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Snapperhead IPA - Butternuts Beer & Ale

Snapperhead IPASnapperhead IPA

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Ratings: 482
Reviews: 298
rAvg: 3.12
pDev: 19.55%

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:
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(Beer added by: ommegangpbr on 01-27-2007)
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Photo of drseamus

New York

3.95/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy straw colored body with a good white head. Sticky citrusy aroma with good power. Great hop flavor but a bit flat as cask can be. Fairly light bodied but the malt provides a good body. This is definitely better on cask than can. I haven't tried it on draft yet to compare.

Serving type: cask

05-10-2008 03:40:00 | More by drseamus
Photo of madmanjf

New York

3.58/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on Cask, second day.

Typical fresh IPA color; Orange/Tan with some light carbonation in the head. It started with some big bubbles but quickly became a think partial layer of fine bubbles.

Now here's the funny part. My first instinc of the aroma was that of cured meat ... almost like salame. I thought I was crazy. Then, after a few minutes, I realized I may not be nuts concidering this comes from the same people that make Pork Slap. So who knows! Hops? Maybe a little ... some light pine.

It starts out with a mild taste, followed by a quick burst of citrus-hops (not grapefruit though). The finish is a dry tart bitterness that's quick and mild.

There's a very mild acidity feeling to this beer with a smooth defined dryness. Despite the flat appearance typical of a cask ale, there was a nice fizzyness in the mouth.

Overall, this IPA on cask was drinkable as a session ale for the experience IPA fan. The dry bitterness may get in the way for some people.

I had two 20oz imperial pints.

Serving type: cask

05-01-2008 11:11:30 | More by madmanjf
Photo of BeerHonky

New York

4.53/5  rDev +45.2%
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.

Serving type: cask

02-24-2007 20:52:41 | More by BeerHonky
Photo of mempath


4.43/5  rDev +42%
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

Serving type: can

02-17-2014 20:14:52 | More by mempath
Photo of Dodo2step


3.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

P- Wegman's in Mechanicsburg, PA

A- hazy light copper orange color. Half finger head and the lacing is average.

S- biscuit malts and overripe fruit (grapefruit? orange?)

F- Pungent malts mixed with some sort of fruit. I cant gather a definite taste. The malts are salty and dominate the beer.

M- sourness and excessively dried hops with poor fruit flavoring.

O- One of the worst IPA's I have had. I can definitely taste the can taste coming through towards the end of the beer. the malts and fruit hops just didn't mesh well throughout.

Serving type: can

01-25-2014 20:35:04 | More by Dodo2step
Photo of spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

3.13/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Can from the Wegmans Dewitt NY for 2$

Appearance - Copper colour with an average size fizzy off white coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is some faint lacing on the sides of the glass. The head lasted for close to 5 minutes before it began to dissipate.

Smell - Malts, caramel, light hops

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste caramel and malts mixed with light hops. There is also some roasted/toasted notes and a touch of citrus.

Overall - No date on the can, and I can only hope this is old stock, because it's not very good. This is not really American tasting, more of a English style. Wouldn't buy this again.

Serving type: can

12-23-2013 04:37:47 | More by spinrsx
Photo of KiPhat


1.68/5  rDev -46.2%
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.

Serving type: can

11-25-2013 22:41:56 | More by KiPhat
Photo of Mojo


3.19/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

12 ounce can -> Samuel Adams Perfect Pint

A - pours up an initial hazy medium amber, with a one finger fluffy head, awesome retention, lots of lacing. The haziness eventually subsides and it becomes clear.

S - not much here. Mostly pine from what I can detect

T - malt forward, dry, yeasty, bit of a mild hoppy finish

M - decent with good carbonation.

O - I have no idea what they were going for with this one. It's not horrible, but there have to be far better choices than this for IPAs.

Serving type: can

09-28-2013 04:27:29 | More by Mojo
Photo of dups68

Rhode Island

2.28/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Served from a can poured into a pint glass

A- Light amber in color

S- Very malty in smell. Hints of fruitiness?

T- Taste follows smell. Malty with little to no hoppy bitterness. Not a terrible taste but definitely not what one would expect from an IPA

M- Not much carbonation(no date on can. Maybe it was allitle old?) and pretty easy to drink.

O- Not the worst beer I've ever had but I'm not sure what they were going for. Its tasted way to malty with little hop flavor to back it up

Serving type: can

09-10-2013 04:49:41 | More by dups68
Photo of olilitewu


2.73/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This IPA was bought from a local grocery store in NYC (in the form of 6-pack cans), and was bottled a month and a week ago according to a label.

