Porkslap Pale Ale | Butternuts Beer & Ale

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Porkslap Pale AlePorkslap Pale Ale

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Butternuts Beer & Ale
New York, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.30%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 338 | Ratings: 876
Photo of leannlovr
4.68/5  rDev +44.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer was malty yet not syrupy. It had a slight hoppy finish which rounded it off nicely. It looked and smelled crisp and clean. The mouthfeel was light and not at all heavy or lingering. Overall a great beer for a session on just with dinner. I also have to mention the nice bouquet on the beer as well.

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Photo of dogknot
4.51/5  rDev +39.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer is doesn't have the complexity of some superior beers, BUT on the other hand it is unpretentious in its simple packaging and taste. Its balance and drinkability are porkslaps selling points. Taste is a great balance between the malt and hops with a slight spiciness, color is a cloudy light amber. Definitely a "best buy" type of beer, will buy it over and over again.

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Photo of nephlim
4.5/5  rDev +38.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I ran into a bud of mine while walking home. He said "check this beer out!", and broke off a can from the six pack. The pigs on the label are cute, and the orange can made me think of cream soda.

Onto the beer!

I poured it into a Schwelmer pils glass.

Deep bronze colour, and a nice thin white head.

It smells like a good pale ale; it reminded me of Sammy Smith, only lighter.

It tastes good. Light caramel, light toast notes, slightly bitter after taste, but in a good way.

The mouthfeel and drinkability are great.

This is a simple, tasty beer that just goes down well and is very easy to drink. Plus the can is just neat. Give it a try!

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Photo of halxyz
4.5/5  rDev +38.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

If you've ever wished you could find a fresh American made bitter, this is a beer you should try.

Judging from other ratings this is a very misunderstood beer. It is not for American Pale Ale hopheads, but if you are looking for an English style bitter it's a beer you can love. The hops and the conditioning are restrained compared to most American pales, but why is that a bad thing? There is both balance and harmony in this beer. I recently had Porkslap from a cask and it was simply outstanding. From the can, I would highly recommend pouring to a glass to get the pleasure of its mouth feel. The added ginger made me dubious going in, but it is so restrained and complementary to the hop profile that folks didn't know there was ginger until told. I can be a hophead too, but this beer is not intended to compete with them and I for one am grateful for the alternsative.

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Photo of Trombone69
4.5/5  rDev +38.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this at a beer festival a few years back, at the Philadelphia Navy yard. The weather was hot as hell, and a lot of brewers were having trouble keeping their beer cold. But the Butternuts guys had this stuff icy cold. We all thought it was the greatest stuff ever. Loved the ginger taste and the orange / copper color.

Since then I've had it and been completely unimpressed. I'm not sure what happened. It'll keep it's 4.5 rating though, because on that day, it KICKED ASS.

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Photo of bpw28
4.49/5  rDev +38.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This can looks awesome. Some might think these two pigs belly bumping on the front is cheezy, but who doesn't want to drink a beer that has two hogs belly bumping on the front because they are so excited about the brew inside?

Look: Nice three finger bone white head,Soap bubble head with pretty good retention, Slightly hazy copper color ( about a 13 SRM), lacing is good, bubbles slowly float to the top.

Smell: Sticky sweet smelling malt, funk (not a bad one at all, it is a "farmhouse" ale style), grassy/hay/grain/light barn smell (not bad), bit of pine, wet wood (like after a rain storm in the woods), slightly fruity smelling like orange oil, peppery, leathery cigar smoke (like your old man's leather jacket that he'd wear smoking cigars on the porch. Not bad at all.)

Taste: Hm, wow. Slightly sweet malt, grass, yeasty, oaky, grains, funk (still the good funk), peppery, peach (that after a peach taste) slight cream kind of taste, light hop back bone that finishes piney. The body is the only thing that is a let down. Its light, not seriously light, but enough to be noticed.

Final Thoughts: I really like this. The only thing it lacks for me is more body. It's exactly what it seems to claim to be and does it well. It's a pale ale with a farmhouse twist. I was worried they might under do or over do the "farmhouse funk", but its perfect. I love beers like this, where the nose brings great thoughts and memories. I really love funky beers. Though I can see how this beer might not be for everyone, Butternuts did a fine job on this one.

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Photo of p0wn
4.48/5  rDev +38.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

An exceptional session beer. Have never poured it, as it is in a bright orange can... some beers are for pouring, others are not. Has a ginger-ey type flavor, with a light pale ale taste.

A little thin, the mixture of malt and hops are very balanced, a distinct note of hops at the end.

Perfect for your friends who usually only drink macros, as it has a bold yet not overpowering flavor.

