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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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Photo of bonbright7
3.82/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A friend of mine gave me two cans of this yesterday to try at home and I broke one out tonight after work to see what it was about.

My first impression, after I blindly poured it into a big blue Solo cup, was well taken by a malty Irish ale taste coupled with a pilsner type of finish. I looked at it a few times through the declining head to see the golden/red/brown hues.

I liked the subtle aromas of the beer, but I didn't spend too much time smelling it as it went down easily.

As I thought a little more about the Pork Slap, the apparency of its high value for Fall picnics and tail gate parties at football games came to mind. I also thought this would be good with hearty feasts and might rank a step up if we could find it on draft.

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Photo of scootny
3.8/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A dusky copper with mild haze and a decent white head and lacing. Smell is lightly fruity with pale or crystal malt and a mild floral hops. Taste is much the same with a darker malt component that adds depth and develops the taste profile. Finish is mild and clean with a trace of toasted bread and grain and a bit of grapefruit and light green apple. Feel is gently carbonated with a touch of heaviness for the style. Quite drinkable and a very good session ale.

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Photo of tronester
3.8/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served In a can, this pale ale has rich caramel malt flavors, with a solid hop earthy bitterness. Good mouthfeel and carbonation. Very good drinkability, several of these in a row would be great. I would get this again. The low alcohol and can make this a great beer for outdoor activities.

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Photo of ncvbc
3.8/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Amber orange in color, huge fizzy head with lots of carbonation. Smell is well malted for sure with with a light grassy, floral like hoppy scents lingering underneath it. Very interesting taste that grew immensely on me as I consumed this one. Again, a pretty big malt presence. Caramel, with a very biscuity flavor near the end. In between, the hops are great. Piney, floral, with a unique minty, peppermint type flavor. Somewhat reminiscent of the Blue Spruce needles from a Short's brew but on a much smaller, toned down scale. Damn, quite a surprise. Mouthfeel is just a bit too dry in the finish, otherwise I can't complain. A beer that makes you step back for a second to wonder what's going on, unlike most Pale Ales you'll encounter. I must say, it was pretty impressive, though not your standard.

Thanks goes to MMAJYK for the extra in a recent trade...looking forward to the Extra Short Bus, ha!

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Photo of erosier
3.78/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours a nice amber color with a nice medium bodied light tan colored head that sticks around for a while before fading at a medium pace.
S: The smell is of sweet toasted and some more deeper roasted malts underneath an earthy hoppy bitter aroma.
T: The taste follows the smell which is nice. It has a very nice sweet malty base underneath a more earthy hoppy bitter flavor.
M: The mouthfeel is very fresh, crisp, and the right amount of carbonation.
D: Very drinkable pale ale. I liked it alot and would definately recommend this to people looking for a good pale ale.

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Photo of tehawful
3.78/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The marketing is really what drew me in on this beer. Porkslap Pale Ale is a great name for a beer. Then you add a picture of two pigs belly-slapping on an orange can and tell me its from a brewery named "Butternuts"...lets just say you had me at porkslap.

Appearance: Pours into a deep slightly foggy amber body with a fizzy off-white head the settles down but doesn't disappear.

Smell: Not too complex, mostly sweet caramel malt with very slight hint of ginger at the end.

Taste: Heavy sweet caramel malt taste with a toasted hint, the "all malt" slogan on the can rings more true for the porkslap than the others I have tried. The hint of ginger once again comes through at the end, along with a light wheat flavor.

Mouthfeel: Real smooth with medium light carbonation.

Drinkability: Definitely the best beer I have had from Butternuts. Nothing too complicated in any category but it has a great sweet malt taste and is smooth enough to enjoy all night. This is a great middle ground for a reasonable session beer that you don't need to think about too much.

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Photo of BrewMaven
3.77/5  rDev +16.4%
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.

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Photo of geexploitation
3.77/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a ruddy, slightly cloudy burnt amber color, with a pretty white head that sticks. The nose has a nice honey/caramel malt backing, along with some hop aromas that are typically citrusy but also contain some unusual spice notes (sage!). On the palate, spicy at first, then alternating from malt sweetness and back to savory spices. The hops remain in play thoughout the palate, growing in their piney goodness toward the end. Still, they never develop the full-on juicy richness I was hoping for. Mouthfeel is good but not great -- the beer is just a tad undercarbonated, and the minerality is overdone. Overall, this is certainly a decent pale ale, but it's not in the upper reaches of the style.

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Photo of Jayli
3.77/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a slightly hazy, dull copper with a one finger of creamy white head. The head recedes quickly and leaves spotty wispy lacing on the glass. Nose is of floral and earthy hops with touches of caramel and toasted malts. Taste is a bit grainy, meshed with caramel and toasted malts. Finishes with some grassy turning to piney hops. Medium body, medium carbonation, goes down easily and has a pretty dry finish to it. This is a decent beer - and hell, you have to try just for the name!

