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Back Yard India Pale Ale - Cooperstown Brewing Company

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Back Yard India Pale AleBack Yard India Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
79
okay

150 Ratings
THE BROS
80
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Ratings: 150
Reviews: 109
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 15.16%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Cooperstown Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
English India Pale Ale (IPA) |  6.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: OldFrothingSlosh on 09-24-2001)
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Reviews by foxmul924:
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foxmul924

New York

3.08/5  rDev -10.2%

(Bottle into Room-Temp Mug)

Appearance: Deep Golden (Honey-Colored) with Initial Off-White Head that Steadily Disappeared. Some Lace.

Aroma: Sweet and not Nearly as Hoppy as One Might Expect (Desire). Notes of Grapefruit and Grass

Taste: Rating from an IPA Perspective, Back Yard was Uncharacteristically Malty and Not Nearly Hoppy Enough. While the Bitterness Came Through, No Overwheling Hop Flavor was Found. Mainly Consists of a Carmel/Butterscotch taste with a Grassy Kick and a Vague Grapefruit/Citrisy Aftertaste. Smooth Finish Usually Atypical of most IPAs...

Mouthfeel: Slight Build-Up on Sides of Tongue. Light-Medium Bodied with Very Little Carbonation.

Drinkability: Could be Enjoyed Consecutively, But More of an IPA with Trainingwheels for Those Beginning to Broaden their Appeal of Hoppy Beers.

Other: While I did Enjoy this Brew, it Simply did not Live Up to the Usual Expectations that most IPAs Generate. Would Recommend More Hops or Hopping at a Different Point of the Boil.

01-08-2008 21:05:46 | More by foxmul924
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oberon

North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev +4.4%

Poured into a standard pint glass a rich copper color with tight formed 1/2 finger white head that held well,aromas are extremely light for the style,more than anything I picked up buttery caramel over leafy/herbal hops.Cooperstown beers have that buttery diacetyl element to them and although this one may not have that element as much as the Old Slugger its still prominent.Buttery caramel intertwined with more of a herbal leafy quality hop flavor,a little sweetish in the finish.Its not a bad beer but for me it doesnt pack enough hop flavor to counterbalance the buttery flavors.

02-28-2011 12:52:19 | More by oberon
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RoyalT

Ohio

3.65/5  rDev +6.4%

Appearance – This one poured a thick, copperish orange in color with a monster, yeasty head that just bulged and stayed around forever. I finally got sick of waiting and drank through it.

Smell – This has an unusually light English Bitter kind of nose. The malts dominate the smallish hops and they provide a leafy type of bitterness.

Taste – Ah, it tastes more like an IPA than it smells. The Ringworm is in full effect here, so if you don’t like Ringwood yeast stay away from this fella. It goes well though I think with the bitter malts and light English hopping.

Mouthfeel – This one is a solid medium in the body and heavily carbonated.

Drinkability – I don’t know if this would make a good session ale due to the wicked carbonation, but it was tasty enough and just about what I expected.

04-30-2005 01:33:04 | More by RoyalT
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Todd

Colorado

3.43/5  rDev 0%

Presentation: 12oz brown bottle. No freshness date.

Appearance: Somewhat cloudy golden / amber colored beer topped with a smooth, thick and creamy head. Retention is excellent as is the stick to the glass.

Smell: Ever so light diacetyl / caramel, soft apples, grass (phenolic) and notes of a broken green tree in the nose.

Taste: Rough mouthfeel, with apple-skin and a prickly carbonation. Palate creams up from the carbonation, smoothing things out a bit. Dusty malts, with a slightly fruity sweetness and underlying maltiness and some diacetyl way back in the end. Sharp-ish citric twang, light oils on the edges of the palate and a leafy roughness. Dry finish with more apple-skin in the feel, to the point of being a bit annoying.

Notes: Not a bad beer for a Ringwood brewed IPA. Oddly tasty with and old-world feel about it -- don't ask me why.

09-01-2004 22:31:06 | More by Todd
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generallee

New York

4/5  rDev +16.6%

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass. There appears to be no freshness date on the bottle.

