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
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 (I’ve 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 it’s a fairly boring brew
otherwise. But unless you’re a big fan of ginger you’re probably not
going to find this beer all that delectable.
The ginger is noticeable right away, though it’s light and slightly
sweet – almost like a sucker candy. Through the middle I taste the pale
ale and it’s pretty standard. Some caramel flavor and a general amber
maltiness coupled with just a touch of dry bitterness from the hops.
Thankfully there’s 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. It’s a flavor
combination of herbal tea, mint and ginger. I’m sure some people can
enjoy this, but for me it’s 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 it’s fairly strongly-flavored for an
otherwise traditional session beer. Drinking it is no challenge
whatsoever. The carbonation is consistent with a mouthfeel that’s not
overtly thin or watery. Though I wouldn’t consider it refreshing, I
could see drinkers of a certain experience level enjoying this in large
quantities in any season or setting.