Naked Pig Pale Ale - Back Forty Beer Co.
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3.89/5 rDev +10.5%
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.
09-10-2013 00:50:09 | More by biboergosum
3.2/5 rDev -9.1%
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.
04-28-2013 16:28:58 | More by chinchill
3.78/5 rDev +7.4%
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.
01-18-2010 01:07:55 | More by glid02
3.13/5 rDev -11.1%
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.
09-13-2011 21:39:31 | More by WoodBrew
3.93/5 rDev +11.6%
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.
08-03-2012 01:46:21 | More by woosterbill
3.08/5 rDev -12.5%
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.
11-14-2010 17:47:54 | More by Brent
4.1/5 rDev +16.5%
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.
08-09-2010 05:17:08 | More by AgentMunky
3.11/5 rDev -11.6%
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.
08-09-2014 20:49:14 | More by BMMillsy
3.58/5 rDev +1.7%
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.
01-02-2012 20:28:00 | More by nrbw23
4.05/5 rDev +15.1%
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.
10-12-2011 18:07:08 | More by mentor
Naked Pig Pale Ale from Back Forty Beer Co.
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