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:
Information from Back Forty's website:
Alcohol Content by Volume: 7.5%
Hops: Falconer's Flight, Citra, Columbus, Cascade, Apollo
Malts: Crystal & Special Roast Malts
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.