Truck Stop Honey Brown Ale - Back Forty Beer Co.

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Truck Stop Honey Brown AleTruck Stop Honey Brown Ale

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Ratings: 223
Reviews: 56
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 14.33%
Wants: 7
Gots: 45 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Back Forty Beer Co. visit their website
Alabama, United States

Style | ABV
English Brown Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: reeverbythespeak on 05-03-2010

Hops: Magnum and Willamette
Malts: Honey malt, Crystall malt and Chocolate malt
Honey: Alabama Wildflower (Mobile, AL)
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Photo of Bamabrew22
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap recently at Dram Whiskey Bar in Mountain Brook Village. Nice brown, coppery color. No discernable head whatsoever. Could have been the bartender not pouring out of the tap correctly. Notes of toffee and slightly nutty in the aroma. Taste was good, but nothing to write home about. I tasted a slight nuttiness, along with biscuity malt. Not much of a hope presence, which is understandable in this style. Slightly sweet, which may be due to the honey. Overall, I would drink this again as a good, sessionable, local brew.

Photo of chinchill
3.56/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. brown bottle poured with a small but renewing head, producing good retention; crystal clear, deep amber color.

S: Subtle and simple but pleasant malt aromas suggesting baked bread

T: also simple but nice, featuring bready malts with hints of caramel and nuts.

M: Medium carbonation. Too harsh and aggressive for style.

O: Tasty and not overly sweet, but marred but an inexplicably harsh feel.

Photo of glid02
3.62/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Mellow Mushroom in Mobile, AL.

Pours a clear chestnut brown color with a tan head leaving light lacing.

Smells of lightly toasted malts with sweet caramel malts in the background.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though a good deal sweeter. Sweet caramel malts up front are dried out somewhat by the addition of heavier toasted malts. Light honey comes into play midway, carrying through to a mildly sweet ending. Mouthfeel is OK, with heavy carbonation.

Overall this was a decent enough beer, although it’s not something I would seek in the future.

Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.4/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 ounce bottle served into a 10 ounce nonic glass.

It's light brown with a golden hue in the body and has a fizzy white head. It looks light for a brown color-wise, almost more like a soda. 3.75

The aroma is sweet, pungent, with a touch of honey, yeast, and caramel. 3.75

There's a nutty quality here and sweetness that I wouldn't identify with honey but doesn't necessarily feel like the product of just malts. Light toasted malt feel and a glazing of caramel add some complexity. 3.25

The thin body is a bit bothersome as is the fizzy-feel. It's a bit too soda-like maybe and occasionally even offers a Dr. Pepper taste and feel. But the flip side to this is that it is nice and easy drinking and lingers with a sweet nuttiness. Floral yeast mid-body becomes more noticeable with some warmth to the beer. Not bad, but also not far off from a Newcastle or something of that ilk. 3.25

Decent intro beer or lawnmower beer or something along those lines.

Photo of biboergosum
3.45/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle, day 10 of the 2013 Craft Beer Advent Calendar. The name of this beer itself does not exactly conjure up the prettiest of images.

This beer pours a crystal clear, medium bronzed amber hue, with one skinny finger of weakly foamy, and mostly bubbly dirty white head, which leaves a few low-lying specks of spotted lace around the glass as it quickly dissolves.

It smells of semi-sweet bready caramel malt, clover honey, a touch of stone fruit, and very mild earthy, weedy hops. The taste is more rather pithy caramel and toasted bready malt, somewhat sweet mead-like honey, a hint of oily nuttiness, a generic brown sugar sweetness, and weak earthy, leafy hops.

The carbonation is pretty understated, and hardly up for a tussle, the body medium-light in weight, and rather clammy in its attempt at smoothness. It finishes off-dry, the lingering pithy bready malt, neutered honey, and still weak as the day is long hops riding this one out.

A rather weak attempt at a drinkable version of the style - everything just seems wan and uninteresting, to the point of serious ennui. The honey is a nice idea, but barely makes a dent in the overall impression of this offering. If you see this particular honey giving you the eye, check yourself, and simply walk away.

Photo of Tyler_Sly
3.53/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Serving type: On-tap

Appearance: That of your standard brown ale, not a lot of head on it and has a medium brown color.

