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Backyahd India Pale Ale | Foolproof Brewing Company

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Backyahd India Pale AleBackyahd India Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Foolproof Brewing Company
Rhode Island, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
The ultimate suburban brew, Backyahd is an aggressively hopped American 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.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.41/5  rDev +22.2%
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 TheManiacalOne
4.36/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap 1/8/2013 at Track 84, in Warwick, RI served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains citrus, floral hops and light caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of citrus and caramel. Then a nice hops bitterness comes in quickly. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, decent kick, very good representation of style, this is a very nice IPA to pound down for a long time.

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Photo of Brad007
4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

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 gcamparone
4.2/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz can into a tulip. Purchased in Wakefield, RI a few days after receiving it, so it's super fresh.

A- Pours an ever so slightly hazy light golden body with a thick bubbly white head that reduces very slowly to some chunky, frothy foam that leaves some super thick lacing. Beautiful, a near picture perfect IPA.

S- Super fresh smelling. Very floral with citrus, honey, pine, and resin.

T- Pine and citrus rind sitting on a caramel malty backbone. Sticky hop and resin notes linger on the tongue for a few minutes.

M- Medium carbonation, medium body. Easy drinker.

I was pleasantly surprised with this new brewery's interpretation of the classic American IPA. It's quite flavorful and has a very good balance of hop zing and malt character. On a scale of tropical/fruity to resinous/piney, this would be on the resinous/piney side.

From the first smell to the last sip, this is a very enjoyable brew to put down. Well done, Foolproof.

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Photo of skivtjerry
4.15/5  rDev +15%
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 mpedara429
4.12/5  rDev +14.1%
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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Photo of Billolick
4.02/5  rDev +11.4%
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 jlindros
4.01/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I've been waiting to try a new commercial production beer from Damasse for many years now, and finally it's in front of me. Also in a can! Hooray!

Pours a nice fluffy airy 1 finger head that fades semi slowly, nice soapy lacing, hazy bright honey yellow orange colored beer.

Nose has an interesting hop character, quite floral and some citrusy fruit, nice grapefruit and a sour peach like fruit, faint hint of resin and fresh hop kick, faint tangerine, and under all that is a light fluffy honey malt. That being said, with all the nice characters, it's a little muted for an American IPA, if these same characters were there but much stronger it would be much better.

Taste starts with fruity flavors, quite fruity, a peach apricot to start, all from the hops I assume, and into light citrus with a tangerine, and some grapefruit juice packets, a light bitter grapefruit rind as well, slight pith, juicy fruit all around, with fair bitterness, It also brings a light fluffy sweet malt underneath with a hint of a honey malt flavor. Finish is dry and quite bitter but not overly, nice grapefruit flavor, with hint of tangerine and just a touch of a floral almost spicy hop.

Mouth is med bodied, nice fluffy carb.

Overall not bad at all, the nose was nice but a bit muted, flavor profile came through nicely and let the hops shine with a light malt balance and little sweetness, tasty beer with a nice finish.

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Photo of ShogoKawada
3.95/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On draft at Wickenden. 1l into glass mug.

2 fingers of head. Nice lacing, pretty dense snow-like head. Beer has a dull yellowy orange hue.

Nose is of peppermint and pine needles. Subdued. But that could be due to serving temp (ice cold). EDIT - as it warms the nose becomes stronger.

Bitter pith, grapefruit and orange rind. Very bitter, lingering. Yes, please. Cascade? Chinook? I can't place it. Reminds me of a SNPA on steroids. Not much malt in the grand scheme of things, this is dry compared to Trinity IPA- and tastier than Storm's Fox Point.

Crisp, clean finish. Smooth and tasty. I want more.

I wasn't sure about this at first, but over the last few days this has become my go-to beer here at the Wickenden Pub. I like it- a great first effort from Foolproof. This beer had put them on my radar for sure. Bring on the cans!

EDIT: 2nd batch tasted better than the first. Will revise my score if it holds for next time.

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Photo of dancaplette
3.92/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

poured from a can in a pint glass. it pours a one finger head that dissipates quickly, no lacing.

appearance has a light cloudy golden color

I don't get a really hoppy smell, despite being advertised

it has a real bitter taste, very earthy.

mouth feel is smooth, very low carbonation, if any. don't seem like an ipa with 6% abv

overall a nice refreshing beer that is not heavy and I would drink year round.

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Photo of allengarvin
3.9/5  rDev +8%
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 johnnnniee
3.89/5  rDev +7.8%
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 Duhast500
3.87/5  rDev +7.2%
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 plaid75
3.86/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Drank directly from the can.

The smell featured resinous citric and piney hop notes atop a moderate grainy aroma.

The taste consisted of an upfront balmy piney hop that slowly faded allowing for a soft caramel to complete the flavor.

The mouthfeel was toward the fuller side of the style.

Overall a handy IPA.

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Photo of gonzo000
3.86/5  rDev +6.9%
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 illpass78
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. can poured into a tulip.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy orange with a humongous white head. Cool packaging. Nice simple can design. Comes in a fun boxy thing inside of having plastic rings.

Aroma: Lemon, grapefruit, citrus, hops.

Taste: Citrusy, piney IPA. Definitely lives up to its billing as an IPA that pairs well with grillables.

Mouthfeel: Pretty appealing piney aftertaste. Slightly "burnt" tasting. Not necessarily a beer to sip and savor; more of an "everyday" type ale. I think that's the idea.

Overall: Nice, fairly sessionable IPA. Good stuff.

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Photo of bubbadorse
3.84/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Tastes like a good ol' IPA! Just without all the craziness of some more loaded IPAs out there (which are good too, no, maybe excellent, but just more than this). The lower alcohol level makes it a a great session beer for around the grill, just as advertised...

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Photo of ppoitras
3.79/5  rDev +5%
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 macrosmatic
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
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 rorjets
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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 scotorum
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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 puboflyons
3.74/5  rDev +3.6%
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 cbutova
3.74/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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Photo of greybeardloon
3.74/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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Photo of metter98
3.69/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is hazy yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high frothy white head that gradually died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface, a patch of bubbles in the center, a collar around the edge, and lots of lacing running down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of grassy hops are present in the nose along with some notes of green apples and hints of biscuit malts.
T: The taste starts off with flavors of green apples and transitions over to grassy hops, the latter of which contribute a moderate amount of bitterness that lingers along with the grassy hops into the finish.
M: It feels just about medium-bodied and slightly crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The grassiness of this beer makes it quite different than the types of IPAs that you are normally accustomed to seeing these days. It is very bitter and can cut through foods that are paired with it.

Serving type: can

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