Snapperhead IPA | Butternuts Beer & Ale

Snapperhead IPASnapperhead IPA
598 Ratings
Snapperhead IPASnapperhead IPA

Brewed by:
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 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 tehawful
3.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

I bought the Butternuts Beer Mix Pack after having tried (and loved) the Pork Slap Pale Ale. Each style has a unique graphic on the can...with a green snapper listening to headphones representing this IPA (reminds me of the "two fish" from Dr. Seuss).

Appearance: A nice golden amber pour that settles into a foggy amber body. The head reduces to a blotchy film that cover the surface but hugs the edges of the glass.

Smell: A faint aroma of wheat with hints of alcohol and citrus.

Taste: Considering the style, a heavier butterscotch malt taste balances the hops. The hops come through near the end, leaving a more lasting impression of the IPA that you would expect, though the hops themselves leave something to be desired.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with good texture, the carbonation plays well of the hops.

Drinkability: Although it may not be as true to the style of an American IPA, I enjoyed the sweet malt flavor. That being said, I think the hops fell short...and with better options on the market, I probably won't be revisiting this beer any time soon.

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Photo of BARFLYB
2.57/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz can into a Coca Cola pint glass, my 2nd from this brewery.

A- Snapperhead appears honey glazed golden with orange spotting throughout. Up top a sturdy white head last forever, never leaving. No stick though.

S- This smells as disappointing as porkslap, in fact it smells just like porkslap. Caramel coated, sugar, malts all around, grass, more sweet malt and some grass. Hops are there, but barely holding on.

T- Imperial porkslap I call it, with the taste being sweeter than hoppy, sweet caramel, grassy hops. The dry hopping done is present but extremely lacking. It tastes like a butternuts beer. The label says all malt and it does not lie.

M- While PS was a str8 sweet bomb, the hopping shows with just a thought of bitterness, while not being bitter. Approaching medium bodied with some life, but drowning in malt. Why does the east coast have it backwards.

D- I would not have another one, lets put it that way. I did not drain pour it like pork slap though, so this is somewhat drinkable. Not on my list to come back to.

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Photo of DoreenAndDave
3.7/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purse a yellowish gold with a medium, cream-colored head. Aroma is of hops with some lemon and butterscotch. Taste is pleasantly bitter with a good hop oomph. There finish is hoppy with grapefruit and maybe a hint of caramel. Mouthfeel is pretty good. It's nicely carbonated and quite drinkable. All in all, an entirely good beer. Nothing amazing, but a good sturdy IPA.

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Photo of PicoPapa
3.77/5  rDev +22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can. Pours a murky yellow with a thin, frothy head. Some lacing. Surprising powerful aroma of butterscotch. Some malts as well. As for the taste I'm still getting more of that butterscotch flavor. Some fresh cut grass flavor. Not a whole lot of hops present on this IPA. I do taste some maltiness but then again the can says "All Malt" so I guess this is no big revelation. Drinkable and good. Not the flavors I expected going in but its still a worthy IPA.

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Photo of EgadBananas
3.29/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice cloudy, copper/orange color, with a good finger of fluffy eggshell head. Laces nicely.

Aroma is not too pronounced, but there is a bit of sweet malts, and grapefruit hop notes.

Taste is much of the same: Grapefruit/citrus hops, and an underlying malts sweetness. A bit too balanced.

Feel is light, creamy, and crisp. Carbonation is nice and adequate.

Drinkability is above average. While there is nothing bad about this, there's also nothing much really that separates it from the back.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.5/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to zdk9 for sharing this can.

The beer pours a yellow color with a white head. The aroma is grassy hops and not too much else. The flavor is a mix of grassy hops, toffee and earthy hops. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Not a great IPA, but not as bad as I was expecting after reading some of the reviews.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
2.51/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a nice clear golden amber with a thick, persistent, just off-white head. Aroma is not strong, a little hoppy and a little malty. Flavor is somewhat hoppy, not as hoppy as most IPAs I have tried, a little bitter, and a bit tinny - perhaps due to the can. Texture is fairly smooth but just a little fizzy, leaving a slightly hop-bitter, slightly tinny and barely tingly finish. Potable, but not the best.

