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Porkslap Pale Ale - Butternuts Beer & Ale

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Porkslap Pale AlePorkslap Pale Ale

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Ratings: 791
Reviews: 327
rAvg: 3.19
pDev: 18.81%
Wants: 14
Gots: 65 | FT: 0
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New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  4.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: John on 03-04-2006

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Ratings: 791 | Reviews: 327
Photo of jneiswender
4.43/5  rDev +38.9%
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
3.94/5  rDev +23.5%
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
4/5  rDev +25.4%
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
2.85/5  rDev -10.7%
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
3.09/5  rDev -3.1%
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
3.36/5  rDev +5.3%
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
3.3/5  rDev +3.4%
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
4.5/5  rDev +41.1%
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
3.61/5  rDev +13.2%
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
4.68/5  rDev +46.7%
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.

Photo of tugdriver7
3.98/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had to buy this can. The artwork alone was worth the purchase. But decent pale ale from a can? Yes. It was great. And quite fresh tasting (thanks to the can). Hazy orange with a nice tan bubbly head. Soft carbonation that brought a soft malty smell to the nose. Flavor was fairly one dimensional, but well balanced with a subtle hops bitterness in the finish.

Photo of JMD
3.2/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a cloudy light copper color with a small off white head that fades quickly. Very little lacing.

S: Very light aroma of carmel malt and floral hops.

T: Some carmel malt, with light citrus hops. Also, a soapy astringent flavor that I can quite figure out.

M: Light to medium bodied.

D: Not bad, but nothing really special here. Some off flavors, but still a decent ale. I'm glad I was able to try it, but there are far better Pale Ales out there.

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

Pours a light amberish color with a good amount of frothy/creamy head. A bit of funkiness in the nose to be sure...taste is grassy hops and some barnyardiness mixed with light bready malt and some spice maybe. Light/medium bodied with smooth maltiness and an optimal amount of carbonation. Definitely drinkable in one sense, however I do get overwhelmed with the oddness of the flavor after a while.

Photo of BabyBastard
3.28/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Canned ale poured into tulip. Appears a dark amber color with a sizable white head that leaves sporadic lacing around the glass.
Smells heavily of malt, there may be some hop aroma mixed in there as well, but it is difficult to pick out.
Taste is also heavy on the malt, finishes with a slight bitterness, very pleasing.
Carbonation seems low, though it does not seem to hurt this brew. Mouth feel is good, and the drinkability is above average on this one. With the low alcohol content, this could be a great session brew.

Photo of Lunch
3.55/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served from a 12oz. can into my Oskar Blues Dale's Pale Ale pint glass at the appropriate temperature (01/16/10).

A: Pours a slightly hazy lighter shade of golden straw color with two finger of an off-white with nice retention and spotty lacing.

S: Mild aroma of citrus hops with slight malt backbone.

T: Fairly well-balanced flavor of citrus and piney hops with a semi-sweet caramel malt. Nothing extraordinary, but decent.

M: Light to medium-bodied with a refreshing carbonation.

D: Very drinkable, but there are many other APA that i would prefer to session.

Overall this is a pretty decent APA that is rather refreshing with nice flavor. Worth a Look.

Photo of Ezone024
3.52/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours out a cloudy deep amber with a huge spongy head
Smells of bready malt and earthy wholesome hops that have a very refreshing clean air scent.

Nothing in the taste department really stands out however this is a really tasty brew. I'm tasting mostly the bready malt followed by a really clean finish.

This beer is well balanced medium bodied and really easy to drink.

not really like any other pale ale's more just like a regular beer with a complete taste.

i'd certainly buy this beer again!

Photo of Duhast500
3.73/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

The color is a clear dark gold with about three fingers of foamy white head.

The smell is a little hoppy with some malt flavor but is not real strong in the nose.

The taste is grainy with some slight caramel. There a slight hop flavor that is side by side with a great malty flavor.

