Snapperhead IPA | Butternuts Beer & Ale

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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 Gouxman
3.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This IPA from a can has a subdued hop aroma and flavor. The appearance is somewhat darker than what you would normally see from an IPA.

The bitterness from the hops leaves a strange after taste on the palate. Slight hints of grapefruit and citrus are dominated by a creamy mouthfeel and caramel malt.

Overall not a bad IPA but I certainly would gravitate towards many others. The taste lingers too long for me, and not in a good way.

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Photo of cdizinno
3.21/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass from a can with no visible date.

A: Cloudy orange-amber with a thin off-white head. Little to no lacing.

S: Mostly spoiled grains. Some citrus and floral hop undertones.

T&M: Medium bodied. Full floral hop bitterness with a lingering malt sweetness. Oiliness is quite heavy toward the end.

Not too enjoyable on the first sip, but it sort of grows on you as the glass empties.

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Photo of skenyon1811
3.74/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12oz can poured into a pint glass.

A: A cloudy orange body, sort of has the appearance of a wheat beer. Quarter inch head that leaves a nice lacing.

S: I'm a little stuffed up but I can still get the excellent aroma from this beer. It is mostly a sweet malt smell with a hint of hoppiness.

T: This beer has a mellow taste with a punch at the end. You can taste the malt but not nearly as much as I expected. It has a great hop flavor. You can really feel it on the sides of your tongue, which I love. I do get a little of a soapy after taste, but that is slight and nothing another sip can't take care of.

M: Medium Body with medium carbonation. Leave a little coating in your mouth after wards.

D: For me this beer has good drinkability. They can be a little heavy if you are going to pound them. Since they come in cans, it is a great quality beer to take camping.

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Photo of Freethyhops
2.62/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

a- pours a very orange dominated amber with fantastic clarity. a fairly dense, off white head, didn't show the best retention but it didn't completely die off. leaves some nice lacing, too.

s- not sure what I'm even smelling. some creamy, caramel malts with maybe some floral hop influence but this one is really dead on the nose. almost smells a bit like bubblegum, which is odd. lets see if this comes together in the flavor.

t- soft caramel, bready malts, really bitterness is the only significant influence from the hops. a fairly strong malt sweetness combats that bitterness near beyond balanced. it also has a strange cream or butter like tone to it that is quite off putting. not much improvement from the nose here.

m- I can't hate on it hear. it has a nice medium-full body with a nice above average viscosity. no real alcohol warming and medium-moderate carbonation

d- i really didn't enjoy this one too much, but I wouldn't say anybody is crazy for liking it. it could be quite easily consumed if this one hit your taste buds right and let's admit it, the can is quite eye pleasing.

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Photo of BostonTriggs
3/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz can, poured into standard pint glass.

A - Gold, heading towards copper color. Clear with no sediment floating around. Head is off-white, and lasted
a minute or two. A little bit of nice lacing as you drink.

S - Caramel, Jello, corn, amber/crystal malt, lots of sugar, a nice graininess (like when you're boiling wort), a hint of black pepper, and a hint of yeast. There's alcohol, but only if you breath in way too hard. Oddly, for such a bitter taste, I don't get any hops on the nose.

T - Starts off very unbalanced: very sweet at the front and an aggressive bitterness on the end. The bitterness sticks to your palate and lingers. There's a light acidity that sticks around for a while. This one reads more like an amber ale than an IPA. There's a hint of orange citrus. For a little while the sugar and bitterness played well off each other, but the more this warmed up, the more the bitterness lingered.

M - Leaning on the thick side. Low in carbonation.

D - To be honest, this beer would need to be very cold to seem drinkable and balanced. It's too aggressive on the malty sweetness, and too aggressive on the bitter aftertaste. Also, it's just a bit too thick and low in carbonation to drink more than a couple. It would be much better for the Winter than the Summer.

All in all the bitterness and sweetness distracted my taste buds too much. This one's not for me.

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

Super-huge, frothy head covers 2/3 of the glass depth, bone white, very airy yet excellent retention, takes forever to get close to just a finger of head, deep lacing as well. Bright yellow gold color, lager-like, maelstrom of bubbles crashing around inside. Doughy, bready nose, more spice and grass, orange peel than anything malty despite the can description of "All Malt," dry cocoa powder at best, same for the apricot or peach pit nuances, some saline notes. Medium-bodied, not as bitter as the nose has you expecting, although dry. More cocoa, mocha here, the bread more wheat to pumpernickel. Lots of spice and sour grassiness, lemon to orange pith. No fruit and nothing noticeably sweet, could use such for the sake of balance. A weird beer that you can't really get a handle on.

