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Snapperhead IPA - Butternuts Beer & Ale

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Snapperhead IPASnapperhead IPA

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530 Ratings
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Ratings: 530
Reviews: 304
rAvg: 3.1
pDev: 19.35%
Wants: 4
Gots: 13 | 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 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.

smcolw, Nov 18, 2007
Photo of BeerTruth
4.05/5  rDev +30.6%
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.

BeerTruth, Oct 26, 2007
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!

number1bum, Oct 02, 2007
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.

kmpitz2, Sep 24, 2007
Photo of jackorain
3.13/5  rDev +1%
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

jackorain, Aug 25, 2007
Photo of EPseja
3.48/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

EPseja, Aug 22, 2007
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..

mikesgroove, Aug 03, 2007
Photo of beermanbrian
3.9/5  rDev +25.8%
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.

beermanbrian, Jul 10, 2007
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.

ClockworkOrange, Jul 03, 2007
Photo of papaglide
4.4/5  rDev +41.9%
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.

papaglide, Jun 23, 2007
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

Billolick, May 30, 2007
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.25/5  rDev +37.1%
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.

TheManiacalOne, May 24, 2007
Photo of Derek
3.95/5  rDev +27.4%
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!

Derek, May 21, 2007
Photo of jjayjaye
3.03/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a light amber color with less than a finger whispy off whitehead that fades quickly. no lacing observed.

The smell is mellow. This one might be oxidized. A light lemon hop aroma.

Medium mouth feel. A slight tingle from hops and carbonation. Finished dry.

The flavor is lightly piny and lemon citrus. A slight lingering bitterness.

I'm having a hard time staying with this one.

jjayjaye, May 21, 2007
Photo of ChuckD
3.45/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz. can from Shoreline poured into a chalice. Limited chunky lacing atop a dirty copper/orange body. Malts dominate upfront. Bread and slight butterscotch. Hops are present - but not abundant. The taste verifies the smell - fresh bread and malty sweetness. The hop character attempts to break thru - but is stifled somehow. Very basic and uncomplex floralness. The feel is quite full and juicy in the mouth and finishes clean and grassy.

Who stole the hops? A little tweaking of this brew will do wonders. The malt character is wonderful. Add a few hop layers and it'll be fantastic.

ChuckD, May 17, 2007
Photo of Rudgers73
3.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured out of the can into a pint glass. Not much head, decent carbonation, golden color with a bit of cloudiness. The aroma is strong with piny hops and a slight bready malt backing. Very clean taste with a big resiny bang upfront. It then tappers off to a smoother, sweeter, and finally malty ending. Leaves a slippery coating in the mouth and a dryness on the tongue.

Overall: big hop bitterness in the taste, very average in most other departments.

Rudgers73, May 10, 2007
Photo of Stimack
3.6/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Decided to give the beer a try last night since it was in a can. Actually like the idea of pretty good beer with character being in cans as they are great for hiking and fishing, just a bit more manageable. Anyway I degreesÂ…

The beer was poured to a copper color with a medium sized head that seemed to break down quite quickly; its color was slightly off white. I was actually surprised that there was much of a head as when I popped open the can there did not seem to be much in the way of carbonation. The aroma gives off a floral hop scent rather than citrus which somewhat surprised me. Also present is a sweet scent that might be a little reminiscent of butter, would that be from the malt or the yeast? The taste is pretty solid, as it has some good things happening with more flavors coming through than hops. Pick up a noticeable caramel malt flavor that gives it a sweet taste. The hops lend to a floral flavor, although some fruit like flavors do seem present, which mixes nicely with the malt. Over all this is a fair offering, not quite what I was expecting but never less it had a nice flavor and was quite easy drinking.

Stimack, Apr 14, 2007
Photo of Gavage
3.03/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brightly colored yellow can.

Appearance: pours a hazy orange color with some yellow highlights. One finger head falls to a thick surface foam. Moderate lacing develops.

Smell: very mild floral bitterness and some orange citrus.

Taste: very mild caramel tones with some orange citrus, mild bitterness, and all around fruit sweetness. For an IPA this is a very mild flavored beer that's more of a pale ale.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp and dry at the start, smooth and dry at the finish. Lighter side of medium bodied beer. Mildly bitter and sweet citrus filled aftertaste.

Drinkability: easy to drink but bland for the style. Not worth trying unless you are in a situation to drink from a can.