Appearance: A small one finger thick white head sits on top of a beautiful clear amber liquid. This head settles down to thin cap which make for some spotty slick lace on the glass.

Smell: It has a modest nose with some hints of sugary sweet lemon aid like citrus notes over pale white bready notes.

Taste/Palate: The flavor starts with a base of sweet bready malt with hints of caramel/toffee, Butterfinger like, candy mixed in. Hop flavor adds juicy lemony citrus notes that fade into bitter piney hop notes that hang onto the palate and last well into the finish. The body has a good medium feel with nicely balanced carbonation.

Notes: For me this was a very enjoyable and easy drinking IPA. I like the use of there Ringwood yeast and love that they finish the beer with some locally grown hops.

11-13-2009 16:54:23 | More by generallee
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Doomcifer

Rhode Island

1.95/5  rDev -43.1%

Have been seeing this one around for a couple years now and have always been eager to try it because a) I am a HUGE hophead, and b) the label is neat. Call me a sucker for marketing.

This one pours a semi-clear light orange color with a really nice frothy, off-white head. Terrific lacing. So far, it looks really good.

But the nose...it smells like a hoppy Naragansett. Rice?

The taste kind of offensive. Very metallic tasting. It's full on hop bitterness...but thats just it...JUST bitterness. No pininess, no citrus/grapefruits, no floral activity going on here at all. Just straight bitterness. I'd like to know what kind of hops they are using here so I could avoid it in my homebrewing. Not to mention, where's the balance?

Mouthfeel is pretty thick for some reason. Again, not what Im looking for in an IPA.

In a nutshell, there are way too many good IPA's out there, and readily available, to even consider giving this one another try. Sorry Cooperstown.

10-23-2006 20:38:27 | More by Doomcifer
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Jason

Massachusetts

3.63/5  rDev +5.8%

Presentation: 12 oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

Appearance: Very fine bubbly lace sticks all over the place. Clear and pale tawny color.

Smell: Faint citrus and grassy hop with hints of tobacco. Dusty diacetyl with some honey like sweetness from the malt.

Taste & Mouth Feel: Expressively smooth with a layered medium body. Pungent hops within the pale malt base, which gets lost though the diacetyl does as well. Hop bitterness lingers for a good while with mild citric and earthy tones.

Drinkability & Notes: An above par English style IPA. Middle of the pack from what I have experienced but good none the less.

07-01-2004 21:17:35 | More by Jason
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Billolick

New York

4.1/5  rDev +19.5%

A: 12 ounce bottle or two sampled, no freshness dating, pours golden amber with an orange hue, fairly clear, white head and this one leaves nice light and dispersed lacing.

S: fruity, tropical and grapefruit, fresh, hoppy and herbal

T: more tropical fruits, melon, nice base of light sweet malt and fresh hops in the background, well balanced tasty and nice.

MF: Nicely rounded, creamy and smooth

D: I think I cought a fresh sixer here, this stuff is pungent, flavorlful and quite enjoyable to quaff. Nicely done, under rated, Brit style IPA ,IMHO, go get some...Should be a good brew to turn on some Macro swillers to, nice, subtle, mellow complexity and flavorfulness

04-15-2005 23:56:16 | More by Billolick
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warriorsoul

Pennsylvania

3.03/5  rDev -11.7%

Thanks to Tim for the bottle...nothing say "thank you" like a variety six pack.
Pours a clear copper w/ three full fingers of foamy off-head after a agressive pour...web-like lacing forms, but fades quickly. The head remains for half of its consumption.
Mild malt aroma w/ some spiced hops and carbonation in the nose...not the best sign IMO.
Taste is slightly metallic at first w/ a decent bitter punch. Sour sweet malt, but faint again in it's flavor...adding no balance to this style. No alcohol detected at this point.
Mouthfeel is average, but the carbonation, as expected is a bit too much...finished quite dry w/ a lingering aftertaste.
One and done for me on this offering from Cooperstown. By no means a drain pour, but nothing real positive to say.

