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Naked Pig Pale Ale | Back Forty Beer Co.

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Naked Pig Pale AleNaked Pig Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Back Forty Beer Co.
Alabama, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Hops: Simcoe and Cascade
IBU: 34
Malts: Two Row and Munich

Added by jbone78 on 01-10-2010

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Reviews: 52 | Ratings: 273
Photo of Mitchmoore12
3.74/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured a left a one inch off white head. Smelled very very malty and tasted the same. It was almost sweet, I think that is partly due to the fact the bottle I had was over six months old. Left no lacing at all sadly. It was pretty good, and I'm sure would have been better a little fresher.

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Photo of weaselface89
3.72/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy yellowish orange. Creamy white head and little floats that settle at the bottom of the glass after a few minutes. Smells hoppy but not extremely. Smells like oranges and malted barley. Tastes very similar with a great balance. I could drink this with some BBQ. Medium body and carbonation. Give this one a try

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Photo of atkinsjeff
2.68/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Picked it up while at the grocery store while staying in Tuscaloosa. Kind of disappointed in it. Store only had two local brews and this was the most expensive--not necessarily a sign of quality, but in a pinch and with a solid review on here I figured I'd give it a go. Not for me. Kind of bland, not a lot of flavor. Expected it to be more bitter than it was. Not a great profile.

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Photo of DuffDaddy
2/5  rDev -43.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Not so much for me, to IPAish - part of a flight at the brewery with Bro and Bob on the way to Cheaha State Park in Alabama. Carrie the production manager opened early for us to taste and tour.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.49/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My backlog is such that I CAN't tell you where this one came from. It may have been Uncle JedI or someone else. I don't know, but I thank whoever got it for me.

From the CAN: "Craft Brewed Liquid Folk Art"; "Recommended Food Pairings [depictions of ham, steak and pizza]"; "This medium-bodied Ameri[CAN] Pale Ale is delightfully crisp and hand crafted. The Munich malts provide a perfect balance to the five fresh hop additions that go into every batch. Smooth enough for any craft beer newcomer, yet complex enough for even the most discerning [CAN]noisseur. SO, GET NAKED AND ENJOY!"

I Crack!ed it open and CANducted a gentle Glug due to its age. I still got a finger of foamy, bone-white head with moderate retention from it. Color was a slightly hazy Amber (SRM = > 7, < 9). Nose had a grassiness underlain with a biscuit maltiness. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was initially citrusy, like sweet mandarin oranges, but as the biscuit maltiness kicked in, it became more like a liquid muffin. It was certainly tasty and the finish was semi-dry. It is like I remarked in an earlier review of the same APA style - it was not knock your socks off in terms of its hoppiness, but I find that to be a pleasant change of pace. I probably would not want a steady diet of this Pig, but it was a nice enough beer.

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Photo of jkrich
3.43/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a freshness dated can: slightly hazy, deep golden-orange with a foamy white head. Some floating sediment observed.

There was a faint, sweet and fruity aroma that was short-lived.

According to the freshness date stamped on the bottom of can, my ale was several months old. I believe the ale did suffer some from the age. The ale did maintain an initial refreshing and zesty flavor but the aftertaste was slightly stale. The ale has a delicious, mango flavor and a nice solid malt backbone. The flavors are fleeting as the odd, stale aftertaste takes over.

This medium bodied ale has a soft, rounded mouth feel with moderate carbonation. The mild, fruity flavor profile does linger on the palate.

I am going to seek out a fresher six pack as I am sure this ale is much better fresh. It is hard to believe this is a 6% ABV ale as it is very quaffable. My joy at trying my first "Alabama" beer was tempered somewhat when I discovered it was brewed and canned in Sterling, Virginia.

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Photo of CIBoy10
3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look - pours a nice orangey amber, great head retention.

Smell - malty with slight traces of citrus hops.

Taste - slight hop bitterness, and bread. Overly balanced if you ask me. For other styles I'd really like this but found myself wishing for more hops since it's a pale.

Feel - smooth and highly drinkable. Would be great as a session beer.

Overall - wanted a bit more in the hop profile but solid none the less.

