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Freckle Belly IPA - Back Forty Beer Co.

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Ratings: 135
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 15.86%
Wants: 8
Gots: 18 | 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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Photo of kylehay2004
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a light copper-hued body, fairly clear, with a finger-high stack of white suds.

Smell: Resinous, pithy, cuttingly citrusy top layer of hoppiness over the base of basic, bready malts.

Taste: Pale malts with a bent of breadiness. A quick nibble of crisped sugars before taking the dive into the hops, tasting pithy, citrusy with a spicy, pine-like kick to it. Medium-plus bitterness. Dry, bitter, somewhat citric finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall: A solid, sufficient India Pale Ale.

Photo of biboergosum
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle. I looked up where this is from, and it appears to be quite near a place I just read about in a Charlie Leduff book - coincidence? Probably.

This beer pours a mildly hazy, medium golden amber hue, with two flabby fingers of puffy, densely foamy eggshell white head, which leaves a decent array of layered, descending cloud pattern lace around the glass as it slowly ebbs away.

It smells of sassy orange, grapefruit, and lemon citrus pith, lightly resinous pine needles, bready caramel malt, a touch of dry yeast, and further floral, earthy hops. The taste is more fairly bitter, but somewhat hollow blended citrus and waning pine hop esters, a pastry-tinged biscuity caramel maltiness, a touch of hard water minerality, and an extended perfumed floral essence.

The carbonation is soft, in a frothy sort of manner, the body a steady medium weight, and mostly smooth, the hops lurking about, but not really taking any pound of flesh. It finishes off-dry, the fruitiness of the hops and the lingering malt doing well to make nice with the weakening bitterness.

A pretty agreeable IPA, one bordering on DIPA territory, in theory only, as the flavour and alcohol perception don't quite play out that way. More malty that overly bitter in its bristling hoppiness in the end, which is no big deal - all it means is that I'd be more prone to keep the next one for another day.

Photo of nickfl
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of beernads
2.5/5  rDev -32.8%

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A pretty nice IPA- new to the Atlanta area, so nice and fresh. Pours a honeyed amber with a somewhat short head. Nice aromas of pine and citrus with a somewhat sweet malt base. The taste is similar, with a really nice dose of bitterness that seems equal parts pine and citrus pith, and enough malt to keep everything balanced. My only complaint is that the finish is pretty short- it just drops off after the pleasant start. Overall, though, a very pleasant IPA.

Photo of chinchill
3.1/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of sendbeer
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

Photo of harpus
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of thatoneguymike
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of EgadBananas
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark orange color with a finger of cream colored head. Leaves a small amount of spotty lacing. The aroma is mild, with some slight orange zest and sweet malts. Taste is a big step up. Crisp sharp bitterness with orange and touches of tropical fruit. Sweet malts break things up and add a touch of balance. Feel is lightly crisp, some oiliness, medium carbonation.

Overall, it's a nice, pleasant, drinkable ipa.

Photo of mhaugo
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of jmdrpi
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 WDJersey
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of Lovely85
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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.

Photo of hilgart1
3/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of fredmugs
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Zach136
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of animal69
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of BigBry
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Pint at the Flying Saucer in Nashville.
Pours a light copper orange color, fairly clear, with a finger width of tight, white foam. Head
quickly fades, minimal lace.
Smell of resinous pine, citrusy hops over the base of basic, bready malts.
Taste has a good base of malt, then straight into the hops, citrus, pine. Clean and refreshing.
Dry, bitter, almost lemony finish.
Medium bodied, medium carbonation.
Overall, a solid, easy drinking India Pale Ale.

Photo of thufflife
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Drknight
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of tbryan5
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of dwagner003
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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