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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 tai4ji2x
3.53/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

cloudy orangy amber. decent head, but it fades quickly to a few thin wisps. not too much lacing, though it exists.

some citrusy hops, hint of apple, and some malt notes. whiff of yeast.

hops are there, but seem a bit muddled and dulled. fruity malt sweetness is there, but seems a little mismatched - as if the hops were like a dance partner who misses a few steps here and there. i got a few unfortunate flashes of industrial solvent, but luckily it doesn't predominate. bitterness is okay, and helps with a bitter, slightly resinous finish, but still a bit too subdued for the style, imho.

smooth feel with some sticky notes. carbonation is about right.

not horrible and certainly drinkable, but so far i've yet to be really really impressed by any craft-in-a-can...

Photo of aerozeppl
3.24/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Can into a Pyramid pint glass.

A: More of a copper color than I am used to in an IPA. Some white head with minimal lacing.

S: Nose on this one is seriously lacking. More malt than hops.

T: If you get rid of the IPA notion it makes a really good pale ale.

M: Nice medium body with good carbonation. Best part of this beer.

D: Very drinkable. Perfect for going tubing where they don't allow glass bottles on the river. Will have to remember that for next summer.

Photo of Kendo
3.32/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: Poured into a pint glass. Body is slightly cloudy, golden-honey in color with a 1.5-finger foamy ivory head with decent staying power. Settles slowly to a craggly small cap, leaving behind some sheets of lacing.

S: Not terribly strong in the nose, but what's there is citrusy -- grapefruit, maybe even tangerine or orange zest -- and grassy hops.

T: Interesting. First impression is that it manages to be a lot of things all at once -- honeyish sweet malt up front with a wet, juicy, citrusy feel in the middle and a dry, slightly piney or grassy finish. Also a spicy, peppery bite towards the end, presumably from the alcohol, the warmth of which is felt in the belly.

M: Lighter than expected, heft-wise. Starts out with a prickly carbonation, becomes creamy as it coats the mouth, finishes somewhat dry.

D: OK. Not the best IPA I've ever had, but certainly not the worst.

Edit, July 2013: I've lowered some of the scores on this one, as the last few cans I've had have been quite bad. Not sure if I got a bad batch or what, but it suggests quality control is an issue here. I actually drain-poured a can of this recently.

Photo of billybob
4.45/5  rDev +43.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a cloudy golden color with a two finger off white head that holds well and leaves some sheets and rings of lace. nose is fruity with some pine aromas coming through. taste was very fruity with lots of malt and some yeast present with more of an orange citrus than grapefruit. mouthfeel medium to full bodied carbonation a tat weak but does not hurt overall. very nice beer i would definitely buy it again and i think the design of thier cans is just great.

Photo of awall422
2.85/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Since Oskar Blues cured me of my fear of the can, I decided to give this a shot. Sadly it didn't live up to my expectations. Poured a dark gold with a an inch head that left decent lacing. Too many chunks floating in there to get good marks, though. Aroma was earthy, not overly powerful. Taste was, just kind of off. Not bad, but something just doesn't work. Wish I could describe it better, sorry. Kind of grassy, and left a nasty aftertaste. Pretty thin mouthfeel and ok drinkability.

Photo of TheTrevor
3.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a cloudy copper color with a half-finger head. The smell is mainly citrusy hops. The taste starts off with some sweet malts that are cut pretty quickly with the tart citrusy hops that lead into a slightly bitter aftertaste. The mouthfeel is crisp with a fairly low level of carbonation. For a beer with this much hops it's very drinkable.

Photo of 454onbeerss
3.39/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I liked this beer better out of the can than in a glass! Worth giving it a shot.I've been scarred of "craft beer" in a can but this one of the first I've purchased. I would recommend Dale's Pale Ale as it is the best can I've had courtesy of the Wobbly Postage Dude!

Photo of tgbljb
3.91/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When I tried to pour this beer much off it was lost due to excessive carbonation. When things finally settled down, it was a hazy medium amber colored beer with massive white chunky head.
Smell show nice notes of citrusy hops.
Taste also has a nice hop character, with enough balancing malt to make it enjoyable.
Finish is more hoppy than sweet, and pleasantly refreshing.
Hopefully my next can will be less carbonated, and I will be able to enjoy it more.

