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Snapperhead IPA - Butternuts Beer & Ale

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72
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525 Ratings
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Ratings: 525
Reviews: 303
rAvg: 3.1
pDev: 19.68%
Wants: 4
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Butternuts Beer & Ale visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ommegangpbr on 01-27-2007)
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Reviews by capra12:
Photo of capra12
3.75/5  rDev +21%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Reviewed at The Gingerman NYC solo from notes taken that day.

Appearance: Light orange/wheat in color with little head

Smell: Clean sweet hops

Taste: Opens withe a clean malt profile but there is a distinct hop bitterness that comes in the middle and takes over to the finish where a subtle hint of floral hops leaving a clean, malty, bitter/floral aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: I would have this again but only if there wasnt anything else to try on tap. I recommend this to those who want a slightly malty and bitter IPA with hints of floral hops on the finish.

capra12, Dec 21, 2009
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.45/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I have to say the artwork on the can and the price ($6.99) swayed me a little here along with the fact Iam wondering how this newer in state brewery is doing.This poured a dull medium golden with a thinner wispy white head that leaves one shotty streak of lace as it settled quickly,subdued hops in the nose for the style just a hint citric-like fruitiness underneath caramel,toasty malt.Quite sweet up front on the palate very caramelly and toasty the hops in fruity in fruity character show up a bit as the beer warms a bit but never really stand out.Hmm I would like more hop profile here as with the Pork Slap the hops seem a bit light but this is a tasty ale nonetheless.

oberon, Mar 10, 2007
Photo of GameOfBeers
3.16/5  rDev +1.9%

GameOfBeers, Aug 19, 2014
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.63/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tully's in Wells started carrying these. Since I like IPAs, I thought I'd give this a try. In a pint glass, the beer was a hazy amber color with a medium-sized white head and some lacing. It had a nice aroma of sweet malt and cirtus. Mostly grapefruit taste, some malt. Fairly balanced, but way too tepid.

lordofthewiens, Jul 09, 2009
Photo of sponberg
3.73/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another beer from a can from the dudes over in Garrattsville. Pours bright burnt gold, decent white head that laces. Floral hops - no citrus, mild pine, maybe earthy? - over a toasted sweet maltiness.

NOT a hophead's IPA, and I'd say not an American-style IPA by this can. Definitely in the restrained British mode, with subdued spicy hoppiness under a sweet-tea-and-toast maltiness. Finishes with a toasty-grain and somewhat aromatic character. Extremely drinkable brew, with a great mouthfeel, but definitely for fans of English style IPAs or strong bitters rather than American IPAs. As a fan of those styles, me likey. Would love to see these guys crank out a hop bomb, as they have the mouthfeel of their beers down pat.

sponberg, Jan 28, 2007
Photo of TTripp725
3/5  rDev -3.2%

TTripp725, Dec 29, 2013
Photo of bishopdc0
3.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The look is cloudy amber brown a decent head thatt dissipates.
The aroma is sweet, buttery with a earthy grassyness of hops that are light.
The taste matches the aroma sweet buttery with a bitter finishe.
I like the taste its very drinakable more of a pale ale

bishopdc0, Dec 26, 2010
Photo of TimoP
3/5  rDev -3.2%

TimoP, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of Doomcifer
3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy, orange-golden color with a small 1/4 inch head that lingers a bit. Smells of light citrusy hops and sweet malts. Not very assertive aroma. Smells good but is quite faint. Likewise on the taste. It is good, but nothing that sticks out. Citrus hops, bit grassy, good malt backbone. Quite balanced. Just nothing that smacks me in the face. Full bodied, smooth, light carbonation in the form of tiny tiny bubbles. Ends semi-dry and bitter. Pretty drinkable IPA but I would grab a couple handful of others before this one. Good price though.

