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 Kinsman
3.35/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy orange body and a big white head with plenty of stickiness too it. Dropping the beer on the floor before I opened it certainly helped add to the head. A shade or two darker than expected though.

Aroma is lightly hoppy with faint piney notes and a stronger fruity ale yeast presence.

Caramel malts and fruity esters make this IPA sweeter than most. Hops enter in second with a bit of a citrusy flavor and some herbal notes. Not super bitter for an IPA either.

Mouthfeel is smooth and rather full bodied malty feel for an IPA. Overall, Snapperhead is certainly not a bad beer but it doesn't quite stand out as an IPA. Malt presence suggest more of a Pale Ale, which makes up for the fact that Butternuts Porkslap Pale Ale lacks the hop presence to be a good APA.

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Photo of nezelrac
3.43/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz can into shaker pint

A - cloudy/hazy medium amber; initially fluffy off-white head that fades quickly to a mere half finger; moderate lacing

S - fairly reticent; not much going on hop-wise - a little muddled citrus and pine; very malty and sweet smelling

T - initially this is barely a pale ale; bread dough, toffee and caramel up front; there is a faint hop presence beginning mid-palate and rising towards the finish but it has no bite; there are some hoppy flavors on the palate that echo the nose - again, quite muddled and muted; good length - after 30 seconds or so there is a noticeable bitter edge lingering

M - perhaps the best thing about this beer; nice texture and weight; moderate CO2;

O - it isn't that it is bad beer, just not a very good IPA, I'm not married to the over-the-top/West Coast style, but this tastes like they forgot a hop addition; I will enjoy the beer, and would have another, but not what I am going to turn to for an IPA

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Photo of surprenant1138
2.92/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy amber with good creamy white head and fair retention of lacing. Aroma is of, well pretty much nothing. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with some carbonation and creamy. Taste is of some hops, vanilla, cherries, grassy, and breach. Refreshing, medium bodied ale that I can drink anytime, pretty much because it is very bland.

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

A: Looked about the same as "Porkslap," yet with a much cloudier disposition. Burnt amber/copper, and with a two finger head that stayed pillowy for a long time.

S: Not much... faint would almost be an understatement. I managed to get a few puffs of citrus and yeast, but in reverse order of prevalence.

T: Sweet, almost fruit juice-like. Pretty skimpy on the hop front, but I didn't think it was too bad on the aftertaste. The fruit of choice here was apricot.

M: Carbonated enough, with INSANE lacing, and pretty sweet... if there was more bitterness on the overall taste profile, I think we would have a pretty decent IPA.

O: I think this should be the Pale Ale (Porkslap), and they should create West Coast-style, grapefruit explosion for their IPA. I could tune into that!

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

Sampled from a can with no freshness date. Dark, golden yellow in color with a heavy haze. Started with a fluffy white head that reduced to a sturdy white cap with nice sticky lacings. Medium bodied with pleasant carbonation. Light , lemony citrus aroma with hints of bread or biscuit. Fairly balanced light citrus hop and malt flavor. Citrus hop in the beginning, tangy lemon citrus in the middle and a smooth finish. Malty backbone throughout with a hint hoppy pine at the end. Drank more like a robust pale ale than an IPA, but good nonetheless.

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Photo of ngeunit1
3.68/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a fairly clear light amber-red color with a finger of frothy white head. The head fades slowly down to a thin layer leaving behind some nice lacing on the sides of the glass.

S - Aroma is a mix of some heavy bread malt aroma and some light pine hops. There is also some light fruit and banana flavors in the background. Overall a bit too subtle.

T - Starts off with some sweet caramel malts with just a hint of piney hops in the background. Touch of light fruits also mixed in. Through the middle, some bready flavors and a touch of yeast come through. The finish is a mix of sweet caramel malts and some light fruit flavor with some background bitterness.

M - Medium bodied and moderate carbonation. Smooth and crisp and the finish is even a touch dry. Feels just a touch watery.

D - Very drinkable. Could have used a bit more punch in the flavor and maybe a bit more hops, but it is still fairly good and not too empty.

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Photo of webbcreative
3.21/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Shout out to cmmcdonn for hooking me up with this beer. Thanks homeskillet!

Poured a light amber color with a 2 finger head that left nice lacing.

S=Hard to pull much out actually, not much malt of hop presence, but some fruity aromas, not sure if its from hops or yeast or what exactly.