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.7/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clouded amber orange with virtually no head. Nose is of tangy hops. Flavor is hoppy, sure. But it has a strong, almost watery flavor edge to it. Feel has a lot of bubble on the tongue. Like I said previously though, there is a watery element to it that effects the overall experience. Decent, but a misguided shot at this whole canning of craft beer thing.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.46/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The can opens with a solid crack, indicating that there's a pretty decent carbonation level to this IPA, and there is! I'd clock it at about 2.63 but who knows, some cans seem higher and some seem lower. It gurgles from the can into the glass with a golden stream that becomes more of a hazy amber as it fills the glass. Held to the light it's clearly more golden in nature, but the yeast gives it an amber tone. A bone-white head rises up majestically and then settles to a creamy 1/3" cap which holds pretty tenaciously, and leaves rings and splashes and spots of lace about the glass as you progress through it. At the bottom of the glass you can see a layer of yeast forming as it drops out.

The aroma is unfortunately yeasty, but there's a nice spritz of citrusy and grassy hops as well, and some delicately caramelish malt notes behind that.

The flavor again reveals too much yeast, and it's a hint acidic (have I received a bad case?). I hate to say it, but it's homebrew-like. Beyond that the malt lies waiting, and with it a decent amount of hop bitterness and grassy, lightly citrusy flavor. It's kind of like an amped up pale ale, and not particularly bitter... more English-style than American except for the thread of citrus. But there's also a certain amount of drinkability to that. Except for the yeastiness I could easily drink more than a few of these!

Overall I'd have to say that their other beers far outshine this one, and that's a shame. I like the idea of can-conditioned beer, but it's next to impossible to get a good consistency on a smaller scale. Try the hefeweizen, the pale ale, or the very drinkable stout!!!

Update: The problems with this beer seem to be entirely due to uneven can-conditioning. Out of the case that I bought only the first third was overly yeasty (although there were a few cans that instantly foamed over at opening!), beyond that they were a little bit better.

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

Poured a light amber with a fizzy head that left some decent lacing down the glass. Moderate carbonation and a little cloudy. Smell was quite malty. Sweet sugary caramel malts and a bready scent. Subtle hops linger in the background. Taste is much of the same. A very sweet malty flavor with a little bitterness behind it. Hops are faintly of orange citrus with a piney backbone. Seems a little more like a Pale Ale. Mouthfeel is kind of thick and creamy, lacking the carbonation and tingle. Not much bitterness. Still, I didn't think this was 6.8% until I got on here to review it. Pretty easy going down and a nice brew in a can. I love the artwork, somewhat Simpsonesque.

Thanks to cburian for this in Secret Santa.

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

This ale pours a cloudy orange color with a fruity nose.Taste is sweet biscuit and citrus.You can hardly recognize any alcohol!!This is the first beer I've had from this brewery and will try whatever other offerings they have.I recommend this and definetly will buy again!!

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

With a vigorous pour, a nice two-finger head with good staying power. Excellent ring lace on the glass. The color is pale amber/dark gold and very cloudy.

Mild aroma for an IPA. The hop that is present is fresh. Low levels of pale malt smells.

Initially, I thought this was a dry beer, but I detected some malty sweetness in the middle. The hop is most present at the swallow and aftertaste. But this is a relatively mild IPA. Other than the alcohol content, I'd place the flavor closer to an American Pale Ale. The body is slightly thin and the carbonation is quite abundant.

This is an easy-to-drink IPA. Or in other words, it's fairly traditional--no extremism here.

Photo of BeerTruth
4.04/5  rDev +30.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

How ironic I review this beer after my competition!!

12 oz. can poured into a pint glass.

Pours a clear dark straw color with a one finger white head that quickly dies down to a thin layer. Stickiness is pretty limited, not a whole lot there. Smell is a pretty buttery malt odor with a hint of dirty earth hops. Very faint hop odors for an American IPA, but I like it. Some sweet floral aromas tickle the nose as well. Taste is a sweet white bread flavor with a bit of a pine hop sting. Some sugary caramel malts emerge towards the end to leave a smooth aftertaste. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with a medium body. Carbonation is pretty noticable on the tongue and to the eye. Wow, I would have never guessed this beer was 6.8% abv., so I must say the drinkability is pretty damn good. I really look forward to the rest that Butternuts has to offer.

