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:
1
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Photo of Texasfan549
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of kylehay2004
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of biboergosum
3.9/5  rDev +11.4%
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 zeff80
3.61/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

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3.23/5  rDev -7.7%
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 woodychandler
3.49/5  rDev -0.3%
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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3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of atlbravsrno1
2.75/5  rDev -21.4%

Photo of WoodBrew
3.15/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Trying the Naked Pig Pale Ale while in Birmingham, AL...I picked this beer up at Vulcan Beverage store. The color is light copper, clear with very thin white head...although what is there is lacing nicely. The smell reminds me of Semcoe hops more. The smell includes spice with a slight bitter citrus (apricot/grapefruit). The taste is full bodied and starts with a malt and bitter mix, then turns all bitter and clings to the pallet for a little bit. The flavor leans toward grapefruit. The mouthfeel is ok... i like the body, the bitterness is a bit tough and one would be enough for me.

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Photo of rolltide8425
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of IPAchris
3/5  rDev -14.3%

Photo of sendbeer
3/5  rDev -14.3%

Photo of beernads
2.25/5  rDev -35.7%

Photo of outoffocus
3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of tommy5
3.1/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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3.5/5  rDev 0%

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3.5/5  rDev 0%

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3.5/5  rDev 0%

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3.5/5  rDev 0%

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3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Gotti311
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of AgentMunky
4.07/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a flare glass.

A: Golden and appealing. Short-lived but friendly head. Translucent in light.

S: Great hops with a malty undertone. Very enjoyable.

T: Really good! Bready with nice maltiness, balanced by subtly complex hops (the label claims five different varieties are used) which are never overwhelming. The malt wins out, except during the aftertaste, which is lightly dry, somewhat bitter, and of medium length.

M: Nothing great, but pleasant enough. Mostly smooth.

D: Great beer. I will be drinking more of these. Definitely recommended.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.13/5  rDev -10.6%
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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Naked Pig Pale Ale from Back Forty Beer Co.
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