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 BrewGirl91
1/5  rDev -69.1%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

F-ing horrible. I wish I could give this a 0. Pours a creepy orange with no head. Looks like the urine of a man whose liver has stopped working. Very metallic. Cloying malts, hop bitterness, but no aroma. Salty. I wish I could go back in time and not drink it.

As you can tell - I hated it.

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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 jahrun
1.16/5  rDev -64.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

This beer's aroma and taste was awful. Hop character was seriously lacking and off flavors were strong - presumably from either the strain of yeast or style of brewing.
Very disappointing and not recommended to anyone looking for a crisp pale ale - even if looking for a light summer ale.

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Photo of mtnbikerpa
1.23/5  rDev -62%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Purchased one can from a six pack shop. Can says "All Malt" on outside. No freshness date. Grain and spice hit your nose before the first sip. Coriander and spice leave a skunk pumpkin pie flavor. This beer is for sure one to avoid. Sure misses the mark of a pale ale.

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Photo of alleykatking
1.76/5  rDev -45.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Poured from 12oz can...

A- Pours a pumpkin orange color with hints of brown toward it. One finger off white head shows poor retention. Some light spotty lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- This is a interesting aroma..as in intersting because it is nothing that I figured it wouls be. The aroma opens up with caramel malts which seems to overcome most of the rest of the nose. Hints of bready notes and butterscotch throughout the whole nose. Very faded or just light grassy hops in the ending. This reminds me of Mishawaka Brewing Company's Four Horseman Ale almost perfect (although its been a while since I have had it).

T- Bready caramel malts start this one off. This makes not only the underbody but almost the entire flavor profile for 90% of the beer. Some light butterscotch notes linger here and there. Ending has some light (or just faded) piney flavor. There is something off about this beer besides the balance. I can't put my finger on it though.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is low for the style. Caramel malts are left all over the palate coating it in a sweetness. Aftertaste is mostly caramel malts, hints of light alcohol, and faded piney hops. This beer is out of balance with which the caramel malts dominate the beer altogether. There is a strange off flavor to this beer that I can't quite put my finger on...almost a homebrew like off flavor but I don't know for sure. Light alcohol drying on the palate.

O- I thought this beer was a horrible tasting beer. This is the first time I have had a super malty pale ale that was as I have read seems to be what they are going for. Light ABV means you could drink this one all night long but I don't know why you would. A horrible offering in my opinion. Glad I did get to try this one though.

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Photo of BARFLYB
1.84/5  rDev -43.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

12oz can into a pint glass after work. My 1st from Butternuts.(LOL)

Into the glass, Porkslap pale is darker than normal with a brown, pumpking orange with somewhat of a build that dies super quick. The foam is burnt sugar white and has a ring around the collar.

Smell is mainly malt and butterscotch, melted caramel and faded hops. Nothing else though.

Taste is a caramel lovers dream, very sweet with malts up front, the can does say "all malt" on it, so perhaps I shoulda known better. A bit of a grassy tone with old pine needles. Very upsetting.

Feel is real thick, especially for 4.3% of beer. It looks thicker than average for a pale ale. Kinda syrupy, a small sweet aftertaste. No bitterness. From the largeness here, this was probably never a contender to begin with.

I really am going to go out of my way to avoid this stuff in the future. Not to my liking. Bleeh.

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Photo of Vendetta
1.89/5  rDev -41.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Pours a lightly brownish-plum with a fuzzy head that leaves a soapy lacing ring.

Smells strangely of celery, a bit of grassy hops. A bit of a weird nose.

Taste is just as strange. There are some hops there, but it's dominated by an unsettling soapy, chlorine flavor. Not very enjoyable. Not sure how they pulled off this taste but it's regularly rank. Tastes exactly like the water that my Brita filter puts out when I neglect to change it for a year or something.

The mouth feel is decent, medium bodied, but I can't get around the taste. I can't recommend this one. Stay far, far away. This is not a good brew, almost a drain pour.

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Photo of lynchtae
1.95/5  rDev -39.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Two pigs on a can....that doesn't usually end well. I had a had a hard time getting over what I would call the "menthol" flavors/nose. I think it is some strange combination of different types of hops that amounts to some weird gross minty flavor. I wouldn't bother with this one unless you have some sort of swine fetish.

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Photo of Thorpe429
1.96/5  rDev -39.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Reviewed from notes. Poured from a can.

