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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 spinrsx
3.33/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz Can

Appearance - Slightly hazy amber/copper colour with an average size fizzy beige coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some fairly good lacing. The head lasted for around 4 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, caramel, hops

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel/butterscotch, and some very light hops. The beer really has a lot of buttery flavour going on. It finishes with a malty sweet aftertaste.

Overall - While it was a very drinkable beer, there are some other really great beers I'd rather be drinking. It reminded me of more of an English Pale ale than an American one as well.

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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 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 VelvetExtract
3.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Slightly murky light copper color. Head is barely there. Thin ring of white fuzz. Leaves lacing islands along the glass.

S-I am sorry but this kinda smells like Cheetos initially. After my nose becomes accustomed to the aroma. I detect some pretty focused caramel maltiness. Hops are nonexistent. This is strictly sweet caramel. I still am getting a dairy/cheese/greek yogurt aroma for some reason.

T-The flavor is refreshing despite its concentrated sweetness. Like a piece of bread covered in sugary whipped butter. Light, light, light grassy hops. Oddly quite refreshing.

M-Fuller than a 4.3% brew normally feels. Mellow, fuzzy carbonation. A bit slick but it feels clean sometimes. The bitterness is very mild but it is detectable.

O/D-Like Moo Thunder, this was better than I expected it to be. Pretty decent. A pleasant surprise captured in an epically decorated aluminum can.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12ozer can bought as a single from Oliver's Beverage, Albany, NY.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a pillowy 3/4" off-white head over the clear amber brew. Head recedes slowly, with average to good lacing. Aroma is minimal, lightly fruity hop character most notable. Taste tends towards too much citrus, not much hops. Except for a light "beery" aftertaste, almost tasted like a fruit drink. Things need to be amped up across the flavor profile to compete with the citrus. Mouthfeel is smooth, and drinkability is easy, although the taste limits it for me a bit. Don't like this as much as their other, but have to give time to new breweries. It'll come. I'll check back again when I can (no pun intended).

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Photo of tigg924
2.58/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: brown in color, medium carbonation, clear, 1/3 inch head

Smell: toasted malt, honey, and bread

Taste: toasted malt, honey, and bread

Mouthfeel: semi-sweet, light body with high carbonation.

Drinkability: A watery and weak pale ale. It goes down easy enough. If I was camping I could drink a six but nothing to get excited about or reach for.

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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 Brad007
3.6/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice golden color with a frothy head into my glass. Nice representation for the style. I like it.

Aromas of sweet buttery malt and grassy hops come to mind. Borders on the English style.

Unfortunately, the taste isn't so appealing. The hops seem to have faded to where there's a mess of grassiness and mildly sweet malt.

Lingering grassiness and buttery malt. Nothing special.

I'm somewhat disappointed with this example of the style. Wonder if it's better on tap?

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.6/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours pale amber with swiss cheese fast-fading froth. Toasty metallic malt nose. Marmalade and peanut malts then some spice and earth with oranges back from hops. Thin to medium, fizzy, with a dry finish.

Basically, a Best Bitter with a bit more (American) hops. Not an APA, but drinkable.

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Photo of Suds
3.43/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

From a 12 ounce can, this brew pours as a very clear amber liquid. The head is initially about a finger, but quickly falls into a wispy shadow. The aroma is centered on a floral hoppiness, backed with a caramel and toast. Not bad, but not really outstanding either. The taste is pretty good, and a little more flavorful than the aroma would indicate. It starts a little fruity, with a solid malt flavor. The hops are modest, and come into play in the finish. It’s a bit metallic (nothing to do with the can), and a little distractingly carbonated. The body is somewhere between medium and light, but the finish is a little weak. Not a bad beer, all in all. The price (about $5.00 for a six pack) made it worthwhile. I wouldn’t go out of my way for this beer, but I wouldn’t turn one down either.

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Photo of glid02
3.43/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Part of a mixed 12-pack purchased from Hop City in Atlanta.

Pours a clear copper color with a one-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of a combination of pale and caramel malts with very light hints of floral and citrus hop aromas.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Grainy pale and slight caramel malt flavors up front are joined by small amounts of citrus hops midway through the sip. Near the end of the sip the malt flavors grow a bit darker before a mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It has a nice thickness with solid carbonation.

