Truck Stop Honey Brown Ale | Back Forty Beer Co.

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Truck Stop Honey Brown AleTruck Stop Honey Brown Ale

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

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Hops: Magnum and Willamette
Malts: Honey malt, Crystall malt and Chocolate malt
Honey: Alabama Wildflower (Mobile, AL)

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Photo of justinp444
3.49/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip it has a brown slightly red mostly hazy body and a ring of white for a head. Smell of honey, biscuity malt, citrus, caramel, brown sugar, and a little bit of grass. Taste is sweet honey, caramel, lots of biscuit malt, and a bit of citrus. Mouth feel is full with a moderate to full body, carbonation is moderate. A overly sweet honey brown, not complex either, just very sweet honey and biscuit malt with nothing much to add depth.

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Photo of MacMalt
3.21/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottle dated 1/4/2016. Poured into tulip glass. It poured an auburn color with virtually no head or lacing. It smells of roasted malt, caramel, honey, and nuts. When sipped, the initial taste is nuts and a slight caramel sweetness but it quickly gives way to an unappealing, almost sour, taste. It's very thin in body - too thin for the 6% ABV. To be fair, this isn't fresh and it may be much better on draught but I simply didn't enjoy it.

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Photo of adamhdg
3.04/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a tea colored brown with virtually no head. Very, very subtle aroma of bread. Taste is equally as weak as the smell with slight hints of caramel and sweet bread. Mouth feel was as weak and boring as a glass of water. Overall not bad but not good either. I wouldn't try it again.

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Photo of leaddog
3.3/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a honey brown with a finger of foamy and bubbly white head.

Smell - mild aromas of caramel malts, hint of honey, hint of nuttiness, and the slightest hint of earthy hops. Very mild aromas overall.

Taste - honey, sweet bready caramel malts, grains, mild earthy hops.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Finishes with a lingering sweetness.

Overall - An "ok" English brown. The flavours could use some more "oomph" to make it a stand out. The honey was an interesting concept but it wasn't executed to the degree that I was hoping.

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Photo of ordybill
4.19/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the tap into a pint glass. The appearance is a clear amber color with a small white head. The aroma is of malt and caramel. The taste is toasted malt with a sweet accent.

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Photo of brianlmoon
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is a really good drinking beer. It is never a bad option. It has a good mix of sweet but not as much as one may assume for a beer with honey in its name. It's targeted for a wide audience of beer drinkers.

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Photo of Cylinsier
3.48/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5


Pours a clear maple golden brown, white sudsy lacing for a head.

Maple, honey, and biscuit all come through in the aroma with a slight woody undertone.

Flavor of bready malts with a bit of honey, a little papery, and a woody finish.

Medium body with a sting of carbonation on the tongue.

Fairly good brown ale, easy to drink, a bit bland on the flavor. Nothing bad but not especially memorable.

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Photo of vincehayter
2.98/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Great color, no head retention, passable drinkable flavor of steady malt with a noticeable honey sweetness. Would be great paired with food; misses the flavor to be a 'drinking beer'.

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Photo of Chickenhawk9932
3.67/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice brown with ruby highlights and a tan head.

Smells of sweet grain, backed by floral and herbal hops with a touch of honey.

Taste is toasted bread and sweet malt with a bitter herbal hop bite. It has a honey mead character in the dry finish. This is a solid brown ale with honey as an accent and not the main course.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.4/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 ounce bottle served into a 10 ounce nonic glass.

It's light brown with a golden hue in the body and has a fizzy white head. It looks light for a brown color-wise, almost more like a soda. 3.75

The aroma is sweet, pungent, with a touch of honey, yeast, and caramel. 3.75

There's a nutty quality here and sweetness that I wouldn't identify with honey but doesn't necessarily feel like the product of just malts. Light toasted malt feel and a glazing of caramel add some complexity. 3.25

The thin body is a bit bothersome as is the fizzy-feel. It's a bit too soda-like maybe and occasionally even offers a Dr. Pepper taste and feel. But the flip side to this is that it is nice and easy drinking and lingers with a sweet nuttiness. Floral yeast mid-body becomes more noticeable with some warmth to the beer. Not bad, but also not far off from a Newcastle or something of that ilk. 3.25

Decent intro beer or lawnmower beer or something along those lines.

