Back Forty Paw Paw’s Peach Wheat

Reviewed by on June 22, 2016 in Summer Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Back Forty Beer Co.

  • Origin: Gadsden, AL, US

  • Rated On: June 22, 2016

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 4.5%

  • Ideal Temperature: cold to cool

  • Style: Fruit Ale

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

The Back Forty Beer Co. comes to us from Gadsden, Alabama, and they make this peach-flavoured wheat, um, I’m gonna say ale, which serves as their spring/summer seasonal.

This 1L howler pours a hazy, pale golden yellow colour, with a near-teeming tower of puffy, loosely foamy, and bubbly off-white head, which leaves some random sudsy island group lace around the glass as it quickly blows off.

It smells of grainy wheaten malt, some pleasant peach and nectarine orchard fruitiness, wet saltine crackers, a touch of hard water flintiness, and some understated earthy, leafy, and grassy green hop bitterness.  The taste is bready and doughy pale and wheaty malt, lesser fruity peach notes than in the aroma, further generic earthy stone fruitiness, a touch of edgy yeast, and some still hard to pin down leafy, weedy, and floral hoppiness.  The bubbles are fairly innocuous in their plainly rendered frothiness, the body a solid medium weight, and generally smooth, nothing really capable of running interference here willing to stick its fool neck out, y’know? It finishes well off-dry, with both the mixed malt and stone fruitiness taking on the lingering day with a fervour, of sorts.

Overall, not a bad fruit beer, only the singular peach component kind of dialing it in, as such, which implies a certain lacking, but in reality, this one is hefty and heady enough to overcome that, and makes for a titillating and refreshing summer quaffer, in the end.  [photo c/o Back Forty Beer Co.]

Brady White

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