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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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Butternuts Beer & Ale visit their website
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 Darkhorse09
3.23/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from can into my pub mug. Great can design, by the way.

A: Really a nice looking beer. Almost an orange color, with off white, foamy, billowing head. Looks quite nice. Average lacing down the glass.

A: Really let this warm up a little before you sniff. When I poured it, very little on the nose at all. Half way through the glass, it really opened up. Sweet, with a marshmellow character. Very subdued citrus hops and sweet malt. Unusual and slightly complex. My father said he smelled cold cuts, but I didn't quite get that.

T: Pretty run of the mill, just a little short on hops for my liking. Caramel, watery toffee and mild hops. Hops are earthy on the palate, unlike the nose. Didn't get any of the ginger that they apparently add to this brew...

M: Pretty full for a pale ale. High carbonation, which was good. Not great, overall, however.

D: good. Could have a few of these on a hot day. Not a great fall brew, but I enjoyed it. Nothing to complex either. Pretty straightforward.

Photo of Buebie
3.45/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up at the WF Bowery for $1.99 a single.

Poured from a neat little 12 oz can, hilarious can design!
Went into a pub glass. Presentation off the pour is stellar. Bif frothy 2'' foam filled head, slow to recede. Leaving ample thick lace. Color is terrific, a nice hazy unfiltered look, new copper color with mild amber reddish hues. A solid cap with even thicker collar is left behind in retention. Like I said, terriffic appearance on this.

Aroma is almost non-existent, mild caramel sweetness, some mild hop aroma and a touch of minerally water. But its very subdued and hard to detect without a swirl of the glass to force aroma to come through. In which case I did, but then lost all my beautiful lace. :(

Taste isnt bad really, sweet bready malted goodness mixing with plenty of caramel sweetness and a mild sweet cream butter flavor. Hops come through at the swallow, although still mild as well. Bittering into the finish with a mild linger of pine and earthy hop spice.
Mouthfeel is full bodied with a touch of carbonation zing.

For an apa the aroma is pretty mild, presentation is great and flavors are by the book. Its no award winning apa, but its a sessionable beer that is also very easy drinking. Decent example of the style. I enjoyed a 6 pack over a night in the hotel of this. Definatly kept me satisfied.

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

This beer poured great with a beautiful reddish tint and a wonderfully lacing head, which dimished to a small coating in a few minutes. Hops are not a punch like you would expect from the smell, which has a great flowery olfactory buzz. The malts are heavy and bready (given it is a malt based beer it was expected), but quite delicious. Overall, I would reccommend this beer to those who are looking for a step away from the hop heavy trend that is taking over American ales.

Photo of mirish72
2.5/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I think the most exciting thing about this beer is the awesome artwork on the can. I don't think you can really top that in any way, shape or form.

The beer itself is pretty boring & average stuff. Kind of malty with some hops, nothing memorable, kind of beer you wouldn't really notice if it weren't for the awesome pigs on the can. Tasted like keg beer on the second day, you know after it had been iced for the second time.

I have heard good things about Butternuts, but you wouldn't know it from this brew. Boring, kind of bland stuff.

Photo of adamette
4.23/5  rDev +32.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I was so excited to find a six pack of this at Wegman's in Lakewood, NY 8 29 09. Consumed 8 30 09 at my brother's house near Chautaqua Institute just down the road. Six pack was priced at just under $10.

A Light caramel opaque body under a brief, light brown head. Extra credit for the great label that pretty much inspired me to buy this beer. 4.5

S Light hops, malt. Solid Pale Ale smell. 4.0

T Kind of basic pale ale with some hops but in good balance with a moderate light roasted malt. Very nice. 4.0

M Moderate to light and appropriate to style. 4.0

D The best feature of this beer. My pint was gone before I knew it. 5.0

Notes: I freely admit that I bought this in part due to the excellent label on the can. Every time that I look at it I laugh.