Pours a moderate amber color with a tiny off white head that recedes quickly. Nose brings forward some old, stale bread and mashed up crackers. The faintest hint of hops. The taste is along the same lines, with a bit of bread crust and residual bitterness. Light body. Nothing good about this beer.

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Photo of Hoagie1973
1.96/5  rDev -39.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a slightly hazy gold/amber with a 1 & 1/2 finger head that retains fairly well. Broken sheets of lace left behind.
Aroma has a bit of sweet caramel malt, mildly spicy hops and something that took me a minute to pin down out of context... GINGER! What the...?
Flavors combine fairly well, but the ginger makes this beer incredibly earthy; almost dirty tasting. Brown sugar sweetness in the middle and dry grassy hop bitterness in the finish.
Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy; fullish body (even a bit heavy for an APA).
This beer is not without its positive attributes, however the wierd addition of ginger is a total turn-off for me. No place for that in an APA in my opinion.
I would never buy this again. Lose the ginger and we'll talk.

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Photo of JunkYardJake
1.97/5  rDev -39.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12oz can to pint glass.
Well, this is certainly not a prize winner in the looks depatment. Muddy in color and clarity, with a less than inspiring head. The nose is no better. One whiff and the buttery diacetyl tells the whole story. Palate has an adequate hop profile and a flavorful malt bill but is ruined by the diacetyl. Mouthfeel is slick and very lively from strong carbonation. This lack of quality shouldn't suprise me. I did, after all, buy this variety pack because of the low price. Either way, I won't be wasting any more money on this brewery.

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Photo of chicagobeerriot
1.99/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours veiled copper with a rapidly dissipating off-white head.

The smell is surprisingly caramel-forward. There's a little bit of pineapple in there, but otherwise there is very little hop presence on the nose.

The taste is also primarily about the malt. Sweet toffee and caramel take the lead. When a bit of pine and hop bitterness come in it's completely out of synch, creating an almost cough-syrup flavor that becomes the proverbial elephant in the room. The finish is a one-note bitter mess that simply does not fit the style. Overall, this is a profound disappointment.

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Photo of BeerdedEric
2.06/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Copper color with little bubbles in the body. White frothy head. Not much going on here.

Bread and malt is the main smell not much else.

Grass, grain, bread, subtle citrus, some I bitterness that tastes really weird.

Medium carbonation despite the lack of bubbles. Leaves a weird dry aftertaste.

The worse tasting beer by Butternuts by far. This has nothing going for it. Bland tastes leaving with a nasty aftertaste. Stay the hell away from this!

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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 Naes
2.09/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This pork slap pours out dark amber (almost brown) with a one inch layer of pearl colored foam.
The smell is not much to speak of. It is almost undetectable to the nose.
The flavor is also a bit diluted. There is a mild malt base with traces of nut and a faint amount of hops near the finish. Again, there is not much to speak of.
The mouth feel is watery and is not very drinkable, as it leaves you with much to desire.

After enjoying their hefe, this was a disappointment.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
2.16/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Body is a somewhat dull flat orange color, no carbonation bubbles. Topped by three fingers of level white froth. Decent lacing.

Aroma features bits of pine and orange, but there is also a touch of industrial cleanser and overripe fruit or vegetables.

A squirt of sweetness runs down the tongue, chased along by a mix of citrus, veggies, and cleanser. Finish/aftertaste is metallic lemon.

Ok mouthfeel. Combo of off flavors kills drinkability. At least the pizza overwhelmed the middle can.

Never tried this due to its mid 90s gimmick beer appearance, but took a chance with the variety pack. Seems my early instincts were good. Hoping the other three beers are more enjoyable.

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Photo of HBeezley
2.21/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

I had been wanting to try this beer for a while. Mostly because its called "porkslap" but also because I heard a few people say its good. I had it in a can at a party (It was free so I thought it was the perfect opportunity to try it out). The consensus? I'll put it this way: It tastes like what you would expect from a beer named "porkslap". Maybe that's a bit over exaggerated; but it just wasn't enjoyable by any means. The hop flavor: disappointing; the smell: kinda like old beer; BUT it does go down smoothly. so, if you want to down a couple beers just to down a couple of beers, go for it. But honestly, if you actually want to drink good beer, you're not going to find it here.

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Photo of DefenCorps
2.21/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

$1.49 single at the Village Pump. Why does the can say it's a Farmhouse Ale when it isn't a saison?