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Photo of NUtwist
4.21/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is a light beer with an aroma hint of floral and fruit. Just enough hop for a good flavor. Balanced throughout. Like Lays potato chips, can't drink just one.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.58/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Six pack marked 18 Aug 14 at 40 degrees into snifter
Aroma of fruity hops
Head average (3.5 cm, aggressive pour), off white, frothy, rapidly diminishing to 2 mm ring and broken layer
Lacing poor – rare island of small bubbles
Body light orange, clear, effervescent
Flavor slightly fruity and somewhat bitter with some maltiness present; no alcohol and no diacetyl
Palate medium, watery, soft carbonation

Appearance 3.75, Aroma 3.75, Flavor 3.5, Palate 3.5, Overall 3.5

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Photo of ordybill
4.35/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass at the TacoMac in Douglasville, GA. The beer has a pale yellow color with a really great aroma. The flavor brings a slight citrus flavor with a little bit of hoppiness. I really like this beer and I recommend that you try it if you can find it.

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Photo of ONUMello
3.3/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Light orange with a 1/2-finger head
S: A mixed bag of grain, fresh bread and a light hop note
T: Grain and a hint of hops. Clean but no complexity
M: Light bodied, crisp
O: I could easily knock back a few of these on a hot day. Probably perfect for Alabama but overall that comes at the cost of lacking much complexity. Needs the hops to strut their stuff a bit more

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Photo of BadmouthBrews
3/5  rDev -14.8%

Not a bad pale ale at all, my only concern is that on the can, it says brewed and canned by beltway brewing company...so technically back forty didn't brew it. Ghost brewing...

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Photo of jman42
2.92/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A - Pale orange color. Crystal clear. Minimal head and lacing

S - Mild - almost bland. Certainly not the hoppiness that you would expect from a pale ale

T - Slight hints of citrus - about the only pale ale characteristic of this beer

M - Decent mouthfeel. No bitter after taste

O - Seems more like a lager to me (except with the hints of citrus), but went down well on a hot sunny day on the beach

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.13/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Bottle in trade with Burg. Thanks man! Pours clear golden with a half finger white head. Aroma much like a pils surprisingly (until I heard that they used German malts here, then it made sense) with some hay, light fruity hops, a bit of caramel. Not bad smelling. Flavor is OK with light hay and hops and a definite German influence here. A bit more caramel tones than a pils, though the flavor is a bit watered down like with their IPA, both of which seemed to be going on the session strength direction rather than the flavor direction. Light bodied with low to medium carbonation for the style. Not bad. Maybe a gateway beer for some to the good stuff.

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Photo of Stevenmann57
3.79/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This is a pretty good beer for the most part. I think it goes better with food though because for some reason everytime I have this beer by myself, I want to have something to eat with it. I often jokingly call it "high quality Alabama bud light platnium" because it's as strong as a bud light platnium but it taste significantly better although it's a medium bodied beer as oppose to being a light beer. I love the aroma this beer has for some reason. I often wonder if this would be a good beer to cook with because of the smell and it's not too heavy or too light which is what I like in a beer when using it as an ingredient. However my biggest complaint with this beer is the price. At $11 or so dollars a 6-pack, this is definitely not my to go to beer. You can get a 6-pack of Sierra nevadas that taste just as good if not better for $8.99 and this is not a good first choice of a beer for those on a budget. However this is a good choice of beer if you got a little bit of extra cash to burn and your having a pizza with a small group of friends.

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Photo of BrettMRogers
3.87/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The beer looked pretty good but the aroma was amazing. The taste was not what I anticipated after experiencing the pleasant aroma. Overall, the experience was good, I'd definitely order it again. Pale ales are my favorite but the flavor wasn't as evident as the taste.

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Photo of Cavanaghty
3.67/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Thank you shan8454 for this brew in trade.

Appearance: Golden amber with a thin white head. Lots of carbonation, and mild lacing on the glass.

Smell: Hops, Pine and citrus.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth medium bodied. Taste of bitter hops/pine and citrus.

Overall: Good brew, glad I could try this one.

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Photo of BryanCarey
3.26/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Light amber/golden in color with a faint aroma of light malt and pine, Back Forty Naked Pig Pale Ale is a crystal clear beer that produces a decent level of foam that lasts about a minute. It eventually settles into a thin white layer and leaves little or no lacing.

This beer tastes about the way I expected based on appearance: Lighter than average and very clean, with flavors of biscuit malt, pine, caramel, and bread. There is some fruit in there as well, but it is more pear- like than citrus and isn’t as dominant as the other taste components.

Naked Pig is an easy- going, basic pale ale that is acceptable enough that most anyone who tries it will like it. The beer is non- assertive and lighter than most, but not so light as to taste watery. There is just enough going on here to satisfy the palate but not enough going on to make it a standout in its class.

