Active Beers: 11
Beer Ratings: 188
Beer Avg: 3.62
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Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 13 | Reviews: 4 | Display Reviews Only:
3.79/5 rDev +2.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75 | $$
The ambiance is OK, but the place is new and has the industrial feel of the brewery more than that of a pub. I liked it, because I am a homebrewer, but maybe others might not. The outdoor area was nice.
The service was laid back, but the staff were knowledgeable and helpful.
The lineup featured mostly their own brews, and there was a wide range to select from. Backpocket makes very drinkable beers. Event the barleywine was smooth and clean. Don't go looking for something edgy or weird here.
The food was good and fairly priced. Mostly pub food, but the menu was fun and varied.
The brewmaster was very busy when I arrived, but he made time for a wonderful brewery tour. I could tell that he had a million other things going on, but he still made the time to show us around. We spent about an hour with him. Overall it was a very pleasant time. The bar and brewery staff were great. I hope to stop by again the next time I am in town.
06-05-2014 13:05:49 | More by chickenflea
3.84/5 rDev +3.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75 | $$
I was driving East on the beer wasteland that is the I-80 corridor on my way from CO to IL. It had been a long day of driving and I really wanted to stop for a beer and a bite to eat without taking a big detour. Thankfully, I' done my research ahead of time and planned on stopping at Backpocket.
From the outside, I was a little scared at first. Backpocket is in a big, very new, almost corporate looking warehouse right next to a big hotel and some upscale looking restaurants.
Inside, I was greeted to a space that's much smaller than the building lets on. Most of Backpocket's building is dedicated to their brewery. The restaurant gets just enough space for a mid-size bar and perhaps a couple of dozen tables and booths. There's also a good sized outdoor patio for nice days.
Despite the corporate feel, the crowd was anything but. Being right by the U of Iowa seemed to draw a lot of college students and teachers. There were even some music students on Summer break that were setting up to play an impromptu gig on the brewery's patio.
Back to the real reason I came here. I wanted beer and dinner and the menu offered up what I think is one of the best ideas ever: a beer and cheese flight. The flight included 4oz pours of six beers, each paired with a different cheese. A mix of crackers alongside gives you something to cleans your palate with between bites and beers. I really enjoyed it. The beers themselves were above average, with no huge standouts. If didn't need to get back on the road, I would have hung around and tried more of them.
Overall, I'm really happy I stopped here. The location is perfect and the place is a nice stop after a long drive.
11-09-2013 21:08:19 | More by Rayek
Backpocket Brewing in Coralville, IA
87 out of 100 based on 13 ratings.