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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 TheTrevor
3.52/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I couldn't resist picking up a can of beer that said "Pork Slap" on it. Even if it was horrible, it would be worth a try because the name is so out there. Fortunately, it was not horrible at all. It poured a medium amber with a very small head that didn't last for long. It has a very pleasant malty smell that is very representative of the taste. It has a smooth taste that is a little one-dimensional but very pleasant and refreshing. The "All Malt" on the can is a pretty good description, and with the exception of a little bit of hoppiness on the finish it is in fact almost all malt. The mouthfeel is nothing to write home about, but it certainly not bad and I would rate this beer as very drinkable and I'll probably pick up a six-pack for the next time I'm going to a party because everyone love a good solid beer with a silly name.

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Photo of Stimack
3.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This brew poured to a dull golden color that seemed to be hedging to a somewhat brown color. I have had experience with this brew before so my pour was quite vigorous and that helped product a two finger head that had very good retention and left some lacing. The aroma is nice, floral hops seem to come out from the get go. While not overpowering they are clearly present. Feel that a caramel scent is quote clear and seems to mix with a toasted aroma. Overall this is a fairly inviting aromatic brew. The taste is fair, toasted grains and a floral hop flavor are nice and seem to break to a sweet caramel flavor, but seems to be a little to generic to me. The feel seems smooth but with a slight lack of carbonation. Overall this is a fair brew, nice that it is in cans so you can bring something with a little character on outings but still feel that it is lacking in multiple areas.

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

Can courtesy of leftmindedrighty. Thanks again!

As I've mentioned many times, I love the idea of canned craft beer...

Pours a light and clear amber color, with a faint white head.

Aromas are of caramel, sweet malts, and a touch of grassy hops.

Taste is light, with a slightly sweet creamy malt flavor. Finish is crisp, a bit dry, and with a slight floral hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is full in the mouth, with light carbonation.

Drinkability is a good. A nice simple easy drinking pale, reminds me a bit of a British style Pale. Very session worthy.

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Photo of chinabeergeek
3.41/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

hazy light copper, decent head that fades slowly. lace really looks like lace - like a victorian dress.

nose is very malty up front, some caramel, followed by floral, then slightly piney hops.

carbonation is actually pretty decent, not too crisp. but it's a bit thin, with mild astringent finish.

taste is again quite malty, with some carmelization. however the hops aren't really there other than the bitterness and maybe a hint of leafiness. yeasty on exhale.

a novelty because of the can, which is nonetheless admirable. but in the end, while it's certainly drinkable, it still needs improvement. has potential...

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Photo of number1bum
3.4/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Part of NEPA BC split #6. The first canned offering to make it into our splits...an honorable distinction or the only reason to make it memorable? We shall see...

The can pours out a super orangey amber, nice clarity and a foamy white head that fills the pint glass. Head retention is quite good, leaving ample lace and lots of stick on the sides of the glass.

Smell isn't super strong but it's enough to do the trick...lots of citrusy and floral hops fill the nose along with a bit of malt grain.

Taste is initially maltier than it is hoppy, with grainy and toasted malt characters. The hops are somewhat citrusy, but there is some pine and tea leaves to them, as well. Toward the finish there is a bite of bitterness and it finishes clean. The taste is a little weird - it's the leafy tea or maybe tobacco flavor that I'm not altogether loving - and the more I drink the more it starts to turn me off. The weird flavor really lingers into the aftertaste, as well, which for me affects the drinkability. Too bad...it had such potential with the initial flavor and the very nice appearance and smell.

Overall this is a pretty decent canned offering, and one that I would at least consider if I were heading somewhere that didn't allow bottles, or where bottles were too much fuss. But I don't love it.

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.07/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz can purchased at the brewery. Before getting into the review, I want to say how inviting Chuck was when we visited. There is no tap room or public area, but we were invited in to look around, sample the beers, and chat. It was the best part of our tour of the beer to be found around Cooperstown.