09-14-2005 01:00:59 | More by warriorsoul
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OldFrothingSlosh

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev +5.8%

Poured a hazy dull orange/amber in color with a thick and creamy off-white head that laced the glass nicely. Aromas are almost all earthy and grassy, with some malty sweetness and a bit of citrus mixed in for good measure. Flavor is not as balanced as other IPA's, and reminds me more of a British-style IPA. Very bitter in flavor with only token resistance put up by the malt before the bitterness shows up again at the end to crush and resistance. Even a bitter coating on the lips. Finish is very dry and crisp. A real thirst-quencher. I was surprised at how thick and creamy the beer was, despite the bitterness. Drinkability is good. A nice dose of bitterness at the end which combines well with the crisp finish. Not too bad, but not one I'd rush out again for.

Notes: Per the brewery's website, this beer is brewed with hops grown just a few miles from the brewery that survived the blight of the early 1900's. "Grandfather Eckler" would be proud.

12-06-2003 03:12:38 | More by OldFrothingSlosh
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far333

Connecticut

3.7/5  rDev +7.9%

Transparent copper-orangey color with a white head of fine bubbles. A thin rim hangs on and leaves lace rising up. Aroma is light, and consists of some malt, citrusy hops, and cinnamon. Seems like a bit of an alcohol flavor in the finish. A tangy orange peel flavor lingers, morphing into pine. Mouthfeel is full and creamy, very enjoyable. Fairly drinkable, but not overly complex.

06-20-2004 21:02:00 | More by far333
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mdaschaf

Washington

2.73/5  rDev -20.4%

Thanks to THECPJ for bringing this back from NY for me.

A: Pours a clear orange/copper color with a one finger white foamy head, on the thick side with nice retention.

S: Rather grainy with a bit of caramel and bready malt. Light hop aroma, mostly in the form of some citrus, but rather faint.

T: Not very hoppy at all. There is a faint burst in the midpalate. It has a lot of grain and caramel malt, and a bit of doughiness. Oxidized flavor on the backend as well.

M: Light to medium bodied with low carbonation. Has a metallic taste.

O: Not very good. Looked pretty good, but the aroma and the flavor profile were a bit lacking.

08-11-2011 03:05:25 | More by mdaschaf
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jmz62565

Connecticut

3.1/5  rDev -9.6%

This beer pours a cloudy dark orange with a giant white foamy head. This is a good looking with a ton of carbonation. The smell is weak with apples and almost a medicinal fragrance. It's not that appealing. The taste is creamy and not very hoppy for an IPA. It's more of an English style with a subdued hop flavor. It's not bad, just different from the IPA's I've been having. The m/f is light with the flavor being just abit thin. Not bad, but not great. With all the great IPA's out there why settle for something less?

08-09-2006 05:43:20 | More by jmz62565
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Griffith

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev +2%

08-04-2014 21:52:34 | More by Griffith
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asabreed

New York

3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Slightly hazy orange copper color, decent soapy white head that leaves a few rings around the glass.

Smell: A good mix of pungent and balanced citrus hops, some caramel, and good bright fruit esters. Mild strawberries and tangerines and good ripeness to the fruit.

Taste: Grainy bitterness that lacks a bit of the aroma's brightness and estery sensibility, though the finish is balanced earthy grapefruit zest hops. Just wish the balance was a little better, though it is a bit more visceral and bitter than a lot of the recent English IPAs that I've had.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, good carbonation with a nice burst at the finish and the end to be nicely coating.

Drinkability: A solid English style IPA, especially for around $6 a six-pack. Tasty, sessionable, and easy to drink, like most of the Cooperstown brews I've had so far.

12-20-2009 04:32:06 | More by asabreed
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev +14.6%

Quite English in nature, the combination of delicately caramelish malt, leafy Fuggles hops, and lightly buttery yeast is quite nice!

It pours a mostly clear orange-copper body beneath a full head of antique-white foam that slowly receeds to an average collar and whispy surface covering. Thin rings of craggy lace coat the glass throughout the entire first half.

The nose is welcoming with a combination of buttery diacetyl, yeasty fruitiness (enhanced by some orangeish and grapefruity hops), slightly sweet crystalized sugar (malt), and leafy/grassy hops.

