Truck Stop Honey Brown Ale - Back Forty Beer Co.

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Reviews: 51
Hads: 225
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 14%
Wants: 7
Gots: 47 | FT: 1
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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 schuyhigh
4.57/5  rDev +30.6%
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! (408 characters)

Photo of maleman
4.43/5  rDev +26.6%
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. (417 characters)

Photo of hangh
4.25/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Nice clear amber brown color. The beer has a smaller head that dissapates fairly quickly but is very fine and clings nicely to the glass. Very inviting carbonation bubbles rise to the top. A little lighter than some brown ales but a nice looking beer.

S - Rich honey tastes rise from this beer. There is also some nice coffee? or chocolate smells coming from the beer. It has an earthy element and overall the smell is very good and not too strong or too weak. Smell complements the taste exceptionally.

T - Taste is really where this beer won me over. The honey addition makes a perfect complement to the brown ale flavors. It is brewed for Back Forty by Lazy Magnolia and has some influences of the Pecan Lazy Magnolia. If you get a chance try it.

MF - Medium bodied with light carbonation
D - Great beer, I get it when I can

This is an excellent beer from a very small brewery. The added honey makes a unique twist that is characteristic to the beer. It is hard to find, but if you see it you need to try it. (1,019 characters)

Photo of TRAMZ
4.16/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

If you enjoy brown ales, this is an Alabama special. I find it very hard to believe that "Brown" by Good People is so highly acclaimed, when I much prefer the Truck Stop Honey Brown. Give it a try, I guarantee, you'll enjoy. It's tough to find, so don't hesitate if the opportunity presents. (291 characters)

Photo of AgentMunky
4.1/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pilsner glass.

A: A nice, glowing-warm reddish-brown. Lots of bubbles; thin but creamy head. Some lacing.

S: Honey definitely comes through on top of beerier malty notes.

T: Wow, this is way different than I anticipated. It's really quite hoppy for a brown ale, with sweet honey acting as the balancing influence. The aftertaste ends up hoppier than sweet. The combination is strange, but actually quite compelling.

M: The honey/hoppy combo plays out in the mouthfeel as well; it's quite engaging.

D: I would drink this beer a lot. It's easy sipping, interesting drinking, and goes down swell. Would buy again; recommended. (665 characters)

Photo of JayS2629
4.08/5  rDev +16.6%
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. (461 characters)

Photo of Pyroglyph
3.99/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Not very hoppy at all. Introduction is light and energetic, though not much linger. The finish is somewhat stronger where smokey notes play mid-tongue. The honey is downplayed which is good, I was expecting the sweetness to overpower the palette. The stark bubble works well with the light, almost crispness. (308 characters)

Photo of reeverbythespeak
3.98/5  rDev +13.7%
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! (475 characters)

Photo of godlessape
3.96/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Had this in an Imperial pint glass. The body has an ice tea color to it and the head is small but creamy and never takes leave.



The aroma is gentle on the nose with it's dark bready, malty overtones coming through over the biscuit and molasses undertones.



The flavor has a smooth, mellow, roasty malt character to it with a faint nuttiness. The hop bitterness is moderate but it is here none the less.



The carbonation is smoooth and dreamy. I can imagine sitting in a British pub sipping on this ale pint after pint all night long and never growing tired of it because it fits the mood and the setting so well.



Overall I'm glad I tried it and I would definitely recommend. (688 characters)

Photo of daliandragon
3.92/5  rDev +12%
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. (549 characters)

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.84/5  rDev +9.7%
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! (882 characters)

Photo of sommersb
3.83/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tasted On: 09-04-2012
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Schooner
Purchased: Single from Liquor Express, Huntsville AL

A: Nice head of tan sits on the clear, brown beer. Lacing on my glass is good. The head shows a fair amount of retention.

S: Pleasant malt aromas plus nuts and molasses makes for sweet smells.

T/M: Medium amount of carbonation and an average body. Taste is nice combination of bready malts, caramel, and nuts, for a sweet overall presence. Some earthy hop flavors are there as well. Finish is slightly sweet, but just enough and not too much.

