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Snapperhead IPA - Butternuts Beer & Ale

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Snapperhead IPASnapperhead IPA

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BA SCORE
72
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524 Ratings
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Ratings: 524
Reviews: 303
rAvg: 3.1
pDev: 19.68%
Wants: 4
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
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 TheDeuce
4.38/5  rDev +41.3%
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.

TheDeuce, Jan 16, 2010
Photo of Lunch
3.58/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 12oz. can into my Great Divide snifter at the appropriate temperature (01/10/10).

A: Pours a slightly hazy lighter shade of golden orange with two finger of an off-white with nice retention and spotty lacing.

S: Mild aroma of citrus hops with some bitterness.

T: Citrus hops hit the palate first with a decent degree of bitterness and some pale malts. Seemed fairly fresh, but a little mild.

M: Light to medium-bodied with a refreshing carbonation and a slight lingering bitterness.

D: Quite drinkable as the 6.8% abv. is hidden completely and this is a decent sessionable American IPA, but not the most flavorful.

Overall this is a pretty decent American IPA that is rather refreshing with nice flavor. Worth a Look.

Lunch, Jan 11, 2010
Photo of BabyBastard
3.15/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours from the can a dark orange, with a fairly significant, white and foamy head that falls quickly, leaving a fair amount of lacing.
Smell is of faint hops and malt. You really need to stick your nose in to get a proper whiff, as this is not very pungent at all.
Taste is only slightly bitter, seems to be very balanced between malty flavors and the hops. Not unpleasant taste in the least, just not very exciting. Mouth feel is good, just right carbonation, slightly oily, slick feeling. Good drinkability on this one, may be my favorite brew from a can!

BabyBastard, Jan 02, 2010
Photo of capra12
3.75/5  rDev +21%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Reviewed at The Gingerman NYC solo from notes taken that day.

Appearance: Light orange/wheat in color with little head

Smell: Clean sweet hops

Taste: Opens withe a clean malt profile but there is a distinct hop bitterness that comes in the middle and takes over to the finish where a subtle hint of floral hops leaving a clean, malty, bitter/floral aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: I would have this again but only if there wasnt anything else to try on tap. I recommend this to those who want a slightly malty and bitter IPA with hints of floral hops on the finish.

capra12, Dec 21, 2009
Photo of TLove
3.63/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can to pint glass at Busboys and Poets in DC.

My first Butternuts brew (I think). Not bad at all. Thin head with clingy lacing and a VERY thin smell for such a strong brew in the mouth. The first taste is harshly bitter, much like Smuttynose's IPA with its permeating bitterness.

Very malty, explosion of carbonation and citrus on the palate, with a strong, "snappy" kick of bitter hops. Floral and herb-laden, this brew finishes well and is surprisingly light in the mouth, despite the powerful malt body. Dry finish and lingering floral hop taste.

TLove, Dec 10, 2009
Photo of rajendra82
3.35/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The lighter golden shade than most IPA's, and the foamy light body poured out of the can, made this beer look a bit cheap at first, but once it settled down, it looked respectable. The smell was not very hoppy at all, and was almost like candy. The taste made up for the lack of hops in the nose, as the bitterness was quite assertive there. There was a metallic quality to the finish. The body was medium thin to thin, and lacked much stickiness. The beer was refreshing, and far better than 90% of any beer coming out of a can, but as an IPA it was just a bit off.

rajendra82, Dec 08, 2009
Photo of albern
3.45/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

For an American IPA, this is just okay. It pours a slightly hazy, dirty water golden color with a smallish creamy head that doesn't hang on too long. There is some lacing, but not too much. The nose on the beer really nice bready malts, some leafy hops, and just a melange of malts.

The taste is bittering, but not from leafy hops, it has some oily texture, but it doesn't have the nice orange burst, or lemony citronella, or other piney fruitiness to make this a beer worth returning to. It is okay, but the hops are just lacking, and the bready malts and the balance underneath can't make up for what is really a flawed IPA. The beer is medium bodied, a tad syrupy, thick in parts, but it just doesn't have the hop esters that it should.

albern, Oct 31, 2009
Photo of donniecuffs
3.83/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On a side note, I had this beer for the first time at a pit BBQ restaurant in NYC called RUB, and the beer paired phenomenally with pulled pork, smoked ribs, and hush puppies. Garret Oliver really knows what he's talking about. However, I really wanted to try this on its own, so I got the Butternuts sampler on my next trip to the liquor store...

