Snapperhead IPA | Butternuts Beer & Ale

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Snapperhead IPASnapperhead IPA
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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 Sammy
3.45/5  rDev +11.7%
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 acurtis
2.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.08/5  rDev -0.3%

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 spycow
3.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of djrn2
2.75/5  rDev -11%

Photo of Knapp85
2.11/5  rDev -31.7%
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 nmann08
2.5/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.2/5  rDev +3.6%
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 t0rin0
3.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of metter98
3.28/5  rDev +6.1%
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 WillieThreebiers
3/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of oline73
4/5  rDev +29.4%

Photo of dbrauneis
3.16/5  rDev +2.3%
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 NeroFiddled
3.46/5  rDev +12%
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 chinchill
3.9/5  rDev +26.2%
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 jlindros
2.89/5  rDev -6.5%
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 TheManiacalOne
4.27/5  rDev +38.2%
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 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 vfgccp
2.5/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of paulish
3/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of Kegatron
1.83/5  rDev -40.8%
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 smcolw
3.63/5  rDev +17.5%
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 nathanmiller
3.5/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of woodychandler
3.37/5  rDev +9.1%
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 ChainGangGuy
2.58/5  rDev -16.5%
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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Snapperhead IPA from Butternuts Beer & Ale
Beer rating: 3.09 out of 5 with 600 ratings
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