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Porkslap Pale Ale - Butternuts Beer & Ale

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Porkslap Pale AlePorkslap Pale Ale

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Ratings: 777
Reviews: 325
rAvg: 3.19
pDev: 19.12%
Wants: 12
Gots: 50 | FT: 0
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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 caddybuyer
3.53/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Gotta love beers in a can, especially when they have great artwork and quasi-pornographic names like porkslap....

A-slightly veiled copper amber with a creamy eggshell head.

S-Floral hops with caramel malts and a slightly spicy hint in the background.

T-Spice hits the palate first. Do i detect ginger? Odd. Very dry throughout with an especially astringent finish. Clean and refreshing. Decent, but not mindblowing.

M-Medium light with balanced carbonation.

D-Interesting, if somewhat lackluster brew. I'd buy it again, mainly because there are so few choices in cans. As I review this, I actually like it better than the first one I cracked open a few weeks ago.

Photo of BeefyMee
3.65/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Weak head. Interesting murky copper color to the body, but I wouldn't call it pale.

S: Rich, buttery toffee and some husky grains.

T: Very buttery, must be ringwood yeast. Faint hop twang that lingers through the finish. Slightly metallic aftertaste, unless that's some kind of subconscious idea planted by the can.

M: Chewy and lively.

D: I could go for a few, until I start wondering why it's not called an ESB but I try not to get hung up on things like that.

Photo of cavedave
2.63/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

It pours a cloudy amber, topped by a one finger off white head that gradually relaxes to a nice cap. Plenty of lace on the glass.

Mellow citrus, mainly orange and lemon, some strange tart yeastiness to it, a bit of vegetal, caramel beneath it all, and just a hint of floral. Something off in this bouquet, can't tell if it's the yeast, the hops, or...?

The taste contains the same unidentifiable off flavor, also some diacetyl, the malts are represented by caramel and toffee breadiness, and the hops are a poorly chosen arrangement of vegetal and citrus bitter. As it warms some pine makes its way into the finish, but the off flavor cannot be overcome, and this is not delicious, nor tasty, nor even mildly enjoyable.

Mouthfeel is overly light-bodied for the style, overcarb.'ed, not viscous enough, and what remains on palate is some artificial tasting bitter.

Drinkability is below average, nuff said.

Impression: After chuckling at the art on the can this beer went straight downhill. This beer is a must miss.

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

Served In a can, this pale ale has rich caramel malt flavors, with a solid hop earthy bitterness. Good mouthfeel and carbonation. Very good drinkability, several of these in a row would be great. I would get this again. The low alcohol and can make this a great beer for outdoor activities.

Photo of tigg924
2.58/5  rDev -19.1%
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.

Photo of dogknot
4.53/5  rDev +42%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer is doesn't have the complexity of some superior beers, BUT on the other hand it is unpretentious in its simple packaging and taste. Its balance and drinkability are porkslaps selling points. Taste is a great balance between the malt and hops with a slight spiciness, color is a cloudy light amber. Definitely a "best buy" type of beer, will buy it over and over again.

Photo of Axic10
2.95/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured from can into a shaker pint.

Appearance: Pours a dark amber with a finger and a half of fluffy foam.

Smell: Caramel and bready malt, faint hints of hops and fruit.

Taste: Very malty and bready flavor with little to no hop flavor. Not bad at all, but not what I was expecting in an APA.

Mouthfeel: Watery.

Drinkability: I could see this being a decent alternative as a lawnmower beer, but I'm just not impressed by this and I truly wanted to be. I wonder if I got an old can?

Photo of abrand
3/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Received several of these in trades recently so thanks to all who sent these to me. Poured into a pint glass.

The Porkslap pours a pale orange color with a very frothy sticky head. Some haziness in the pour. Smell is sweet with malts, breads, and some citrus fruits. Very good smelling beer. Taste is quite a letdown. Very watery and not very pleasant at all. Some watered down fruity zest but not much else going on. Mouthfeel is watery. Drinkability is below average. The smell was a great start to this beer but the taste was not what i was expecting. Will pass in the future.

Photo of Derranged
3.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

A- Pours brown, almost looks like rootbeer.

S- Citrus, fruits

T- To me this tasted like a watery Dale's Pale Ale. It had bitterness and sweetness, but it was suprisingly bland.

M- Not much carbonation.

