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Truck Stop Honey Brown Ale by Back Forty Brewing Company
American Brown Ale
6.00 % ABV


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Review by everetends on 08/02/10  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
74 3 9 14 4 7 2010
Figure it is about time for a review of this one. This is the newest offering from Back Forty and their second beer behind Naked Pig Pale Ale. Served up in my new New Castle Schooner.

A: Pours a good looking and solid honey hued brown body. Held to the light, there is a little more of the orange coming out from the honey hue, creating a really vibrant brown that is actually really nice to look at. The body is clear and there is a steady stream of fast moving carbonation running up the middle of the beer thanks to that laser etched star in the glass. The pour only got me about a 1/4 finger of bright white head, but that level of head lasts almost the entire experience. A little bit of foam sticks to the glass but it is minimal and slides back into the top cap.

S: This is probably the best part of the beer for me. The aroma starts out with a small, but wonderfully executed smoked malt smell. That is followed up with a little bit of sweet honey quality. The hops round out the aroma that starts as some earthy grass notes. This shifts a little bit and adds a slightly woody and floral note as well. This all comes together wonderfully.

T: The taste is a little more simple than the aroma. It starts out with the expected honey notes. The honey is sweet but not cloying. It blends well with a little bit of a chocolate quality that makes its presence knows. The hops are what really keeps this beer in check. The floral, grassy and earthy quality of the hops blend well with the honey flower and really cuts the sweetness with just a touch of bite. The smoked malt quality does not come across as well as it does in the aroma, but a little bit of wood can caught from time to time.

M: Lighter side of medium in body, with a lighter carbonation to it. This carbonation level allows this beer to have a really nice smooth texture to it. The beer plays with the sweet part of your palate the most, but there is a touch of bitterness that can be found lingering from time to time. The aftertastes are some floral notes from the honey and hops.

OA: When I first had this beer, I was turned off a bit by a bit of a metallic quality coming out. This sixer didn't display that quality. I don't know if it was some bad water or maybe a hopping issue in the batch I had before. This one is a whole lot cleaner and a whole lot easier to drink. It is not a life changing beer by any means. Its simple and falls into the realm of a step up from Newcastle (but with the honey of course). I think it will be used as a good gateway beer for people who are newer to craft beer, and I am pretty sure this was the brewery's intention after I talked to one of their reps. Decent, easy drinker.

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