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Naked Pig Pale Ale - Back Forty Beer Co.

Naked Pig Pale AleNaked Pig Pale Ale

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Ratings: 141
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 13.14%


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:
Hops: Simcoe and Cascade
IBU: 34
Malts: Two Row and Munich

(Beer added by: jbone78 on 01-10-2010)
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jag0007

Alabama

2.13/5  rDev -39.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

A - pretty dark for what it is. nice head when poured, but dissipates quicker than id like and more cloudy than i was expecting. Okay lacing, seems very "wet". Maybe its just the glass.

S - Immediately smell caramel. Hops is very noticeable. Smells like a darker beer. Slightly more alcoholic smelling than im accustomed to.

T - First sip is alright, im struggling with the beer afterwards. I love bitter, darker beers, especially thick stouts. But this is pushing my limits.

M - Decent carbonation, feels nice. Almost cannot tell im drinking something this inimical.

D - None. i suggest this simply to try it. the 6 pack will be in your fridge for a while.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2010 01:35:18 | More by jag0007
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deepchills

Texas

2.33/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I bought a 6 pack of Naked Pig Pale Ale at Bruno's Grocery in Gulf Shores, Alabama.

The beer is a light tan color, there is almost no head and very little carbonation. Very Little lacing.

The nose is slighty bready, maybe some malt, but overall there is very little to smell.

An even, slightly bitter hop flavor, crisp to drink, with a light bready finish. Midway through the tasting some malt flavor starts coming out.

Medium bodied though very flat feel.

Missing a few qualities you’d like to have in the beer, namely carbonation, however some additional flavor would be nice too. I pull for small guys like this, so i'm hoping this is just a bad batch that slipped through QA.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2011 23:00:39 | More by deepchills
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Reaper16

Alabama

2.38/5  rDev -32%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

served on-tap @ Egan's, Tuscaloosa, AL, into a pint glass

Pours a darkish straw color. Caramelized straw, if someone were to make such a thing, would look like how Naked Pig looks. It's pretty cloudy. About a finger and a half of pillowy white head forms, and it sticks around a while. Pretty decent looking beer.

Naked Pig Pale Ale is aromatically challenged. You have to sniff hard to pull out some grainy, cereal aromas. There's a small bit of, like, old Cascade hops. It smells like Sierra Nevada Pale Ale does, but from ten yards away. Muted. Perhaps a bit of pear skin in here too. There is no complexity to the aroma of this beer whatsoever. The flavors are weak and, when present at all, blunt.

The taste is equally as distant and off-putting as the aroma. It's certainly malt-forward, but the malt flavors are not deep or profound in any sense. Grainy, cracker like malt flavors dominate the front end and the mid-palate. The hops show up on the finish, but only to lend a lawn-clippings flavored bitterness. This is some poor lupulin; no real hop flavors to speak of, just bittering effect.

Nothing much to say about the mouthfeel. The carbonation was balanced relative to the medium size of the body. It wasn't distracting but it didn't work to accentuate or improve upon anything either. Drinkability? Average. This is an unoffensive beer, even thought it disappoints. The ABV% isn't an issue and the flavors, weak though they are, don't make for a beer that is hard to drink.

If you see this beer on-tap you can go ahead and skip it. I wanted to like this beer because it's local. But it just underwhelms on the nose and palate. Pass.

Serving type: on-tap

02-17-2011 04:30:04 | More by Reaper16
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BenSelf

Alabama

2.53/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had this on tap at the Mushroom in Tuscaloosa. Pours up surprisingly dark, about as dark as a brown ale. Reasonable head, but dissipates quickly. The aroma is fairly citrusy, but weak even at room temp. The flavor is disappointing. When I saw the beer's color, I assumed this was going to be one of those robust pale ales that blur the style lines. Nope, not even close. The addition of darker malts is purely an aesthetic choice. The beer is on the dry side, but it doesn't matter because there are few hops. It's a little cascadey, and infinitely forgettable. Why, oh why, do these guys call themselves a Birmingham brewery when they don't brew in Alabama?

