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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Added by John on 03-04-2006

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Photo of EMH73
3.27/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

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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 utopiajane
3.27/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

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Photo of MikefromNYC
2.73/5  rDev -15.7%
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.

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Photo of Lunchboxhead
3.12/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

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Photo of Brandonhelvie
2.83/5  rDev -12.7%
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.

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Photo of breardon1776
2.97/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.41/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

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Photo of Magister_Beav
1.03/5  rDev -68.2%
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.

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Photo of 57md
3.31/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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Photo of JLaw55
2.5/5  rDev -22.8%
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

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Photo of cwmayer
3.54/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

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Photo of tillmac62
3.94/5  rDev +21.6%
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.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.19/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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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 Gajo74
3.64/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

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Photo of HamdenHector
2.81/5  rDev -13.3%
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;

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.16/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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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 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 mscudder
3.29/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Served in a globe.

A - Cloudy amber hue with a large ivory head. Fair retention with average lacing.

S - Malts, light caramel, ginger and citrus. Rather bland to my nose.

T - Lots of bread with a touch of the elements in the nose.

M - Medium body with moderate carbonation.

O - For a low-ABV APA, this is not half bad, just not for me.

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Photo of psoriasaurus
2.08/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Saw "Porkslap," on the menu, absolutely had to order one. Well, the name is the only thing that this beer has going for it. Extremely bland on all counts. Absolutely nothing to pick up on the nose, and about as much complexity as extremely diluted sewer water. Don't let the awesome name of this beer deceive you.

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Photo of AlmaMatters
3.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A beautiful amber pale ale with a crisp taste when ICE COLD. the carbonation subsides rather quickly, so you should drink quickly!

A - Light amber with hints of hop, malt and citrus...a little nutmeg too

S - metallic due to can

T - Tons of hop and malt at first, but a smooooth finish

M - Crisp and watery; low carbonation throughout

Overall - Drink it fast! The carbonation falls as does the coolness, but still refreshing

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.93/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this is one of new yorks best kept secrets, and a beer that is punishingly underrated here on BA. it pours a dense amber color with a sturdy white head, but I like it best from an ice cold can. its got the perfect mix of grain and hops in both aroma and flavor. touches of sweet, dusty red malts are countered before they can even set in by bitter English and American hops, piney for the most part, but a little citric, just a really nice balance and level come complexity not commonly found in this style, despite billions of attempts. at a low abv, its real sessionable for me, and the fuller body but upbeat carbonation keep with that theme. its around all year, but I like it best in early fall, before real heavy beer is up, but long after the summer beers no longer seem right. don't let the funny name and poor ratings deter you, this really is a winner. more of a hoppy amber to me than anything else, this is worth a try if you've never had it, and worth revisiting if you have.

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Photo of dar482
2.92/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours in a amber color.

The aroma has tons of breadiness, but also this strange herbally funk going on.

The flavor has a metallic bitterness and leaves a strange taste in the mouth. It's really heavy on the malt and lacks bitterness.

I thought I liked this beer more, but I guess not.

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