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Porkslap Pale Ale - Butternuts Beer & Ale

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Porkslap Pale AlePorkslap Pale Ale

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Ratings: 713
Reviews: 321
rAvg: 3.19
pDev: 19.12%
Wants: 8
Gots: 30 | 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:
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(Beer added by: John on 03-04-2006)
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Photo of HBeezley

New York

2.2/5  rDev -31%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

I had been wanting to try this beer for a while. Mostly because its called "porkslap" but also because I heard a few people say its good. I had it in a can at a party (It was free so I thought it was the perfect opportunity to try it out). The consensus? I'll put it this way: It tastes like what you would expect from a beer named "porkslap". Maybe that's a bit over exaggerated; but it just wasn't enjoyable by any means. The hop flavor: disappointing; the smell: kinda like old beer; BUT it does go down smoothly. so, if you want to down a couple beers just to down a couple of beers, go for it. But honestly, if you actually want to drink good beer, you're not going to find it here.

Serving type: can

01-10-2011 21:08:06 | More by HBeezley
Photo of thecarster1


3.33/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a- can poured into a pint, one plus fingers head fade to spotty lace crescent and clinging, warm chestnut.

s- sweet, fruity, herbal, tough to pinpoint what exactly i'm getting in here - flowery almost.

t- slightly sweet, a minimal hop presence that is moderately bitter, a touch of herbal floral hops.

m- medium.

d- good drinkability here, it goes down easily and is reasonably priced. certainly not the best pale ale in the world but it's solid and drinkable.

Serving type: can

01-02-2011 20:40:14 | More by thecarster1
Photo of bishopdc0


3.63/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy amber almost brown in color good lace
The aroma is malty upfront pale with crystal malts with a slight hoppy citrus.

The taste is an emglish style malty with full buttery taste. The hops make an appearance in the end slightly bitter with a pale nuttery finish.

Serving type: can

12-26-2010 17:44:10 | More by bishopdc0
Photo of DrinkingDrake


2.25/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from a can into a pint glass.

Orange/gold with almost no head. Only a slight amount of lacing.

Smells very malty(like the can says) with a lot of caramel and butterscotch.

Drinks pretty thick and is very sweet. Butterscotch/toffee/caramel. It has a slight bite to it at the end which doesn't really go well with the extreme malt.

The flavor combinations here are not doing it for me. I had to struggle to get through the can. My buddy convinced me to get a sixer of this stuff. I'm not going to take a beer recommendation from him for a while.

Serving type: can

12-24-2010 16:29:27 | More by DrinkingDrake
Photo of Mosstrooper


3.68/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz can into 16oz Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep amber-gold color with a good sized slightly orange tinted had that dissipates fairly quickly and leaves behind a thick ring of lace and some floating foam.

Smell: Sweet grainy malt aromas dominate, with some grassy and floral hints in the background.

Taste: Begins with grainy sweetness and some mild hop bitterness, rounding out to flowery sweetness and finishing with a flavor that is well rounded between sweet grains and herbal hops.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with lively carbonation and a watery, refreshing finish.

Drinkability: Not the best pale ale by any stretch, but an enjoyable beer nonetheless. This brew is heavier on malt than it is on hops, making it not so great for hopheads, but between that and its low ABV it could be very good for sessioning or as a gateway beer. I wouldn't search this out, but would have no problem drinking it again.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2010 00:25:56 | More by Mosstrooper
Photo of Daniellobo

District of Columbia

3.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fair pale ale, not too enticing but decently drinkable.

Presentation: 12 oz orange bell can. Oval image presiding it with red-pink and yellow palette noting name of the brew and two pigs jumping about to... Porkslap? Notes "all malt" and lacks any recognizable freshness or best by date. Served in a tulip glass.

A - Pale amber pout, good 1" frothy head, medium retention and lacing.

S - Lightly hoppy and malty, candy, not in a particularly remarkable way.

