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 tviz33
2.71/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a 12 oz can in to my Notorious BIG pint glass.

A- Pours a murky orange with a single finger of off-white head that leaves behind some decent lacing.

S- Faint hops and a little citrus. Not powerful at all.

T- Pretty watery for an IPA. Standard notes for the style, and not a whole lot more going on here.

M- The mouthfeel actually isn't too bad, there's just not enough flavor backing it up. Adequate carbonation and slightly creamy.

O- I'd drink it over BMC, but it's nothing great. Pretty neat can though. The Butternuts sampler 12 pack isn't terrible if you're looking for something to drink all night with some variety.

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Photo of alexgash
2.99/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. can. No detectable freshness date.

Slightly cloudy, dark orange-copper. Puffy, thick, marshmallowy, light khaki head. Fruity malts (apple, grape juice) mingle with citrusy, herbal, piny hops. Kind of blah.

Toasted malts and herbal bitterness up front. Singed caramel and light brown sugar sweetness. A little fruity. Bitterness increases in the finish: herbal, minty, and resinous. Medium body with some lively carbonation. A mediocre IPA, but it will do in a pinch.

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Photo of DanE
2.95/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Served from a can. i do not know exactly how old this beer is. My wife purchased it because, "the can looked cool." She got it from the new Total Wine here in CT, so it could be ~6 months old for all I know.

A: Looks good. A hazy deep orange with some floaties. Decent white head with good lacing. Looks great.

S: Nothing really but malt, clove, and banana I am guessing are from their yeast and possible being old.

T: Toasty flavors, a little sesame. Nothing upfront but malt... but the back end and finish are rather dry and bitter (like an actual IPA?). They should drop the caramalt, imo.

M: . The mouthfeel was pretty good. Good carbonation

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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 BeerKangaroo
3.58/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

In my nonic:

A: deep brown slightly copper/gold body and leaves an off white half finger head and leaves some spider web lacing. The body is too dark for any carbonation to be seen rising.

S: nice combination between hops, roasted malts, and pine.

T: previously mentioned notes along with a slight coffee taste (interesting).

M: medium, carbonation is felt, slight dry aftertaste and finish, sessionable

O: not bad, one of the better beers of Butternuts that I might have again, preferably on tap.

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Photo of ManoIrene
3.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice beer, not bitter, little noticeable finish. Better than a lot of double IPAs. It can grow on you, and while I have one or two other IPAs I might buy first, if I can't find them, this beer is a fine replacement, easy to drink, and to like.

In fact, after trying a host of other IPAs, I find Snapperhead to be a welcome change from the too malty--for me--double IPAs I have tried; it's taste as noted is smooth rather than overpowering; it's color is reflective of what goes into it. All in all, a nice beer.

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Photo of Tschnab
3.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- copper golden mix of color with an off white head and a few lace rings, fizzy looking, not a lot of retention.

S- some bright aromas brought forth by the hops, toasted malt, pine needles

T- standard IPA flavors without too much to report very balanced malt and hops.

O- well balanced but I like my ipas to be unbalanced! Bring me more hops!

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.78/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had in Blue Mountain Lake, N.Y., on July 1, 2012. Can into a pint glass. One-to-two fingers of head. Hazy, caramel, copper color. Average-to-above average retention.

Smelled lemon cascade hops, wet, iced tea, rye. Very similar to the Porkslap Pale Ale.

Tasted similar to the nose. Lemon citrus. Wet, rye, iced tea and a bitter finish.

Medium body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Refreshing, long, bitter finish.

Looking back on this beer, I’m a bit surprised that I rated it this well. At the time, I didn’t think it was anything too great. Will hopefully get to try this again.

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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 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 axeman9182
2.41/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz can that I got at American Craft Beer Fest. It was poured into my Brooklyn Brewery tulip.

