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Backyahd India Pale Ale - Foolproof Brewing Company

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Reviews: 44
Hads: 247
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 10.63%
Wants: 10
Gots: 46 | FT: 2
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Foolproof Brewing Company visit their website
Rhode Island, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of DonFrap
2.63/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

From the can into a tree house snifter. Pours moderately dark orange. Not much head but good retention. Smell is of muted hops and malt. Not great smelling at all. Beer has a slight soapy taste, weird carbonation and almost no bitterness. Mouthfeel is not so good either. The carbonation is prickly.

A bit disappointed in this. Had heard good things about this fairly new fairly local brewery. Will give them another shot, but I don't recommend this at all. (458 characters)

Photo of WyethBednar
2.71/5  rDev -26.2%
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. (519 characters)

Photo of tone77
2.88/5  rDev -21.5%
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. (404 characters)

Photo of donkeyrunner
2.95/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My wife says Foolproof was one of her standouts at the ACBF. I thought I'd try.

Straight outta the can! Retro green and black grandad's argyle matte can that is. Canned date handwritten in "Shahpie" on the outside of the 6 pack.

Pine and grapefruit aroma. Tastes like grapefruit, pine and watered down sweet malt. A little thin and a highly carbonated. Very soapy. I understand and appreciate the concept of a lighter IPA for grilling sessions and it did me just fine after a trail ride but it comes across more sloppy, not refined. Or minimized. Or whatever. (563 characters)

Photo of farrago
3.2/5  rDev -12.8%
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. (1,074 characters)

Photo of MistahBeah
3.24/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours straw yellow. Hazy. Creamy white head with chunky lacing. Good retention. Fair amount of carbonation

Smells of grapefruit and lemony citrus. Slight earthy pine whiffs. Floral and grassy notes are also evident

Tastes citrusy. Grapefruit mostly. Pine and grass round this out. There is a flavor of red apple skin as well. Some graininess. Lingering grassiness. Bitterness is assertive

Feels carbonated and somewhat juicy. Crisp but not particularly refreshing

Overall I wasn't expecting much and therefore wasn't disappointed. Pawtucket does not scream "beer" to me. That being said, this is a decent IPA with a lot of hop character but not much balance. Better than I thought it would be but not by much (712 characters)

Photo of youngs11
3.24/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance is lighter and less opaque than what I expect for the style. Yellowish-gold hue. Nice lacing and decent retention.

Smells hoppy, green apple and grass, earthy.

Taste follows the nose. Very bitter on the front end with just a hint of astringency, after taste is sour and grainy with hints of apple and pear, reminds me of sourdough toast.

Mouthfeel is a little dry and astringent. Low to moderate carbonation. Light to medium bodied.

I think this is an okay beer. While not bad in its own right, I do not think it is a great example of the style. Appearance is too lager-ish, Smell and taste lack that signature pale ale citrus accent. (649 characters)

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.37/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Perfectly clear dark yellow-gold. Small bright-white head drops to a faint cap and slightly larger collar. Spots of oily lacing.

Smell: Very faint bitterness with an herbal and floral hop note. Touches of citrus over a slightly toasted and sweet malt base. Bready with some caramelized malt sweetness. Light bready pale malts. Slight hop spiciness as well. Nicely balanced. Apple skin.

Taste: Slight hop and alcohol spiciness. Juicy hints of citrus. Deeply floral with a small herbal element. Malts are nice and light with a toasted bread crust. Slightly sweet and biscuity with a solid, but not bracing, bitterness. Balance persists.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light body with a moderate carbonation. Juicy/wet on the beginning of this sip. Nice and smooth with a slightly dry finish.

Overall: A staple for any barbecue in New England.

A nice easy drinking IPA with a solid bitterness. Killing six of these would be easy, but the hop profile might get a little tiresome around number 4. (1,002 characters)

Photo of EgadBananas
3.44/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: nice soft yellow to medium orange, good clarity, slightly off white half finger of head.

Aroma: caramel, mild citrus.

Taste: citrus, caramel, pale malts, medium to high bitterness.

Mouthfeel: slightly oily, light bodied, crisp, clean.

