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Porkslap Pale Ale - Butternuts Beer & Ale

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Porkslap Pale AlePorkslap Pale Ale

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Ratings: 753
Reviews: 322
rAvg: 3.19
pDev: 18.81%
Wants: 12
Gots: 41 | 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 timtim
3.58/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

amberish with a white head that has little retention and lace. nose is mostly malt with a touch of earthy hoppiness and ginger. tastes pretty much the same, with a mild gingery finish. a full bodied as possible without being medium bodied, the thinness and low carbonation seem to work well. this is an easy drinking, refreshing beer that lacks complexity, but serves a purpose. might turn in to my go to for cheap, outdoor, summer beer. i see what they are going for, but i don't see them lasting too long in the beer world.

timtim, Jan 22, 2009
Photo of everetends
3.5/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz can I got from IBUnit63. Served up in a DFH shaped pint glass.

A: Pours a dark yellow color that has some hint of light brown at the center of the glass. Held to the light a bit more of the yellow comes out with a touch of red hues in the brown areas. Pour drew forth a finger of white head that had a bit of retention. It recedes down toa thin white ring that leaves zero lce. Pour is also slightly cloudy.

S: Smell is light and mostly malt forward. Light sweet malts come through at first. Ginger smells come in as well. There is a bit of earthy hops as well. Pretty tame but still has that nice ginger smell.

T: Taste is much like the nose. A cool, lightly sweet malt is the majority of the flavor profile. There is a ginger and orange flavor that slides in and really mixes nicely. Hops are light, earthy and grassy. Pretty tasty.

M: Light bodied brew that has a medium carbonation. The brew is slightly watery but it works since the carbonation level is so low. This goes down pretty easy and clean with little to no aftertaste.

D: Pretty easy drinking brew that has some decent flavor. This is a quick drinking and very refreshing brew. I would love to have this nearby because this is so easy drinking. Depending on price, this is a great alternative to your basic macro since it has flavor but is heavily poundable and refreshing. Nice.

everetends, Jan 21, 2009
Photo of trbergman
3.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz can into a shaker pint.

A - Amber colored beer with a thin lace of white head.

S - Toasty, nutty malts, perhaps a little mild hoppy earthiness, but not much discernable hop aroma.

T - Limp and lifeless. Bready and earthy malt with coarse, grainy astringency. Very low level of herbal hop bitterness.

M - Subtle carbonation, light body.

D - I'm sure there's a time and place for this beer, but it's not very exciting and I can't see myself going out of my way to get it.

trbergman, Jan 19, 2009
Photo of hopdog
3.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz can shared courtesy of TomDecapolis.

Cool looking can. Poured a medium amberish color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of some earth, light citrus and some peppery spices. Tastes of caramel and light earth.

Notes from: 12/28/06.

hopdog, Jan 13, 2009
Photo of Bierman9
3.15/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Porkslap? Count me in!! Got a couple of cans o' 'Slap from buddy Artied2. Lazy Saturday afternoon; time to give 'em a go.

Pours a medium copper color into the pint glass. Has some very light haze, with little to no head at all, just a few rim-bubbles. Practically no lacing, either. Aroma has some soft, toasty malt along with a bit of floral hopping. Feel is a little rough on the tongue, with the body being a notch or 2 below medium.

Flavor has a touch of caramel, and some subtle malty sweetness. Afterwards, hints of sourish, tropical-like fruit come into play, plus some green apple and pear. Then come some flavors akin to mouthwash, leaning towards medicinal. Now that's putting me off. Without that, it might be a decent, easy-going sessioner. But with the Listerine, well.... Glad I only opened 1 of the 2 cans. Will save the other for later, if ever...


look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | drink: 3


Bierman9, Jan 10, 2009
Photo of asabreed
3.35/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. can into a pint glass.

Appearance: Lighter amber color with a head that sinks down to the top of the brew's body after a few minutes and doesn't leave a significant amount of lacing on the glass, though a swirl or two seems to get it charged back fairly quickly.

Smell: Almost too initially buttery, with some sweet bread or sugar cookie, with raisins or something, along with an odd meld of leafy but watered-down hops. Interesting, but a bit too weird and nervy and unbalanced to warrant much more nose in the glass.

