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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by John on 03-04-2006

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Photo of cavedave
2.66/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

It pours a cloudy amber, topped by a one finger off white head that gradually relaxes to a nice cap. Plenty of lace on the glass.

Mellow citrus, mainly orange and lemon, some strange tart yeastiness to it, a bit of vegetal, caramel beneath it all, and just a hint of floral. Something off in this bouquet, can't tell if it's the yeast, the hops, or...?

The taste contains the same unidentifiable off flavor, also some diacetyl, the malts are represented by caramel and toffee breadiness, and the hops are a poorly chosen arrangement of vegetal and citrus bitter. As it warms some pine makes its way into the finish, but the off flavor cannot be overcome, and this is not delicious, nor tasty, nor even mildly enjoyable.

Mouthfeel is overly light-bodied for the style, overcarb.'ed, not viscous enough, and what remains on palate is some artificial tasting bitter.

Drinkability is below average, nuff said.

Impression: After chuckling at the art on the can this beer went straight downhill. This beer is a must miss.

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Photo of MADhombrewer
2.69/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Apperance- Hazy dark orange with a nice white head that ends in a film on the beer.

Aroma- I smell carmel and some citrus notes.

Taste- Carmel and hops in the finish. Not much else in the taste.

Mouthfeel- Starts a little slick and ends watery. I wish there was more to this beer in this catagory, or any of the above also.

Drinkability- At 4.3% I could drink this all night, buy why?

I like the name and can of this beer better than what is in it.

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Photo of harpus
2.7/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - poured clear honey amber, the hue of clover honey in the light with a 1.5" fluffy and billowing off-white head that lasted a while. Nice lace patches in the pint glass. 3.5

S - Much malty sweetness, very faint hint of hops. Clean and light. 3.0

T - Again, sweet forefront with faint hops in the finish. Not much else going on. Clean finish. 3.0

M - Light body, well carbonated and smooth. 3.5

D - Drinkable, but not outstanding. Probably won't get this again. 3.0

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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 BeerSox
2.73/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz can into nonic.

Clear deep amber hue, maybe a little darker than normal for the style. A one finger khaki head slowly settles to an even thin cap with a wall of lacing left in its place. The head wasn't very dense, and seemed a little fluffy.

The aroma comes with light toasted bread, but is distracted by a light plastic-like smell. The hops add a light perfume-ish hop aroma, nothing intense or sharp.

Very toasty grains along with some light smokiness. Unfortunately the plastic characteristic is in the flavor as well, and when mixed with the smokiness it tastes sort of like what burnt plastic probably tastes like. A little bit of diacetyl is in the background.

I'm not looking forward to the rest of this six pack. Hopefully the beer is better at fridge temperature. Possibly a bad batch?

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Photo of Stinkypuss
2.76/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Butternuts : Pork Slap Pale Ale

12oz CAN. Pours a hazy orange color, soapy white head. A few spots of lace. Little to no aroma. In the flavor, light toasted malt and a small earthy hop. Caramel malt, mild hop bitterness. Light to medium bodied feel, carbonation is alright. Overall, a budget pale. Very light, but unoffensive and easy to drink.

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Photo of buyBinboaVodka
2.76/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the can into a pint glass. It pours a hazy amber with a small head the dissappears very quickly to leave a small ring around the glass. Small lacing, not sticky. I only really get some faint malts from this. I don't know, I really can not pick up real flavors from the smell. Taste is just some roasty caramel malts with hop bitterness at the end. They work well together as not to overpower each other. The body is thin and there is a good amount of carbonation, maybe a little too much at times.

This beer is ok, it works well in balance but lacks any kind of real flavor. It is hard to pick up anything strong in there.

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Photo of beertunes
2.76/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into straight pint glass. Poured a 1 finger head that quickly disappeared. An attractive copper/amber color. Aroma presence lacking. The taste is typical for the style, however there is a odd flavor that I found across the styles from this brewery. Perhaps the yeast they use? The body is as expected for the style. This would be a very good session beer but for the odd taste I can't put my finger on. Go ahead try it. I want to try it draft to see what differences show up.

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Photo of therica
2.77/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A= cloudy caramel, little head and that dissipated quickly.