O: Very enjoyable brown ale here, although I'd categorize it as an English version. I could see this being my go-to beer if it was available in my area. Recommended. (772 characters)

Photo of Pantyologist
3.8/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a six'er from the piggy wiggly in Anniston, AL . Poured into a tulip. Good brown / redish color with decent head. You can smell light hints of honey and malt. Taste pretty darn good. Im a fan of brown ales and I think brewing this one with honey was a great addition. The carbonation is on point and has a great mouthfeel. The taste of honey is present all throughout the entire experience. Way to go Back Forty !! An overall great brewery from Gadsen, AL (465 characters)

Photo of EgadBananas
3.69/5  rDev +5.4%
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. (583 characters)

Photo of Chickenhawk9932
3.67/5  rDev +4.9%
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. (331 characters)

Photo of Jacurdy60
3.65/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A-Pours a golden brown color with a one finger yellow-cream colored head. Decent retention. Foam coats the entire glass as I sip and leaves a small latticework. The color isn't as brown as I'd like it to be

S-A sweet, honey smell is very pronounced at the front of the nose as it fades into an earthy, hop smell at the back. The sweet malt is overpowering albeit in a good way and it balances well with the earthy hops in the back. A very nice smelling brew.

T-The sweetness makes a brief presence on the palate, but fades very quickly. Bitter, malted hops take center stage once the sweet honey fades quickly

MF-Carbonated and not as rich as I'd like it to be

O-A good brown ale. Definitely the best one brewed in Alabama. Try it, you won't be disappointed. (762 characters)

Photo of woosterbill
3.65/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into a Duvel tulip. Thanks to my dad for giving me this as a whim on top of some Good People cans.

A: Clear chestnut body under two fingers of fine light-tan head that settle into a thin cap and leave a decent amount of lace. Just fine.

S: Malt-forward, with a pleasant (albeit rather unexciting) mixture of nutty, bready, and sugary notes. Enjoyable, but a bit thin.

T: A bit richer here, but still the same straightforward malt flavors: nuttiness, breadiness, and some pleasantly caramelized sugar. Honey per se isn't really noticeable, but the overall impression is certainly on the sweet side for the style. Pretty good.

M: A bit thin and fizzy, but pleasant enough.

O: While I'm not crazy about this beer, and much prefer Good People Brown Ale, I think this is just about exactly what the brewers were going for: a sweet, light-bodied, easy-drinking, Brown. Now that I think about it, it's arguably the better version of the style to drink in Alabama, so bear that in mind.

Cheers! (1,004 characters)

Photo of glid02
3.62/5  rDev +3.4%
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. (566 characters)

Photo of gford217
3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Hopjacks in Mobile.

Pours a deep, hazy amber brown with a thick creamy beige head that recedes to a hefty collar and swirl on the top.

Aroma is subtle with some sweet caramel malts and faint fruity sweetness.

Taste has a bit more kick to it with some floral hops joining the sweet malty backbone.

Tingly carbonated feel. Medium to light body and very drinkable.

Not all that complex but not a bad brown ale. Not nearly as sweet as I was expecting. (462 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.56/5  rDev +1.7%
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. (404 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.56/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle - $1.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Bottled on: 08/26/2013.

Appearance: Pours a light brown body, good clarity, with a small, short-lived, white head.

Smell: Toasted breadcrusts licked with light-colored caramel and honey with cooked fruit compote and faintest, merest hint of hops.

Taste: Sweetish taste of toasted malts, with a caramel bent, and, perhaps, some perceived honey. Lightly estery, with hints of golden raisin, apple. Very restrained hop profile with a low, low bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: It's definitely a light, easy-drinking brown ale. I'm down for that, but, anyone looking for high hopping or a thicker, heavier brown might do best to look elsewhere. (750 characters)

Photo of SuperSpy
3.55/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pale brown. A little hazy. Looks a lot like iced tea. The head is fairly weak. Once again this looks like iced tea.

S - Sweet roasted malts. A distinct nutty character. The aroma is very good.

T/M - A bit watery, but the flavor is similar to the aroma. Nutty and sweet. Roasted malt, a little cocoa and a very well balanced finish.

D - Overall a pretty good brown ale. The flavor is good and it goes down smooth, but it could look a bit better and I would prefer if it weren't so light bodied. (502 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.55/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

this is better than its ratings, but maybe im partial or feel nostalgic or overly stoked because this is (im pretty darn sure) my first beer from the curious state of alabama! cool! a decent brown ale, sure maybe its a bit thin in grain character for the style, but the english ale yeast is nice and the honey works really well. its vibrant and sweet and floral in the nose, adds a richness to a light beer, and brings the abv up just enough. it looks nice, albeit a bit light, but it holds its tan head well, and the nose presents chocolate malt and a nuttiness that makes me think almond. the honey goes great with that, and its a cool mix of textures and flavors overall. carbonation is high and its almost refreshing with how light the body is. a clean finish with just a little of the english yeast character. well made, maybe boost up the dark grain a touch, but i could drink a ton of these. (898 characters)

Photo of Redrover
3.54/5  rDev +1.1%
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. (446 characters)

Photo of Tyler_Sly
3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
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. (577 characters)

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Truck Stop Honey Brown Ale from Back Forty Beer Co.
80 out of 100 based on 51 ratings.