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 greenengineer
2.92/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - deep amber color, lacy head, a little cloudy, maybe seeing a few floaties, or do my eyes deceive me?

S - a whiif of hops, not quite what I was expecting. Smells round, maybe a little sweet.

T - a little sour, a little bitter, sweet notes, watery

M - not as sticky as I would like, a little flat and watery

O - It's OK, but a lot of better IPAs out there.

I like the can - "All Malt" - I should hope so.

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Photo of JunkYardJake
2.67/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz can to pint glass.
Pours a rusty copper color. Modest head with very little retention and lacing. Smells decent with citrus and grassy hops. Malty flavor with a fair amount of hops. A little buttery and finishes bitter. Very balanced IPA. Palate isn't terrible but is a bit muddled. Sub-par beer but is better than some of their other offerings.

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Photo of Arithmeticus
2.77/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured chilled in ale glass

A: clear pale yellow; thin head, lots of carbonation
S: thin, malty; few hops
T: quite gritty, grassy, hay; disappointing level and complexity of flavor; medium hops present; not especially sweet

Overall, only ok as an IPA.

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Photo of atr2605
2.85/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- pours a light copper color with a disappointing white head with poor retention
S- subtle aroma. Light citrus and perfume aroma.
T- taste is a bit more assertive with the citrus and grapefruit flavor with the malt not contributing much to flavor but offsetting the bitterness.
M- medium bodied
O- lacks alot in the aroma and quite a bit in the flavor too. Drinkable but not great example of the style

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Photo of DrDemento456
2.78/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Going into this I knew it was a bad IPA but I got all three of these since I was looking for can reviews.

A - Pours a pretty nice amber with a slight haze. The head looks sticky but the 1/2 inch of it quickly turns to a ring.

S - Ah I knew it, more malt than hops. Has almost an ESB kind of hint like Stoudts with mostly gram cracker and teabag smell.

T - Huh that's a weird one. The ESB flavors (dry and herbal tea) clash with slightly bittering hops and malts. It's more double ESB than an IPA so I will have to give this a low score.

M - Not very hoppy and has a kind of a dry, tea flavored finish. Nothing I would expect from the style.

Overall I am kind of upset since it was nothing as advertised. The wheat and stout at least had their qualities (low but they were there) but this one is the farthest off base from an IPA I can think of. Avoid if you can.

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

Can #2 of my 4-pack sampler (#1 was the Porkslap PA).

A= light tea, fairly clean, Good-sized white frothy head which faded quickly to good lacing.

S= cotton candy. Keep trying. Cotton candy. Then oh maybe some caramel. What?!? No traces of hops nose in an IPA?!? Not bad, just not appropriate to style in any way.

T= bitter-flat bitter. Like old hops. Reasonable caramelized malts. Just very 2-dimensional and uncreative, and the flat-bitterness just overruns the malt qualities.

M= unpleasantly bitter and dry with little of quality.

O= I wonder where this company even finds a market to sell this stuff, other than to overly-curious idiots like me who are entranced by the can-sampler pack and offbeat names!

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Photo of BeerLover99
2.58/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: cloudy, deep orange/tan body, trace head, no lacing

S: corn, trace of malt

T: sweet grain, corn, slow bitter finish

M: med/light body, bubby/tongue prick

O: Disappointing IPA, needs more citrus.
Would not recommend, nor buy again.


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Photo of biggred1
3.11/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to the mighty Heliosphann for the beer hook-up!

Hazed, dull brass with steady streams of bubbles coming off the bottom of the glass and a dense creamy khaki head. The nose is herbal hops with some diacetyl butterscotch maltiness. Under-hopped for the style, more like an English Pale Ale than American IPA hop-wise. Toasty and grainy with a bit of butterscotch and earthy, resinous hop flavors. Meh..a little underwhelming in the lean mouthfeel with a slick hop oilyness and sharp carbonation. Not the best but certainly drinkable.

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Photo of jpro
3.06/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Always up for trying a new can, picked up a single at Total Wine in Charlotte a couple weeks ago. Into the Sam Adams PP glass...

A: Pours a light orange / gold; one-finger, eggshell head leaves a few strands of lace, managing a thin film of retention.

S: Muted hops; caramel malt; butterscotch (hence the “Butternuts Beer & Ale” ???). Not much going on here - kinda boring.

T: Better than the aroma, for sure. Some citrus rind hops; a little zesty; rich caramel malt. Tastes like more of an English IPA or Pale Ale, as the hops are a little more subdued than your typical American IPA.

M: Medium-full bodied; low carbonation (near flat); a touch oily.

D/O: Nothing exciting about this brew, really - except that it comes in a can and could be an option when glass isn’t a good idea. That’s about it.

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Photo of titosupertramp
3.11/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Cloudy amber in color. Nice, off-white head with pretty good staying power. Leaves behind lots of lacing and a fairly thick film.