S= interesting florals, some from hops and some seem to be from some other ingredient. I can't find any malt but there's also a slight hint of egg smell.

T= watery, old dishwater with soap-bitterness. Mothers everywhere could have used this 50 years ago to wash out their kids' mouths. Light weed-like grassyness.

M= flat, slightly tart and with a not-pleasant bitterness. Ugly belches.

O= pass on this one. It came in a mixed 4-pack sampler of cans and now I fear trying the other 3 if they're anything as disappointing as this one. I really try to like every beer-- honest! Just not possible on this one, the rest of it is following the dishwater down the drain.

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Photo of Derek
2.78/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Light caramel colour with an off-white head, some retention & lace.

S: Mineral aroma with a blend of mild hops (floral, spice & citrus), slight breadyness.

T: Spicy hops with a hint of citrus; bready; mineral (I'm not sure if this is the water, hops, or what). It's a fine brew, but for a pale ale, the flavour doesn't really stand out.

M: Moderate body & carbonation, slightly creamy.

D: I'm not fond of that mineral quality.

Thanks crwills!

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Photo of orbitalr0x
2.81/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Always excited to try some more micros in cans..this one arrives in a bright orange can with two pigs bouncing their bellies together, seriously. Pours from the can into my tulip glass a dark amber/red color with a thin head of off white bubbles. Aromas are rather mundane with a bit of toasty, biscuity malt and a odd sort of peppery spiciness. Subtle earthy hops in the background with a fruity, berry accent. Overall aroma is just plain weird for a pale ale and slightly off putting.

First sip brings a toasted/biscuity maltiness that's rather light. Again, I get an odd sort of spiciness on the way down with only a touch of earthy, non descript hops. Somewhat dry and fruity, but overall just pretty bland for an APA. Seems more like a kind of mellow amber ale than anything. Aftertaste leaves something to be desired.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side with lots of fast moving carbonation. Goes down smooth but doesn't really have anything that leaves me wanting more. The carbonation is a bit stingy on the tongue. One is enough for me. Thanks to plaid75 for the opportunity to sample this one.

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Photo of JohnnyChicago
2.81/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

On-tap at Iguanas in Queens; served in a shaker pint.

A: Dull golden-amber with a lacking white head. The beer moves in the glass like a glass of oily water in a warm glass...it just looks ugly.

S: Yeah, not much of anything here. The big star of this show is diacetyl, with a medium malt hint and almost no hops at all. Weak.

T: Actually an improvement. The diacetyl is still the major flavour, but it is strangely appropriate. It provides a nice buttery taste that makes up for the lack of hops.

D: Tough to finish this one. Its low in ABV, but the frustrating flavours are making this hard.

Overall: Swing and a miss. It isn't a terrible beer, by any stretch of the imagination, but it just reeks of unrefined brewing techniques and poor quality control. Weird beer...

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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 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 drabmuh
2.83/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Beer is brown and a little hazy, big short lived head that leaves a lot of lacing on the glass. Looks OK.

Beer smells butterscotchy. eh...mild hops.

Beer is medium to light in body and buttery in the mouthfeel and in flavor. Its kind of spicy, maybe some cinnamon. Mild hops, eh, I don't like this beer. Not very good.

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Photo of axeman9182
2.84/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz can with no dating, taken home from ACBF. It was poured into my Bruery tulip.

Porkslap Pale Ale pours a very clear orange, with light tangerine highlights. There's maybe a finger and a half of white foam, with a little bit of head retention but no real lacing. Aroma? The nose on this one is super dull, I have to strain to appreciate anything. Hard to find as it may be, there's a bit of caramel, as well as some orange and minty hops in the nose. The flavor's got more of a biscuity sweetness to it, and a bitterness that's more intense than what I might have expected given the lackluster nose. The finish follows from the nose, with some orange and a bit of herbal mint present. It's a nice change from the hop profile one usually finds, but it's also a bit too muted. The body is surprisingly firm for a lower ABV pale ale, but it's lacking some in the carbonation department. Porkslap Pale Ale's not quite offensive, but it's easily one of the more underwhelming pale ales I've had.

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Photo of MetalHopHead6
2.85/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Porkslap Pale Ale is sweet, slick, and watery.

