Naked Pig Pale Ale - Back Forty Beer Co.

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Reviews: 47
Hads: 243
Avg: 3.53
pDev: 32.01%
Wants: 4
Gots: 47 | FT: 1
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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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Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.67/5  rDev +4%
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 mentor
4.06/5  rDev +15%
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 theboozecruise
4.14/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint, it's a deep golden color with about a finger of white foam.

The aroma is a nice blend of caramel malt sweetness and pine bitterness. The malt is definitely stronger up front and really nice.

The taste is more of the same, a very well balanced APA with a malt sweet flavor with roasted notes up front and a lingering piney bitter note at the end. It's pretty solid.

I like this one a good bit, a nicely crafted APA.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.15/5  rDev -10.8%
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 bushwhacker
3.2/5  rDev -9.3%
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 deepchills
2.3/5  rDev -34.8%
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.

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Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.85/5  rDev +9.1%
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 JayS2629
3.95/5  rDev +11.9%
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 Reaper16
2.39/5  rDev -32.3%
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 SuperSpy
2.99/5  rDev -15.3%
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 Brent
3.08/5  rDev -12.7%
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 joepais
3.92/5  rDev +11%
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 AgentMunky
4.07/5  rDev +15.3%
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 robwestcott
3.7/5  rDev +4.8%
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 BeerAndBourbon
3.15/5  rDev -10.8%
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 utah44
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
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 hangh
3.47/5  rDev -1.7%
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 jag0007
2.14/5  rDev -39.4%
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 everetends
4.15/5  rDev +17.6%
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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Photo of jpmclaug
3.85/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

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Photo of glid02
3.8/5  rDev +7.6%
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 jbone78
4.03/5  rDev +14.2%
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.


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Naked Pig Pale Ale from Back Forty Beer Co.
81 out of 100 based on 47 ratings.