Photo of glid02
3.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Part of a mixed 12-pack purchased from Hop City in Atlanta.

Pours a clear copper color with a one-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of a combination of pale and caramel malts with very light hints of floral and citrus hop aromas.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Grainy pale and slight caramel malt flavors up front are joined by small amounts of citrus hops midway through the sip. Near the end of the sip the malt flavors grow a bit darker before a mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It has a nice thickness with solid carbonation.

Drinkability is OK. I finished my can but I'm not so sure about another.

Overall this is a decent EPA but not one I'm likely to order again.

Photo of indiapaleale
3.97/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Porkslap pours a dark amber color with some nice peachy colors thrown in. It looks unfiltered as its rather dense looking and somewhat opaque. The head is a good size and pretty dense. Not bad right out of the can.

The smell is sweet orange and ginger. There is some grainy smells as well but mostly its a spicy ginger aroma that I am getting. Quite unique as ginger is not advertised anywhere on the can nor in the description.

A big sip and all I can say is this is a very easy drinking pale ale. Its got some maltiness up front, some citrusy hop bitterness on the tongue but overall its the nice subtle ginger spiciness that really gets me. Its such a nice touch and maybe some of you purists will think I am crazy, but I really like it. There are some unique flavors going on here and if you are looking for traditional pale ale flavor you'll find some of that but not all of that. I like it, a lot.

Porkslap really does its own thing and I commend Butternuts for that. It seems there is a fine line between being creative and being commended for it and being creative and being asked "why would you do that?". Ginger is a great addition to this beer, so don't be afraid. Try this one with an open mind.

As a canned pale ale with a low ABV this is definitely a great beer for a trip into the woods, down a river or just sitting around a campfire.

Photo of ToasterChef
3.15/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dirty, opaque orange color. There was a small head of white bubbles that disappeared quickly. It has a fresh, grassy smell that also has hints of earth yeast. This beer has a slightly bitter taste, which is more pronounced in the aftertaste. It has a bit of thick body and high carbonation. This beer just doesn't do it for me. There isn't anything bad about it, but nothing too exceptional either. I could drink a few of these, but there are so many more enjoyable beers that I would choose over this one.

Photo of cvstrickland
3.26/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A hissing crack of the can and a brisk pour yields a rich clear copper-amber body capped with a three finger thick wallop of fine-bubbled antique-ivory colored foam atop. The head recedes quite slowly, consolidating itself into larger, grainier bubble structures that cling to the sides of my fancy Samuel Adams pint glass in handsome, semi-transparent 3-D gobs.

The aroma is mild and toastily grainy with a buzz of herbal spice. A grassy, lemony hop note emerges to tickle the nose.

The taste is mild and softly toasty with a grassy note that straddles the fine line between "minerally" and "metallic". Malts are a bit dry and pretty sparse in flavor and feel.

The drink is vivaciously carbonated and on the light side of medium-bodied. A very good drinker, nonetheless, and bonus portability points for being available in cans. Thanks to Lum for the hookup.

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.33/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy amber/orange with a grainy looking head that fades quickly to a thin swirl. Smells very light and a little like seltzer with some added graininess and lightly sweet citrus. The taste is even more citrusy and with a little less graininess. Still quite light, though. Lightly sweet and a bit seltzery in the mouth. Fairly easy to drink, but a bit too light to be truly interesting.

Photo of Kolsch
2.45/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz can, poured into pint glass.

Appearance: very light orange to amber ale. Small cusp of head that did not last long at all.

Smell: detected some faint, very faint hops.

Taste: Kind a syrupy and what hops there are really muted by the cloying malt.

Overall: would not have again, even if offered one.

Photo of Redwood21
3.45/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

this beer doesnt at all fit the apa style and i think simply renaming it as an amber ale would really do the trick, but even then the head doesnt last and there is no nose to it. its not a particularly complex beer either. what i can say is its above what a macro might be at just not up to the level of many other craft beers.