Snapperhead IPA pours amber, with minimal clarity. About a finger and a half of bone colored foam crowns the beer and flashes a little head retention. The nose is not particularly good for an IPA. It smells like Earl Grey tea, with a particularly potent orange kick. The flavor profile begins with a brief swirl of candied sugar. The mid palate hop bite is far too mild, it's barely there. The finish is that same herbal-orange blend from the nose. It's similar (but worse) than what's found in their Pork Slap APA, so I'm guessing the two use similar hops. The body's just a touch too full for me, but certainly acceptable for the style. The carbonation's definitely too dull though. I don't know what hops Butternuts is using for their hoppy beers (or how they're using them), but as far as I can tell the results range from "odd but decent" (Pork Slap), to downright bad (this beer).

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Photo of Jimmys
2.68/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz can. no canned on date.

A: slightly hazy. orange body with a bright white head. retention is good with some lacing.

S: earthy hops. a little cheesy. fruity. apples and grapes. some orange juice too. not over-the

T: flavor starts a little bland/lacking. chalky hop flavor. there is fruitiness in there, but slightly unpleasant. finish is slightly bitter, mostly dry.

M: moderate amount of carbonation on a medium body.

D: looks good, smells good, just doesnt taste good. body is lacking in malt meatiness and the fruitiness which i assume comes from the fermentation is slightly off-putting. pass.

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Photo of mooseo
2.64/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz can poured into tulip.

A - Hazy orange amber with a large fluffy white head.

S - Caramel malt, light floral hops, just a touch of citrus zest. Nothing distinct or pleasurable here.

T - Unfortunately the taste follows the aroma with sweet caramel malt dominating throughout. There is a metallic, soapy taste that creeps in which is rather distracting. Subtle citrus and grassy hops are there but extremely muted. Finishes malty and grainy with a slight bitterness.

M - Medium bodied with prickly carbonation. Slick and smooth.

O - I'm not sure what this beer wants to be, as it doesn't have any of the characteristics of a good IPA. It's drinkable, but not something I would buy again.

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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 Flounder57
3.16/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz can was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: The beer poured a one finger head that has reduced and left some lacing on the glass as the beer was drank. An orange amber color with great clarity and signs of carbonation coming up through the glass.

Smell: bready malts, fruity esters, tangy notes, no real hop profile.

Taste: creamy, buttery, bready and sweet malts, but lacking the hop profile one is used to.

Mouthfeel: smooth, medium bodied, medium carbonation, and simple enough to drink.

Overall: Not sure what to think of this beer. Love the concept, but wondering where the hops went. Just a pretty simple and average IPA or standard ale since the hop profile is slightly noticeable.

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

Butternuts ales are curious little oddities. In trying a new one, you won't know what you're in for, but they're all kinda interesting.

This one starts with inch-high, off-white foam, that collapses but leaves constant cap. The liquid is yellow-amber and fairly hazy. I'd say the beer has an overall "casky" real ale, unfiltered look - nice! I like it.

Fruity, west coast hops hit straight off. Mildly pungent-spicy with some mellow floral and perhaps coriander characteristics. Is that actually some diacetyl in there too? Don't notice that often. Not altogether terribly inspiring.

Quite soft, snappy hop bitterness and lingering fruity esters on the tongue for the most part. Also, a mild citrus tang in the back. Alcohol not present. Malt kind of buried in there.

Fairly medium-bodied, once again "casky" feel. Soft, mild carbonation nearing flat. Finishes a tad dry while leaving a residual stickiness all over. More vibrancy in the hops and especially the malt could really bring this together nicely. Maybe it was an older can?

summary -
a pretty basic, bland IPA, but good for the price
as an English IPA - not bad, as an American - kinda lame
I've tasted hoppier pale ales

