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Snapperhead IPA - Butternuts Beer & Ale

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Snapperhead IPASnapperhead IPA

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522 Ratings
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Ratings: 522
Reviews: 302
rAvg: 3.1
pDev: 19.68%
Wants: 4
Gots: 12 | 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:
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(Beer added by: ommegangpbr on 01-27-2007)
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Photo of JRed
3.48/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

JRed, Aug 23, 2008
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.

rkcrozier, Aug 18, 2008
Photo of MTNboy
3.4/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

MTNboy, Aug 15, 2008
Photo of ppoitras
3.65/5  rDev +17.7%
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.

ppoitras, Aug 12, 2008
3.08/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

SPLITGRIN, Aug 11, 2008
Photo of marcpal
2.88/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz can poured into pint glass.

A: A lighter shade of orange with a decently fluffy white head that hung on tight.

S: High detection of fruity/citrus hops. Nothing dominant and the sweetness is present as well.

T: Didnt have the citrus hop flavors that were in the aroma. Mostly sweet malts, not your typical IPA, interesting nonetheless. Sugary sweetness matches its 'all malt' claim on the can.

M: Carbonation is active and has some oiliness to it, lacking bitterness.

D: Sure its drinkable as a non-overthetop IPA but it lacks too much characther. First Ive had from Butternuts but will give others a go.

marcpal, Aug 05, 2008
Photo of dsa7783
3.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Single, twelve-ounce can purchased from Buy Rite on Oak Tree in South Plainfield...
Pours a ruddy, tawny, copper-colored hue with a minimal head that deposited a very minor amount of lacing...
Smell was average at best with a very faint, mild, and unassertive hoppy aroma...
Taste, likewise, was rather light and not strong at all with slight hints of mint and hops along with a touch of caramel...
All in all, a very average IPA to say the least...
Nothing special...

dsa7783, Aug 05, 2008
Photo of bonbini26
3.95/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Whenever im on the golf course i pick up a 12pack of butternuts. This is a nice IPA, nothing over the top, but decent to get your hop fix outta the can. Easy drinking and a pretty refreshing brew. Love the graphics on the can. Didnt think it was as malty as some reviewers say.

bonbini26, Aug 04, 2008
Photo of IBUnit63
3.88/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Heads up well but a little more soapy than usual. Body is less mahogany and caramel than honey-colored. Sparse carbonation rises. Surprisingly light for style.

Very malty for IPA. Slight earthy and grassy hop presence but caramel dominates. Hop "silage" makes a presence.

Makes a very mild impression - lots of malt but hops emerge slowly with warmth. Good oiliness. Goldings or Fuggles? Definitely more English or true old-school IPA than American versions we've come to know and love. Different - not what's expected. Rustic.

Mouthfeel is pleasant and comforting. Oiliness helps. Hearty from start to finish. Again, more traditional IPA to me.

Decently drinkable. Less citrus hop bite than I'm used to lately but solid nonetheless.

IBUnit63, Aug 04, 2008
Photo of Seanibus
2.88/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

On the can it says "all malt." They were more right, I think, than the brewers intended.

Pours hazy orange with a large, excited fluffy head, almost like there were some sort of gas dispenser in the can (and there isn't). The head falls quickly but some head remains all the way down and produced amazing lacing.

The smell is sweet malty with a little floral hops.

And then there is the flavor. Malt. All Malt. Huge malt, like sipping from your bag of extract as you brew at home. There is in there some floral hops, and some pineapple/citrus flavor. But it is mostly malt. Malt. Malt. Malt.

As one would expect from a big cup of malt, the mouthfeel is thick and heavy. Not particularly refreshing.

This isn't an awful beer, but neither is it a terribly drinkable one. It lacks subtely. It is like a homebrew executed by a skillful, intermediate extract brewer. An interesting novelty, but not worth spending much time with.

Unless you really, really, really like malt, of course.

Seanibus, Jul 30, 2008
Photo of RedChrome
2.83/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A hazed medium dark yellow color. A quarter inch white head faded rapidly to a slick. Small handful of tiny carbonation rising slowly.

An overly malt scent for the style. A very powerful white bread scent. Yeasty odor lingers at the back of the nose. No hops aromas to note.

Malt carries over from the aroma to the taste. Again it is reminiscent of white bread. A bit of a hops bitterness on the end is unbalanced.

Nicely thick on the surfaces. Almost no burst of carbonation. Tastes hang a a handful of seconds.

A fairly average beer. Nice to have with a rack of ribs. This one falls a bit short of meeting the style. That said, not bad as a brew when not compared to style.

RedChrome, Jul 18, 2008
Photo of MMAJYK
3.25/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Lighter, golden honey color. Opaque and slight head.

S- Really not a whole lot of aroma in nose, surprisingly. It's a tad buttery with some citrusy hops thrown in. Malt presence is subtle in the nose.