Photo of mightymalt97
3.31/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This ale is not really a APA more like an amber
ale to me . But it is very refreshing .
So there ginger in this ? I didn't notice this
until it was pointed out. Not much hops to play with but for a new beginner in beer this is a stepping stone to something better. Also this beer was extremely fresh package on 7-17-09
just 8 days old when purchased in the variety

Photo of SLeffler27
3.6/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Settles to a dark copper to amber. Clear and well carbonated with one finger, rocky head that drops within seconds, leaving only a hint of lace. Everything points to clever marketing.

Some caramel malt and orange, but no complexity or layers.

This pint glass contains a combination of bitter caramel up front. Surprise, surprise, again, no complexity. However, a long, robust finish warms nicely with notes of butter.

A light to medium body with moderate carbonation, some astringency and a watery texture is left lifeless with only a hint of alcohol.

Porkslap is very thirst quenching and would actually make a decent, every-day, lawnmower beer, due to its refreshing qualities. However, its total lack of complexity holds it back.

Photo of tj4288
3.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from can into tumbler pint

a- slightly cloudy deep old copper, orange. lots of visable carbonation. nice three finger head which recedes to a small cap, hangs around and leaves a good amount of sticky lacing.

s- slightly weak on the nose. mostly malt

t- strong malt. sweet. slightly sour finish. taste is just below avereage imo.

m- great soda like carbonation, med light body.

d- decent price, comes in cans! goes down very easy and has a very entertaining and interesting logo on the can (which causes a lot of people to ask what your drinking) I would buy it again. I am looking forward to the butternuts variety pack.

Photo of SuperSpy
2.56/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a can into a 14oz glass. The 12-pack has a best by date of September 2009.

A - Coppery, with a big 2-inch, slightly darker than off-white head. It's a little hazy but not enough to really count against it. The head dies down to a nice foam cap after about a minute and leaves plenty of lace

S - Sweet and malty. Sweeter than I expected with no detectable hops. Smells more like a bitter than an APA.

T/M - Medium light bodied. Malty, biscuity, but more balanced than the aroma with a sightly bitter finish. Not nearly the amount of hop flavor I would expect from a pale ale. Now that it's a little warmer there is actually something "off" about the flavor. The off flavor isn't terrible but probably would be if allowed to warm up any more.

D - Drinkable but not that memorable. This isn't to style which could be forgivable if it were an exceptional beer, but it's barely average.

Photo of bamadog
2.96/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Sooo-eee! Here comes the pig, baby! The best part about this beer is the can that it comes in. We saw it on the shelf and had to try it, and while I don't feel the beer inside is worth purchasing again, let alone drinking, I'm totally going to buy another one just to put on my shelf as a conversation starter.

Appearance: Pour is a solid coppery color with a slightly coudy body; pour comes with a big 2 1/2 finger herad that is slightly off-white and slowly dwindles to a thick and chewy loooking skim; mild carbonation and scant lacing.

Smell: Bacon. Just kidding, but it wouldn't hurt if I did smell some... Sweet syrupy malts that remind me of when I brewed my first batch as I used an extract, so I have to wonder if they did too; mild citrusy hop presence is buried in there but I guess I would definitely like some more.

Taste: Not much to it in all actuality; very mild citrusy hop presence but truly dominated by that sweet syrupy maltiness, but even when I state "dominated," the flavors are mild overall and this comes across as very watery and even a bit soapy.

Mouthfeel: Very thin, very watery, very mild carbonation. Overall I feel as if I am drinking malt-flavored water.

Drinkability: Oh, you can drink it as it's very easy to get down due to a lack of flavor and substance, but there's really no reason to get behind this beer.

Photo of kels
3.02/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Could not resist trying this beer when we saw the can in the store. Two pigs chest-bumping are definitely entertaining, if not a sign of a good beer. While the can will remain in my kitchen for a laugh, the beer will probably not visit again.