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Photo of GPHarris
2.4/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

a - poured a one finger thick off-white head into a snifter that left good sheeting throughout. the body was a dull amber, not very inviting beer visually.
s - big malt sweetness with some floral that creeps through. as it warms some spice and orange zest appear.
t - grainy and bready with some citrus but it doesn't taste fresh.
m - slick, slightly thin.
o - not sure the age on this beer but it doesn't stand up well to other AIPAs i've had.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.32/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Packaged on January 25, 2012

A: Pours a cloudy yellow-orange color with a 1/2 inch head that retains well

S: Some malty sweetness and fruitiness are what stand out the most. Very little hop presence

T: Follows the nose, sweet malts with a nice burst of fruitiness that go into a nice bitterness that doesn't last too long and isn't overpowering. Hops are flowery, but don't do much

M: Light-medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A nice break from the usual hopped-up IPA that is nice and refreshing and easy to drink at a decent price point. Just don't expect a hop bomb, because you won't find it here

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Photo of facundoCNB
2.36/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - nice clear yellow orange pour with a lot of fluffy white head (great lacing)

S - heavy on the malts.. there's a slight smell of something rotting coming out of this that's very off-putting

T - barely any hop flavors (too mellow for an IPA), a bit on the bitter-sweet side. tastes oxidized. starting to think i may have gotten an old can, or it was a bad batch

M - a slight sourness that makes this hard to drink.. very watered down.

O - i can't be too judgemental because i really do think this was just an old can, but i ended up dumping the rest of the glass. as far as appearance goes, it looked like a good beer. maybe if i have a fresh can or find it on tap, i can try this again.

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Photo of JimKal
4.1/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served from a can in a Tulip glass.

Amber brown and very hazy. Decent head that dissipates quickly and very nice lacing.

I loved the way it tasted but this doesn't taste like any west coast IPA. I had picked it up at Total Wine and there they indicated it was an English style IPA. The beer that it reminded me of most was New Belgium's Belgo. I say this to warn you that if you are looking for the big hop bomb of the west coast style, this is not it. BTW I do love that style as well. Thus, I think the labeling may mislead some to think that is what they are getting.

To me this had a very creamy mouthfeel, again reminiscent of some of New Belgium's offerings.

Quite frankly, I'm glad I got a chance to taste it before I read some of the reviews as I would have stayed away.

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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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Photo of bubseymour
2.65/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - a very murky cloudy orange beer with nice head and retention. C for the color and A for the head.

Smell - very malty and bready

Taste - Very bad tasting and offputting beer. Its as if the water is bad or what you would drink for an innercity park water fountain and then it seems like a mess in how it was crafted leaving a bitter and lingering finish. Not good at all.

Mouthfeel - nothing bad

Overall - Just tastes really bad. Too hard to drink and not enjoyable at all.

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Photo of SickGnar
3.14/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Mildy darkish golden copper that is a bit haze with a few rising bubbles visible. It has a good size off-white head that turns rocky as it settles reasonably slowly and leaves pretty nice lacing.

S: Hard too say much about the hops as they are quite weak. Toasty & lightly bread crusty malts. A bit estery and minerally. An odd twang going on too – sort of lemony.

T: Bready and crusty malts – leaning dark breads & melanoidans more than pale and crystal. Very slight hints of sweetness, caramel, and toasty grain. Just a step behind (wrong order?) are the hops. An odd mix of herbal, lemony citrus rind, and grassy/leafy. Hint of slightly earthy and nutty yeast. Coarse hop bitterness builds considerably as beer is consumed, especially in the finish.

M: Medium body with carbonation just under matched. Some dextrins and a hint of sugars, but well attenuated with a fair bit of hoppy dryness in the end. A bit coarse.

D: Somewhere between a pale and an IPA, at least by the standards of the land. Nice enough for drinkability, but with out the bite you might expect of an IPA. However, you would never guess this is nearly 7 percent. A bit coarse for all the relatively mild hop flavor and bitterness, and a bit oddly lemony and minerally.

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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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Snapperhead IPA from Butternuts Beer & Ale
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