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Photo of PDXHops
1.32/5  rDev -58.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

12 ounce can courtesy of Ryan011235, poured into a Duvel tulip. Confusingly, it's labeled both "IPA" and "Farmhouse Ale".

Light amber body with a slight haze and a finger's worth of cream-colored head. This sticks around for a while and leaves a bit of wet lacing here and there. A small amount of sediment settles at the bottom of the glass.

Smells, hmm, what the heck does this stuff smell like? Not an IPA, that's for sure. A few very mild citrusy notes do seem to be hiding in there somewhere, but the rest of the nose is puzzling at best, offputting at worst. As it warms up, the scale definitely tips toward offputting. Cooked frozen mixed vegetables, doughy undercooked bread, cool whip(?). More "normal" notes of caramel appear periodically. What the hell?

As the first sip hits my tongue, my immediate thought is, "there's no way I'm finishing this". Mercifully, there's a modest amount of piney bitterness to distract from everything else. I can't shake the impression of eating green beans that have been in the fridge a day or 2 past their prime. Soggy beans of questionable edibility, complete with butter and salt. No credit granted for the bready malts and occasional surfacing of citrus; when the dominant flavor of your IPA is green beans that needed to be tossed yesterday, you've got yourself a problem.

Looking for a silver lining here. Ah yes, the mouthfeel. It's just fine. Medium body, moderate carbonation. Those damn green beans just linger and linger, though.

Overall impression: Am I to assume this is some cruel joke being played on the beer-drinking public? That the contents of this can are somehow contaminated? Surely there's some reasonable explanation for what I just tried to choke down.

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

12 oz can, substantial gusher on opening. The beer had been calmly sitting in the fridge for a week or so before opening.

A: Color is a dull orange with brown or light amber tints. Poured with a 4+ inch head, even when being poured carefully. Head gradually broke down.

S: Fairly subdued smell with some grassy and floral hops. Also getting a peach or apricot smell. Some apple as well. A little on teh fruity side.

T: Not your typical IPA. There's definite some floral, grassy hops, but they are buried in a sweet fruit flavor that hits up front. No typical malt flavors and after a brief visit from the hops, the beer finishes with an apple taste and some faint bitterness.

M: Lighter bodied, moderate carbonation, borderline dry.

D: Definitely not like your typical IPA. The apple flavors and gushing on open make me think this may be a little off. Not so much to make it a drainpour, but getting close.

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Photo of Baraka
3.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This solid, if perhaps unspectacular, beer was enjoyed while on a recent trip east, so this review is from the admittedly brief notes I took. I was excited to try this canned IPA, it was a bit disappointing, although it ended up being highly drinkable if not incredibly interesting. It achieves a balance between hops and malt, which, while not what I look for in an IPA, is also not inherently bad. It has a basic sweet malt opening followed by a brief hoppy bite that left me wanting way more hops, it seemed more on the pale ale side of the spectrum than the American IPA.

With that said, it is still a highly drinkable brew on a hot summer afternoon, especially since it can easily be taken on camping trips (as it's canned), but it's not really anything really special.

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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 MikeBrandman
2.4/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A - Pours from a can into a hefe glass with 2 fingers of bubbly white heat. Very creamy texture. Good solid rings of lacing. Body is a golden straw hue. Sparse but consistent visible carbonation with a slight haze, making it more translucent than transparent.

S - Immediate lemon smell. Slight sugary sweetness, almost like merange. Solid strength to the smell.

T - The can on this says all malt. How the heck is this an AIPA?! There is next to no bitterness to this beer. It tastes a bit like a lemon cough drop. Any bitterness comes from the carbonation. Way too lemony, not bitter enough. To it's credit, no alcohol taste to this, which is considerable since it has 6.8%ABV. Overall, too sweet to really be appreciable as an AIPA. As a beer, it would be acceptable, but as an example of the style, terrible.

MF - As I said with the taste, too carbonated. Thin mouth feel. Very watery.

D - The aftertaste has a bit of an offputting characteristic. Almost tastes like a cough drop as you swallow it. The sweetness is a bit cloying as well.

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Photo of Ryan011235
1.77/5  rDev -44%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Poured into a pint glass on 5/9/10

A pale shade of hazy amber; mostly clear with an almost dismissible cloudiness. Pours a two finger head that has held up well so far. The foam thins but retention is pretty consistent once it settles. Impressive lacing on most of the glass.

