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Naked Pig Pale Ale - Back Forty Beer Co.

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Reviews: 47
Hads: 244
Avg: 3.53
pDev: 32.01%
Wants: 4
Gots: 47 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Back Forty Beer Co. visit their website
Alabama, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: jbone78 on 01-10-2010

Hops: Simcoe and Cascade
IBU: 34
Malts: Two Row and Munich
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Photo of phideltashaggy
4.28/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a standard pint glass.

A- Lighter than I was expecting, a darkish yellow, almost amber, with a fluffy white head that dissipated after about a minute. Not much lacing.

S- Only a little malty smell, and some grass and piney hops on the nose.

T- EXTREMELY well balanced between some malt taste, citrus and piney hops, and a nice bitterness on the back-end.

MF- Good mouthfeel, thicker than most beers of this color, but light enough to be a nice thirst-quencher in the summer.

Overall, this is a perfect example of a summer APA, for me. Doesn't do anything crazy, but is completely solid in all regards and is a perfect cookout brew.

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Photo of NUtwist
4.21/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is a light beer with an aroma hint of floral and fruit. Just enough hop for a good flavor. Balanced throughout. Like Lays potato chips, can't drink just one.

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Photo of everetends
4.15/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression
3/3 9/12 17/20 4/5 8/10

Was kind of shocked to see this six pack sitting in a cooler at a gas station in Oxford, AL. I have only seen Back Forty on draft every once in a while, so I got just a little giddy with excitement to see it here. Sixer cost me 10 bucks. Had a best by date on the bottle of 5-12-10, at least I imagine that was a best by date. Served up in a pint glass.

A: Pours really nice. The body is a wonderful orange/copper color that really brings out some orange hues when the light hits it. Body is clear with a hefty amount of carbonation moving around in there. The head built easily and beautifully. Got about 2 1/2 fingers of pristine and thick foamy white head. Retention was wonderful and lasted the entire experience, tossing up some decent lacing as well. This is a good start.

S: This has a pretty hearty dose of hops in here. Good amount of citrus and floral hops. Getting notes of lemon, grapefruit, and orange meat and zest. There is some balance here with some biscuity and bready malt presence. Nothing crazy sweet but it does cut the hops a bit in the nose. Very nicely done and very pleasant to stick your nose in the glass.

T: Not much unlike the nose and quite good. There is just a great sharpness and bite to the citrus hops in here. They come across as mostly grapefruit with a little bit orange notes. Just nice and lightly bitter at times. The malts are there as well but they aren't as balancing as in the nose. The biscuity presence cuts it a bit, but this beer is mostly about the hops than it is about balance and I dig that.

M: Nice and light with a little bit of creamy texture to it. Carbonation is a little on the high side but it makes for a crisp and refreshing feel. ABV is slightly noticeable but nothing crazy. Pretty well hidden. Bitter on the palate but not out of hand. Aftertaste is all citrus hops.

D: Gotta say that everytime I get the chance to drink this beer, I get excited all over again. It is very well put together and damned tasty. It looks great, smells great, and tastes great. Its an APA that is a little heavy handed on the hops, but I think it works awesomely in this beer. I started drinking them after cutting the grass and kept downing bottles all the way through dinner. Just and easy drinker that is refreshing and not going to kill your palate, but it well satisfy you if you have a yearning for hops as well. Great beer. Can't wait to see what else this brewery will be doing soon.

Serving Type: 12oz Bottle Vessel Type: Pint Glass Price:NA

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Photo of theboozecruise
4.14/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint, it's a deep golden color with about a finger of white foam.

The aroma is a nice blend of caramel malt sweetness and pine bitterness. The malt is definitely stronger up front and really nice.

The taste is more of the same, a very well balanced APA with a malt sweet flavor with roasted notes up front and a lingering piney bitter note at the end. It's pretty solid.

I like this one a good bit, a nicely crafted APA.

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.07/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a flare glass.

A: Golden and appealing. Short-lived but friendly head. Translucent in light.

S: Great hops with a malty undertone. Very enjoyable.

T: Really good! Bready with nice maltiness, balanced by subtly complex hops (the label claims five different varieties are used) which are never overwhelming. The malt wins out, except during the aftertaste, which is lightly dry, somewhat bitter, and of medium length.

