Snapperhead IPA | Butternuts Beer & Ale

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Snapperhead IPASnapperhead IPA

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Butternuts Beer & Ale
New York, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by ommegangpbr on 01-27-2007

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Photo of DoubleDown11
1.25/5  rDev -60.4%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

This is the inaugural A and J review, and boy, did we pick a doozy to start with.

Thanks to being spoiled by the Oskar Blues Brewing Company, we were lured into thinking that craft beer in a can must be delicious.

First the aroma- A: "It smells. The aroma says stay away."
J: "Hmmm...smells like fish sauce."

Taste: A: "Fermented ass..tastes like somebody brewed a shoe."
J: "I blame my wife...I knew I should have picked up the Dale's Pale Ale instead."

Aftertaste: A: "Mouthful of malt..I need to shave my tongue."
J: "I feel obligated to finish this."

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Photo of PDXHops
1.32/5  rDev -58.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

12 ounce can courtesy of Ryan011235, poured into a Duvel tulip. Confusingly, it's labeled both "IPA" and "Farmhouse Ale".

Light amber body with a slight haze and a finger's worth of cream-colored head. This sticks around for a while and leaves a bit of wet lacing here and there. A small amount of sediment settles at the bottom of the glass.

Smells, hmm, what the heck does this stuff smell like? Not an IPA, that's for sure. A few very mild citrusy notes do seem to be hiding in there somewhere, but the rest of the nose is puzzling at best, offputting at worst. As it warms up, the scale definitely tips toward offputting. Cooked frozen mixed vegetables, doughy undercooked bread, cool whip(?). More "normal" notes of caramel appear periodically. What the hell?

As the first sip hits my tongue, my immediate thought is, "there's no way I'm finishing this". Mercifully, there's a modest amount of piney bitterness to distract from everything else. I can't shake the impression of eating green beans that have been in the fridge a day or 2 past their prime. Soggy beans of questionable edibility, complete with butter and salt. No credit granted for the bready malts and occasional surfacing of citrus; when the dominant flavor of your IPA is green beans that needed to be tossed yesterday, you've got yourself a problem.

Looking for a silver lining here. Ah yes, the mouthfeel. It's just fine. Medium body, moderate carbonation. Those damn green beans just linger and linger, though.

Overall impression: Am I to assume this is some cruel joke being played on the beer-drinking public? That the contents of this can are somehow contaminated? Surely there's some reasonable explanation for what I just tried to choke down.

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Photo of crossovert
1.45/5  rDev -54.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

12 oz yellow can.

It pours a dull orangeish gold. It has a foamy white head.

The smell is garbage, smells like orange medicine.

The flavor is similar, but with some hoppy bitterness. This stuff is almost gag-worthy, such a bad flavor.


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Photo of JerseyKirk
1.56/5  rDev -50.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

A: Gold to Burnt Orange. 1/2 finger white head that clears instantly. Lacing is spotty. Hazy. Some carbonation bubbles.

S: Caramel, sweet malts, munich perhaps, definitely cara 40 and up. All malt, no hops. The opposite of what an ipa should smell like.

T: Caramel sweet malts. Lingering bitterness in the finish. Almost sudsy, astringent soapy in taste. Bitterness is punch but ill tasting.

M: Sweet. Medium body.

O: Terrible. Will never buy again.

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Photo of mtpint
1.59/5  rDev -49.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

orange color with mostly white head.

mild, sweet and bitter notes on the nose. mostly bland though.

taste is mild malt sweetness, mild bitterness, left an odd, off-putting flavor on palate and back of tongue.

first beer of their mix 12-pack i tried. immediately regretted buying it. checked out their website where they take this "we aren't pretentious beer drinkers/ haughty prices" stance. blahblahblah. $18 bucks a 12er...?

After having a beer and visiting the website, I cant help but feel that i have been duped by one of the big brewers. will not buy again, and will discourage others from buying.

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Photo of KiPhat
1.69/5  rDev -46.5%
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 -45.9%
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 Ryan011235
1.77/5  rDev -44%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Poured into a pint glass on 5/9/10

A pale shade of hazy amber; mostly clear with an almost dismissible cloudiness. Pours a two finger head that has held up well so far. The foam thins but retention is pretty consistent once it settles. Impressive lacing on most of the glass.

The smell was questionable right after opening the can & it hasn't improved in the glass. Right off the rip the aroma is that of rotten steamed vegetables drenched in soy sauce; yuck. For an instant a few wayward hints of toasted, near-burnt bread are noticeable. Way in the back are the faintest notion of caramel.

