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Naked Pig Pale Ale - Back Forty Beer Co.

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Naked Pig Pale AleNaked Pig Pale Ale

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Reviews: 48
Hads: 248
Avg: 3.5
pDev: 33.14%
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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Reviews: 48 | Hads: 248
Photo of DuffDaddy
2/5  rDev -42.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Not so much for me, to IPAish - part of a flight at the brewery with Bro and Bob on the way to Cheaha State Park in Alabama. Carrie the production manager opened early for us to taste and tour.

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Photo of jag0007
2.14/5  rDev -38.9%
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.

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Photo of deepchills
2.3/5  rDev -34.3%
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.

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Photo of Reaper16
2.39/5  rDev -31.7%
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.

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Photo of garuda
2.79/5  rDev -20.3%
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.

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Photo of jman42
2.92/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A - Pale orange color. Crystal clear. Minimal head and lacing

S - Mild - almost bland. Certainly not the hoppiness that you would expect from a pale ale

T - Slight hints of citrus - about the only pale ale characteristic of this beer

M - Decent mouthfeel. No bitter after taste

O - Seems more like a lager to me (except with the hints of citrus), but went down well on a hot sunny day on the beach

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Photo of SuperSpy
2.99/5  rDev -14.6%
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.

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Photo of BadmouthBrews
3/5  rDev -14.3%

Not a bad pale ale at all, my only concern is that on the can, it says brewed and canned by beltway brewing company...so technically back forty didn't brew it. Ghost brewing...

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Photo of Brent
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.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.13/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Bottle in trade with Burg. Thanks man! Pours clear golden with a half finger white head. Aroma much like a pils surprisingly (until I heard that they used German malts here, then it made sense) with some hay, light fruity hops, a bit of caramel. Not bad smelling. Flavor is OK with light hay and hops and a definite German influence here. A bit more caramel tones than a pils, though the flavor is a bit watered down like with their IPA, both of which seemed to be going on the session strength direction rather than the flavor direction. Light bodied with low to medium carbonation for the style. Not bad. Maybe a gateway beer for some to the good stuff.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.15/5  rDev -10%
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.

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Photo of BeerAndBourbon
3.15/5  rDev -10%
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).

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Photo of bushwhacker
3.2/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

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Photo of chinchill
3.23/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

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Photo of BryanCarey
3.26/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

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Photo of ONUMello
3.3/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Light orange with a 1/2-finger head
S: A mixed bag of grain, fresh bread and a light hop note
T: Grain and a hint of hops. Clean but no complexity
M: Light bodied, crisp
O: I could easily knock back a few of these on a hot day. Probably perfect for Alabama but overall that comes at the cost of lacking much complexity. Needs the hops to strut their stuff a bit more

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Photo of brewskifan55
3.32/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

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Photo of jkrich
3.43/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a freshness dated can: slightly hazy, deep golden-orange with a foamy white head. Some floating sediment observed.

There was a faint, sweet and fruity aroma that was short-lived.

According to the freshness date stamped on the bottom of can, my ale was several months old. I believe the ale did suffer some from the age. The ale did maintain an initial refreshing and zesty flavor but the aftertaste was slightly stale. The ale has a delicious, mango flavor and a nice solid malt backbone. The flavors are fleeting as the odd, stale aftertaste takes over.

This medium bodied ale has a soft, rounded mouth feel with moderate carbonation. The mild, fruity flavor profile does linger on the palate.

I am going to seek out a fresher six pack as I am sure this ale is much better fresh. It is hard to believe this is a 6% ABV ale as it is very quaffable. My joy at trying my first "Alabama" beer was tempered somewhat when I discovered it was brewed and canned in Sterling, Virginia.

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Photo of hangh
3.47/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

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Photo of sommersb
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.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.49/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My backlog is such that I CAN't tell you where this one came from. It may have been Uncle JedI or someone else. I don't know, but I thank whoever got it for me.

From the CAN: "Craft Brewed Liquid Folk Art"; "Recommended Food Pairings [depictions of ham, steak and pizza]"; "This medium-bodied Ameri[CAN] Pale Ale is delightfully crisp and hand crafted. The Munich malts provide a perfect balance to the five fresh hop additions that go into every batch. Smooth enough for any craft beer newcomer, yet complex enough for even the most discerning [CAN]noisseur. SO, GET NAKED AND ENJOY!"

I Crack!ed it open and CANducted a gentle Glug due to its age. I still got a finger of foamy, bone-white head with moderate retention from it. Color was a slightly hazy Amber (SRM = > 7, < 9). Nose had a grassiness underlain with a biscuit maltiness. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was initially citrusy, like sweet mandarin oranges, but as the biscuit maltiness kicked in, it became more like a liquid muffin. It was certainly tasty and the finish was semi-dry. It is like I remarked in an earlier review of the same APA style - it was not knock your socks off in terms of its hoppiness, but I find that to be a pleasant change of pace. I probably would not want a steady diet of this Pig, but it was a nice enough beer.

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Photo of utah44
3.5/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of estlinska
3.57/5  rDev +2%
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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Photo of Jacurdy60
3.57/5  rDev +2%
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.

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Photo of nrbw23
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.

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Naked Pig Pale Ale from Back Forty Beer Co.
80 out of 100 based on 48 ratings.