Photo of number1bum
3.6/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Kevin for the sample of this one.

The can pours a murky amber color with some yeast sediment floating around, with about a half inch of tan head. Head retention is mediocre with a thin lace and just a bit of stick.

Smell is a clean citrusy grapefruit aroma with some caramel malt sweetness, as well.

Taste is pretty straightforward but tasty and solid, with a caramel and biscuity malt base and grapefruit, citrusy hops. Hop bitterness is pretty low while the mouthfeel is creamy and smooth. Hops are a bit more subdued than most IPAs, but this is pretty tasty overall.

This is pretty solid, and a step up over the Pork Slap Pale Ale. I would definitely pick this up for a tailgate or another occasion that requires cans. Given the price I may even choose it over a Dale's Pale Ale (but not Old Chub). Thanks Kevin!

Photo of kmpitz2
4.1/5  rDev +32.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz can. Pours a nice deep copper color with a finger and a half of off-white head over top that sits nicely. The beer is as clear as could be, and the carbonation is present as a few bubbles streaming from the bottom. The aroma is light caramel, moderate bready and husky grain, with a mild pine hop in there. The flavor is toasty, light grainy and caramel sweet, with an earthy and almost woodsy hop character that comes towards the end. The bitterness clings on a little into the finish. This is a nice brew. The flavors are in good balance, and the hops don't dominate, though I wouldn't call it an IPA if I made it. Mouthfeel is moderate with a lighter carbonation of very soft bubbles. Drinkability is fantastic on this brew. It packs around 7%, but doesn't show it. I have been savoring the 6 I grabbed at the brewery a while back, and this is my last one. I have been impressed with this brewery. They are not making anything extreme, just beers that are nice to sit down and enjoy.

Photo of jackorain
3.11/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can at The Bluedog cafe in Chalfont PA.

A-Copper/amber color with a 1/2 inch head from semi aggressive pour into a cool glass. Head fell to a thion coat rather quickly. Minimal lacing

S-I really couldn't smell anything here. Maybe if I tried really hard, I might get some biscuit malt and mild, mild, green hops.

T-It was really kinda weak in the taste department for an IPA, in fact, I expect more flavor from an APA. The prediminant flavor here is the one-dimensional biscuit malt. Some mild earthy/green hop bitterness finishes it out.

M-This is where this beer redeems it self. Apparently, the predominant malts give this one a fine medium body. Carboantion is right where it shoud be for the style, even and and not too prickly.

D-Well I don't know here, this beer is certainly not terrible but I am going to seek it out again. I suppose this could be a nice approachable beer to bring some BMC folks to our side. However, many of them may feel confused by drinking "better" beer that came from a can

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

Served from a 12oz can at between fridge and cellar temp in my spiffy Sam Adams Boston Lager glass.

A - Medium yellow-gold with honey colored highlights and a decent off-white head. Lacing is sporadic, and head retention is average.

S - Very fragrant with a mainly citrusy hop profile. Very light, not very roasted maltiness. Pleasant and unassuming.

T - Fresh, buiscuity maltiness in the front, with nice hoppy balance in the middle and back. A bit of honey sweetness is also apparent. The alcohol is slightly prevalent, but not really detrimental. Aftertaste is first bready, then turns green and moderately bitter, with an interesting fresh-cut plant-like character.

M - Fluffy in the mouth, but strangely enough, not belly filling with the carbonation. Rolling, thick swallow.

D - This is a nice offering from Butternuts, and IMHO, the second best of their three canned beers. A little on the high end for all day drinkability, but well rounded and tasty.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.68/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this in a BF, and I have to say it is by far one of the coolest looking cans I have ever seen. That phish is worth the price on this one alone.

A - Poured a decent medium amber with a big frothy white head..Slow fade left behind a ton of lace, which itself stayed for most of the session. Nice cloudy haziness to it, decent visible carbonation.

S - Very malty. Lots of bread with some very light citrus hops. A little weak on the smell, could have been stronger, but what was there was rather pleasant.