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Photo of jneiswender
4.43/5  rDev +36.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured out of a 12oz can into a pint glass. Served cold.

A-amber body, off-white thick head

S-buttery, fruity scent

T-buttery front, sweet, grainy some hop at the end.

M-medium and well carbonated

D-this beer really has turned me on to canned beer again. Incredibly drinkable. I found myself really drinking this over and over. I will drink this again.

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Photo of adamette
4.23/5  rDev +30.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I was so excited to find a six pack of this at Wegman's in Lakewood, NY 8 29 09. Consumed 8 30 09 at my brother's house near Chautaqua Institute just down the road. Six pack was priced at just under $10.

A Light caramel opaque body under a brief, light brown head. Extra credit for the great label that pretty much inspired me to buy this beer. 4.5

S Light hops, malt. Solid Pale Ale smell. 4.0

T Kind of basic pale ale with some hops but in good balance with a moderate light roasted malt. Very nice. 4.0

M Moderate to light and appropriate to style. 4.0

D The best feature of this beer. My pint was gone before I knew it. 5.0

Notes: I freely admit that I bought this in part due to the excellent label on the can. Every time that I look at it I laugh.

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Photo of JayS2629
4.22/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This was absolutely amber. Quite dark for a pale ale. Still, nice clarity, a two finger head with descent retention and rings of sticky lace rings.

The aroma is a nice citrus hops on a caramel backbone. Simple, balanced. Orange peel and grapefruit.

The flavor is nicely balanced with a clean, bready bottom and a touch of caramel with orange rind, grapefruit and lemon zest.

Crisp, refreshing, easy drinking

Very nice, drinkable session beer.

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Photo of Urk1127
4.15/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

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

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Photo of rjplumer
4.09/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours to a nice two finger head with nice retention. A citrus hop aroma that grabs you right away. A mild hazy amber color. Has a little bitterness that gives way to a tart and clean finish. Refreshing and very drinkable. Very well done and would love to have this one again.

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Photo of IBUnit63
4.07/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From can into Alpine mug...

Poyurs a cloudy apple cider brown with ample carbonation and a wispy thin head that comes and goes, leaving decent lacing.

Nice bance of boiled malt with apples and cinnamon with a fait complement of mild piney hops.

Clean and austere malt profile, resembling a lighter pale ale, with a fair amount of English-style grassy and piney hoppiness. Cinnamon emerges with warmth. Quite enjoyable.

Very soothing mouthfeel-hearty, woody, rustic and full. Freshness and carbonation give this one some nice ups.

This drinks lightly and quickly. Calorie count only 150 per the can. Another very enjoyable effort from the gentlemen down Route 80 in the 607.

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Photo of illpass78
4.07/5  rDev +25.6%
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.

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Photo of currysage1
4.07/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy grade B maple syrup, one finger off white head sinks quickly down to a spotty covering.

Smell is of dried orange peel, green hay, and light pine.

Tastes like alfalfa mixed with toasted oats, orange peel bitterness, and some slight pine freshness.

Mouthfeel isn't bad at all, great body with not too much slickness, carbonation is refreshing but not overpowering. Solid drinkability and feel for an APA.

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Photo of Finn
4.07/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a hazy dark orange. Aroma is caramel, ginger, and reminds me of an english pale. Butterscotchy aroma as well. A bit of ginger hits the tongue first, with a touch of caramel malts. Body is a tad thin with moderate carboantion. Overall a great session beer that is very tasty when fresh.

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.07/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz can purchased at the brewery. Before getting into the review, I want to say how inviting Chuck was when we visited. There is no tap room or public area, but we were invited in to look around, sample the beers, and chat. It was the best part of our tour of the beer to be found around Cooperstown.

The brew pours a solid iced tea color with a full coat of whitish head over top that breaks in the middle to a patchy coat. Clarity is very nice and there is a solid cascade of bubbles in the brew. The nose is slightly toasty and bready, with spicy ginger. There is a kiss of earthy hop in there as well. Taking a sip, I find the bready and toasted malt character hits up front, moves to a ginger sweet and spice and rounds out nicely at the end with a solid bitterness and a very nice earth hop. There is good flow between the flavor components, keeping everything detectable while still having blending of them at the transitions. Mouthfeel is moderate with a moderate carbonation; pretty well where I expected it. Overall, I really enjoy this brew. The first can was enjoyed while tossing some boccie balls around our campsite, and really was nice on a warm summer day. It is simple, but not boring.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.07/5  rDev +25.6%
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.

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Photo of chinchill
4.06/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz can served in standard pint glass.

A - nice copper color with light tan head. Head is short-lived but leaves partial top coat and side lacing.