Taste: Initial hop and bitterness bite with something I can't put my finger on, maybe raisins, or vinous semi-dryness, or fruit. A bit of diacetyl and bread crust too. Finish is a bit dry with some wet hop notes coming through.

Mouthfeel: A bit too slick and watery as its base, though there's a decent burst of carbonation at the end to save it from below average territory.

Drinkability: Not bad overall, and easy to put down, though there's not a lot of complexity, and it reminds me more of an ESB than a Pale Ale.

asabreed, Jan 05, 2009
Photo of Magpie14
3.35/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: clouded crimson color, reasonable head retention and not to much lacing. Nice color overall!

S: malts, honey sweetness, watered hops and grains

T: honey sweetness, touch of watery grains with a bit of bitterness. Floral hops, caramel, and a touch of toasted malts

M: mild and refreshingly crisp, good feel overall

D: I would have no problem hitting a few of these. Straight forward brew. Thanks to Karsten24 for the can of Pork Slap and all the good times!

Magpie14, Dec 26, 2008
Photo of beertunes
2.8/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into straight pint glass. Poured a 1 finger head that quickly disappeared. An attractive copper/amber color. Aroma presence lacking. The taste is typical for the style, however there is a odd flavor that I found across the styles from this brewery. Perhaps the yeast they use? The body is as expected for the style. This would be a very good session beer but for the odd taste I can't put my finger on. Go ahead try it. I want to try it draft to see what differences show up.

beertunes, Dec 25, 2008
Photo of CrellMoset
3.33/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Can courtesy of dkachur - thanks! Poured into a traditional American pint glass.

Appearance: An ever-so-slightly hazy copper-colored beer with a one-finger white head of average retention that leaves some geometric splotches and fingers of lacing.

Aroma: Wow, almost nothing here at all. Only the faintest hint of pale, empty grainyness. Blek.

Taste: Buttery, pale malts with a slight hint of roast and even a few heavier notes. The malt profile is solid, and accompanied by a moderate bitterness and a grassy, leafy hop presence. The butteryness of the malt foundation is a little offputting, though everything else is fairly nice.

Mouthfeel: Medium to thin bodied, with a fair amount of carbonation. Nothing too impressive, but nothing bad either.

Drinkability: A fairly average, light pale ale, fine in some departments and lacking in others. Tweak the malt profile on this one, add a few more hops, and let this one ferment a little while longer and we might be talkin'.

CrellMoset, Dec 17, 2008
Photo of kbnooshay
3.65/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden amberish brown with a thin short lasting white head. Weird shade and slightly hazy. Aroma is sweet and has a hint of caramel. There is a slight hop smell. Flavor is similar to the nose. Nothing complex but a great can beer! The hops are nice and floral. After a few of these i swear there is cinnamon in them! Cost is a tad more than it should be in my opinion but this is a very enjoyable apa. I would drink a 6 of this.

kbnooshay, Dec 17, 2008
Photo of OStrungT
2.33/5  rDev -27%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a slightly cloudy golden orange color, with a thick, fluffylight tan head. the head fades very slowly, leaving a massive lace.

This beer has a slightly astringent aroma. It smells citrusy as well. It dosnet really have a very appealing aroma.

This beer tastes slightly oxidized. It has a grassy hop flavor as well. This beer dosent taste very appealing either.

This beer is highly carbonated. It leaves an astringent aftertaste reminicent of industrial cleaners.

I dont know about the drinkability of this one. It is low in alcohol, but it just dosent taste too good.

Overall: Thanks to JWC215 for the generous hook up. I didnt really care for it. You cant love every beer you drink.

OStrungT, Dec 13, 2008
Photo of yesyouam
3.2/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Porkslap Pale Ale is a cloudy, light amber ale with a soft, foamy, off-white head. It has a sandy aroma; spicy with a note of orange peel. It is smooth and foamy, with a crisp finish. It has a simple, balanced, amply bitter flavor. It looks, smells and tastes homemade. This is much better than their "IPA".
(rated Aug 4, 2008)

yesyouam, Dec 11, 2008
Photo of kmo1030
3.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

pours a coppery amber with a small amount of head.
the aroma is a little bland, it's got some of the requisite ESB type aromas of caramel, toffee and crackers. a touch of herbal hoppiness is in there too.
the taste has got a some biscuity caramel, a touch of toffee and a moderate amount of herbal, slightly floral hops that add some bitterness at the back. aftertaste vaguely tastes of nutty honey.
the body is a little watery, th carbonation is moderate. this would benefit tremendously from a little thickening up of the body.
the drinkability is pretty good, it's got a pleasant easy drinking type flavor and an abv that enables you to have a few and maintain a clear head.

kmo1030, Dec 10, 2008
Photo of spewdog
3.88/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I first tried this beer at a barbecue restaurant and later tried it at home as part of a variety pack of Butternuts. I didn't like the other Butternuts beers (to put it mildly), but I like this variety.