T - Taste is a bit flat, decent malty dash, with a light hoppy sense, a caramel candy sense predominates, not unpleasing but a bit weird.

M - Medium to light body, with moderate carbonation that is more aggressively early on.

D - Relatively quaffable in a kind of forgettable way.

Notes: Hmmm, not particularly impressed. It is drinkable but again quite forgettable.

Serving type: can

12-12-2010 16:00:48 | More by Daniellobo
Photo of goldbot

District of Columbia

2.25/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Dark orange, cloudy with ample off-white head. Muted, citrus hop aroma that is just barely detectable with maybe a touch of caramel malt. A bit more citrus flavor, ever so slightly bitter, backed by a hint of caramel. Very thin and watered down. Would probably not try again; this is more like water than beer.

Serving type: can

12-11-2010 02:01:04 | More by goldbot
Photo of StJamesGate

New York

3.6/5  rDev +12.9%
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 Homebrew35


3.65/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

No head to speak of when pouring. A nice orangy fairly clear body. Smells a bit sweet, carmel, some citrus, some grass too. Taste is crisp, medium dry earthyness, Carmel, citrus, slight hop bitterness on the finish. Low carbonation, thin body, easy to down a few of these. I pick this up again but not any time soon, maybe on a rainy day. Not bad but not noteworthy. I do love the artwork and the storage cantainer.

Serving type: can

11-30-2010 14:52:35 | More by Homebrew35
Photo of chinchill

South Carolina

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".

Serving type: can

11-28-2010 23:29:34 | More by chinchill
Photo of MADhombrewer


2.68/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Apperance- Hazy dark orange with a nice white head that ends in a film on the beer.

Aroma- I smell carmel and some citrus notes.

Taste- Carmel and hops in the finish. Not much else in the taste.

Mouthfeel- Starts a little slick and ends watery. I wish there was more to this beer in this catagory, or any of the above also.

Drinkability- At 4.3% I could drink this all night, buy why?

I like the name and can of this beer better than what is in it.

Serving type: can

11-21-2010 04:13:19 | More by MADhombrewer
Photo of mikeg67

New Jersey

3.68/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours light copper with a lasting off-white head, good lacing. Nice caramel malt and piney hops aroma. Medium, tangy body, lively carbonation. Bready malt and earthy hops fill the mouth. Long, dry, bitter finish. Nicely made, I would say, English Pale ale.

Serving type: can

11-16-2010 16:05:53 | More by mikeg67
Photo of bruachan

District of Columbia

3.18/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

full-bodied APA, i can dig. so many are overattenuated and "crisp"; and i don't find that "crisp" goes too well with hoppy

hazy solid amber with good fizz, which emits some sweetness and slightly floral hop aromas

cascade hops, it would seem. sufficient residual sweetness for the hops to ride on (only barely). some biscuity and honey flavors. hops aren't malicious like in so many APAs--bitterness is meaningful but retains perspective

Serving type: can

11-07-2010 01:52:47 | More by bruachan
Photo of tehawful


3.83/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The marketing is really what drew me in on this beer. Porkslap Pale Ale is a great name for a beer. Then you add a picture of two pigs belly-slapping on an orange can and tell me its from a brewery named "Butternuts"...lets just say you had me at porkslap.

Appearance: Pours into a deep slightly foggy amber body with a fizzy off-white head the settles down but doesn't disappear.

Smell: Not too complex, mostly sweet caramel malt with very slight hint of ginger at the end.

Taste: Heavy sweet caramel malt taste with a toasted hint, the "all malt" slogan on the can rings more true for the porkslap than the others I have tried. The hint of ginger once again comes through at the end, along with a light wheat flavor.

Mouthfeel: Real smooth with medium light carbonation.

Drinkability: Definitely the best beer I have had from Butternuts. Nothing too complicated in any category but it has a great sweet malt taste and is smooth enough to enjoy all night. This is a great middle ground for a reasonable session beer that you don't need to think about too much.