T= Weird - right up front its like popping a sour war head candy in your mouth, yanno right when you break through the shell and start to get to the sour part in the middle. And has a sharp finish to it. Finishes more sweet then dry, but still I would call it candy sour. It has a sharp bitterness about it, it kinda tastes like hop extract, or at least, what I imagine straight hop extract might taste like.

M=Is actually nice and creamy, nice medium mouthfeel.

O=Even though the flavors are a bit unusual, this is actually not a bad beer, its just a bit different, just about like every other beer I have had from Butternuts so far.

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Photo of mntlover
3.26/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a copper color with 2 finger light tan head on an aggressive pour. Leaves some decent lace behind.

Aroma is malty bread hints of banana bread like aroma more so then hops some light grassy pine notes with nose stuck in glass.

Taste is some orange on top of bready malts with caramel hints. Very strange thing going on here some light hops in the finish grassy/herbal, more lingering caramel malts but not very IPA like at all. Not really bad per say but an IPA don't think so.

Mouthfeel is medium with lightly peppy carbonation going on, feel is good.

Drinkability is well actually not a bad beer, don't even know if this is hoppy enough for a pale maybe call it an Amber Ale?

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Photo of nickthetick
3/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: pours an amber mahogany into my DFH signature snifter with maybe a quarter finger of khaki head that leaves spotty lacing.

S: some flower and pine hops with a light malt.

T: pine and grass, some sweet light malt backbone.
MF: medium body with a good amount of effervescence.

O: overall an overly average beer, one I would pass on to craft initiates at the beginning of their craft experience to ease them into it.

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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 Rschis16
3.53/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Orange or gold hue with a nice bubbly white white top to it. Great head retention. Smells more like fresh fruits, mostly bananas than anything else. Certainly not getting IPA out of the smell. The bananas are pleasant and inviting though.

Strangely for an IPA, banana hits the palate first, followed a light hop bitterness. The hops balance out the fruitiness nicely and makes for an interesting all around experience. Not a bad tasting IPA, just not what I was expecting. Mouthfeel is on the creamy side and it goes down pretty smooth. It's definitely an IPA, but one on an odd end of the spectrum.

Overall a decent beer. First beer I've had from Butternuts Beer and Ale and this was interesting enough to make me want to buy a couple of the other ones I've seen in my area. Also loving craft beers in cans. Always kind of cool to see. Like the design too.

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Photo of alleykatking
2.83/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz can...

A- Poured a hazy amberish orange color. One finger dirty white head shows light retention. Some light streaks of lace on the glass but more spotty than anything else.

S- Caramel malts come through this beer a lot. Nothing over the top like Porkslap though. Some light grassy hops in the middle to ending of the beer with light buttery notes as well.

T- Caramel malts in the front with a hint of grassy hops. The middle of the beer has more bready malts in it with hitns of toffee. Ending is yet more caramel malts with some grassy hops in the ending that show up a little more than in the front of it.

D- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Caramel malts and grassy hops left on the palate with both left on the aftertaste with hints of alcohol in very low amounts added to it. A very well balanced IPA which wasn't bad. No off flavors were present when drinking except for a light buttery flavor. Light alcohol drying on the palate.

O- Overall this was a very well balanced IPA...I really wouldn't call it an IPA but more of a amber ale. While the hops were there they never packed the punch I was looking for. ABV is not really detectable which makes this a little more of a drinker. I wouldn't go out of my way again for this beer but would have one again if offered.

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Photo of robhunta
2.7/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - hazy with a thin head that disapears quickly. brownish orange.

S - not much of an aroma at all. a bit of hops & malt.

T - bitter hops flavor, not too strong, some floral & fruity flavors as well. not much malt flavor, a bit watery.

M - interesting, I am kind of contradicting myself here, but here I go... the hops give it a dry mouthfeel, while the overall beer feels quite watery. ***I came back to correct myself, not dry at all, very watery***

D - nice drinkability, but nothing special, I wont be reaching for it regularly.

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Photo of Amalak
4.13/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had out of a can, 12 pack. Poured into pint glass.

A. It had a nice amber color with a big head that left behind a good deal of lace. Some what opaque and there were a good amount of bubbles.

S. Even once in the glass it had a metallic scent to it. There were clearly hints of wheat, as well.

T. This is my kind of IPA: It has a nice balance between bitter and sweetness. There's a nice caramel taste taste. Sugary sweetness. The hoppy bitterness adds a nice kick.