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Photo of crossovert
1.45/5  rDev -53.1%
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 JamnesCameron
2.74/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed after my third time having this over the period of a week. Poured into a pint glass with about 2 fingers of off-white head and a slightly hazy copper colored beer. The head really stands up to time, all the way through the serving. Leaves lots of lacing behind.

aroma: overpowering smell of pine and grapefruit hops, very resinous. Not much of a malt backbone to notice at first. Slowly comes out over time.

taste: very harsh, resinous, grapefruit upfront with a tongue numbing bitterness that lingers. As it warmed up, some malty, biscuity flavors come through, but everything is dominated by the harshness of the hops.

mouthfeel: good carbonic bite. Leaves your mouth kinda numb. Good body, not watery.

drinkability: overall not bad, but given choices of other IPAs, I don't know that I would choose this one again. The hop bitterness is too harsh for my tastes.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.8/5  rDev +23%
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 beveritt
4.06/5  rDev +31.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Poured from a yellow 12 oz can into an Imperial pint glass. Label show a green catfish with shades listening to a walkman. Described as "all malt." No freshness dating.

Appearance: Pours with just over 2 fingers of off white head. This settles slowly to a still substantial cap pf foam, leaving behind thick, complete lacing coverage. The beer itself is a light copper with a the slightest of haze and moderate activity. Absolutely beautiful.

Smell: Intense aroma of pine and grapefruit; strong enough that you can smell it as the glass sits on the table. Underlying slightly sweet caramel malt with an herbaceous undertone.

Taste: Grapefruit spiciness upfront followed by a fairly intense hop bitterness throughout; including a long lingering finish. Solid biscuity malt upon which everything is layered.

Mouthfeel: Average carbonation level. Body is very good, nice and creamy.

Drinkability: I would certainly revisit this one if i could, but it was purchased out of state. I have one can left of this solid showing of an IPA.

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Photo of harpus
2.85/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I had this beer poured from a can into a pint glass...

A: The beer pours a darker golden, light red brown color with a large white head...

S: The smell is light, some hoppiness, but not much...

T: The taste is nice, some fruity hops, kind of juicy, and light malting, and light bittering...

M: Smooth and crisp...

D: A pretty good beer

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Photo of UDbeernut
3.55/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Can poured into a pint glass

A: golden amber color, slight head with little retention, sticky lacing covers the glass

S: caramel malt, slight citrus hop

T: sweet caramel malt, slight note of hops. Not really sure what makes this an ipa. The sweatest I have sampled. I guess it does not really fit in other categories.

M&d: medium bodied, slightly sticky. Decent mouthfeel, ok drinkability.

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Photo of DoctorDog
3.63/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: From a 12 oz. can into a nonic. Thanks to beveritt for procuring this, and many other brews, during his recent travels.

A- Hazy amber. Pours with ~2 fingers of off-white head, which fades gradually to a thin cap.

S- A subdued hit of piney hopiness, with a caramel malty sweetness.

T- Sturdy pine resin/citrus peel bitterness. Sweet caramel malty counter-punch.

M- Moderate carbonation and a medium-light feel. A touch watery.

D- Good. Moderate ABV, pleasant aroma and flavor, easy drinking. Could easily kick a few back.

Future outlook: A one off scooped up for me out of state. Solid and pleasant- one to enjoy if you happen upon it, but not really a beer to seek out.

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Photo of GarrettMD
2.69/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

A - Pours a hazy copper hue with a half finger creamy white head after a fairly aggressive pour.

S - My first reaction from the smell was a bag of crushed malt. If you have ever homebrewed, you'll know what I mean. It just smelled like 2-row pale malt. I said that was my first reaction, but as I go back for more, that's still all I get.

T - Taste is mostly caramel and base malts, still the base malt comes through just as much as in the aroma. Not too much hop flavor or bitterness. Some slight pine notes, also a taste similar to onions. Doesn't taste too much like an IPA... though I suppose I have been used to west coast IPAs for the past 3 months.

M - Medium bodied, smooth beer, good carbonation, finish is where all the bitterness is in this beer. It finishes with a nice piney bitter taste, not too dry either.

D - This is a tasty beer, but it just doesn't seem to fit IPA. The aroma also threw me off a bit. The can does say "all malt" on it so I'm assuming they tried to get it to be more malty than normal IPAs, I just think they overdid it. The aroma is nothing but malt, and not even specialty malt, it's all base malts. I feel that this beer should be reclassified or have a little more hops added.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.55/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on August 28, 2010. It pours a slightly hazy copper-amber with a soft, thin head that lingers. The aroma has a malty character with a bit of pine behind it but little in the way of hops. The taste begins on the sweet malty side but the hops tend to sneak up on the back end leaving a mild but bitter ending. Different from IPA's I have tried.