While I cannot fully say it tastes like the aforementioned rotten veggies (though I cannot discount it, either), the prominence of that particular aroma greatly colors my perception of the taste. Upfront is a mellow, slow-to-action bitterness; slightly piney in nature it mostly seems musty & earthy. Notes of burnt caramel & toasted bread are prominent throughout. Murky undertones. Overall, not exactly good.

The mouthfeel is standard fare; medium body & appropriate, if slightly low, carbonation. The high point here being how little the feel punctuates the flavor (which seems apt to fail on its own accord). Dirty hints of bitterness & toasted malt linger on the finish; thankfully, not for long.

Snapperhead is drinkable in that it isn't totally repulsive. Slight improvement comes as the beer warms. However, I'm greatly unimpressed. I have to wonder about some of the descriptors on the can which make little sense when used for an IPA. If by "all malt" & "farmhouse ale" Beernuts means "we have a negligible understanding of style & make up for questionable beer with high school marketing lingo," then yeah, I suppose it makes sense.

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Photo of Kegatron
1.83/5  rDev -42.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12 oz can into a pint glass.

Pours a clear piss yellow (yeah, real appealing looking) gold with 1 1/2 fingers of poofy off-white head. Retains with a 1/4 finger of creamy foam that leaves big sticky lacing down the sides of the glass. The aroma smells of light floral hops, some citrus, and a disgusting smelling sharp metallic tinge that taints things.

The taste keeps up the disappointment with a pretty lame hop profile that seems to be barely there. This mixes with some notes of citrus and bready sweetness but man, is this thing subdued. Once again, that metallic taste rears it's head, totally destroying any redeeming qualities that this might have had for me. The mouthfeel does little to regain any confidence, with a watery body and a carbonation that peters out pretty quickly.

Wow, I don't know what happened with this beer. Based on what I tasted, I would have called this just an average to weak IPA but that metallic contamination really pulled my opinion down even lower. I thought that this wasn't' supposed to be a problem with these new aluminum cans that the craft breweries are using? I'll probably revisit this again down the road and re-review based on my findings.

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Photo of billsmorrison
1.93/5  rDev -38.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

not much different than the pork slap pale ale, but a lighter malt is accentuated here with no real change to the hop complexion. porkslap is more well rounded and a better beer. I really only try the hoppy end first because that's what I like and after tasting the pork slap and the IPA I will not go any further with this brewery. they are decent beers but I will not try anything else from them.

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Photo of jahrun
1.97/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer has a lot of work to become a real IPA. Initially, the aroma lacks hop character and instead smell of malt - but not a quality aroma like one would find in an IPA. The initial taste hits you with the same off flavors hit you from the malt and yeast. The bitterness is there - but good hop aroma and flavor is not! Overwhelmingly bad beer - I will actually not drink the other can of this stuff that I bought.

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Photo of drabmuh
2.01/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Beer is amber and hazy with an offwhite head of small bubbles that leaves some lacing on the glass, some carbonation.

Aroma is odd, slightly vegetal and mildly hoppy, mostly earthy. Not exciting.

Beer is medium in body, low carbonation on the palate and tastes like boiled onions mixed with feces. This beer is disgusting, I couldn't choke down more than a few ounces before it met my sink. Never ever again.

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Photo of rawhydes1
2.06/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Trying to find some good canned beer to have in situations when bottles are discouraged.

This is no Dales Ale, or Sly Fox Phoenix. It tastes more like a pilsner or macro-lager than an IPA, or APA.


No hoppy IPA characteristics.

Thin mouthfeel.


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Photo of OWSLEY069
2.06/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Pours a hazy orange-ish to yellow color with an off white head. In the aroma, gingerbread like malt and some faint hops. In the taste, gingerbread malt and licorice, no hops! A small bite and medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a dry gingerbread malt in the aftertaste. Quite English, but licorice in an IPA, icky!

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Photo of Knapp85
2.11/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Interesting name for a brewery, this was one of two beers I had from them. This beer is hardly an IPA in my opinion. The color is a basic yellow with just a hint of haze to it. The small has a very little amount of hops coming out of it. The flavor doesn't say IPA to me at all. I was hoping for something a little bit more intense of course. Won't be having this one again.

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Photo of ATLbeerDog
2.15/5  rDev -32%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

From a 12oz can - Pours a clear orange/yellow color with small quickly dissipating head. Below average carbonation. Smells super sweet with perfumy notes and a tad of hops. First sip is very mild and bland with a slight bitterness. Fairly balanced between the hops and malts. Medium light bodied, and below average brew.

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Photo of Vendetta
2.21/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Pours a golden orange, sparkling, with a soft and fluffy head.