A mostly clear light amber with a dense, off-white head that recedes to a disk leaving no lace. The nose is a little disappointing. I get some cereal, cooked grains, nearly rotting oranges and a rather surprising crystallized ginger. There's also a little spice character, almost mace-like. Unusual, to say the least.

The palate opens with the ginger being very noticeable. Unfortunately, there's not much behind it. There's a blend of honey and malt sweetness, with no real hop character. Mild fruitiness is present, but apart from that, there's nothing. Rather disjointed, the flavors don't come together at all. Light in body, mildly watery, this is quite highly carbonated. Not enjoyable, this is like a watery braggot.

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Photo of goldbot
2.22/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Dark orange, cloudy with ample off-white head. Muted, citrus hop aroma that is just barely detectable with maybe a touch of caramel malt. A bit more citrus flavor, ever so slightly bitter, backed by a hint of caramel. Very thin and watered down. Would probably not try again; this is more like water than beer.

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Photo of gopens44
2.22/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Ok, so it looks pretty enough. Nice foamy creme colored head, hazy copper appearance and thick, luxurious lacing. Good stops there. Smell is somewhere between soapy and biscuity with little else happening. Taste starts out with a touch of citrus that gives way to mineral water memory I have from when I was a kid and Perrier just arrived stateside. Not a particularly good memory. Got some aftertaste going on here too -- like it was sweeter than it came across.

Obviously I am not a big fan, but it would make a great picture.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
2.27/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a can into a tumbler pint, the beer is a hazy, muddled, dirty-water orange-brown coloring with an extremely thin layer of off-white head on the surface. Aromas are mild, and somewhat jumbled, with a hint of roasty character, some tangy and slightly sour malt, and a musty overtone. The nose is just a mess. Flavors are watered down, with a slight malt sweetness that has a splash of hops at the tail end of the palate. There isn't much else kicking around the tongue on this one, and the beer is so watered down that the flavors are gone in the blink of an eye. The aftertaste is so subtle, with a little bit of hoppiness kicking around for a minute. The finish is weak and quick, leaving nothing behind. The limp-wristed finish is appropriate for the utter lack of flavor throughout the drinking experience.

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Photo of DrinkingDrake
2.28/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from a can into a pint glass.

Orange/gold with almost no head. Only a slight amount of lacing.

Smells very malty(like the can says) with a lot of caramel and butterscotch.

Drinks pretty thick and is very sweet. Butterscotch/toffee/caramel. It has a slight bite to it at the end which doesn't really go well with the extreme malt.

The flavor combinations here are not doing it for me. I had to struggle to get through the can. My buddy convinced me to get a sixer of this stuff. I'm not going to take a beer recommendation from him for a while.

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Photo of vfgccp
2.31/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A - Golden peach color, foamy white head with low retention. Medium lace.

S - Light sweetness, with notes of honey. Beer is too light in color.

T - Very surprised. The flavors felt watered down, with an usual degree of saltiness. When you combine that with the impression from the label, you could honestly trick yourself into thinking there was a note of ham in there.

M - Way too light and watery.

O - Too light, even for a pale ale. It needs just a little more pop.

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Photo of OStrungT
2.35/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a slightly cloudy golden orange color, with a thick, fluffylight tan head. the head fades very slowly, leaving a massive lace.

This beer has a slightly astringent aroma. It smells citrusy as well. It dosnet really have a very appealing aroma.

This beer tastes slightly oxidized. It has a grassy hop flavor as well. This beer dosent taste very appealing either.

This beer is highly carbonated. It leaves an astringent aftertaste reminicent of industrial cleaners.

I dont know about the drinkability of this one. It is low in alcohol, but it just dosent taste too good.

Overall: Thanks to JWC215 for the generous hook up. I didnt really care for it. You cant love every beer you drink.

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Photo of mawilli7
2.44/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

I bought this beer because of the can...and because of the design on the can. It's very simple looking and so I figured maybe it would surprise me.

Overall, I'd say it's average APA at best. It's got a nice caramel maltiness to it, but the hop choices are nay good. It just kind of smells like a mess.

If a friend of mine handed me a glass and said that he/she had brewed it, I'd be impressed--and I would probably offer some unsolicited advice on how to improve it for the next time.

I probably won't buy it again.

It's not bad...but it's not great either.

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