The brew pours a solid iced tea color with a full coat of whitish head over top that breaks in the middle to a patchy coat. Clarity is very nice and there is a solid cascade of bubbles in the brew. The nose is slightly toasty and bready, with spicy ginger. There is a kiss of earthy hop in there as well. Taking a sip, I find the bready and toasted malt character hits up front, moves to a ginger sweet and spice and rounds out nicely at the end with a solid bitterness and a very nice earth hop. There is good flow between the flavor components, keeping everything detectable while still having blending of them at the transitions. Mouthfeel is moderate with a moderate carbonation; pretty well where I expected it. Overall, I really enjoy this brew. The first can was enjoyed while tossing some boccie balls around our campsite, and really was nice on a warm summer day. It is simple, but not boring.

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

My contribution to NEPA case split #6.

Poured a nice golden brown into a pint glass.

The beer had little smell at all. A hint of floral from the hops and a bit of maltiness.

The taste was smooth. Very smooth. A great balance of carbonation, hops and malt.

The mouthfeel was light and refreshing.

A great american Pale Ale

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Photo of PEBKAC
3.92/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I like to break out in song whenever the occasion allows. Ahem...

Grab yourself a can of pork soda
& you'll be feeling just fine

Ain't nothing quite like sitting around the house
Swilling down them cans of swine

Intriguing cans like these continue to help usher in the new aluminum order. But you already knew cans were the wave of the future. Al Gore predicted it after all. Or you could of just read my last review. :D

A hard crack at the top & already it starts to foam. It had a nice nap in the fridge, but I guess I'm just a bit more shaky them usual today. Perfect time for a beer. Not after you somehow managed to drop every pistachio you've reached for so far. Now.

A good color mix of black tea & honey. Head retention of course was excellent thanks to all that repressed anxiety.

An awfully enticing scent of garlicky butter sauteing some greens. Really, buttery is something I personally associate more with taste, but the smell is wonderful. A sniffle of alcohol builds at the end.

Taste is definitely buttery. Intentional? Sugar & spice & everything nice. That's what we have here, sugar cookies! A clever little numbing bite interacts right at the finish & stays while you contemplate everything. Still a lot of milkfat residue remains. I bet the brewery can put out a mean muenster.

Despite the obvious taste, the mouthfeel isn't all greasy. It might be initially, but there is a good counter punch that made my beer go down very easily. I can understand this isn't for everyone, & it can become a headache after a couple. That's why they brewed Heinnieweisse. :)

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Photo of Rudgers73
3.08/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass from the can. Poured vigorously because the last 2 butternuts beers I've had were pretty boring in the head dept. Respectable rocky and retentive head. Thick and fluffy tan micro-foam. The beer is kind of an ugly, murky reddish brown. Kind of rusty water. Active, but very small bubbles of carbonation. Aromas of malt, slightly rotten apples (with the skin still on), slight hop resin creating a pungent and bitter tinge. Crispy mouthfeel. The taste is mild and pretty smooth. Watery overall but a decent transition between sweet/citrusy hops, followed by a caramel-ish malt characteristic, then finishing with a bitter hop bite. Interesting beer, nice try, but I'd keep on driving to the Ommegang brewery if I was in the area.

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Photo of thaichile
2.65/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a amber color with a quickly disappearing head. Nose is lightly fruited and hopped. This was thin and watery. It had potential, but the flavors were passive and the whole beer did not take a stand. This one was fair at best. Thanks to dherling for sharing this brew.

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Photo of Risser09
3.72/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

12 oz Can Served Into a Pilsner Glass

Appearance: Clear gold and orange. White, soapy head creeps up and fades away, leaving some lace behind.

Smell: Hoppy and floral. Interesting aromas. Hyacinth, grass, like a garden.

Taste: Grapefruit flavored hoppiness with plenty of flavor. Floral flavors arrive. Malt backbone picks up the rear and adds balance.

Mouthfeel: Lots of carbonation. Palate cleansing. Average smoothe taste with some drying capability.

Drinkability: Behold the can. Convenient. Consumer-friendly. Fresh. Tasteful. I would drink this from the container like a hillbilly drinks Budweiser. This beer is extremely drinkable because of the quality and I'm sure the price isn't too high.

