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Snapperhead IPA - Butternuts Beer & Ale

Snapperhead IPASnapperhead IPA

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482 Ratings
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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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ommegangpbr on 01-27-2007)
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Photo of Flounder57


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

12 oz can was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: The beer poured a one finger head that has reduced and left some lacing on the glass as the beer was drank. An orange amber color with great clarity and signs of carbonation coming up through the glass.

Smell: bready malts, fruity esters, tangy notes, no real hop profile.

Taste: creamy, buttery, bready and sweet malts, but lacking the hop profile one is used to.

Mouthfeel: smooth, medium bodied, medium carbonation, and simple enough to drink.

Overall: Not sure what to think of this beer. Love the concept, but wondering where the hops went. Just a pretty simple and average IPA or standard ale since the hop profile is slightly noticeable.

Serving type: can

04-26-2012 04:42:17 | More by Flounder57
Photo of mtpint

1.58/5  rDev -49.4%
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.

Serving type: can

04-12-2012 22:47:56 | More by mtpint
Photo of Bouleboubier


3.48/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Butternuts ales are curious little oddities. In trying a new one, you won't know what you're in for, but they're all kinda interesting.

This one starts with inch-high, off-white foam, that collapses but leaves constant cap. The liquid is yellow-amber and fairly hazy. I'd say the beer has an overall "casky" real ale, unfiltered look - nice! I like it.

Fruity, west coast hops hit straight off. Mildly pungent-spicy with some mellow floral and perhaps coriander characteristics. Is that actually some diacetyl in there too? Don't notice that often. Not altogether terribly inspiring.

Quite soft, snappy hop bitterness and lingering fruity esters on the tongue for the most part. Also, a mild citrus tang in the back. Alcohol not present. Malt kind of buried in there.

Fairly medium-bodied, once again "casky" feel. Soft, mild carbonation nearing flat. Finishes a tad dry while leaving a residual stickiness all over. More vibrancy in the hops and especially the malt could really bring this together nicely. Maybe it was an older can?

summary -
a pretty basic, bland IPA, but good for the price
as an English IPA - not bad, as an American - kinda lame
I've tasted hoppier pale ales

Serving type: can

03-15-2012 17:10:40 | More by Bouleboubier
Photo of GPHarris


2.35/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

a - poured a one finger thick off-white head into a snifter that left good sheeting throughout. the body was a dull amber, not very inviting beer visually.
s - big malt sweetness with some floral that creeps through. as it warms some spice and orange zest appear.
t - grainy and bready with some citrus but it doesn't taste fresh.
m - slick, slightly thin.
o - not sure the age on this beer but it doesn't stand up well to other AIPAs i've had.

Serving type: can

03-13-2012 16:33:37 | More by GPHarris
Photo of BEERMILER12


3.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Packaged on January 25, 2012

A: Pours a cloudy yellow-orange color with a 1/2 inch head that retains well

S: Some malty sweetness and fruitiness are what stand out the most. Very little hop presence

T: Follows the nose, sweet malts with a nice burst of fruitiness that go into a nice bitterness that doesn't last too long and isn't overpowering. Hops are flowery, but don't do much

M: Light-medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A nice break from the usual hopped-up IPA that is nice and refreshing and easy to drink at a decent price point. Just don't expect a hop bomb, because you won't find it here

Serving type: can

03-04-2012 20:19:58 | More by BEERMILER12
Photo of facundoCNB

New Jersey

2.33/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - nice clear yellow orange pour with a lot of fluffy white head (great lacing)

S - heavy on the malts.. there's a slight smell of something rotting coming out of this that's very off-putting

T - barely any hop flavors (too mellow for an IPA), a bit on the bitter-sweet side. tastes oxidized. starting to think i may have gotten an old can, or it was a bad batch

M - a slight sourness that makes this hard to drink.. very watered down.

O - i can't be too judgemental because i really do think this was just an old can, but i ended up dumping the rest of the glass. as far as appearance goes, it looked like a good beer. maybe if i have a fresh can or find it on tap, i can try this again.

