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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 apants007
3.03/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

poured form a bottle into a pint glass

a: a little cloudy, amber, with a nice head that sticks around for a while.

s: bready with a hint of kool-aid

t: artificial lime (think jolly rancher) with a hint of pine... not a bad mix actually... and a metallic bitterness... not a good thing.

mf: the metallic tasted leaves my mouth feeling dry and thirsty... actually makes my mouth "feel" something... strange.

had some of this left over after a dinner party. I like the option for something better than bud in a can for beaches and other bottle unfriendly zones... but the taste doesn't seem to lend itself to that environment... I don't mind it right now... but I won't seek it out.

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Photo of angusdegraosta
3.52/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Carbonation fizzes mightily and is gone. Caramel colored. No fancy lacing. It smells great - predominately malt with some herby hops. The taste is a little mouth-puckeringly dry, but balanced with the malt overall. What's good is that it's a distinctive APA without a bitter hop kick. The mouthfeel is carbonated, bur pleasant. Drinkable? Sure is. I'd get it again.

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Photo of Antikythera
3.58/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: golden amber, crystal-clear. Thin head that never goes away entirely. Now that the glass has warmed up and I've drunk half, it's still sitting on there like very fine soapsuds.

s: biscuity and a little sweet. As it warms up the sweet turns a bit honeyish.

t: wheaty, a little bit sour at the end.

m: fizzy but not distractingly so.

o: a decent pale ale without anything unpleasant. Could be my go-to this summer for stocking the party cooler.

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Photo of gopens44
2.22/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Ok, so it looks pretty enough. Nice foamy creme colored head, hazy copper appearance and thick, luxurious lacing. Good stops there. Smell is somewhere between soapy and biscuity with little else happening. Taste starts out with a touch of citrus that gives way to mineral water memory I have from when I was a kid and Perrier just arrived stateside. Not a particularly good memory. Got some aftertaste going on here too -- like it was sweeter than it came across.

Obviously I am not a big fan, but it would make a great picture.

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Photo of Bowdoinbeerboy
3.25/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a can, purchases this sixer at trader Joe's for 7.99.

Very little head on this beer, and almost no lacing. The beer itself is a fairly hazing golden amber color. I expected this beer to be much clearer than it is, perhaps unfiltered? Regardless, I like it!

The nose is fairly subdued, light piney hop notes, that quickly fade to a WONDERFUL malty notes, not bready per see, almost candied fruit? This is light though and only became apparent after the beer warmed up some.

The taste is somewhat of a let down after a surprisingly subtle nose. This beer may be slightly over-carbonated, I get a fairly stong metallic taste and a fairly bitter flavor. The beer leaves a tangy metallic, over-carbonated aftertaste.

Overall, this beer is not bad. It is a well-priced and approachable sixer, a little over-bitter for my taste and perhaps metallic, but the nose is truly sublime.

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Photo of RedMosquito1
3.13/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Porkslap is what I'd rate as "drinkable". First impression was not great, as it had an odd dry bitterness that was unexpected versus other pale ales. By the third tasting, I enjoyed that bitterness as a unique quality of the beer. The front of the taste is weak, but the aftertaste is solid. Carbonation was heavy.

Definitely would session in the future.

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Photo of Drunkelstiltskin
3.48/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Even though I am not the biggest pale ale fan, I do enjoy this beer. Tastes like a cross between a pale ale and a Belgian white. Light orange in color and moderately cloudy. Strong and unique in flavor this beer is a must try for the ale connoisseur.

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

A - Butterscotch yellow. Lots of carbonation bubbling to the top. Short, off-white head.

S - A little orange candy smell. There's a slight vinegar smell, but it's nice. It's like a hint of an open salt 'n vinegar bags of chips. Just a hint though. Also, some nice floral hops notes.

T - Very balanced. Nice malty flavor with a good hoppy balance. A nice pale ale with a bit of orange tootsie roll flavor. Not terribly complex, but that's not a bad thing.

M - it's fine. Not thin, smooth enough.

O - a very good pale ale. It's above average and a nice session beer. The sweetness on the aftertaste may become a little cloying, but it's a solid beer.

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Photo of NiceTaps
3.21/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap in a pint glass.

A-copper in color that lightens to a gold when held to the light. One finger head with some good lacing.

S- dry bread and malt unlike most pale ales. Slightly sweet bbq aroma.

T-semi-sweet dry caramel malt, not a hop found here.

M- despite its minimal carbonation, mouthfeel is full bodied and bready, thick.

O- it's ok. I drank it on three different visits to a local dive bar. At first, I thought that it was a brown ale, not a pale ale. I still feel that way. Oh, and it's not worth the $5 that I paid for a draft pint.

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Photo of Binky61
3.36/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is my version of an everyday beer for me. It's not too much to pay for more than the the macro-bud-miller-coors (you get the picture) juggernaut, but much better.

To be honest I first was drawn to the name, but after tasting it, I was pleased. A good APA for the money.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.35/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a tall head but nonlasting and the head fades away.
Aroma is light with hops and malts.
Taste is desent with a good malt backbone and some citrus hops coming through.
Beer drinks smooth with very little bitterness.
A good tasting beer.
Got this at the North pole general store in Wilmington Ny which also has a fairly desent selection but with no real surprises.