S - sweet floral malt with mild hops

T - Crisp, smooth and malty. Brewery reports that this "beer is flavored with crystal hop and a touch of fresh ginger"; the ginger (thankfully?) is just barely detectable. Citrus and caramel notes are more obvious. Nice progression of tastes and lingering finish.

M - a bit light. Well carbonated.

An interesting and malty but well-balanced PA "brewed with 2 row N. American barley and English crystal malt".

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Photo of samie85
4.05/5  rDev +25%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes; originally one hour ago.

A-Pours a clear orange color with two fingers of white head head.

S- A nice tropical assortment of mango, a little pineapple, some pine and a nice light caramel malt.

T-Follows the nose with mango, pineapple and that nice light caramel malt backbone.

M-Smooth, medium bodied with low carbonation and a nice slick feel.

D-Incredibly drinkable and I like the low ABV; if this beer was regularly available to me, it would be a regular in my fridge.

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Photo of webbcreative
4.05/5  rDev +25%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to Rhettroactive for the awesome can!

Pours a dark honey color with a white 1.5 finger head. minimal lace that is quickly fleeting.

S= getting a lot of the ginger aromas. Not picking up much hops, as in I would never guess this to be a pale ale blindly.

Taste = again getting more sweet malt, with the ginger quickly there, but its not overdone for my tastes, I actually quite enjoy this unexpected twist. Not hoppy at all. Picking up some fruit flavors as well but I honestly cannot discern what they are, but I get some citrus.

Mouthfeel= medium, pretty much typical for a pale ale.

Overall, this is a really good beer, not that I would have pegged it for a pale ale, but styles be damned - this is a great session beer that I wish I had more access too.

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Photo of doopydoogle
4.02/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. can into a nice beer glass:

A - Rich, creamy head that lingered to the last sip. Rich amber color with vibrant carbonation.

S - Floral and fruity with a nice malt essence. Slight pineapple and citrus complemented by some piney notes.

T - Light, crisp, clean, with a good balance between a good malt profile and a slight hop bitterness. There is a slightly resinous pine flavor that lingers, and the finish leaves a pleasant bitter that resolves into an enjoyable malt that sticks around. A unique taste that might be the result of the use of a small amount of ginger in the recipe.

M - A little watery for the style, but not objectionable. Surprising given the rich head and vibrant carbonation. Maybe a result of canning?

O - An intensely sessionable ale. Unique for the style, not overly hoppy at all, closer to a traditional ESB without the diacetyl funkiness. A good beer, imminently drinkable, and with a very unique character.

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Photo of bassistbynature
4/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

As a college student from ny living in maine,i was pleased to find this in the cooler case at the local beer oasis. The place puts BA Scores on their price tags, which is fantastic. I was looking for something drinkable to share over the weekend, and boy did i find it.

This is just a nice, malty pale ale, with a decent hop finish. Good medium body/mouthfeel. Extremely drinkable. 7 bucks for the six pack is a good price too. It's way better than anything macro, cheap enough for me to buy, and from my home state to boot.

Definitely recommend this beer.

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Photo of jondeelee
3.98/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I admit: I bought this beer for the label. How could I not, with its charming belly-bumping pigs suspended mid-air beneath a cartoon-font name? And I bought the beer expecting exactly nothing of it. My first whiff thus was a pleasant surprise, as I encountered not the bland skunkiness of an Anheuser-Busch product, but a nose full of malt: butternut squash and apricot, macadamia nut and orange, all suspended over fresh wheat.

On the tongue, the beer continued to surprise, for though it wasn't as fruity as the nose promised, it still carried a good load of light fruit esters (white grape, lychee nut), as well as Grape Nuts cereal-like toasted grains. The label says "all malt," but there's a good bit of hops in here as well, providing a nice grapefruit-bitter background. The flavors are rounded out by a surprising, but somehow appropriate, splash of ginger root (which is actually added, and does not result merely from the malt). The flavors are quite distinct, and the brew has been made lovingly, with good quantities of malts and hops. The aftertaste tends to sway a bit excessively toward grapefruit and ginger, but the main part of the mouthful is enjoyable.

Overall, while I can't say this is a stellar pale ale, it is an interesting and highly quaffable one, and will no doubt make its way into my fridge again, or at least my camping cooler.

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Photo of tugdriver7
3.98/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had to buy this can. The artwork alone was worth the purchase. But decent pale ale from a can? Yes. It was great. And quite fresh tasting (thanks to the can). Hazy orange with a nice tan bubbly head. Soft carbonation that brought a soft malty smell to the nose. Flavor was fairly one dimensional, but well balanced with a subtle hops bitterness in the finish.

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Porkslap Pale Ale from Butternuts Beer & Ale
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