Wednesday, August 26th 2009
Porkslap Pale Ale
(Butternuts Beer and Ale)
Porkslap is a name you're sure remember. The image of two pigs that look like they're slam dancing will also be something you won't easily forget. Put those unforgettable things together and you've got yourself a fine farmhouse brewed pale ale from Upstate New York.
From the Butternuts site:
"Porkslap is a new interpretation of the English Pale Ale with a hint of fresh ginger spices (and without their tendency toward cross dressing). It’s balanced, not overly bitter, easy to drink and incredibly refreshing. We brew PorkSlap with two row barley and a little chocolate malt for color. It pours orange and crystal clear with a frothy white head. If your nose is working, you might get a little malty whiff that soon gives way to pure thirst quenching goodness and happy satisfaction. The finish is clean, crisp and dry, and it plays really nice with spicy food like tex-mex, bbq or hot wings. Go ahead. Slap that pig."
Here we go...
Pour – a dark amber color with some nice peachy colors thrown in. It looks unfiltered as its rather dense looking and somewhat opaque. The head is a good size and pretty dense. Not bad right out of the can.
Aroma – sweet orange and ginger. There is some grainy smells as well but mostly its a spicy ginger aroma that I am getting. Quite unique as ginger is not advertised anywhere on the can nor in the description.
Taste – a big sip and all I can say is this is a very easy drinking pale ale. Its got some maltiness up front, some citrusy hop bitterness on the tongue but overall its the nice subtle ginger spiciness that really gets me. Its such a nice touch and maybe some of you purists will think I am crazy, but I really like it. There are some unique flavors going on here and if you are looking for traditional pale ale flavor you'll find some of that but not all of that. I like it, a lot.
Overall - Porkslap really does its own thing and I commend Butternuts for that. It seems there is a fine line between being creative and being commended for it and being creative and being asked "why would you do that?". Ginger is a great addition to this beer, so don't be afraid. Try this one with an open mind and "go ahead slap that pig".
Note - Butternuts Beer and Ale was founded in 2005 and is owned by Chuck Williamson who is also the head brewer. The brewery uses a 14 bbl brewing system and produced 2700 bbls in 2009. Their flagship beer is their Porkslap Pale Ale and craft beer fans can find their beer in 10 different states.
Posted by Russ
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