Freckle Belly IPA
Back Forty Beer Co.

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From:
Back Forty Beer Co.
 
Alabama, United States
Style:
American IPA
Ranked #3,395
ABV:
7.5%
Score:
84
Ranked #24,219
Avg:
3.71 | pDev: 14.56%
Reviews:
28
Ratings:
184
Status:
Active
Rated:
Feb 03, 2021
Added:
Jul 20, 2012
Wants:
  7
Gots:
  64
SCORE
84
Good
Freckle Belly IPAFreckle Belly IPA
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Reviewed by stevoj from Idaho

3.49/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
12oz can at share. Medium golden pour, skin of head. Malty, woody, earthy aroma. Taste turns sweet, more malts with some hops coming in at the finish.
Feb 03, 2021
 
Rated: 4.3 by BoodahMoogle from Arkansas

Apr 28, 2020
 
Rated: 3.96 by TrojanRB from Texas

Nov 16, 2019
 
Rated: 4.05 by markallmon from Tennessee

Aug 31, 2018
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Reviewed by woodychandler from Pennsylvania

3.77/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
My local, in-person trader, tone77, has expressed some CANcern about my backlog, especially as it pertains to ones that he has dropped off for The CANQuest (tm). I am doing my best to plow through & get caught up. Disappointingly, there are many without approved pics & my trusty camera has died! Some are just going to have to wait until I CAN procure a replacement.

From the CAN: "Craft Brewed Liquid Folk Art"; "Recommended Food Pairings[:] Chili peppers[,] Alabama Gulf Seafood[;] Sandwiches"; "This full-bodied India Pale Ale is loaded with fresh hops for a powerful blend of citrus, pine and fruit aromas. The firm malt backbone works well with the bold hop finish that everyone expects from an IPA. Belly up Hop Heads!"

I am ready for some hops & so I beCAN with a Crack! of the vent. I went with a slow, gentle Glug followed by an in-glass swirl to raise just under two fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, tawny head with excellent retention that left behind a load of sticky lacing. Color was a solid Amber (SRM = > 7, < 9) with NE-quality clarity. Nose was very dank and resinous with a caramel malt presence. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was quite bitter, a lot of pine resin along with some grapefruit and orange peel, plus a dank earthiness, all backed with a caramel maltiness. It was pretty good, although it sat right on the edge of being just a bit too bitter. I CAN't believe that I, of all people, just typed that, but as I CANtinue to grow older, I am having health issues. The one in question here is GIRD & the really bitter beers CAN easily set it off. The CAN did not include an IBU measurement, but I would guess that it was CANparatively high. Finish was dry, bitter and unmistakably an AIPA. Nicely done!
Aug 14, 2018
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Reviewed by TomEfiller from Alabama

3.89/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Pours a nice darker orange color with a decent head. Smells great with that citra hop you want and tastes very good overall. Mouthfeel has a smooth feel with a sharp finish. Not as hoppy as I prefer but this is a nice go to IPA you should definitely try.
Jul 27, 2018
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Reviewed by Davidstan from Alabama

3.48/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
This is an ok IPA. Was hoping for more flavor like their pale ale. Won’t buy again but will continue buying Naked Pig even though i am not big on pale ales.
Mar 11, 2018
 
Rated: 3.23 by shivtim from Georgia

Mar 03, 2018
 
Rated: 3.64 by MGoeltz from Tennessee

Feb 25, 2018
 
Rated: 3.74 by NastyNorseman from New York

Feb 07, 2018
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Reviewed by ordybill from Georgia

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Poured from a 12 OZ can into a pint glass. The aroma is bitter hops. The appearance is a semi clear Amber color with a thick medium sized white head. The taste is bitter hops with a crisp finish.
Dec 16, 2017
 
Rated: 3.84 by RAFH from Michigan

Nov 11, 2017
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Reviewed by WoodBrew from Ohio

4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
I tried this beer on the Robert Trent Jones golf course outside of Huntington, AL. It poured a hazy orangish with white head that left a spotty lace. The scent had hints of bitter citrus peel. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink. The mouthfeel was medium in body with good carbonation. Overall it was a good beer.
Nov 01, 2017
 