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Photo of BeerKangaroo
2.9/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Into my nonic:

A: copper/orange colored body that leaves a one finger white head, barely any lacing

S: hops up front backed up with a combination of citrus, roasty bread and butter.

T: pretty much the same with more of a buttery aftertaste.

M: light to medium, carbonation is notices, sessionable

O: I see why they are called "Butternuts" and why I most likely won't come back to this because of that weird buttery aftertaste

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

A- a copper orange hue, inch cap, thin lace on the glass.

S- hops that give off an orange citrus. Cereal grain and burnt toast as well.

T- more of the same orange hops with a slight herbal note and a good bready note from the malt.

O- a pretty nice pale ale although pretty much a middle ground beer.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.46/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours medium orange with a big billowy head. Some nice lace. Nice note: Yeast is in a nice little pile in the pint. From the can to the glass.

Some toasted dry grain aromas Not getting much beyond that.

Toasted malt, some ok (but mild) hop bitterness, some bread rust bitterness, some herbal notes. But mild. Finishes fairly dry and lightly bitter.

Medium body, good carbonation.

I, uh, am not sure what to think. This would be campfire beer for me. No flavors that would get in the way of food, but nothing special. Just ok.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.53/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had in Blue Mountain Lake, N.Y., on July 1, 2012. Can into a pint glass. Three fingers of head. Caramel copper iced tea color. Foamy, bubbly white lacing with average retention.

Smelled light citrus hops, plum, peach, dark fruit and iced tea.

Tasted similar to the smell. Iced tea, lemon and citrus hops. Grass, wheat and bread.

Medium body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Wet smooth finish.

Just about an above average beer overall. Nothing spectacular, nothing horrible.

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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 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.

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Photo of Onenote81
2.6/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Originally reviewed: 4/5/12. 12oz can poured into a pint glass. Pours a darker tawny-orange with a thin egg-white head capping it off. The nose is slightly musty, with some graininess and grassy notes. The body is on the thin side with low-to-moderate carbonation. Really a slick beer. Mild sour notes right off, not from infection, just citrusy tart. Hop bitterness is near absent. Flavors of grains and mild malty sweetness. Overall, this just really isn’t all that flavorable or enjoyable. The market is flooded with this style and there are far better ones that I have easier access to. Won’t revisit this one. I love the can though, so it’s got that going for it.

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Photo of axeman9182
2.84/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz can with no dating, taken home from ACBF. It was poured into my Bruery tulip.

Porkslap Pale Ale pours a very clear orange, with light tangerine highlights. There's maybe a finger and a half of white foam, with a little bit of head retention but no real lacing. Aroma? The nose on this one is super dull, I have to strain to appreciate anything. Hard to find as it may be, there's a bit of caramel, as well as some orange and minty hops in the nose. The flavor's got more of a biscuity sweetness to it, and a bitterness that's more intense than what I might have expected given the lackluster nose. The finish follows from the nose, with some orange and a bit of herbal mint present. It's a nice change from the hop profile one usually finds, but it's also a bit too muted. The body is surprisingly firm for a lower ABV pale ale, but it's lacking some in the carbonation department. Porkslap Pale Ale's not quite offensive, but it's easily one of the more underwhelming pale ales I've had.

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Photo of slassy
2.46/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

A: Pours a medium copper color with a decent head, about a finger high. Color almost makes it look like some ciders I've had. Can of course is amazing...two jubilant pigs high-fiving. 50s retro-rural look.

S: Straight hops. Really can't detect much else (not a bad thing at all)

T: Definitely not as hoppy as I was expecting...pretty mild altogether. The dominating flavor has to be that of...bread. In fact, it pretty much tastes like soggy bread.

M: Very mild carbonation. Goes down smoother than maybe any ale I've ever drank. Almost like drinking a pilsner.

O: Extremely disappointed...flavor didn't match up to the smell (or the greatness of the can). Won't be getting again anytime soon.

Serving type: can into a pint glass

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Photo of Flounder57
3.33/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can was poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: The poured a minimal head that has reduced to a thin layer. It is an amber orange color with great clarity and tiny bubbles coming up throughout the whole beer. Great lacing is left on the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: sweet and bready malts, some fruitiness, but not much else going on there.

Taste: bready, malty, fruity, tangy, creamy, and that is pretty much it. Malts take over the whole sip. Hops are not that noticeable.

Mouthfeel: smooth, a little dry, medium to high carbonation, a little chewy, and medium bodied.

Overall: Not a bad APA out of a can, but I would have others before this one. Would have liked to see more hops presence.

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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.

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Photo of BrewGirl91
1/5  rDev -69.1%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

F-ing horrible. I wish I could give this a 0. Pours a creepy orange with no head. Looks like the urine of a man whose liver has stopped working. Very metallic. Cloying malts, hop bitterness, but no aroma. Salty. I wish I could go back in time and not drink it.

As you can tell - I hated it.

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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
3.24 out of 5 based on 878 ratings.
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