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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 biboergosum
3.9/5  rDev +11.4%
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 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 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 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 glid02
3.8/5  rDev +8.6%
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 AgentMunky
4.07/5  rDev +16.3%
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 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 woosterbill
3.92/5  rDev +12%
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 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 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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Photo of mentor
4.06/5  rDev +16%
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 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 Ozzylizard
3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
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 robwestcott
3.7/5  rDev +5.7%
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 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 JayS2629
3.95/5  rDev +12.9%
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 KickInTheChalice
3.67/5  rDev +4.9%
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 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 MrMcGibblets
3.85/5  rDev +10%
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 joepais
3.92/5  rDev +12%
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 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 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 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 Mojo
3.92/5  rDev +12%
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 everetends
4.15/5  rDev +18.6%
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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Naked Pig Pale Ale from Back Forty Beer Co.
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