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Snapperhead IPA | Butternuts Beer & Ale

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Snapperhead IPASnapperhead IPA
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Snapperhead IPASnapperhead IPA

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

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Ratings: 605 |  Reviews: 313
Reviews by Willytee3:
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3.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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Photo of KiPhat
1.69/5  rDev -45.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

A - Pours cloudy orange-amber color
S - Strong Grapefruit
T - Difficult to characterize - rotten grapefruit ?
M - Harsh
O - The flavors must come from the farmhouse side, this does not seem like an IPA.

The only way I could justify my purchase of this beer was to write a review. This beer is god-awful. The first thing that hits you is the initial smell. One reviewer called the smell like it is... "Stay away." But I had to push though to experience the flavor...
It's a flavor reminiscent of rotten grapefruits. If I only knew what rotten grapefruits taste like; I can now imagine. And the aftertaste comes in as that feeling you get after sticking a 9-volt battery on your tongue.

I honestly can't see how this beer hit store shelves. It must be an acquired taste.

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Photo of emount91
1.71/5  rDev -44.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

drain poured... why make an "IPA" without hops? Just why? offensive to American IPAs....

didn't bother to pour this one into a glass after my first (also my last) sip. smell was all malt, not even a good malt. maybe like if you took a piece of caramel candy and let it dissolve into water? taste was slightly more awful than smell, because at least with smell the unpleasantness goes away after a second. with taste it lingers, and lingers, and lingers. really the only thing that this beer has going for it is feel, but really who cares about how the beer feels if you can't get past the taste? I wont even accept this as a free gift from anyone going forward.

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Photo of oberon
3.43/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I have to say the artwork on the can and the price ($6.99) swayed me a little here along with the fact Iam wondering how this newer in state brewery is doing.This poured a dull medium golden with a thinner wispy white head that leaves one shotty streak of lace as it settled quickly,subdued hops in the nose for the style just a hint citric-like fruitiness underneath caramel,toasty malt.Quite sweet up front on the palate very caramelly and toasty the hops in fruity in fruity character show up a bit as the beer warms a bit but never really stand out.Hmm I would like more hop profile here as with the Pork Slap the hops seem a bit light but this is a tasty ale nonetheless.

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Photo of GameOfBeers
3.16/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of kuishinbo_tantei
2.6/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.65/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tully's in Wells started carrying these. Since I like IPAs, I thought I'd give this a try. In a pint glass, the beer was a hazy amber color with a medium-sized white head and some lacing. It had a nice aroma of sweet malt and cirtus. Mostly grapefruit taste, some malt. Fairly balanced, but way too tepid.

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Photo of sponberg
3.73/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another beer from a can from the dudes over in Garrattsville. Pours bright burnt gold, decent white head that laces. Floral hops - no citrus, mild pine, maybe earthy? - over a toasted sweet maltiness.

NOT a hophead's IPA, and I'd say not an American-style IPA by this can. Definitely in the restrained British mode, with subdued spicy hoppiness under a sweet-tea-and-toast maltiness. Finishes with a toasty-grain and somewhat aromatic character. Extremely drinkable brew, with a great mouthfeel, but definitely for fans of English style IPAs or strong bitters rather than American IPAs. As a fan of those styles, me likey. Would love to see these guys crank out a hop bomb, as they have the mouthfeel of their beers down pat.

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Photo of TTripp725
2.83/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of bishopdc0
3.1/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The look is cloudy amber brown a decent head thatt dissipates.
The aroma is sweet, buttery with a earthy grassyness of hops that are light.
The taste matches the aroma sweet buttery with a bitter finishe.
I like the taste its very drinakable more of a pale ale

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Photo of TimoP
3/5  rDev -2.9%

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

Pours a hazy, orange-golden color with a small 1/4 inch head that lingers a bit. Smells of light citrusy hops and sweet malts. Not very assertive aroma. Smells good but is quite faint. Likewise on the taste. It is good, but nothing that sticks out. Citrus hops, bit grassy, good malt backbone. Quite balanced. Just nothing that smacks me in the face. Full bodied, smooth, light carbonation in the form of tiny tiny bubbles. Ends semi-dry and bitter. Pretty drinkable IPA but I would grab a couple handful of others before this one. Good price though.