Serving type: can

02-28-2012 18:02:48 | More by facundoCNB
Photo of JimKal

North Carolina

4.15/5  rDev +33%
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.

Serving type: can

02-04-2012 16:06:57 | More by JimKal
Photo of GarthDanielson

North Carolina

2.63/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a can into a tumbler pint, the beer is a hazy, muddled, orange-brown coloring that has a tall, frothy, foamy, off-white head that clings all over the glass. Aromas are heavy in a syrupy, tangy sweet malt, as well as a light pepper spicing. Flavors are roasted, with a resiny feel overall...the hops are minimal, and the toffee malt is almost overpowering. The flavors pretty much go unbalanced throughout. The aftertaste shows slight signs of hops, with a resiny and peppered profile, but minimal, and a little late in the game. A slick, oily finish, and I'm just glad this one is done. Not overly impressed about anything coming out of this can.

Serving type: can

01-10-2012 01:42:12 | More by GarthDanielson
Photo of bubseymour


2.53/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - a very murky cloudy orange beer with nice head and retention. C for the color and A for the head.

Smell - very malty and bready

Taste - Very bad tasting and offputting beer. Its as if the water is bad or what you would drink for an innercity park water fountain and then it seems like a mess in how it was crafted leaving a bitter and lingering finish. Not good at all.

Mouthfeel - nothing bad

Overall - Just tastes really bad. Too hard to drink and not enjoyable at all.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2011 20:07:51 | More by bubseymour
Photo of SickGnar


3.13/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Mildy darkish golden copper that is a bit haze with a few rising bubbles visible. It has a good size off-white head that turns rocky as it settles reasonably slowly and leaves pretty nice lacing.

S: Hard too say much about the hops as they are quite weak. Toasty & lightly bread crusty malts. A bit estery and minerally. An odd twang going on too – sort of lemony.

T: Bready and crusty malts – leaning dark breads & melanoidans more than pale and crystal. Very slight hints of sweetness, caramel, and toasty grain. Just a step behind (wrong order?) are the hops. An odd mix of herbal, lemony citrus rind, and grassy/leafy. Hint of slightly earthy and nutty yeast. Coarse hop bitterness builds considerably as beer is consumed, especially in the finish.

M: Medium body with carbonation just under matched. Some dextrins and a hint of sugars, but well attenuated with a fair bit of hoppy dryness in the end. A bit coarse.

D: Somewhere between a pale and an IPA, at least by the standards of the land. Nice enough for drinkability, but with out the bite you might expect of an IPA. However, you would never guess this is nearly 7 percent. A bit coarse for all the relatively mild hop flavor and bitterness, and a bit oddly lemony and minerally.

Serving type: can

11-21-2011 00:05:24 | More by SickGnar
Photo of OWSLEY069


1.98/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Pours a hazy orange-ish to yellow color with an off white head. In the aroma, gingerbread like malt and some faint hops. In the taste, gingerbread malt and licorice, no hops! A small bite and medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a dry gingerbread malt in the aftertaste. Quite English, but licorice in an IPA, icky!

Serving type: can

11-06-2011 22:10:33 | More by OWSLEY069
Photo of greenengineer


2.93/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - deep amber color, lacy head, a little cloudy, maybe seeing a few floaties, or do my eyes deceive me?

S - a whiif of hops, not quite what I was expecting. Smells round, maybe a little sweet.

T - a little sour, a little bitter, sweet notes, watery

M - not as sticky as I would like, a little flat and watery

O - It's OK, but a lot of better IPAs out there.

I like the can - "All Malt" - I should hope so.

Serving type: can

11-03-2011 22:40:40 | More by greenengineer
Photo of JunkYardJake


2.65/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz can to pint glass.
Pours a rusty copper color. Modest head with very little retention and lacing. Smells decent with citrus and grassy hops. Malty flavor with a fair amount of hops. A little buttery and finishes bitter. Very balanced IPA. Palate isn't terrible but is a bit muddled. Sub-par beer but is better than some of their other offerings.

