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Snapperhead IPA - Butternuts Beer & Ale

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Snapperhead IPASnapperhead IPA

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547 Ratings
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Ratings: 547
Reviews: 306
rAvg: 3.1
pDev: 19.03%
Wants: 9
Gots: 25 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Butternuts Beer & Ale visit their website
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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1.25/5  rDev -59.7%

Photo of DoubleDown11
1.25/5  rDev -59.7%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

This is the inaugural A and J review, and boy, did we pick a doozy to start with.

Thanks to being spoiled by the Oskar Blues Brewing Company, we were lured into thinking that craft beer in a can must be delicious.

First the aroma- A: "It smells. The aroma says stay away."
J: "Hmmm...smells like fish sauce."

Taste: A: "Fermented ass..tastes like somebody brewed a shoe."
J: "I blame my wife...I knew I should have picked up the Dale's Pale Ale instead."

Aftertaste: A: "Mouthful of malt..I need to shave my tongue."
J: "I feel obligated to finish this."

Photo of PDXHops
1.32/5  rDev -57.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

12 ounce can courtesy of Ryan011235, poured into a Duvel tulip. Confusingly, it's labeled both "IPA" and "Farmhouse Ale".

Light amber body with a slight haze and a finger's worth of cream-colored head. This sticks around for a while and leaves a bit of wet lacing here and there. A small amount of sediment settles at the bottom of the glass.

Smells, hmm, what the heck does this stuff smell like? Not an IPA, that's for sure. A few very mild citrusy notes do seem to be hiding in there somewhere, but the rest of the nose is puzzling at best, offputting at worst. As it warms up, the scale definitely tips toward offputting. Cooked frozen mixed vegetables, doughy undercooked bread, cool whip(?). More "normal" notes of caramel appear periodically. What the hell?

As the first sip hits my tongue, my immediate thought is, "there's no way I'm finishing this". Mercifully, there's a modest amount of piney bitterness to distract from everything else. I can't shake the impression of eating green beans that have been in the fridge a day or 2 past their prime. Soggy beans of questionable edibility, complete with butter and salt. No credit granted for the bready malts and occasional surfacing of citrus; when the dominant flavor of your IPA is green beans that needed to be tossed yesterday, you've got yourself a problem.

Looking for a silver lining here. Ah yes, the mouthfeel. It's just fine. Medium body, moderate carbonation. Those damn green beans just linger and linger, though.

Overall impression: Am I to assume this is some cruel joke being played on the beer-drinking public? That the contents of this can are somehow contaminated? Surely there's some reasonable explanation for what I just tried to choke down.

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1.45/5  rDev -53.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

12 oz yellow can.

It pours a dull orangeish gold. It has a foamy white head.

The smell is garbage, smells like orange medicine.

The flavor is similar, but with some hoppy bitterness. This stuff is almost gag-worthy, such a bad flavor.


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1.5/5  rDev -51.6%

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1.5/5  rDev -51.6%

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1.52/5  rDev -51%

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1.56/5  rDev -49.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

A: Gold to Burnt Orange. 1/2 finger white head that clears instantly. Lacing is spotty. Hazy. Some carbonation bubbles.

S: Caramel, sweet malts, munich perhaps, definitely cara 40 and up. All malt, no hops. The opposite of what an ipa should smell like.

T: Caramel sweet malts. Lingering bitterness in the finish. Almost sudsy, astringent soapy in taste. Bitterness is punch but ill tasting.

M: Sweet. Medium body.

O: Terrible. Will never buy again.

Photo of mtpint
1.59/5  rDev -48.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

orange color with mostly white head.

mild, sweet and bitter notes on the nose. mostly bland though.

taste is mild malt sweetness, mild bitterness, left an odd, off-putting flavor on palate and back of tongue.

first beer of their mix 12-pack i tried. immediately regretted buying it. checked out their website where they take this "we aren't pretentious beer drinkers/makers...no haughty prices" stance. blahblahblah. $18 bucks a 12er...?

After having a beer and visiting the website, I cant help but feel that i have been duped by one of the big brewers. will not buy again, and will discourage others from buying.