Drinkability is OK. I finished my can but I'm not so sure about another.

Overall this is a decent EPA but not one I'm likely to order again.

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Photo of xnicknj
3.33/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can poured into pint glass

Pours a clear golden copper with a frothy head which slowly fades out leaving plenty of patchy lacing.

Scents of light grassy malts, some citric hops, and a hint of buttery sweetness.

Some slightly sweet malts up front, which give way to further caramel body and some doughy, bread-like qualities. Additional buttery flavors mix in with some citrus hops, which is a little odd. Malt backbone returns for the finish, which is fairly crisp with a bit of lingering flavor.

Lighter medium body, medium carbonation, some stickyness in the feel. Pretty smooth drinking, although the flavors are fairly muddled at points.

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

Comes out of the can a nice clear orangy amber with frothy, persistent white head that leaves some good lacing. Fruity, malty, slightly sweet aroma is not strong but still appealing. Malty, fruity flavor is nice but a bit on the weak side. Texture is smooth and pleasing, but lacks fizz. Not great, but fine for a party or with a meal.

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

A light copper color with a fair white head and decent lace. The aroma suggests a tart citrus hops but fairly mild and yeast/wheat tinged. The taste is a crisp and refreshing combination of light malt and grapefruit/floral hops. A touch of charcoal thrown in to this fairly thin offering but overall it's OK and certainly goes down easy enough. Worth a try if you have a gap in your choices but nothing memorable, except for those pigs on the can!

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Photo of Brenden
3.29/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

The color is a darker than expected orange-yellow. The head shows weakness even as it pours and the general look is fizzy, a little too bubbly not to be concerned. Once it's poured out my suspicions are confirmed that there's a general looseness to it. Lacing isn't nonexistent, but close to negligible.
The aroma doesn't lack pungency. A floral and more tropical than citrus fruits are the main elements. There's just the slightest touch of an almost gingery spicy element though it's a far cry from Good Juju. Dry malts are difficult to detect and makes this beer on the one-dimensional side.
The bite from hops bitterness has some depth to it and is complemented by a decent balance from malts. A little spiced sort of sourness kicks in just at the finish. This is a solid APA with just a very slight off flavor.
As feared, this beer is bitingly fizzy and bubbly; at least I can't claim it's not crisp. Let it sit and it feels just a little smoother, though not enough for the drinkability one looks for in a style like this. The bracing crispness sticks around until this beer's been allowed to rest awhile; even then, it doesn't abate enough for comfort.

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Photo of Daniellobo
3.33/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fair pale ale, not too enticing but decently drinkable.

Presentation: 12 oz orange bell can. Oval image presiding it with red-pink and yellow palette noting name of the brew and two pigs jumping about to... Porkslap? Notes "all malt" and lacks any recognizable freshness or best by date. Served in a tulip glass.

A - Pale amber pout, good 1" frothy head, medium retention and lacing.

S - Lightly hoppy and malty, candy, not in a particularly remarkable way.

T - Taste is a bit flat, decent malty dash, with a light hoppy sense, a caramel candy sense predominates, not unpleasing but a bit weird.

M - Medium to light body, with moderate carbonation that is more aggressively early on.

D - Relatively quaffable in a kind of forgettable way.

Notes: Hmmm, not particularly impressed. It is drinkable but again quite forgettable.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.12/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy orange-ish to amber color with an off white head. In the aroma, sweet malt and a small hop, a bit soapy too. In the taste, earthy, spicy, and a small hop. A spice like bite and a medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry spice in the aftertaste. Smells of a pale, tastes of a saison, ok, but nothing to exciting.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.58/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from can into plastic cup at a summer picnic.

Pours a medium amber color slightly reddish. Good foaming, leaves a trail, laces. Light malty smell, caramel notes. Small sweet malt taste very light on the hop. Minor bite at the finish. Smooth throughout. Well carbonated, the can holds the pressure well.

Good summer beer. More like English pale than APA. Certainly picnic session able.

