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Porkslap Pale Ale - Butternuts Beer & Ale

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Porkslap Pale AlePorkslap Pale Ale

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Ratings: 734
Reviews: 322
rAvg: 3.19
pDev: 19.12%
Wants: 10
Gots: 35 | 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 beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.83/5  rDev +20.1%

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.

10-15-2008 23:59:56 | More by beerthulhu
Photo of Deuane


2.53/5  rDev -20.7%

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?"

10-15-2008 08:02:24 | More by Deuane
Photo of currysage1


4.08/5  rDev +27.9%

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.

10-11-2008 06:11:04 | More by currysage1
Photo of williamherbert

New York

3.53/5  rDev +10.7%

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.

10-11-2008 00:44:59 | More by williamherbert
Photo of IBUnit63


4.08/5  rDev +27.9%

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.

10-08-2008 12:39:59 | More by IBUnit63
Photo of oriolesfan4


3.55/5  rDev +11.3%

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.

10-05-2008 22:51:29 | More by oriolesfan4
Photo of Kegatron


2.5/5  rDev -21.6%

12 oz can into a pint glass.

Pours a clear light copper with 2 fingers of creamy off-white head. Nice sturdy retention that leaves some good lacing behind. The aroma just doesn't have a lot going on with it. A bit of citrus and bread but that's about it.

The taste is only a bit better, with light bittering hops, astringent citrus character, and some bready malt sweetness. All in all, pretty blah. The mouthfeel is light bodied with a fairly creamy carbonation and easier feel.

Pretty disappointing Pale Ale here. This was my first offering from a mixed 12 pack of Butternuts cans and I hope to God that the rest are better than this. I would not try this again.

09-25-2008 16:10:27 | More by Kegatron
Photo of LarryV


2.63/5  rDev -17.6%

I bought a 12 pack sampler and this was one of the brews. Pours an orange-amber color with little head. Nose is strong with ginger, not particularly inspiring. Tasting reveals an odd flavor, a bit of maltiness and hops, but the ginger overpowers the taste and makes for an unpleasant drinking experience. Didn't make it to the drain, but I'm not looking forwards to drinking the rest. Maybe if they lose the ginger it would be a tastier brew, but I didn't care for this one at all.

09-14-2008 12:20:31 | More by LarryV
Photo of Lexluthor33

New York

2.98/5  rDev -6.6%

Pours an orange color with a golden tint.The head was decent and the lace was held up very well.
The aroma of grains,malts with some fruit tones.
The taste was of malts,mild hops,fruit hints and butter.
The feel was medium carbonation to go along with a light body and a touch of bitterness that almost seemed metallic.

Notes: Slightly below average,but good enough to session off.
I am not trying to sound as if I only have great beer yet I felt this would have been more suitable in my college years.
A boring beer that lacked any real substance.

09-07-2008 01:50:34 | More by Lexluthor33
Photo of MTNboy


3.1/5  rDev -2.8%

Appearance- A nice amber with an orange hue. The head was a little average in thickness but had a lot of staying power as with the lacing too.

Smell- It has a grainy dry fruit like aroma.

Taste- It is not quit an IPA in bitterness but it is almost there. The bitterness overpowers the malt which is very faint in this herbal and grassy brew.

Mouthfeel- Light and not much for bite.

Drinkability- I would say on the higher end of average.

08-15-2008 14:20:52 | More by MTNboy
Photo of AltBock


3.08/5  rDev -3.4%

12 oz. pink can with a picture of 2 happy pink pigs that are about to leap into each other. I know it sounds bad, but go with it. The side of the can has the address of the brewery, Government warning, and the beer's nutrition facts. Good news, it only contains 150 calories!

When poured into a Heavy Seas pint glass, "Porkslap" is a bright tangerine orange colored beer with a 3/4 of an inch head of fizzy white foam. Even thought it was fizzy, it had pretty good retention that left behind a small fizzy film and a fair amount of fizzy white spots of lace around the glass. The aroma was lightly fruity with citrus fruits, a hint of toasted malts, and a pinch of peppery citrus hops. The taste was slightly dry and hoppy with toasted malts, a splash of citrus fruits, a hint of grapefruit, and then the taste finishes up with the bitter citrus hops. Was it well balanced? Just a little bit. There were more hops than malts, but that's not saying alot. It was alight bodied beer with a light aftertaste of grapefruit and a few bitter citrus hops. This aftertaste won't last for very long. It was nothing extraordinary, but I could see this as a session Pale Ale because it's just a slightly above average Pale Ale.

08-12-2008 16:56:02 | More by AltBock
Photo of dsa7783

New Jersey

3.93/5  rDev +23.2%

Single, twelve ounce can just copped from Buy Rite on Oak Tree in South Plainfield... Just to let you know, this is not a gimmick beer... This is a really great tasting, light-bodied APA worthy of praise... Pours a hazy, tawny, ruddy, copper-colored hue with a minimal head...
Faint aroma replete with a nice mixture of hops and malts...
Taste, likewise, was a delicate balance of malts and hops, with a subtle bread and butter essence, including nuances of nuts, almonds, caramel, and a hint of vanilla...
I love beer in cans, and this one certainly doesn't dissapoint...