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Photo of robrobrob
3.77/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a can into a Boddington's pint glass. Beer is an amber, Yuengling color with decent off-white head. Smells like the inside of a can at first, then of malt. Tastes good, very malty with hop bitterness, this is more of an ESB than APA to me. Kind of watery in the mouth, but I could put a few down. Not a bad beer at all.

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Photo of Minkybut
3.76/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this funny looking beer into my tumbler at 45 degrees. The beer was cloudy but poured an explosion of a head into my glass. It was awesome .The beer had really good lacing. The beer was really good but I really could not nail down what it tasted like other than beer. I liked it and would buy again and I guess that is what counts in the end.

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Photo of spokeydonkey
3.75/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Poured from a 12 oz can into a 16 oz. pint glass. A frothy white head forms, roughly three-fingers deep. Eventually dissapates into a layer of

S - Caramelly and malty, with some earthy hops. A hint of spice, which is apparently ginger according to their website.

T - Pretty nice. The ginger is there, but not overpowering. I recognized a spicy note to the beer that I couldn't place until I looked it up. It plays well with the hops (they taste much more British than American), and the caramelly malts, There's some fruity notes as well. Finishes quite dry.

M - Medium-light body, with enough substance to give it a bit of weight despite its crisp dry finish.

D - Very drinkable. Low alcohol content, but quite flavorful. This is definitely a session beer.

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Photo of donniecuffs
3.75/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Into a pint glass, poured amber/orange with a finger of off-white head, that laced fairly well. The smell was decidedly malty, with some caramel, grass, and oakiness, and very little citrus/fruit flavor. The flavor was certainly more balanced, with more subtle citrus and hop bitterness in the mix, but still definitely more malty than hoppy throughout. When combined with the medium-body and fair carbonation, the malty dominance surprisingly wasn't that bad. The flavor sensation was certainly unique, but I'm not sure if I could session this pale ale.

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Photo of Tundruth
3.75/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Great looking beer, the art on the can is cool and the beer itself is slightly cloudy, copper in color and is topped by a thick layer of off white foam.

Smells sweet, malty and tangy, also there is hints of fruitiness and leather in the nose.

This beer has a taste that is full flavored and complex. Not very hoppy but its still the kind of brew you practically have to chew.

MF is thick and "sticky", carbonation is very light which I think works perfect with this beer.

Overall a solid beer, its not something you see very often which makes it all the better.

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Photo of morebeergood
3.75/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had dinner on Saturday night with my wife at The Gallows in the South End. The draft beer list had not changed at all since the last time we visited, so I decided to try a can of the Porkslap. Poured into a standard pint glass. Dark amber color with a thin white head. Some lacing. The smell was spicy and bready. I really liked the flavor of this beer. There was a very malty taste and it had a nice smooth flavor. Just enough hops to notice, but not a lot. As for mouthfeel, I would have to say that this was one of the best I have had out of a can in a long time. It was creamy, crisp, and fresh on the palate. This is the second beer I have tried from Butternuts, and I am impressed again.

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Photo of JWahlig
3.74/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I was really excited to try this can-craft but was first put off. Popping the top on this PorkSlap APA and taking a swig right after splitting a triple bomber with a friend is not the way to enjoy this brew. Expecting a nicely flavored ale and getting a full-flavored kick in the mouth put me off a bit. But trying it again out of a pint glass made me realize it has a lot of character and subtleties to boot.

A:Amber-caramel with a light-tan head that hung around for 1/2 the beer. No drink by date found.

S:It has a sweet clover aroma that leaves your nose smelling a pleasant grassy-herb.

T:The can states "All Malt" but hardly lives up to this statement. It's more of the clover-herb-honey flavor that you pick up in the scent. This is the second time around and am pleasantly surprised. Moderate tones of barley and malt with a slightly hoppy finish, this beer is a bit more intense than what I would consider a pale ale.

M:Feels great, I'd have to say it's perfectly carbonated and almost creamy. A nice smooth easy drinker poured into a pint glass, it's a different beast straight from the can.

D:I'd have another but wouldn't rush to the package store to pick up another six.

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Photo of AdamGarcia
3.74/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz can served in Hoegaarden tumbler.

A: Pours a cloudy copper. An inch or so of eggshell head dissipates quickly and leaves just a thin film of foam.

S: Sweet carmel malt. Slightly bready. Mild, spicy hops. Just a little bit of pine. I wouldn't have picked it out on my own, but there is a bit of ginger in the aroma as indicated by the Butternuts website.

T: Malty up front. Biscuit-like followed by some carmel and a little roast. Citric hops. Slight pine. Spiciness of the hops and ginger intermingle nicely. Finishes rather dry.

M: Prickly carbonation feels like one of my homebrews, which isn't much of a compliment.

D: Not bad. Some might find the ginger to be out of place in this pale ale. I rather enjoyed it. I could put away a couple of these when in the mood.