Gavage, Apr 13, 2007
Photo of Sammy
3.45/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On the can trail (it travels easy, even in a coat pocket), this was an IPA I would not have otherwise tried. A bit light though not watery. Dryness there, so-so IPA,average beer. very drying finish. Easy drink, a drop of fruit.Noticeably sweet malt though not cloying.

Sammy, Apr 01, 2007
Photo of plaid75
3.98/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a medium copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a spicy herbal hop, with hints of roses. Good grainy aromas as well.

The taste consisted of an upfront sweet caramel malt with a complex earthy hop spiciness.

The mouthfeel was full and creamy.

Overall a very interesting ale. Very much like the Porkslap, but with more body.

plaid75, Mar 26, 2007
Photo of WesWes
3.58/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a golden color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a creamy pale malt scent along with a mildly bitter hop aroma. The taste is decent as well. It has a smooth pale and Carapils malt flavor that goes down easy and finishes bitter. It's a mild IPA, which makes it easy to drink, but it doesn't have the good hop flavor most will crave. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinking beer, but nothing too exciting.

WesWes, Mar 12, 2007
Photo of oberon
3.45/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I have to say the artwork on the can and the price ($6.99) swayed me a little here along with the fact Iam wondering how this newer in state brewery is doing.This poured a dull medium golden with a thinner wispy white head that leaves one shotty streak of lace as it settled quickly,subdued hops in the nose for the style just a hint citric-like fruitiness underneath caramel,toasty malt.Quite sweet up front on the palate very caramelly and toasty the hops in fruity in fruity character show up a bit as the beer warms a bit but never really stand out.Hmm I would like more hop profile here as with the Pork Slap the hops seem a bit light but this is a tasty ale nonetheless.

oberon, Mar 10, 2007
Photo of SixpointJMH
3.85/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an average looking copper/amber colour with a mid range sized head that leaves a minimal amount of residue on the glass. Not bad, but not overly impressive. This is your typical looking IPA for the most part.

The aroma is hoppy, but more so sweet, and if there are any drawbacks its that it's a bit too sweet at times, bordering on medicinal when combined with the bit of fruit thats apparent here as well.

The flavour hits on the aroma but is much more tame with the sweetness and fruit, and as such is much more balanced. the fact that some bread notes cut through help the balance out nicely as well. While hops are apparent, they could be kicked up a touch, although maybe not as much as others have recommended here. Just because it's an American IPA doesn't require it to be an all out hop bomb. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and decent overall, wit ha bit of chewiness.

I liked this one and have been surprised by the Butternuts line as a whole. Of the canned products I've sampled, they don't have the best of the bunch, but every thing's good and it's the most consistent all around I think. This one won't knock your socks off but it's got some good flavour to it and is certainly a good brew that worth a try.

SixpointJMH, Mar 08, 2007
Photo of auntfloyd
3.65/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Served from a 12 oz can into a Stone IPA specialty glass.

Pours an opaque, fizzy, copper, with the faintest hint of white head.

The nose is slightly buttery sweet hops, grass, and malt. I definitely detected more malt than hops, which is unusual for an American IPA.

The flavor is sweet, butterscotch malts up front, with caramel flavors, followed by a faint hint of hops.

The mouthfeel is a bit watery, but drinkability is fair regardless.

Overall... this is a decent British-style IPA. The malt flavor is dominant, but the hops do provide a kick. The abv is (presumably) low, so this could be a good session ale alongside more traditional British bitters and pale ales. This won't please traditional fans of American IPA's,but is in, IMHO, a separate class.

auntfloyd, Mar 05, 2007
Photo of bonbright7
4/5  rDev +29%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

After trying the other selections from Butternuts, I like this one better than Pork Slap as it displays an interesting sweet malt twang like bending strings on a Telecaster.

I viewed the subtle head that emerged from the first pour and noticed the slight aroma of hops that came from my 50cl glass,

I have to say that taste after taste, the smooth elements of hard candy, malty ice cream, and tinge of hops made me wonder if this was an IPA. Okay, it more or less smelled like one, but it came to me more like a lesser form of a tripel style ale.

This would be great to tailgate with at muddy college lacrosse games this Spring while feasting with friends on foot long heros.

bonbright7, Mar 01, 2007
Snapperhead IPA from Butternuts Beer & Ale
72 out of 100 based on 530 ratings.