Nose is pungent, lots of honey, not very appetizing though to be honest with you.

Like the nose, the flavor is the same way. Way too buttery, way too honey. It comes off as thick, smelly, and it's a bit stomach turning. There was a bit of hop presence, but I really don't know how you can label this one an IPA. In an IPA I expect the hop bitterness to take the front seat of the character of the beer. Without it, it's not an IPA. I did not enjoy this one bit.

The mouth feel is, actually better than expected. It's relatively full bodied, carbonation is good. But I disliked the flavor so much that I had trouble drinking this one.

Not recommended. I really enjoyed Butternuts' stout, but the pale ale and IPA were just awful in my mind.

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Photo of sarahspat
2.22/5  rDev -29.7%
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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Photo of currysage1
2.23/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a hazy burnt orange, with minimal head, and no staying power whatsoever.

Smell is kind of funny for an IPA, almost like a toffee, with no hop presence to be had at all.

Taste is again very odd almost toffee, but dare I say maybe butter (diacetyl?) Some hop bitterness but it is masked by the slightly astringent alcohol flavor.

Mouthfeel is decent, probably the best part of this beer.

Not impressed.

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Photo of BeefyMee
2.28/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Looks ok with an average copper body and not much of a head. Smells a little off with a strange mixing of buttery and hoppy. Tastes even worse. Very buttery, which I normally don't mind, with a good dose of hops, which I'm usually all for. When combined these two characteristics do no play off each other well. Not too offensive but ringwood ipas probably aren't a good idea.

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Photo of tgorgz
2.28/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

P: From a can into goblet.

A: Very hazy, a middle-amber colour all the way through. One finger head that dissipates quickly, leaving little lacing.

S: Unusual, but underwhelming. Almost a caramel-y, malty sweetness without much in the hop department. Reminds me of baking bread. I'm intrigued as to how this will taste.

T: Again, it's a very unusual take on an IPA. The bread-y sweetness that first hits the palate is a little surprising. I've experienced it before, but never to the extent that it almost completely overshadows the hop characteristic- which is kind of what I was looking for. The middle notes are buttery and piney...then the hops come in almost as an afterthought.

M: Nothing really special. The lingering aftertaste is rather unpleasant, and coats the mouth.

Sorry folks, just not feeling this one.

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Photo of dups68
2.3/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Served from a can poured into a pint glass

A- Light amber in color

S- Very malty in smell. Hints of fruitiness?

T- Taste follows smell. Malty with little to no hoppy bitterness. Not a terrible taste but definitely not what one would expect from an IPA

M- Not much carbonation(no date on can. Maybe it was allitle old?) and pretty easy to drink.

O- Not the worst beer I've ever had but I'm not sure what they were going for. Its tasted way to malty with little hop flavor to back it up

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Photo of RonfromJersey
2.34/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Extremely hazy dark orange body, topped by a level three finger slab of off-white froth. Good lacing.

Surprisingly slight aroma, very mild citrus, too weak to distinguish further.

Sweet start slides sloppily. Hops rise and nip but not nearly enough bite. Finishes too clean, no aftertaste at all.

Light mouthfeel, too light for an ipa.

Easy drinking certainly, probably too easy.

While in no way offensive, this is nowhere near enough an ipa for me. A better pale ale then their Porkslap though.

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Photo of spointon
2.35/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I received this as an extra in a recent beer trade and thought I'd give it a try. Poured from a 12oz can into a shaker pint glass.

A= This ale poured a cloudy, almost murky pale orange gold color. The creamy white head started at 1/2" and quickly dropped to a thin skim. Some minor lace down the glass.

S= The aroma was made up of a curious mix of fruity and sweet malts, but not in the "usual" way. The fruity notes were like overripe mangos and pineapple. The malts were bakery sweet. Strangely, the hops were slightly citrusy but rather underplayed, especially for an IPA.

MF= Medium body with very low carbonation.

D= This just was not a very good beer. I think that the brewery might have a few issues with their production methods as this beer seemed a tad oxidized and beat up. Not recommended.

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Photo of bbarrows
2.36/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served from can into pint glass.

A - Amber and clear, thin white head which dissipates almost completely, but leaves a light lace.

S - Sweet malty aroma, if not for the letters IPA on the can, I would never have pinned this as an IPA. No noticeable hop aroma.

T - Very sweet, slightly like honey. Light hop and malt finish. Nothing like an IPA.

M - Well carbonated, but medium bodied

D - Not well balanced, too sweet for my liking, nothing like an IPA. It's a decent beer, just not an IPA.

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