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Snapperhead IPA - Butternuts Beer & Ale

Snapperhead IPASnapperhead IPA

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

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden color with little head. Smell is fruity, almost as if there's some citrus involved.

Taste lacks on hops for an IPA. I admit I'm a hop-head, but this is really low. Some sweet notes and malts and a decent finish, but the hops ruins it for me.

Overall, nothing special about this IPA. Thousands of better choices out there, so no reason to search this one out.

Serving type: can

09-01-2011 15:16:09 | More by devinoconnor
Photo of metter98

New York

3.3/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: The beer is hazy copper in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high off white head that died down but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are light to moderately strong aromas of grassy hops in the nose along with notes of caramel malts.
T: The taste has initial notes of caramel and malty sweetness and some hints of butter, which transitions to flavors of grassy hops. There is a light to moderate amount of bitterness; this particularly stands out in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied and somewhat crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There are some notes of dryness in the finish.
O: The beer is rather malty for the style but isn’t a bad selection if you’re not looking for something that is very hoppy and bitter.

Serving type: can

08-31-2011 23:31:17 | More by metter98
Photo of doopydoogle

Nova Scotia (Canada)

3.38/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Good golden color with minimal visible bubbles and a relatively frothy head that lingers.

S - Pineapple and pine with some malt.

T - Big caramel opening with some toffee and a bit of apple and pineapple rounded off by some resinous notes. The ery minimal bitterness and the profile of the hop is not as pronounced as in most IPAs. Good bitter finish without too much character other than it lingering bite. Characteristic of the brewer as presenting balanced, easy to drink ales.

M - Decent carbonation that doesn't really stick around, mouthfeel is dominated by tannic bittering acids and somewhat sticky residue.

O - Just OK, not as good as other beers from the brewer. Nothing particularly stands out with this brew, but its definitely drinkable.

Serving type: can

08-31-2011 04:19:19 | More by doopydoogle
Photo of brianjay


2.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pour is dirty and murky; colors are light brown lightened by some orange and gold hues but they are subtle. Thick airy head, but after some time it will fade on down to a thin layer with splotches of thick foam which sticks to the glass in swirls of white.

Smells of dinner rolls, not much else. I put my nose in this one looking for some hop aromas, but cant find them.

A hint of flavor sneaks in the back door: At first, the malty body makes it taste of bread and butter. Some bitterness from the hops eventually comes in and adds a bit of pepper before it all fades into a dry, creamy mouth-feel with muted tastes. Body has some thickness on it, not expected for an IPA.

Serving type: can

08-31-2011 02:51:38 | More by brianjay
Photo of mdcrouser


2.93/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours from the can a hazy orange brown with about an inch of white head and clingy lace.

Grapefruit, oranges and malt on the nose - muted, but a decent balance between citrussy hops and sweet malts.

Bitter citrus for the sake of being bitter - just a hopslap. Tart too, with some zest of lemon. Given the nose, not surprisingly malty, but overly so for an IPA.

Dry, leaving the mouth to figure out what to do with the remaining hoppiness.

Underwhelming - just not well-balanced or enjoyable. It seems like the right components are within reach, but none used appropriately.

Serving type: can

08-16-2011 19:47:20 | More by mdcrouser
Photo of yankeej13


3.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this at a new beer garden that opened in my town.

A- A heavy red color, small to medium amount of foam with a mild amount of carbonation.

S- Had a pretty malty smell to it which is different since I prefer my IPAs to be hoppy. Had more of a sweet smell.

T- It was a heavy malty taste with a sweet finish. Mild hop taste.

M- Ok drinkability, little bit harsh and has a strange aftertaste can't really explain the malt flavor.

Overall- Was not the biggest fan of it, but I would still try the other beers. Cheers

Serving type: can

08-12-2011 04:09:34 | More by yankeej13
Photo of mocktm


3.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Butternuts Brewery, never heard of them before this purchase. I have to admit that it was the canning and mean artwork of a music jammin' fish that suckered me in. Sticker on top of the cans notes a canning date of April, 2011. "All Malt" is tattooed right on the can, leading me to believe that this is going to be a little different than the citrusy hop bomb IPAs that I have grown accustomed to. Let's see how this works out...

Pours a light hazy brown with a fluffy off-white head, much darker than most IPAs. Slow dissipation with some intricate lacing to match.

Nose is as the can mentioned, dominated by malt, with some underlying grapefruit/lemon notes. Certainly a different take on the style, although I'm not sure I really care for it. No pine or herbal notes anywhere to be found.