Serving type: on-tap

01-20-2010 19:27:34 | More by BenSelf
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garuda

Pennsylvania

2.76/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

A - That all too familiar shade of yellow; however, has a nice white cap that retains and laces well.

S/T - Fairly subdued. Pale malts, sweet caramel, just enough pine hops to give it a kick of bitterness without much flavor.

M - Medium/light body, medium carbonation, fairly smooth and clean.

O - Seems like a house pale ale brewed for the masses. Not too bold, didn't stand up to the bbq well at all.

Serving type: on-tap

03-05-2013 23:57:19 | More by garuda
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SuperSpy

Georgia

2.95/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle with what looks like a freshness date of March 2011, poured into a pint glass.

A - A cloudy golden pour with a small and quick to die off-white head.

S - The first whiff is an enticing earthy and citrusy hop aroma. About what you would expect from the style. There is very little detectable malt.

T/M - Medium bodied with lots of hops and a slight biscuit malt flavor. The hops are mostly just bitter, offering little in the way of real flavor. There is some citrus in the background but it is very faint.

D - This beer is lacking in that for all the hops there is very little character or flavor. It's goes down pretty easy, but could be more interesting.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2011 22:48:39 | More by SuperSpy
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Brent

Kentucky

3.08/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

An assertive hops punch right up front, but the beer leaves you in the lurch waiting for the hopps bittering to distinguish itself with some character other than a basic quinine bitterness, which, unfortunately, it never does. Malt profile is appropriate and carries the hops well enough, with a reasonably clean finish.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2010 17:47:54 | More by Brent
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BeerAndBourbon

Ohio

3.13/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The second of three beers brought back by a great 'bama friend. Thanks Jen! (Also, the clerk at Dee's Package Store told her this was produced by Lazy Magnolia, which the reviewer before me suggested as well. Is this a contract brew? Please BM me if you know the answer.)

A. Pours an amber with a thin white head that leaves some lacing.

S. Citrus hops with some malt biscuit scent.

T. Fairly mild with little hop bitterness and a mildly sweet caramel background. I can't believe how mild this is - it's almost like they're attempting a British ESB rather than a pale ale.

M. Thin to medium bodied with a medium level of carbonation.

D. I wasn't too impressed by this beer and probably wouldn't drink it again (if I could ever hope to get it again).

Serving type: growler

07-09-2010 03:39:40 | More by BeerAndBourbon
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WoodBrew

Illinois

3.13/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Trying the Naked Pig Pale Ale while in Birmingham, AL...I picked this beer up at Vulcan Beverage store. The color is light copper, clear with very thin white head...although what is there is lacing nicely. The smell reminds me of Semcoe hops more. The smell includes spice with a slight bitter citrus (apricot/grapefruit). The taste is full bodied and starts with a malt and bitter mix, then turns all bitter and clings to the pallet for a little bit. The flavor leans toward grapefruit. The mouthfeel is ok... i like the body, the bitterness is a bit tough and one would be enough for me.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2011 21:39:31 | More by WoodBrew
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chinchill

South Carolina

3.2/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: Pours deep golden, crystal clear with a thin off-white head that has good retention.

S: Light biscuity malt scent with a touch of hops.

T. Mild and light on hops for style

M: Thin to medium body; lively, medium level of carbonation.

O: a rather drab, malt-forward version of APA style.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2013 16:28:58 | More by chinchill
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bushwhacker

Alabama

3.23/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My neurons are probably misfiring here, but I recall numerous sittings with this brew on-tap with positive memories, only to pour it from the bottle to see a totally different beer. Different in all categories. I guess you can get significant variations. Try it draught when you can. A good beer on tap and wee-below average in the bottle, but worth it.

Serving type: on-tap

07-26-2011 00:46:20 | More by bushwhacker
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BryanCarey

Texas

3.29/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Light amber/golden in color with a faint aroma of light malt and pine, Back Forty Naked Pig Pale Ale is a crystal clear beer that produces a decent level of foam that lasts about a minute. It eventually settles into a thin white layer and leaves little or no lacing.

This beer tastes about the way I expected based on appearance: Lighter than average and very clean, with flavors of biscuit malt, pine, caramel, and bread. There is some fruit in there as well, but it is more pear- like than citrus and isn’t as dominant as the other taste components.