The smell was questionable right after opening the can & it hasn't improved in the glass. Right off the rip the aroma is that of rotten steamed vegetables drenched in soy sauce; yuck. For an instant a few wayward hints of toasted, near-burnt bread are noticeable. Way in the back are the faintest notion of caramel.

While I cannot fully say it tastes like the aforementioned rotten veggies (though I cannot discount it, either), the prominence of that particular aroma greatly colors my perception of the taste. Upfront is a mellow, slow-to-action bitterness; slightly piney in nature it mostly seems musty & earthy. Notes of burnt caramel & toasted bread are prominent throughout. Murky undertones. Overall, not exactly good.

The mouthfeel is standard fare; medium body & appropriate, if slightly low, carbonation. The high point here being how little the feel punctuates the flavor (which seems apt to fail on its own accord). Dirty hints of bitterness & toasted malt linger on the finish; thankfully, not for long.

Snapperhead is drinkable in that it isn't totally repulsive. Slight improvement comes as the beer warms. However, I'm greatly unimpressed. I have to wonder about some of the descriptors on the can which make little sense when used for an IPA. If by "all malt" & "farmhouse ale" Beernuts means "we have a negligible understanding of style & make up for questionable beer with high school marketing lingo," then yeah, I suppose it makes sense.

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Photo of abrand
3.65/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce can courtesy of ArenBeer poured into a pint glass.

The Snapperhead pours a slightly hazy bright orange color with a very frothy pillowy head which slowly fizzes away and leaves lacing up and down the glass. Nose is quiet but a nice sweet maltness balanced by the presence of malts. Little citrus fruits and pines are also present. This is an average tasting IPA. More of the citrus fruits are present but there is a musky taste as the beer warms. Not much hops are on the palate. Mouthfeel is thin and crisp. Drinkability is mediocre. Smell is better than the taste. An easy drinker but many competitors that have more to offer.

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

Pour is a golden, hazy, lemon-honey amber; decent head. Typical ipa, fruity but not that hoppy; taste is similar with some pale, bready malts, along with grapefruit, grass and orange. Mouthfeel is a bit overcarbonated and thin. Drinkable, but nothing exciting or worth revisiting.

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

Resinous grapefruit and orange aromas are dominate. No diacetyl or fruitiness outside of the citrus. Creamy bright white head holds strong clinging to the glass as it fades. Hazy amber beer has golden hues. Sweet, almost candied grapefruit flavor is more intense than the crisp bready malt base. No off flavors are noticeable. Carbonation is on the high side, and mixed with the moderately light body. Strong bitterness in the finish washes away any sweetness, and combined with the mouthfeel makes for a highly drinkable beer. Alcohol is nearly imperceptible.

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Photo of jpmclaug
3.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

poured from a can into a pint glass

A - yellow, orange body with a big white head

S - citrusy hop smell, really reminds me of an orange

T - Light flavor of citrusy hops while sweet pale malt flavor lies in the background. A more balanced IPA then I am used to. Finishes with a sweet taste at the end. Not all that bitter.

M - light to medium body with an above average amount of carbonation

D - Pretty easy to drink. Not a real memorable beer. I might pick this up again if I need to drink out of a can for some reason. Definitely wouldn't pick it up over any of OB's brews or Modus Hoperandi though.

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Photo of deereless
3.59/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Peach colored, decent lacing, medium head off a medium pour - 3.50, S: Interesting aromas - lots of tropical fruit including papaya and pineapple, defined sweetness - 4.50, T: There's a solid hop bite to Snapperhead, grapefruit and pine come through, quite dry, significant grain presence - 3.50, M: Somewhat of a thin mouth feel - 3.00, D: A solid IPA worthy of a try - 3.00

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Photo of donkeyrunner
2.97/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Can says "all malt," and "farmhouse ale" though it is neither malt extract nor a saison/biere de garde. It is however an IPA, which the can also states. I believe this can is having somewhat of an identity crisis.

Golden orange color with a large white head. Glass bottom retention throws up an absolute lace storm. Bravo.

As pretty as this beer is to look at that's about as good as it gets. Aroma is mix of orange and cream soda with a scant pink grapefruit aroma. Taste is similarly devoid of any large hop presence with a impotent grapefruit pith bitter floating in a dominant sea of pale, orange cream tinged malt. Very average mouthfeel for 6.8%. This beer is just plain wimpy, epecially for an IPA.

