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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 Sammy
3.11/5  rDev -4%
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 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 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 Knapp85
2.53/5  rDev -21.9%
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 metter98
3.28/5  rDev +1.2%
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 oriolesfan4
3.55/5  rDev +9.6%
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 brentk56
3.88/5  rDev +19.8%
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 +8%
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 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 oberon
3.14/5  rDev -3.1%
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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Photo of jlindros
3.95/5  rDev +21.9%
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 NeroFiddled
3.97/5  rDev +22.5%
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 +25.3%
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 Kegatron
2.49/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz can into a pint glass.

Pours a clear light copper with 2 fingers of creamy off-white head. Nice sturdy retention that leaves some good lacing behind. The aroma just doesn't have a lot going on with it. A bit of citrus and bread but that's about it.

The taste is only a bit better, with light bittering hops, astringent citrus character, and some bready malt sweetness. All in all, pretty blah. The mouthfeel is light bodied with a fairly creamy carbonation and easier feel.

Pretty disappointing Pale Ale here. This was my first offering from a mixed 12 pack of Butternuts cans and I hope to God that the rest are better than this. I would not try this again.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.43/5  rDev +5.9%
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 Rifugium
3.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: can at Good Dog Bar, Philly, PA

Poured from the can into a pint glass, slightly hazy copper-orange with a minimal white head. Aroma was sweet and malty, light and a bit floral. Taste was somewhat sweet, fruity, bready, with undertones of citrusy hops providing just a small amount of bitterness. Light-medium body, and pretty smooth, making for fairly easy drinkability.

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Photo of mactrail
3.83/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very decent beer for drinking. I think it hits the right notes of slight Saison funkiness, tangy flavor, good dose of malt, and enough bitterness in the aftertaste. All quite balanced. More interesting than the usual lagers, not as bitter as regulation pale ales. I think it's more of a light-weight Belgian Pale Ale. If you're looking for big hops, look somewhere else. More of a perfumey touch, just enough sharpness to mess with the mellow.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.38/5  rDev +4.3%
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 ChainGangGuy
3.03/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear, orangey body with a thin, wispy white head.

Smell: Middling malty aroma with a bit of sourness and a squirt of fruit juice.

Taste: Pale malts with some sweetness. Lightly hoppy with a mild bitterness. Slight sourness. Hint of fruit. Sheesh. All the flavors are pretty bland and come across as half-hearted, like the beer equivalent of a shrug.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: No thanks! It's nothing to porkslap about.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.63/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Fuzzy apricot with pale honey trim. Apparently, the boys at Butternuts added chocolate malt 'for color'. What's wrong with a sunshine gold pale ale? The good looking crown is midway between ecru and ivory. It's also beginning to deposit large sheets of lace that resemble spray-on snow.

The nose is both familiar and different. PPA smells like a typical APA... with a twist. The twist is ginger. I probably couldn't have come up with that on my own, but it does add something of value and keeps the score on the good side of average.

Porkslap Pale Ale succeeds because BB & A has given us a solid pale ale with just the right amount of ginger. If that sounds like something you might like, you probably will. The good thing is that the ABV is low enough and the spice is subdued enough for sessioning to be a viable option. The bad thing is that I only have one can. Thanks biegaman.

Thankfully, the chocolate malt isn't appreciated on the palate. It does, however, keep the beer from tasting exclusively pale malty. The hops are a tough call and are possibly English in origin. I might be thinking that because the brewery calls PPA an English pale ale. Flavors include apricots, grapefruit zest and a hint of green apple.

The beer is nicely balanced throughout, with bitterness creeping ahead on the semi-crisp finish. Given the ABV, the mouthfeel is pretty decent. It isn't too light and is properly carbonated, allowing one to drink quickly, slowly or anything in between.

Porkslap Pale Ale won't set the barnyard on fire, but it's good beer and is different enough to stand out from the crowd. If I thought it would help bring me a few more cans, I'd do a little hog calling right here and now. Soooey!

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.98/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

had a couple of new cans from butternuts after work. really solid on both accounts and this was the second of the two. poured cold into a pint this one was consumed on 10/11/2010.

the pour was a nice medium to light amber color with a thick head of white that sat on top throughout the entire session, nice lacing down the glass.

aroma is light, nice little notes of citrus, hints of apple, pears, light grasses and a smooth, even flavor or light fruity yeast. as i take the first sip i get the clean, crisp flavor right off the bat. really nicely done. clean and light hops, a good strain of yeast and very nice carbonation all lead to a solid pale.

overall nicely done. i liked the hefe better, but this was very, very well done.

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Photo of smcolw
3.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Good start to the head, but it settles to only rim lace and leaves minimal stringy lace. Dark amber color and relatively clear.

Strong smells of cream (lactose?). The rest is malt. Very little hop to the nose.

Very dry flavor, almost astringent. This allows the bitterness to show up. Very spritzy beer--thin bodied with a very high carbonation.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: The pour is a light amber color with a dense white head.

S: Smells fairly sweet with lots of bread and toffee. There is a moderate citrus hop aroma to it, but it is also quite sweet. A few hints of floral hops, maybe some earthy tones as well.

T: The flavor is about the same as the aroma. It's on the sweet side with fairly feeble hop flavors. Heavy on the bread with a toasted malt note and some toffee. A few citrus notes as well as a very faint hop bitterness.

M: Medium in body with medium carbonation.

O: Not bad, but the sweetness became a bit too much. While I don't mind sweeter pale ales, a more caramel forward approach is better.

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Photo of woodychandler
3/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I am loving my current can kick! If it's in a can, I'll try it. This was no exception.

I got two fingers of off-white/ecru head out of my aggressive pour, but there was low retention. The nose had a mild bitterness but nothing to get excited about. The color was a slightly hazy amber. Mouthfeel was medium with a mild bitterness on the tongue, but nothing to get excited about. Finish had a mild, lingering bitterness, but again, nothing major. This might be a possible session beer during an outdoor bocce tournament, a camping trip, or visit to the beach, where glass is a concern, but beyond that, eh.

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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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