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Naked Pig Pale Ale - Back Forty Beer Co.

Naked Pig Pale AleNaked Pig Pale Ale

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142 Ratings
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Ratings: 142
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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joepais

Maine

3.88/5  rDev +10.9%
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

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2010 21:15:03 | More by joepais
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AgentMunky

California

4.1/5  rDev +17.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2010 05:17:08 | More by AgentMunky
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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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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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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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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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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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everetends

Alabama

4.13/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

82
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

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2010 20:39:49 | More by everetends
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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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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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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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jbone78

Florida

4.08/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One of Alabama's only breweries. this beer was meant to be enjoyed by real beer drinkers, since not a lot of people drink pale ales in the south.

A- pours a slight hazy yellow with ok lace.
S- this beer has a nice little citrus aroma that tells you it is American. brewed with Cascade hops makes this a cirtus scented ale.
T- i try to make beers like this all the time. light hop character with nice malt undertones make this beer great for anything. the hops are not overpowering and have just a bit of bitterness.
M- moderate carbonation and somewhat smooth.
D- Not able to buy this outside of Alabama yet, so If you are in Alabama, enjoy it.

-Bye

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2010 13:25:10 | More by jbone78
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Naked Pig Pale Ale from Back Forty Beer Co.
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