Naked Pig Pale Ale | Back Forty Beer Co.

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Naked Pig Pale AleNaked Pig Pale Ale
BEER INFO

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

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
280
Reviews:
55
Avg:
3.5
pDev:
14.57%
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
67
For Trade:
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1/5  rDev -71.4%

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2/5  rDev -42.9%

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2/5  rDev -42.9%

Photo of DuffDaddy
2/5  rDev -42.9%
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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2/5  rDev -42.9%

Photo of Dope
2.1/5  rDev -40%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 4 | overall: 1

Best by 7/24/17

A: Pours a clear gold with a tall frothy white head. Good head retention and soapy lacing.

S: Grassy and some tropical fruits. Very sweet grains.

T: Whew, very odd. Huge hop bitterness but very little actual hop flavor. Just indistinct bitterness. Somewhat sweet grainy malt. Literally cringing at the weird flavorless bitterness.

M: Light bodied, very bitter.

O: I poured it out after three sips.

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Photo of jag0007
2.14/5  rDev -38.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

A - pretty dark for what it is. nice head when poured, but dissipates quicker than id like and more cloudy than i was expecting. Okay lacing, seems very "wet". Maybe its just the glass.

S - Immediately smell caramel. Hops is very noticeable. Smells like a darker beer. Slightly more alcoholic smelling than im accustomed to.

T - First sip is alright, im struggling with the beer afterwards. I love bitter, darker beers, especially thick stouts. But this is pushing my limits.

M - Decent carbonation, feels nice. Almost cannot tell im drinking something this inimical.

D - None. i suggest this simply to try it. the 6 pack will be in your fridge for a while.

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Photo of beernads
2.25/5  rDev -35.7%

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2.25/5  rDev -35.7%

Photo of deepchills
2.3/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I bought a 6 pack of Naked Pig Pale Ale at Bruno's Grocery in Gulf Shores, Alabama.

The beer is a light tan color, there is almost no head and very little carbonation. Very Little lacing.

The nose is slighty bready, maybe some malt, but overall there is very little to smell.

An even, slightly bitter hop flavor, crisp to drink, with a light bready finish. Midway through the tasting some malt flavor starts coming out.

Medium bodied though very flat feel.

Missing a few qualities you’d like to have in the beer, namely carbonation, however some additional flavor would be nice too. I pull for small guys like this, so i'm hoping this is just a bad batch that slipped through QA.

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Photo of Reaper16
2.39/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

served on-tap @ Egan's, Tuscaloosa, AL, into a pint glass

Pours a darkish straw color. Caramelized straw, if someone were to make such a thing, would look like how Naked Pig looks. It's pretty cloudy. About a finger and a half of pillowy white head forms, and it sticks around a while. Pretty decent looking beer.

Naked Pig Pale Ale is aromatically challenged. You have to sniff hard to pull out some grainy, cereal aromas. There's a small bit of, like, old Cascade hops. It smells like Sierra Nevada Pale Ale does, but from ten yards away. Muted. Perhaps a bit of pear skin in here too. There is no complexity to the aroma of this beer whatsoever. The flavors are weak and, when present at all, blunt.

The taste is equally as distant and off-putting as the aroma. It's certainly malt-forward, but the malt flavors are not deep or profound in any sense. Grainy, cracker like malt flavors dominate the front end and the mid-palate. The hops show up on the finish, but only to lend a lawn-clippings flavored bitterness. This is some poor lupulin; no real hop flavors to speak of, just bittering effect.

Nothing much to say about the mouthfeel. The carbonation was balanced relative to the medium size of the body. It wasn't distracting but it didn't work to accentuate or improve upon anything either. Drinkability? Average. This is an unoffensive beer, even thought it disappoints. The ABV% isn't an issue and the flavors, weak though they are, don't make for a beer that is hard to drink.

If you see this beer on-tap you can go ahead and skip it. I wanted to like this beer because it's local. But it just underwhelms on the nose and palate. Pass.

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2.5/5  rDev -28.6%

Photo of rfdracing
2.5/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.25

Photo of Dreynolds1808
2.5/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of atkinsjeff
2.68/5  rDev -23.4%
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 Zazzi82
2.74/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of qcbrewer
2.75/5  rDev -21.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -21.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -21.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -21.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -21.4%

Photo of garuda
2.79/5  rDev -20.3%
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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2.88/5  rDev -17.7%

Photo of jman42
2.92/5  rDev -16.6%
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 cmq103
2.92/5  rDev -16.6%

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