S: Odd...this has kind of a tart smell to it. Caramel malts, yeast, hardly any hops present..earthy in nature.

T: Malt forward taste with a good amount of bittering that you'd expect from an English style IPA. Caramel, bready malts with floral tasting hops. Not bad.

M: Nice carbonation gives this a decent body, but it's just a little on the watery side.

O: This isn't a bad beer by any means outside of the odd smell. I could see myself throwing back a few of these no problem.

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Photo of mostpoetsdo
3.11/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Sticker on the cans says it's under a month old.

A: Slightly hazy amber gold body. Big, thick white head, lots of craters on top. Slight lacing on the sides.

S: Faint smells of apple and caramel malt. A touch of of yeast, and a tiny hint of hops.

T: Very malt forward, caramel and sugar. The aftertaste is some floral and pine hops. A touch juicy and fading citrus qualities.

M: Medium body, well carbonated, fairly creamy.

O/D: I'm torn, it's tasty and hits the spot, hiding an almost 7% ABV. But it's just not a good example of the American IPA.

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Photo of tgorgz
2.28/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

P: From a can into goblet.

A: Very hazy, a middle-amber colour all the way through. One finger head that dissipates quickly, leaving little lacing.

S: Unusual, but underwhelming. Almost a caramel-y, malty sweetness without much in the hop department. Reminds me of baking bread. I'm intrigued as to how this will taste.

T: Again, it's a very unusual take on an IPA. The bread-y sweetness that first hits the palate is a little surprising. I've experienced it before, but never to the extent that it almost completely overshadows the hop characteristic- which is kind of what I was looking for. The middle notes are buttery and piney...then the hops come in almost as an afterthought.

M: Nothing really special. The lingering aftertaste is rather unpleasant, and coats the mouth.

Sorry folks, just not feeling this one.

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Photo of Burt
2.61/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served in a pint glass.

Amber that is slightly hazy, white head that disperses quickly and leave a little lacing.

No hop aroma, biscuit, roasted grainy smell that you get in English IPA.

Get that biscuit taste up front, turns malty and light floral in the middle an then you get a little bitterness at the end, kind of slick on the tongue.

For an American IPA it misses the mark, not a bad brew just a little light in the hop department.

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Photo of daliandragon
2.86/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Been seeing this one for at least a year but never felt the urgency to pick it up until yesterday. I like the cool fish on the can.

Interesting. Looks the part, with a bright translucent orange color and a finger of off white head. The nose is strangely lacking in typical pine and citrus flavors. Something of a Belgian yeast thing and more of a malt profile. This is an IPA?

The flavor is unique as well, but not necessarily in a good way. there is a hop presence, and citrus is noticeable, but also metal and a gritty, dirty bitterness unlike what you typically get with the style. It's not really bad, but kind of just stagnant, and in very few ways does it resemble an American IPA.

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Photo of devinoconnor
3.28/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden color with little head. Smell is fruity, almost as if there's some citrus involved.

Taste lacks on hops for an IPA. I admit I'm a hop-head, but this is really low. Some sweet notes and malts and a decent finish, but the hops ruins it for me.

Overall, nothing special about this IPA. Thousands of better choices out there, so no reason to search this one out.

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Photo of metter98
3.28/5  rDev +3.8%
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 doopydoogle
3.36/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Good golden color with minimal visible bubbles and a relatively frothy head that lingers.

S - Pineapple and pine with some malt.

T - Big caramel opening with some toffee and a bit of apple and pineapple rounded off by some resinous notes. The ery minimal bitterness and the profile of the hop is not as pronounced as in most IPAs. Good bitter finish without too much character other than it lingering bite. Characteristic of the brewer as presenting balanced, easy to drink ales.

M - Decent carbonation that doesn't really stick around, mouthfeel is dominated by tannic bittering acids and somewhat sticky residue.

O - Just OK, not as good as other beers from the brewer. Nothing particularly stands out with this brew, but its definitely drinkable.

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Photo of brianjay
2.88/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pour is dirty and murky; colors are light brown lightened by some orange and gold hues but they are subtle. Thick airy head, but after some time it will fade on down to a thin layer with splotches of thick foam which sticks to the glass in swirls of white.

Smells of dinner rolls, not much else. I put my nose in this one looking for some hop aromas, but cant find them.

A hint of flavor sneaks in the back door: At first, the malty body makes it taste of bread and butter. Some bitterness from the hops eventually comes in and adds a bit of pepper before it all fades into a dry, creamy mouth-feel with muted tastes. Body has some thickness on it, not expected for an IPA.

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Photo of mdcrouser
2.98/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours from the can a hazy orange brown with about an inch of white head and clingy lace.

Grapefruit, oranges and malt on the nose - muted, but a decent balance between citrussy hops and sweet malts.

