Snapperhead IPA | Butternuts Beer & Ale

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Snapperhead IPASnapperhead IPA
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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 UnionMade
3.17/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Lightly hazed golden orange, topped with a craggy ivory head. Clotted lace clings all over the glass, really great.
The aroma is hoppy, naturally, with a woody, earthy feel. Everything about this beer is muddy. Hops, malt, yeast, it all kinda blends together. Mostly hoppy, and equal parts dough and toast.
The flavor opens with bready malt, a light oyster cracker taste throughout, moving quickly into a assertively hopped finish, though not overly so. Apricot and lime fruitiness. Medium to full bodied, with strong carbonation. Muddy, but enjoyable.
Not a whole lot going on, but it's a nice, drinkable IPA. I'd take this to the beach, sure.

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Photo of bbarrows
2.36/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served from can into pint glass.

A - Amber and clear, thin white head which dissipates almost completely, but leaves a light lace.

S - Sweet malty aroma, if not for the letters IPA on the can, I would never have pinned this as an IPA. No noticeable hop aroma.

T - Very sweet, slightly like honey. Light hop and malt finish. Nothing like an IPA.

M - Well carbonated, but medium bodied

D - Not well balanced, too sweet for my liking, nothing like an IPA. It's a decent beer, just not an IPA.

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Photo of OStrungT
3.26/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer pours a slightly hazy golden yellow color, with a thin white head. The head fades slowly, leaving a decent lacing.

This beer has a very mellow hoppy aroma. It smells slightly citrusy. Some sweet malt aroma is also present. It smells well ballanced, but very mild.

The taste is a little more hoppy than the aroma. Still mild. Some lemon zest, and a slight spicy hop flavor. It has a malty sweet flavor as well.

This beer is a little over carbonated. It is crisp, leaving a sweet malty aftertaste.

This beer would probably make a decent session beer. It is not too high in alcohol, and mello enough.

Overall: Thanks to JWC215 for the generous hook up. This beer is a little week for an IPA. Maybe more like a Pale Ale. Other than that, it is pretty good.

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Photo of CrellMoset
3.26/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can courtesy of dkachur - thanks!! Poured into a traditional American pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a slightly-hazed yellowy amber body with an average amount of average-moving carbonation. The one-finger white head fizzles out pretty quickly and leaves very little film - just a thin, bubbly circle of lace. Pretty average.

Aroma: A very faint pale, honey-sweet malt backbone with a twinge of leafy hoppiness. Very shallow and very simplistic.

Taste: A little better. It's similar to the nose - tons of simple honey sweetness, pale malt notes, and perhaps a few roasted caramel overtones, accompanied by a mild bitterness and a few citrusy, fruity, and herbal hop notes.

Mouthfeel: Rough, with lots of prickly carbonation that creates a big-bubbled, slightly uneven but still decently creamy mouthfeel. A medium body with a bit of "cloy" about wrap things up here.

Drinkability: A decidedly average IPA, though a slightly better IPA than their Porkslap was a pale ale. It's pretty simplistic, though with a reasonable and well-hidden alcohol and a solid array of flavors. Won't replace Gordon/Ten FIDY as my canned camping trip beer of choice, but perhaps one day ...

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Photo of yesyouam
3.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Butternuts Snapperhead IPA is a hazy light amber ale with a dense white head that fades to a blotchy film. Good lacing. The aroma is loud, sweet and malty. It smells more like a strong ale than an IPA. The hops are very light and piny. It is medium bodied and reasonably smooth. The carbonation is a little prickly and the finish is syrupy and sticky. It tastes sweet and boozy. There isn't much bitterness to balance it out. There's something a touch corny going on in there. The aftertaste is a rumble of alcohol and black pepper with maybe a touch of orange peel. The flavors are quite well blended. I certainly wouldn't call this an IPA by any stretch, but it's not too bad. I don't see myself buying this again any time soon, but I'm going to punish the 6-pack.
(rated May 3, 2008)

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Photo of spointon
2.35/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I received this as an extra in a recent beer trade and thought I'd give it a try. Poured from a 12oz can into a shaker pint glass.

A= This ale poured a cloudy, almost murky pale orange gold color. The creamy white head started at 1/2" and quickly dropped to a thin skim. Some minor lace down the glass.