This pale ale is crisp, clean, and agreeable overall and while I don’t rank it among my all- time favs, it is good enough for a try.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.9/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. My first Alabaman beer, a state tick that I thought I'd have to trade or travel for - I guess not with Alberta's adventurous importers - thanks, Christian!

This beer pours a slightly hazy, bright medium golden amber hue, with one fat finger of wanly puffy, loosely foamy, and rather bubbly off-white head, which leaves a decent array of curvy mountain stream lace around the glass as things drop away.

It smells of grainy, bready, and moderately pastry-like pale malt, a bit of nutty biscuit, and earthy, leafy, and lightly piney hops. The taste is biscuity caramel malt, a certain, hard to pin down oily nuttiness, a pithy pine astringency, hints of earthy yeast, and leafy, weedy hops.

The carbonation is a bit edgy at first, but settles to a dull edge soon enough, the body a sturdy medium weight, and mostly smooth, with even a minor touch of creaminess. It finishes off-dry, the caramel malt still sort of beholden to the crispy biscuity character, while leafy, piney hops mill about, shuffling their feet.

A fairly enjoyable APA, with strong ESB leanings - not a bad thing in my book. A sassy offering, worthy of a few rounds, iterations, or trips back to the fridge, and nice to see coming out of the deep south.

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Photo of phideltashaggy
4.28/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a standard pint glass.

A- Lighter than I was expecting, a darkish yellow, almost amber, with a fluffy white head that dissipated after about a minute. Not much lacing.

S- Only a little malty smell, and some grass and piney hops on the nose.

T- EXTREMELY well balanced between some malt taste, citrus and piney hops, and a nice bitterness on the back-end.

MF- Good mouthfeel, thicker than most beers of this color, but light enough to be a nice thirst-quencher in the summer.

Overall, this is a perfect example of a summer APA, for me. Doesn't do anything crazy, but is completely solid in all regards and is a perfect cookout brew.

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Photo of lostinfla
3.74/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured ice cold into a Sam Adams glass. Nice bright white 2" head.
Almost clear bright yellow orange color and good carbonation.
Smell was lightly piney and slightly citrusy, with a medium bite at the end.
Smooth and medium bodied. Defintiely improved as the beer warmed up.
I'd have another!

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Photo of estlinska
3.57/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle to a standard shaker. With a vigorous pour this beer produces a fairly pale amber color like dull gold jewelry with a tall 3cm of frothy white head. The color sort of lacks any real luster and seems a bit flat. Light penetration is high. Head dissipates rather quickly, but leaves good lacing on the glass. The smell is rather malt forward for an American pale. There is strong biscuit and white bread on the nose. There is some mild citrus in the form of orange and maybe some grapefruit juice, but it's rather muted; smells good over all though. The taste has more of the white bread and warm biscuit flavor with a mellow citrus and bitterness on the palate. Palate overall is medium, carbonation is good. Seems like a good session beer. Overall, this beer is pretty good, but definitely not the equal to Back Forty's other beers I have had.

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Photo of chinchill
3.23/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: Pours deep golden, crystal clear with a thin off-white head that has good retention.

S: Light biscuity malt scent with a touch of hops.

T. Mild and light on hops for style

M: Thin to medium body; lively, medium level of carbonation.

O: a rather drab, malt-forward version of APA style.

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Photo of garuda
2.79/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

A - That all too familiar shade of yellow; however, has a nice white cap that retains and laces well.

S/T - Fairly subdued. Pale malts, sweet caramel, just enough pine hops to give it a kick of bitterness without much flavor.

M - Medium/light body, medium carbonation, fairly smooth and clean.

O - Seems like a house pale ale brewed for the masses. Not too bold, didn't stand up to the bbq well at all.

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Photo of Jacurdy60
3.57/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a hazy golden brown color with minimal head and poor retention. No lacing.

S-Very hoppy in the nose. Sour fruits become more profound along with yeasty bread dough.

T-Semi-bready. Very sweet up front but finishes off with notes of yeast and ester. Sweet fruits (pears) become profound as well in the layered finish

MF-Crisp on the palate with a dry finish

O-Pretty good brew. It's unique and more bready than most pale ales and is layered nicely with sweet pears. The finish is underwhelming but this is definitely worth a try if you have the means. I'm looking forward to buying it again.

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