M: Nothing great, but pleasant enough. Mostly smooth.

D: Great beer. I will be drinking more of these. Definitely recommended.

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Photo of mentor
4.06/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bottle left over after GABF judging and given to me as a reward for my volunteer efforts. Pours a two finger lightly yellowed head over a brilliant gold-rust liquid. Gorgeous, with lacing and cavernous foam that falls. Smells waxy, blood oranges, baby aspirin, tangerine, mildew, and mild alcohol sting.

Tastes light and refreshing. Lemony, oranges, mild pith, lightly of pine, and gentle soothing grassiness. Malt flavor is too far under the dominant hops to make an impression. Iron mixes with a bit of salt, acid, and papaya. Dry mineral finish with lingering clean hop bitterness. Bright and delicious. Light in the mouth with modest carbonation. A real winner for me.

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Photo of jbone78
4.03/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One of Alabama's only breweries. this beer was meant to be enjoyed by real beer drinkers, since not a lot of people drink pale ales in the south.

A- pours a slight hazy yellow with ok lace.
S- this beer has a nice little citrus aroma that tells you it is American. brewed with Cascade hops makes this a cirtus scented ale.
T- i try to make beers like this all the time. light hop character with nice malt undertones make this beer great for anything. the hops are not overpowering and have just a bit of bitterness.
M- moderate carbonation and somewhat smooth.
D- Not able to buy this outside of Alabama yet, so If you are in Alabama, enjoy it.


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Photo of JayS2629
3.95/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Amber colored ale with thin off white head that leaves descent lace and has ok retention. The smell is faint but hop forward with citrus, grapefruit notes and some floral qualitities. Light biscuity malt in the back. The taste follows with a malty biscuit wrapped in citrus with some mild caramels. Very mild, crisp, refreshing and easy to drink beer.

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Photo of Mojo
3.92/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a nice golden color with a minimal white head, poor retention, and not a lot of lacing. The smell is honey, fruit, and pine. Mouthfeel is pretty nice with about the right amount of carbonation. Taste is well balanced, very sweet on the front, bitter on the finish. This is an easy beer to drink and would make a good starter beer for someone interested in expanding their palate beyond the AAL macros.

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Photo of joepais
3.92/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Kirkpjr for this one. I poured the bottle into a Sam Adams pint glass and it produced a finger worth of white head that trailed of to a nice lace the body of the brew was a clear straw yellow in color

Aromas of citrus and floral hops are very strong in this one. The flavor has some thing going on I just cant pin point out it is very bitter and lemony but there is something else there that is very unique. It almost comes off as an IPA more than a Pale. There is not to much in the way of malts in this one.
Medium bodied with good carbonation and a dry finish.

It sure was a interesting brew to drink. I could have had more if it was available and the drinkability was good

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Photo of woosterbill
3.92/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a Duvel tulip. Thanks to vonschplieffen for this one.

A: Clear gold body beneath a finger of clumpy white head. Ok retention and lace. Not bad.

S: Interesting. More hoppy than malty, with some really distinctive fruity/vegetal notes: green apple (almost like a Lambic), green pepper, cotton candy, and citrus. I'm a fan.

T: Less bizarre here, but quite good - grapefruit and pine hoppiness leads things off, followed by some candied malt sweetness, and closed out by clean, dry bitterness. Good stuff.

M: A little light on body, with plenty of frothy, fizzy carbonation. Ok.

O: Really enjoyable APA. Plenty of flavor, some fascinating hop notes (presumably from the Simcoe), and terrific drinkability for its strength. Well worth trying.


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Photo of biboergosum
3.9/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. My first Alabaman beer, a state tick that I thought I'd have to trade or travel for - I guess not with Alberta's adventurous importers - thanks, Christian!

This beer pours a slightly hazy, bright medium golden amber hue, with one fat finger of wanly puffy, loosely foamy, and rather bubbly off-white head, which leaves a decent array of curvy mountain stream lace around the glass as things drop away.