D- I could easily put down 12 of these, in fact I did last night.

Overall its a decent drinkable beer, but I wouldn't spend money on it again.

Photo of MikeBrandman
2.78/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours into a hefeweizen glass from a can with a deep amber body. Slight golden and orange hues as well. A surprising 3 fingers of rocky white head that leaves significant lacing as it fades, slowly. Translucent and hazy but with no visible carbonation or sediment.

S - Rich, malty, honey, and hoppy smell. The hop smell really stands out here.

T - Apparently they only used aromatic hops here because there is next to no hop bitterness. I could probably chug this easier than a macro. Almost a menthol taste near the end, as if this is a cough drop or something. Malt taste is strong and smooth, but very little to back it up. No alcohol or fruity taste. Very little spiciness either.

MF - A bit on the watery side. Makes me feel like there could have been more to the taste if the mouth feel was a bit thicker. Smooth though, little carbonation.

D - Drinkable, but I wouldn't really want to. It goes down very easy but isn't very appetizing, to me at least.

Photo of Jmamay22
3.38/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pork slap pours a cloudy amber with a foamy off white head that clings to the walls of my glass. The beer is not opaque, but it is difficult to see completely through the glass.

Smells of piney hop resin and a touch of sweet citrus. The hops are not overpowering in the nose, but are mavored over the bready malt scent. Tastes similar to the smell, but loses the citrus flavor. Slightly sweeter than anticipated, but still fairly well balanced.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium with ample carbonation. Finishes clean and dry. An easy drinker and its can packaging only helps make it more accessible where glass bottles just won't work.

Photo of jneiswender
4.5/5  rDev +41.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured out of a 12oz can into a pint glass. Served cold.

A-amber body, off-white thick head

S-buttery, fruity scent

T-buttery front, sweet, grainy some hop at the end.

M-medium and well carbonated

D-this beer really has turned me on to canned beer again. Incredibly drinkable. I found myself really drinking this over and over. I will drink this again.

Photo of dpodratsky3
3.63/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz can poured into pint glass

A: Pours with a nice big frothy but smooth head, cream colored, beer is a nice, very hazy, amber/light brown

S: Some malt base but mostly soft earthy hops, kind of florally too, but definitely not intense, pleasant though

T: Tastes similar, but the floral hop comes through more with a slight herbal finish, not as soft as aroma, more hop presence, finishes with a good hop bite, but that slightly bready malt is present throughout and really helps the finish

M: Pretty carbonated, but very smooth, delicate but not watery, could be fuller though

D: Super easy

Notes: The reviews for this beer make it seem like a sad pale ale. While it isn't comparable to SN Pale Ale or something, it does what it set out to do. It is a more delicate floral type pale ale and I happen to really enjoy it.

Photo of lackenhauser
3.95/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty standard pale copper color. Very nice caramel like aroma with a small dose of hops. Minor nuttiness to it as well. Nice hop bitterness upfront, then the caramel like sweetness begins to show. Might not be to style but works for me. Nice blend of the 2. Somewhat dry bite in the finish. Good body for style. Quite the enjoyable pale ale. I look forward to more of these now that they are available locally. Good effort.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz can into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep golden brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malts, citrus and some hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of caramel, honey, citrus and a little bit of spice, followed by a hearty malt character. I'm also getting a hint of a minty kind of flavor in there. The hops presence is mild for the style but brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, very mild kick, decent representation of style, it's not a bad beer but there are a lot of other pale ales that I would select first.

Photo of bassistbynature
3.98/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

As a college student from ny living in maine,i was pleased to find this in the cooler case at the local beer oasis. The place puts BA Scores on their price tags, which is fantastic. I was looking for something drinkable to share over the weekend, and boy did i find it.

This is just a nice, malty pale ale, with a decent hop finish. Good medium body/mouthfeel. Extremely drinkable. 7 bucks for the six pack is a good price too. It's way better than anything macro, cheap enough for me to buy, and from my home state to boot.

Definitely recommend this beer.

Photo of DmanGTR
3.08/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Review from notes on 7/12/09

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

Photo of MetalHopHead6
2.83/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Porkslap Pale Ale is sweet, slick, and watery.