T- Up front, malty and sweet with a nice caramel backing. Midstream, the bittering hop is nice and bitter which leaves the mouth kind of dry. It does not taste like most American IPA's I have had. A little bit off balance with the hops kicking you towards the end. Definitely different.

M- Medium to thick in the mouth with relatively low carbonation.

D- Not a beer I would like to session, but glad I could try it.

MMAJYK, Jul 10, 2008
Photo of AltBock
3.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bright yellow 12 oz. can with a cartoon picture of a snapperhead wearing shades and jaming out out to his music. The side of the can has the mandatory US information and the beer's nutrition facts. No date anywhere on the can.

When poured into a Boonville pint glass, this Snapperhead is a hazy creamy lemon yellow color. It had a small and fizzy head of white bubbles. These bubbles quickly fizzled away into a handful of foamy rings and a tiny amount of spots of lace around the glass. This IPA aroma was very piney with pine trees, a hint of tart grapefruit, a touch of lemon zest, and then ends with burnt piney hops. Not only did the aroma love the pine, but the taste too. It wasn't as piney as the aroma, but it was still very piney. Behind the pine was a hint of malted wheat, a slight touch of grapefruit, and then the taste finished up with dried floral and piney hops. The mouthfeel was light to medium bodied with an aftertaste of pine, citrus fruits, grapefruit, and piney hops. What can I say about this beer other than this beer loved the pine. If you like drinking your pine, then you'll like this canned IPA.

AltBock, Jul 10, 2008
Photo of Imstillthegman
3.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

So here's the story with this beer. I picked up a mixed twelve pack of Butternuts in PA and decided my cookout yesterday was a good time to break 'em out. Being a hophead, the first thing I reach for is the Snapperhead IPA. I noticed one can was quite deformed. Now I don't mean bent up like it was dropped or something. I mean it was like what I see at work when a drum of chemicals wasn't given enough vapor space and it literally bulges the top and bottom of the drum. Kinda looked like them punching clowns from when I was a kid. Needless to say, that can was extremely carbonated. The next can practically exploded when I started to open it. People actually ran out from inside my house cuz they thought it was a gunshot. Stung the hell out of my hand.

Anyway, when I poured these it took about 10 minutes to do it. An inch of liquid with seven inches of head. When I managed to get the whole can into my glass it was a hazy gold color with some fine particulates floating about. The head, still massive btw, was of white bubbles. Lots of lacing, as one might imagine.

The aroma was of light fruity citrus and bready malts. There was some caramel in there, too. I think it may have smelled better if I didn't have the experience I mentioned above.

The taste was of a fairly balanced IPA. Caramel malts balanced the tropical fruitiness of the hops (and yeast, maybe). I would really like to try this again when I could have a decent pour.

The mouthfeel was weird...kinda over carbonated yet a little flat at the same time. Doesn't make sense, I know. I think this one deserves a new review if I ever get some more. I have a can left, but I'm scared to open it! For that reason it's getting just an average drinkability score.

Imstillthegman, Jun 22, 2008
Photo of csmiley
3.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Color is a cross between amber and orange. The off white head was impressive and topped out at just under two inches. Retention and lacing were both very good in this beer.

S - Earthy, green hops start out the smell but get backed up quickly by notes of caramel and dark bread. Some fruitiness comes in at the end but is very faint.

T - Taste starts out with a combonation of earthy and fruity hop flavors. Pine just slightly edges out the fruitiness. Caramel, bread crust, and yeast come through strong around midway. Just a little fruit shows up last and is close to grapefruit. Alcohol is present throughout but stays hidden nicely.

M - Medium bodied with too much carbonation for my taste. Finish is bitter but clean and disappears quickly.

D - Drinkability is average. It goes down easy enough but the carbonation level and averge flavor just make this a beer average all around. Glad I tried it but would get something else in the future.

csmiley, Jun 11, 2008
Photo of jmz62565
3.98/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly cloudy orange/amber with a smallish white head. The head is small and doesn't last too long. The smell is pungent with "bisquity" aromas and citrus hops. A very fragrant aroma. The taste is like the smell,citrus hops and bread yeast. Not bad,but really nothing all that new or great. The m/f is light with all the flavord mixing well. This is a nice solid IPA,not great,not bad, that will scratch your hop fix itch.

jmz62565, Jun 06, 2008
Photo of geexploitation
4.1/5  rDev +32.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours with decent clarity. The body is a rather orangey amber, while the head is bright white and sticks just a bit. The aroma is full of sweet tropical fruits (papaya) and a bit of citrus, although it doesn't pack as much of a wallop as some IPAs. On the palate, the malt backing is more substantial, leading to a balanced brew sporting comforting caramel malts and the aforementioned tropical note. Bitterness is half-dry, half-juicy, but active on the finish. Good mouthfeel, without overpowering carbonation. Overall, this is a nicely done IPA, although I would have appreciated a more hop-laden nose and some more bitterness on the palate.

geexploitation, Jun 05, 2008
Photo of jaxon53
3.4/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

More craft beer in a can! Served this one chilled, in a pint glass, from a twelve ounce can. I've been looking at these goofy cans for a while.