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Photo of jmhart
3.92/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this in a trade.

12 oz can poured into a snifter.

A- Pours a hazy deep amber with a concentrated firm one finger head, and leaves a complex lace on the glass.

S- Malty with slight hints of butterscotch.

T- Butterscotch followed up some resiny hops and a mildly bitter finish.

M- Medium bodied, moderately carbonated, with a dry finish.

D- Butterscotch is a little weird, but pretty outstanding. This one stands far left of the style, but it's good. It makes a strong argument against holding beers to style.

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Photo of AdamGarcia
3.68/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz can served in shaker pint.

A: Pours a hazy golden orange. Short-lived 2 fingers of bright white head.

S: Piney & resinous. Orange marmalade. Carmel sweetness.

T: Probably closer to an APA by today's standards. Fairly restrained, but enjoyable. Mild citrus flavors and a touch of pine. Carmel and butterscotch are pronounced. Some vanilla, as well. Very balanced.

M: Smooth. Carbonation is good. Slightly prickly.

D: High. This will disappoint those who desire overwhelming hoppiness, but I'm finding it very satisfying in it's subtlety. This goes down easy and drinks closer to 5% abv as compared to the listed 6.8%.

Not great, but I like it. Cans are a plus, too. Butternuts doesn't do anything extrodinary, but all of their brews are easy to drink and interesting enough to keep this BA coming back. If you're looking to pick up a case of resonably priced, everyday beers to have on hand you could do a lot worse than a sampler box of the Butternuts offerings.

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Photo of STEG
3.51/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an amber hue into a Duvel tulip, slightly hazy with a nice fluffy white head that leaves some real nice lacing.

Smell has honey, resin, and a bit of pine and lemon in back. But it is subtle and you do have to strain to get all of the aromas.

Taste has resin, malt sweetness, and a bitter hoppy bite at the back.

Mouthfeel is silky but a bit watery.

I could drink a fair bit of these, alcohol is restrained but the content isn't really that high.

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Photo of rjhaupt
3.78/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Really nice carbonation, solid stream of bubbles throughout the entire column of beer. Good head with excellent tracing. Light honey color.

S - Dry and piney. Classic IPA smell.

T - With a classic taste to match. Full bodied malt taste, the can even says "full malt" which is kind of weird for an IPA. Aparently it says that on all their cans, but I can definitely taste hops, so I'll end by saying that this beer is "balanced."

M - A bit on the creamy side for an IPA which isn't a bad thing at all. Goes down smooth.

D - Great sipping beer for a hot weekend afternoon, which this moment just so happens to be! Win. I did pour this into a glass just to get the appearance and smell down but I could easily see this as being a good camping/fishing beer where having a can is preferable but you still want something decent inside it.

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Photo of BeefyMee
2.28/5  rDev -26.2%
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 caddybuyer
3.65/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cool-ass yellow can with a fish poured into a pint glass. Another slighly pornographic reference....(which do you prefer...a porkslap,or snapperhead?)

A-Veiled amber with a nice creamy white head with decent retention and lacing.

S-Interesting....a bit fruity, floral, funky, yeasty and musky for an IPA with some sweet malts in the background...this is cool and this an IPA? This will be interesting...

T-This is no IPA....the flavor comes across more like the nose, yeast, earth and musk...bready....If you are drinking for an IPA, this is off base, but what is it? I'm not sure, but it actually is tasty....I will call it a funky APA. I bet this rocks on tap at the brewery.

M-Decent mouthfeel and carbonation

D-This truly is a surprise....don't drink it for an IPA, but for a smallbatch decent brew that defies style...

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Photo of Tucquan
2.62/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Had this on 2010-08-07 in Columbia, PA

A - Hazy russet color with a 2-finger white head.

S - Not much going on. Maybe the hint of a miniscule amount of pine.

T - First impression was of a bitter creamsicle. It's pretty sweet and there's a fair amount of vanilla lurking with the orange peel and grapefruit bitterness. Not a good balance and there's a bit of a soapy taste. There are a couple of bold flavors that seem to compete with each other.

M - Medium body and medium-high carbonation give it a good feel.

D - One was enough.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.46/5  rDev +12%
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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