The feel of this beer is pretty light and goes down pretty well. It is lower in ABV and makes for a good session beer.

Photo of brentk56
3.88/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber color with a thick head that leaves a pattern of lace here and there

Smell: Cake batter malt with ginger tones (although I would not have guessed that without knowing that ginger was used); a decent amount of citrusy hop as well

Taste: Starts out with a biscuit and stone fruit flavor that adds a citrus and ginger dimension by mid-palate; a bit metallic, too; after the swallow, the ginger flavor lingers but the finish tends toward the sweeter side, with the hops taking a back seat

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly carbonation

Drinkability: I think this beer is misunderstood by many around here; the brewers are clearly shooting to pack a lot of individualistic flavor in a low abv beer - not a typical APA or EPA, it almost has a Belgian character; I came into this beer with low expectations but rather enjoy it for what it is - something different, with considerable flavor and clearly sessionable

Photo of jlindros
3.95/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another awesome canned beer up for review. Poured it into an oversized snifter for the hell of it. Kkkkksssttt. OOoh, the delicious sound of a can opening.

A: Delicious looking 1.5 finger head with frothy bubbles all over. A semi clear almost pig looking pale orange pinkish color gazes in at you. You size it up, thinking about how to attack it, but all you can think of is the two pigs doing a belly smack to each other on the label of the can, but now it's in your glass. A slight haze ices over as it frosts the outside of the glass. The color is almost as if the ground up pure pig and added it to the beer. The head leaves a thick lacing over the sides of the glass.

N: The nose is pure malt with a touch of pale hops. A delicious crystal malt aroma billows out, followed closely with some nice lightly paled hops. A slight fruit aroma, almost banana with a touch of yeast sneaks out through all the malt and pale hops. I also get some fresh wort aromas of brewing fresh beer, oh man I love that smell.

T: The taste starts with some sweet brown sugar and malt flavors. I get some strange malt flavors I can't put a finger on. Wow this is really different. A slight pale hop flavor comes through with some earthy tones and slight spice, but its really just a strange malt flavor. Perhaps they grind up some pork bones and... er nevermind. Some slight crystal malt flavors also smash your mouth, and add a touch of fruit and yeast. I get some juicy hop flavors too, somewhat surprisingly. I still get some fresh wort flavors that leave an unfermented beer dream in your mouth, of what could be to come, but it is already there, so it adds the character of both awesome worlds.

M: Semi thick and semi thin, lots of carbonation, and pretty refreshing.

F: Finishes pretty bitter actually. It bitters up pretty well on the finish, and dries off quite a bit too. A nice earthy hop flavor really shines through the finish as it dries, and a slight citrus flavor also touches itself. The heavy carbonation really pulls off the tongue and lets you ready your mouth for more. A malty earthy toasty flavor keeps the great beer flavor going for minutes after the swallow, with lots of help from the bittering hops of course.

Photo of albern
3.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

American Pale Ale, I'm not so sure. This tastes too much like a carbonated version of an English Pale Ale. There is just too much antique toffee flavors and caramels. There is a nice drying hop in the finish and some citrusy tangy hop just a little before then, and that I think saves this beer from being drowned out by the toffee flavors. There are some roasted notes in here as well.

The beer is clear amber, with a nice creamy white head that vanishes too quickly. Some lacing present. The nose is quite nice, just some nice bready malts. The caramel and toffee just won't give it up, well into the aftertaste.

Photo of donniecuffs
3.75/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Into a pint glass, poured amber/orange with a finger of off-white head, that laced fairly well. The smell was decidedly malty, with some caramel, grass, and oakiness, and very little citrus/fruit flavor. The flavor was certainly more balanced, with more subtle citrus and hop bitterness in the mix, but still definitely more malty than hoppy throughout. When combined with the medium-body and fair carbonation, the malty dominance surprisingly wasn't that bad. The flavor sensation was certainly unique, but I'm not sure if I could session this pale ale.

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