I poured the beer into a mug, a brown color was present, not much head, not much carbonation were noted. The aroma was reminescent of pine, and was quite pleasant.

However, the taste (this beer's weakest point) was lacking overall, emphatically lacked the hopiness required for this to be a good IPA, and hints of malt/ caramel/ butter was noted.

Mouthfeel was good, easy on the palate, but if i wanted a refreshing beer, i'd turn to Tsingtao.

Overall, this beer was meh, would not buy again.

Serving type: can

09-02-2013 03:52:21 | More by olilitewu
Photo of daniellebelle

New York

2.39/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

This beer, while I can see how it may be enjoyable to others, is just not my thing. I'm only recently warming up to IPAs, and I think this is best for some IPA-loving veterans. The hops are way to potent for my taste, and the after taste is very powerful - wheras I prefer a lighter airy after-taste. It's got a certain heavy quality to it that I'm having a hard time putting words to.

Serving type: can

08-03-2013 01:59:07 | More by daniellebelle
Photo of KTCamm

New Jersey

3.44/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Snapper head ipa can, poured into a glass.

Pours dark amber with black background. Layer of white foam on top. Mild malty nose. Taste is a tough bitter blended into a soft malt. Soft and bitter, interesting blend. Good carbonation. Certainly not the best IPA in the business.

375 325 350 325 350

Serving type: can

07-21-2013 23:42:56 | More by KTCamm
Photo of Ivegotmule

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ok, I don't even usually full review, but I drank this then looked it up and 72 overall is absolutely not true IMO. It says farmhouse IPA right on the damn can. All the reviews complain about not being hoppy enough, but it plainly says "all malt" right there. It tastes like a decent farmhouse ale with some east coast hops. I don't love it, maybe would buy again if super fresh, but it's an 82, not 72. Cheers and drink responsibly!

Serving type: can

05-17-2013 01:37:50 | More by Ivegotmule
Photo of CorvetteMike

Rhode Island

3.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a - Yellow orange color with 1" head

s - Strong malt smell

t - Very light on the hops, would not classify as an IPA. A bland taste to it.

m - Very watered down, and bland.

o - Not an IPA, too watered down, and does not have any taste to it.

Was sampled at a tasting, and would not purchase in the future.

Serving type: can

05-12-2013 00:33:36 | More by CorvetteMike
Photo of tviz33

New York

2.7/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a 12 oz can in to my Notorious BIG pint glass.

A- Pours a murky orange with a single finger of off-white head that leaves behind some decent lacing.

S- Faint hops and a little citrus. Not powerful at all.

T- Pretty watery for an IPA. Standard notes for the style, and not a whole lot more going on here.

M- The mouthfeel actually isn't too bad, there's just not enough flavor backing it up. Adequate carbonation and slightly creamy.

O- I'd drink it over BMC, but it's nothing great. Pretty neat can though. The Butternuts sampler 12 pack isn't terrible if you're looking for something to drink all night with some variety.

Serving type: can

03-19-2013 22:53:18 | More by tviz33
Photo of alexgash


3/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. can. No detectable freshness date.

Slightly cloudy, dark orange-copper. Puffy, thick, marshmallowy, light khaki head. Fruity malts (apple, grape juice) mingle with citrusy, herbal, piny hops. Kind of blah.

Toasted malts and herbal bitterness up front. Singed caramel and light brown sugar sweetness. A little fruity. Bitterness increases in the finish: herbal, minty, and resinous. Medium body with some lively carbonation. A mediocre IPA, but it will do in a pinch.

Serving type: can

03-17-2013 19:30:18 | More by alexgash
Photo of DanE


2.98/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Served from a can. i do not know exactly how old this beer is. My wife purchased it because, "the can looked cool." She got it from the new Total Wine here in CT, so it could be ~6 months old for all I know.

A: Looks good. A hazy deep orange with some floaties. Decent white head with good lacing. Looks great.

S: Nothing really but malt, clove, and banana I am guessing are from their yeast and possible being old.

T: Toasty flavors, a little sesame. Nothing upfront but malt... but the back end and finish are rather dry and bitter (like an actual IPA?). They should drop the caramalt, imo.

M: . The mouthfeel was pretty good. Good carbonation

Serving type: can

02-28-2013 00:26:15 | More by DanE
Photo of billsmorrison


1.9/5  rDev -39.1%
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.