S= The aroma was made up of a curious mix of fruity and sweet malts, but not in the "usual" way. The fruity notes were like overripe mangos and pineapple. The malts were bakery sweet. Strangely, the hops were slightly citrusy but rather underplayed, especially for an IPA.

MF= Medium body with very low carbonation.

D= This just was not a very good beer. I think that the brewery might have a few issues with their production methods as this beer seemed a tad oxidized and beat up. Not recommended.

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Photo of Kegatron
1.83/5  rDev -40.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12 oz can into a pint glass.

Pours a clear piss yellow (yeah, real appealing looking) gold with 1 1/2 fingers of poofy off-white head. Retains with a 1/4 finger of creamy foam that leaves big sticky lacing down the sides of the glass. The aroma smells of light floral hops, some citrus, and a disgusting smelling sharp metallic tinge that taints things.

The taste keeps up the disappointment with a pretty lame hop profile that seems to be barely there. This mixes with some notes of citrus and bready sweetness but man, is this thing subdued. Once again, that metallic taste rears it's head, totally destroying any redeeming qualities that this might have had for me. The mouthfeel does little to regain any confidence, with a watery body and a carbonation that peters out pretty quickly.

Wow, I don't know what happened with this beer. Based on what I tasted, I would have called this just an average to weak IPA but that metallic contamination really pulled my opinion down even lower. I thought that this wasn't' supposed to be a problem with these new aluminum cans that the craft breweries are using? I'll probably revisit this again down the road and re-review based on my findings.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.58/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, orangey body with a thin, white head.

Smell: Caramel malts with a light, vaguely vegetal hint in the distant background.

Taste: Caramel and toffee maltiness with a light sweetness and small hint of grain. Pinch of celery salt. Medium bitterness. Drying finish. Rather bland from start to finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Ugh. Butternuts is now 0 for 2 with me. Steer clear of this one. All of you.

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Photo of BeerSox
2.61/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz can into nonic.

Slightly hazy honey color with a one finger off white head that slowly settles to a razor thin even cap.

Somewhat of a sugary malty aroma, with a slightly biscuity note. The hops are barely there, maybe adding a little bit of spice.

The malts are a little toasty, with a bit of an acerbic tinge. The hop flavors are minimal, with only a little bit of citrusy flavors in there. Full bodied with a high amount of carbonation. A little bit of sweet creaminess comes into the middle.

Nothing close to a good American IPA, I sort of dread that I have four of these things left. They seem more like an English Pale Ale or something, although with a few off flavors. I've seen other reviews that seem similar to mine, so I don't think this is a bad batch issue. Just seems like a subpar beer.

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Photo of dedrinker
2.7/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The can looks like it should contain Mellow Yellow or Mountain Dew instead of beer. The aroma was more malt than hop, and the flavor almost had a soda-like quality to it. It was pretty drinkable, but only in the sense that my friend bought it and we were hauling stuff in his truck and needed to stay liquidated. I wouldn't recommend this stuff to anybody unless they have a thing for silly cans.

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Photo of jwc215
3.13/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours gold with a bit of haze and an off-white head.

The smell is of caramel with some piney hop spicing.

THe taste is of caramel with an herbal/piney hop bitterness in the finish. More of an APA with more hidden alcohol - and a mediocrish one at that - than an IPA.

There is a watery thinness, but with a bit of a bite. Carbonation level is okay.

A maltier IPA, with well-covered alcohol and only a hint of bitterness. An "odd" IPA all-round, but drinkable.

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Photo of lpayette
3.02/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Picked this up as part of the variety pack. The packaging deserves an honorary mention here for being one of the coolest boxes of beer I've seen. I also like the artwork on the cans... I could see them appealling to kids, so I'll enjoy the cartoons on my beer while I still can.

Appearance- Pours a near yellow-orange with leanings toward yellow. Very small head and quite a bit of chill haze. hmmm

Smell- Surprisingly malty in the nose. A bit of off-flavor butterscotch I'd venture. Hop profile is there but you really have to dig for it. Not really IPA-like at all.

Taste and Mouthfeel- There's a bit more bitterness in the taste for sure, but still the balance is on the malt side all the way up until the finish where the hops come on a bit stronger. The bitterness is oddly akin to orange peel and is very one-dimensional. The overall impression tastewise suggests underattenuation.

