Back Forty Beer Company Naked Pig Pale Ale (365 Day 195)

By scot in 365 Days of American Craft Beer, Beer on Tuesday, June 14th, 2011

Back Forty Naked Pig Pale Ale

One day after reviewing my first American craft beer from Alabama, I was firing up beer number two. This time the beer was Naked Pig Pale Ale and it was brewed by Back Forty Beer Company.

Unfortunately it didn’t come with the same results as yesterday’s. I don’t like to rip beers as I know how much work, planning, and effort goes into a beer, especially on that level, as I home brew and I know what it takes to do a five gallon batch. I always tell people to tell me the truth because I want to get better, so in this case I hope my words come across as points of improvement, not belittling or condemning.

Naked Pig would rate higher in all low categories if there was some sense of balance. The beer seemed to go from mildly sweet to obnoxiously bitter without much in between, while the bitterness hung on. I must also add that the born on date looked like it could have been from March, a good three month ago. If this is the case, then most of what I was getting was a beer that has lost its freshness in hops, which means I have to try it again fresh. Enjoy!

Aroma: 6, Taste: 5, Look: 8, Drinkability: 4, Overall: 5.4

Useless Fact: The nasturtium derives its name from the Latin nasus (“nose”) tortum (“to twist”). The flower’s smell is so powerful that to inhale it was considered tantamount to having one’s nose tweaked.

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