Snapperhead IPA - Butternuts Beer & Ale

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Snapperhead IPASnapperhead IPA

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Ratings: 561
Reviews: 312
rAvg: 3.11
pDev: 18.97%
Wants: 9
Gots: 25 | FT: 0
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New York, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: ommegangpbr on 01-27-2007

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Reviews by kmpitz2:
Photo of kmpitz2
4.1/5  rDev +31.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz can. Pours a nice deep copper color with a finger and a half of off-white head over top that sits nicely. The beer is as clear as could be, and the carbonation is present as a few bubbles streaming from the bottom. The aroma is light caramel, moderate bready and husky grain, with a mild pine hop in there. The flavor is toasty, light grainy and caramel sweet, with an earthy and almost woodsy hop character that comes towards the end. The bitterness clings on a little into the finish. This is a nice brew. The flavors are in good balance, and the hops don't dominate, though I wouldn't call it an IPA if I made it. Mouthfeel is moderate with a lighter carbonation of very soft bubbles. Drinkability is fantastic on this brew. It packs around 7%, but doesn't show it. I have been savoring the 6 I grabbed at the brewery a while back, and this is my last one. I have been impressed with this brewery. They are not making anything extreme, just beers that are nice to sit down and enjoy.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.43/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.65/5  rDev +17.4%
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.

Photo of sponberg
3.73/5  rDev +19.9%
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.

Photo of bishopdc0
3.1/5  rDev -0.3%
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

Photo of Doomcifer
3/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

Photo of Billolick
3.95/5  rDev +27%
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

Photo of Mora2000
3.5/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

Photo of jondeelee
3.27/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Photo of far333
3.09/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pale straw yellow with a giant eggshell colored styrafoamy looking head three inches high and not receding at all. Seems overcarbonated, as it was rising up out of the can on its own before I even tilted it toward the glass.

Floral and grainy aroma, some yeasty phenolics. This either uses a belgian or saison yeast, or had an unclean fermentation. Flavor seems to match the aroma, with the addition of some vanilla and a peppery bite. Floral hops are understated. Thin mouthfeel despite all that CO2. Finishes dry. This seems more like a slightly hoppy wit or saison or belgian pale. Not a great IPA.

Photo of sarahspat
2.22/5  rDev -28.6%
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.

Photo of Soonami
2.78/5  rDev -10.6%
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

Photo of Jeffwildcat
3.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Picked up a 6 at wf in nyc. Was looking for something local and this was the only thing i could find. Since the hotel had no glasses i drank it old school...from a can. This is a nice session ipa. Refreshing, citrusy, and a little piny but the ibus are probably to low for an ipa...maybe more of an apa...

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.8/5  rDev +22.2%
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.

Photo of chinchill
4.02/5  rDev +29.3%
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).

Photo of OStrungT
3.26/5  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.

Photo of mocktm
3.06/5  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.

Photo of glid02
3.31/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Can from a mixed 12-pack purchased at Hop City in Atlanta.

Pours a slightly hazy golden-copper color with a one-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of buttery malts with hints of vanilla and a huskiness that comes out more as the beer warms. There's also a slight bitter aroma but that's about it in the way of hop aromas.

Tastes a bit better than it smells. Pale malt flavors with hints of vanilla and a bit of butter up front that segue into a bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It has a slick thickness with light carbonation.

Drinkability is alright. I finished the can but I'm not excited about another.

Overall this was one of the least hoppy IPA's I can remember having. It's not quite terrible but I certainly won't recommend it.

Photo of pwoods
2.63/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can, purchased at The Vintage Cellar, poured into an imperial pint.

A: Pours a glowing tangerine flesh, hazy. Good sized head with pretty good retention and decent lacing.

S: Hardky any smell. A faint wisp of grassy English smelling hops but that's it

T/M: Wow, not eve APA bitterness. Maybe a touch if American hopping but it tastes mostly European. Very light malts that don't even have to balance. Medium light body with controlled carbonation.

D: Drinks easy but isn't near on style.