Appearance: Pours into the pint glass a hazyn golden brown color, very toasty looking, with bronzey highlights. Little bursts of carbonation feed the huge 2 1/2 finger off-white head that fades and retains at a 1/2 finger of sticky froth. Lacing forms thick rings along the sides of the glass.

Smell: Smell is super thickly sweet, maplely, dry biscuty malt. Just immensely thick smelling - definitely not what I typically look for in a pale ale.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Feel is moderately thick with a little carbonation - almost flat. Taste is full of really sweet roasted caramel malt accompanied by the slightly hint of dry bitterness in the back.

Drinkability: Moderate, but I have to say the name and artwork are way better than the taste.

Photo of jahrun
1.16/5  rDev -63.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

This beer's aroma and taste was awful. Hop character was seriously lacking and off flavors were strong - presumably from either the strain of yeast or style of brewing.
Very disappointing and not recommended to anyone looking for a crisp pale ale - even if looking for a light summer ale.

Photo of atigerlife
3.01/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Explosive---I could barely open the pop top. Poured 2" of beer and 6" of head. A light hazy golden orange with a HUGE white chunky head. Light carbonation rising.

Aroma is faint hops, floral, stale popcorn.

Taste is light hops, grainy, light flower taste, caramel sweetness. Malt backbone.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and cleansing.

Overall, an OK brew. Lacking anything memorable---beside the head.

Photo of mtnbikerpa
1.23/5  rDev -61.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Purchased one can from a six pack shop. Can says "All Malt" on outside. No freshness date. Grain and spice hit your nose before the first sip. Coriander and spice leave a skunk pumpkin pie flavor. This beer is for sure one to avoid. Sure misses the mark of a pale ale.

Photo of Hoagie1973
1.96/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a slightly hazy gold/amber with a 1 & 1/2 finger head that retains fairly well. Broken sheets of lace left behind.
Aroma has a bit of sweet caramel malt, mildly spicy hops and something that took me a minute to pin down out of context... GINGER! What the...?
Flavors combine fairly well, but the ginger makes this beer incredibly earthy; almost dirty tasting. Brown sugar sweetness in the middle and dry grassy hop bitterness in the finish.
Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy; fullish body (even a bit heavy for an APA).
This beer is not without its positive attributes, however the wierd addition of ginger is a total turn-off for me. No place for that in an APA in my opinion.
I would never buy this again. Lose the ginger and we'll talk.

Photo of Jayli
3.77/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a slightly hazy, dull copper with a one finger of creamy white head. The head recedes quickly and leaves spotty wispy lacing on the glass. Nose is of floral and earthy hops with touches of caramel and toasted malts. Taste is a bit grainy, meshed with caramel and toasted malts. Finishes with some grassy turning to piney hops. Medium body, medium carbonation, goes down easily and has a pretty dry finish to it. This is a decent beer - and hell, you have to try just for the name!

Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.63/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12-ounce can into a Ro's Restaurant pint glass.

A: Poured a clear, light amber brown color with a two-finger head of ivory foam and nice carbonation which left some decent lacing.

S: Smells slightly hoppy, with pine and herbal spiciness in the nose and a slightly nutty caramel malt husk essence.

T: Taste is semisweet and dry malt up front, with a lightly toasted caramel flavor before lending itself to a slightly agressive hop flavor. The hop residue is light and flavors are balanced, overall.

M: Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied and fairly crisp for an APA

D: A pretty sessionable APA with a modest ABV, good flavor and the added portability and stability of the can. Great artwork and packaging, but just a slightly better than mediocre brew.

Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.06/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A 12 ounce can from a variety pack. Poured into my nonic pint glass. This ale appears a cloudy amber color with about an inch of creamy light rust colored foam. Smells and tastes of lightly toasted grains, whatever hops are present are earthy and grassy. Thin bodied with ample carbonation. Take it or leave it.

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