Smell: Sweet but no distinguishable aroma.

Taste: Exactly what you expect from a brown ale. A malty, not hoppy, sweet flavor.

Mouthfeel: That great taste that's almost like a better, cleaner New Castle sticks with you for a little while extra making you want another sip after it fades.

Overall: This is an above average beer. The head on it isn't so great and the smell, I wish was stronger but it tastes great and has a really good presence about it.

Photo of WoodBrew
3.45/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Trying the truck stop honey at the Pie Factory in Florance, AL. The beer poured a clear brownis h amber with no head and no lacing. The scent carries hints of honey. The taste his a nice combination of biscuit and honey. The m outhfeel is lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall this is a good session beer.

Photo of maleman
4.43/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Best by dating on bottle. Poured an almost tea color with an initial one-finger white head that receded into a thin cap. Thin, oily lacing was present. Nose is full of malty bread. The taste follows the nose with a sweet bready flavor and some pepper. Mouthfeel is a bit less than medium with little to no aftertaste. Overall, one of Bama's best offerings. Is one of my go-to's.

Photo of EagleTalon
2.98/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottled on date is December 11, 2013. Pours out to a quickly dissipating head and pale brown color. Aroma is very weak, there is some honey and nuts in there. Flavor is very subtle and laid back, reminds me of a homebrew with a bit of a twang and slight oxidation note of cardboard. Not bad but not good either. No real fresh malt or hops evident. Balanced bitter and sweet so another plus for being on style. Mouthfeel is light and CO2 is appropriately restrained. Overall a boring brown, drinkable but not exciting in the least. Think Southern Pecan without the pecans. Beats a Newcastle, though!

Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a dark brown, iced tea like color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of malts, honey. Taste is bready, nutty, honey is present but not sweet. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a bit different, but an enjoyable beer.

Photo of EgadBananas
3.69/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear, light brown/mahogany in color, lite tan head of a finger, but it's gone really quick with no lacing.

Aroma is chock full of honey and roasted sweet malts. Some nuttiness, and caramel as well. No real hop profile, but easily admissible for the style.

Can definitely get the honey, some toasted malts, slight sweetness , nutty quality, caramel and a hint of bitterness on the finish. Not bad.

Carbonation is pronounced, body is light, though creamy and slick.

Fairly easy to put away, overall tasty, not too sweet or filling, and a surprisingly decent rendition of a brown.

Photo of iheartmyTHO
3.35/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Overall, a very nice Brown Ale. The honey taste is very slight, which I think is actually a good thing, or else the beer would probably be just too sweet. There's also a nice nuttiness, which I would expect for a Brown Ale. The mouth feel is a bit lighter than I expected and there's a slight bit of pleasant carbonation.

Photo of reeverbythespeak
3.98/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This light-bodied, sweet brown ale is easy to drink in one session. Its color is a thin brown, close to amber. The smell is non-obtrusive, but not revealing either. The taste is light, and sweet with a bit of nuttiness. Brewed with local wildflower honey, so it's good for my allergies. :) I'm glad to see another style from Back 40, as the pale ale is such a tough category to start in. I have enjoyed this 6-pack enough to have finished it in two days! Congrats to Back 40!

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.84/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle pours a clear copper color with a nice cap of tan head that shows good retention and lacing.

Nose is downright delightful! The honey is superbly integrated with graham cracker maltiness. Very nice.

Taste is more of the same with this beer, tastes more like a graham cracker than probably any other beer I have had. Honey is not as apparent on the flavor and finishes drier than expected with a little bit of toast and a decent amount of hops. I am digging this beer. Mouthfeel is thinner than I would like to see as well and the malt depth could use a boost. But overall I think this is a fine brown ale that I will definitely seek out again next time I am in Alabama. I am a sucker for a good English Brown Ale...though this one could fit just as well as an American Brown me thinks. Both Back Forty offerings I have had have been impressive - keep up the good work!

Photo of patre_tim
3.19/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Medium wood stain brown, light haze, medium low carbonation, 4 fingers of light beige head.

S: Light toasted quality, light honey, dough, caramel, toffee.

T: Apple sauce, biscuit, light acidic quality, a sort of plastic quality. A sort of vinous quality like some kolsch style beers.