As others have noted, it has a thin consistency, but it has a full taste that belies its mouthfeel. This beer tastes especially good when ice cold -- it's a good beer for a cooler.

I also give it points for coming in a can. I've bought into the whole Oskar Blues "cans are better" marketing spin. Maybe cans better preserve beer and maybe they don't, but cans create more space in your frig or cooler and don't break when dropped or forgotten in the freezer.

spewdog, Nov 22, 2008
Photo of droomyster
3.38/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

I've been pretty excited lately to see craft microwbrews in cans at my local Whole Foods. The Oskar Blues lineup is absolutely phenomenal and I hope to see many more breweries follow their lead. This beer from Butternuts instantly caught my attention with its cartoony presentation.

Look: I'd prefer to just drink this guy from its fun-looking can but for purposes of this review I'll give it a pour: It comes out as clear copper with a dissipating, small white head with clingy suds. [Note: an extra point for the pigs on the can.]

Smell: Sweet and inviting. I'm getting butterscotch [is that just because the brand is called Butternut?] and honey. Nothing overpowering about it.

Taste: Bready malts and cinammon from beginning to end. Kinda simple but not bad at all. I'd need more hops to consider it balanced.

Feel: Light-medium bodied. Goes down effortlessly.

Drink: Easy and fun to drink - destined for sessions.

droomyster, Nov 21, 2008
Photo of dickieb
3.53/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The best looking part of this beer is the animated can, but that being said it pours a dark copper in color with a pretty good initial head which works down to some nice lacing. The smell is rather faint mostly grainy malts and some mild yeast notes. The flavor is well balanced medium malts with a decent crisp hop profile and some lingering barley flavors, nothing special but defiantly solid. This is a pretty good low alcohol APA, very drinkable like all the other Butternuts brews I have tasted.

dickieb, Nov 15, 2008
Photo of ATPete
3.55/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can

pours a chill hazed copper color with a small creamy white head. Mild nose of malt and peppery hops, not too much going on here. The taste is a different story, gingerbread hits me right up front followed by sweet nutty malts, hops are on the back burner for this pale ale but they make for a long pleasant and bitter finish. Good body for a 4%'er. Definitely drinkable.

ATPete, Nov 13, 2008
Photo of ProfessorHomer
3.45/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Overview: when you need to bring a six-pack of canned beer to an event that does not allow glass bottles (i.e. a pool party or the Saratoga Race Track), there are very few options from which to choose and this one is darn all right.

A: The can alone will make you friends, especially on fishing party boats, although several folks (mainly female) were completely turned off by its two pigs belly-slapping. Beer: nice, decent reddish-brown color.

S: Not nearly in the same league as the best, freshest Pale Ales that are gloriously gifted with an abundance of floral fragrance. This one just smells like a fresh, tasty beer.

T: good, solid, taste - a session-beer. You can certainly drink a whole six of these!

M: again, not nearly in the same league as the best Pale Ales, but certainly much, much better than them American corn-fed, watered-down lagers.

D: One of the few canned beers to drink when you need some quality in your session beer drinking. I can polish off a whole six-pack rather quickly and easily.

IMO, best beer of the whole Butternut lot so far. Smooth, easily drinkable and a nice Pale Ale in cans. One of my two favorite summer canned beer (the other is Utica Club). If only more brewpubs made drinkable ales like these...

ProfessorHomer, Nov 11, 2008
Photo of sacfly
2.85/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz can. Yeah cans! Part of a mixed 12 pack.

Pours a clear yellow/brown with a light head that dies quickly. Aroma is very much like perfume. Perhaps a bit of coriander. Taste mimics the aroma, with a mild malt sweetness. Somewhat astringent aftertaste. Light body. Coriander perception and grassy aftertaste do this one in for me. Not overly offensive, but not something I would seek out.

