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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Photo of Chaney
3.06/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Much darker than I was expecting: Autumn harvest orange color, with a mildly off-white head that drew down from its 1 - 1.5 finger status within a few minutes.

S: Candy sugar won out over the citrus at first, but then the a tingle of orange and apricot regained its footing. Faint, yet present.

T: Doesn't really taste like much of anything. I got sugar water and fruit juice. No really malt backbone or hop profile to speak of. A bit disappointing.

M: The lacing was sticky and ridiculous, and the carbonation was fine, but I could have used a bit more citrus.

O: Not horrible, but not really memorable either. I know this is only an APA, but, please, somebody squeeze a grapefruit into this or something....

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

A = Nice copper color with minimal head. I prefer this to some more clear or yellows

S= Citrus overtones. But overall subtle.

T = standard Pale Ale. Not too bitter. Very drinkable and easy. This is not an impressive offering, but also not too challenging. Fits well into the pale ale category and is very easy to serve.

Heck, gotta be honest - I was drawn in by the can and the name. Rookie move, I know.

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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 ngeunit1
3.5/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a bright slightly hazy orange-yellow color wit ha finger of frothy white head. The head fades fairly quickly down to a ring around the glass leaving behind a few spots of lace.

S - Aroma is a bit bland. There is a bit of sweet malt and some pine hop, but it is not too powerful.

T - Starts off with some bread flavor with some caramel sweetness in the background. Faint hops in the background. Through the middle some more biscuit flavors some out and just a touch more of hops. The finish is a mix of bread and a bit of grassy flavors that linger a tad.

M - Medium-light bodied with moderate lively carbonation. Feels a bit empty and dry. The finish is kind of bland and uninteresting.

D - Very drinkable, but also pretty uninteresting. Flavor feels a bit off and unbalanced and could have used something to make it a bit more interesting. Not bad by any means, but not very memorable.

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Photo of lynchtae
1.95/5  rDev -39.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Two pigs on a can....that doesn't usually end well. I had a had a hard time getting over what I would call the "menthol" flavors/nose. I think it is some strange combination of different types of hops that amounts to some weird gross minty flavor. I wouldn't bother with this one unless you have some sort of swine fetish.

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Photo of kbutler1
2.56/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Can! First off, lets talk about this 12oz can shall we? 2 heffers going for the chest/belly bump puts a smile on my face. Why? Not sure, but it sure is entertaining! Poured into a DFH tulip style glass a murky, deep orange brown color with a 2 finger head of light tan. The description says it is suppose to pour crystal clear but there is no way in hell this thing is even remotely close to that. Some lace forms on the glass as it settles. This beer has a rather sweet aroma to the nose of orange, apricot, and slight pineapple. Medium mouthfeel. Malty, sweet, faded orange flavors upfront with really no bitterness. Some caramel as well. There is no product date on the can so I can’t be certain how old it is but if it’s fresh it has a pretty weak hop profile. No hint of alcohol at all. Overall, I was left a little dissappointed in this one. The look and smell is ok but the flavor leaves a lot to be desired. Not something I’d go out of my way to try again.

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Photo of StoneTSR
2.57/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

APPEARANCE: Nice, bubbly, half-inch head. Crystal clear, brilliant copper in color. Very, very nice looking beer.

SMELL: Not much behind the nose, but floral aromas come through the most.

TASTE: The Porkslap tastes more like an IPA than a Pale Ale. The bitter, hoppy and grapefruit flavors are present, and they build throughout the sip, but never quite get there. The beer tastes a little watery.

MOUTHFEEL: Highly carbonated and very refreshing. This beer may not have the greatest flavor ever, but it will quench your thirst for sure.

OVERALL: I could see this as a reasonable choice on a hot afternoon in the middle of August, but late in the evening on a chilly March night in Chicago, it just isn't interesting enough for me to want to finish the whole glass. At the same time it isn't so horrible that it should be drain poured.

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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 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 Rschis16
3.41/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Looks fine, a hazy orange or amber color with a foamy white head that leaves plenty of lacing. Smells faintly of malty oranges and apricots.

Apricots are very prevelant in the taste and pretty much dominate the whole experience with a faint hoppy taste left on the palate afterwards. Nothing out of this world, but simple and easy to drink. Carbonation is okay but may benefit from a tad bit more. Alcohol is really low, but that doesn't hurt the overall experience. Just a simple, easy to drink beer that's on the fruity spectrum.