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1.69/5  rDev -45.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

A - Pours cloudy orange-amber color
S - Strong Grapefruit
T - Difficult to characterize - rotten grapefruit ?
M - Harsh
O - The flavors must come from the farmhouse side, this does not seem like an IPA.

The only way I could justify my purchase of this beer was to write a review. This beer is god-awful. The first thing that hits you is the initial smell. One reviewer called the smell like it is... "Stay away." But I had to push though to experience the flavor...
It's a flavor reminiscent of rotten grapefruits. If I only knew what rotten grapefruits taste like; I can now imagine. And the aftertaste comes in as that feeling you get after sticking a 9-volt battery on your tongue.

I honestly can't see how this beer hit store shelves. It must be an acquired taste.

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1.75/5  rDev -43.5%

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1.75/5  rDev -43.5%

Photo of Ryan011235
1.77/5  rDev -42.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Poured into a pint glass on 5/9/10

A pale shade of hazy amber; mostly clear with an almost dismissible cloudiness. Pours a two finger head that has held up well so far. The foam thins but retention is pretty consistent once it settles. Impressive lacing on most of the glass.

The smell was questionable right after opening the can & it hasn't improved in the glass. Right off the rip the aroma is that of rotten steamed vegetables drenched in soy sauce; yuck. For an instant a few wayward hints of toasted, near-burnt bread are noticeable. Way in the back are the faintest notion of caramel.

While I cannot fully say it tastes like the aforementioned rotten veggies (though I cannot discount it, either), the prominence of that particular aroma greatly colors my perception of the taste. Upfront is a mellow, slow-to-action bitterness; slightly piney in nature it mostly seems musty & earthy. Notes of burnt caramel & toasted bread are prominent throughout. Murky undertones. Overall, not exactly good.

The mouthfeel is standard fare; medium body & appropriate, if slightly low, carbonation. The high point here being how little the feel punctuates the flavor (which seems apt to fail on its own accord). Dirty hints of bitterness & toasted malt linger on the finish; thankfully, not for long.

Snapperhead is drinkable in that it isn't totally repulsive. Slight improvement comes as the beer warms. However, I'm greatly unimpressed. I have to wonder about some of the descriptors on the can which make little sense when used for an IPA. If by "all malt" & "farmhouse ale" Beernuts means "we have a negligible understanding of style & make up for questionable beer with high school marketing lingo," then yeah, I suppose it makes sense.

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1.83/5  rDev -41%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12 oz can into a pint glass.

Pours a clear piss yellow (yeah, real appealing looking) gold with 1 1/2 fingers of poofy off-white head. Retains with a 1/4 finger of creamy foam that leaves big sticky lacing down the sides of the glass. The aroma smells of light floral hops, some citrus, and a disgusting smelling sharp metallic tinge that taints things.

The taste keeps up the disappointment with a pretty lame hop profile that seems to be barely there. This mixes with some notes of citrus and bready sweetness but man, is this thing subdued. Once again, that metallic taste rears it's head, totally destroying any redeeming qualities that this might have had for me. The mouthfeel does little to regain any confidence, with a watery body and a carbonation that peters out pretty quickly.

Wow, I don't know what happened with this beer. Based on what I tasted, I would have called this just an average to weak IPA but that metallic contamination really pulled my opinion down even lower. I thought that this wasn't' supposed to be a problem with these new aluminum cans that the craft breweries are using? I'll probably revisit this again down the road and re-review based on my findings.

Photo of billsmorrison
1.93/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

not much different than the pork slap pale ale, but a lighter malt is accentuated here with no real change to the hop complexion. porkslap is more well rounded and a better beer. I really only try the hoppy end first because that's what I like and after tasting the pork slap and the IPA I will not go any further with this brewery. they are decent beers but I will not try anything else from them.

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1.97/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer has a lot of work to become a real IPA. Initially, the aroma lacks hop character and instead smell of malt - but not a quality aroma like one would find in an IPA. The initial taste hits you with the same off flavors hit you from the malt and yeast. The bitterness is there - but good hop aroma and flavor is not! Overwhelmingly bad beer - I will actually not drink the other can of this stuff that I bought.

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2/5  rDev -35.5%

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2/5  rDev -35.5%

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2/5  rDev -35.5%

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2/5  rDev -35.5%

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Snapperhead IPA from Butternuts Beer & Ale
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