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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 crwills
3.09/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Part of a tasting with northyorksammy, biegaman, grub, and derek. Thanks guys!

Good dark copper colouration, with a small head. Mild, hoppy aroma - difficult to discern. Flavour is, again, very restrained. Light, grassy hops with a toasted malt backbone. Strange, clove-like aftertaste. Not bad, but not as good as the Heinnieweisse from the same brewery.

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

Funny can, the 'Farmhouse Ale' in the title threw me off until I got the joke. I was really, very pleasently surprised by the Butternuts HefeWeisse in the can, so I was anxious to try this one. Thanks CRWills for sharing!
Pours with deeper hues, a cognac like colour. No real head last. A nice crisp aroma with fine medley of hops. Not over the top but balanced and generous. Sadly these hops don't seem to carry through to the mouthfeel. Probably the effect of the can?! Very, very, unpleasently low IBU's. Needs more IBU's. The malts just don't seem all that 'fresh' either. It carries itself pretty well otherwise. Not as good as the aroma let on but still makes for decent drinking.

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

quarterly tasting party feb 21/07 with northyorksammy, Derek, crwills, biegaman and me (grub). everyone threw in a few bottles and we had an interesting mix of beer. crwills contributed this one, so thanks craig!

12oz can.

pours deep amber with thin off-white head. no lace.

aroma is nice. big malt with light grapefruit hops. bit of caramel.

taste is a bit odd. there's definitely some clove, and a mineral presence. medium bitterness. grapefruit with a little pine. the hops make a really odd combo with the spice.

mouthfeel is ok. medium carbonation and good body. the clove mouthfeel is odd.

drinkability is ok. well balanced, but the spice is just throwing me in this one.

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Photo of SixpointJMH
3.65/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first sampling of the limited Butternuts catalog was the Pork Slap, and it was surprisingly good.

It pours a decent looking amber colour with a mild head that leaves a touch of residue on the glass.

The aroma is sweet: Caramel with a touch of earthy malt and slight hoppiness that is floral for the most part.

Flavour is more of the same, with caramel once again leading the way, but wit ha bit of maple flavour as well and a touch more hop notes here than in the aroma. Its basic, but it's tasty. The mouthfeel is light bodied and fairly crisp overall.

Not a bad brew, and because it's canned, makes for a nice tailgating, camping, fishing, etc brew. Plus the six packs (at least around here) are very reasonably priced. Worth a shot if you can find it.

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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 Naes
2.09/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This pork slap pours out dark amber (almost brown) with a one inch layer of pearl colored foam.
The smell is not much to speak of. It is almost undetectable to the nose.
The flavor is also a bit diluted. There is a mild malt base with traces of nut and a faint amount of hops near the finish. Again, there is not much to speak of.
The mouth feel is watery and is not very drinkable, as it leaves you with much to desire.

After enjoying their hefe, this was a disappointment.

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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 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 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.

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Photo of bonbright7
3.82/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A friend of mine gave me two cans of this yesterday to try at home and I broke one out tonight after work to see what it was about.

My first impression, after I blindly poured it into a big blue Solo cup, was well taken by a malty Irish ale taste coupled with a pilsner type of finish. I looked at it a few times through the declining head to see the golden/red/brown hues.

I liked the subtle aromas of the beer, but I didn't spend too much time smelling it as it went down easily.

As I thought a little more about the Pork Slap, the apparency of its high value for Fall picnics and tail gate parties at football games came to mind. I also thought this would be good with hearty feasts and might rank a step up if we could find it on draft.

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Photo of dherling
3.86/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ah, beer in a can, the way it was meant to be. Cans have seen a recent re-emergence, and this should be their general leading the way. It is a highly accesible beer, easy on the palate, and made for drinking all night long. It's no wimp though, there's plenty of character to go along with it. There's a slight spicyness, but not much in the way of hops to back it up. Overall, a nicely balanced beer.

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Porkslap Pale Ale from Butternuts Beer & Ale
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