Snapperhead IPA - Butternuts Beer & Ale

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Reviews: 308
Hads: 563
rAvg: 3.19
pDev: 13.48%
Wants: 9
Gots: 27 | 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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Photo of timster01801
4.66/5  rDev +46.1%
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! (296 characters)

Photo of oldcrustacean
4.58/5  rDev +43.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Probably the most delicious IPA ever crafted. And in a can! A perfect balance of noble hops and the finest imported malts. This masterpiece of an ale remains true to the Reinheitsgebot -- there is no need to load it up with foreign fruits, teas, arctic snow berries... or whatever else Sam is devising this week. A rare gem. Unpretentious and honest.

I'd drink a bucket of these over Stone or Russian River any day.

A true gulper. (433 characters)

Photo of BeerHonky
4.54/5  rDev +42.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Oooo...another Butternuts beer. Gotta support this local brewery. On cask at Spuyten Duyvil. 20 oz pour! Beautiful golden orange color with a flimsy, white head that fizzles out into widely stretched lacing. This was described as a farmhouse IPA by the bartender, and surprisingly it smells exactly what you might think a farmhouse IPA would...wild flower perfume with a faint sweetness. No joke, but my girlfriend now wants a perfume that smells like this beer. Low carbonation lends to an extra smooth and creamy mouthfeel. This is much more of a British style IPA but with a saison character. Fresh, floral hop flavor is light and clean...almost like a thick glass of hop tea. Solid malt sweetness sits underneath it all to keep it balanced. What a wonderful beer! I need to buy some cans of this ASAP. This could be my new session beer. (840 characters)

Photo of billybob
4.45/5  rDev +39.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a cloudy golden color with a two finger off white head that holds well and leaves some sheets and rings of lace. nose is fruity with some pine aromas coming through. taste was very fruity with lots of malt and some yeast present with more of an orange citrus than grapefruit. mouthfeel medium to full bodied carbonation a tat weak but does not hurt overall. very nice beer i would definitely buy it again and i think the design of thier cans is just great. (462 characters)

Photo of mempath
4.4/5  rDev +37.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

again, i see a gang mentality when a brew is down...always curious to see how accurate it is...this is a self-declared, non-pretentious venture, so i'm not expecting something from Stone or DFH...

pours nice and energetic with a good foamy white head that lingers then settles in to be experienced...has a nice deep straw or golden appearance

nose is not what i expected, but it's refreshing, short and sweet, not in a cloying way. catching a sort of muscadine note. no hint of hops, but guess folks think all IPAs are supposed to be (over)loaded to the brim with hops oily grapefruitiness...i'm a big fan of such, but thinking this is more old school. not really. simply unique so far

and where it counts: the taste....and, yeah, smooth, quick sweetness like in the nose, but dry finish with a just a quick but more impactful hop fade out. super sessionable. sure, i'd like the finish to linger, but as bad as many are saying this is, what's the complaint? mine is, this is good. very good.

maybe the secret is in their name....BUTTER...i found the Porkslap (not reviewed yet) very buttery, creamy...this has that characteristic, but not as prominently. definitely not thin nor...chewy. pretty much spot on and perfect.

if this was awful, i'd admit it. simple, but not too simple. i give them super kudos for being different in several ways. marketing, art and...a unique, simple approach to brewing 4 basic brew styles. another sip, and i am liking this one even more. seems to have borrowed that black lightning bolt from the stout....a swallow goes quickly through creamy-sweet-fullbodied-bitter-but-dry...and-it's-gone. definitely encourages you to session on.

at the price they are asking, i highly recommend this one (1,729 characters)

Photo of frazbri
4.39/5  rDev +37.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Snapperhead IPA from Butternuts Beer And Ale poured golden maize in color. Body had a slight haze. It had a creamy white head with good lace left on the glass. The aroma was strong, but not overpowering with notes of grapefruit, and sweet tangerines. Flavors of graperfruit and malty sweetness were accompanied by bitterness throughout. Body was medium, as was the carbonation level. It had a dry finish.

This was a pleasant suprise. It had a lot in common with Bell's Two Hearted Ale. I also found it incredibly thirst quenching. Too bad, I didn't buy more. (559 characters)

Photo of papaglide
4.37/5  rDev +37%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a beautiful yet slightly cloudy, light amber color with a nice but quickly diminishing 1 finger head that dissipates into nice lacey froth.
The nose is a dry hopped one that is reminiscent of Cascades but I don't think that they are Cascades.
Taste is a crisp, dry hop bitterness followed by a small malt sweetness and finished with nice hop dryness. Very nice balance.
This beer is definitely drinkable and then some. What a great idea to can excellent beer. Next to kegs, cans offer the greatest freshness as no oxidation can take place and with the technology available nowadays, no "tinny" taste is present. I only wish more breweries would can good beer but bottling is cheaper and of course "who wants to drink beer out of a can?" I do and let's hope the stigma of canned beer goes away and more breweries put out a fine product like this.
Definitely recommend especially at $6.00 a six in the Buffalo, NY area. (927 characters)

Photo of TheDeuce
4.33/5  rDev +35.7%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Butternuts Snapperhead IPA...

