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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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80
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164 Ratings
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Ratings: 164
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 13.07%
Wants: 4
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
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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MoDunc


2/5  rDev -43.2%

03-05-2012 04:56:47 | More by MoDunc
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jag0007

Alabama

2.13/5  rDev -39.5%
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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Vestlake

Alabama

2.25/5  rDev -36.1%

09-25-2013 01:48:38 | More by Vestlake
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deepchills

Texas

2.33/5  rDev -33.8%
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 -32.4%
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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freduardo

Alabama

2.5/5  rDev -29%

02-15-2012 04:35:23 | More by freduardo
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BenSelf

Alabama

2.53/5  rDev -28.1%
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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Bloodbuzz99

Georgia

2.75/5  rDev -21.9%

04-27-2013 10:30:05 | More by Bloodbuzz99
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garuda

Pennsylvania

2.76/5  rDev -21.6%
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 -16.2%
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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jmbraxton

Alabama

3/5  rDev -14.8%

04-03-2012 00:27:39 | More by jmbraxton
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ltdantheman

Georgia

3/5  rDev -14.8%

04-10-2013 13:57:16 | More by ltdantheman
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Dracarys

Alabama

3/5  rDev -14.8%

07-14-2013 20:38:13 | More by Dracarys
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Watdatsmelike


3/5  rDev -14.8%

02-06-2013 21:29:40 | More by Watdatsmelike
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LJWalker

Alabama

3/5  rDev -14.8%

02-06-2012 20:43:42 | More by LJWalker
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IPAchris

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -14.8%

04-13-2014 16:20:28 | More by IPAchris
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cfalovo97

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -14.8%

06-24-2013 00:14:03 | More by cfalovo97
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DeaconBluez

Alabama

3/5  rDev -14.8%

06-05-2014 20:58:33 | More by DeaconBluez
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Stoutsman

Kansas

3/5  rDev -14.8%

06-22-2014 01:48:46 | More by Stoutsman
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HiWire

Florida

3/5  rDev -14.8%

06-24-2013 04:21:21 | More by HiWire
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MrSquash

Florida

3/5  rDev -14.8%

06-22-2013 02:55:24 | More by MrSquash
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sendbeer

Georgia

3/5  rDev -14.8%

05-15-2013 04:01:17 | More by sendbeer
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MeganPhillips

Vermont

3/5  rDev -14.8%

01-11-2014 01:39:25 | More by MeganPhillips
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JHendu

Florida

3/5  rDev -14.8%

04-29-2014 01:55:54 | More by JHendu
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broob

Mississippi

3/5  rDev -14.8%

05-24-2013 18:23:49 | More by broob
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Naked Pig Pale Ale from Back Forty Beer Co.
80 out of 100 based on 164 ratings.