Thanks Alex!

sacfly, Nov 01, 2008
Photo of beerthulhu
3.83/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a murky, and rustic orange with a 1 finger creamy, soft light beige head. Visible carbonation was soft, while the lacing was minimal leaving a slight broken ring band. Retention was less then average and quickly dissipated.

S: displayed bright zesty oranges and a nice citrusy hopping. Some fresh pine and a light showing of grapefruit was evident. Moderate in strength and fairly nice overall.

T: The flavor had a nice big freshly squeezed citrus juice hopping with some light pine and grapefruit flowering. An orange juice acidity and caramel malting also stand out along with a well balanced bitter citrus finish. Overall was crisp, refreshing with a nice fresh citrusy hopping.

M: light and well carbonated with a slightly rough texture. The finish is fairly crisp and sharp leaving behind a nice fresh squeezed orange juice lacing.

D: Decent drinkability, six pack worthy, crisp, refreshing, and a nice balance of hops and caramel makes for a decent try.

beerthulhu, Oct 16, 2008
Photo of Deuane
2.53/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks again to Kegatron for saving me the money on this one!

A-Brilliant copper with a medium off white head that reduces to a thin cap and leaves nice lace.

S-Muted sweet malt and a vague hint of cutrus hops.

T-A light metallic bitterness, a bit of sweet biscuity malt and then...meh. Nothing about this is complex and it is very uninteresting.

M-Medium-light and the bitterness hangs on becoming at least less metallic. Not bad...but not good.

D-Another ho-hum offering from Butternuts. I surely would not waste my money buying any of the beers I have had from them so far. This is so dull it's almost like, "Why bother?"

Deuane, Oct 15, 2008
Photo of currysage1
4.08/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy grade B maple syrup, one finger off white head sinks quickly down to a spotty covering.

Smell is of dried orange peel, green hay, and light pine.

Tastes like alfalfa mixed with toasted oats, orange peel bitterness, and some slight pine freshness.

Mouthfeel isn't bad at all, great body with not too much slickness, carbonation is refreshing but not overpowering. Solid drinkability and feel for an APA.

currysage1, Oct 11, 2008
Photo of williamherbert
3.53/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours massive carbonation in a yellow-orange-amber color. BIg fluffy head. A decent haze in the glass, but also somewhat clear. The head sticks around. Impressive.

Spicy aroma with some crystally pale malts. Some orange peel as well. Definitely has a citrusy farmhouse sorta vibe, crossed with a hefeweizen.

The spicy Belgian taste of a farmhouse/saison. Nice pale malts. There is zero hop presence... well other than maybe a tiny bit of citrus. It's like a spicy Belgian ale crossed with a wheaty (not banana-heavy) hef. Not bad, though not much like a pale ale.

The feel is champagne bubbly/fizzy. It's not my favorite of styles, but it's not too bad. An okay choice.

williamherbert, Oct 11, 2008
Photo of IBUnit63
4.08/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From can into Alpine mug...

Poyurs a cloudy apple cider brown with ample carbonation and a wispy thin head that comes and goes, leaving decent lacing.

Nice bance of boiled malt with apples and cinnamon with a fait complement of mild piney hops.

Clean and austere malt profile, resembling a lighter pale ale, with a fair amount of English-style grassy and piney hoppiness. Cinnamon emerges with warmth. Quite enjoyable.

Very soothing mouthfeel-hearty, woody, rustic and full. Freshness and carbonation give this one some nice ups.

This drinks lightly and quickly. Calorie count only 150 per the can. Another very enjoyable effort from the gentlemen down Route 80 in the 607.

IBUnit63, Oct 08, 2008
Photo of oriolesfan4
3.55/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Craft beer from a can.. hooray!

I like the whole marketing thing from this Butternuts brewery... cool website, nice packaging for the mixed 12'er, cool logos on the cans. This was an odd beer to say the least. With all the ginger and other spices you'd think it was a winter warmer but it's a pale ale for sure. Tastes almost like a UK beer but it's tasty and drinkable. Just not too sure if I entirely like the whole package here.

oriolesfan4, Oct 05, 2008
Porkslap Pale Ale from Butternuts Beer & Ale
74 out of 100 based on 753 ratings.