Appearance-light orange color with a huge head, it's frankly too big, too much carbonation fills up the glass, sticky lace. Not that great.

Smell-hops all the way, piney gasey hops. Light grain and alcohol in the background but it's all hops.

Taste/Mouthfeel-nice hop flavor, filling but nicely balanced, hits firmly on multiple levels, pine with a rush of alcohol and light grain, really great smoothness fits in nicely. Like I just stepped out of a hopfield.

Drinkability-refreshing and easy to drink, nice profile. Hits all IPA notes well and you barely notice the slightly increased profile.

Overall-easily the best beer I've had out of a can, cheers to Butternuts for proving you can make craft beer in any form. My hat is off to them. (777 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.27/5  rDev +33.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Acquired via trade from plaid75, so a big "Thank you" goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz can into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light amber color with a short foamy white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is very fruity with citrus sweetness and a strong hops background, along with a moderate caramelized malt background.

T: The taste starts out very fruity with flavors of tangerine and maybe some berries. A strong burst of hops bitterness quickly follows. The malt character is a bit on the light side for the style but it works. The after-taste is hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, clean and dry finish.

D: Very tasty, goes down easily, not filling at all, good representation of style even if it is a little on the sweet side, this beer is definitely worth pounding for the duration of an evening. (912 characters)

Photo of HappyHourHero
4.27/5  rDev +33.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Resinous grapefruit and orange aromas are dominate. No diacetyl or fruitiness outside of the citrus. Creamy bright white head holds strong clinging to the glass as it fades. Hazy amber beer has golden hues. Sweet, almost candied grapefruit flavor is more intense than the crisp bready malt base. No off flavors are noticeable. Carbonation is on the high side, and mixed with the moderately light body. Strong bitterness in the finish washes away any sweetness, and combined with the mouthfeel makes for a highly drinkable beer. Alcohol is nearly imperceptible. (560 characters)

Photo of kkosmoski
4.15/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An IPA in a can - not something you come across very often, so I was very excited to try this beer. Poured into a standard pint. Started with about a 1-inch head that fell down to about a 1/4 inch covering after a half a minute. The beer had a nice dark golden color with some haze to it - possibly from some dry-hopping. I expected more hop aroma from this beer, but it is kind of different and refreshing to get an IPA that doesn't knock you over with a piney, citrusy slap in the face. There was slight floral hoppy aroma, and a nice bready malt smell. The beer had a nice modest citrusy pop to start off, followed by some bready malt and caramel sweetness. Moderate bitterness in the finish, followed by some lingering toasty malt. A nice blending of flavors in this beer. Carbonation was not overdone and the body was medium. Snapperhead was nicely balanced beer from start to finish. It would make a great choice for bringing some good, hoppy beer to a party or event where you can't or don't want to bring glass. I enjoyed this beer. (1,040 characters)

Photo of Amalak
4.13/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had out of a can, 12 pack. Poured into pint glass.

A. It had a nice amber color with a big head that left behind a good deal of lace. Some what opaque and there were a good amount of bubbles.

S. Even once in the glass it had a metallic scent to it. There were clearly hints of wheat, as well.

T. This is my kind of IPA: It has a nice balance between bitter and sweetness. There's a nice caramel taste taste. Sugary sweetness. The hoppy bitterness adds a nice kick. (469 characters)

Photo of kmpitz2
4.1/5  rDev +28.5%
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. (992 characters)

Photo of JimKal
4.1/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served from a can in a Tulip glass.

Amber brown and very hazy. Decent head that dissipates quickly and very nice lacing.

I loved the way it tasted but this doesn't taste like any west coast IPA. I had picked it up at Total Wine and there they indicated it was an English style IPA. The beer that it reminded me of most was New Belgium's Belgo. I say this to warn you that if you are looking for the big hop bomb of the west coast style, this is not it. BTW I do love that style as well. Thus, I think the labeling may mislead some to think that is what they are getting.

To me this had a very creamy mouthfeel, again reminiscent of some of New Belgium's offerings.

Quite frankly, I'm glad I got a chance to taste it before I read some of the reviews as I would have stayed away. (782 characters)

Photo of geexploitation
4.08/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours with decent clarity. The body is a rather orangey amber, while the head is bright white and sticks just a bit. The aroma is full of sweet tropical fruits (papaya) and a bit of citrus, although it doesn't pack as much of a wallop as some IPAs. On the palate, the malt backing is more substantial, leading to a balanced brew sporting comforting caramel malts and the aforementioned tropical note. Bitterness is half-dry, half-juicy, but active on the finish. Good mouthfeel, without overpowering carbonation. Overall, this is a nicely done IPA, although I would have appreciated a more hop-laden nose and some more bitterness on the palate. (644 characters)

Photo of beveritt
4.06/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Poured from a yellow 12 oz can into an Imperial pint glass. Label show a green catfish with shades listening to a walkman. Described as "all malt." No freshness dating.

