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Truck Stop Honey Brown Ale - Back Forty Beer Co.

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Reviews: 52
Hads: 238
Avg: 3.48
pDev: 30.46%
Wants: 9
Gots: 54 | 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 StonedTrippin
3.55/5  rDev +2%
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.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.45/5  rDev -0.9%
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 ChainGangGuy
3.56/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of chinchill
3.56/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.3/5  rDev -5.2%
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 Georgiabeer
3/5  rDev -13.8%
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.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.45/5  rDev -0.9%
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 tone77
3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Photo of glid02
3.62/5  rDev +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.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.84/5  rDev +10.3%
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!

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.1/5  rDev +17.8%
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.

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Photo of TX-Badger
2.5/5  rDev -28.2%
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 gford217
3.58/5  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.

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Photo of woosterbill
3.65/5  rDev +4.9%
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.


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Photo of EgadBananas
3.69/5  rDev +6%
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.

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Photo of Redrover
3.54/5  rDev +1.7%
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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Photo of nrbw23
3.11/5  rDev -10.6%
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 -8.3%
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 ONovoMexicano
3.4/5  rDev -2.3%
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 Cylinsier
3.48/5  rDev 0%
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 daliandragon
3.92/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

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Photo of JayS2629
4.08/5  rDev +17.2%
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.

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Photo of Domingo
3.44/5  rDev -1.1%
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 EagleTalon
2.98/5  rDev -14.4%
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 brewskifan55
3.45/5  rDev -0.9%
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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Truck Stop Honey Brown Ale from Back Forty Beer Co.
80 out of 100 based on 52 ratings.