Porkslap Pale Ale - Butternuts Beer & Ale

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Ratings: 779
Reviews: 326
rAvg: 3.19
pDev: 19.12%
Wants: 12
Gots: 52 | 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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Photo of mightymalt97
3.3/5  rDev +3.4%
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
12pack.

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
3.1/5  rDev -2.8%
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
2.53/5  rDev -20.7%
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
2.95/5  rDev -7.5%
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
2.98/5  rDev -6.6%
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
1.15/5  rDev -63.9%
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
3.03/5  rDev -5%
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
1.93/5  rDev -39.5%
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
3.75/5  rDev +17.6%
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
3.05/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Photo of CHickman
2.58/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours cloudy amber/copper orange color with a finger foamy light tan head that faded slowly, leaving decent spotty lacing.

Smells of malt, grains, caramel, wheat, light yeast, faint lemon and earthy tones that are musty; this does not smell like a pale ale at all as the malts dominate the aroma.

A very malty brew with a strange aftertaste (which turns out to be ginger), that was a mix of grains, wheat, yeast, light caramel, faint lemon and light hops that almost seemed like tea leaf was dropped in the mash. Again, not what I expected from a "pale ale" as this is more English style than APA.

Well carbonated with a medium body, it goes down pretty easy from the can or a glass, but there was nothing distinguishing about this beer. There was a hint of hop flavor, but it was an overall dull beer. The can artwork was the most exciting part of the experience and I would probably not order it again. If it was chilled in a cooler at a party I would grab it over a macro brew, so it has that going for it.

Photo of gameface23
2.5/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Really nice lookin orange body with an offwhite head that leaves above average lacing.

S: Grassy, herbal hops and a metallic/plastic twinge to it.

T: More of that offputting plastic aspect. This tastes EXACTLY like when you were a kid and you would squirt those cheap plastic squirtguns in your mouth after the water had sat in it for a few hours in the hot summer sun. The hops are there, but are too earthy for an American IPA.

M: Good mouthfeel. Medium bodied.

D: Low in alcohol, but the negative taste aspects detracts from the drinkability. I could burn through a six-pack of this, but I wouldn't necessarily enjoy it.

Photo of JWahlig
3.75/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I was really excited to try this can-craft but was first put off. Popping the top on this PorkSlap APA and taking a swig right after splitting a triple bomber with a friend is not the way to enjoy this brew. Expecting a nicely flavored ale and getting a full-flavored kick in the mouth put me off a bit. But trying it again out of a pint glass made me realize it has a lot of character and subtleties to boot.

A:Amber-caramel with a light-tan head that hung around for 1/2 the beer. No drink by date found.

S:It has a sweet clover aroma that leaves your nose smelling a pleasant grassy-herb.

T:The can states "All Malt" but hardly lives up to this statement. It's more of the clover-herb-honey flavor that you pick up in the scent. This is the second time around and am pleasantly surprised. Moderate tones of barley and malt with a slightly hoppy finish, this beer is a bit more intense than what I would consider a pale ale.

M:Feels great, I'd have to say it's perfectly carbonated and almost creamy. A nice smooth easy drinker poured into a pint glass, it's a different beast straight from the can.

D:I'd have another but wouldn't rush to the package store to pick up another six.

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

Porkslap pale ale... a title that is as about as intriguing as the cheap looking cans it is printed on. But for $6 how could I say no?

It says pale ale, but tastes more like a cheap import. Hop and malt flavors are certainly there but something is amiss. Must be the unusual watery taste probably stemming from the remarkably low ABV. But hey, that can only add to its drinkability...right?

Overall not bad for the price, I will probably appreciate them more on a hot day and I won't think twice about picking up another six pack if I am tight on cash.

Photo of Proteus93
3.63/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Not really pale at all... A medium golden, even slightly hazy. Decent head of white... Frothy.

S: A notable citrus hop aroma with a little piney touch. Fairly big for a standard pale ale. Not too shabby.

T + M: Piney hops... With a little touch of citrus rind... Grapefruit or orange zest. Kinda resinous... The hops have an oily feel to them. Crisp carbonation, and a medium body... Goes over quite well, really.

D: A decent pale ale, with a nice and full hop profile. Surprisingly dry! A pretty decent beer.. I'd go for this again or order in a restaurant.