Appearance: Pours with just over 2 fingers of off white head. This settles slowly to a still substantial cap pf foam, leaving behind thick, complete lacing coverage. The beer itself is a light copper with a the slightest of haze and moderate activity. Absolutely beautiful.

Smell: Intense aroma of pine and grapefruit; strong enough that you can smell it as the glass sits on the table. Underlying slightly sweet caramel malt with an herbaceous undertone.

Taste: Grapefruit spiciness upfront followed by a fairly intense hop bitterness throughout; including a long lingering finish. Solid biscuity malt upon which everything is layered.

Mouthfeel: Average carbonation level. Body is very good, nice and creamy.

Drinkability: I would certainly revisit this one if i could, but it was purchased out of state. I have one can left of this solid showing of an IPA. (1,047 characters)

Photo of BeerTruth
4.04/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

How ironic I review this beer after my competition!!

12 oz. can poured into a pint glass.

Pours a clear dark straw color with a one finger white head that quickly dies down to a thin layer. Stickiness is pretty limited, not a whole lot there. Smell is a pretty buttery malt odor with a hint of dirty earth hops. Very faint hop odors for an American IPA, but I like it. Some sweet floral aromas tickle the nose as well. Taste is a sweet white bread flavor with a bit of a pine hop sting. Some sugary caramel malts emerge towards the end to leave a smooth aftertaste. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with a medium body. Carbonation is pretty noticable on the tongue and to the eye. Wow, I would have never guessed this beer was 6.8% abv., so I must say the drinkability is pretty damn good. I really look forward to the rest that Butternuts has to offer. (853 characters)

Photo of chinchill
4.02/5  rDev +26%
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). (636 characters)

Photo of erosier
4/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Poured a nice copper color with a short white head that laces alot on the way down.
S: Smells of some sweet malts and then followed by some sweeter smelling floral and citrisy hop aromas.
T: Very nice sweet malt base underneath nice layerings of floral and citrisy hops.
M: Very crisp, fresh, and refreshing with the right amount of carbonation.
D: Very drinkable as it had a very well balanced flavor and feel to it. (420 characters)

Photo of bonbright7
3.98/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

After trying the other selections from Butternuts, I like this one better than Pork Slap as it displays an interesting sweet malt twang like bending strings on a Telecaster.

I viewed the subtle head that emerged from the first pour and noticed the slight aroma of hops that came from my 50cl glass,

I have to say that taste after taste, the smooth elements of hard candy, malty ice cream, and tinge of hops made me wonder if this was an IPA. Okay, it more or less smelled like one, but it came to me more like a lesser form of a tripel style ale.

This would be great to tailgate with at muddy college lacrosse games this Spring while feasting with friends on foot long heros. (686 characters)

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

A: Gold with a fluffy white head. Good retention & lacing.

S: Floral, citrus & grassy hops with a hint of underlying breadyness.

T: Orange & grapefruit citrus with hints of pine from the hops; Toffee & bready biscuit flavours from the malts. Not overly fruity (hints of cotton candy), but you can tell it's an ale yeast (unlike some of the American versions). Modest bitterness for an IPA, and I've come to expect more. The hop flavour isn't in your face either, but it has a pleasant depth. The taste is really great, by style-wise some might consider it more of a pale ale than an IPA.

M: Well-attenuated, silky smooth & creamy; slight hints of acidity in the dry finish. Well-crafted.

D: Hell yeah! (713 characters)

Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.98/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

A: Poured a hazy, copper color with a two-finger head of off-white foam and some laze carbonation bubbles.

S: Smells quite hoppy, with a big pine needle and muted grapefruit aromas to it.

T: Taste is surprisingly malty at first, and adds a great sweet balance to the hop profile of the brew. Sweet roasted caramel thins out the herbal spiciness of the crushed hop pellet aftertaste left by this brew.

M: Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied and pretty darn smooth.

D: I liked this brew the best out of what this Butternuts mix-pack had to offer. A nice ABV and smooth malt flavor to this formidable IPA make it a recommended brew for me. (699 characters)

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

Really more of a pale ale than an IPA. Hoppiness isn't nearly strong enough, but pleasant nonetheless. Fruity undertones. A bit light, but pretty tasty. Leaves behind great lacing. Butternuts gets a bad rep because of the cans, but I really liked this beer. (257 characters)

Photo of jmz62565
3.97/5  rDev +24.5%
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. (432 characters)

Photo of plaid75
3.97/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a medium copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a spicy herbal hop, with hints of roses. Good grainy aromas as well.

The taste consisted of an upfront sweet caramel malt with a complex earthy hop spiciness.

The mouthfeel was full and creamy.

Overall a very interesting ale. Very much like the Porkslap, but with more body. (408 characters)

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Snapperhead IPA from Butternuts Beer & Ale
74 out of 100 based on 308 ratings.