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Truck Stop Honey Brown Ale - Back Forty Beer Co.

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181 Ratings
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Ratings: 181
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 14%
Wants: 3
Gots: 19 | FT: 0
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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3.5/5  rDev 0%

metter98, May 13, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev 0%

GRG1313, Apr 10, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev 0%

kylehay2004, Jul 03, 2013
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.

ChainGangGuy, Sep 22, 2013
Photo of biboergosum
3.45/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

biboergosum, Dec 11, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

nickfl, May 11, 2012
Photo of drabmuh
3.28/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

drabmuh, Apr 20, 2011
Photo of Georgiabeer
3/5  rDev -14.3%
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.

Georgiabeer, Oct 23, 2011
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.

chinchill, Apr 28, 2013
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1.75/5  rDev -50%

sendbeer, Apr 21, 2014
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3/5  rDev -14.3%

rolltide8425, Jul 11, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

harpus, Oct 15, 2012
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3.6/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

glid02, Jul 04, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev 0%

tobelerone, Jan 08, 2013
Photo of WoodBrew
3.45/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

WoodBrew, May 01, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev 0%

Boone757, Dec 30, 2013
Photo of twiggamortis420
3.81/5  rDev +8.9%
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!

twiggamortis420, Aug 09, 2013
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3.6/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

gford217, Nov 26, 2010
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3.66/5  rDev +4.6%
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!

woosterbill, Jul 27, 2013
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3.68/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

EgadBananas, Jan 23, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev 0%

thatoneguymike, Sep 25, 2012
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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.

AgentMunky, Sep 02, 2010
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3.5/5  rDev 0%

IdrinkGas, Mar 20, 2014
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4/5  rDev +14.3%

WDJersey, Apr 13, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev 0%

Lovely85, Mar 06, 2013
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Truck Stop Honey Brown Ale from Back Forty Beer Co.
80 out of 100 based on 181 ratings.