M: Light body, medium low carbonation. A little like white wine.

O: Found this one in Montgomery, AL and drank in Decateur, AL. I love to try local brews. I’d say its good, not typical for the style, and as some off flavours. Otherwise, its got a great label on the bottle, and is really not bad.

Photo of JayS2629
4.08/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A dark mahogany with amber hints in the light. Thin, but creamy cap of foam that leaves thick creamy walls of lace. Excellent retention.

The aroma is sweet malts, hints of roast, and honey. Low hop profile. The taste follows the nose with a mild sweet malt, slightly watery, hints of earthy hops, sweet honey, faint chocolate note, light toast, and a hint of roasted malt. Quite nutty. Creamy but light texture. Refreshing and easy to drink. Quite sessionable.

Photo of ZMWTally
3.76/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyable smooth brown ale. Sweetness does not bother me, but may be too much for some. Looks like iced tea in the glass.

Photo of daliandragon
3.92/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Found this previously unknown brown ale floating in the mixed six section at a Winn Dixie in Meridian, Mississippi. This was a medium bodied brown with a balanced flavor and slender body that was certainly worth trying but not something I'd probably get much if it was available in my area. The honey and clove in the nose translate well into the taste and the hops are just noticeable enough to give it some character. I was a little disappointed with the thin texture. A distinctive take on the style, but I don't drink a ton of brown ales myself.

Photo of schuyhigh
4.57/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

A: Copper-tone with light head.

S: Honey and sweet nectar..smells good.

T: Delicious...nice collaboration of hops and malts, some fruity some chocolately and a nice touch of honey!

M: Feels nice.

D: Too drinkable. A well crafted beer and obviously didn't go unnoticed picking up Silver Medal at Great American Beer Festival this past year. Well-deserved!

Photo of Rbroccoli
3.27/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: I didn't get a chance to pour this beer myself, but it looks great in other peoples' glasses. This is one I typically drink straight from the bottle. Decent size head, not a very dark brown ale, but still good.

The smell is sweet, a little beer-ish, but not too bad.

The taste is good. I like the sweetness of the honey mixed with a grain taste. Not very hoppy. Not much of an aftertaste, doesn't seem to end with any additional flavors.

The mouthfeel isn't quite as full bodied as I wish it was. Could use some body

Overall I like this beer. Maybe it's because of my local pride, maybe not.

Photo of vincehayter
2.98/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Great color, no head retention, passable drinkable flavor of steady malt with a noticeable honey sweetness. Would be great paired with food; misses the flavor to be a 'drinking beer'.

Photo of Chickenhawk9932
3.67/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice brown with ruby highlights and a tan head.

Smells of sweet grain, backed by floral and herbal hops with a touch of honey.

Taste is toasted bread and sweet malt with a bitter herbal hop bite. It has a honey mead character in the dry finish. This is a solid brown ale with honey as an accent and not the main course.

Photo of Mojo
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This offering pours up a nice amber with a one finger head, not much retention and leaves little to no lacing. The nose is pine, honey, and biscuit. Mouthfeel is very thin, almost watery. Taste is pretty watery too on the front though the finish is respectable. I honestly expected more from this. However it is very drinkable if perhaps a little one dimensional.

Photo of jadpsu
2.33/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Pours a hazy brown amber with a tan head that quickly disappears , leaving minimal side glass lace.
Not much in the nose, perhaps some faint burnt malts, earth and musty long sitting rag pile.
Love Brown Ales but this has little to offer. Way too sweet for my liking. Low carbonation.
The best before date is 90 days old, but doubt that that fact alone has made this brew so unappetizing..

Photo of Redrover
3.54/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This is my first beer from this brewery. Served in a shaker pint at World of Beer in Birmingham, AL>.

The beer is a chill hazed brown with a sticky tan head.

The beer has a nose of malts, apples and something sweet, maybe it's the honey.

The beer is on the sweeter end of the spectrum. Lightly toasted malts, sweet brown bread and honey.

The mouth is pleasant with a bit of heft.

I liked it but wouldn't session it as it is too sweet.

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Truck Stop Honey Brown Ale from Back Forty Beer Co.
80 out of 100 based on 223 ratings.