Serving type: can

12-11-2012 01:48:49 | More by billsmorrison
Photo of BeerKangaroo


3.58/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

In my nonic:

A: deep brown slightly copper/gold body and leaves an off white half finger head and leaves some spider web lacing. The body is too dark for any carbonation to be seen rising.

S: nice combination between hops, roasted malts, and pine.

T: previously mentioned notes along with a slight coffee taste (interesting).

M: medium, carbonation is felt, slight dry aftertaste and finish, sessionable

O: not bad, one of the better beers of Butternuts that I might have again, preferably on tap.

Serving type: can

08-07-2012 13:29:51 | More by BeerKangaroo
Photo of ManoIrene

3.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice beer, not bitter, little noticeable finish. Better than a lot of double IPAs. It can grow on you, and while I have one or two other IPAs I might buy first, if I can't find them, this beer is a fine replacement, easy to drink, and to like.

In fact, after trying a host of other IPAs, I find Snapperhead to be a welcome change from the too malty--for me--double IPAs I have tried; it's taste as noted is smooth rather than overpowering; it's color is reflective of what goes into it. All in all, a nice beer.

Serving type: can

08-05-2012 20:57:07 | More by ManoIrene
Photo of Tschnab

New York

3.28/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- copper golden mix of color with an off white head and a few lace rings, fizzy looking, not a lot of retention.

S- some bright aromas brought forth by the hops, toasted malt, pine needles

T- standard IPA flavors without too much to report very balanced malt and hops.

O- well balanced but I like my ipas to be unbalanced! Bring me more hops!

Serving type: can

07-26-2012 14:54:32 | More by Tschnab
Photo of BucannonXC5


3.8/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had in Blue Mountain Lake, N.Y., on July 1, 2012. Can into a pint glass. One-to-two fingers of head. Hazy, caramel, copper color. Average-to-above average retention.

Smelled lemon cascade hops, wet, iced tea, rye. Very similar to the Porkslap Pale Ale.

Tasted similar to the nose. Lemon citrus. Wet, rye, iced tea and a bitter finish.

Medium body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Refreshing, long, bitter finish.

Looking back on this beer, I’m a bit surprised that I rated it this well. At the time, I didn’t think it was anything too great. Will hopefully get to try this again.

Serving type: can

07-10-2012 05:41:28 | More by BucannonXC5
Photo of dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Pours a hazy golden orange to copper in color. The beer has a half finger tall off-white head that reduces to a patch of thin film covering the entire surface of the beer and a thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of caramel malts along with grassy hops.

T: The beer starts with a rich malty body that has some notes of caramel sweetness. There is an almost butteriness to the beer and then some notes of grassy hops with a little bit of lingering bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth with some light dryness in the finish.

O: Not as hoppy as I expected or wanted for the style - slightly malty. Easy enough to drink but a little too high in ABV to be sessionable.

Serving type: can

07-02-2012 23:20:34 | More by dbrauneis
Photo of tdm168

North Carolina

3.18/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - dark orangish amber with a huge off white head that is dense and thick; great retention

S - light bready malt, very faint citrus

T - bready malt, faint citrus, faint alcohol warmth in the finish

M - medium bodied, well carbonated

This is a lackluster IPA. It taste identical to their pale ale except the alcohol is noticeable in the finish. The hop character doesn't resemble an American or even a British style IPA at all. It's a disappointing, malt forward IPA.

Serving type: can

06-29-2012 23:03:11 | More by tdm168
Photo of axeman9182

New Jersey

2.38/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz can that I got at American Craft Beer Fest. It was poured into my Brooklyn Brewery tulip.

Snapperhead IPA pours amber, with minimal clarity. About a finger and a half of bone colored foam crowns the beer and flashes a little head retention. The nose is not particularly good for an IPA. It smells like Earl Grey tea, with a particularly potent orange kick. The flavor profile begins with a brief swirl of candied sugar. The mid palate hop bite is far too mild, it's barely there. The finish is that same herbal-orange blend from the nose. It's similar (but worse) than what's found in their Pork Slap APA, so I'm guessing the two use similar hops. The body's just a touch too full for me, but certainly acceptable for the style. The carbonation's definitely too dull though. I don't know what hops Butternuts is using for their hoppy beers (or how they're using them), but as far as I can tell the results range from "odd but decent" (Pork Slap), to downright bad (this beer).

Serving type: can

06-08-2012 05:28:06 | More by axeman9182
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