Serving type: can

10-23-2011 20:21:08 | More by JunkYardJake
Photo of Arithmeticus


2.75/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured chilled in ale glass

A: clear pale yellow; thin head, lots of carbonation
S: thin, malty; few hops
T: quite gritty, grassy, hay; disappointing level and complexity of flavor; medium hops present; not especially sweet

Overall, only ok as an IPA.

Serving type: can

10-15-2011 02:42:43 | More by Arithmeticus
Photo of atr2605

New York

2.88/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- pours a light copper color with a disappointing white head with poor retention
S- subtle aroma. Light citrus and perfume aroma.
T- taste is a bit more assertive with the citrus and grapefruit flavor with the malt not contributing much to flavor but offsetting the bitterness.
M- medium bodied
O- lacks alot in the aroma and quite a bit in the flavor too. Drinkable but not great example of the style

Serving type: can

10-13-2011 02:19:38 | More by atr2605
Photo of DrDemento456


2.75/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Going into this I knew it was a bad IPA but I got all three of these since I was looking for can reviews.

A - Pours a pretty nice amber with a slight haze. The head looks sticky but the 1/2 inch of it quickly turns to a ring.

S - Ah I knew it, more malt than hops. Has almost an ESB kind of hint like Stoudts with mostly gram cracker and teabag smell.

T - Huh that's a weird one. The ESB flavors (dry and herbal tea) clash with slightly bittering hops and malts. It's more double ESB than an IPA so I will have to give this a low score.

M - Not very hoppy and has a kind of a dry, tea flavored finish. Nothing I would expect from the style.

Overall I am kind of upset since it was nothing as advertised. The wheat and stout at least had their qualities (low but they were there) but this one is the farthest off base from an IPA I can think of. Avoid if you can.

Serving type: can

10-12-2011 05:40:57 | More by DrDemento456
Photo of therica


2.65/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Can #2 of my 4-pack sampler (#1 was the Porkslap PA).

A= light tea, fairly clean, Good-sized white frothy head which faded quickly to good lacing.

S= cotton candy. Keep trying. Cotton candy. Then oh maybe some caramel. What?!? No traces of hops nose in an IPA?!? Not bad, just not appropriate to style in any way.

T= bitter-flat bitter. Like old hops. Reasonable caramelized malts. Just very 2-dimensional and uncreative, and the flat-bitterness just overruns the malt qualities.

M= unpleasantly bitter and dry with little of quality.

O= I wonder where this company even finds a market to sell this stuff, other than to overly-curious idiots like me who are entranced by the can-sampler pack and offbeat names!

Serving type: can

09-26-2011 23:47:21 | More by therica
Photo of BeerLover99


2.58/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: cloudy, deep orange/tan body, trace head, no lacing

S: corn, trace of malt

T: sweet grain, corn, slow bitter finish

M: med/light body, bubby/tongue prick

O: Disappointing IPA, needs more citrus.
Would not recommend, nor buy again.


Serving type: can

09-19-2011 17:24:03 | More by BeerLover99
Photo of biggred1


3.1/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to the mighty Heliosphann for the beer hook-up!

Hazed, dull brass with steady streams of bubbles coming off the bottom of the glass and a dense creamy khaki head. The nose is herbal hops with some diacetyl butterscotch maltiness. Under-hopped for the style, more like an English Pale Ale than American IPA hop-wise. Toasty and grainy with a bit of butterscotch and earthy, resinous hop flavors. Meh..a little underwhelming in the lean mouthfeel with a slick hop oilyness and sharp carbonation. Not the best but certainly drinkable.

Serving type: can

09-18-2011 02:09:19 | More by biggred1
Photo of jpro

South Carolina

3.1/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Always up for trying a new can, picked up a single at Total Wine in Charlotte a couple weeks ago. Into the Sam Adams PP glass...

A: Pours a light orange / gold; one-finger, eggshell head leaves a few strands of lace, managing a thin film of retention.