Not great, but worth grabbing one if you see it around. The Butternuts sampler pack is a good buy at a reasonable price if cans are your thing.

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Photo of Duhast500
3.73/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

The color is a clear dark gold with about three fingers of foamy white head.

The smell is a little hoppy with some malt flavor but is not real strong in the nose.

The taste is grainy with some slight caramel. There a slight hop flavor that is side by side with a great malty flavor.

The feel of this beer is pretty light and goes down pretty well. It is lower in ABV and makes for a good session beer.

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Photo of Risser09
3.72/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

12 oz Can Served Into a Pilsner Glass

Appearance: Clear gold and orange. White, soapy head creeps up and fades away, leaving some lace behind.

Smell: Hoppy and floral. Interesting aromas. Hyacinth, grass, like a garden.

Taste: Grapefruit flavored hoppiness with plenty of flavor. Floral flavors arrive. Malt backbone picks up the rear and adds balance.

Mouthfeel: Lots of carbonation. Palate cleansing. Average smoothe taste with some drying capability.

Drinkability: Behold the can. Convenient. Consumer-friendly. Fresh. Tasteful. I would drink this from the container like a hillbilly drinks Budweiser. This beer is extremely drinkable because of the quality and I'm sure the price isn't too high.

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Photo of zoso1967
3.7/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

First off, I don't care how this beer tastes. The can art makes it worth the purchase price, and if it is a great beer that is just a bonus.

Porkslap pours an interesting color for an APA. Not really pale, more like slightly brownish medium amber with a parchment head that slowly fades, but leaves pretty poor lace.

The aroma is also interesting. The hops are mostly herbal, and there is a hint of ginger in the nose. I would say the aroma is malty overall though, with a good amount of toffee character.

The flavor is an interesting blend of earthy hops, ginger and breakfast cereal. I know that probably does not sound all that great, but it actually tastes pretty good. There is a definite toffee, almost roasty quality to the malt that is quite interesting. This reminds me more of a mild than an APA, but I am sure if it was called Porkslap mild, it would not sell nearly as well.

The mouthfeel is quite nice with a light/medium body that has subdued carbonation and a clean finish. Herbal hops and caramel linger on my palate.

Strange, but very drinkable. This is a great session beer, not only for the beer itself, but the novelty of the name and art.

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Photo of jgirotto
3.7/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A = Nice copper color with minimal head. I prefer this to some more clear or yellows

S= Citrus overtones. But overall subtle.

T = standard Pale Ale. Not too bitter. Very drinkable and easy. This is not an impressive offering, but also not too challenging. Fits well into the pale ale category and is very easy to serve.

Heck, gotta be honest - I was drawn in by the can and the name. Rookie move, I know.

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Photo of mikeg67
3.7/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours light copper with a lasting off-white head, good lacing. Nice caramel malt and piney hops aroma. Medium, tangy body, lively carbonation. Bready malt and earthy hops fill the mouth. Long, dry, bitter finish. Nicely made, I would say, English Pale ale.

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Photo of WesWes
3.7/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a dark gold color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a fruity yeast scent along with light hops and a mildly malty aroma. It boasts of pale and light crystal malts. It has a creamy/fruity scent; very refreshing. The taste is decent. It has a smooth pale and light crystal malt flavor that is a bit grainy. It has some malt sweetness, but finishes mildly bitter. It has almost an extract taste to it. The mouthfeel is good. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a pretty good brew, but not their best. Still, for this new brewery, a good start.

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Photo of ChuckD
3.7/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can from B&B poured into a chalice. Frothy, off-white lacing atop a shiny copper-orange body.

To the nose, the malts are prevalent. Semi sweet, fresh bread aroma with a just a touch of floralness in the back.

In the mouth, the sweet malts are verified in solid layers of toasted grains and a slight smokiness. There is a hint of hop character that tends to keep things on the up and up.

The feel is a little light and fizzy. Tight carbonation stays awhile in the glass. It finishes dry, clean and very organic. A drinker.

Musings: Nothing more promising than a decent beer in cans from a NY house. I believe this had it's start at the Long Shore - which was a fantastic place while it lasted. This is a pretty strong candidate right out of the gate. I'd like a little more hops here - but it's a good offering. Support them if you can.

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Photo of Arenbeer
3.68/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can into a Snifter Glass

A- Super thick! frothy off white 3 finger head on top of a cloudy dark brown body with a orange hue in the light.

S- Hard to get through the giant head but mostly got some Floral citrusy hops with some corny grainy malts and unfortunitely a slight plasticy taste. Not sure what that was about.

T- Great citrusy hops hit you up front with a decent malty backround. Still getting that plastic flavor.

M- Medium light body with lower carbonation. Slight bitter dry finish but not to bad at all.


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Porkslap Pale Ale from Butternuts Beer & Ale
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