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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Reviews: 51
Hads: 225
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 14%
Wants: 7
Gots: 47 | FT: 1
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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 godlessape
3.96/5  rDev +13.1%
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. (688 characters)

Photo of maleman
4.43/5  rDev +26.6%
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. (417 characters)

Photo of TRAMZ
4.16/5  rDev +18.9%
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. (291 characters)

Photo of Jacurdy60
3.65/5  rDev +4.3%
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. (762 characters)

Photo of daliandragon
3.92/5  rDev +12%
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. (549 characters)

Photo of Mojo
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%
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. (363 characters)

Photo of sommersb
3.83/5  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. (772 characters)

Photo of brewskifan55
3.45/5  rDev -1.4%
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. (568 characters)

Photo of Pantyologist
3.8/5  rDev +8.6%
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 (465 characters)

Photo of Nerudamann
3.5/5  rDev 0%
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. (520 characters)

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. (619 characters)

Photo of glid02
3.62/5  rDev +3.4%
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. (566 characters)

Photo of nrbw23
3.11/5  rDev -11.1%
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. (462 characters)

Photo of Bamabrew22
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%
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. (536 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
3.3/5  rDev -5.7%
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. (467 characters)

Photo of JayS2629
4.08/5  rDev +16.6%
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. (461 characters)

Photo of mklinger
3/5  rDev -14.3%
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. (571 characters)

Photo of SuperSpy
3.55/5  rDev +1.4%
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. (502 characters)

Photo of Domingo
3.44/5  rDev -1.7%
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. (775 characters)

Photo of EgadBananas
3.69/5  rDev +5.4%
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. (583 characters)

Photo of schuyhigh
4.57/5  rDev +30.6%
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! (408 characters)

Photo of gford217
3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
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. (462 characters)

Photo of joepais
3.5/5  rDev 0%
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. (657 characters)

Photo of AgentMunky
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. (665 characters)

Photo of hangh
4.25/5  rDev +21.4%
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. (1,019 characters)

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Truck Stop Honey Brown Ale from Back Forty Beer Co.
80 out of 100 based on 51 ratings.