Continuing with the canned beer theme, and moving on to another Butternuts Beer and Ale release, I come to Porkslap Pale Ale. This is a beer brewed with ginger spices. Now I find ginger can be a tough spice to work with so lets see how this beer pans out.
A nice one finger of white head formed when I poured the beer into a pint glass. Very little stickage on the glass as the head receded to a thin covering with a few islands of big bubbles. The body of the beer was a nice clear copper color.
The nose of the beer was full of… at first I could not place it. It was neither malt nor hops, which are the ‘typical’ aromas of a pale ale, so I was a little nervous I got a bad beer. Unfortunately there was no information on the can about the beer, so I needed to hop on the Butternuts Beer and Ale web site. There I learned this pale ale is brewed with ginger spices. Now the aroma makes more sense. Along with the heavy aroma of ginger there was some bread aromas following it. I still did not notice any hop notes with the ginger taking center stage for my nose.
The taste is similar to the nose with ginger attacking the front and middle of the tongue. The end had a nice sweet/sugary bread flavoring to it which was quite nice. For some reason the taste seemed to get a little “watery” by the end of the beer. I’m not sure why and I know “watery” is not the most descriptive term, but that was the first description that popped into my head while tasting the beer.
Overall I enjoyed this beer, after I figured out I did not have a bad one. I think this is a case were the brewer would be advised to put a little more information about the beer on the can. I’m not sure I would take it as a session beer, because the ginger is quite strong, but I think it would be great with some spicy food (I’m personally thinking Thai, but anything with some good spicy kick should do). I would definitely pick up another six pack for a spicy food occasion.
(It probably goes without saying, but if you do not like the taste of ginger, I would advise passing on this beer.)