08-04-2008 23:43:05 | More by dsa7783
Photo of bonbini26

New Jersey

3.85/5  rDev +20.7%

From their 12pack variety back. Compared to their IPA this is one has alot more in the malt department. However the hops and bitterness are about the same with the IPA having a little more. Very drinkable pale ale outta the can. Sometimes i wish they would can more beer for the obvious reasons

08-04-2008 20:22:04 | More by bonbini26
Photo of ncvbc

North Carolina

3.83/5  rDev +20.1%

Amber orange in color, huge fizzy head with lots of carbonation. Smell is well malted for sure with with a light grassy, floral like hoppy scents lingering underneath it. Very interesting taste that grew immensely on me as I consumed this one. Again, a pretty big malt presence. Caramel, with a very biscuity flavor near the end. In between, the hops are great. Piney, floral, with a unique minty, peppermint type flavor. Somewhat reminiscent of the Blue Spruce needles from a Short's brew but on a much smaller, toned down scale. Damn, quite a surprise. Mouthfeel is just a bit too dry in the finish, otherwise I can't complain. A beer that makes you step back for a second to wonder what's going on, unlike most Pale Ales you'll encounter. I must say, it was pretty impressive, though not your standard.

Thanks goes to MMAJYK for the extra in a recent trade...looking forward to the Extra Short Bus, ha!

08-02-2008 21:09:29 | More by ncvbc
Photo of Seanibus


3/5  rDev -6%

I'm just not sure what these guys are trying to achieve. Their new IPA is like sipping on a big mug of raw malt syrup. This pale ale cousin is like sipping on a big mug of nothing. It lacks any real character.

Pours golden with light head and little carbonation. The head is small, but does leave nice lacing. The aroma is slight, just a bit of malt, perhaps just a hint of both floral and piney hops. The flavor is weak and puzzling. It is malty at first, with a little bitter citrus and some slightly floral character, but subsides quickly as it moved across your tongue. The finish has some bitterness, but no taste. The mouthfeel is decent but nothing amazing, a little resiny perhaps. This beer is not offensive, but there is nothing that would warrant a cracking open a second one.

07-31-2008 20:43:25 | More by Seanibus
Photo of lightindarkness


3.58/5  rDev +12.2%

An intriguing extra from DrDogbeer. Thanks for sharing!

Pastel orange colored can is mildly repulsive with the name "PORKSLAP," and two pigs flying at each other. Good thing it's in a glass.

Pours a light amber color with plenty of just off-white head that seems to sit on top for some time.

Smell is of light fruity malt, with a little green raisin and strong cereal grains. Some mild floral notes, soda, and not a whole lot else. If I really strain I'm pretty sure I get a whiff of salt cured pork.

Taste is pretty interesting, with again a very fresh light sweetness in the malt that's reminiscent of sweet ripe grapes right off the vine. Some grains are detectable, but the flavor washes a little thin towards the finish. A really nice bitter dryness comes forward in the end, with perhaps a mild twinge of metallic zing.

Feels relatively clean and refreshing, with a lighter medium body and a little tingly carbonation. Finishes fuller, with a slight slickness.

It has a unique flavor, one I'm not sure exactly how I feel about, but could probably put down a few more with its otherwise unassuming character. Overall it's really not a bad pale.

07-29-2008 21:21:04 | More by lightindarkness
Photo of csmiley


3.63/5  rDev +13.8%

A - Color is murky and dull gold. Head is impressive - coming just to the top of the glass without spilling over. It settles into a thick white cap. Retention is good. Had to wait a few minutes to even take the first drink. Lacing is good.

S - A hint of citrus hops (orange) is first followed by earthy notes (leaf). Some caramel and pale malt are present about midway. Finishing off the aroma is a mix of bread and pancake batter. That's right. I said pancake batter.

T - Fruity hops on the forefront (orange and lemon). Notes of honey, yeast, bread crust, and caramel all stay around the middle. Some pine and bitter fruit are on the tail end. Not very complex but not bad either.

M - Medium bodied with good carbonation. Finish is bitter and somewhat clean.

D - Drinkability is good. Flavors are mild with a mild finish. There really isn't much going on with this beer but what is there goes down quick and easy. This beer would be a good selection for social settings or sessioning since putting down several would cause no problems at all. Plus the name Butternuts Porkslap is great.

07-23-2008 02:01:00 | More by csmiley
Photo of edchicma


3.63/5  rDev +13.8%

Pours a slighly cloudy copper with a nice, retentive head. Smell is a subtle fruity mix of malts and hops. Taste is a tad on the bitter side, not overly balanced with malt. Mouthfeel is a tad astringent. I would drink more than one, but the offering could be a nit smoother.

