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Backyahd India Pale Ale - Foolproof Brewing Company

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Backyahd India Pale AleBackyahd India Pale Ale

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44 Reviews
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Reviews: 44
Hads: 258
Avg: 3.64
pDev: 31.04%
Wants: 10
Gots: 52 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Foolproof Brewing Company visit their website
Rhode Island, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: ShogoKawada on 01-14-2013

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Reviews: 44 | Hads: 258
Photo of gonzo000
3.86/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Maybe it was because I had this on a hot day at the ballpark, but I thought this beer was exceptionally smooth and refreshing. Nice flavor profile. Very nice mouthfeel.

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Photo of WunderLlama
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear Golden yellow , great lacing

Faint pine hop aroma

Pine hop on the middle of the tongue

Bitterness on the sides and back of the tongue

Grab one out of a cooler , nice beer

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Photo of farrago
3.2/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Finger deep head, mottled with lots of surface sizzle as the bubbles pop rapidly, just off white, not many streaks but the lacing which is there is thick and sticks. Mild gauziness to the amber orange color, few visible bubbles, not especially active. Metal, iodine, peach pits, pulped lemons and pizza crust make up most of the nose, you have to consciously agitate and swirl the liquid to create enough aroma to register the parts. Medium-bodied, minimal grip, the carbonation is moderate at best and does not help to increase palate presence. Leafy with tree bark, metal, mineral aspects, not bitter in a puckering way, more like dry and slowly paced. Dried pine sap, pepper, sour grapefruit, not getting much fruit, at best a mix of white pit fruit and pineapple. The malt seems to wait until the finish to make an attempt to smooth things out, cocoa and butterscotch flavors without a lot of sweetness. Sampled at differing temperatures without much flavor or textural difference. Acceptable, certainly its shortcomings could be masked by consuming with flavorful food.

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Photo of WyethBednar
2.71/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pale and golden. A bit on the pale side for an IPA actually, with a nice white head.

Smell: lightly hoppy, not super inviting though.

Taste: not great. Very bitter with a light malt background that doesn't complement the hops very well. All the components of an IPA are there, just not in a good combination.

Feel: light bodied and easy. Very sessionable feeling.

Overall, it seemed like an IPA created by someone who doesn't really understand what people like about IPAs. Overly bitter and unbalanced.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.74/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From the can. No dates anywhere. Sampled on February 1, 2015.

The pour is a slightly cloudy looking medium amber with a good white fizzy head that leaves plenty of lacing.

The aromas are earthy, grassy with some toasted biscuit.

Medium body and smooth.

As for the taste the hop bitterness kicks in more solidly than the aroma suggests with a pucker-up earthy and grassy bitterness that lingers on the backside.

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Photo of allengarvin
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: 3.75 - Cloudy gold color with a moderate but fading head.
S: 3.75 Nice bouquet of citrusy, floral hops.
T: 4.0 - Plenty of bitterness, and a lot of citrus tasting hops: tastes like an IPA back from the late 90s. Very light malt, with a dry finish.
M: 3.75 - Light bodied, perhaps a tad thin, but with good carbonation.
O: 4.0 - Nothing complex here, but it's highly drinkable and I enjoyed it.

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Photo of rorjets
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Picked up a six pack of Foolproof Backyard IPA on a trip to Providence, RI. Poured from the can it was light amber in color, with a mild citrus aroma. The small head had nice lacing. On the first sip I tasted pine resin that quickly turned over to bitterness. The bitter aftertaste lingered awhile, so the finish was not as clean as other IPAs I have tasted recently. Still quite enjoyable to drink.

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Photo of skivtjerry
4.15/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Slightly hazy, light burnt orange color, head retention is a little weak.

S: Pine up front with tangerine in the background that lingers strongly. Floral notes too. All fairly subdued but clearly evident.

