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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 dedrinker
2.7/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The can looks like it should contain Mellow Yellow or Mountain Dew instead of beer. The aroma was more malt than hop, and the flavor almost had a soda-like quality to it. It was pretty drinkable, but only in the sense that my friend bought it and we were hauling stuff in his truck and needed to stay liquidated. I wouldn't recommend this stuff to anybody unless they have a thing for silly cans.

Photo of jwc215
3.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours gold with a bit of haze and an off-white head.

The smell is of caramel with some piney hop spicing.

THe taste is of caramel with an herbal/piney hop bitterness in the finish. More of an APA with more hidden alcohol - and a mediocrish one at that - than an IPA.

There is a watery thinness, but with a bit of a bite. Carbonation level is okay.

A maltier IPA, with well-covered alcohol and only a hint of bitterness. An "odd" IPA all-round, but drinkable.

Photo of lpayette
3.02/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Picked this up as part of the variety pack. The packaging deserves an honorary mention here for being one of the coolest boxes of beer I've seen. I also like the artwork on the cans... I could see them appealling to kids, so I'll enjoy the cartoons on my beer while I still can.

Appearance- Pours a near yellow-orange with leanings toward yellow. Very small head and quite a bit of chill haze. hmmm

Smell- Surprisingly malty in the nose. A bit of off-flavor butterscotch I'd venture. Hop profile is there but you really have to dig for it. Not really IPA-like at all.

Taste and Mouthfeel- There's a bit more bitterness in the taste for sure, but still the balance is on the malt side all the way up until the finish where the hops come on a bit stronger. The bitterness is oddly akin to orange peel and is very one-dimensional. The overall impression tastewise suggests underattenuation.

Drinkability/Conclusion- It's not that I don't like this beer, it's just that it seems totally off for the style. It's quite drinkable, but this really is more of an amped up pale ale than it is an IPA. I'd suggest reworking the recipe a bit. Give us more and varied hops please. Love the cans and think this brewery has real potential, but in a land of so many great IPAs, this one just doesn't cut it.

Photo of ATPete
3.11/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz can

Pours a hazy orange with a hint of brown and a small, but strong, white head that leaves some sticking on the glass. Creamy, subdued hops lie just slightly above sweet pale malt in the nose. Grassy and tangerine-like hops attempt to really wow the palate but fall short of the complete hop blast due to a very fat and sweet malty body. Alcohol dries everything out mid palate to the point that even the hops fade away leaving for a weak, "lazy" finish. I feel this needs to be tweaked. I found this as my least favorite out of all of the Butternuts cans i tasted today.

Photo of dickieb
3.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a murky copper in color with a tiny head and some average lacing. The smell is sweat and with some hints of lemon yeast
and hops. The taste is of grainy malts and while being a tad bitter dosent have much of a hops profile. Im reminded more of a English IPA. This beer is still quite drinkable but nothing special. I preferred the Moo Thunder And Heff to this one.

Photo of cthulu81
2.96/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Butternuts beer is now in Virginia, and I feel it is my swore duty to cast a vote for this new offering, especially since I didn't cast a vote for that little thing that happened yesterday November the 4th. Besides, deciding whether or not another IPA should join the commercial market to me is more important than choosing between two hardly distinct jabbering politicos. Pours a dark straw with rather wimpy lacing. Wiff, wiff. Hmmm. I swear this is marketed as an IPA, and yet the most I can pick up from the nose is a sweet, syrupy really, malt nose with perhaps a phantom bitterness in the finish. Not an impressive start you gimmicky brewery you. Sip, sip. More hmmm. Tastes like malt extract cut with water and finished with hop extract. I wanted to like this, really I did. I reminds me alot of the Trader Joe's Fat Weasel. It has more 'hop' presence than that disappointment, but still no where near the required amount of any self-respecting IPA. I will finish this all off by saying the beer is still drinkable, even enjoyable to a degree, but never try to pass this one on to a HopHead friend, less you want a punch in the back of the neck. Cheers.

Photo of ATLbeerDog
2.15/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

From a 12oz can - Pours a clear orange/yellow color with small quickly dissipating head. Below average carbonation. Smells super sweet with perfumy notes and a tad of hops. First sip is very mild and bland with a slight bitterness. Fairly balanced between the hops and malts. Medium light bodied, and below average brew.

Photo of sacfly
3.02/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz can. Go cans! Part of a mixed 12 pack.

Pours a murky yellow color with a fluffy head of off white bubbles. Aroma is light with citrus hops. Taste is rather sweet, but more of a candy sweetness than malty. Note: when I tasted this in the past, I noted more of a dirty "off" flavor. Not in this one... Aftertaste has the signature IPA bitterness, but not overly so. Average to below average IPA. Wouldn't kick it out of bed, but wouldn't date her either.