07-17-2008 23:17:30 | More by edchicma
Photo of Brianmerrilyn

New York

3.13/5  rDev -1.9%

Recommened this one to a friend of mine at Gingerman on account that I'm a fan of their weiss.

A: Poured a clear to slighly amber color with almost no head and certainly no lacing.

S: Had a minor sweep pine to it and some floral hops.

T: Weak and very little flavor, I know this is an American Pale Ale, but hey, where is the zest fellas?

M: Watery and unimpressive.

D: Not one of their best creations but I will chaalk it up to perhaps a bad keg and try some other time.

07-02-2008 00:43:10 | More by Brianmerrilyn
Photo of gford217


3.13/5  rDev -1.9%

Can courtesy of hopflop poured into a pint glass.

Pours a hazy golden amber with a creamy white head that lasted for a little while leaving no lacing. Smell is faintly hopped with lemongrass aromas and a bready malt background. I also got a ginger kick in the nose as well. Taste is more heavy on the bready malts with a bit of lemongrass but a strong ginger presence as well - almost like tea. The mouthfeel is light but fairly bitter. The drinkability is pretty good on this one though there is nothing that stands out and it's only an average APA with less hop presence than I would prefer and pretty muddled taste that doesn't blend very well.

06-27-2008 20:24:33 | More by gford217
Photo of erosier


3.78/5  rDev +18.5%

L: Pours a nice amber color with a nice medium bodied light tan colored head that sticks around for a while before fading at a medium pace.
S: The smell is of sweet toasted and some more deeper roasted malts underneath an earthy hoppy bitter aroma.
T: The taste follows the smell which is nice. It has a very nice sweet malty base underneath a more earthy hoppy bitter flavor.
M: The mouthfeel is very fresh, crisp, and the right amount of carbonation.
D: Very drinkable pale ale. I liked it alot and would definately recommend this to people looking for a good pale ale.

06-24-2008 00:28:21 | More by erosier
Photo of geexploitation


3.73/5  rDev +16.9%

Pours a ruddy, slightly cloudy burnt amber color, with a pretty white head that sticks. The nose has a nice honey/caramel malt backing, along with some hop aromas that are typically citrusy but also contain some unusual spice notes (sage!). On the palate, spicy at first, then alternating from malt sweetness and back to savory spices. The hops remain in play thoughout the palate, growing in their piney goodness toward the end. Still, they never develop the full-on juicy richness I was hoping for. Mouthfeel is good but not great -- the beer is just a tad undercarbonated, and the minerality is overdone. Overall, this is certainly a decent pale ale, but it's not in the upper reaches of the style.

06-03-2008 23:50:12 | More by geexploitation
Photo of jmz62565


3.65/5  rDev +14.4%

Pours a clear amber with a smallish head that disappears quickly. The color is darker than other pale ales. The smell is citrus hops and a "bisquity" aroma. Not bad,and stronger than other pale ales. The taste is all citrus hops,but it is somewhat watery,with bread yeast,and floral flavors. The m/f is light with everthing mixing well. A pretty good beer with a real hop flavor although it does taste watered down. Still not bad and worth a try.

06-03-2008 21:39:58 | More by jmz62565
Photo of robrobrob

New York

3.8/5  rDev +19.1%

Poured a can into a Boddington's pint glass. Beer is an amber, Yuengling color with decent off-white head. Smells like the inside of a can at first, then of malt. Tastes good, very malty with hop bitterness, this is more of an ESB than APA to me. Kind of watery in the mouth, but I could put a few down. Not a bad beer at all.

05-28-2008 01:55:14 | More by robrobrob
Photo of prototypic


3.4/5  rDev +6.6%

Thanks to csmiley for his generosity.

Appearance: It's a little hazy and amber in color. Head was white and about a finger deep. It disappeared quickly and left a light coat of lace sticking to the glass.

Smell: It's earthy up front and features some grainy characteristics. Malts are noteable and provide a bit of a sweet smell. Hops are stronger than you'd think and are mostly floral, perhaps attributing to the earthy smell. It's straight forward and a little light on the nose. Tough to pick up much past that.

Taste: It's malty and sweet on the first sip. Hops kick in very quickly and provide some bitterness, but not much. There's definitely more of a floral quality to them which results in a more earthy flavor. It's more malty and sweet than hoppy. It's a little grainy and tastes slightly watered down. Sweet and slightly yeasty finish.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's light bodied and has a decent feel. It's a little crisp and goes down pretty easy. Carbonation is good. Drinkability is above average, but it's lacking in flavor which limits it quite a bit.

This is a pretty good pale ale, but it hardly stands out. There's too many great beers of this style on the market to warrant repeat purchases. It's far from a bad beer though. It just could stand a healthy addition of hops and a beefing up of the nose. All in all, worth a try.

05-26-2008 03:20:57 | More by prototypic
Porkslap Pale Ale from Butternuts Beer & Ale
74 out of 100 based on 734 ratings.