T: A dash of pine right away then an orange-tangerine flavor that reminds me of the Push-Ups frozen treats I ate as a kid. Citrus character blends perfectly with the malt. Finishes with a strong floral character that is almost honey like, again blending well with the malt. Bitterness is about right and lingers well.

F: Clean and refreshing with the right amount of bitterness in the finish.

O: I'm surprised that this beer isn't rated a little higher. No Heady killer, but clean, tasty, solid all around, the brewer can be proud. I'm not grilling for awhile but will try it out on the deck next spring.

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Photo of Brad007
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

Pours a nice golden color with a white hue and decent head into my glass. First time I've seen these cans on the shelf.

Balanced pine notes come through in the nose. Just a touch of citrus but not much. Buttery malt as well.

The balance carries over to the taste. Think a traditional American IPA, pre-citrus explosion. There's that decent pine bite and buttery malt.

It leaves a crisp mouthfeel with lingering pine and butter notes.

Very nicely done. I suspect the score of 81 may be based on the fact that it's not a citrus bomb. I think it works very well in the can.

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Photo of scotorum
3.75/5  rDev +3%

No canning info visible. Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a Tree House tulip pint.

a: Hazy orange with an inch tall white head which receded to even surface foam and semi-dense lacing.

s: Mild fruit cup (i.e. pear and other light fruit in combination)

t: Hop bitterness with some power over a light to medium malt base. Bitterness lingers somewhat. Spice notes appear later.

m: Medium, good body, lots of carbonation tingle.

o; A good IPA, bitterness-wise on the upper tier of a single, not a lot of hop flavor other than the subtle spice which appears near the end, but plenty of bite, a refreshing and stimulating brew. Fine for dinner or sipping.

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Photo of TangTKE402
3.54/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a 12oz. can into a pint glass. Golden honey in color with a thick, pasty-white 2-finger head that gets a bit pockmarked and frothy as it dissipates, but leaves a nice film and good lacing. Slightly hazy with some good effervescence.

S: Malts and hops mix well on the nose, with a bright hop linger. Aromas of straw, sediment, lemon pepper, and some toasted malts all mix beautifully.

T: Bright throughout, with a very light malt flavor in-mouth and a dominant earthy/grass hop profile on the swallow and aftertaste. Quite bitter after, and with a note of wet basement. Lemony, toasty, with a dried leaf taste, as well as some nice floral notes.

M: Chewy in texture, with a nice subtle thickness that isn't off-putting. Substantial for an IPA while still remaining light (if that's possible?) enough to have a few. In-between a session IPA and a full-on DIPA.

O: A solid, tasty East-Coast IPA. Nothing too crazy in here, just well-made beer and a satisfying experience. Good for the backyard, around a fire, or huddled up inside on a chilly winter day.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.62/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: hazy, gold; 3 finger head that faded slowly; nice lacing;

S: interesting nose; the first thing I picked up was oak - don't know where that's coming from; some pine and citrus as well;

T: piney, earthy; a little different; bitterness hits pretty quickly and it finishes with the same piney, earthy, bitterness; well balanced;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; crisp;

O: the earthiness of this beer is a little different and interesting, although I would prefer more citrus and floral notes;

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.89/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On cask at Track 84 Warwick, listed as Prince of the Yahd
Comes to the table in a proper imperial pint glass. Visually, a slightly hazy light golden color with a huge fluffy creamy head that survives till the glass is empty. Extremely impressive retention! Aromas of bready malt and floral and citrusy hops. Flavor is bready with hints of caramel and just enough citrus and earth to balance with a nudge to the hop side. Medium body with a light level of carbonation and a creamy mouthfeel. First beer of the night, so easy drinking, it slid completely down my throat before I knew it. Might be more of a pale than IPA, but its a solid brew.

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Photo of tone77
2.88/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Another beer courtesy of the legendary woodychandler. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Came gushing out of the can making quite a mess, despite no agitation on my end. Has a cloudy golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is very mild, a bit of hops. Taste is bitter, hoppy, a bit of lemons, kind of unusual for the style, and a touch unpleasant. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a mediocre beer.

