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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Photo of Sammy
3.45/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On the can trail (it travels easy, even in a coat pocket), this was an IPA I would not have otherwise tried. A bit light though not watery. Dryness there, so-so IPA,average beer. very drying finish. Easy drink, a drop of fruit.Noticeably sweet malt though not cloying.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.08/5  rDev -2.5%

Canned 8/8/14. 6.1% ABV per the label.

Pours a murky dark honey orange with a foamy orange-tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with malt, earth, and herbal hop flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of earth and hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is an average beer that smells sort of like an IPA, but the flavors are more like a super malty amber ale or something of that nature.

Serving type: can.

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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 metter98
3.28/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: The beer is hazy copper in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high off white head that died down but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are light to moderately strong aromas of grassy hops in the nose along with notes of caramel malts.
T: The taste has initial notes of caramel and malty sweetness and some hints of butter, which transitions to flavors of grassy hops. There is a light to moderate amount of bitterness; this particularly stands out in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied and somewhat crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There are some notes of dryness in the finish.
O: The beer is rather malty for the style but isn’t a bad selection if you’re not looking for something that is very hoppy and bitter.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.2/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A little disappointed here, one of the most unbalanced IPAs I've had. Just not hoppy enough at all and way too much of an alcohol taste. Actually, there isn't much taste besides the alcohol, which makes me wonder what they were going for. Cool looking can (again), but the beer inside seems lackluster. I've had many better IPA's.

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Photo of oberon
3.43/5  rDev +8.5%
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 jlindros
2.89/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasty crack cans... anyways, I love beer in a can... CRAFT beer that is. I've tried a couple of the Butternuts, and they are usually pretty tasty, so here here is another of they're regular offerings, this being the IPA what should be their most definitive.

A: The can erupted... that can't be good if a can erupts, and it def wasn't shaken as I let it sit for 10 minutes before I opened it (just to finish my last beer). It pours a fluffy and fizzy 2+ finger head that leaves a nice lacing over really hazy dark orange brown color.

N: SOme toasty malt aromas, a little earthy hop aroma, some fruits, apple even, actually it has quite a bit of apple juice, that's about all I get. I wonder if this is a bad can.

T: Juicy fruity beer. Again lots of apple juice. WTF! THis has to be the worst IPA I've ever had. I get no hops, apple juice flavors, no real malts, a touch of wheat, the slightest spicy hoppy bitterness. I swear someone drank this and just replaced it with 1/4 beer and 3/4 applejuice, or its just super old. I'll def have to try this again.

M: Juicy lighter body with decent carbonation.

F: It does get a little bitter on the finish but not much. Dry, pretty dry, with a little bitterness accentuating it. Some chewy malts, and of course lots of lingering apple cider. Not very tasty. I really have to try this again as I'm almost positive it was a bad can... but its also a can and not a bottle... WTF!!!

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Photo of chinchill
3.9/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz can poured in pint glass
Classifed here as an Amer. IPA,; the can says "Farmhouse Ale" IPA

Wow! This is a good canned beer!

A - hazy golden amber with slightly off-white head. Head has good retention.

Taste and aroma both reflect nicely balanced and generously applied malt and hops. Likewise, some sweet malty taste is nicely balanced with hop bitterness. Balanced initial flavor is followed by a nice rush of hoppiness, with a long lasting finish. Excellent save for a slight off-taste that may simply be some hop components that are not my favorites.

Good carbonation. Mouthfeel is both creamy (early) and crisp (later).

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.46/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The can opens with a solid crack, indicating that there's a pretty decent carbonation level to this IPA, and there is! I'd clock it at about 2.63 but who knows, some cans seem higher and some seem lower. It gurgles from the can into the glass with a golden stream that becomes more of a hazy amber as it fills the glass. Held to the light it's clearly more golden in nature, but the yeast gives it an amber tone. A bone-white head rises up majestically and then settles to a creamy 1/3" cap which holds pretty tenaciously, and leaves rings and splashes and spots of lace about the glass as you progress through it. At the bottom of the glass you can see a layer of yeast forming as it drops out.

The aroma is unfortunately yeasty, but there's a nice spritz of citrusy and grassy hops as well, and some delicately caramelish malt notes behind that.

The flavor again reveals too much yeast, and it's a hint acidic (have I received a bad case?). I hate to say it, but it's homebrew-like. Beyond that the malt lies waiting, and with it a decent amount of hop bitterness and grassy, lightly citrusy flavor. It's kind of like an amped up pale ale, and not particularly bitter... more English-style than American except for the thread of citrus. But there's also a certain amount of drinkability to that. Except for the yeastiness I could easily drink more than a few of these!