It smells of grainy, bready, and moderately pastry-like pale malt, a bit of nutty biscuit, and earthy, leafy, and lightly piney hops. The taste is biscuity caramel malt, a certain, hard to pin down oily nuttiness, a pithy pine astringency, hints of earthy yeast, and leafy, weedy hops.

The carbonation is a bit edgy at first, but settles to a dull edge soon enough, the body a sturdy medium weight, and mostly smooth, with even a minor touch of creaminess. It finishes off-dry, the caramel malt still sort of beholden to the crispy biscuity character, while leafy, piney hops mill about, shuffling their feet.

A fairly enjoyable APA, with strong ESB leanings - not a bad thing in my book. A sassy offering, worthy of a few rounds, iterations, or trips back to the fridge, and nice to see coming out of the deep south.

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Photo of BrettMRogers
3.87/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The beer looked pretty good but the aroma was amazing. The taste was not what I anticipated after experiencing the pleasant aroma. Overall, the experience was good, I'd definitely order it again. Pale ales are my favorite but the flavor wasn't as evident as the taste.

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Photo of jpmclaug
3.85/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass

A - golden yellow with a small white head, looks like there is plenty of carbonation in this one

S - light aroma of citrusy hops over a biscuity background, smells like this will be a more balanced APA

T - small hop bite up front with malty sweetness in the finish. Provides a little bit of bitterness on the sides of my tongue. This actually seems like a good representation of the style.

M - Medium body with a little above average amount of carbonation

D - This beer really hits the style on the head and drinks pretty easy. This beer would work good if you wanted something to drink with your dinner or if you wanted to kick a few back and hang out with your friends. It isn't a beer that requires a lot of thought but has enough flavor to be interesting.

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Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.85/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to ba jon p (ba username unkown to me) from alabama for this ip trade @ dld. Best by date 6.21.11
A: slightly hazy golden orange. Like the color but head is a bit minimal.
S: floral and citrus notes intermingled with honeyed bready malts. Nice but somewhat subtle.
T: nicely balanced between the lightly sweet doughy malt and mostly smooth but just a tad astringent hops. Malts are a touch grainy rather than sweetish. Finishes crisp and dry with lingering resiny hops.
M: would have liked a touch more frothiness here for the style, but still nice. Light to medium body.
O: a nice apa and i'd definitely drink it again were it available to me. Would like to try it on tap. I'd have guessed this was closer to 5% rather than 6% based on mouthfeel and taste.

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Photo of glid02
3.8/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler from Gus's in Auburn, AL.

Pours a clear golden-copper color with a half-finger white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of biscuity pale malts with good amounts of citrus and floral hops. As the beer warms the hops fade a bit.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Biscuity and slightly grainy pale malt flavors up front are quickly joined by light citrus hop flavors. The hop flavors carry through to a mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a solid thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I didn't have a problem finishing my glass and could have another.

Overall this is a middle-of-the-road pale ale that's easy on the tongue. Not worth seeking out but worth a shot if you see it around.

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Photo of Stevenmann57
3.79/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This is a pretty good beer for the most part. I think it goes better with food though because for some reason everytime I have this beer by myself, I want to have something to eat with it. I often jokingly call it "high quality Alabama bud light platnium" because it's as strong as a bud light platnium but it taste significantly better although it's a medium bodied beer as oppose to being a light beer. I love the aroma this beer has for some reason. I often wonder if this would be a good beer to cook with because of the smell and it's not too heavy or too light which is what I like in a beer when using it as an ingredient. However my biggest complaint with this beer is the price. At $11 or so dollars a 6-pack, this is definitely not my to go to beer. You can get a 6-pack of Sierra nevadas that taste just as good if not better for $8.99 and this is not a good first choice of a beer for those on a budget. However this is a good choice of beer if you got a little bit of extra cash to burn and your having a pizza with a small group of friends.

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Photo of lostinfla
3.74/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured ice cold into a Sam Adams glass. Nice bright white 2" head.
Almost clear bright yellow orange color and good carbonation.
Smell was lightly piney and slightly citrusy, with a medium bite at the end.
Smooth and medium bodied. Defintiely improved as the beer warmed up.
I'd have another!