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Photo of Duhast500
3.87/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz. can into a Beatles pint glass.

The color is a amber/gold with two fingers of foamy white head and some slight lacing left on the glass.

The smell has a piney aroma that is also very earthy. There is a herbal tea like aroma here in the nose that gives the hops a different character than the fruit forward hops.

The taste is pretty resiny at first, bitterness hits at first with a earthy flavor that backs off letting in some malty cracker-like flavor. There is a slight dough flavor before more hops flavor that pushes back in bringing with it some slight fruit flavor and more herbal flavor.

The feel of this beer is medium bodied with a good drinkable feel. It goes down well and has a bit of a nice bite of hops here that seems a bit unique.

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Photo of Billolick
4.02/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce can, w/o freshness info

Clouded darker shade of golden amber. Sturdy and lasting lite khaki head, leaves real nice froth, low sheeting and scattered fine lace. Nice looking beer.

Big nose w/ floral, citric and per-fumy notes.

Well hopped and fresh tasting IPA, with more citrus n pine hop bombs dropping all over.

Quality IPA in a can. Impressed with this one.

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Photo of macrosmatic
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to surge1311 for sending this one! Reviewed from notes. Poured from 12 oz. can into a Russian River pint glass.

A: Hazy gold, with a huge white fluffy head that lasts on top of a good bit of visible carbonation.

S: Pine, herbal, and flowery hops. A light cracker malt underneath. But overall, not a big nose at all.

T: Resin, melon, tropical fruit, and herbal hops over a light cracker malt that doesn't play much into the flavor. Definitely heavy-handed on the hop flavors. Only moderately bitter overall, but that bitterness lingers somewhat.

M: Light body, great carbonation sensation, and low alcohol.

O: Solid but nothing outstanding here in the sea of American IPAs - even the can as a vessel is becoming so commonplace. But tasty and easy to drink.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.41/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I have been awash in CANs awaiting inclusion in The CANQuest (TM) and this New England box recently surfaced. I actually visited the brewery last year during a visit to a friend in PVDRI. I like going up there as it usually dovetails with an AHL game at The Dunk, plus I totally dig Trinity and their beers. I was given several of Foolproof's CANs, but this one had not come off of the line at the time of my visit.

From the CAN: "Guaranteed to deliver an unspoken zen with a spatula in your other hand ..."; "The ultimate suburban brew, Backyahd is an aggressively hopped Ameri[CAN] IPA with a tantalizing hop aroma. The beer's bitterness pairs perfectly with spicy foods coming straight off the grill. Enjoy it with friends, family, or whomever you choose. After all, it's your Backyahd."; "Your Life. Your Beer."; "Experience Responsibly".

I heard a nice, loud Crack and celebrated with an inverted Glug. This created two fingers of dense, rocky French Vanilla-colored head with great retention. The room smelled like pine air freshener, so I fired up the grill to get some brats going. I know, you're not supposed to use charcoal indoors, but what's the worst that could happen? What, like I might die from carbon monoxide asphyxiation? Bah, humbug! Color was a golden-yellow (SRM = 5) with a slight haze. Putting my nose to the glass, the pine scent was intense and my mouth was watering. Mouthfeel was medium and the hops were biting on my tongue, worming their way into my taste buds like carbonic acid, stripping the weak, dead buds from my poor, bruised, aching tongue. Yow! I was running late, so I didn't have time to tie off and mainline so I CANtinued with an oral ingestion, but I was definitely getting off. Man, you had best like pine hops if you are going to tackle this bad boy. You know that I was digging the action. Sure, it was unbalanced, but it was not saturated with hops. The finish was desert dry, and I could hear the Zephyr winds blowing across the Sahara when I exhaled. Minty, flavorful and at a mere 6% ABV, this is a Hula in the Coola (01 Feb, annually) CANdidate as well as a potential summer cooler filler. Yum!

