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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Ratings: 892 |  Reviews: 339
Photo of Sammy
3.11/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Passable beer. Good foamy head and lace. OK scent and taste, the latter a bit citrus C hop. Light on mouthfeel, malty with a tad of toasty kicking it at the finish. This could be OK after the lawn, and too malty and not quite hoppy to deserve being called a pale. Thanks Crwills.

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Photo of acurtis
2.95/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of jaydoc
3.23/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.16/5  rDev -1.3%
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 StonedTrippin
3.93/5  rDev +22.8%
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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2.75/5  rDev -14.1%

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3/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of Knapp85
2.53/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Had to buy it just because of the name. This beer really isn't much or anything spectacular It pours out as a muddy looking orange color and some decent head. The smell is very much all malt like the can states. The flavor also confirms that. There isn't much of a dynamic to this beer... it's malt with malt and malt. Really one dimensional and not exciting to me at all. Just wasn't a fan.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.55/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Craft beer from a can.. hooray!

I like the whole marketing thing from this Butternuts brewery... cool website, nice packaging for the mixed 12'er, cool logos on the cans. This was an odd beer to say the least. With all the ginger and other spices you'd think it was a winter warmer but it's a pale ale for sure. Tastes almost like a UK beer but it's tasty and drinkable. Just not too sure if I entirely like the whole package here.

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Photo of t0rin0
3/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of metter98
3.28/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: The beer is clear copper in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high beige head that died down and left some lacing on the surface and a thick ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of caramel malts and ginger in the nose.
T: The overall taste has a light amount of bitterness with flavors of ginger and notes of caramel malts. The ginger particularly stands out in the finish and lends some spiciness along with the bitterness from the hops. No sweetness from the malts is detectable.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and somewhat crisp and smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is some dryness in the finish.
O: The addition of ginger to this beer is rather unique for the style but prevents it from being sessionable. However, the ginger lends a spicy edge to the finish and could make it an interesting choice when paired with foods.

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Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
3.63/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.25/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of oline73
1/5  rDev -68.8%

Photo of brentk56
3.88/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber color with a thick head that leaves a pattern of lace here and there

Smell: Cake batter malt with ginger tones (although I would not have guessed that without knowing that ginger was used); a decent amount of citrusy hop as well

Taste: Starts out with a biscuit and stone fruit flavor that adds a citrus and ginger dimension by mid-palate; a bit metallic, too; after the swallow, the ginger flavor lingers but the finish tends toward the sweeter side, with the hops taking a back seat

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly carbonation

Drinkability: I think this beer is misunderstood by many around here; the brewers are clearly shooting to pack a lot of individualistic flavor in a low abv beer - not a typical APA or EPA, it almost has a Belgian character; I came into this beer with low expectations but rather enjoy it for what it is - something different, with considerable flavor and clearly sessionable

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can: Poured a light amber color ale with a nice foamy head with good retention and some light lacing. Aroma of light hoppy notes with some citrus flavour is quite enjoyable. Taste is nice mixes between some light dry malt with some hoppy notes with are well balanced between some bitter and citrus notes. Body is about average with good carbonation. Nothing to write home about but considering the low ABV this is a good thirst quencher.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.29/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Boone757
3.25/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of dbrauneis
3.38/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a very lightly hazy dark copper to amber in color with moderate to significant amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall beige head that quickly reduces to a small patch of extremely thin film and a very thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light amounts of caramel malts with even lighter notes of earthy hops and ginger.

T: Very similar to the smell, there is a light flavor of caramel malts with just a touch of sweetness followed by some earthy hops and ginger notes. Light to moderate bitterness that lingers slightly.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Crisp and smooth with some light dryness in the finish.

O: Pretty easy to drink and could easily be sessionable for me... I like the addition of the ginger giving it a slightly spicy hint.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.97/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Porkslap pours a slightly hazy, dull copper body beneath a short head of creamy white froth. The head retention is limited, and it soon drops to an average collar and whispy surface covering. Some nice patches of tiny sopts about the glass do redeem it a bit.

The nose is nicely hoppy (floral and somewhat leafy) over a caramelish, toasted malt base.

It's medium-light bodied and gently crisp in the mouth.

The flavor offers a solid combination of grainy, toasty, and caramelish malt; leafy, floral, piney, and mildly grassy hops; and bold bitterness. It finishes dry and lightly spicy with a touch of residual sweetish and toasty malt (and almost a kind of smokiness similar to the phenolics of a weizen yeast).

An enjoyable pale ale to be sure! I wish I had another one... I couldn't really get a grip on exactly what's going on. At first it seems quite simple, but once you look there are a lot of subtle nuances. Very nice!

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Photo of chinchill
4.06/5  rDev +26.9%
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 jlindros
3.95/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another awesome canned beer up for review. Poured it into an oversized snifter for the hell of it. Kkkkksssttt. OOoh, the delicious sound of a can opening.

A: Delicious looking 1.5 finger head with frothy bubbles all over. A semi clear almost pig looking pale orange pinkish color gazes in at you. You size it up, thinking about how to attack it, but all you can think of is the two pigs doing a belly smack to each other on the label of the can, but now it's in your glass. A slight haze ices over as it frosts the outside of the glass. The color is almost as if the ground up pure pig and added it to the beer. The head leaves a thick lacing over the sides of the glass.

N: The nose is pure malt with a touch of pale hops. A delicious crystal malt aroma billows out, followed closely with some nice lightly paled hops. A slight fruit aroma, almost banana with a touch of yeast sneaks out through all the malt and pale hops. I also get some fresh wort aromas of brewing fresh beer, oh man I love that smell.

T: The taste starts with some sweet brown sugar and malt flavors. I get some strange malt flavors I can't put a finger on. Wow this is really different. A slight pale hop flavor comes through with some earthy tones and slight spice, but its really just a strange malt flavor. Perhaps they grind up some pork bones and... er nevermind. Some slight crystal malt flavors also smash your mouth, and add a touch of fruit and yeast. I get some juicy hop flavors too, somewhat surprisingly. I still get some fresh wort flavors that leave an unfermented beer dream in your mouth, of what could be to come, but it is already there, so it adds the character of both awesome worlds.

M: Semi thick and semi thin, lots of carbonation, and pretty refreshing.

F: Finishes pretty bitter actually. It bitters up pretty well on the finish, and dries off quite a bit too. A nice earthy hop flavor really shines through the finish as it dries, and a slight citrus flavor also touches itself. The heavy carbonation really pulls off the tongue and lets you ready your mouth for more. A malty earthy toasty flavor keeps the great beer flavor going for minutes after the swallow, with lots of help from the bittering hops of course.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
2.84/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.43/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz can into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep golden brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malts, citrus and some hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of caramel, honey, citrus and a little bit of spice, followed by a hearty malt character. I'm also getting a hint of a minty kind of flavor in there. The hops presence is mild for the style but brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, very mild kick, decent representation of style, it's not a bad beer but there are a lot of other pale ales that I would select first.

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Photo of oberon
3.14/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

My first taste of Butternuts canned offerings,this poured a nice deep golden with a tight 1 1/2 finger head that really stuck like glue to the glass as it settled very slowly,it goes down from here though.Not much in the nose definently no hops to speak of really slight toastiness and caramel sweetness but its nothing to write home about for sure,something is off in my mind flavor wise kind of a funky sweetness in the finish the lightly sweeter malt base is ok a little buttery flavor with some caramel.To me there is no semblence of hops to be found wither in the nose or flavor to one dimensional and a little odd,I wont seek out again.

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