Bitter citrus for the sake of being bitter - just a hopslap. Tart too, with some zest of lemon. Given the nose, not surprisingly malty, but overly so for an IPA.

Dry, leaving the mouth to figure out what to do with the remaining hoppiness.

Underwhelming - just not well-balanced or enjoyable. It seems like the right components are within reach, but none used appropriately.

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Photo of yankeej13
3.03/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this at a new beer garden that opened in my town.

A- A heavy red color, small to medium amount of foam with a mild amount of carbonation.

S- Had a pretty malty smell to it which is different since I prefer my IPAs to be hoppy. Had more of a sweet smell.

T- It was a heavy malty taste with a sweet finish. Mild hop taste.

M- Ok drinkability, little bit harsh and has a strange aftertaste can't really explain the malt flavor.

Overall- Was not the biggest fan of it, but I would still try the other beers. Cheers

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Photo of mocktm
3.06/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Butternuts Brewery, never heard of them before this purchase. I have to admit that it was the canning and mean artwork of a music jammin' fish that suckered me in. Sticker on top of the cans notes a canning date of April, 2011. "All Malt" is tattooed right on the can, leading me to believe that this is going to be a little different than the citrusy hop bomb IPAs that I have grown accustomed to. Let's see how this works out...

Pours a light hazy brown with a fluffy off-white head, much darker than most IPAs. Slow dissipation with some intricate lacing to match.

Nose is as the can mentioned, dominated by malt, with some underlying grapefruit/lemon notes. Certainly a different take on the style, although I'm not sure I really care for it. No pine or herbal notes anywhere to be found.

My palate is consumed by malt caramel and honey sweetness. Some hints of citrus, although muted by the overwhelming malt. Mild bitterness throughout, although the balance is completely out of whack. As a whole, this is again, just not what I want out of an IPA.

Mouthfeel is smooth, moderately light and a bit watery. Although the carbonation is right on, this just falls short for the style.

I'm disappointed in this one, although it may be a different take on a traditional style, that's not always a good thing.

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Photo of Tundruth
3.52/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours a light copper brown and is fairly hazy looking through. The pour produced a good thick head that dissipates slowly.

The nose is spot on for an IPA, strong notes of citrus fruit kind of smells like something cream as well.

The flavor of the beer is smooth and crisp with some hops bitterness lingering in the after taste.

The mouth feel is fairly smooth and yet at the same time quite heavy, definitely full of texture but not to the point that it is overpowering.

Overall a strong IPA and a good one worth a try. Although its not outstanding, it does live up to the standards of the style.

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Photo of jondeelee
3.27/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Snapperhead is an IPA, but the nose immediately sets it apart from its peers: instead of grapefruit and pine hops notes, Snapperhead is devoid of the earthy pine scent, and favors instead a clean, almost effervescent grapefruit citrus nose, much like what I'd expect a grapefruit sparkling water to smell like.

On the tongue, the beer is indeed hoppy, but again, it's a clean grapefruit hoppiness, like freshly-squeezed juice. Below this is a nice layer of malts, giving the beer a decent body of apricot and orange flavors, biscuit-like grains, and light brown sugars. The aftertaste is mainly hops, and fades fairly quickly. Mouthfeel is light, and carbonation is medium-heavy.

Overall, Snapperhead makes for a good entry-level IPA, with just enough hops to separate it from the field, but not enough to overwhelm someone new to the style. I suspect hop lovers will be put off by the clean grapefruit flavors in here, and the beer does indeed seem slightly out of balance with the lack of deep and earthy pine flavors. It's decent and flavorful, then, but sacrifices wisdom for peppiness.

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

12oz can thanks to aapp. No date that I could find.

Pours an solid amber with thin light tan head that fades quickly. Nose is dominated by caramel...and a note like copper. Palate is a little biscuity and definitely dominated by caramel and caramel corn flavors. Some faint hops, but really mostly caramel sauce.

Not impressed. Leans British and not nearly enough hop flavor (nor bitterness) for the "American IPA." But then again, who knows how old it is because there's no f*$#ing date!

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Photo of bark
3.85/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The colour is pale brown (25 EBC), the liquid is hazy. The two finger head is beige and compact; it sinks slowly leaving some fine lacing.

The smell is smooth and rich. Some cream, mild American hops and a special flavour somewhere between sweet dough and green apples. Hints of oranges, hazelnuts and marzipan.

The taste is smooth with some passing fresh bitter notes. Sweet spicy notes of dough and bread. Some lemon-lime flavours and a growing smooth bitterness. The aftertaste is dough-y with a clean lime-like bitterness.

The carbonation is mid-strong; the mid-sized bubbles fresh. The liquid semi-smooth.

A fresh take on the AIPA style.

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Snapperhead IPA from Butternuts Beer & Ale
3.16 out of 5 based on 596 ratings.
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