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Photo of Seanniek91
3.49/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served from a 12oz can into a Smutty pint. No freshness date.

Appearance- Clear yellow/orange with one finger white head that left a little lacing.

Smell- Adjuncts, metalic notes, lighter grassy hops, light caramel malts. Thats it. Nothing else going on.

Taste- Mildly bitter earthy hops, not much of a malt background. Mild citrus pithy bitterness lingers.

Mouthfeel- Smooth and crisp. Refreshing surprisingly with a nice medium body.

Overall- Cheap local IPA. Though it's still not cheap enough to warrant me buying it again.

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Photo of Omnium
3.69/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle > Sensory Pils Glass

A - Slightly cloudy gold with two fingers of big fluffy white head with big bubbles. Patchy lacing.
S - Big pine and grapefruit, typical american hop smell.Some astringency, caramel malt.
T - Crackery malt, some light sugary sweetness, grapefruit, caramel, a hint of papaya.
M - Crisp, well carbonation.
O - Decent IPA, nothing to go out of your way for.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.79/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz can bought as part of a 6-pack from Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" light beige head over the cloudy golden amber brew. Frothy head holds on, with coating thick lace. Aroma is moderately of juicy citrus.

Taste is malty sweet to start, tea in the middle, and a muted citrus with light to medium bitterness to the close. Mouthfeel is smooth, and drinkability is good. Not sure what's with the tea character I get, but overall a good brew.

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Photo of ColdOneKev
3.45/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured from can into stemmed porter glass. Hazy bronze, half inch of snow white head. Fades quickly, but leaves decent lacing.

S - Light cereal grains, not much hops.

T - Not much from the hops for an IPA. I get a little biscuit and cereal. I guess the hops do a good job of balancing out the malt, but not too much more.

M - Medium body, which is nice for a backyard IPA. Refreshing.

O - This was my first experience with Foolproof. I'm happy to have tried a beer from Rhody, but I wouldn't seek it out again. However I wouldn't be averse to trying one of their other offerings.

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Photo of mrz200
3.47/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a six pack of Foolproof "sampler" - 2 porters, 2 goldens, and 2 of these extremely tasty IPA's. It's not going to put RI on the "IPA highway" but it doesn't set out to either. Very smooth, more floral than hoppy (though plenty of both) which adds to its drink ability. I'll always compare this to Newburyport IPA, which I think is the bigger hit for a hop fix, but Foolproof certainly has its place. Would definitely try more by this brewery, they nailed exactly what they tried for.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.67/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a can into a shaker pint, the beer is a bright, slightly hazed, yellow-gold coloring with a steady flow of carbonation and a thin, filmy, clingy, bright white head. Nose of floral hops, with a slight peppery bitterness, caramel sweetness, and a subtle bitterness. Flavors are bitter forward, with a resiny and piney blending and subtle tangy sweet backbone. Very well balanced, with a good punch from the bitter and spiced hops presence. Light, effervescent body with a slightly bitter, crisp, dry finish. Aftertaste of roast, subtle sweet, and resiny bitterness. Solid, easy drinker that is well balanced.

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Photo of mpedara429
4.12/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured out a small amount from the can. It was a slightly hazy golden amber color with off white head. There was low retention on the head and some spotty lacing.

S: Grapefruit and a semi dank pine. Herbal and floral hop notes shine through over a noticeably sweet caramel malt body. There are also hints of booze and spice.

T: The nose pretty much sums it up, but there is more of a pronounced floral and herbal flavor. Finish is a little spicy and bitter.

M: This one seems a bit thinner than most IPAs and the carbonation is a little lighter as well. It does seem to be quite a bit sticky though.

O: Very good. Lives up to the "Backyahd" name. This one would be great for sessioning for an occasion like a barbecue.

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Backyahd India Pale Ale from Foolproof Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 44 ratings.