Photo of Brenden
3.46/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A nice frothy, creamy very light orange head rests about a finger and a half on a depp, murky brown-orange beer. The head is retained for quite a while. Lacing starts off spotty but is soon being dropped in sizeable patches.
The aroma's quite light. it's good, offering a bit of grains with a steady hops and malts balance. It really could use more and I find this hardly hoppy enough (in the nose, at least) to pass for a good pale ale, much less an IPA.
The flavor is also light, likewise pleasant but lacking in hops character. Fortunately, though, a hops bitterness really pulls through into each sip and through to the finish, a bit of piney and floral flavor complementing a sweet malt that makes for good drinking, if not all that I want from an IPA.
The mouthfeel is smooth with a crisp bite to it in a sturdy medium body with light to moderate carbonation.

Photo of caddybuyer
3.65/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cool-ass yellow can with a fish poured into a pint glass. Another slighly pornographic reference....(which do you prefer...a porkslap,or snapperhead?)

A-Veiled amber with a nice creamy white head with decent retention and lacing.

S-Interesting....a bit fruity, floral, funky, yeasty and musky for an IPA with some sweet malts in the background...this is cool and this an IPA? This will be interesting...

T-This is no IPA....the flavor comes across more like the nose, yeast, earth and musk...bready....If you are drinking for an IPA, this is off base, but what is it? I'm not sure, but it actually is tasty....I will call it a funky APA. I bet this rocks on tap at the brewery.

M-Decent mouthfeel and carbonation

D-This truly is a surprise....don't drink it for an IPA, but for a smallbatch decent brew that defies style...

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.93/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A hazy, murky golden amber color and a 1" high, whipped-foam looking head and it's slow moving.

A very big English-style IPA aroma with sweet toffee malt, musty earthiness, sweet fruitines like mandarin oranges...nice effect.

Whoa! big complexity here, lush and smooth malty mouthfeel with a dry-bitter and very earthy hop punch. Pineapple and acrons with hearty flavor's galore, wheat, sweet corn, fruity hops later on...nice balance. The malt and hop flavor's seem to change and groove on the palate for a long time. A crisp, snappy light to medium feel that doesn't relax and the hops linger long!!

I don't know, this is one of my favorite IPA's in a very long time.

Photo of timster01801
4.66/5  rDev +49.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Not your typical IPA by any means...maybe that's why I enjoy it so much. Malt sweetness up front, and a very slight hop bite in the finish. Head retention is great...lacing is all over the place. Nice mouth-feel too..medium bodied. Overall, a tasty brew...definitely not your typical IPA. Cheers!

Photo of jmz62565
3.97/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly cloudy orange/amber with a smallish white head. The head is small and doesn't last too long. The smell is pungent with "bisquity" aromas and citrus hops. A very fragrant aroma. The taste is like the smell,citrus hops and bread yeast. Not bad,but really nothing all that new or great. The m/f is light with all the flavord mixing well. This is a nice solid IPA,not great,not bad, that will scratch your hop fix itch.

Photo of asabreed
3.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. can into a pint glass.

Appearance: Lighter copper color with subdued lacing and a frothy initial white head that subsides rather quickly.

Smell: Sweeter malt notes, hints of grain, mild fruit and citrus, and some sourness and spiciness.

Taste: Initially sweeter than many IPAs I've had, and it seems the meld of malt and hops is not out of whack, but not as harmonious as it could be. A more adjunct-type sweetness at first, with a bit of fruit before a bit of wet leafy hops and rind-like bitterness, leaving an interesting pungent bitterness lingering at the end.

Mouthfeel: Lighter to medium-bodied with decent fullness and carbonation to make it well-rounded.

Drinkability: Despite being a bit sweeter than most and a little more subdued than many the hopheads are searching for, this is an easy-going and sessionable IPA, and maybe a good starter for folks who want to try an IPA who've never really had hoppy beers. Not to say it should be "My First IPA," but it strikes me as one I'd introduce to someone who hadn't had many before.

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