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Photo of robwestcott
3.7/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks to kirkpjr for this one. stamped [best before] 10/23/10.

poured very cold - after 15min in the freezer - from the bottle a semi-hazy amber to a sun king brewery shaped pint glass with a short lasting, thin white foamy head that leaves only a hint of lace.

aroma of citrus, pine and honey (?), yeah, sure seems like honey.

very refreshing, only slightly bitter to the back of the tongue and semi-sweet to the front. again, maybe it's just me, but honey is present, perhaps it's the german malts providing such a great balance.

medium carbonation, smooth and thick to the tongue, the bitter is almost an afterthought.

very drinkable. i'm pleasantly surprised by this one.

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Photo of CIBoy10
3.68/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look - pours a nice orangey amber, great head retention.

Smell - malty with slight traces of citrus hops.

Taste - slight hop bitterness, and bread. Overly balanced if you ask me. For other styles I'd really like this but found myself wishing for more hops since it's a pale.

Feel - smooth and highly drinkable. Would be great as a session beer.

Overall - wanted a bit more in the hop profile but solid none the less.

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Photo of Cavanaghty
3.67/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Thank you shan8454 for this brew in trade.

Appearance: Golden amber with a thin white head. Lots of carbonation, and mild lacing on the glass.

Smell: Hops, Pine and citrus.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth medium bodied. Taste of bitter hops/pine and citrus.

Overall: Good brew, glad I could try this one.

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.67/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Thanks for RC0032 for bringing this back from his travels.

Appearance: The appearance is a clear pale golden yellow color; it looks filtered. A small eggshell cap forms initially but fades away quickly. No lace to speak of.

Smell: The aroma is sweet, with pale malt and honey on the front of the nose. Spicy pine, some grapefruit and a bit of grass are noticeable in a bitter hoppiness.

Taste: The taste starts with a pleasant biscuits and honey sweetness as well. The flavor moves to a long, clean bitterness fairly quickly. I am fairly sensitive to Simcoe hops, so I notice those as being the most dominant. Grapefruit takes a bit of a lesser role here, with just a touch of the grassy hops toward the end. The finish is clean with a reemergence of the sweetness from the beginning; just a ligth lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel: This has a typical IPA mouthfeel. Bitter residue is left in my mouth from the hops, and a light citrus juiciness creates some salivation. The body is on the light side and the carbonation is on the full, crisp side.

Overall: This is definitely a beer that presents some nice hop fortitude. As I get through the glass, though, I begin to feel that the flavors flatten out and into a kind of honey and bitter malaise.

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Photo of nrbw23
3.58/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Pours a crystal clear golden yellow color with a fairly thin white head. Head has pretty solid retention, forms a thin cap of bubbles and leaves pretty much no lacing.

S- Smell is pretty light. Picking up citrus hops and a good bready malt backbone.

T- A nice little hop bite. A fair amount of sweet malts. A bit of tropical fruits.

M- Medium in body and a tad bit higher than medium in carbonation.

O- A good example of the style for sure and was really easy to drink.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.58/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Six pack marked 18 Aug 14 at 40 degrees into snifter
Aroma of fruity hops
Head average (3.5 cm, aggressive pour), off white, frothy, rapidly diminishing to 2 mm ring and broken layer
Lacing poor – rare island of small bubbles
Body light orange, clear, effervescent
Flavor slightly fruity and somewhat bitter with some maltiness present; no alcohol and no diacetyl
Palate medium, watery, soft carbonation

Appearance 3.75, Aroma 3.75, Flavor 3.5, Palate 3.5, Overall 3.5

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Photo of estlinska
3.57/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle to a standard shaker. With a vigorous pour this beer produces a fairly pale amber color like dull gold jewelry with a tall 3cm of frothy white head. The color sort of lacks any real luster and seems a bit flat. Light penetration is high. Head dissipates rather quickly, but leaves good lacing on the glass. The smell is rather malt forward for an American pale. There is strong biscuit and white bread on the nose. There is some mild citrus in the form of orange and maybe some grapefruit juice, but it's rather muted; smells good over all though. The taste has more of the white bread and warm biscuit flavor with a mellow citrus and bitterness on the palate. Palate overall is medium, carbonation is good. Seems like a good session beer. Overall, this beer is pretty good, but definitely not the equal to Back Forty's other beers I have had.

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