It was recently featured in a Maxim, so I bought a six-pack as soon as it was introduced to my local market. If I ever had company, I would save it for them. It poured pale orange with a foamy bubbly head that looked like sea foam. The smell and flavor were dominated by watery metallic sweetness, with no floral, citric, or earthy notes. It was flat and left no impression on the palate.

The flavor and feel of Porkslap is similar to what's at the bottom of a finished glass of sweet iced tea after the ice has melted: diluted flavorless sweetness.

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Photo of GnomeKing
2.86/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The mouthfeel is so thin that any taste the beer has just doesn't assert itself. The most prominent impression is made by an odd aftertaste, which I think comes from the hops but tastes like hops gone bad. Do I really need to keep describing this one? Nah.

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Photo of Kinsman
2.87/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Hazy copper color with a surprisingly voluminous head and sticky lacing left behind.

Biscuity and caramel malt aromas. Faint floral hop character and not much else for aroma.

Taste is maltier upfront than an APA should be. Pale malts provide some sweetness and bread-like qualities. Surprisingly lacking a notable hop flavor and bitterness. Not that I expect a hop bomb but a pale ale should have at least some hop profile. What little there is in this one has a bit of a grassy and floral character.

Mouthfeel is light but smooth and refreshing. Overall, this beer is lacking... in flavor that is. Nothing bad (no off flavors) about it but overall it is rather bland compared to many other APA's.

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Photo of MikeBrandman
2.87/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours into a hefeweizen glass from a can with a deep amber body. Slight golden and orange hues as well. A surprising 3 fingers of rocky white head that leaves significant lacing as it fades, slowly. Translucent and hazy but with no visible carbonation or sediment.

S - Rich, malty, honey, and hoppy smell. The hop smell really stands out here.

T - Apparently they only used aromatic hops here because there is next to no hop bitterness. I could probably chug this easier than a macro. Almost a menthol taste near the end, as if this is a cough drop or something. Malt taste is strong and smooth, but very little to back it up. No alcohol or fruity taste. Very little spiciness either.

MF - A bit on the watery side. Makes me feel like there could have been more to the taste if the mouth feel was a bit thicker. Smooth though, little carbonation.

D - Drinkable, but I wouldn't really want to. It goes down very easy but isn't very appetizing, to me at least.

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Photo of sacfly
2.88/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz can. Yeah cans! Part of a mixed 12 pack.

Pours a clear yellow/brown with a light head that dies quickly. Aroma is very much like perfume. Perhaps a bit of coriander. Taste mimics the aroma, with a mild malt sweetness. Somewhat astringent aftertaste. Light body. Coriander perception and grassy aftertaste do this one in for me. Not overly offensive, but not something I would seek out.

Thanks Alex!

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Photo of BeerKangaroo
2.9/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Into my nonic:

A: copper/orange colored body that leaves a one finger white head, barely any lacing

S: hops up front backed up with a combination of citrus, roasty bread and butter.

T: pretty much the same with more of a buttery aftertaste.

M: light to medium, carbonation is notices, sessionable

O: I see why they are called "Butternuts" and why I most likely won't come back to this because of that weird buttery aftertaste

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Photo of Gavage
2.91/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: pours a light hazy orange color with a hefty 3" head. Some lacing develops during the session.

Smell: caramel sweetness.

Taste: the first thing that hits me is the strong dryness of this beer. Caramel, ripe fruits, bread, and a strong bitterness are the main flavor components, but it is wrapped in a whisper of a smokey tone.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp and extremely dry. The dryness reminded me of how my tongue would feel after licking a carpet. Relatively clean aftertaste. Medium bodied.

Drinkability: personally this was a bit strange for a APA, with the hints of smokey tones, super dryness, and English style breadiness. I had two cans on two seperate occasions, and the feeling remains - not for me.

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Photo of Josephkeene
2.91/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a smoky orange with light white lacing.

The smell is of ginger and light hops.

Taste however is amazingly ginger with hints of pumpkin and light hoped. The finish Is clean a little malty with a little hop tatse.

okay beer good for canned and a year round pale ale.

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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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Porkslap Pale Ale from Butternuts Beer & Ale
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