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

Pours a lightly hazy burnt orange color with thumb sized head from aggressive pour. Head falls fast not much lace to speak of.

Aroma is kind of butter caramel malts with grassy hops.

Taste is like aroma semi sweet malts light hints of butter but not to bad. Finish is light on hops mostly lemon grass like. Kind of a bland average pale ale. Make a great intro beer nothing really offensive just kind of bland more or less.

Mouthfeel is approaching medium with average carbonation.

Drinkability is well easy drinking but not much reason to ever want to have another.

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

A: pours an amber red with some ruby tinges into my duvel tulip with all most no head at all, even with an aggressive pour.

S: soft notes of sweet malts, a little dark citrus.

T: darker malts present a toasted biscuit quality with a sweet edge. Blood orange and a little grapefruit.

MF: good full flavor and medium body. Not a lot of carbonation.

O: good beer at best but I would skip over this if it wasn't in the mixed 12.

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Photo of gabedivision
2.93/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from the two pig can to a pint glass.

A- Dark murky orange with a huge white head.

S- Rich malts, sweet caramel.

T- Heavy malt blast with a sugary caramel balance and a sweet finish.

M- Light bodied, crisp, easy to drink.

O- Well, since im reviewing a "pale ale" i have to judge it as so...It's not a terrible beer overall but it is a terrible example of a pale ale imo. To each their own i suppose.

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Photo of alleykatking
1.76/5  rDev -45.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Poured from 12oz can...

A- Pours a pumpkin orange color with hints of brown toward it. One finger off white head shows poor retention. Some light spotty lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- This is a interesting aroma..as in intersting because it is nothing that I figured it wouls be. The aroma opens up with caramel malts which seems to overcome most of the rest of the nose. Hints of bready notes and butterscotch throughout the whole nose. Very faded or just light grassy hops in the ending. This reminds me of Mishawaka Brewing Company's Four Horseman Ale almost perfect (although its been a while since I have had it).

T- Bready caramel malts start this one off. This makes not only the underbody but almost the entire flavor profile for 90% of the beer. Some light butterscotch notes linger here and there. Ending has some light (or just faded) piney flavor. There is something off about this beer besides the balance. I can't put my finger on it though.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is low for the style. Caramel malts are left all over the palate coating it in a sweetness. Aftertaste is mostly caramel malts, hints of light alcohol, and faded piney hops. This beer is out of balance with which the caramel malts dominate the beer altogether. There is a strange off flavor to this beer that I can't quite put my finger on...almost a homebrew like off flavor but I don't know for sure. Light alcohol drying on the palate.

O- I thought this beer was a horrible tasting beer. This is the first time I have had a super malty pale ale that was as I have read seems to be what they are going for. Light ABV means you could drink this one all night long but I don't know why you would. A horrible offering in my opinion. Glad I did get to try this one though.

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Photo of webbcreative
4.05/5  rDev +25%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to Rhettroactive for the awesome can!

Pours a dark honey color with a white 1.5 finger head. minimal lace that is quickly fleeting.

S= getting a lot of the ginger aromas. Not picking up much hops, as in I would never guess this to be a pale ale blindly.

Taste = again getting more sweet malt, with the ginger quickly there, but its not overdone for my tastes, I actually quite enjoy this unexpected twist. Not hoppy at all. Picking up some fruit flavors as well but I honestly cannot discern what they are, but I get some citrus.

Mouthfeel= medium, pretty much typical for a pale ale.

Overall, this is a really good beer, not that I would have pegged it for a pale ale, but styles be damned - this is a great session beer that I wish I had more access too.

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Photo of drinkiusmaximus
2.53/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pours a murky hazy dark honey color with a fingers width head that settles quickly and leaves slight lacing on the glass. smells of malts i guess there is a reason. It says All Malt right on the front of the can and they are not joking..Taste is malt heavy almost like drinking a slice of hearty multi grain bread. mouthfeel is decent medium bodied and goes down smooth. drinkability is somewhat low for me as I am not a lover of a malt monster and thats what this is. good to have this in my have tried list and added to my steer clear list as well..


