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Snapperhead IPA - Butternuts Beer & Ale

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Snapperhead IPASnapperhead IPA

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Ratings: 542
Reviews: 306
rAvg: 3.1
pDev: 19.35%
Wants: 6
Gots: 23 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of farrago
2.64/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Super-huge, frothy head covers 2/3 of the glass depth, bone white, very airy yet excellent retention, takes forever to get close to just a finger of head, deep lacing as well. Bright yellow gold color, lager-like, maelstrom of bubbles crashing around inside. Doughy, bready nose, more spice and grass, orange peel than anything malty despite the can description of "All Malt," dry cocoa powder at best, same for the apricot or peach pit nuances, some saline notes. Medium-bodied, not as bitter as the nose has you expecting, although dry. More cocoa, mocha here, the bread more wheat to pumpernickel. Lots of spice and sour grassiness, lemon to orange pith. No fruit and nothing noticeably sweet, could use such for the sake of balance. A weird beer that you can't really get a handle on.

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.

Photo of oregonskibum
2.68/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

12 oz can, substantial gusher on opening. The beer had been calmly sitting in the fridge for a week or so before opening.

A: Color is a dull orange with brown or light amber tints. Poured with a 4+ inch head, even when being poured carefully. Head gradually broke down.

S: Fairly subdued smell with some grassy and floral hops. Also getting a peach or apricot smell. Some apple as well. A little on teh fruity side.

T: Not your typical IPA. There's definite some floral, grassy hops, but they are buried in a sweet fruit flavor that hits up front. No typical malt flavors and after a brief visit from the hops, the beer finishes with an apple taste and some faint bitterness.

M: Lighter bodied, moderate carbonation, borderline dry.

D: Definitely not like your typical IPA. The apple flavors and gushing on open make me think this may be a little off. Not so much to make it a drainpour, but getting close.

Photo of Baraka
3.4/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This solid, if perhaps unspectacular, beer was enjoyed while on a recent trip east, so this review is from the admittedly brief notes I took. I was excited to try this canned IPA, it was a bit disappointing, although it ended up being highly drinkable if not incredibly interesting. It achieves a balance between hops and malt, which, while not what I look for in an IPA, is also not inherently bad. It has a basic sweet malt opening followed by a brief hoppy bite that left me wanting way more hops, it seemed more on the pale ale side of the spectrum than the American IPA.

With that said, it is still a highly drinkable brew on a hot summer afternoon, especially since it can easily be taken on camping trips (as it's canned), but it's not really anything really special.

Photo of jlindros
2.89/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasty crack cans... anyways, I love beer in a can... CRAFT beer that is. I've tried a couple of the Butternuts, and they are usually pretty tasty, so here here is another of they're regular offerings, this being the IPA what should be their most definitive.

A: The can erupted... that can't be good if a can erupts, and it def wasn't shaken as I let it sit for 10 minutes before I opened it (just to finish my last beer). It pours a fluffy and fizzy 2+ finger head that leaves a nice lacing over really hazy dark orange brown color.

N: SOme toasty malt aromas, a little earthy hop aroma, some fruits, apple even, actually it has quite a bit of apple juice, that's about all I get. I wonder if this is a bad can.

T: Juicy fruity beer. Again lots of apple juice. WTF! THis has to be the worst IPA I've ever had. I get no hops, apple juice flavors, no real malts, a touch of wheat, the slightest spicy hoppy bitterness. I swear someone drank this and just replaced it with 1/4 beer and 3/4 applejuice, or its just super old. I'll def have to try this again.

M: Juicy lighter body with decent carbonation.

F: It does get a little bitter on the finish but not much. Dry, pretty dry, with a little bitterness accentuating it. Some chewy malts, and of course lots of lingering apple cider. Not very tasty. I really have to try this again as I'm almost positive it was a bad can... but its also a can and not a bottle... WTF!!!

Photo of MikeBrandman
2.4/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A - Pours from a can into a hefe glass with 2 fingers of bubbly white heat. Very creamy texture. Good solid rings of lacing. Body is a golden straw hue. Sparse but consistent visible carbonation with a slight haze, making it more translucent than transparent.

S - Immediate lemon smell. Slight sugary sweetness, almost like merange. Solid strength to the smell.

T - The can on this says all malt. How the heck is this an AIPA?! There is next to no bitterness to this beer. It tastes a bit like a lemon cough drop. Any bitterness comes from the carbonation. Way too lemony, not bitter enough. To it's credit, no alcohol taste to this, which is considerable since it has 6.8%ABV. Overall, too sweet to really be appreciable as an AIPA. As a beer, it would be acceptable, but as an example of the style, terrible.

MF - As I said with the taste, too carbonated. Thin mouth feel. Very watery.

D - The aftertaste has a bit of an offputting characteristic. Almost tastes like a cough drop as you swallow it. The sweetness is a bit cloying as well.

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.

Photo of abrand
3.65/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce can courtesy of ArenBeer poured into a pint glass.

The Snapperhead pours a slightly hazy bright orange color with a very frothy pillowy head which slowly fizzes away and leaves lacing up and down the glass. Nose is quiet but a nice sweet maltness balanced by the presence of malts. Little citrus fruits and pines are also present. This is an average tasting IPA. More of the citrus fruits are present but there is a musky taste as the beer warms. Not much hops are on the palate. Mouthfeel is thin and crisp. Drinkability is mediocre. Smell is better than the taste. An easy drinker but many competitors that have more to offer.