Rated: 3.75 by MTKATL from Georgia

Oct 21, 2017
 
Rated: 3.5 by jeffthepony from Georgia

Sep 12, 2017
 
Rated: 3.69 by bigedal60 from Alabama

Aug 19, 2017
 
Rated: 4.02 by Beer21 from Florida

Jul 26, 2017
 
Rated: 4.42 by coombski from Maine

Jun 13, 2017
 
Rated: 3.82 by JintheHam from Alabama

Jun 06, 2017
 
Rated: 3.75 by sparx1100 from Minnesota

May 31, 2017
 
Rated: 3.73 by MJ64 from Mississippi

Apr 02, 2017
 
Rated: 3.5 by Ealanjones from Mississippi

Dec 27, 2016
 
Rated: 3.64 by joemcgrath27 from Canada (AB)

Nov 04, 2016
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Reviewed by JacobusFavier23 from Texas

3.44/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
L- Hazy dark amber fizzely beer. Slightly foamy head.
S-I'm not lying, the citrusy smell kind of reminds me of a cutter candle. Good, bad? Ehh, I kind of dig it. Sweet smell. A little cheesy though.
T- Bitter, malts, bitter again. Floral notes in the taste. Not too much else.
F- Heavy carbonation. Suits it okay.
O- I'd drink it again. But in all honesty, overall it's just mediocre. It has too much bitterness and too little flavor.
Oct 07, 2016
 
Rated: 3.75 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois

Sep 22, 2016
 
Rated: 3.69 by cwd from Kentucky

Sep 07, 2016
 
Rated: 3.43 by jeschaefer from Texas

Jul 13, 2016
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Reviewed by Tone from Missouri

3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Pours a clear, copper color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of caramel malt, slight sweet malt, hops, earthiness, and slight yeast. Fits the style of an American IPA. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of caramel malt, slight sweet malt, hops, earthiness, and slight yeast. Overall, good appearance, average aroma, body, and complexity.
Jul 01, 2016
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Reviewed by Squire from Mississippi

3.36/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
Appearance: Medium yellow with white cap and moderate lacing.

Aroma: Bitter hops and sweet malt.

Taste: Malt, a hint of sweetness, hops more rounded than sharp followed by a lingering hop bitterness in the aftertaste. I like the first 75% of the taste but the hop ending is a body blow. Up to that point the flavors of malt and hops are working well together then it all comes crashing down. The brewery calls it "a bold hop finish" which is one way of putting it.

Texture: Medium

Overall: A fairly well thought out beer that ends up hitting a hop wall which is bitter rather than bold. What starts out as somewhat complex unravels like a rope diminishing down to loose ends. Too bad, it had promise.
Jun 28, 2016
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Reviewed by Chickenhawk9932 from Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Pours a beautiful light golden color with a cream colored head that leaves some lace.

Smells of pine and citrus with floral notes and some nutty malt notes.

Taste is resinous pine and bitter orange and grapefruit giving way to sweet malty backbone with notes of pecan. A very solid IPA.
Jun 22, 2016
 
Rated: 3.75 by ssimpson89 from Illinois

Jun 20, 2016
 
Rated: 4 by Dper from Alabama

Jun 11, 2016
 
Rated: 3.75 by gamblebc from Georgia

May 21, 2016
 
Rated: 3.63 by T_Hass from Georgia

Mar 29, 2016
 
Rated: 3.64 by KensWorld from Florida

Mar 14, 2016
 
Rated: 4 by B33rcules from Alabama

Mar 13, 2016
 
Rated: 3.94 by Hayden34 from Georgia

Mar 11, 2016
 
Rated: 3.56 by WickedBeer from Alabama

Feb 07, 2016
 
Rated: 4.56 by Bamahawk4 from Oregon

Jan 30, 2016
 
Rated: 2.98 by Zazzi82 from Tennessee

Jan 21, 2016
Freckle Belly IPA from Back Forty Beer Co.
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 212 ratings