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Porkslap Pale Ale - Butternuts Beer & Ale

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Porkslap Pale AlePorkslap Pale Ale

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Ratings: 721
Reviews: 321
rAvg: 3.19
pDev: 19.12%
Wants: 8
Gots: 30 | 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:
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(Beer added by: John on 03-04-2006)
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Photo of ncvbc

North Carolina

3.83/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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!

Serving type: can

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


3/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: can

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


3.58/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: can

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


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

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.

Serving type: can

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


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

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.

Serving type: can

07-17-2008 23:17:30 | More by edchicma
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New York

3.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-02-2008 00:43:10 | More by Brianmerrilyn
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3.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: can

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


3.78/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: can

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


3.73/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: can

06-03-2008 23:50:12 | More by geexploitation
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3.65/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Serving type: can

06-03-2008 21:39:58 | More by jmz62565
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New York

3.8/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: can

05-28-2008 01:55:14 | More by robrobrob
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3.4/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: can

05-26-2008 03:20:57 | More by prototypic
Photo of TheDeuce

New York

3.45/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Porkslap Ale...

Appearance-dark cloudy with a heavy carbonation on the head.

Smell-Spicy citrus that overpowers, a great nose, no metallic flavor from the can

Taste-Sharp spicy flavor, hops come up, settles with an alcoholic kick, the spicy flavor continues its agression

Mouthfeel-not that smooth, but flavor is certainly there.

Drinkability-A nice flavor, perhaps a little sharp but it works.

Overall-a decent beer, kudos as well to Butternuts for the fact that it comes in a can yet retains all of its flavor. More of a Farmhouse/Saison flavor than an APA just to forewarn anyone who might be confused. Still, good job.

Serving type: can

05-11-2008 23:55:52 | More by TheDeuce
Photo of Wasatch


3.15/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks goes out to jwc215 for this brew.

Pours a nice clean/clear dark golden yellow color, nice carbonation, nice little creamy white head, which does leave some sticky lacing. The nose is malty, very slight hops, very slight pines, and caramel. The taste is slightly sweet, mostly malty, with some hops, and caramel. Medium body. Drinkable, not a bad brew at that.

Serving type: can

05-06-2008 01:10:43 | More by Wasatch
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3.15/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a slightly cloudy med. orange-copper w/ a thin head which dissipates immediately leaving a minimal amount of lacing in my nonic ; not a strong smell, some piney hops, a bit of nuts and alcohol ; a rather thin flavor, good initial hop bite, mostly a citrus/grassy hop flavor, a bit of nuts here as well, some caramel and a hint of dark fruits, but not really discernible ; a light-med. body, kinda feels "slick" in the mouth, moderate co2 ; a pretty drinkable brew, even if it is in a can...

Serving type: can

05-05-2008 22:07:52 | More by animal69
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New York

3.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Mahar's.

A- Cleat yellow orange. One finger white head that leaves equisite lacing

S- Malt & the Butternuts yeast that's pervasive through all of their beers.

T- Best consumed COLD. Malty with some cinnamon-y spiciness in the finish when I first started drinking. When I'd reached mid-glass, it had warmed to an unpleasant temperature and was difficult to drink.

M- Not too bad. Pretty full for a pale ale. Good carbonation

D- Drink it COLD. This only gets worse as it warms.

Serving type: on-tap

05-01-2008 00:36:36 | More by Avryle
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4.53/5  rDev +42%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

If you've ever wished you could find a fresh American made bitter, this is a beer you should try.

Judging from other ratings this is a very misunderstood beer. It is not for American Pale Ale hopheads, but if you are looking for an English style bitter it's a beer you can love. The hops and the conditioning are restrained compared to most American pales, but why is that a bad thing? There is both balance and harmony in this beer. I recently had Porkslap from a cask and it was simply outstanding. From the can, I would highly recommend pouring to a glass to get the pleasure of its mouth feel. The added ginger made me dubious going in, but it is so restrained and complementary to the hop profile that folks didn't know there was ginger until told. I can be a hophead too, but this beer is not intended to compete with them and I for one am grateful for the alternsative.

Serving type: can

04-29-2008 12:58:02 | More by halxyz
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3.38/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Light caramel brown with a nice solid head and a bit of lacing.

S: Wow tons of breadyness with a touch of hops. The can says all malt pale ale and I believe it.

T: Yep this is all about the malt. Tons of malt character right from the start. Bready malt which is big and bold. A bit of spicy hops can be tasted in the middle. You finish with malt on the tongue.

M: Light bodied with ample carbonation.

D: I am a hop head so one is enough for me.