Serving type: can

11-02-2010 22:44:44 | More by tehawful
Photo of Finn


4.08/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a hazy dark orange. Aroma is caramel, ginger, and reminds me of an english pale. Butterscotchy aroma as well. A bit of ginger hits the tongue first, with a touch of caramel malts. Body is a tad thin with moderate carboantion. Overall a great session beer that is very tasty when fresh.

Serving type: can

10-29-2010 01:01:03 | More by Finn
Photo of BARFLYB


1.83/5  rDev -42.6%
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 morebeergood


3.78/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had dinner on Saturday night with my wife at The Gallows in the South End. The draft beer list had not changed at all since the last time we visited, so I decided to try a can of the Porkslap. Poured into a standard pint glass. Dark amber color with a thin white head. Some lacing. The smell was spicy and bready. I really liked the flavor of this beer. There was a very malty taste and it had a nice smooth flavor. Just enough hops to notice, but not a lot. As for mouthfeel, I would have to say that this was one of the best I have had out of a can in a long time. It was creamy, crisp, and fresh on the palate. This is the second beer I have tried from Butternuts, and I am impressed again.

Serving type: can

10-25-2010 15:06:25 | More by morebeergood
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.

Serving type: can

10-23-2010 06:24:25 | More by xnicknj
Photo of Thorpe429


1.95/5  rDev -38.9%
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 PicoPapa


3.88/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can. Pours a cloudy dark yellow. Thin head is gone quickly. Aroma of earthy hops and malt. Maybe even a little sweet corn. Sweet taste. Caramel flavor followed by the hops and malt. Pretty simple beer but does not disappoint. Tasty and perfect for consuming mass quantities since its only 4.3%. Lots of flavor for a lower ABV beer.

Serving type: can

10-20-2010 05:35:48 | More by PicoPapa
Photo of EgadBananas


3.53/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Looks good in a glass; somewhat clear, dark amber with a beige head.

Smell is somewhat malty, with some faint citrus notes. It's underwhelming as a whole.

Taste is better. Nice initial malts, slight sweetness, but balanced alright with some finishing hops and citrus.

The body definitely has a little substance to it, a little creaminess, and slickness. Carbonation is tamed.

While nothing out of the ordinary, this is enjoyable and easy to put back.

Serving type: can

10-19-2010 01:34:08 | More by EgadBananas
Photo of drabmuh


2.8/5  rDev -12.2%
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 mikesgroove

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +25.4%
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 BeerMasterD


3.5/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a two-tone dirty color with orange atop and amber below. A big off-white fluffy head that leaves soapy lace.
S- Hops and malt. SuperBall plastic scent.
T- Floral hops, fruity. Roasted malt and citrus.
M- Light/Medium, easily drinkable.

I love the labels on the butternuts beers, it makes me happy just to see them.

Serving type: can

09-27-2010 20:46:13 | More by BeerMasterD
Photo of zoso1967


3.73/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

First off, I don't care how this beer tastes. The can art makes it worth the purchase price, and if it is a great beer that is just a bonus.

Porkslap pours an interesting color for an APA. Not really pale, more like slightly brownish medium amber with a parchment head that slowly fades, but leaves pretty poor lace.

The aroma is also interesting. The hops are mostly herbal, and there is a hint of ginger in the nose. I would say the aroma is malty overall though, with a good amount of toffee character.

The flavor is an interesting blend of earthy hops, ginger and breakfast cereal. I know that probably does not sound all that great, but it actually tastes pretty good. There is a definite toffee, almost roasty quality to the malt that is quite interesting. This reminds me more of a mild than an APA, but I am sure if it was called Porkslap mild, it would not sell nearly as well.

The mouthfeel is quite nice with a light/medium body that has subdued carbonation and a clean finish. Herbal hops and caramel linger on my palate.

Strange, but very drinkable. This is a great session beer, not only for the beer itself, but the novelty of the name and art.

Serving type: can

09-15-2010 21:39:57 | More by zoso1967
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