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Photo of Gmann
3.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a slightly hazy copper color with not much head to speak of. There is a faint smell of hops not much else. Kind of a quirky taste. There is a bit of a hop taste but it disappears very quickly, leaving not much else. It has an odd sweetness to this, strange for the style, almost has a fruit taste...hard to tell. The feel is light and fizzy, drinks like a lager. Not a bad beer, different. Not very true to the APA style, maybe it's due to the can. I dunno, worth a 12 oz sampling.

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Photo of gford217
3.13/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Can courtesy of hopflop poured into a pint glass.

Pours a hazy golden amber with a creamy white head that lasted for a little while leaving no lacing. Smell is faintly hopped with lemongrass aromas and a bready malt background. I also got a ginger kick in the nose as well. Taste is more heavy on the bready malts with a bit of lemongrass but a strong ginger presence as well - almost like tea. The mouthfeel is light but fairly bitter. The drinkability is pretty good on this one though there is nothing that stands out and it's only an average APA with less hop presence than I would prefer and pretty muddled taste that doesn't blend very well.

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Photo of Bierman9
3.17/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Porkslap? Count me in!! Got a couple of cans o' 'Slap from buddy Artied2. Lazy Saturday afternoon; time to give 'em a go.

Pours a medium copper color into the pint glass. Has some very light haze, with little to no head at all, just a few rim-bubbles. Practically no lacing, either. Aroma has some soft, toasty malt along with a bit of floral hopping. Feel is a little rough on the tongue, with the body being a notch or 2 below medium.

Flavor has a touch of caramel, and some subtle malty sweetness. Afterwards, hints of sourish, tropical-like fruit come into play, plus some green apple and pear. Then come some flavors akin to mouthwash, leaning towards medicinal. Now that's putting me off. Without that, it might be a decent, easy-going sessioner. But with the Listerine, well.... Glad I only opened 1 of the 2 cans. Will save the other for later, if ever...


look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | drink: 3


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

Review from notes on 7/12/09

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 prototypic
3.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to csmiley for his generosity.

Appearance: It's a little hazy and amber in color. Head was white and about a finger deep. It disappeared quickly and left a light coat of lace sticking to the glass.

Smell: It's earthy up front and features some grainy characteristics. Malts are noteable and provide a bit of a sweet smell. Hops are stronger than you'd think and are mostly floral, perhaps attributing to the earthy smell. It's straight forward and a little light on the nose. Tough to pick up much past that.

Taste: It's malty and sweet on the first sip. Hops kick in very quickly and provide some bitterness, but not much. There's definitely more of a floral quality to them which results in a more earthy flavor. It's more malty and sweet than hoppy. It's a little grainy and tastes slightly watered down. Sweet and slightly yeasty finish.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's light bodied and has a decent feel. It's a little crisp and goes down pretty easy. Carbonation is good. Drinkability is above average, but it's lacking in flavor which limits it quite a bit.

This is a pretty good pale ale, but it hardly stands out. There's too many great beers of this style on the market to warrant repeat purchases. It's far from a bad beer though. It just could stand a healthy addition of hops and a beefing up of the nose. All in all, worth a try.

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Photo of Tucquan
3.26/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on 2011-04-04 in Columbia, PA

A - Hazy orange-amber with 1.5-finger white head. Lots of little bubbles. Mild lacing.

S - Very mild bread and a hint of fruit. Not much here.

T - Sour dough bread, grass, mild spice and good bitterness for a low ABV brew. Dries quickly and leaves a "sweet tart" and bitter finish.

M - Light-medium body and carbonation. Not watery.

O - Would be easy to session. It has some flavor to it and enough bitterness for me for this style. Not a remarkable brew but worth trying.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.37/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Packaged January 25, 2012

A: Pours a pale golden color with almost no head

S: Some pale malts and light fruitiness, some hops are hidden in the back as well

T: Follows the nose with the pale malts and light fruitiness with almost no hop character. Definitely seems more like an English style pale ale than an APA

M: Light bodied with moderate carbonation. Very smooth

O: Another easy drinker from Butternuts that would do a good job washing down some food, but that's about it. It's not bad, it just doesn't do much to stand out amongst the mass amounts of APAs, IPAs and DIPA/IIPAs out there

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Porkslap Pale Ale from Butternuts Beer & Ale
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