Overall: solid, but somewhat average. (289 characters)

Photo of ColdOneKev
3.45/5  rDev -6%
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. (591 characters)

Photo of mrz200
3.47/5  rDev -5.4%
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. (493 characters)

Photo of Seanniek91
3.49/5  rDev -4.9%
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. (535 characters)

Photo of angrybabboon
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Consumed 3/8/13

Appearance: Deep gold with some copper highlights - small, off-white head, fades quickly to a nonexistent cap - leaves a few tiny spots of lacing

Smell: Interesting hop profile - dry pine needles - orange and grapefruit rind, pith - some grapefruit flesh in the background - grassy and herbal - some caramel malts in the back

Taste: Unexpectedly aggressive - oily citrus, rind and pith - pine needles, grass, and aspirin - very bitter - minimal sweetness, which is a plus here - some dry caramel malts - an earthy undertone

Mouthfeel: Medium body, crisp, slightly sticky in the finish

Overall: Interesting, but not a showstopper

Maybe this should be enjoyed in a lawn chair in your backyahd. It has some citrusy hops, but it is also remarkably grassy. In some ways, the grassy and earthy notes are reminiscent of an APA. This just has a bigger hop profile. Worth a try. (892 characters)

Photo of WunderLlama
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
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 (182 characters)

Photo of TangTKE402
3.54/5  rDev -3.5%
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. (1,070 characters)

Photo of Mikecap
3.54/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured a deep orange, copper into my IPA glass with nice lacing and a thin sudsy whitish head.

Smell: Grapefruit, with some piney hops as well but I would put it closer in aroma to an English IPA than an American IPA.

Taste: Very solid with citrus fruit flavors including grapefruit, and a bit of pine from the hops. I'm tasting cascade in here for sure and I'm guessing it is complemented with some English hops as well, not too bitter.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with solid carbonation and a nice kick. Not too bitter, especially for a beer labeled an American IPA.

Overall: This is a solid offering from Foolproof and a decent twist on the American-style IPA. Not overly hoppy or bitter and I think this is what they are going for. This is perfect for hanging out in the backyard and something I could and would drink a few of. I will definitely have this again. (889 characters)

Photo of smcolw
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Small head that settles to a single layer of bubbles. A couple of spots for lace. Chill hazed with a slightly dirty gold color.

Mild floral hop aroma.

Starts with a soft pale malt taste. A black pepper hop kicks in slowly. The aftertaste is decently long lasting. The body is light with a higher than typical carbonation. (325 characters)

Photo of HamdenHector
3.62/5  rDev -1.4%
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; (502 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.67/5  rDev 0%
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. (618 characters)

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.67/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A-Pours a murky copper color with a slight head. Bits of lacing.

S-Nothing that really stands out here. Modest notes of grapefruit, pine and herbs.

T-Zesty grapefruit and grass with pine. Just a run-of-the-mill flavor here. The flavor is noticeably stronger than the nose. Caramel malt.

M-Fairly bitter with some decent body behind it.

O/D-Not my favorite interpretation of the IPA. The flavors work but don't suit me as well as others. The can looks great and I wouldn't be opposed to having this again. Didn't love it though. (533 characters)

Photo of Omnium
3.69/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (386 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
3.74/5  rDev +1.9%
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. (414 characters)

Photo of cbutova
3.74/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pretty fresh cans in the area recently for a new brew, prefect time to get out a review in this scorching heat.

A- Fairly aggressive pour yields a clear, light golden-orange beer out of the can and into a pint glass. A head forms somewhere between foamy and creamy and is about one finger tall. The cap retains decently and a ring of large bubbles leaves spotty lacing.

S- Not a blast of hoppiness compared to other IPAs but what I do get is a nice clean citrus forward nose with notes of orange zest, pineapple and some stone fruits. A slight bit of caramel beyond that.

T- Hop forward again with a bit more light caramel and yeast byproducts coming through. The hop profile here leads with some good orange zest followed by pine, stone fruit and floral notes.

MF- Light end body with a pretty nice creamy and foamy texture to it. Carbonation is on the high side with a clean moderate bitterness in the finish.

Solid canned IPA with a good citrus forward hop profile and fresh feel. Hopefully this one doesn't fill the shelves and remains decently fresh when it is around, I'd get it again. (1,096 characters)

Photo of greybeardloon
3.74/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No date, but the cans have only been around for two or three weeks.

A: Thick, fluffy head leaving thick lacing.

S: Floral and herbal hops, maybe a hint of tropical fruit.

T: Herbal, almost leafy hops, some fruitiness from the hops. Honey or caramel sweetness in the malt, but this is not a malt-forward IPA. Subtle yeast. Nice lingering and bracing dry bitterness on the finish.

M: Low carbonation, which I appreciate.

O: It's nice to get an IPA at 6 percent. (469 characters)

Photo of macrosmatic
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
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. (767 characters)

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