Photo of maddogruss
2.91/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got a can of this from Oak Tree discounts in South Plainfield.

A: Pours a golden body with one finger, white head with decent retention and nice lacing.

S: A sweet, caramel, malty smell with some toffee undertones.

T: An all-malt, caramel and toffee beer taste with a succinct, toffee aftertaste. A pretty good example of an EPA, but not a good example of an American IPA.

M: A medium bodied, fairly smooth mouthfeel that was ok for the style.

D: A nice mouthfeel and taste combination. No hop presence; more of an EPA than anything else. Cannot really say that this is a good example of an American IPA.

Photo of beerthulhu
2.94/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured a near pastel orange with a ivory colored head that mushroomed up 3 fingers in height and displayed excellent retention while leaving a splotchy and sudsy lacing on the way down.

S: The nose was weak and disappointing per style. Their pale ale had a much better showing while this one lacked and real showing of hops what so ever. A light soapiness and not much else to speak of and pretty much a let down.

T: The initial flavor faired only slightly better. A light bitterness of citrus (grapefruit) and oranges backed by a dry biscuity british style malting. Some soapiness as well was detected in the flavor. the hops were truly underutilized with only a slight detection of sour oranges with some sugary sweetness from the malting.

M: light, fizzy with only a brief showing of hop bitterness gracing the tongue otherwise was pretty boring and mundane.

D: Drinkability was disappointing for those expecting hops from an ipa. There porkslap pale faired much better and are better off going with that. A boring and average drink much less an ipa.

Photo of currysage1
2.23/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a hazy burnt orange, with minimal head, and no staying power whatsoever.

Smell is kind of funny for an IPA, almost like a toffee, with no hop presence to be had at all.

Taste is again very odd almost toffee, but dare I say maybe butter (diacetyl?) Some hop bitterness but it is masked by the slightly astringent alcohol flavor.

Mouthfeel is decent, probably the best part of this beer.

Not impressed.

Photo of williamherbert
3.3/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber-yellow color with a nice finger of fluffy white head. Not exactly clear, not cloudy though. Looks like a bright pilsner.

The smell is of a pale ale. Some citrusy hops in the aroma. Sweet and very mild; some might even say a bit weak, though not unpleasant. Mild and unexpected tobacco smell in the malt.

The taste is a heavy roasted malt flavor which is a surprise; ends up bitter on the back of the tongue. Hops are sharply citrusy. Tart, astringent, almost acidic. Two bitters: the burnt kind and the grapefruity citrus kind. Could have used a dry, earthy balance.

The feel is fizzy like ginger ale; bubbly. It's a very "sharp" drink, for lack of a better term. Quite bitter with not much balance. Grapefruit and burnt malts.

Photo of Deuane
2.59/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

My first Butternuts brew. Thanks to Kegatron for the extras!

A-Golden kissed copper with a fluffy white head that hung on, slowly reduced and left decent lace.

S-Fusel....and a bit of spicy hops but not much else.

T-Sweet, almost sugary, malts and light spicy bite. Very simplistic taste....not interesting or complex at all. A very unpleasant bitterness builds with the more I drink. Hard to get that last few ounces down.

M-Light bodied, thin feeling actually, and no crispness...in fact it goes down a bit slick and oily.

D-Can't say I really dug this one. More like an amped up pale ale and not an IPA. With almost 7% ABV I would rather save the calories for something with more depth and interesting flavours. It is just so bland, sugar and spicey....that's it. Nothing exciting at all. It's not bad, I mean it is drinkable, it's just not good.

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A little disappointed here, one of the most unbalanced IPAs I've had. Just not hoppy enough at all and way too much of an alcohol taste. Actually, there isn't much taste besides the alcohol, which makes me wonder what they were going for. Cool looking can (again), but the beer inside seems lackluster. I've had many better IPA's.

Photo of hero27
3.06/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can.
They say the fish design on the can follows their somewhat random marketing process they call "non-sensical ideation." Nice.

Included as part of a massive BIF package from IBUnit63..thanks again!

Butternuts is a new brewery to me, but their website looks pretty crazy and it's an IPA, so let's give it a whirl..

Pours a slightly hazy light amber color with a pretty calm head of white foam.
Mellow toffee aroma..not much hops noticed here, or anything really.
Sweet malt flavor up-front with the hops kind of playing a supporting role. There is a delayed citrus aspect to this, but as a whole the hop flavor is not very pronounced. Apparently this stuff is dry-hopped for two weeks before canning, but overall I think the hop flavor should be bumped up a bit. This is more like a pale ale than an IPA.
Smooth mouthfeel, medium-bodied, really easy going down.
Again, this would be better classified as a pale ale in my mind. It may have a nearly 7% abv, but the hops are just not what they should be for an American IPA. That being said, I have to give credit where credit is due, because I found the malt aspect pretty tasty and it was quite smooth.