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Photo of jadpsu
2.33/5  rDev -33%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Pours a hazy brown amber with a tan head that quickly disappears , leaving minimal side glass lace.
Not much in the nose, perhaps some faint burnt malts, earth and musty long sitting rag pile.
Love Brown Ales but this has little to offer. Way too sweet for my liking. Low carbonation.
The best before date is 90 days old, but doubt that that fact alone has made this brew so unappetizing..

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Photo of Redrover
3.54/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This is my first beer from this brewery. Served in a shaker pint at World of Beer in Birmingham, AL>.

The beer is a chill hazed brown with a sticky tan head.

The beer has a nose of malts, apples and something sweet, maybe it's the honey.

The beer is on the sweeter end of the spectrum. Lightly toasted malts, sweet brown bread and honey.

The mouth is pleasant with a bit of heft.

I liked it but wouldn't session it as it is too sweet.

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Photo of TX-Badger
2.5/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear light brown color with off-white head. Caramel malt and a weird floral note on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes sweet and floral.

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Photo of Pyroglyph
3.99/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Not very hoppy at all. Introduction is light and energetic, though not much linger. The finish is somewhat stronger where smokey notes play mid-tongue. The honey is downplayed which is good, I was expecting the sweetness to overpower the palette. The stark bubble works well with the light, almost crispness.

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Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a dark brown, iced tea like color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of malts, honey. Taste is bready, nutty, honey is present but not sweet. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a bit different, but an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.55/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

this is better than its ratings, but maybe im partial or feel nostalgic or overly stoked because this is (im pretty darn sure) my first beer from the curious state of alabama! cool! a decent brown ale, sure maybe its a bit thin in grain character for the style, but the english ale yeast is nice and the honey works really well. its vibrant and sweet and floral in the nose, adds a richness to a light beer, and brings the abv up just enough. it looks nice, albeit a bit light, but it holds its tan head well, and the nose presents chocolate malt and a nuttiness that makes me think almond. the honey goes great with that, and its a cool mix of textures and flavors overall. carbonation is high and its almost refreshing with how light the body is. a clean finish with just a little of the english yeast character. well made, maybe boost up the dark grain a touch, but i could drink a ton of these.

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Photo of Roxie_B
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Amber brown, very transparent minimal head quickly wears down to a thin collar. Tiny pinprick bubbles
Smell: Very subdued smell. Biscuit-y and earthy with a mild nuttiness.
Taste: Diacetyl butteriness , slight honey taste and a bit more nuttiness. Mild. Lactic aftertaste.
Mouth Feel: Smooth with little carbonation. Subtle.
Overall: Not spectacular but drinkable enough.

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Photo of brewcnc
1.75/5  rDev -49.7%

A - diacetyl is quite heavy and disturbing. Some sweet honey aromas sneak through as well as some biscuity notes.
V- deep amber color that is crystal clear and the two finger head that originally was poured discipated quickly into a thin, non-persistant white head.
F - as in the aroma the diacetyl slickness is quite noticeable and overtakes almost every aspect of this beer. It comes close to being cloyingly sweet with virtually no hope character at all. Some toastiness lingers in with the malt which is it's only saving grace.
M - medium-light body with very little residual carbonation. The buttery slickness from the diacetyl coats the entire inside of the mouth.
O - I must have gotten a bad batch based on previous comments but it was a pure butter bomb. I struggled through 3/4 of a PBR before I couldn't take it any more.

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Photo of patre_tim
3.19/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Medium wood stain brown, light haze, medium low carbonation, 4 fingers of light beige head.

S: Light toasted quality, light honey, dough, caramel, toffee.

T: Apple sauce, biscuit, light acidic quality, a sort of plastic quality. A sort of vinous quality like some kolsch style beers.

M: Light body, medium low carbonation. A little like white wine.