Into a pint glass, poured orange with less than a finger of white head, and decent lacing. The smell was piercingly bitter, with pine, lemon zest, and yellow grapefruit all clearly evident. The flavor was a little more balanced between the citrus and the hop bitterness, and it dissolved to a nicely dry finish. More carbonated than I had expected, and medium-bodied. A decent session ipa, and certainly one that works well with backyard summer barbecues, not only from the can-venience standpoint, but also from the food pairing aspect.

donniecuffs, Oct 15, 2009
Photo of Goldfish19
3.78/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

~ Purchased a 6-pack from Big Z Beverage in Huntington, NY. I was running late for a poker game and I needed something quick, cold, and fast. The bright yellow cans immediately caught my attention. Golden in color, this IPA has good carbonation and a big frothy white head. Citrus and floral hops complete the aroma. Taste is sweet and slightly bitter. Snapperhead was very easy to drink considering its rated at almost 7% ABV.

Conclusion: Not the best IPA, but certainly not the worst. I am surprised I enjoyed this beer as much as I did. A nice treat! ~

Goldfish19, Oct 10, 2009
Photo of Thur123
3.73/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This pours a light crisp orange with about three fingers of head and a steady stream of carbonation shooting up from the bottom. The smell is sweet hops and a lighter tartness as well. The malt seems light on the nose and balanced.

Glug glug glug

SO I was wrong about the malts, this isn't as hop heavy as I had hoped, but it's still good. There is sticky rind flavor that's light and bitter with more sweetness on the front end. The texture on the back is lighter than some IPAs but still really malty, not watery. Pretty good in the end, the overall effect is quite solid.

Thur123, Oct 08, 2009
Photo of oldcrustacean
4.58/5  rDev +47.7%
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.

oldcrustacean, Oct 06, 2009
Photo of Ezone024
3.65/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

pours a orange/copper hazy color out the can, also taste's good in the can. it feels really nice in the mouth with a werther's caramel/vanilla in the back and a tingling spicyness up front. Tastes like an unpasteurized "farm beer" . too sweet and malty for an ipa, i really don't see how it is an ipa even.

Ezone024, Sep 25, 2009
Photo of Soonami
2.78/5  rDev -10.3%
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

Soonami, Sep 18, 2009
Photo of glid02
3.33/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

glid02, Sep 09, 2009
Photo of Clydesdale
3.7/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a slightly hazy, deep burnt orange color. The head is quite tall, with a dull off-white tint and a foamy, somewhat chunky head. Retention is solid, with some nice lacing.

S: Some caramel and pale malt aromas. A somewhat mild citrus hop aroma recalling orange pulp. Some yeasty and mineral notes, lending to an English character.

T: Malt is mostly pale, with some light caramel notes. Hop bitterness is moderate, with primarily citric and floral flavor. Mineral and yeasty notes are definitely present, with the yeast lending a bit of breadiness.

M: Slightly on the light side, but fairly crisp overall, with medium carbonation. Bone dry into the finish, with a fading bitterness.

D: A pretty decent little canned IPA. A bit of British pale ale character to this one, which it achieves pretty admirably. That said, it's just good, not great. Everything seems to fit together pretty well here, however, leading to nice drinkability overall.

Clydesdale, Aug 13, 2009
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
2.8/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz can served in a standard pint glass.

Hazy yellow/orange color with a white head that left sheets of lacing.
The aroma is more like an APA with very sudued hop aromas in the background.
The taste starts out with grain/malt flavors and then a sour bitterness kicks in on the finish.
Light/medium bodied, decent carbonation.
Okay for canned beer that isn't from Surly, at least it isn't 'cold activated' or 'cold filtered'.

JoeyBeerBelly, Aug 03, 2009
Photo of sonicdescent
2.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is a solid above average but below "good" with a semi cloudy yellow pour, kind of a fizzy yellow drink head look, but really nice carbonation even in a regular pint glass (all my sensory glasses were dirty).

Smell is ... off. I smell a light clove-ish scent and bready yeast. Smells almost like a dubbel that sat too long. Not awful, but really odd per style.

Taste is also very odd to style. I don't get much in the way of hops at all. This reminds me more of Fat Tire than any IPA i've ever had. Again, not that this is a bad thing, except that this is supposed to be an IPA.

Mouth is no complaints, it's low-medium body with relatively high carbonation.

