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Freckle Belly IPA - Back Forty Beer Co.

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BA SCORE
84
good

135 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 135
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 15.86%
Wants: 8
Gots: 19 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Back Forty Beer Co. visit their website
Alabama, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Shumania on 07-20-2012)
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1/5  rDev -73.1%

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1.5/5  rDev -59.7%

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1.75/5  rDev -53%

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2/5  rDev -46.2%

Photo of BMMillsy
2.43/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle in trade from Burg. Thanks buddy. Pours dark amber red colored with a small off white head. Aroma of straight bready and sweet caramel malts, some toffee, I think they forgot the hops here. Let’s just assume this a session barleywine going into the taste. Flavor is watered down sweetness, not a single hop to be found. Light bodied and low to medium carbonation. Well, Alabama, you have your work cut out for you. No this isn’t offensive or off putting in any way, but there’s nearly no flavor and certainly no hops here. (Note: this was bottles 6/26/14 and poured 8/7/14 so it’s not as if this is way out of date or even close). Imagine what your mash would taste like when brewing, pour it in a bottle, and call it Freckle Belly. I’ve got to note that seeing the other ratings makes me think there is severe bottle variation on this one. A fun tick as usual and hope to try again on tap, as I hear it is worlds different. Hey, if this was listed as an English IPA, it might get a better rating from me. Alas, it seems very clearly meant to be an American IPA, which it misses on by a good mile or so. Again, not offensive or bad, just nothing much going on here.

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2.5/5  rDev -32.8%

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2.5/5  rDev -32.8%

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2.64/5  rDev -29%

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2.75/5  rDev -26.1%

Photo of Cavanaghty
3/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Amber with almost no head and no carbonation.

Smell: Mild smell of hops and citrus.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth medium bodied. Taste was mostly bitter, but it is a mild tasting IPA.

Overall: Not horrible, good for a beginner to IPAs to ease into them.

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3/5  rDev -19.4%

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3/5  rDev -19.4%

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3/5  rDev -19.4%

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3/5  rDev -19.4%

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3/5  rDev -19.4%

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3.1/5  rDev -16.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

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3.3/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

22 oz bottle, Best By: 10/1/13 stamped on label.

Copper color, nice thick foamy off white head, good lacing. Aroma is on the milder side for an IPA. Earthy notes. Taste is well balanced, biscuity malt and hop forward finish and lingering taste. Pleasant flavors. Medium body and carbonation.

I think this was was first beer from Alabama, although while visiting Georgia.

Photo of Mojo
3.4/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a hazy burnt copper with a one finger off white head and extensive, elaborate lacing. Smell is very citrus and some malt. Mouthfeel is just about perfect accented by the carbonation. Taste is a pretty much grapefruit and hops with the hops overpowering the sweetness up front. I'd like the malt to be a little more prominent so as to balance this out a little better. Nonetheless I enjoyed this offering.

Photo of Shumania
3.43/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bottle at the whole foods in Birmingham. Interesting that this is the first review. Poured into a small glass in the hotel room.

A: pretty copper orange with a small head and good carbonation.

S: citrus and grassy pine. Nice but not overwhelming.

T: good citrus flavors on the front followed by a strong malt backbone.

M: good carbonation, abv is hidden well and fairly easy to drink.

Overall this is a nice IPA. Nothing that will wow you but is solid and I would be happy to drink a couple of these in a night.

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Freckle Belly IPA from Back Forty Beer Co.
84 out of 100 based on 135 ratings.