Porkslap Pale Ale
Butternuts Beer & Ale

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Pale Ale - American
Ranked #2,976
Ranked #49,980
3.23 | pDev: 18.27%
Butternuts Beer & Ale
New York, United States
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4.47/5  rDev +38.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This one should be enjoyed straight out of the can. When poured, the look is orange and murky - not unappealing but it is a red-herring. The beer tastes nothing like the look of it.

Smells of grain, grass, and ginger.

The taste is malty, biscuity, with that slight sharpness from the ginger. Delicious.

Mouth feel is nice: well-rounded carbonation and lacing - not too light and not too heavy. Very crushable.

My dad has a go-to beer. My grandpa had one. His before him surely did as well.

This is mine.

Feb 09, 2020
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BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

3.25/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

From the can, it pours a hazy orangey amber with a large head that slowly shrinks. Lacing. Scent is possibly ginger and a bit of malt. First sensation in taste was one of water, followed by a bit of malt. Decent summer beer.

Jul 04, 2018
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jjamadorphd from Florida

3.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

This is an almost great example of what I like to call a "pounder" beer...

Decent coloration and decent odor in the nose though a bit more carbonated than I prefer. What surprised me was its taste - malty, the most distant hints of sweetness, and an intangible quality of being a beer I could just pound one after the other. Too bad I only had one on hand...

Oct 02, 2017
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BeerBobber from Nevada

3.31/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly hazy golden amber color with tons of visible carbonation. Topped by just about a finger of loose crackling bone colored head.

Smell is slightly bready and malty while picking up on some hops.

Taste is slightly hoppy with a nice malt backbone.

Mouth is very light with a crisp dry finish.

This is a decent beer with some cool can art that drew me to the beer. The can is odd in that it says pale ale, farmhouse ale and ale brewed with ginger. Seems as if they are having some difficulty with thier own beer in attempting to identify it. Also of note is that "brewd with ginger" thing on the can, no ginger was picked up at all in this beer. So overal,l I did it and now I am moving on.

Jul 28, 2017
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EMH73 from New York

3.27/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a slightly cloudy copper color with a half inch, poorly retained white head that left very little lacing. Smells of citrus and ginger. Taste is far more maltly than the smell would suggest, some orange flavor and just a hint of ginger. Minimal bitterness. Thin mouth feel, moderate carbonation, light bodied.

Jan 15, 2017
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BrewMaven from New York

3.77/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice hazy deep gold that has a slight head that stays to lace the glass.

Not much on the nose for me, but taste is a big malty, hoppy surprise!

Fairly thick bodied with moderate carbonation.

The fact that it's only 4.3%, makes it an excellent session beer for me.

Very good!!! Repeat buy.

Jun 16, 2016
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utopiajane from New York

3.27/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours hazy at first then clears with a thin head that does not last. Orangey yellow. Nose is a tiny bit of bright ginger and some American citrusy hops that have a good herbal and the potential to show a bit of dankness. The malt is very biscuity. Tastce is crakery and big with malt. Hops are shy at first but gain a little bit as you drink. The beer is surprisingly malty and while you might think it's bland at first it does really grow on you. Hops are just prominent enough and this drinks so easily and without much bitterness. Ginger is faint in the flavor and will show you the hops herbal witha bit of extra brightness. Finish is a bit thin and there were no bubbles. It could have used a few bubbles. malt offers surprising flavor and bitterness is perfect to finish this beer refreshing and crisp.

Apr 28, 2016
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MikefromNYC from New York

2.73/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Tried this just because of the cool name, low price tag, and sessionable abv%.

A - Copper
S - Weird...
T - Bitter, but it's weird.
M - Light, smooth
O - Not a fan.

My verdict is that I would rather drink this than Buds, Coors, Corona, Heineken, etc, however, I'd take just about any micro-brew over it.

Maybe this could be used for cooking in some way - perhaps on the grill? Won't be purchasing this again until I experiment for cooking.

Feb 03, 2016
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Lunchboxhead from Massachusetts

3.12/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A clever name will sell a beer once but it will not bring me back. Attractive on the surface as I examine its pretty orange color and bright complexion but with little substance to back it up. I so wanted to love it but I was left feeling empty and looking for so much more. Sigh.

Dec 19, 2015
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Brandonhelvie from New York

2.83/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Had a few while playing the golf course the brewery also opperates. An odd brew the say the least, doesn't seem like it has a solid place in any category. Off smells and after taste that couldn't be placed as well as lack of ginger anywhere. However, it's light enough to be a session beer, I really thought that was the only upside.

Nov 24, 2015
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breardon1776 from New York

2.97/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

So not sure if this an APA or farmhouse ale. The color looks murky cooper. Smell is not gods/bad. Taste has some good flavor and some bitters I can't place. I do like it is a smooth drink. Gotta give this beer scores that are just average.

Oct 29, 2015
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johnnnniee from New Hampshire

3.41/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Can at America on Tap
Deep golden color with a decent white head. Rich bready caramel maltiness with some earth and citrus hop top counter. Decent Pale ale.

Oct 11, 2015
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Magister_Beav from Vermont

1.03/5  rDev -68.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Terrible beer. The only thing worse than this beer are the other beers made by this brewery. They are simply the worst beers I have ever had. Terrible.

Sep 05, 2015
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57md from Pennsylvania

3.31/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured a nice copper color with over two fingers of head - this baby was live! The nose is bready but also had a hint of Belgian yeast. The same holds with the flavor. The mild sourness on the finish was not terribly pleasant.

Aug 29, 2015
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JLaw55 from Missouri

2.5/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Tried it just for the oddity of its name alone. Can't say it was very good though. Basically just bland nothingness. Nothing really stands out as a noticeable flavor profile. Not to mention I look at this in complete bewilderment as to what style it wants to be; pale ale....farmhouse ale..... yet all malt??? What?!?!