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Photo of Magister_Beav
1/5  rDev -67.6%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Photo of petewheeler
3.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Billolick
3.95/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ouncer in a thin skinned aluminum can, no freshness indication offered. Pours typical medium almond amber, cloudy, under a medium tan head, tiny bubble film and leaving a light and spotty submission of lacing. Nose is pleasantly hoppy, Easy drinking, respectable hopping level, lightish body. Piney hops follow thru along the finish. Quite drinkable, more good/BA worthy beer in a can, perfect to take to the beach or parking lot for a pre METS game BBQ...always a good thing

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Photo of Guinnsslvr
3.5/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of mctizzz
4/5  rDev +29.4%

Photo of Mora2000
3.5/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to zdk9 for sharing this can.

The beer pours a yellow color with a white head. The aroma is grassy hops and not too much else. The flavor is a mix of grassy hops, toffee and earthy hops. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Not a great IPA, but not as bad as I was expecting after reading some of the reviews.

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Photo of livewire05
2.5/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of dankjohn
3.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of ImFlyerThanYou
3.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of jondeelee
3.27/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Snapperhead is an IPA, but the nose immediately sets it apart from its peers: instead of grapefruit and pine hops notes, Snapperhead is devoid of the earthy pine scent, and favors instead a clean, almost effervescent grapefruit citrus nose, much like what I'd expect a grapefruit sparkling water to smell like.

On the tongue, the beer is indeed hoppy, but again, it's a clean grapefruit hoppiness, like freshly-squeezed juice. Below this is a nice layer of malts, giving the beer a decent body of apricot and orange flavors, biscuit-like grains, and light brown sugars. The aftertaste is mainly hops, and fades fairly quickly. Mouthfeel is light, and carbonation is medium-heavy.

Overall, Snapperhead makes for a good entry-level IPA, with just enough hops to separate it from the field, but not enough to overwhelm someone new to the style. I suspect hop lovers will be put off by the clean grapefruit flavors in here, and the beer does indeed seem slightly out of balance with the lack of deep and earthy pine flavors. It's decent and flavorful, then, but sacrifices wisdom for peppiness.

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Photo of virinow
3/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of far333
3.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pale straw yellow with a giant eggshell colored styrafoamy looking head three inches high and not receding at all. Seems overcarbonated, as it was rising up out of the can on its own before I even tilted it toward the glass.

Floral and grainy aroma, some yeasty phenolics. This either uses a belgian or saison yeast, or had an unclean fermentation. Flavor seems to match the aroma, with the addition of some vanilla and a peppery bite. Floral hops are understated. Thin mouthfeel despite all that CO2. Finishes dry. This seems more like a slightly hoppy wit or saison or belgian pale. Not a great IPA.

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Photo of sarahspat
2.22/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Picked this up on a whim because I'd never heard of the brewery and it was in a can.

Pours a cloudy copper-golden with a sizeable, somewhat thick off-white head. The latter looks craggy and sticky. Thick laces appear on the sides of the glass, but they are few in number.

Smells like light fruits, flowers, and some soap. Doesn't really smell like an American IPA. Consider my expectations officially lowered.

This is simply not an IPA. Malt and fruity flavors easily overpower hops, and it's pretty lightly flavored in general. Weak floral notes, peaches, apples... the too strong malt presence is composed of biscuity and caramelly flavors. This beer is much more sweet than it is bitter. Even if one were to judge this as a less hoppy style like an English pale ale or a blonde ale, it still wouldn't be very good. There is a terrible metallic edge to this brew, and the taste of soap is infused in every sip, greatly diminishing the overall flavor quality. The body is light-medium with good carbonation.

Based on this, I would hesitate before trying anything else from this brewery... on the other hand I am curious whether their other beers are this bad.

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Snapperhead IPA from Butternuts Beer & Ale
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