Naked Pig is an easy- going, basic pale ale that is acceptable enough that most anyone who tries it will like it. The beer is non- assertive and lighter than most, but not so light as to taste watery. There is just enough going on here to satisfy the palate but not enough going on to make it a standout in its class.

This pale ale is crisp, clean, and agreeable overall and while I don’t rank it among my all- time favs, it is good enough for a try.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2013 07:02:08 | More by BryanCarey
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brewskifan55

Mississippi

3.33/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a snifter

A: Clear light gold with not much head and light lacing.

S: Piney hops, grapefruit and citrus.

T: A pleasant hop bitterness with slight malt background that makes it easy to drink. Smooth, well balanced.

M: Light to medium with medium carbonation.

O: A good stepping stone IPA. Sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2013 17:11:19 | More by brewskifan55
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hangh

Alabama

3.45/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a clear amber color. It is lightly carbonated and has a thick 1" head that lingers for a while. Nice looking beer.

S - Rich smell full of floral hops. Stronger than many pale ales and is very pleasant.

T - Nice crisp pale ale taste. Strong up front with bitterness and it dies off quickly. Not spectacular but a good representative of the class.

MF - Medium-bodied, sharp

D - It's pretty good but not the best of the pale ales out there.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2010 03:55:44 | More by hangh
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utah44

Louisiana

3.45/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I often check the beer cooler in gas station stores, but rarely find or buy anything because they rarely have craft brews. So i was stunned to see a 6-pack of a local beer at a station in Birmingham. Then I was surprised to find that the beer was brewed in Mississippi by one of my most favorite breweries, Lazy Magnolia. Therefore, I expected this to be a good one. However, it turned out to be rather average in taste and mouthfeel. It did go quite well with the chittlin's and possum chili I had for breakfast, but I wouldn't drink it after noon. It is a passable pale ale, but the cost of the 6 pack was higher than many great pale ales.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2010 04:33:34 | More by utah44
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sommersb

Tennessee

3.48/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tasted On: 09-03-2012
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Tulip pint
Purchased: Single from Liquor Express, Huntsville AL

Pours an orange-yellow color and clear. The head is off-white and stands a couple of fingers high, showing both good lacing and retention.

Aromas are hop-forward, with citrus and pine smells. A bit of malt breadiness is evident as well.

Taste is fairly hoppy and bitter, with a low amount of malts peeking through.

Mouthfeel is moderately carbed on a medium body. Finishes dry and bitter.

Overall a descent pale ale, if not a bit one-dimensional.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2012 22:57:08 | More by sommersb
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Jacurdy60

Alabama

3.55/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a hazy golden brown color with minimal head and poor retention. No lacing.

S-Very hoppy in the nose. Sour fruits become more profound along with yeasty bread dough.

T-Semi-bready. Very sweet up front but finishes off with notes of yeast and ester. Sweet fruits (pears) become profound as well in the layered finish

MF-Crisp on the palate with a dry finish

O-Pretty good brew. It's unique and more bready than most pale ales and is layered nicely with sweet pears. The finish is underwhelming but this is definitely worth a try if you have the means. I'm looking forward to buying it again.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2013 23:59:04 | More by Jacurdy60
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nrbw23

Ohio

3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2012 20:28:00 | More by nrbw23
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estlinska

Arkansas

3.59/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2013 23:28:13 | More by estlinska
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KickInTheChalice

Illinois

3.65/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2011 09:33:32 | More by KickInTheChalice
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Cavanaghty

Maine

3.65/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2014 23:13:18 | More by Cavanaghty
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lostinfla

Florida

3.74/5  rDev +6.9%
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!

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2013 01:14:49 | More by lostinfla
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robwestcott

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2010 22:44:35 | More by robwestcott
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glid02

Georgia

3.78/5  rDev +8%
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.

Serving type: growler

01-18-2010 01:07:55 | More by glid02
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jpmclaug

South Carolina

3.88/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2010 00:59:09 | More by jpmclaug
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Naked Pig Pale Ale from Back Forty Beer Co.
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