And don't even get me started on the Ginger that the label advertises as being part of the brew. It is nonexistent as well.

Would Drink Again: No
Would Purchase Again: No

Aug 18, 2015
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cwmayer from Maryland

3.54/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Drank it right out of the can on a hot summer day. Refreshing. Not over powering, or strong. I could drink quite a few. Good session beer and nice looking can and name.

Aug 09, 2015
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tillmac62 from South Carolina

3.94/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BOD 9/26/14. Pours a slightly hazy orange, the same color as the can. World class head volume, retention and lacing.

Light nose of biscuit and a hint of grassy and floral hops. As it warms, a bit of orange is noted.

Medium body that approaches a creamy texture. Superb carbonation with a nice effervescence in the middle and a prickly rush in the finish.

The flavor profile is borderline outstanding. It is reasonably intense, slightly complex but is perfectly balanced. It begins with a nice blended flavor that slowly separates. Grassy hops lead then flow into a very mild bitterness. Under the bitterness is an orange flavored background. Biscuit malt proves a subtle balancing sweetness at the end of the middle. The finish has a ginger note that exhibits itself in both flavor and a lingering light spicy bitterness. The finish is dry and a ginger bitterness lingers.

Jun 16, 2015
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PatrickCT from Connecticut

3.46/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An nice color amber body and clear. Off white one and a half finger head.
Toasted malts and a pint, citrus hop presence in both the aroma and taste. Not bad.

Apr 08, 2015
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DoubleJ from Wisconsin

3.19/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

With a name like Porkslap, I was thinking that this beer was brewed with ham hocks, or bacon, or anything pig related. Instead, this is a pale ale brewed with ginger. I like ginger. Out of a 12 ounce can, on to the beer:

It look muddy orange colored with a murky body while on top sits a two finger's thickness of foam. The head is showing good retention and sturdiness thus far. The aroma does not. It smells bland with a note of esters and husk. I'm not getting ginger initially, but it has another opportunity to show itself. With time, the ginger makes a small step forward in the aroma.

The taste is much closer to English-styled than American-styled. It does have a decent overall flavor, ginger or not. Controlled diacetyl hits fist, then a spark of ginger cuts through the diacetyl. The beer does have some edges which could be smoothed (notes of husk, a sting of bitterness among them). The beer has a light, but somewhat creamy body, with modest carbonation and a sting of spice.

Porkslap is easy drinking ale. Not wildly impressive, but easy drinking.

Nov 20, 2014
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Urk1127 from New Jersey

2.52/5  rDev -22%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured into tulip glass. One finger steady head not dissipating. Light yellow Orange hazy color. Smell is spice and hops, grassy almost like hay or a farm smell. Did not know it was ginger like the beer advertises. Taste is kind of dry and hoppy. The ginger and spices are great and I buy this whenever I have a chance one of my favorite beers

Edit. Sad to say. The beer after not having in several years, is overly sweet brown sugar. Ginger is not spicy as I remember. Sorry butternuts but I'd like to see fresher

Nov 03, 2014
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Gajo74 from New York

3.64/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice copper color with thick head. Dissipates into white lace.
Smells malty sweet.
Toasted malty taste and ginger.
Light bodied but slightly syrupy feel. Low carbonation.
Overall, not a bad beer with a unique taste.

Oct 26, 2014
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CTHomer from Connecticut

2.81/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

A: clear; bronze colored - darker than I expected; 1 finger white head that receded to a thin cap; light lacing;

S: very faint; hard to make out;

T: taste is odd; ginger is the only thing I can identify; no hops; no bitterness;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: not sure what the brewer was going for, but it didn't work for me;

Aug 03, 2014
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UCLABrewN84 from California

3.16/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy honey orange with a foamy beige head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, earth, floral, and herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with earth and herbal hop flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an average beer with a super malty presence that overpowers the hops in this one.

Jul 10, 2014
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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

4.07/5  rDev +26%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Unmarked can at 40 degrees into Duvel snifter
Aroma slightly grainy.
Head large (6.5 cm), white, creamy, slowly diminishing to
Lacing excellent – thick rings and islands of small bubbles
Body medium yellow, slight chill haze
Flavor good – odd taste of ginger which overpowers any hops, begins with an even odder taste of squash as part of the graininess but maybe the squashiness is just suggestion from the brewery name. No hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl.
Palate light to medium, watery, soft carbonation.

This meets the definition of American Pale Ale (sort of) with the maltiness more prevalent than the hops. For me, this is just so odd that I find it crushable. What I define as the squash flavor probably isn’t; more likely what I notice is the graininess. The appearance, head, lacing, and palate are all more typical of an APA than is the flavor. This beer is just weird enough to be really good.

Jul 02, 2014
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illpass78 from Maine

4.07/5  rDev +26%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz. can poured into a pilsner glass.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy amber with a pillowy white head with good retention. Carbonation is heavy.

Aroma: Slightly floral in nature, with a big malt presence.

Taste: Malt, malt, malt. This beer has a nice big malty flavor up front with some breadiness and floralness in the background. They aren't kidding with the little emblem on the can that say "all malt." Also some slight spiciness, especially on the finish.

Mouthfeel: This is a pleasure to drink - the depth and balance are just right.

Overall: Pretty terrific pale ale in a can. Hard to say "no" to this. A great all purpose ale; I paired it with lentil tacos and guacamole and it was perfect. I venture it'd be a great match for most meals.

May 31, 2014
Porkslap Pale Ale from Butternuts Beer & Ale
Beer rating: 74 out of 100 with 897 ratings