Drinkability/Conclusion- It's not that I don't like this beer, it's just that it seems totally off for the style. It's quite drinkable, but this really is more of an amped up pale ale than it is an IPA. I'd suggest reworking the recipe a bit. Give us more and varied hops please. Love the cans and think this brewery has real potential, but in a land of so many great IPAs, this one just doesn't cut it.

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Photo of ATPete
3.11/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz can

Pours a hazy orange with a hint of brown and a small, but strong, white head that leaves some sticking on the glass. Creamy, subdued hops lie just slightly above sweet pale malt in the nose. Grassy and tangerine-like hops attempt to really wow the palate but fall short of the complete hop blast due to a very fat and sweet malty body. Alcohol dries everything out mid palate to the point that even the hops fade away leaving for a weak, "lazy" finish. I feel this needs to be tweaked. I found this as my least favorite out of all of the Butternuts cans i tasted today.

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Photo of dickieb
3.23/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a murky copper in color with a tiny head and some average lacing. The smell is sweat and with some hints of lemon yeast
and hops. The taste is of grainy malts and while being a tad bitter dosent have much of a hops profile. Im reminded more of a English IPA. This beer is still quite drinkable but nothing special. I preferred the Moo Thunder And Heff to this one.

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Photo of cthulu81
2.96/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Butternuts beer is now in Virginia, and I feel it is my swore duty to cast a vote for this new offering, especially since I didn't cast a vote for that little thing that happened yesterday November the 4th. Besides, deciding whether or not another IPA should join the commercial market to me is more important than choosing between two hardly distinct jabbering politicos. Pours a dark straw with rather wimpy lacing. Wiff, wiff. Hmmm. I swear this is marketed as an IPA, and yet the most I can pick up from the nose is a sweet, syrupy really, malt nose with perhaps a phantom bitterness in the finish. Not an impressive start you gimmicky brewery you. Sip, sip. More hmmm. Tastes like malt extract cut with water and finished with hop extract. I wanted to like this, really I did. I reminds me alot of the Trader Joe's Fat Weasel. It has more 'hop' presence than that disappointment, but still no where near the required amount of any self-respecting IPA. I will finish this all off by saying the beer is still drinkable, even enjoyable to a degree, but never try to pass this one on to a HopHead friend, less you want a punch in the back of the neck. Cheers.

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Photo of ATLbeerDog
2.15/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

From a 12oz can - Pours a clear orange/yellow color with small quickly dissipating head. Below average carbonation. Smells super sweet with perfumy notes and a tad of hops. First sip is very mild and bland with a slight bitterness. Fairly balanced between the hops and malts. Medium light bodied, and below average brew.

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Photo of sacfly
3.02/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz can. Go cans! Part of a mixed 12 pack.

Pours a murky yellow color with a fluffy head of off white bubbles. Aroma is light with citrus hops. Taste is rather sweet, but more of a candy sweetness than malty. Note: when I tasted this in the past, I noted more of a dirty "off" flavor. Not in this one... Aftertaste has the signature IPA bitterness, but not overly so. Average to below average IPA. Wouldn't kick it out of bed, but wouldn't date her either.

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Photo of maddogruss
2.91/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got a can of this from Oak Tree discounts in South Plainfield.

A: Pours a golden body with one finger, white head with decent retention and nice lacing.

S: A sweet, caramel, malty smell with some toffee undertones.

T: An all-malt, caramel and toffee beer taste with a succinct, toffee aftertaste. A pretty good example of an EPA, but not a good example of an American IPA.

M: A medium bodied, fairly smooth mouthfeel that was ok for the style.

D: A nice mouthfeel and taste combination. No hop presence; more of an EPA than anything else. Cannot really say that this is a good example of an American IPA.

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Photo of beerthulhu
2.94/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured a near pastel orange with a ivory colored head that mushroomed up 3 fingers in height and displayed excellent retention while leaving a splotchy and sudsy lacing on the way down.

S: The nose was weak and disappointing per style. Their pale ale had a much better showing while this one lacked and real showing of hops what so ever. A light soapiness and not much else to speak of and pretty much a let down.

T: The initial flavor faired only slightly better. A light bitterness of citrus (grapefruit) and oranges backed by a dry biscuity british style malting. Some soapiness as well was detected in the flavor. the hops were truly underutilized with only a slight detection of sour oranges with some sugary sweetness from the malting.