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Photo of backfat
3.17/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

this could very well be the coolest can of beer I have ever seen. poured into SA perfect pint glass. Phish "heavy things" guides me through this review.

Pours a pale brown. clear and looking like we are going to have a malty pale ale here. light tan head.

smells nice. beautiful malted barley, caramel, and some dark fruity esters. no trace of hops. smells like an american brown.

taste is very plain. watery with some toffee and cereal and just a hint of bitter.

mouthfeel is thin and very watery

cool can. smells good and that's about it.

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Photo of chicagobeerriot
1.99/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours veiled copper with a rapidly dissipating off-white head.

The smell is surprisingly caramel-forward. There's a little bit of pineapple in there, but otherwise there is very little hop presence on the nose.

The taste is also primarily about the malt. Sweet toffee and caramel take the lead. When a bit of pine and hop bitterness come in it's completely out of synch, creating an almost cough-syrup flavor that becomes the proverbial elephant in the room. The finish is a one-note bitter mess that simply does not fit the style. Overall, this is a profound disappointment.

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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 scootny
3.8/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A dusky copper with mild haze and a decent white head and lacing. Smell is lightly fruity with pale or crystal malt and a mild floral hops. Taste is much the same with a darker malt component that adds depth and develops the taste profile. Finish is mild and clean with a trace of toasted bread and grain and a bit of grapefruit and light green apple. Feel is gently carbonated with a touch of heaviness for the style. Quite drinkable and a very good session ale.

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Photo of HBeezley
2.21/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

I had been wanting to try this beer for a while. Mostly because its called "porkslap" but also because I heard a few people say its good. I had it in a can at a party (It was free so I thought it was the perfect opportunity to try it out). The consensus? I'll put it this way: It tastes like what you would expect from a beer named "porkslap". Maybe that's a bit over exaggerated; but it just wasn't enjoyable by any means. The hop flavor: disappointing; the smell: kinda like old beer; BUT it does go down smoothly. so, if you want to down a couple beers just to down a couple of beers, go for it. But honestly, if you actually want to drink good beer, you're not going to find it here.

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Photo of thecarster1
3.29/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a- can poured into a pint, one plus fingers head fade to spotty lace crescent and clinging, warm chestnut.

s- sweet, fruity, herbal, tough to pinpoint what exactly i'm getting in here - flowery almost.

t- slightly sweet, a minimal hop presence that is moderately bitter, a touch of herbal floral hops.

m- medium.

d- good drinkability here, it goes down easily and is reasonably priced. certainly not the best pale ale in the world but it's solid and drinkable.

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Photo of bishopdc0
3.63/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy amber almost brown in color good lace
The aroma is malty upfront pale with crystal malts with a slight hoppy citrus.

The taste is an emglish style malty with full buttery taste. The hops make an appearance in the end slightly bitter with a pale nuttery finish.

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Photo of DrinkingDrake
2.28/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from a can into a pint glass.

Orange/gold with almost no head. Only a slight amount of lacing.

Smells very malty(like the can says) with a lot of caramel and butterscotch.

Drinks pretty thick and is very sweet. Butterscotch/toffee/caramel. It has a slight bite to it at the end which doesn't really go well with the extreme malt.

The flavor combinations here are not doing it for me. I had to struggle to get through the can. My buddy convinced me to get a sixer of this stuff. I'm not going to take a beer recommendation from him for a while.

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Photo of Mosstrooper
3.68/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz can into 16oz Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep amber-gold color with a good sized slightly orange tinted had that dissipates fairly quickly and leaves behind a thick ring of lace and some floating foam.

Smell: Sweet grainy malt aromas dominate, with some grassy and floral hints in the background.

Taste: Begins with grainy sweetness and some mild hop bitterness, rounding out to flowery sweetness and finishing with a flavor that is well rounded between sweet grains and herbal hops.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with lively carbonation and a watery, refreshing finish.

Drinkability: Not the best pale ale by any stretch, but an enjoyable beer nonetheless. This brew is heavier on malt than it is on hops, making it not so great for hopheads, but between that and its low ABV it could be very good for sessioning or as a gateway beer. I wouldn't search this out, but would have no problem drinking it again.

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Porkslap Pale Ale from Butternuts Beer & Ale
3.24 out of 5 based on 882 ratings.
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