I probably rated this beer higher than I should have because it comes in a can. I'm a sucker for cans.

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Photo of Brent
3.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pour was surprisingly cloudy. Huge pillowy head that filled half the glass and never subsided. Nice hops flavor, malt seemed a touch muddled. Overall effect was pretty rustic - more homebrew than commercial. Overall not a bad beer at all - thanks to vdoz for the sample.

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Photo of tone77
3.41/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a copper color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, some hops and slightly sweet. Taste is good, some citrus, hops, a bit of sweetness, finishes bitter. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has decent drinkability. Overall this is a pretty good brew.

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Photo of wagenvolks
3.48/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz. can into a New Belgium Ranger IPA pint glass. Thanks to indiapaleale for the hook-up via his Nice Cans BIF.

Snapperhead displays a typical IPA color--golden amber hue with a swirling cloud of yeasty bits. The head retains well and drapes gristle-tan foam along the sides of the glass. Aroma is sweet and subtle with caramel malts and tropical fruits (pineapple, maraschino cherry, pear). A slight piny note to the hops balances well.

The flavor is astringently bitter, rough and phenolic on the front of the tongue. Hints of crushed aspirin, too. Thankfully, the finish is more typical of the style, as a bitter pine presence coats the posterior tastebuds. Hard to detect much maltiness within the brutal IBU assault, but a bit of caramel sweetness does show up eventually. Over-carbonated medium body with a rough-around-the-edge bitterness. Too crisp; too...snappy? Either way, Snapperhead is a decent craft IPA in a can. Not something I'd want to revisit, but surely worth a try.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.05/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a semi-cloudy honey orange color, light head and lacing medium light amount of carbonation.

The aroma is hints of orange, honey, and buttery. Overall, there's not alot of nose coming through and it's not doing much for me.

The buttery flavor definitely comes through in the sip as well, has hints of candied malt and as far as malts go, it's heavy in that department and the hops entering at the end to give it a mildy bitter and dry finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and mellow. Drinkability is medium.

Overall, I'm not real stoked about this particular IPA, the buttery character and lack of a stronger hop presence in the nose and taste kind of killed it for me. Would like to give it another shot with a fresher can.

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Photo of JMD
3.21/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Light auburn color with orange tones. Huge white head that dissipates slowly. Leaves heavy lacing down the glass.

S: Faint aroma of citrus hops and some light malt

T: Citrus hops, orange and lemon. Some earthy and grassy notes. Light malt backbone that lends a sweetness that nicely balances the beer. But flavors are a bit muted for an IPA.

M: Medium bodied, ample carbonation.

D: These go down easy, but flavors are pretty mild for an IPA. I got this beer as part of mixed 12pk from Butternuts, and so far, I haven't been too impressed with their beers.

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Photo of TheDeuce
4.33/5  rDev +37%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Butternuts Snapperhead IPA...

Appearance-light orange color with a huge head, it's frankly too big, too much carbonation fills up the glass, sticky lace. Not that great.

Smell-hops all the way, piney gasey hops. Light grain and alcohol in the background but it's all hops.

Taste/Mouthfeel-nice hop flavor, filling but nicely balanced, hits firmly on multiple levels, pine with a rush of alcohol and light grain, really great smoothness fits in nicely. Like I just stepped out of a hopfield.

Drinkability-refreshing and easy to drink, nice profile. Hits all IPA notes well and you barely notice the slightly increased profile.

Overall-easily the best beer I've had out of a can, cheers to Butternuts for proving you can make craft beer in any form. My hat is off to them.

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Photo of Lunch
3.56/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 12oz. can into my Great Divide snifter at the appropriate temperature (01/10/10).

A: Pours a slightly hazy lighter shade of golden orange with two finger of an off-white with nice retention and spotty lacing.

S: Mild aroma of citrus hops with some bitterness.

T: Citrus hops hit the palate first with a decent degree of bitterness and some pale malts. Seemed fairly fresh, but a little mild.

M: Light to medium-bodied with a refreshing carbonation and a slight lingering bitterness.

D: Quite drinkable as the 6.8% abv. is hidden completely and this is a decent sessionable American IPA, but not the most flavorful.

Overall this is a pretty decent American IPA that is rather refreshing with nice flavor. Worth a Look.

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Snapperhead IPA from Butternuts Beer & Ale
3.16 out of 5 based on 597 ratings.
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