Appearance: Snapperhead pours out a light golden copper color that was a little cloudy. A somewhat hard pour resulted in about three quarters of an inch of thin white foam. Head faded rather quickly, but mananged to leave some thin, streaky lace behind. Not too much visible carbonation in this one.

Smell: Kind of a strange nose for an IPA. A mild whiff of hops, with that classic Butternuts farmhouse aroma. Strong malt aromas that dominate the nose. Light pine and citrus that are just barely noticeable. Nose is a bit faint and weak overall.

Taste: Starts out with a quick hop bitterness that hints at a bit of pine. Hops are quickly overtaken by the big malt character. Flavor is a bit grainy, yeasty, and spicey. Almost has a Belgian ale like flavor to it. Has a nice earthiness to it. Not a bit of noticeable alcohol in this brew.

Mouthfeel: Smooth medium bodied mouthfeel. A bit on the thin side. Plenty of tongue tickling carbonation.

Drinkability: Decent drinkability. Somewhat light and very refreshing. Clean and smooth.

jaxon53, May 26, 2008
Photo of Brad007
3.45/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Color: Pours a light pale-golden color witha one-finger head and lacing on the glass.

Aroma: Somewhat a bit spicy (?) with hop aroma and what seems to be a strong dose of malt.

Taste: Bready/biscuity upfront with some hop bitterness that seems sharp at first but fades into a smooth taste. Subtle.

Mouthfeel: Subtle bitterness with bready taste. Lacking a bit in mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Still very drinkable but run-of-the-mill IPA.

Brad007, May 17, 2008
Photo of drseamus
3.95/5  rDev +27.4%
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.

drseamus, May 10, 2008
Photo of Bierman9
3.68/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had a can or 2 of this lying around in the fridge, so why not, eh? Can details say "all malt", while showing the Snapperhead chillin' to some tunes on his player... What's playing? "Water" by The Who? Neil Young's "Take Me to the River"? Anyhow, to the bier...

Pours a hazy, murky, medium gold. Stirred up a bit of the smegma in the bottom of the can, I reckon... Head is fine and thin, mostly a rim-job, with some lacing here and there. Nose is exceedingly mild, with subtle floral notes and suggestions of sweetness. Body is decent, a good medium; feel on the tongue is smooth, for the most part.

Flavor has a light touch of honeyish sweetness to start. Then it gets hoppy, though not an "in your face" hoppy, just a solid, pleasurable amount of lupulins which easily glide across the palate without inducing any puckering. Besides the floral hopping and honey notes, there's a subtle bit of fruitiness here, like a hint of apricot. Doesn't seem at all like 6.8% abv, either. I could session this a bit. Thnx to "old Bro" Artied2 for the cans.


look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | drink: 3.5


Bierman9, May 03, 2008
Photo of Avryle
2.5/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Mahar's. I will say that I was not at all impressed with this beer weither on tap or in the can. The Butternuts yeast dominates all and does not let any of the hops (a STRONG chartactaristic of an IPA) come through.

A- Slightly hazy yellow orange in color. 1" foamy white head on initial pour leaving a decent spiderweb lacing

S- Caramel malts dominant with VERY slight earthy hops lingering in the backgroung.

T- Cannned malt?? Where are the hops in this IPA?? The yeast dominates the hops and it just tastes like malt tea with some hops thrown in as an after-thought

M- Light-to-medium bodied. Slight lingering bitter finish.

D- Best comsumed while at frosge temperatures. Not what I'd like out of an IPA but consumable none the less.

Avryle, May 03, 2008
Photo of madmanjf
3.58/5  rDev +15.5%
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.

madmanjf, May 01, 2008
Photo of frazbri
4.43/5  rDev +42.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Snapperhead IPA from Butternuts Beer And Ale poured golden maize in color. Body had a slight haze. It had a creamy white head with good lace left on the glass. The aroma was strong, but not overpowering with notes of grapefruit, and sweet tangerines. Flavors of graperfruit and malty sweetness were accompanied by bitterness throughout. Body was medium, as was the carbonation level. It had a dry finish.

This was a pleasant suprise. It had a lot in common with Bell's Two Hearted Ale. I also found it incredibly thirst quenching. Too bad, I didn't buy more.

frazbri, Apr 12, 2008
Photo of Gmann
2.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy golden color with what appears to be a light greenish tint, the white head was below average. The smell is of honey malt and light floral and piney hops, nothing spectacular. The taste is a mixed jumble of flavors. The brew has a buttery honey malt flavor with some weak grassy hops. Some apricot/tropical fruit flavor was picked up as well. The feel is light to moderate with fizzy carbonation and finishes slightly on the bitter side. A fairly balanced AIPA, which is not what it should be. Ok flavor but not on par with most IPAs.

Gmann, Mar 23, 2008
Snapperhead IPA from Butternuts Beer & Ale
72 out of 100 based on 522 ratings.