The flavor follows the aroma but in a fuller way. The crystal-tinged malt is more apparent upfront, along with a touch of butter, followed by a burst of citrusy hops, and then a solid bitterness. Leafy and grassy hops come to the fore front in the finish as the citrusy, jam-like fruitiness (from hops and yeast) subsides and the bitterness dwindles.

Quite enjoyable. I think this could easily accomodate for more than a pint or two if the constitution was willing. Certainly worth a try!

05-31-2006 01:21:25 | More by NeroFiddled
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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev +2.9%

Brewed with hops grown at the brewery (hence the "back yard"), that's pretty cool. Unfortunately, I can't say I'm actually a huge fan of those hops. Overall, its isn't a very hoppy beer, but then again, it is an English IPA. Sweet, fruity malt with some pine and grapefruit. Aroma of ringwood and malt, but there really isn't much in this department in general. There is a nice lingering bitterness and while not a great beer, it went nicely with lunch.

11-28-2006 20:14:00 | More by tempest
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Larrydoherty

Massachusetts

2.75/5  rDev -19.8%

04-25-2012 18:20:20 | More by Larrydoherty
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GeoffRizzo

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

Deep golden hue, thin, bubbly head, decent retention and lacing Clean, invigorating aroma of fresh fruit, peaches. Initial blast of hops and some citrus flavoring. Medium bodied, yet tangy, borderline chewy, massive bitterness on the palate. If there were an IPA X2, this would be the one, a definite palate-hops-dominator, hop heads only for this bad boy!

07-17-2003 18:41:25 | More by GeoffRizzo
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KTCamm

New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev +13.1%

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Pours light gold, hazy, thick white foam. Heavy at times. Sticks everywhere=. Caramel malty nose with a grassy hint. Light malt taste, tiny hop bitter. Builds as the beer warms. Overall on the lighter side, but still tasty.

09-02-2013 18:55:02 | More by KTCamm
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hotstuff

Indiana

2.85/5  rDev -16.9%

Way too hoppy in my opinion.When poured, this beer poured a large sized creamy ivory head that contained fine-large sized bubbles that mostly diminished.The body was slightly cloudy and carbonated and the hue was amber.The nose was lightly malty and hoppy.The flavor was heavy on the hops and bitter tasting.The mouthfeel was smooth and light-bodied.This beer's lacing was fair.

09-03-2003 20:04:58 | More by hotstuff
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pjkelley82

New York

4/5  rDev +16.6%

07-01-2013 03:43:52 | More by pjkelley82
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev +8.7%

This is a 12 oz bottle of Back Yard IPA served in an Ommegang Witte glass. The ale is cold.

Appearance: The ale has a lighter red color that almost borders on pale orange. There is a meaty head and ample lace throughout the glass.

Smell: The ale has a light hoppy nose that does not betray much as to the style. That pesky ringwood shows up again too, providing a strong sweet aroma in the beer.

Taste: The hops don't shine in the flavor, instead they make an appearance and vanish. I do find that the hops come back in the aftertaste, but beyond that the ringwood steals the show again. The malts are clean and crisp with the fruitiness of the yeast. The hops are a little earthy, but provide a decent enough kick.

Mouthfeel: The hops and yeast commingle well, giving this ale a good mouthfeel.

Drinkability: The ale is quite drinkable and, IMHO, the best beer from CBC (caveat to that, I have not yet had the Benchwarmer Porter).

07-29-2006 01:33:44 | More by akorsak
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bonbini26

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +16.6%

01-12-2012 17:52:50 | More by bonbini26
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AaronRed

New York

3.98/5  rDev +16%

My favorite beer from this brewery overall. Nice cooper color, not much of a head, but looks the part. It seems this beer is all about hops- nice citrus flavor upfront. This beer doesn't fade away and yet it is not at all overpowering. Well balanced and easy to drink.

06-17-2006 23:03:15 | More by AaronRed
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Back Yard India Pale Ale from Cooperstown Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 150 ratings.