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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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Ratings: 176
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 13.96%
Wants: 3
Gots: 17 | 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 -0.3%

olbubba, Apr 27, 2012
Photo of Pantyologist
3.83/5  rDev +9.1%
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

Pantyologist, Apr 24, 2012
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.

Nerudamann, Apr 23, 2012
Photo of jmbraxton
3/5  rDev -14.5%

jmbraxton, Apr 03, 2012
Photo of mlhenson
4/5  rDev +14%

mlhenson, Apr 01, 2012
Photo of MoDunc
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

MoDunc, Mar 05, 2012
Photo of Ober
4/5  rDev +14%

Ober, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of freduardo
3/5  rDev -14.5%

freduardo, Feb 15, 2012
Photo of LJWalker
3/5  rDev -14.5%

LJWalker, Feb 08, 2012
Photo of CrazyOtto623
5/5  rDev +42.5%

CrazyOtto623, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of Georgiabeer
3/5  rDev -14.5%
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 glid02
3.6/5  rDev +2.6%
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
Photo of nrbw23
3.1/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

nrbw23, Jun 24, 2011
Photo of Bamabrew22
3.28/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

Bamabrew22, May 12, 2011
Photo of drabmuh
3.28/5  rDev -6.6%
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 JayS2629
4.08/5  rDev +16.2%
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.

JayS2629, Apr 16, 2011
Photo of mklinger
3/5  rDev -14.5%
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.

mklinger, Feb 14, 2011
Photo of SuperSpy
3.53/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

SuperSpy, Feb 01, 2011
Photo of Domingo
3.38/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

Domingo, Jan 28, 2011
Photo of EgadBananas
3.68/5  rDev +4.8%
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
Photo of schuyhigh
4.58/5  rDev +30.5%
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!

schuyhigh, Dec 01, 2010
Photo of gford217
3.6/5  rDev +2.6%
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
Photo of joepais
3.53/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

joepais, Oct 24, 2010
Photo of AgentMunky
4.1/5  rDev +16.8%
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.

AgentMunky, Sep 02, 2010
Photo of hangh
4.28/5  rDev +21.9%
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.

hangh, Jun 27, 2010
Truck Stop Honey Brown Ale from Back Forty Beer Co.
80 out of 100 based on 176 ratings.