It was recently featured in a Maxim, so I bought a six-pack as soon as it was introduced to my local market. If I ever had company, I would save it for them. It poured pale orange with a foamy bubbly head that looked like sea foam. The smell and flavor were dominated by watery metallic sweetness, with no floral, citric, or earthy notes. It was flat and left no impression on the palate.

The flavor and feel of Porkslap is similar to what's at the bottom of a finished glass of sweet iced tea after the ice has melted: diluted flavorless sweetness.

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

12oz can into a Snifter Glass

A- Super thick! frothy off white 3 finger head on top of a cloudy dark brown body with a orange hue in the light.

S- Hard to get through the giant head but mostly got some Floral citrusy hops with some corny grainy malts and unfortunitely a slight plasticy taste. Not sure what that was about.

T- Great citrusy hops hit you up front with a decent malty backround. Still getting that plastic flavor.

M- Medium light body with lower carbonation. Slight bitter dry finish but not to bad at all.


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.

Photo of wagenvolks
3.38/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz can into a beer mug. Thanks to indiapaleale for the hook-up via the Nice Cans BIF.

Porkslap pours with a rich amber hue that glistens with copper at the edges. Attractive lacing on the spittle-tan head, as the foam retreats slowly to a thin veil. Sluggish carbonation throughout the body, which shows a slight haze from the yeast. Smells like an English Pale Ale, with candy-sweet toffee malts and butterscotch diacetyl notes pulling through first. Very malty, and the hops do little to balance things.

A bit of a hoppier flavor than the aroma suggests, but toffee and caramel malts are the main players here. Finish is clean and crisp, but tastes (and feels) a bit watered-down. A lingering grassy bitterness on the end fades quickly, replaced by an Aspartame-like artificial sweetness. Mouthfeel is on the lighter side for the style, and the carbonation could stand to be turned up a notch. Overall, I can't say I've been too impressed with Butternuts line-up. I'd still like to try their Moo Thunder, but Porkslap, Henneweisse, and Snapper IPA have all been let-downs. Still, I greatly appreciate the opportunity to these beers via a great BIF package from indiapaleale...Cheers!

Photo of tr4nc3d
3.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12fl oz can poured into my pint glass

Pours a very dark murky copper color with a two inch slightly off-white head. Head retention subsides on average but leaves a thin layer on top and on the edges of the beer. Soapy scattered lacing is left clinging to the sides of my glass.

Smell consist of citrus fruit with grapefruit being the prominent smell along with some tangerine and lemon.

Shortly lived semi-sweet upfront taste with little hop presence and more cracker like malts on the end with a hint of toffee and caramel.

Borderline thin and a little watery with medium carbonation.

Overall it was refreshing but that is about it. Pretty average beer, but nothing I would drink again.

Photo of nephlim
4.53/5  rDev +42%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I ran into a bud of mine while walking home. He said "check this beer out!", and broke off a can from the six pack. The pigs on the label are cute, and the orange can made me think of cream soda.

Onto the beer!

I poured it into a Schwelmer pils glass.

Deep bronze colour, and a nice thin white head.

It smells like a good pale ale; it reminded me of Sammy Smith, only lighter.

It tastes good. Light caramel, light toast notes, slightly bitter after taste, but in a good way.

The mouthfeel and drinkability are great.

This is a simple, tasty beer that just goes down well and is very easy to drink. Plus the can is just neat. Give it a try!

Photo of alexskovan
3.65/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured lite copper with an impressive fluffy off-white head that lingered quite a while. (In fairness, the can was at low room temperature, and the pour was aggressive.)

Aroma is very understated, a little hop citrus and toasty malt.

Taste is smooth and pleasing, light but balanced. This is not a heavy beer, but I don't find it watery either. Not overly hopped, which I like. (I see no artistry in just loading up a brew with hops.) The malty character is well defined.

Not the typical [or should I say "trendy"] type of craft American Pale Ale -- in other words it tastes like something other than grapefruit.

Overall a very nice beer. Reminds me a lot of a light British Pale Ale.

Photo of leannlovr
4.72/5  rDev +48%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer was malty yet not syrupy. It had a slight hoppy finish which rounded it off nicely. It looked and smelled crisp and clean. The mouthfeel was light and not at all heavy or lingering. Overall a great beer for a session on just with dinner. I also have to mention the nice bouquet on the beer as well.

Porkslap Pale Ale from Butternuts Beer & Ale
74 out of 100 based on 777 ratings.