Porkslap Pale Ale | Butternuts Beer & Ale

BA SCORE
75
okay
881 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score
Send samples
Porkslap Pale AlePorkslap Pale Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Butternuts Beer & Ale
New York, United States
butternutsbeerandale.com

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by John on 03-04-2006

BEER STATS
Ratings:
881
Reviews:
337
Avg:
3.24
pDev:
18.52%
 
 
Wants:
14
Gots:
122
For Trade:
0
View: Beers | Events
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 881 |  Reviews: 337
Photo of tdm168
3.58/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a dark orangish amber with a large cap of loose, dense, off white head that has great retention

S - the nose is grassy with some underlying bready malt aromas

T - lightly bready malt with a faint grassy hop finish

M - light to medium bodied, smooth, well carbonated

This is a very easy to drink APA. It doesn't have tremendous flavor. It's a bit malt forward and lacks any significant hop character. It's easily quaffable and comes in cans which may be it's saving grace.

 485 characters

Photo of rolltide8425
3.25/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear amber with some head that doesnÂ’t really stick around. Nose is hopped. Flavor is slightly bitter and for some reason reminds me of pork rinds. Hmmm. It does have a slight sweet tone on the end of it. Feel has a decent character to it. Overall an okay drinking experience. I guess they are trying to jump on the canning bandwagon. But as far as quality goes, this one falls pretty short.

 401 characters

Photo of Billolick
3.95/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce can. Yeah- cans are cool IMHO for a change and for all the reasons stated above or below as the case may be....I like the humorous graphics as well. This APA pours clear medium golden/amond amber, with a light tan head, pretty rich and creamy, mostly tiny bubbles and leaves respectable, long lasting lacing. Nose is of light hops, and some slightly smokey maple. Drinkable, nicely balanced ale, notes of light smoke, honey, toasted malts and perhaps some biscuits. Nicely done, pleasant quaffer, good road trip brew cuz of its drinkability and easy packing. More worthy brew from another new NY State brewery, good luck Butternuts!!

 642 characters

Photo of jwc215
2.62/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a hazy orange with a very thin head that almost immediately disappears to barely a patch, then soon to nothing.

There is a very thin smell of nuts and a sweet fruitiness that is not easily detectable.

The taste is odd. I never had a pale ale like this. There is some toasted grain, a hint of nuts along with a hint of floral hops and sweet malt. Not bad, but not really good either. The flavors don't blend so well.

Watery thinness washes away almost everything. A weak toasty, tea-like taste is left for a short time.

There are other pale ales, even in a can, to bother with this one. It's odd and bland. I can appreciate different interpretations, but this one misses the mark.

 697 characters

Photo of Lare453
3.5/5  rDev +8%

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.

 820 characters

Photo of IPAchris
3/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of sendbeer
2.25/5  rDev -30.6%

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

Photo of Wasatch
3.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks goes out to jwc215 for this brew.

Pours a nice clean/clear dark golden yellow color, nice carbonation, nice little creamy white head, which does leave some sticky lacing. The nose is malty, very slight hops, very slight pines, and caramel. The taste is slightly sweet, mostly malty, with some hops, and caramel. Medium body. Drinkable, not a bad brew at that.

 367 characters

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.

 320 characters

Photo of tone77
3.09/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a caramel color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is basically missing for the most part, maybe some malts. Taste is of malts with a bit of hops, and just a touch of sweetness. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has decent drinkability. Overall this is a decent beer, but unremarkable.

 311 characters

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.

 732 characters

Photo of tempest
3.23/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Not bad, but fairly bland. The hops are all in the aftertaste, and there its only a kinda spicy citrus rind. The malt is too smooth and mellow. Sometimes in these conditions can allow for a subtle beer, but in this case it's a plain light caramelized malt taste. So there's not a lot going on here, but it tastes decent and goes down easy.

 339 characters

Photo of brandoman63
3.5/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of outoffocus
3.25/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of WesWes
3.7/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a dark gold color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a fruity yeast scent along with light hops and a mildly malty aroma. It boasts of pale and light crystal malts. It has a creamy/fruity scent; very refreshing. The taste is decent. It has a smooth pale and light crystal malt flavor that is a bit grainy. It has some malt sweetness, but finishes mildly bitter. It has almost an extract taste to it. The mouthfeel is good. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a pretty good brew, but not their best. Still, for this new brewery, a good start.

 636 characters

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.

 1,068 characters

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.

 296 characters

Photo of tobelerone
3.08/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A so-so, thoroughly mediocre pale. Nearly clear amber with a decent head and retention. Average lacing. Mild aroma is kind of sweet and generically malty; with a slight grassy hop note behind that. Flavor is much the same, balanced between the sweet malt and grassy, floral hops that are just a bit more assertive in the taste than in the nose. Vaguely metallic, light bitterness. Overall a bit bland. Carbonation is medium to high, body is medium thin, finishes dry. Not worth seeking out, very middling. Best thing about this beer is the can.

 544 characters

Photo of AngusOg
3.75/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of Nichols33
3/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of plaid75
3.16/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a light copper hue with a three finger sudsy head. There was excellent retention and decent lacing.

The smell was very subtle. Mild malt and rose petal aromas.

The flavor was very unique. A light tasting mix of ginger and grapefruit. A bit of a ginger ale type taste. Needs more hops.

The mouthfeel was light and very dry. Good carbonation.

Overall a decent APA. Certainly a different take on the style. The can was pretty cool too.

 451 characters

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.

 345 characters

Porkslap Pale Ale from Butternuts Beer & Ale
3.24 out of 5 based on 881 ratings.
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.

    Learn More
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.

    Learn More
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.

    Learn More