This one was an odd duck. Butternuts Porkslap Pale Ale hails from Garratsville, NY and comes in cans. And, as you may recall, I’m a big fan of cans (even if they are kind of controversial in the beer world). This one traveled with me when I went to visit my father and my very ill mother near Philadelphia. I decided to try and tempt her to eat with baked treats, so I made some Chocolate Crinkle Cookies from Joy of Baking.
There weren’t any decent glasses to be found at my parents’ house, so I just drank this from the can like an animal. No regrets. The nose is yeasty, bready, and perhaps slightly herbal. It’s hard to sniff from a cold aluminum can, though.
The taste is very malty! I was definitely surprised. It’s still a little bit hoppy, too, but it’s malty up front. There’s something sweet about it that’s maple-like and warm. It’s malty on the back end, too. The hoppiness in this beer is so, so mellow and it’s not even slightly dry. The finish is clean and maybe a little bit sweet.
At 4.3% ABV, it’s an easy-drinking beer, but it’s far too malty to be really refreshing at the beach or during the height of summer. I’d definitely buy it again, but it doesn’t feel like a pale ale to me. It’s a pale ale for amber or brown ale drinkers. Four out of five.