Doomcifer, Feb 09, 2008
Photo of Billolick
3.95/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ouncer in a thin skinned aluminum can, no freshness indication offered. Pours typical medium almond amber, cloudy, under a medium tan head, tiny bubble film and leaving a light and spotty submission of lacing. Nose is pleasantly hoppy, Easy drinking, respectable hopping level, lightish body. Piney hops follow thru along the finish. Quite drinkable, more good/BA worthy beer in a can, perfect to take to the beach or parking lot for a pre METS game BBQ...always a good thing

Billolick, May 30, 2007
Photo of Guinnsslvr
3.5/5  rDev +12.9%

Guinnsslvr, Dec 01, 2013
Photo of mctizzz
4/5  rDev +29%

mctizzz, Nov 23, 2011
Photo of Mora2000
3.5/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to zdk9 for sharing this can.

The beer pours a yellow color with a white head. The aroma is grassy hops and not too much else. The flavor is a mix of grassy hops, toffee and earthy hops. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Not a great IPA, but not as bad as I was expecting after reading some of the reviews.

Mora2000, Oct 15, 2010
Photo of livewire05
2.5/5  rDev -19.4%

livewire05, Jan 06, 2012
Photo of dankjohn
3.25/5  rDev +4.8%

dankjohn, Aug 31, 2013
Photo of ImFlyerThanYou
3.25/5  rDev +4.8%

ImFlyerThanYou, Mar 16, 2014
Photo of jondeelee
3.28/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Snapperhead is an IPA, but the nose immediately sets it apart from its peers: instead of grapefruit and pine hops notes, Snapperhead is devoid of the earthy pine scent, and favors instead a clean, almost effervescent grapefruit citrus nose, much like what I'd expect a grapefruit sparkling water to smell like.

On the tongue, the beer is indeed hoppy, but again, it's a clean grapefruit hoppiness, like freshly-squeezed juice. Below this is a nice layer of malts, giving the beer a decent body of apricot and orange flavors, biscuit-like grains, and light brown sugars. The aftertaste is mainly hops, and fades fairly quickly. Mouthfeel is light, and carbonation is medium-heavy.

Overall, Snapperhead makes for a good entry-level IPA, with just enough hops to separate it from the field, but not enough to overwhelm someone new to the style. I suspect hop lovers will be put off by the clean grapefruit flavors in here, and the beer does indeed seem slightly out of balance with the lack of deep and earthy pine flavors. It's decent and flavorful, then, but sacrifices wisdom for peppiness.

jondeelee, Aug 06, 2011
Photo of virinow
3/5  rDev -3.2%

virinow, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of sarahspat
2.17/5  rDev -30%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Picked this up on a whim because I'd never heard of the brewery and it was in a can.

Pours a cloudy copper-golden with a sizeable, somewhat thick off-white head. The latter looks craggy and sticky. Thick laces appear on the sides of the glass, but they are few in number.

Smells like light fruits, flowers, and some soap. Doesn't really smell like an American IPA. Consider my expectations officially lowered.

This is simply not an IPA. Malt and fruity flavors easily overpower hops, and it's pretty lightly flavored in general. Weak floral notes, peaches, apples... the too strong malt presence is composed of biscuity and caramelly flavors. This beer is much more sweet than it is bitter. Even if one were to judge this as a less hoppy style like an English pale ale or a blonde ale, it still wouldn't be very good. There is a terrible metallic edge to this brew, and the taste of soap is infused in every sip, greatly diminishing the overall flavor quality. The body is light-medium with good carbonation.

Based on this, I would hesitate before trying anything else from this brewery... on the other hand I am curious whether their other beers are this bad.

sarahspat, May 28, 2009
Photo of doremite
3/5  rDev -3.2%

doremite, Apr 27, 2014
Photo of Soonami
2.78/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

love the graphics on the can, it's not often that the packaging will sell me on anything

A- The beer poured a tawny orange with a quickly deflating white head. I could tell by the clarity of the beer, that this would be no heavy weight

S- a little toasted cracker, spicy yeast, faint vegetable "green" hops

T- Sweet malt, alcohol, a little bit of herbal bitterness at the end, but not much in terms of flavor.