Overall I'd have to say that their other beers far outshine this one, and that's a shame. I like the idea of can-conditioned beer, but it's next to impossible to get a good consistency on a smaller scale. Try the hefeweizen, the pale ale, or the very drinkable stout!!!

Update: The problems with this beer seem to be entirely due to uneven can-conditioning. Out of the case that I bought only the first third was overly yeasty (although there were a few cans that instantly foamed over at opening!), beyond that they were a little bit better.

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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 TheManiacalOne
4.27/5  rDev +35.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Acquired via trade from plaid75, so a big "Thank you" goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz can into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light amber color with a short foamy white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is very fruity with citrus sweetness and a strong hops background, along with a moderate caramelized malt background.

T: The taste starts out very fruity with flavors of tangerine and maybe some berries. A strong burst of hops bitterness quickly follows. The malt character is a bit on the light side for the style but it works. The after-taste is hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, clean and dry finish.

D: Very tasty, goes down easily, not filling at all, good representation of style even if it is a little on the sweet side, this beer is definitely worth pounding for the duration of an evening.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.16/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Pours a hazy golden orange to copper in color. The beer has a half finger tall off-white head that reduces to a patch of thin film covering the entire surface of the beer and a thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of caramel malts along with grassy hops.

T: The beer starts with a rich malty body that has some notes of caramel sweetness. There is an almost butteriness to the beer and then some notes of grassy hops with a little bit of lingering bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth with some light dryness in the finish.

O: Not as hoppy as I expected or wanted for the style - slightly malty. Easy enough to drink but a little too high in ABV to be sessionable.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.58/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, orangey body with a thin, white head.

Smell: Caramel malts with a light, vaguely vegetal hint in the distant background.

Taste: Caramel and toffee maltiness with a light sweetness and small hint of grain. Pinch of celery salt. Medium bitterness. Drying finish. Rather bland from start to finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Ugh. Butternuts is now 0 for 2 with me. Steer clear of this one. All of you.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.38/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Radiant tangerine with lemon drop edges. At first I thought the beer was lightly hazy, but sunlight behind the glass results in crystal clarity. A modest amount of manila colored foam appears after a somewhat spirited pour. A better than decent look.

The nose is pleasant enough (in a fruity English pale ale sort of way), but it isn't anywhere near hoppy enough. The brewery is proud of the fact that this offering is 'less bitter' than most American IPAs. Translation: less hoppy. And it smells like it.

There is a bit of a comeback on the palate, I'll give it that much. In terms of both flavor and bitterness, Snapperhead falls midway between England and America. There's a fair amount of malt present and the yeast strain tastes especially messy.

The bottom end consists of pale malt with a hint of something slightly toasted and earthy. Munich perhaps. Top notes include tangy apricots, bittersweet orange oil, grapefruit pith and a dab of diacetyl. This is probably way off the mark, but I'll go with East Kent Goldings and Cascade.

Considering the ABV, the mouthfeel barely earns the above score. In fact, every one of the scores seen above are barely earned. Things could be more full and the bubbles could be softer. Why am I being so generous today?

Butternuts has yet to impress me. Even though the scores are similar, Porkslap Pale Ale is a more enjoyable and more drinkable beer. I'd buy Porkslap again. Not so Snapperhead. Thanks again biegaman.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.68/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this in a BF, and I have to say it is by far one of the coolest looking cans I have ever seen. That phish is worth the price on this one alone.

A - Poured a decent medium amber with a big frothy white head..Slow fade left behind a ton of lace, which itself stayed for most of the session. Nice cloudy haziness to it, decent visible carbonation.

S - Very malty. Lots of bread with some very light citrus hops. A little weak on the smell, could have been stronger, but what was there was rather pleasant.

T - Very intresting, the label says all malt ipa, and I could almost believe it. Very little initial hoppiness to it, almost more of a pale ale then an IPA. Lots of grain, but it does start to show a bit of citrus as you work into it, but never really blows you away, still very nice flavor.

M - Very smooth, decent feel..Not too slick, and just thick enough. A bit of a bubbliness helped give the flavor that extra pop.

D - Very good. This was light enough to drink all night, but had enough in it to really keep your intrest. Very solid.

Overall there was more to it than just a cool can, this was actually a really fine brew. I would be glad to sit down with one of these anytime..

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Photo of smcolw
3.63/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

With a vigorous pour, a nice two-finger head with good staying power. Excellent ring lace on the glass. The color is pale amber/dark gold and very cloudy.

Mild aroma for an IPA. The hop that is present is fresh. Low levels of pale malt smells.