My palate is consumed by malt caramel and honey sweetness. Some hints of citrus, although muted by the overwhelming malt. Mild bitterness throughout, although the balance is completely out of whack. As a whole, this is again, just not what I want out of an IPA.

Mouthfeel is smooth, moderately light and a bit watery. Although the carbonation is right on, this just falls short for the style.

I'm disappointed in this one, although it may be a different take on a traditional style, that's not always a good thing.

Serving type: can

08-10-2011 17:52:28 | More by mocktm
Photo of Tundruth

New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours a light copper brown and is fairly hazy looking through. The pour produced a good thick head that dissipates slowly.

The nose is spot on for an IPA, strong notes of citrus fruit kind of smells like something cream as well.

The flavor of the beer is smooth and crisp with some hops bitterness lingering in the after taste.

The mouth feel is fairly smooth and yet at the same time quite heavy, definitely full of texture but not to the point that it is overpowering.

Overall a strong IPA and a good one worth a try. Although its not outstanding, it does live up to the standards of the style.

Serving type: can

08-09-2011 23:45:59 | More by Tundruth
Photo of jondeelee


3.28/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Snapperhead is an IPA, but the nose immediately sets it apart from its peers: instead of grapefruit and pine hops notes, Snapperhead is devoid of the earthy pine scent, and favors instead a clean, almost effervescent grapefruit citrus nose, much like what I'd expect a grapefruit sparkling water to smell like.

On the tongue, the beer is indeed hoppy, but again, it's a clean grapefruit hoppiness, like freshly-squeezed juice. Below this is a nice layer of malts, giving the beer a decent body of apricot and orange flavors, biscuit-like grains, and light brown sugars. The aftertaste is mainly hops, and fades fairly quickly. Mouthfeel is light, and carbonation is medium-heavy.

Overall, Snapperhead makes for a good entry-level IPA, with just enough hops to separate it from the field, but not enough to overwhelm someone new to the style. I suspect hop lovers will be put off by the clean grapefruit flavors in here, and the beer does indeed seem slightly out of balance with the lack of deep and earthy pine flavors. It's decent and flavorful, then, but sacrifices wisdom for peppiness.

Serving type: can

08-06-2011 18:40:40 | More by jondeelee
Photo of SFLpunk


3/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz can thanks to aapp. No date that I could find.

Pours an solid amber with thin light tan head that fades quickly. Nose is dominated by caramel...and a note like copper. Palate is a little biscuity and definitely dominated by caramel and caramel corn flavors. Some faint hops, but really mostly caramel sauce.

Not impressed. Leans British and not nearly enough hop flavor (nor bitterness) for the "American IPA." But then again, who knows how old it is because there's no f*$#ing date!

Serving type: can

08-05-2011 02:03:31 | More by SFLpunk
Photo of bark


3.88/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The colour is pale brown (25 EBC), the liquid is hazy. The two finger head is beige and compact; it sinks slowly leaving some fine lacing.

The smell is smooth and rich. Some cream, mild American hops and a special flavour somewhere between sweet dough and green apples. Hints of oranges, hazelnuts and marzipan.

The taste is smooth with some passing fresh bitter notes. Sweet spicy notes of dough and bread. Some lemon-lime flavours and a growing smooth bitterness. The aftertaste is dough-y with a clean lime-like bitterness.

The carbonation is mid-strong; the mid-sized bubbles fresh. The liquid semi-smooth.

A fresh take on the AIPA style.

Serving type: can

08-02-2011 18:16:08 | More by bark
Photo of bpw28

New Jersey

2.75/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Look: Two finger white soap bubble head, hazy orange/peach (about a hazy 11 SRM), good lacing.

Smell: Holy god, butter. It smells like butter (I don't think thats a good thing. I think if my Randy Mosher serves me right that means the beer has gone bad. We will see if I spit it out.), sour milk, citrus. It smells fowl. I might have a bad can.

Taste: Maybe not. The taste isn't nearly as bad. Sweet, malty, weird buttery taste, hop bite is decent. Nothing much. But I can oddly feel myself getting heartburn or something like it.

Final Thoughts: I'm gonna try to re-review this because they couldn't have put this product out the way it is. If it tastes the same, this will be unchanged. If they changed the smell, I think it would be a lot better. I'm into funk, but this is an obscene nose.