M: light, fizzy with only a brief showing of hop bitterness gracing the tongue otherwise was pretty boring and mundane.

D: Drinkability was disappointing for those expecting hops from an ipa. There porkslap pale faired much better and are better off going with that. A boring and average drink much less an ipa.

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Photo of currysage1
2.23/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a hazy burnt orange, with minimal head, and no staying power whatsoever.

Smell is kind of funny for an IPA, almost like a toffee, with no hop presence to be had at all.

Taste is again very odd almost toffee, but dare I say maybe butter (diacetyl?) Some hop bitterness but it is masked by the slightly astringent alcohol flavor.

Mouthfeel is decent, probably the best part of this beer.

Not impressed.

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Photo of williamherbert
3.3/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber-yellow color with a nice finger of fluffy white head. Not exactly clear, not cloudy though. Looks like a bright pilsner.

The smell is of a pale ale. Some citrusy hops in the aroma. Sweet and very mild; some might even say a bit weak, though not unpleasant. Mild and unexpected tobacco smell in the malt.

The taste is a heavy roasted malt flavor which is a surprise; ends up bitter on the back of the tongue. Hops are sharply citrusy. Tart, astringent, almost acidic. Two bitters: the burnt kind and the grapefruity citrus kind. Could have used a dry, earthy balance.

The feel is fizzy like ginger ale; bubbly. It's a very "sharp" drink, for lack of a better term. Quite bitter with not much balance. Grapefruit and burnt malts.

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Photo of Deuane
2.59/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

My first Butternuts brew. Thanks to Kegatron for the extras!

A-Golden kissed copper with a fluffy white head that hung on, slowly reduced and left decent lace.

S-Fusel....and a bit of spicy hops but not much else.

T-Sweet, almost sugary, malts and light spicy bite. Very simplistic taste....not interesting or complex at all. A very unpleasant bitterness builds with the more I drink. Hard to get that last few ounces down.

M-Light bodied, thin feeling actually, and no fact it goes down a bit slick and oily.

D-Can't say I really dug this one. More like an amped up pale ale and not an IPA. With almost 7% ABV I would rather save the calories for something with more depth and interesting flavours. It is just so bland, sugar and spicey....that's it. Nothing exciting at all. It's not bad, I mean it is drinkable, it's just not good.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.2/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A little disappointed here, one of the most unbalanced IPAs I've had. Just not hoppy enough at all and way too much of an alcohol taste. Actually, there isn't much taste besides the alcohol, which makes me wonder what they were going for. Cool looking can (again), but the beer inside seems lackluster. I've had many better IPA's.

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Photo of hero27
3.06/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can.
They say the fish design on the can follows their somewhat random marketing process they call "non-sensical ideation." Nice.

Included as part of a massive BIF package from IBUnit63..thanks again!

Butternuts is a new brewery to me, but their website looks pretty crazy and it's an IPA, so let's give it a whirl..

Pours a slightly hazy light amber color with a pretty calm head of white foam.
Mellow toffee aroma..not much hops noticed here, or anything really.
Sweet malt flavor up-front with the hops kind of playing a supporting role. There is a delayed citrus aspect to this, but as a whole the hop flavor is not very pronounced. Apparently this stuff is dry-hopped for two weeks before canning, but overall I think the hop flavor should be bumped up a bit. This is more like a pale ale than an IPA.
Smooth mouthfeel, medium-bodied, really easy going down.
Again, this would be better classified as a pale ale in my mind. It may have a nearly 7% abv, but the hops are just not what they should be for an American IPA. That being said, I have to give credit where credit is due, because I found the malt aspect pretty tasty and it was quite smooth.

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Photo of Nickls
3.45/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Light orange/gold color. Thin white head that dissipates quickly. No lacing at all

S - Mostly light malty sweetness, with barely a hint of hops

T - Taste mimics the aroma. Maltiness overpowers the hop bitterness

M - Kinda sticky for how thin the body ends up being

D - Pretty drinkable, even though it lacks a complexity or any major interesting tastes. Easy to take down without much thought

Overall, I agree with other reviews in that this is not an IPA. If anything, it's not a bad APA. Nothing great, but not particularly bad. I wouldn't feel compelled to recommend or try again.

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