T - Very intresting, the label says all malt ipa, and I could almost believe it. Very little initial hoppiness to it, almost more of a pale ale then an IPA. Lots of grain, but it does start to show a bit of citrus as you work into it, but never really blows you away, still very nice flavor.

M - Very smooth, decent feel..Not too slick, and just thick enough. A bit of a bubbliness helped give the flavor that extra pop.

D - Very good. This was light enough to drink all night, but had enough in it to really keep your intrest. Very solid.

Overall there was more to it than just a cool can, this was actually a really fine brew. I would be glad to sit down with one of these anytime..

Photo of beermanbrian
3.88/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear light bronze color with a nice frothy head. Leaves globs of lacing as you drink it. A nice creamy cap sticks around for the full pint. Smell of lightly floral hops. Smell is there, but is certainly on the mild side. Taste follows suit, with a light floral hops upfront, followed by bready maltyness and finishes dry. Solid medium bodied mouthfeel. A very drinkable brew. A little timid compared to some of the hop bombs out there but sometimes that is just what you are looking for. With the canned packaging, this is a good summer picnic/golf beer.

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

Poured from a cool looking yellow can into my shaker "pint" glass. Appears a cloudy golden amber color with about a finger of off-white head. Smell is fruity and spiked with citrus and hops. Taste is pleasantly balanced between the sweet malt and the fruity hops. This beer is not bursting with hoppiness, but what is there works well. Medium in both body and carbonation. Another great option to have available in a can.

Photo of papaglide
4.37/5  rDev +41%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a beautiful yet slightly cloudy, light amber color with a nice but quickly diminishing 1 finger head that dissipates into nice lacey froth.
The nose is a dry hopped one that is reminiscent of Cascades but I don't think that they are Cascades.
Taste is a crisp, dry hop bitterness followed by a small malt sweetness and finished with nice hop dryness. Very nice balance.
This beer is definitely drinkable and then some. What a great idea to can excellent beer. Next to kegs, cans offer the greatest freshness as no oxidation can take place and with the technology available nowadays, no "tinny" taste is present. I only wish more breweries would can good beer but bottling is cheaper and of course "who wants to drink beer out of a can?" I do and let's hope the stigma of canned beer goes away and more breweries put out a fine product like this.
Definitely recommend especially at $6.00 a six in the Buffalo, NY area.

Photo of Billolick
3.95/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ouncer in a thin skinned aluminum can, no freshness indication offered. Pours typical medium almond amber, cloudy, under a medium tan head, tiny bubble film and leaving a light and spotty submission of lacing. Nose is pleasantly hoppy, Easy drinking, respectable hopping level, lightish body. Piney hops follow thru along the finish. Quite drinkable, more good/BA worthy beer in a can, perfect to take to the beach or parking lot for a pre METS game BBQ...always a good thing

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.27/5  rDev +37.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Acquired via trade from plaid75, so a big "Thank you" goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz can into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light amber color with a short foamy white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is very fruity with citrus sweetness and a strong hops background, along with a moderate caramelized malt background.

T: The taste starts out very fruity with flavors of tangerine and maybe some berries. A strong burst of hops bitterness quickly follows. The malt character is a bit on the light side for the style but it works. The after-taste is hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, clean and dry finish.

D: Very tasty, goes down easily, not filling at all, good representation of style even if it is a little on the sweet side, this beer is definitely worth pounding for the duration of an evening.

Photo of Derek
3.98/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Gold with a fluffy white head. Good retention & lacing.

S: Floral, citrus & grassy hops with a hint of underlying breadyness.

T: Orange & grapefruit citrus with hints of pine from the hops; Toffee & bready biscuit flavours from the malts. Not overly fruity (hints of cotton candy), but you can tell it's an ale yeast (unlike some of the American versions). Modest bitterness for an IPA, and I've come to expect more. The hop flavour isn't in your face either, but it has a pleasant depth. The taste is really great, by style-wise some might consider it more of a pale ale than an IPA.

M: Well-attenuated, silky smooth & creamy; slight hints of acidity in the dry finish. Well-crafted.

D: Hell yeah!

Snapperhead IPA from Butternuts Beer & Ale
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