miyauchi38 (699) - chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 6, 2014
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Darwenus (634) - Virginia, USA - SEP 17, 2014
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
A fairly dry-tasting pale ale, which is surprising, given the very low ABV. Pours a cloudy amber with a persistent head and an aroma of spice, mellow malt, and some hop tingle. The flavor starts with the tingle, has little bit of citrus at the swallow, and finishes a little ripe. This beer is pretty OK.
tnkw01 (1316) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 1, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Can. Love the way Butternuts make their beer. Itís always wonderfully balanced with the right amount of hops and malt without it being too dad gum hoppy. Another great job.
geologyguy (942) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - AUG 13, 2014
2.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Slightly hoppy bitter beer, a bit wattery, nothing special, light malt, not much flavor
Jamesthebrit (346) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 10, 2014
1.7 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Hint of hops on the nose. Otherwise largely nothing.
Looks good. Carmel color. Nice head.
Tastes like.... Well nothing. Hint of hops at the front. Very watery. Finish has some lingering hops as well but very very subtle.
Palate is watery. Carbonation is smooth tho.
Overall this beer is super boring. A little malty with a hint of hops and very watery. Drinks like a bad esb.
Emeister84 (1536) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - AUG 4, 2014
1.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Ginger and subtle bread on the nose. Clear orange-amber with a mostly lasting white head. Dry, spicy, ginger flavor is a little obnoxious. Light bodied. Not too much going on, which, in turn, makes the ginger way too dominant.
Chad9976 (1387) - Albany, New York, USA - AUG 1, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
I poured a 12oz can into a mug. There was no freshness date and it cost $2.29 ($0.19 per ounce).
Appearance: An ugly shade of rusted orange/tarnished gold over a hazy body. Pours to a two-finger, off-white, foamy head which retains and laces well.
Smell: Strong ginger aroma, a hint of clove or some other spice.
Taste: This is actually one of the most popular craft beers on the market mostly due to its name and label (Iíve gotta admit, it cracks me up every time I see it). However, the beer inside the can is a bit strange. Pork Slap is an English pale ale at the core, though the recipe has recently been modified to include a ginger seasoning to make it more distinctive. In that aspect it works, as itís a fairly boring brew otherwise. But unless youíre a big fan of ginger youíre probably not going to find this beer all that delectable.
The ginger is noticeable right away, though itís light and slightly sweet Ė almost like a sucker candy. Through the middle I taste the pale ale and itís pretty standard. Some caramel flavor and a general amber maltiness coupled with just a touch of dry bitterness from the hops. Thankfully thereís no diacetyl character from the yeast strain. But the finish is what kills it, as the ginger re-emerges from nowhere and overwhelms the palette with an almost medicinal taste. Itís a flavor combination of herbal tea, mint and ginger. Iím sure some people can enjoy this, but for me itís difficult to enjoy. That being said, this beer is at the very least tolerable. A few tweaks to the recipe and it could be more than solid.
Drinkability: I was actually surprised to find that Butternuts Pork Slap Pale Ale is only 4.3% ABV as itís fairly strongly-flavored for an otherwise traditional session beer. Drinking it is no challenge whatsoever. The carbonation is consistent with a mouthfeel thatís not overtly thin or watery. Though I wouldnít consider it refreshing, I could see drinkers of a certain experience level enjoying this in large quantities in any season or setting.
pricey290483 (665) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 24, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
beer was ok but the ginger taste was a bit to much for me it was ok just not great might be for you but not for me
Bulk_Carrier (2676) - Final Resting Place, Vermont, USA - JUL 21, 2014
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Reviewed from notes.
This was poured into a pint glass.
The appearance was a hazy burnt orange color with a one finger white foamy head that quickly subsided and barely left any lacing.
The smell had some light English malts with light caramel and toffee notes and left out the normal "soapiness" found in most EPAís.
The taste was mainly sweet through the malts.
On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a decent sessionability about it.
Overall, I am glad to be ending my Butternuts beers on a better note than the first two. Luckily, this one was more balanced and acceptable of having again.
mkel07 (4256) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JUL 6, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
330ml can while in New York in September 2013. Awesome looking can and as a bonus the beer was pretty good as well.