M- carbonation was pleasant, but the beer was very thin and not satisfying

D- If you drink this like you would a pale ale or some other session beer, then it's great. The mild flavor enables you to drink several without fatigue, not really up to snuff compared to most IPA's

Soonami, Sep 18, 2009
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.78/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice malt driven IPA I know that's weird but this is a nice tasting beer from the Upstate NY brewers in Garratsville, NY transitional brewery. A dark copper clouded orange tinted ale with a light beige white head fine speckled lacing. Aroma has citric and caramel notes blended together nicely...while flavor brings in cereal grains and a bit of harsh malt flavos colliding together. One of the most drinkable of the canned offerings from Butternuts Beer and Ale company. Mouthfeel is medium bodied carbonation flows effortlessly, but drinkability continues to make sense t me as a beer drinker. Malty hoppy IPA from a can I'm listening, now give me more balanced ales in the future.

WVbeergeek, Sep 13, 2010
Photo of chinchill
4.03/5  rDev +30%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz can poured in pint glass
Classifed here as an Amer. IPA,; the can says "Farmhouse Ale" IPA

Wow! This is a good canned beer!

A - hazy golden amber with slightly off-white head. Head has good retention.

Taste and aroma both reflect nicely balanced and generously applied malt and hops. Likewise, some sweet malty taste is nicely balanced with hop bitterness. Balanced initial flavor is followed by a nice rush of hoppiness, with a long lasting finish. Excellent save for a slight off-taste that may simply be some hop components that are not my favorites.

Good carbonation. Mouthfeel is both creamy (early) and crisp (later).

chinchill, Oct 29, 2010
Photo of OStrungT
3.25/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer pours a slightly hazy golden yellow color, with a thin white head. The head fades slowly, leaving a decent lacing.

This beer has a very mellow hoppy aroma. It smells slightly citrusy. Some sweet malt aroma is also present. It smells well ballanced, but very mild.

The taste is a little more hoppy than the aroma. Still mild. Some lemon zest, and a slight spicy hop flavor. It has a malty sweet flavor as well.

This beer is a little over carbonated. It is crisp, leaving a sweet malty aftertaste.

This beer would probably make a decent session beer. It is not too high in alcohol, and mello enough.

Overall: Thanks to JWC215 for the generous hook up. This beer is a little week for an IPA. Maybe more like a Pale Ale. Other than that, it is pretty good.

OStrungT, Dec 29, 2008
Photo of mocktm
3.05/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Butternuts Brewery, never heard of them before this purchase. I have to admit that it was the canning and mean artwork of a music jammin' fish that suckered me in. Sticker on top of the cans notes a canning date of April, 2011. "All Malt" is tattooed right on the can, leading me to believe that this is going to be a little different than the citrusy hop bomb IPAs that I have grown accustomed to. Let's see how this works out...

Pours a light hazy brown with a fluffy off-white head, much darker than most IPAs. Slow dissipation with some intricate lacing to match.

Nose is as the can mentioned, dominated by malt, with some underlying grapefruit/lemon notes. Certainly a different take on the style, although I'm not sure I really care for it. No pine or herbal notes anywhere to be found.

My palate is consumed by malt caramel and honey sweetness. Some hints of citrus, although muted by the overwhelming malt. Mild bitterness throughout, although the balance is completely out of whack. As a whole, this is again, just not what I want out of an IPA.

Mouthfeel is smooth, moderately light and a bit watery. Although the carbonation is right on, this just falls short for the style.

I'm disappointed in this one, although it may be a different take on a traditional style, that's not always a good thing.

mocktm, Aug 10, 2011
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Snapperhead IPA from Butternuts Beer & Ale
72 out of 100 based on 525 ratings.