Drinkability..it's actually quite nice for this summer night, refreshing, but it's not an IPA!!

sonicdescent, Jul 29, 2009
Photo of mightymalt97
2.68/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

There seems to be a pattern here all the beers
by butternuts have one flaw , the brews donot
match the label. pale taste like amber ale, IPA
taste like pale ale. Not enough hops in most of them. That the problem with snapperhead is good flavor no hops jump out at you . The stout fits
the version fine . I would have to say maybe this was by design ? These beers has to have mass appeal . That is where the answer lies.
These beer were not made for the typical beer
nut like us.

mightymalt97, Jul 26, 2009
Photo of SLeffler27
3.28/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A chill-hazed, dark gold with lots of carbonation fills the bottom of the Sam Adams pint glass while two fingers of off-white rocky head turned to sea-foam above. Rings of lace mark each sip.

Brown sugar and surprisingly malty tones of wheat bread are pleasant, but hardly what one would expect from an IPA.

If there is evidence of an IPA in this glass, it eludes me. While, yes, there is bitterness, the hop profile is slight. This is earthy with notes of green tea and rye bread. There is some bitterness in the finish, however, avoid allowing it to warm!

Snapperhead has a medium body and coats the palate with residual sugars, noticeable on the lips. Astringency is in check and there is lively carbonation that provides some cleansing feel.

This Snapperhead has spent too much time in a small pond and is in dire need of a reality check. Its identity more closely resembles an ESB. While this is a good beer, it is sure to disappoint anyone seeking an IPA.

SLeffler27, Jul 26, 2009
Photo of Soozy
2.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The first time I've ever seen an IPA in a can...I had to buy it...

Pours a huge, nice, thick head with a golden amber color. Good looking IPA, head retains nicely. Smells a bit of biscuit malt, and a few faint earthy hop tones. Taste is malty with a stingy bitter aftertaste. Good drinkability, and an IPA in a can...booyah.

Overall though, I wasn't too impressed with this beer. I gotta say, the can is pretty much the only reason why I bought it, and I still like the fact that I can fit it better in my cooler than a bottle, but it doesn't have too much going for it.

Soozy, Jul 22, 2009
Photo of SuperSpy
2.7/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz can to a pint glass.

A - Light amber with a large eggshell colored head with a ton of staying power and plenty of lace when it finally dies down. slightly cloudy with what looks to be yeast sediment.

S - A bit bready, a little sweet. Very, very little hops, but what's there has a hint of citrus. Honestly, this doesn't smell anything like an IPA.

T - A bit of grapefruit, some grainy malt. Not a lot of complexity and no where near as much hops as I would expect from an IPA. As it gets warmer the hops are easier to pick up but so is the malt. If this were an American pale ale then I would score it higher, but it claims to be an IPA and it's lacking.

M - Medium bodied, perfect amount of carbonation.

D - This isn't what I would consider an IPA but it does go down like a decent APA.

SuperSpy, Jul 12, 2009
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.63/5  rDev +17.1%
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.

lordofthewiens, Jul 09, 2009
Photo of RyanC84
2.6/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a nice macro-golden color with a thin head that soon dissipates into nothing. Very minimal lacing on this one.

S: IPA? Yeah right. Pale Ale? Only if I'm being generous. This is the worst nose on an IPA I've ever encountered. Sweet malts dominate.

T: Very sweet in the beginning followed by a wave of slight bitterness. The taste isn't as awkward as the smell but it's still not pleasant. My buddy described this as "an overhopped Kristallweizen, or maybe a Scotch Ale designed by a simian with an IBU fetish." I couldn't agree more.

M & D: A tad under carbonated but drinks relatively easy. I don't know what to make of this one. Wouldn't turn it down in a pinch, and might score it better if it wasn't labeled an IPA. Definitely a unique brew that's worth a try.

RyanC84, Jul 06, 2009
Photo of pwoods
2.63/5  rDev -15.2%
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.

pwoods, Jul 04, 2009
Photo of Georgiabeer
3.93/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice to see these arrive in Atlanta- an unexpected surprise. I bought a mixed 12 pack from Smokerise Liquors in Stone Mountain. Pours a nice brilliant dark golden with a fine white head, active but soft carbonation, and very nice lacing. This beer is obviously fresh. Smells fresh and floral with a hint of citrus bitterness. Obviously this is a good deal lighter than many IPAs, but the smell is pleasant. The taste is really very nice. Light and fresh with citrusy hops and a bit of graininess. Extremely smooth and very easy to drink. It is certainly not an in-your-face sort of IPA, but it has its subtle charm. I could imagine this losing some of its grassy freshness fairly quickly, but the can probably helps in that regard. Another nice camping option.

Georgiabeer, Jul 02, 2009
Snapperhead IPA from Butternuts Beer & Ale
72 out of 100 based on 524 ratings.