Initially, I thought this was a dry beer, but I detected some malty sweetness in the middle. The hop is most present at the swallow and aftertaste. But this is a relatively mild IPA. Other than the alcohol content, I'd place the flavor closer to an American Pale Ale. The body is slightly thin and the carbonation is quite abundant.

This is an easy-to-drink IPA. Or in other words, it's fairly traditional--no extremism here.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.18/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I purchased this from Giant Beer Garden and eatery, enjoyed chilled in an IPA glass from the can.

The color is deep golden amber with 2 fingers of white head with average sized bead. Lace clings well and carbonation is visible. The smell has a noticeable malt presence with light floral/herbal smell in the hop odor with subtle toast smell from the malt with grainy quality.The feel is creamy with medium high carbonation with moderately low bitterness with mild sweetness and subtle spice in the semi-dry finish.

The taste does not have much in the way of hop aroma with light bitterness in the taste more of a creamy malty balanced malt/hop combo of flavor with slight yeast and tea-like hop taste finish is mellow. Overall this is not what I expect from an American IPA-below average for either American or English style with too much malt and not enough hop flavor/bitterness.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.46/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 8/5/10 notes. Poured from a 12 oz. can into a pint glass.

a - Pours an amber color with one inch of white head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of caramel malts, faded fruit hops and floral hops.

t - Tastes of caramel malts, fruity malts and hops, faded floral and citrus hops.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - A decent beer but was more malty than hoppy. If it was around I'd give it another shot, but I wouldn't seek it out.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.37/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

My ongoing desire to drink canned beer continues unabated ...

Wow, was the pour impressive! The beer flowed thickly with floaters and all sorts of stuff coming out of the can. It resulted in easily two fingers' worth of bone white head with mild retention. The color of the beer was an extremely hazy deep amber. The nose was definitely citrusy, a mix of grapefruit and orange zest. Mouthfeel was medium to full with a citrus-hop burst on the tongue. The finish was bittersweet, like orange zest, as I noted on the nose. It was an okay IPA, but the sweetness just was not my bag. I think that I would stick with their hefe and give this a pass.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.8/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice malt driven IPA I know that's weird but this is a nice tasting beer from the Upstate NY brewers in Garratsville, NY transitional brewery. A dark copper clouded orange tinted ale with a light beige white head fine speckled lacing. Aroma has citric and caramel notes blended together nicely...while flavor brings in cereal grains and a bit of harsh malt flavos colliding together. One of the most drinkable of the canned offerings from Butternuts Beer and Ale company. Mouthfeel is medium bodied carbonation flows effortlessly, but drinkability continues to make sense t me as a beer drinker. Malty hoppy IPA from a can I'm listening, now give me more balanced ales in the future.

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Photo of tdm168
3.19/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - dark orangish amber with a huge off white head that is dense and thick; great retention

S - light bready malt, very faint citrus

T - bready malt, faint citrus, faint alcohol warmth in the finish

M - medium bodied, well carbonated

This is a lackluster IPA. It taste identical to their pale ale except the alcohol is noticeable in the finish. The hop character doesn't resemble an American or even a British style IPA at all. It's a disappointing, malt forward IPA.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.7/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clouded amber orange with virtually no head. Nose is of tangy hops. Flavor is hoppy, sure. But it has a strong, almost watery flavor edge to it. Feel has a lot of bubble on the tongue. Like I said previously though, there is a watery element to it that effects the overall experience. Decent, but a misguided shot at this whole canning of craft beer thing.

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Photo of Billolick
3.95/5  rDev +25%
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 jwc215
3.13/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours gold with a bit of haze and an off-white head.

The smell is of caramel with some piney hop spicing.

THe taste is of caramel with an herbal/piney hop bitterness in the finish. More of an APA with more hidden alcohol - and a mediocrish one at that - than an IPA.

There is a watery thinness, but with a bit of a bite. Carbonation level is okay.

A maltier IPA, with well-covered alcohol and only a hint of bitterness. An "odd" IPA all-round, but drinkable.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
2.64/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a can into a tumbler pint, the beer is a hazy, muddled, orange-brown coloring that has a tall, frothy, foamy, off-white head that clings all over the glass. Aromas are heavy in a syrupy, tangy sweet malt, as well as a light pepper spicing. Flavors are roasted, with a resiny feel overall...the hops are minimal, and the toffee malt is almost overpowering. The flavors pretty much go unbalanced throughout. The aftertaste shows slight signs of hops, with a resiny and peppered profile, but minimal, and a little late in the game. A slick, oily finish, and I'm just glad this one is done. Not overly impressed about anything coming out of this can.

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