Freckle Belly IPA | Back Forty Beer Co.

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BEER INFO

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

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Shumania on 07-20-2012

BEER STATS
Reviews:
21
Ratings:
188
Avg:
3.68
pDev:
45.65%
 
 
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Reviews by a0lbudman:
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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Photo of Cavanaghty
3/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Amber with almost no head and no carbonation.

Smell: Mild smell of hops and citrus.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth medium bodied. Taste was mostly bitter, but it is a mild tasting IPA.

Overall: Not horrible, good for a beginner to IPAs to ease into them.

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Photo of dankjohn
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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1.75/5  rDev -52.4%

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1/5  rDev -72.8%

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3.1/5  rDev -15.8%

Photo of jeschaefer
3.43/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.31/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

3/25/15 bottle date. Probably pushing it.

A- Amber body with good clarity. Frothy and persistent head. 4.25

S- Smells like an ESB with toasty malts and a faint aroma of grapefruit. Disappointing. 2.5

T- Again, very ESB-like or English IPA-like. An improved floral flavor though. Getting a bit off buttery off-flavor. Toasted malts and caramel. I actually like the malt-quality here. Finishes with a bit of yeasty flavor. 3.5

M- Pretty smooth and easy-drinking, albeit malt-heavy as opposed to showcasing the hops. The bitterness is there but mellow. It's a bit toasty upfront, then bitter, than finishes florally. 3.5

Wish I'd gotten a fresher bottle for assessment, but hey, a 2-month old Elevated IPA still tastes exceptional, so I feel justified in reviewing this. It's a decent beer but veers to ESB territory, showcasing a toasted bread flavor that is enjoyable but probably will offend most hopheads.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.84/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle. I looked up where this is from, and it appears to be quite near a place I just read about in a Charlie Leduff book - coincidence? Probably.

This beer pours a mildly hazy, medium golden amber hue, with two flabby fingers of puffy, densely foamy eggshell white head, which leaves a decent array of layered, descending cloud pattern lace around the glass as it slowly ebbs away.

It smells of sassy orange, grapefruit, and lemon citrus pith, lightly resinous pine needles, bready caramel malt, a touch of dry yeast, and further floral, earthy hops. The taste is more fairly bitter, but somewhat hollow blended citrus and waning pine hop esters, a pastry-tinged biscuity caramel maltiness, a touch of hard water minerality, and an extended perfumed floral essence.

The carbonation is soft, in a frothy sort of manner, the body a steady medium weight, and mostly smooth, the hops lurking about, but not really taking any pound of flesh. It finishes off-dry, the fruitiness of the hops and the lingering malt doing well to make nice with the weakening bitterness.

A pretty agreeable IPA, one bordering on DIPA territory, in theory only, as the flavour and alcohol perception don't quite play out that way. More malty that overly bitter in its bristling hoppiness in the end, which is no big deal - all it means is that I'd be more prone to keep the next one for another day.

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3.56/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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5/5  rDev +35.9%

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3.64/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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3.96/5  rDev +7.6%

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4.15/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

A -Poured from a bomber into a pint glass dark amber with a thick, creamy, off-white, two-finger head that receded into a tight cap. Thin slick lacing.

S - Nice and hoppy with a touch of grapefruit and a bit of pepper.

T - Big ole biscuits! Pepper with a touch of tinny alcohol.

M - Medium-bodied, with a good bit of aftertaste following the aforementioned alcohol.

O - Great smelling, great looking beer that only fell slightly short of very good in the taste department due to the tinge of alcohol versus a grassy finish typical of my favorite genre.

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.69/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.56/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.21/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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Freckle Belly IPA from Back Forty Beer Co.
3.68 out of 5 based on 188 ratings.
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