S: Muted hops; caramel malt; butterscotch (hence the “Butternuts Beer & Ale” ???). Not much going on here - kinda boring.

T: Better than the aroma, for sure. Some citrus rind hops; a little zesty; rich caramel malt. Tastes like more of an English IPA or Pale Ale, as the hops are a little more subdued than your typical American IPA.

M: Medium-full bodied; low carbonation (near flat); a touch oily.

D/O: Nothing exciting about this brew, really - except that it comes in a can and could be an option when glass isn’t a good idea. That’s about it.

Serving type: can

09-15-2011 23:00:20 | More by jpro
Photo of titosupertramp


3.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Cloudy amber in color. Nice, off-white head with pretty good staying power. Leaves behind lots of lacing and a fairly thick film.

S: Odd...this has kind of a tart smell to it. Caramel malts, yeast, hardly any hops present..earthy in nature.

T: Malt forward taste with a good amount of bittering that you'd expect from an English style IPA. Caramel, bready malts with floral tasting hops. Not bad.

M: Nice carbonation gives this a decent body, but it's just a little on the watery side.

O: This isn't a bad beer by any means outside of the odd smell. I could see myself throwing back a few of these no problem.

Serving type: can

09-15-2011 22:40:36 | More by titosupertramp
Photo of mostpoetsdo

Rhode Island

3.1/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Sticker on the cans says it's under a month old.

A: Slightly hazy amber gold body. Big, thick white head, lots of craters on top. Slight lacing on the sides.

S: Faint smells of apple and caramel malt. A touch of of yeast, and a tiny hint of hops.

T: Very malt forward, caramel and sugar. The aftertaste is some floral and pine hops. A touch juicy and fading citrus qualities.

M: Medium body, well carbonated, fairly creamy.

O/D: I'm torn, it's tasty and hits the spot, hiding an almost 7% ABV. But it's just not a good example of the American IPA.

Serving type: can

09-11-2011 17:38:59 | More by mostpoetsdo
Photo of tgorgz


2.25/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

P: From a can into goblet.

A: Very hazy, a middle-amber colour all the way through. One finger head that dissipates quickly, leaving little lacing.

S: Unusual, but underwhelming. Almost a caramel-y, malty sweetness without much in the hop department. Reminds me of baking bread. I'm intrigued as to how this will taste.

T: Again, it's a very unusual take on an IPA. The bread-y sweetness that first hits the palate is a little surprising. I've experienced it before, but never to the extent that it almost completely overshadows the hop characteristic- which is kind of what I was looking for. The middle notes are buttery and piney...then the hops come in almost as an afterthought.

M: Nothing really special. The lingering aftertaste is rather unpleasant, and coats the mouth.

Sorry folks, just not feeling this one.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2011 01:48:02 | More by tgorgz
Photo of Burt

Rhode Island

2.6/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served in a pint glass.

Amber that is slightly hazy, white head that disperses quickly and leave a little lacing.

No hop aroma, biscuit, roasted grainy smell that you get in English IPA.

Get that biscuit taste up front, turns malty and light floral in the middle an then you get a little bitterness at the end, kind of slick on the tongue.

For an American IPA it misses the mark, not a bad brew just a little light in the hop department.

Serving type: can

09-04-2011 20:52:25 | More by Burt
Photo of daliandragon

North Carolina

2.83/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Been seeing this one for at least a year but never felt the urgency to pick it up until yesterday. I like the cool fish on the can.

Interesting. Looks the part, with a bright translucent orange color and a finger of off white head. The nose is strangely lacking in typical pine and citrus flavors. Something of a Belgian yeast thing and more of a malt profile. This is an IPA?

The flavor is unique as well, but not necessarily in a good way. there is a hop presence, and citrus is noticeable, but also metal and a gritty, dirty bitterness unlike what you typically get with the style. It's not really bad, but kind of just stagnant, and in very few ways does it resemble an American IPA.

Serving type: can

09-03-2011 03:01:15 | More by daliandragon
Snapperhead IPA from Butternuts Beer & Ale
72 out of 100 based on 482 ratings.