O: Found this one in Montgomery, AL and drank in Decateur, AL. I love to try local brews. I’d say its good, not typical for the style, and as some off flavours. Otherwise, its got a great label on the bottle, and is really not bad.

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Photo of iheartmyTHO
3.35/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Overall, a very nice Brown Ale. The honey taste is very slight, which I think is actually a good thing, or else the beer would probably be just too sweet. There's also a nice nuttiness, which I would expect for a Brown Ale. The mouth feel is a bit lighter than I expected and there's a slight bit of pleasant carbonation.

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Photo of Tyler_Sly
3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Serving type: On-tap

Appearance: That of your standard brown ale, not a lot of head on it and has a medium brown color.

Smell: Sweet but no distinguishable aroma.

Taste: Exactly what you expect from a brown ale. A malty, not hoppy, sweet flavor.

Mouthfeel: That great taste that's almost like a better, cleaner New Castle sticks with you for a little while extra making you want another sip after it fades.

Overall: This is an above average beer. The head on it isn't so great and the smell, I wish was stronger but it tastes great and has a really good presence about it.

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Photo of BrewAskew
2.98/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottled on date is December 11, 2013. Pours out to a quickly dissipating head and pale brown color. Aroma is very weak, there is some honey and nuts in there. Flavor is very subtle and laid back, reminds me of a homebrew with a bit of a twang and slight oxidation note of cardboard. Not bad but not good either. No real fresh malt or hops evident. Balanced bitter and sweet so another plus for being on style. Mouthfeel is light and CO2 is appropriately restrained. Overall a boring brown, drinkable but not exciting in the least. Think Southern Pecan without the pecans. Beats a Newcastle, though!

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Photo of JeanDuteau
3.02/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

It pours out amber but there is no head to speak of and what is there disappears quickly. I got a sniff of citrus but not much else. The taste is nothing special but it does drink well on the palate - medium with an upfront fizz that is not too long. I couldn't taste the honey anywhere except maybe in the smell.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.45/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle, day 10 of the 2013 Craft Beer Advent Calendar. The name of this beer itself does not exactly conjure up the prettiest of images.

This beer pours a crystal clear, medium bronzed amber hue, with one skinny finger of weakly foamy, and mostly bubbly dirty white head, which leaves a few low-lying specks of spotted lace around the glass as it quickly dissolves.

It smells of semi-sweet bready caramel malt, clover honey, a touch of stone fruit, and very mild earthy, weedy hops. The taste is more rather pithy caramel and toasted bready malt, somewhat sweet mead-like honey, a hint of oily nuttiness, a generic brown sugar sweetness, and weak earthy, leafy hops.

The carbonation is pretty understated, and hardly up for a tussle, the body medium-light in weight, and rather clammy in its attempt at smoothness. It finishes off-dry, the lingering pithy bready malt, neutered honey, and still weak as the day is long hops riding this one out.

A rather weak attempt at a drinkable version of the style - everything just seems wan and uninteresting, to the point of serious ennui. The honey is a nice idea, but barely makes a dent in the overall impression of this offering. If you see this particular honey giving you the eye, check yourself, and simply walk away.

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Photo of BryanCarey
3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Truck Stop Honey Brown Ale pours from the bottle to a hue similar to that of tea, but with slightly more orange/golden accents. The body of this beer is perfectly clear and the foam level is moderate to low, falling apart rather quickly. The nose is one of honey, graham crackers, and lightly roasted malt and is quite nice.

Moving to the taste, Truck Stop Honey Brown Ale is a sweet beer up front and the taste of honey is apparent. But it gives way to other flavors like caramel, toasted malt, and toffee. I could taste some nuts as well, although it took some concentration to find them.

Truck Stop Honey Brown Ale is a decent representation of the English Brown Ale style, but consumers should know that it is not a robust brown ale. If that is what you want, then you should look elsewhere, for this beer is a little on the lighter side. However, it is not watery and has enough good qualities going for it to warrant a sample. It is much like other Back 40 beer products: Nothing amazing, but imminently drinkable and with enough good points to recommend.

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