Serving type: can

07-27-2011 01:23:59 | More by bpw28
Photo of Brenden


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

A nice frothy, creamy very light orange head rests about a finger and a half on a depp, murky brown-orange beer. The head is retained for quite a while. Lacing starts off spotty but is soon being dropped in sizeable patches.
The aroma's quite light. it's good, offering a bit of grains with a steady hops and malts balance. It really could use more and I find this hardly hoppy enough (in the nose, at least) to pass for a good pale ale, much less an IPA.
The flavor is also light, likewise pleasant but lacking in hops character. Fortunately, though, a hops bitterness really pulls through into each sip and through to the finish, a bit of piney and floral flavor complementing a sweet malt that makes for good drinking, if not all that I want from an IPA.
The mouthfeel is smooth with a crisp bite to it in a sturdy medium body with light to moderate carbonation.

Serving type: can

07-22-2011 15:40:39 | More by Brenden
Photo of DoubleDown11


1.27/5  rDev -59.3%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

This is the inaugural A and J review, and boy, did we pick a doozy to start with.

Thanks to being spoiled by the Oskar Blues Brewing Company, we were lured into thinking that craft beer in a can must be delicious.

First the aroma- A: "It smells. The aroma says stay away."
J: "Hmmm...smells like fish sauce."

Taste: A: "Fermented ass..tastes like somebody brewed a shoe."
J: "I blame my wife...I knew I should have picked up the Dale's Pale Ale instead."

Aftertaste: A: "Mouthful of malt..I need to shave my tongue."
J: "I feel obligated to finish this."

Serving type: can

07-20-2011 20:42:49 | More by DoubleDown11
Photo of nukem5


3.08/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Hazy like the other (Porkslap) dark murky orange color with a thick white cap.

S: Very little here , small detection of malt and hop, not what I would call an IPA.

T: At least I can taste some hops but not very much some malt flavor but ok taste

M: Watery and thin to taste

O: Nothing super special here but an ok beer just not a great beer

Serving type: can

07-16-2011 23:12:54 | More by nukem5
Photo of timster01801


4.7/5  rDev +50.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Not your typical IPA by any means...maybe that's why I enjoy it so much. Malt sweetness up front, and a very slight hop bite in the finish. Head retention is great...lacing is all over the place. Nice mouth-feel too..medium bodied. Overall, a tasty brew...definitely not your typical IPA. Cheers!

Serving type: can

07-15-2011 02:09:55 | More by timster01801
Photo of jadpsu


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

Pours a cloudy orange with an off white to tan head that has superior lacing and average retention.
Aroma: some sweet malts and bitter floral hops. Neither over the top but fairly well balanced.
Taste: A good bit of bready maltiness. Very dry going down and mildly bitter, both of which I like.
Mouthfeel is creamy and medium to thick on the tongue.
Pretty good IPA and at the conclusion of my second one I can attest to the 6.8%. The fairly high ABV was not earlier noticable.

Serving type: can

07-12-2011 22:40:06 | More by jadpsu
Photo of deaconoflove


3.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ap. Deep hazy golden brown with frothy head...nice.
Sm. Fairly light; nothing bold. Sweet caramel and some light citris.
Ta. Some vague malt, light caramel with a latent very lightly bitter finish. The lightly bitter finish lingers a long time.
Mf. Some body here, fills and is smooth. No bite.
Dr. Good, drinkable. Not much like any other IPA I've had...but it's a decent beer, and a cool can.

Serving type: can

07-10-2011 12:41:01 | More by deaconoflove
Photo of drabmuh


1.93/5  rDev -38.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Beer is amber and hazy with an offwhite head of small bubbles that leaves some lacing on the glass, some carbonation.

Aroma is odd, slightly vegetal and mildly hoppy, mostly earthy. Not exciting.

Beer is medium in body, low carbonation on the palate and tastes like boiled onions mixed with feces. This beer is disgusting, I couldn't choke down more than a few ounces before it met my sink. Never ever again.

Serving type: can

07-05-2011 04:50:10 | More by drabmuh
Photo of CHickman

New York

2.68/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours cloudy amber color with a 2 finger foamy off white head full of bubbles that faded slowly and left good spotty lacing.

Smells of sweet malt, grains, light floral hops, grass, caramel and bread; pretty bland and not very hoppy at all for an IPA.

Tastes of sweet malt, biscuit, wet bread, caramel, grains, light floral hops, light grapefruit or lemon, earthy notes and cardboard; tastes malty and like a pale ale, not an IPA as it's too sweet and bready to be an IPA.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, with a medium body, average to light carbonation and a finish that's dry with toasted grains and sweet malt.