Overall: Not a bad beer to be honest, and much different than most pale ales I have had. The can proclaims this one is about the malt and it is. If you are in search of a real malty pale ale this would be it. Being a hop head I will knock it down a bit. But it appears as though they were successful in doing what it is they set out to do...creating a malt laden pale ale.

Serving type: can

03-24-2008 21:10:14 | More by tpd975
Photo of edskirk3


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

Twelve ounce aluminum can depicting two cartoon pigs about to execute a Sumo bounce. The front features the words "Farmhouse ale" which is a little misleading.

Porkslap (a name I can't say I'm a fan of) pours a dark, slightly hazy amber with a respectable cream-colored head, initially a finger in thickness.

Aroma of floral hops, faint but nonetheless present, and toasted caramel malts. Not bad.

Nice balance of floral, herbal hop bitterness and toasted grains. Rather dry and grainy finish. Lingering hoppy bite.

The artwork on the can seems amateur to me, but it's the stuff inside that counts. Butternuts has made a respectable pale ale and they didn't overdo the hops. They know that sometimes less is more.

Serving type: can

03-19-2008 04:11:15 | More by edskirk3
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New York

2.63/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Drank from a 12 ounce can. Unable to pour it into a glass. Desperate times, desperate measures.

The first whiff I got after opening the can smelled skunky and settled into a mild fruity/floral smell.

The taste was bitter, with mild hints of fruit. Slightly watered down and overall unimpressive.

The mouthfeel was medium to thin bodied. Medium carbonation similar to a lager.

Overall not impressed with this beer. I guess it peaked my interest b/c of the whole "can" gimick. But beyond the two pigs slapping bellies on the front of the can this beer brought nothing to the table. I actually tried a second one in hopes that the first was skunked but to no avail, just as mediocre as the first. Not a terrible beer but not worth tracking down.

Serving type: can

03-08-2008 15:26:03 | More by hyland24
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New York

3.23/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Dark amber color, semi-clear, thin white cover that disolved to a thin ring, decent amount of sediment floating around

S- Sweet malts, fruity, earthy hops, slight sour smell

T- Spices, pale malts, light bitterness, fruity, honey, yeast

M- Medium body, medium carbonation, mild, slightly watery

D- Not that great

I really wasn't too impressed by this one. This is the only brew by Butternuts that I really wasn't a fan of. Just nothing special that would make this stand out from other APAs.

Serving type: can

03-08-2008 02:51:54 | More by iceball585
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3/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I am loving my current can kick! If it's in a can, I'll try it. This was no exception.

I got two fingers of off-white/ecru head out of my aggressive pour, but there was low retention. The nose had a mild bitterness but nothing to get excited about. The color was a slightly hazy amber. Mouthfeel was medium with a mild bitterness on the tongue, but nothing to get excited about. Finish had a mild, lingering bitterness, but again, nothing major. This might be a possible session beer during an outdoor bocce tournament, a camping trip, or visit to the beach, where glass is a concern, but beyond that, eh.

Serving type: can

03-03-2008 00:01:12 | More by woodychandler
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New Jersey

3.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Butternuts- Porkslap

A- Reddish copper brown with a small sticky head. Good lacing!
S- Grainy, with a touch of earthy hops.
T- Very grainy, nutty, with a woodsy earthy hop flavor. All very subdued.
M- Watery with an acidic/ bitter finish.

Overall- Not much going on in this one. Use it for drinking games.

Serving type: can

02-19-2008 20:25:57 | More by NJpadreFan
Photo of ChainGangGuy


3.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear, orangey body with a thin, wispy white head.

Smell: Middling malty aroma with a bit of sourness and a squirt of fruit juice.

Taste: Pale malts with some sweetness. Lightly hoppy with a mild bitterness. Slight sourness. Hint of fruit. Sheesh. All the flavors are pretty bland and come across as half-hearted, like the beer equivalent of a shrug.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: No thanks! It's nothing to porkslap about.

Serving type: can

02-08-2008 23:08:29 | More by ChainGangGuy
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3.23/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A light copper color with a fair white head and decent lace. The aroma suggests a tart citrus hops but fairly mild and yeast/wheat tinged. The taste is a crisp and refreshing combination of light malt and grapefruit/floral hops. A touch of charcoal thrown in to this fairly thin offering but overall it's OK and certainly goes down easy enough. Worth a try if you have a gap in your choices but nothing memorable, except for those pigs on the can!

Serving type: can

02-08-2008 05:59:39 | More by Durge
Porkslap Pale Ale from Butternuts Beer & Ale
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