Photo of Nickls
3.45/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Light orange/gold color. Thin white head that dissipates quickly. No lacing at all

S - Mostly light malty sweetness, with barely a hint of hops

T - Taste mimics the aroma. Maltiness overpowers the hop bitterness

M - Kinda sticky for how thin the body ends up being

D - Pretty drinkable, even though it lacks a complexity or any major interesting tastes. Easy to take down without much thought

Overall, I agree with other reviews in that this is not an IPA. If anything, it's not a bad APA. Nothing great, but not particularly bad. I wouldn't feel compelled to recommend or try again.

Photo of gford217
2.84/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Can courtesy of Imstillthegman poured into a snifter.

Pours a slightly hazy golden amber with a puffy white head that showed very good retention and lacing. The aroma is very nondescript for an IPA with very little hop presence at all. There are some grains a malts in the nose, but very little else, maybe a hint of citrus. The taste is only slightly better than the aroma but it's still about the biscuity malts but with a slightly more pronounced citrus kick in the finish. The mouthfeel is light bodied and very crisp with a little bit of bitterness. Fairly drinkable, this brew is hardly an IPA and one to pass on.

Photo of LarryV
2.96/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear amber color with a quickly dissipating 1/2" head. Aroma is fairly neutral with a slight citric smell, think grapefruit.

Malt dominates the taste profile with hints of grapefruit peeking through. It has an odd flavor that I can't quite describe, but I ended up pouring half the glass, I didn't enjoy it very much. There's much better IPA's out there, I don't see any need to revisit this one.

Photo of erosier
4/5  rDev +29%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Poured a nice copper color with a short white head that laces alot on the way down.
S: Smells of some sweet malts and then followed by some sweeter smelling floral and citrisy hop aromas.
T: Very nice sweet malt base underneath nice layerings of floral and citrisy hops.
M: Very crisp, fresh, and refreshing with the right amount of carbonation.
D: Very drinkable as it had a very well balanced flavor and feel to it.

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

Poured into a 12 oz. pint glass, split with my bud Oneeye.

Slightly citric nose with some metallic twang and malt prescence.

The taste lacks the metallic element which is good. Moreso malt than hoppy, with the hops being subdued and slightly citric.

A well balanced brew, more of a regular APA.

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

Practically no head, light bodied and amber color. Aroma of nice floral notes and citrus. The taste is lacking a bit; spurts of hop bitterness interrupted by sweet floral notes leading to nonexistent dryness. A basic, weak IPA with no real personality.

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

Poured from a can into a clear plastic cup.

Knowing the names of the beers from Butternuts are comical, I wasn't quite sure what to expect. I will say I was pleasantly surprised.

Appearance was a coppery, goldish color. The milky white head hung around for a liitle bit but disappeared to a non-existent trace.

Smell was of honey and some hops, not overpowering though.

Could taste a trace of hops; more sweet than hoppy

Mouthfeel was OK and here's where my expectations were squashed. It actually tasted better than I thought it would. Again, have a preconceived notion of the humor in the name of the beer, I was trying hard to keep an open mind about the tasting and I was very surprised how drinkable it was. Granted, I would not recommend to anyone that was trying an IPA for the first time to try this beer, but it was good nontheless. Would I buy it again, probably not.

Photo of MTNboy
3.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- It is a orange amber. The head is very thick and looks great super frothy with a thin coat of lace tracing the side of your glass as you drink it.

Smell- Great floral aroma of piney hops with some citrus esters.

Taste- Fruity floral and citrus hops flavors are evident. A little bit of malt flavors but not much.

Mouthfeel- Light with a little bit of bite to it.

Drinkability- Good.

Photo of ppoitras
3.63/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12ozer can bought as part of a 6-pack from Table & VIne, West Springfield, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/4" eggshell head over the lightly cloudy golden brew. Head holds longer than I thought it would, with slow-falling lace. Aroma is pale malts, not really much else. Taste resembles the nose, but some light citrus character does come to the party. Mouthfeel is extra smooth, and drinkability is very easy. This is one of those beers that broken down into parts, may not be that noteworthy, but everything flows together well enough to get you coming back.

3.06/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Almost 4 fingers of rocky off-white head that has excellent retention and leaves some scattered lace. Body is a murky orange toned amber. A shocking piney musky smell with hints of rubber, alchol and metalic spice. Enters th mouth well balanced as it is actually the malts that dominate the initial front of the palate. The hops are even and very prickley with pine, minerals and musk. This is a very odd IPA, not bad just different. Alchol warms the belly well but is otherwise hidden. Mouthfeel is smooth and clean. Drinkability is solid.

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