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

Pours a slightly hazy copper with a whitish head with decent retention. Aromas are atypical of an IPA in that the hop to malt ratio is practically even. Citrusy hops and caramel malts are balanced on the nose as well as the palate. I expect hops to be more assertive than this in an IPA. With that said, orange zest and floral notes linger long on the finish and are quite good. Not perfect, but not bad.

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Photo of qchic
2.46/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

While a fan of canned beers, this one leaves a lot to be desired, especially in the hops department. Be it in the aroma or the flavor, I wouldn't have guessed this one an IPA. It ends with a bitter finish, and I may find this to be the high point of the beer. Oddly enough, amongst the fruit estery flavor of this beer, I can't help but think of cotton candy. Seriously.

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Photo of Dotcubed
2.54/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Last can of six that my spouse got me. She knows I like regional bevs.

Looks decent. Stable foam.

Lacking aroma. Could be an old can.

Malty, spiked with sour bitterness. Bitter but muddy.
Needs more hop presence.

Lacking what id expect of an ipa.

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

A decent enough IPA. Hazy light golden amber. Decent white head and lacing. Smells of tropical fruits and toasted malt with a bit of pine. Taste is kinda sweet in the front with a toasted malt graininess. Hops are grapefruity with a lingering bitterness in the finish. Feel is mildly carbonated medium weight. Decent drinkability. Not a bad IPA just nothing of note. I'd drink another, and as part of the 12 can variety pack the weakest, but a decent member.

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Photo of muttyd
3.16/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Orange/straw body with a thin fizzy white head. Aroma is not what I was expecting. Very little hop aroma - big malt forward (grainy, sweet) aroma with some citrusy notes. Aroma is not very characteristic of an IPA. Flavor follows the nose. Grainy, sweet, and some buttery flavors. Little to no hop presence. Medium to light body, some carbonation. Not sure how this characterized as an IPA, but still enjoyable.

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Photo of lovindahops
3.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Some butternuts action for another local brewery. My new years eve brew.

A- pours a hazy amber with a massive head. Looks like the all malt brew described on the can

S- strange... Almost smells like hopback from troegs at first. There is some citrus ever so slightly at the end, but the caramel is present throughout

T- malty butterscoth flavor throughout with bitterness at the end. There is some initial sweetness, but I really wanted some hoppiness. Malt certainly shines

M- the malt flavor is very sticky and complete on the mouth and palate. It has flavor

D- snapperhead isn't exactly what you would expect from an ipa. Nevertheless, the malt and bitter themes provide a decent brew that goes down well. I don't mind these at all in the future

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Photo of bishopdc0
3.1/5  rDev -1.9%
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 BeerAndBourbon
2.73/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A. Pours a clear orange with a foamy white head that quickly dissipates to a ring with a bit of residual lacing.

S. Sweet caramel malt with no discernable hops. Not bad, but not what I was expecting at all.

T. Very malt forward with little hop bitterness.

M. Medium bodied with a medium level of carbonation.

D. I didn't mind the beer - it seemed almost like an amber ale with a bit less malt profile and little to no hop profile. However, this is supposed to be an IPA. Please date your product so I know next time!

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Photo of tchenery
2.93/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Nice color, a darker IPA than usual, but no head on it.

It smells metallic at first. The second whiff picks up tangerine/grapefruit notes all the way. It's slightly peppery smelling as well.

Very bitter up front, almost a feeling than a taste. It's very malt forward. It's kind of sweet as well, it then transitions into a fruity aftertaste, almost candylike.

It's very bitter (overly) and not very balanced in my opinion.

This is almost chuggable for a 6.8% IPA, maybe because it's in a can, maybe because it's just kind of boring.

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Photo of mikeg67
3.41/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz can. Pours deep golden with a lasting, thick, white head and nice lacing and lovely carbonation. Aroma is of bready malt, apple cider and piney hops. Body is light and crisp. Citrus fruit and hops dominates the palate while biscuit malt provide good balance. Medium and average hoppy finish. On the whole, not bad for a price.

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Photo of emmasdad
2.76/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks Dan, for bringing this one by; always excited to try more canned beer. This one pours a clear amber color, with the barest hint of white foam on top. On the nose, a get a little spicy hop, but not much more. On the palate, this one is medium bodied, easy to drink, with some spicy hop, a little malt and not much else. Ok, at best.

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Snapperhead IPA from Butternuts Beer & Ale
3.16 out of 5 based on 598 ratings.
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