Photo of jsp2
3.45/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz can with some pigs on it. It says it is an all malt pale ale. Pours a light amber with a thick head. Smells slightly of malt and a touch of fruitiness. A nice malty but dry and fruity taste with a good carbonation level. Very crisp and balanced. I could put away a lot of these.

An enjoyable, drinkable pale that would be good for a session.

Photo of BeerSox
2.7/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz can into nonic.

Clear deep amber hue, maybe a little darker than normal for the style. A one finger khaki head slowly settles to an even thin cap with a wall of lacing left in its place. The head wasn't very dense, and seemed a little fluffy.

The aroma comes with light toasted bread, but is distracted by a light plastic-like smell. The hops add a light perfume-ish hop aroma, nothing intense or sharp.

Very toasty grains along with some light smokiness. Unfortunately the plastic characteristic is in the flavor as well, and when mixed with the smokiness it tastes sort of like what burnt plastic probably tastes like. A little bit of diacetyl is in the background.

I'm not looking forward to the rest of this six pack. Hopefully the beer is better at fridge temperature. Possibly a bad batch?

Photo of mmmbeer
3.48/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. can with no freshness date; brewed with two-row, chocolate and a hint of ginger. Pours a hazed amber/copper, with medium carbonation and an inch of mildly frothy, off-white head that imparts decent lacing. Sweet aroma, with esters, a definite ginger note, yeast, and a hint of malt. Interesting cantaloupe and earth flavors blend with ginger, just a hint of chocolate, and a mild bitterness. Light, fairly dry body, with a hoppy, bitter aftertaste. An interesting brew, but pale ale is a definite misnomer. I don't know of any other one brewed with chocolate malt - it tastes much more like a gingered amber ale. Overall not too bad, but don't go out of your way to find it.

Photo of Vendetta
1.85/5  rDev -42%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Pours a lightly brownish-plum with a fuzzy head that leaves a soapy lacing ring.

Smells strangely of celery, a bit of grassy hops. A bit of a weird nose.

Taste is just as strange. There are some hops there, but it's dominated by an unsettling soapy, chlorine flavor. Not very enjoyable. Not sure how they pulled off this taste but it's regularly rank. Tastes exactly like the water that my Brita filter puts out when I neglect to change it for a year or something.

The mouth feel is decent, medium bodied, but I can't get around the taste. I can't recommend this one. Stay far, far away. This is not a good brew, almost a drain pour.

Photo of cpn920
3.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass and appeared apricot colored with a big off white head. Smell was balanced with malt and hops with a bit of grapefruit smell. Taste was tinny like a can. Mouthfeel was okay with appropriate carbonation. Drinkability for me not very high, the tinny taste was off putting and did not make this a very enjoyable experinece for me.

Photo of esv
2.58/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a 16oz Widemouth Ball Jar

A) Foamy, tightish bubbles. 1/2 inch head.

S) Fruity and Malty. Light but persistent plastic smell.

T) Their's an off-flavor and I've tasted it many times before. Maybe singed plastic. I don't have the vocabulary and I don't know what it stems from. I'm belching-up the flavor. Very prominent and difficult to get past. The flavor is offensive to me but not knowing what it is, I'm reluctant to say that it's an off-flavor ... but it is.

Getting past the off-flavor, the beer is a little sweet, a little fruity and a little bitter.

M) I forgot to take notes on the mouthfeel. It was surely average or I would have made mention (that sounds reasonable).

D) The plastic-y-ness was quite strong. It did fade but it was still quite present throughout.

Photo of spokeydonkey
3.78/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Poured from a 12 oz can into a 16 oz. pint glass. A frothy white head forms, roughly three-fingers deep. Eventually dissapates into a layer of

S - Caramelly and malty, with some earthy hops. A hint of spice, which is apparently ginger according to their website.

T - Pretty nice. The ginger is there, but not overpowering. I recognized a spicy note to the beer that I couldn't place until I looked it up. It plays well with the hops (they taste much more British than American), and the caramelly malts, There's some fruity notes as well. Finishes quite dry.

M - Medium-light body, with enough substance to give it a bit of weight despite its crisp dry finish.

D - Very drinkable. Low alcohol content, but quite flavorful. This is definitely a session beer.

Porkslap Pale Ale from Butternuts Beer & Ale
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