Saturday, October 13, 2012

Back Forty Freckle Belly IPA - Gus #1

Today I'm reviewing a brew from Back Forty Beer Co. out of Gasden, AL.  This is a young brewery that was founded in 2009.  Their distribution reached into Mississippi  a couple years ago but, more of their brews have started to come over after Mississippi changed it's beer laws this July.  I've had a couple of their brews so I decided to review this one with IPAs being one of my favorite style of brew.




How it rates with others:

ratebeer review:
http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/back-forty-freckle-belly-ipa/156101/

beeradvocate review:
http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/21868/83407/?ba=Mojo

Information from Back Forty's website:

http://backfortybeer.com/

Alcohol Content by Volume: 7.5%
Hops: Falconer's Flight, Citra, Columbus, Cascade, Apollo
Malts: Crystal & Special Roast Malts
IBU: 65

They actually have recommended food pairings on the bottles.  Back Forty suggests spicy food, fish and burgers to go with this brew.

I poured this brew from a 12oz bottle into a short stemmed snifter.

Appearance:  The IPA poured a dark orange almost copper color.  Pretty hazy not a lot a light able to be seen through the glass.  Good carbonation streaming on the glass as well.  My pour wasn't very aggressive but the brew still had a good finger and a half of head in the glass.  The head faded away to a ring with an island of bubbles floating in the middle.  Very little head lacing and no real visible alcohol legs.  Not a very high ABV so I can understand that.

Aroma:  Very citrusy on the nose.  There are hints of fresh pine mixed with a tart sweetness.  I prefer my IPAs to have that "SweetTart" type aroma and taste.  The aroma is there.  A very nice smelling IPA.

Taste:  First sip brought that sweet, tart, bitterness that I was expecting.  Floral and citrus notes as well.  Some grapefruit and tangerine flavors mixing mid palate.  The brew finishes clean and has some of the floral and sweet notes as a finish.  It's not an overpowering or over lingering aftertaste.  Very medium mouthfeel and easy drinker.

Going with the brewery's recommendations I paired this brew with some hot homemade salsa and corn ships.  The tart and sweetness went perfect with the spicy peppers in the salsa.  Some other suggestions would be a buffalo chicken sandwich or hot wings.  The buffalo chicken sandwich pairing may be my next one to try.  That sounds very nice.

Verdict:  Being a young brewery I really didn't know what to expect.  I've had their pale ale and it was nice but nothing ground breaking.  This brew was a much better beer in my opinion.  Very nicely done.  I'm interested to see what else comes out from this brewery.

As far as a score I'm going to give this brew a B.  Not just an amazing beer but a very, very good interpretation of what an IPA should be.  I've had it on tap and in the bottle.  Both times I liked this beer a lot.  If you can get it, try it and comment below to let me know what you think.

I'll have some more reviews up as I get them typed up from my notes.

Until then,

Cheers,

Gus