Photo of craytonic
3.5/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pour is a golden, hazy, lemon-honey amber; decent head. Typical ipa, fruity but not that hoppy; taste is similar with some pale, bready malts, along with grapefruit, grass and orange. Mouthfeel is a bit overcarbonated and thin. Drinkable, but nothing exciting or worth revisiting.

Photo of HappyHourHero
4.27/5  rDev +37.7%
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.

Photo of jpmclaug
3.3/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

poured from a can into a pint glass

A - yellow, orange body with a big white head

S - citrusy hop smell, really reminds me of an orange

T - Light flavor of citrusy hops while sweet pale malt flavor lies in the background. A more balanced IPA then I am used to. Finishes with a sweet taste at the end. Not all that bitter.

M - light to medium body with an above average amount of carbonation

D - Pretty easy to drink. Not a real memorable beer. I might pick this up again if I need to drink out of a can for some reason. Definitely wouldn't pick it up over any of OB's brews or Modus Hoperandi though.

Photo of deereless
3.59/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Peach colored, decent lacing, medium head off a medium pour - 3.50, S: Interesting aromas - lots of tropical fruit including papaya and pineapple, defined sweetness - 4.50, T: There's a solid hop bite to Snapperhead, grapefruit and pine come through, quite dry, significant grain presence - 3.50, M: Somewhat of a thin mouth feel - 3.00, D: A solid IPA worthy of a try - 3.00

Photo of donkeyrunner
2.97/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Can says "all malt," and "farmhouse ale" though it is neither malt extract nor a saison/biere de garde. It is however an IPA, which the can also states. I believe this can is having somewhat of an identity crisis.

Golden orange color with a large white head. Glass bottom retention throws up an absolute lace storm. Bravo.

As pretty as this beer is to look at that's about as good as it gets. Aroma is mix of orange and cream soda with a scant pink grapefruit aroma. Taste is similarly devoid of any large hop presence with a impotent grapefruit pith bitter floating in a dominant sea of pale, orange cream tinged malt. Very average mouthfeel for 6.8%. This beer is just plain wimpy, epecially for an IPA.

I probably rated this beer higher than I should have because it comes in a can. I'm a sucker for cans.

Photo of Brent
3.47/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pour was surprisingly cloudy. Huge pillowy head that filled half the glass and never subsided. Nice hops flavor, malt seemed a touch muddled. Overall effect was pretty rustic - more homebrew than commercial. Overall not a bad beer at all - thanks to vdoz for the sample.

Photo of tone77
3.41/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a copper color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, some hops and slightly sweet. Taste is good, some citrus, hops, a bit of sweetness, finishes bitter. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has decent drinkability. Overall this is a pretty good brew.

Photo of wagenvolks
3.48/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz. can into a New Belgium Ranger IPA pint glass. Thanks to indiapaleale for the hook-up via his Nice Cans BIF.

Snapperhead displays a typical IPA color--golden amber hue with a swirling cloud of yeasty bits. The head retains well and drapes gristle-tan foam along the sides of the glass. Aroma is sweet and subtle with caramel malts and tropical fruits (pineapple, maraschino cherry, pear). A slight piny note to the hops balances well.

The flavor is astringently bitter, rough and phenolic on the front of the tongue. Hints of crushed aspirin, too. Thankfully, the finish is more typical of the style, as a bitter pine presence coats the posterior tastebuds. Hard to detect much maltiness within the brutal IBU assault, but a bit of caramel sweetness does show up eventually. Over-carbonated medium body with a rough-around-the-edge bitterness. Too crisp; too...snappy? Either way, Snapperhead is a decent craft IPA in a can. Not something I'd want to revisit, but surely worth a try.

Photo of jzeilinger
3.05/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a semi-cloudy honey orange color, light head and lacing medium light amount of carbonation.

The aroma is hints of orange, honey, and buttery. Overall, there's not alot of nose coming through and it's not doing much for me.

The buttery flavor definitely comes through in the sip as well, has hints of candied malt and as far as malts go, it's heavy in that department and the hops entering at the end to give it a mildy bitter and dry finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and mellow. Drinkability is medium.

Overall, I'm not real stoked about this particular IPA, the buttery character and lack of a stronger hop presence in the nose and taste kind of killed it for me. Would like to give it another shot with a fresher can.

Photo of JMD
3.21/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Light auburn color with orange tones. Huge white head that dissipates slowly. Leaves heavy lacing down the glass.

S: Faint aroma of citrus hops and some light malt

T: Citrus hops, orange and lemon. Some earthy and grassy notes. Light malt backbone that lends a sweetness that nicely balances the beer. But flavors are a bit muted for an IPA.

M: Medium bodied, ample carbonation.

D: These go down easy, but flavors are pretty mild for an IPA. I got this beer as part of mixed 12pk from Butternuts, and so far, I haven't been too impressed with their beers.

Photo of TheDeuce
4.33/5  rDev +39.7%
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.

Photo of Lunch
3.56/5  rDev +14.8%
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.

Photo of BabyBastard
3.13/5  rDev +1%
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!

Photo of capra12
3.72/5  rDev +20%
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.

Photo of TLove
3.55/5  rDev +14.5%
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.

Photo of rajendra82
3.33/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Photo of albern
3.47/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

Snapperhead IPA from Butternuts Beer & Ale
72 out of 100 based on 542 ratings.