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Thursday, August 27th 2009

Snapperhead IPA
(Butternuts Beer and Ale)

Whereas I'll never quite understand the fish with the old school Walkman adorning this can of IPA, it is very nice to see those 3 letters on a can of beer.

From the Butternuts site:

"Our India Pale Ale packs typical IPA balls but strikes a better balance between dryness and drinkability. It’s every bit as rich but a little less bitter than other American interpretations of the breed, and here’s why. We are smarter, better looking brew masters. It also doesn’t hurt that we use 2 row barley with no goofy processing. And then we employ a 2 week dry hop process before we put it in the can, with love for you, our beer loving friends. There is no fish or fish flavor in Snapperhead. We chose this cartoon figure to represent the brand in a somewhat random marketing process we call ’non-sensical ideation’."

Here we go...

Pour – a deep dark golden/orange color with lots of bubble action creating a pretty creamy looking white head.

Aroma –mainly a syrupy sweetness, caramel along with some citrusy hop aroma. Its not a sharp or strong hop smell and actually it lemonade-esque sort of thing going on but there is definitely some hop presence.

Taste – there is a nice malt start to this with some astringent hop bitterness in the follow through. Its not overpowering and is a rather light, floral flavor. There is some tongue-drying going on along with a bit of syrupy sweetness. This is a pretty straight forward beer without a lot of oomph to impress. I dig their pale ale a lot more personally. 

Overall - not a bad IPA but its not one to write home about. Easy drinking that is for sure but with so many other great IPAs in cans nowadays I'd be hard pressed to say this one stands out.

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.


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Snapperhead IPA
Style: American India Pale Ale
Brewery: Butternuts Beer and Ale
Garrattsville, New York  
United States  
Container: 12 oz. can
Malts: ???
Hops: ???
ABV: 6.8%
IBUs: ???
Date: August 27th, 2009

Posted by Russ

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