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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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52 Reviews
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Reviews: 52
Hads: 240
Avg: 3.49
pDev: 30.37%
Wants: 9
Gots: 57 | 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 brewcnc
1.75/5  rDev -49.9%

A - diacetyl is quite heavy and disturbing. Some sweet honey aromas sneak through as well as some biscuity notes.
V- deep amber color that is crystal clear and the two finger head that originally was poured discipated quickly into a thin, non-persistant white head.
F - as in the aroma the diacetyl slickness is quite noticeable and overtakes almost every aspect of this beer. It comes close to being cloyingly sweet with virtually no hope character at all. Some toastiness lingers in with the malt which is it's only saving grace.
M - medium-light body with very little residual carbonation. The buttery slickness from the diacetyl coats the entire inside of the mouth.
O - I must have gotten a bad batch based on previous comments but it was a pure butter bomb. I struggled through 3/4 of a PBR before I couldn't take it any more.

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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..

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Photo of TX-Badger
2.5/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear light brown color with off-white head. Caramel malt and a weird floral note on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes sweet and floral.

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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!

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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'.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours more of very dark amber than brown, with a fairly creamy off-white head that fades after a few minutes. Lightly hoppy in the nose, with some herbal notes. A touch of sour graininess, and a a very, very light roasty note, end with a bit of honeyed sweetness. Not a very robust brown. The taste is similar, with not enough body or roastiness, but a thin slightly sour graininess and some late sweetness substituting for those flavors. A slight herbal hoppiness helps things a bit. Too thin, too sour, not enough bite, or lacking that, roastiness. Even some honest maltiness would be welcome here. Fairly pedestrian.

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Photo of mklinger
3/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ordered a pint at Baumhower's Wings U. Light brown color verging on amber. Thin head that left a little lacing.

Aroma was slightly roasty & biscuity. Nothing going on in the hops department. Nothing off or unusual either, though. No honey detectable in the aroma, no real sweetness here either.

Clean tasting beer with a nutty, slight roastiness to it. Just a hint of caramel sweetness in the flavor and a bit of bitterness making it a nicely balanced brown ale. Not a ton of unique character, and no trace of honey, but a drinkable brown ale that could be sessionable.

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Photo of JeanDuteau
3.02/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

It pours out amber but there is no head to speak of and what is there disappears quickly. I got a sniff of citrus but not much else. The taste is nothing special but it does drink well on the palate - medium with an upfront fizz that is not too long. I couldn't taste the honey anywhere except maybe in the smell.

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Photo of nrbw23
3.11/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a clear, strong copper color with a nice foamy head. Head becomes a cap and leaves some nice lacing.

S- The overall smell of this brew is pretty light. A bit sweet, bready and a touch of nuts.

T- Follows the nose pretty well and again is pretty light. Slight roasted malts here, with toffee, nuts and a bit of sweetness.

M- Pretty light in body almost watery and quite a bit of carbonation going on here.

O- Fairly easy to drink and kind of boring.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.3/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a DFH snifter. Beer is brown and mostly clear with a thin off white head that has a little retention, no lacing, low carbonation.

Aroma is weak but mildly sweet with some nuttiness.

Beer is thin and mildly sweet with a toffee like finish to it. A little cidery, mildly bitter the more I drink, the second was better than the first the third was the same as the second. Overall, it's light and easy drinking. Nothing to see here though, an average brown.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of Domingo
3.44/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Brought this back from my last trip to AL. Pours a pale brown color, pretty light for the style. Almost amber-like.
I really like the smell! Rich chocolatey malts, roasted nuts, and sweet honey.
The taste is a bit of a letdown, though. Pretty mild standard brown ale. The malts are somewhat mild and some sips are a little metallic. Not bad, but not noteworthy.
Pretty easy drinking and quaffable...except those random metallic notes here and there.
With some tweaks this could be a fine beer. Right now it's okay, but it has potential to be more.
I guess this is being brewed by Lazy Magnolia at the moment, so perhaps they'll tweak the recipe a bit if/when they end up brewing in B'Ham. Also, while I like LM's beers, consistency hasn't exactly been one of their hallmarks.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of brewskifan55
3.45/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass. The wife saved me one from an afternoon with her lady friend.

A: Clear orange/amber with a tan one finger head that quickly dissipates. Leaves a foam ring around the glass.

S: Malts, honey, leather, cloves.

T: Smooth; light malts and honey blend for a good sessionable taste. Slight hop finish. Not much body.

M: Light with medium carbonation. Almost watery.

O: I was expecting more from a brown ale. This tastes more like a weak American brown. The honey gives it a rich, smooth feel. But I wish there was more to it.

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Photo of Cylinsier
3.48/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5


Pours a clear maple golden brown, white sudsy lacing for a head.

Maple, honey, and biscuit all come through in the aroma with a slight woody undertone.

Flavor of bready malts with a bit of honey, a little papery, and a woody finish.

Medium body with a sting of carbonation on the tongue.

Fairly good brown ale, easy to drink, a bit bland on the flavor. Nothing bad but not especially memorable.

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Photo of joepais
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Kirkpjr for sending this out in the under 100 BIF. I poured it into a Sam Adams glass and was greeted with two fingers worth of off white head that trails off to a thin sheet of lace. The body of the brew is clear brown.

The aroma is sweet and bready malts and yeast . The flavors mimic the nose but with a light hop bitter finish. That kind of thru me seeing this was a honey brown. I thought it would be sweeter and show more of the honey in the flavor department. It had a medium feel in my mouth with good carbonation.

Overall I liked the brew and it was an easy brown ale to drink but... It did come off as a rather average brown ale to me.

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Photo of Roxie_B
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Amber brown, very transparent minimal head quickly wears down to a thin collar. Tiny pinprick bubbles
Smell: Very subdued smell. Biscuit-y and earthy with a mild nuttiness.
Taste: Diacetyl butteriness , slight honey taste and a bit more nuttiness. Mild. Lactic aftertaste.
Mouth Feel: Smooth with little carbonation. Subtle.
Overall: Not spectacular but drinkable enough.

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Photo of Nerudamann
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a mason jar (I didn't have access to a pint glass...)

Look - amber/red in color, clear, with good carbonation and about half a finger's worth of foam.

Smell - somewhat hoppy in aroma, with a hint of roasted malts and grains, and of course a sweeter smell like honey.

Taste - interesting musky taste from the beginning, but it's not an overwhelming musky taste.

Mouthfeel - pretty well-balanced, but leans a little more on the watery side.

Overall - not a bad brew, and fairly interesting.

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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.

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Truck Stop Honey Brown Ale from Back Forty Beer Co.
80 out of 100 based on 52 ratings.