaffable one, and will no doubt make its way into my fridge again, or at least my camping cooler.

jondeelee, Aug 06, 2011
Photo of Tundruth
3.78/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Great looking beer, the art on the can is cool and the beer itself is slightly cloudy, copper in color and is topped by a thick layer of off white foam.

Smells sweet, malty and tangy, also there is hints of fruitiness and leather in the nose.

This beer has a taste that is full flavored and complex. Not very hoppy but its still the kind of brew you practically have to chew.

MF is thick and "sticky", carbonation is very light which I think works perfect with this beer.

Overall a solid beer, its not something you see very often which makes it all the better.

Tundruth, Jul 31, 2011
Photo of mactrail
3.85/5  rDev +20.7%
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.

mactrail, Jul 28, 2011
Photo of bpw28
4.47/5  rDev +40.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This can looks awesome. Some might think these two pigs belly bumping on the front is cheezy, but who doesn't want to drink a beer that has two hogs belly bumping on the front because they are so excited about the brew inside?

Look: Nice three finger bone white head,Soap bubble head with pretty good retention, Slightly hazy copper color ( about a 13 SRM), lacing is good, bubbles slowly float to the top.

Smell: Sticky sweet smelling malt, funk (not a bad one at all, it is a "farmhouse" ale style), grassy/hay/grain/light barn smell (not bad), bit of pine, wet wood (like after a rain storm in the woods), slightly fruity smelling like orange oil, peppery, leathery cigar smoke (like your old man's leather jacket that he'd wear smoking cigars on the porch. Not bad at all.)

Taste: Hm, wow. Slightly sweet malt, grass, yeasty, oaky, grains, funk (still the good funk), peppery, peach (that after a peach taste) slight cream kind of taste, light hop back bone that finishes piney. The body is the only thing that is a let down. Its light, not seriously light, but enough to be noticed.

Final Thoughts: I really like this. The only thing it lacks for me is more body. It's exactly what it seems to claim to be and does it well. It's a pale ale with a farmhouse twist. I was worried they might under do or over do the "farmhouse funk", but its perfect. I love beers like this, where the nose brings great thoughts and memories. I really love funky beers. Though I can see how this beer might not be for everyone, Butternuts did a fine job on this one.

bpw28, Jul 26, 2011
Photo of beerdrinker4life
3.08/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Alright cans at Gathering of the Vibes! Nice, now we can beat the heat when its 100 degrees out!

Someone gave me a can of this from their cooler. I never even heard of it before. I poured it into my glass it was a dark amber color with an off white head. The head faded out rather quick.

The aroma was pretty plain. I noticed some hops in there. Then I got a faint smell of some caramel popcorn? It tasted rather bland actually.

Overall, by the time I drank this can, I was ready to move on. It was a nice thing to have in a can, but the flavor just did not really impress me all that much.

beerdrinker4life, Jul 24, 2011
Photo of CWBlues
3.58/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a tulip, because, why not?

A: Awesome hazy dark orange. Half a finger of an off-white head.

S: Soft fruit notes, but very little hops or even citrus. Really light scent.

T: Whoa. Wheaty and grassy, little bit of honey on it too. Not what I was expecting, but...hm. I kind of like it. Given its name, I want there to be a smack of ham to it (Arrested Development, anyone), but really I just get the grass and honey. I imagine it pairing well with pork dishes.

M: Good tingle on the tongue. Not much hop bitterness though. It's cool and refreshing though, especially today when it's 115 degrees in Indy.

O: I'm glad I got this as an extra. Thoroughly enjoy it.

CWBlues, Jul 20, 2011
Photo of SunDevilBeer
3.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I really like the ginger taste of this beer, despite what the other reviewers say.

I'll admit, my 1st tasting of this beer I really didn't care for it. But I bought the mix pack a 2nd time since I dug the wheat beer, so I tried it again.

As mentioned before - smell and taste are ginger, ginger, ginger. I dig it - different.

This is an easy-drinking sessionable beer that isn't too pretentious. Did I mention it has a strong ginger taste???? :0)

SunDevilBeer, Jul 16, 2011
Photo of nukem5
3/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: pours a great dark amber color with a nice thin head, bubbles float up and I think it has a slight haze to the brew. But no worries lets look at this one a bit closer.

S: A bit grainy and a touch of grassiness in there,sadly not much there but a light scent of citrus.

T: Just like smell grainy and touch of hops, also some sweetness like honey at the middle followed by more orange tastes.

M: Silky and smooth but little character to speak of,very little carbonation at the end all fizzyed out.

O: Glad to taste another beer but no big hurry to fetch another one of these Thanks to JL for the beer, Cheers!

nukem5, Jul 16, 2011
Photo of Brenden
3.3/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Brenden, Jul 13, 2011
Porkslap Pale Ale from Butternuts Beer & Ale
74 out of 100 based on 749 ratings.