It's decent and drinkable, but this is not even close to an IPA and will disappoint hopheads that get fooled by the label. If they repackage this as an English Pale Ale it would fit the beer’s taste and aroma much better.

Serving type: can

06-26-2011 04:36:12 | More by CHickman
Photo of bristei

Rhode Island

2.98/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from can to pint glass

A: Pours dark amber, caramel, hazy

S: Sweet, caramel, candy?

T: Mild hop flavors, slightly bitter, smokey

M: Somewhat bland, slight hop bitternes, quickly fading aftertaste

O: Strange for an IPA. I was expecting much more hoppiness but still a very approachable beer, especially for someone who may not be into heavy hops.

Serving type: can

06-21-2011 00:11:20 | More by bristei
Photo of mvanaskie13


3.3/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a standard pint glass, nice light tan head about 1 inch thick, light clinging on the glass; color is slightly transparent dark copper.

Smell is mild hop bitterness, piney notes, followed a mild malt sweetness, hint of breadiness.

Taste is kinda thick for an ipa, a bready earthy malt taste upfront with a mild bitter finish. Caramely sweet notes in there as well. Definitely more on the english ipa side than american as the hops provide the bitterness but less fruity flavors. Hop flavors are on the piney side, but very mild.

Mouthfeel is smooth, mostly on the tongue, with flavors hitting cheeks as well, light carbonation.

Overall, an interesting take as the bready malt flavors provide a different mouthfeel for an ipa.

Serving type: can

05-24-2011 23:01:36 | More by mvanaskie13
Photo of 9InchNails

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A frothy white head that erupted on the pour. Light golden copper color. I don't see any bubbles at all but after I give it a swirl they seem to wake up a little bit. Creamy lacing sticks to the glass.

Not much of the way of smell. I get some slight citrus, grain and bread.

This is a IPA? This has to be one of the weakest tasting IPA's I have ever tried. It's not horrible tasting, it just should not be considered a IPA. I get mostly bready malt upfront, slight citrus and barely bitter hops.

Light body that is approaching the medium side. Watery as far as carbonation goes. Feels okay going down.

Overall, not a horrible tasting beer. I wouldn't exactly call it a IPA since the bready malt seems to take over any real hop bitterness. It is refreshing in a weird way. I guess it would be a good start if someone wanted to try a IPA, since it isn't too bitter.

Serving type: can

05-23-2011 23:15:50 | More by 9InchNails
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy

New Hampshire

3.95/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A hazy, murky golden amber color and a 1" high, whipped-foam looking head and it's slow moving.

A very big English-style IPA aroma with sweet toffee malt, musty earthiness, sweet fruitines like mandarin oranges...nice effect.

Whoa! big complexity here, lush and smooth malty mouthfeel with a dry-bitter and very earthy hop punch. Pineapple and acrons with hearty flavor's galore, wheat, sweet corn, fruity hops later on...nice balance. The malt and hop flavor's seem to change and groove on the palate for a long time. A crisp, snappy light to medium feel that doesn't relax and the hops linger long!!

I don't know, this is one of my favorite IPA's in a very long time.

Serving type: can

05-21-2011 20:53:49 | More by GratefulBeerGuy
Photo of TangTKE402

New York

3.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured from a 12oz. can into a pint glass. Tan/brown in color with an off-white, 1-finger head, a touch of haze, and a little lacing.

S: Malty. Barley, toasted malts, corn, oak, grass.

T: Malty up front and through with a slight bitterness on the swallow. If someone were to hand me this blindly and ask me to guess the style, I would guess amber lager or pale ale. This beer might have an identity crisis, because it says "Farmhouse Ale" along the bottom with a big "IPA" stamp right above it. Now I typically don't associate those two styles together, but maybe I'm misinformed. Anyway, flavors of sweet corn malt flavor, with some woodiness, some barley, a hint of grass and leaves, and the faint hot taste of alcohol.

M: Creamy, light, watery, with a fain overall presence, and a hot swallow.

O: This beer doesn't have much going for it, flavor-wise, but isn't terrible and would make an alright session beer. However, for its style, this is a poor excuse for an IPA. It even says "All Malt" on the can, with no mention of hops.

Serving type: can

05-19-2011 23:38:47 | More by TangTKE402
Snapperhead IPA from Butternuts Beer & Ale
72 out of 100 based on 482 ratings.