Tasting: May 25, 2012
Snapper Head: IPA
Porkslap: Pale Ale
Here’s a short “two-can” tour of Butternuts Brewing from Garrattsville, New York (west of Cooperstown). Both beers have the same description, farmhouse ale and the note “all malt”. Farmhouse ales are traditionally brewed for seasonal farm workers. Enough to quench the thirst and little alcohol on the alcohol so as not to affect the productivity. It’s a general term and really could mean any variety of beer. However, in this case, it looks that the brewery is a simply farm.
First up, Snapper Head. My friend asked me if I had heard of this beer. Apparently, the sole reason he bought was because he always calls his younger brother Snapper Head and wanted to offer said Snapper Head a Snapper Head on his next visit. What is a snapper head you might ask? It could be an obnoxious jerk or a complete air-head. Of course, knowing the snapper head in question, he wouldn’t care as long as the beer was cold and free.
The can reveals 150 calories and 8 grams of carbohydrates and a 6.8% ABV. Not much of an aroma on this frothy-headed orange/amber beer. The first sip gives me lots of musty grain and soapiness. It has a weird hop finish as well, somewhat earthy at first and then a citrus finish. Leaves a weird aftertaste. It has a lot going on but very disjointed. I’ll put it at 72 points.
The other brew is Porkslap. I didn’t know what a “pork slap” was either so, again another internet search and um, I don’t think I want to repeat what I found. Unfortunately, now that’s part of my “permanent search record”. As with Snapper Head, it lists the calories, 150 if your counting. Pork Slap pours a rusty amber. Not much in the way of aroma. There’s not much in the flavor department either. Some subtle malt sweetness with some clove and grass undertones and a very sharp and very awkward acrid finish. I think I had about 75 calories of this one and it’s time for something else. I’ll Porkslap it at 70 points.