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Truck Stop Honey Brown Ale - Back Forty Beer Co.

Truck Stop Honey Brown AleTruck Stop Honey Brown Ale

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Ratings: 135
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 12.78%

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:
Hops: Magnum and Willamette
Malts: Honey malt, Crystall malt and Chocolate malt
Honey: Alabama Wildflower (Mobile, AL)

(Beer added by: reeverbythespeak on 05-03-2010)
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Photo of EagleTalon


2.99/5  rDev -15.1%
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!

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2014 23:01:48 | More by EagleTalon
Photo of JeanDuteau

Alberta (Canada)

3.03/5  rDev -13.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2013 22:06:16 | More by JeanDuteau
Photo of biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.45/5  rDev -2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2013 01:30:16 | More by biboergosum
Photo of BryanCarey


3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Truck Stop Honey Brown Ale pours from the bottle to a hue similar to that of tea, but with slightly more orange/golden accents. The body of this beer is perfectly clear and the foam level is moderate to low, falling apart rather quickly. The nose is one of honey, graham crackers, and lightly roasted malt and is quite nice.

Moving to the taste, Truck Stop Honey Brown Ale is a sweet beer up front and the taste of honey is apparent. But it gives way to other flavors like caramel, toasted malt, and toffee. I could taste some nuts as well, although it took some concentration to find them.

Truck Stop Honey Brown Ale is a decent representation of the English Brown Ale style, but consumers should know that it is not a robust brown ale. If that is what you want, then you should look elsewhere, for this beer is a little on the lighter side. However, it is not watery and has enough good qualities going for it to warrant a sample. It is much like other Back 40 beer products: Nothing amazing, but imminently drinkable and with enough good points to recommend.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2013 04:04:12 | More by BryanCarey
Photo of ChainGangGuy


3.56/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2013 21:08:42 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of twiggamortis420


3.81/5  rDev +8.2%
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!

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2013 00:00:42 | More by twiggamortis420
Photo of Rbroccoli


3.29/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2013 19:53:46 | More by Rbroccoli
Photo of woosterbill


3.66/5  rDev +4%
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.


Serving type: bottle

07-27-2013 01:08:26 | More by woosterbill
Photo of chinchill

South Carolina

3.56/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2013 16:18:28 | More by chinchill
Photo of godlessape


3.99/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2013 01:38:52 | More by godlessape
Photo of maleman


4.44/5  rDev +26.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2013 22:52:45 | More by maleman
Photo of TRAMZ


4.14/5  rDev +17.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2013 00:23:55 | More by TRAMZ
Photo of Jacurdy60


3.6/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2013 02:52:53 | More by Jacurdy60
Photo of daliandragon

North Carolina

3.93/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2012 03:17:19 | More by daliandragon
Photo of Mojo


3.2/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2012 03:21:23 | More by Mojo
Photo of sommersb


3.85/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2012 00:11:29 | More by sommersb
Photo of brewskifan55


3.45/5  rDev -2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2012 23:46:55 | More by brewskifan55
Photo of Pantyologist


3.83/5  rDev +8.8%
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

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2012 22:09:48 | More by Pantyologist
Photo of Nerudamann


3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2012 03:28:29 | More by Nerudamann
Photo of Georgiabeer


3/5  rDev -14.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2011 18:44:18 | More by Georgiabeer
Photo of nrbw23


3.1/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2011 10:37:46 | More by nrbw23
Photo of drabmuh


3.28/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2011 04:07:13 | More by drabmuh
Photo of JayS2629


4.08/5  rDev +15.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2011 23:23:25 | More by JayS2629
Photo of SuperSpy


3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2011 01:18:40 | More by SuperSpy
Photo of Domingo


3.38/5  rDev -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.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2011 01:27:08 | More by Domingo
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Truck Stop Honey Brown Ale from Back Forty Beer Co.
80 out of 100 based on 135 ratings.