Backyahd India Pale Ale | Foolproof Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Foolproof Brewing Company
Rhode Island, United States | website

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.

Added by ShogoKawada on 01-14-2013

BEER STATS
Reviews:
49
Ratings:
284
Avg:
3.61
pDev:
31.3%
 
 
Wants:
10
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66
For Trade:
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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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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 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 smcolw
3.6/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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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 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 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 GarthDanielson
3.67/5  rDev +1.7%
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 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 tone77
2.88/5  rDev -20.2%
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 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 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 VelvetExtract
3.67/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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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 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 EgadBananas
3.44/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Backyard IPA has an extremely exuberant, overly foamy, slightly off-white head, an orange-gold appearance, with lots of medium and powdery tan-gray sediment, and heavy lacing left behind. The aroma is of a bit of sweet & sour sauce, apricot, and sourdough bread. Taste is similar, with a rather low level of bitterness. Mouthfeel is high medium, and Backyahd IPA finishes dry and drinkable. This comes across as more of a pale ale than an India pale ale.

RJT

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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 donkeyrunner
2.95/5  rDev -18.3%
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.

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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 DonFrap
2.63/5  rDev -27.1%
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.

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Photo of Omnium
3.69/5  rDev +2.2%
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 farrago
3.2/5  rDev -11.4%
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 angrybabboon
3.5/5  rDev -3%
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.

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