Backyahd India Pale Ale | Foolproof Brewing Company

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Backyahd India Pale AleBackyahd India Pale Ale

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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 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 ColdOneKev
3.45/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

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Photo of mrz200
3.47/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

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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 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 Goblinmunkey7
3.37/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

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Photo of MistahBeah
3.24/5  rDev -10.2%
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

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Photo of youngs11
3.24/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Mikecap
3.54/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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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 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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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 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 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 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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