Back Yard India Pale Ale | Cooperstown Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Cooperstown Brewing Company
New York, United States

Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.10%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by OldFrothingSlosh on 09-24-2001

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Photo of Dope
3.04/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

No bottling date, just purchased at the brewery though so I assume fresh.

A: Pours a clear reddish-orange. Tall, frothy tan head. Decent head retention and little bits of fluffy lacing.

S: Smells catches me off guard a little. Smells like caramel and...I don't know. Kinda like overripe corn and butter? Is that it?

T: Taste is better than the aroma at least. Nice piney hops up front with a little bit of grass. Still get some of that...butter flavor? Caramel sweetness. Decent wave of bitterness in the finish with more pine and grass.

M: Medium bodied, drying and bitter.

O: Pretty odd IPA. Decent traditional hop flavors but some off flavors too. Not sure if they're intentional or not. Nothing special otherwise but not too offensive at least.

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Photo of FeloniousDrunk
3.02/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: Got a growler at the source in MIlford and poured it into a pint glass. Color is amber brown with a nice sticky 1-finger white head. A bit of lacing on the sides as the beer goes down, and a great clarity lend this beer some pretty good-looking bonafides.

S: A light and sweet nose that is fairly nondescript, with malted barley being the most dominant note. A touch of grassy hops on the end, but mostly it's a sweet malty smell with caramel, bread, and a touch of hay.

T: Pretty much tastes like it smells: malt-forward with a bit of dryness on the swallow. Notes of fresh-cut grass, wet basement, caramel malts are present in-mouth with a dry, hollow taste lingering after the swallow. I would compare it to a much more traditional English IPA than any big, bold American IPA. Akin to Davidson Brothers' offering.

M: Substantial enough without being overbearing in the mouth. The feel is a bit sticky, but fresh, and none-too-syrupy. Bone-dry afterfeel.

O: It's a decent offering from a nice local brewery. For an English-style IPA it's right on the mark, though it may not be what you expect.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.86/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.21/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Cloudy orange, two finger head, some carbonation.

S-Dirt, pine but not in a good way.

T-Same dirt, pine and grass notes but there is something off putting in there. A tad bit of bitterness. Malt is there, some caramel, not balanced. Possibly metallic?

M-Medium bodied, some carbonation

O-The balance ins't there, the dirt and pine are off as well. An IPA not worth seeking out.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.4/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pretty dry hopped to be an English IPA.

A - Hazy light amber in color with a half inch of sticky white head that laces pretty well along the glass.

S - Smells of moderate floral and piney hops with a very mid sweet malts.

T - Well it's kind of unbalanced in the hop department, not that's it's not enjoyable it's just lacing in the balance of the finishing leaving a gritty pine taste on the palate.

M - Medium bodied and hoppy with slightly acidic tones.

Overall it's a nice bitter IPA but nothing I would want to seek out again.

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Photo of micromaniac129
4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden amber. Pours with a tall head but fast fading. The head is white and soapy looking. Carbonation is pretty aggressive.
Aroma is pretty good for an EIPA; light hops and caramel malts. There are low levels of diaceyl in the taste, not an issue here.Light fruitiness just before the finish. Finish is tart and dry. Medium in weight smooth drinking with a clean finish.
Overall its a good beer. I think its a bit too tart for an EIPA.

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Photo of MsRif
3.08/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had from a bottle at their brewery. Poured a golden yellow color with a fizzy, quickly receding head. No lacing. Aroma is of citrusy and earthy hops. Slight malt nose as well. Tastes like it smells...though hops are present, they are not IPA strength in my opinion. A little watery.

Light bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkable, but not great, so I'd recommend having a sample or just sticking to one pint.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.57/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

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

S: The aroma contains citrus, a good amount of hops and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of caramel, citrus and a little spice. Then a strong floral hops presence comes in. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly hoppy.

M: Crisp but not very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, there are better beers in the style but this one is still worth drinking for a while.

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Photo of mdaschaf
2.76/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

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Photo of THECPJ
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: copper orange with a 1 finger off white head

smell: hops, caramel, malts,

taste: caramel, malts, bitter hop finish

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: this is a true to form english IPA. these guys truly stay with what the know.


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Photo of Rifugium
3.45/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Cooperstown Brewing, Milford, NY

Nice IPA, pretty mild, easily drinkable...which may not be what you're looking for in your IPAs. Poured golden yellow with a little head and fizz. Aroma and taste of light, somewhat citrusy hops. Kind of weak, but not bad, and moderately drinkable.

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Photo of Tartarus
3.11/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A&S: Golden cloudy amber colored with about two fingers of head that disappated slowly and left some nice lacing around the glass and left a thin layer of head on top. Smell is hops hidden beneath some malt.

T&M: My initial reaction when it hit my mouth was: huh? Smooth mouthfeel with minimal carbonation. Hops seem to be sharing the stage in this beer. It's not bad just not what I was expecting. Not a very bold taste, so it helps drinkability but I feel like it could be tastier.

D: Tastes lighter than it is, abv is a little high but I could knock back a couple.

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Photo of oberon
3.56/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

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Photo of MadElf25
4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i have to say i was quite surprised about this beer, it was good i wouldn't say amazing but defintly top 20 in my favorite IPA's. if you get the chace to have it, i definatly suggest you do since its from the famous Cooperstown NY and don't forget to visit the baseball hall of fame with a few of these beers in tow

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Photo of jwinship83
3.2/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle with no freshness information picked up on a recent trip to new york. drank from my sierra nevada hop tulip glass.

A- this one pours out a translucent deep copper color colored body with a finger and a half of eggshell colored head on top. the head has better than average retention and leaves behind nearly complete rings of lacing.

S- sweet caramel and toffee malts are the first things that i notice. after that comes some herbal and earthy hops. nicely balanced.

T- the toffee and caramel malts i could smell come through loud and clear. theres an off flavor of butterscotch the comes through in the middle. that seems to be an ongoing theme with this brewery. earthy, spicy, and herbal hops at the end.

M- medium bodied with ample carbonation.

D- easy to finish and something id occasionally buy were it available around here.

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Photo of jwc215
3.62/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber with a thin lasting off-white head that lasts most of the duration. Vanishing lace slides down the glass, but leaving glass pretty clean in the end.

The smell is of lemongrass, spicy with noticeable Ringwood yeast and some diacetyl. Woody/cedary with a touch of pale maltiness.

The taste is spicy - herbal/grassy and lemony. Ringwood yeast strain is certainly prominent. Diacetyl gives a buttery taste and feel. Just a hint of malt shows through. Finishes dry.

Medium-to-high carbonation, but body holds to medium, and the finish is long.

An English-style IPA, with noticeable Ringwood yeast and diactyl. Spicy hops and a touch of alcohol land this squarely in IPA style.

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Photo of asabreed
3.77/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of smibroncos
3.76/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. Poured a semi cloudy, honey gold, with a one finger off white fluffy head. Decent lacing on the glass.

S. Floral, citrus, grass

T. Nice malty flavor, with alot of hop bitterness. Citrus, corriander notes

M. Medium bodied medium carbonation dry finish

D. Pretty good IPA I could have a few of these on a summer afternoon. I liked how the hoppy bite lasts.

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Photo of generallee
3.98/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of david18
3.15/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad IPA but there are many others I would have before this. As an English style ale, this has the appropriated amount of hops and male (slightly less hoppy) but the overall look, aroma and flavor and not as good as I would want it to be. I would stick with the english brewers for this style of beer.

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Photo of brentk56
3.03/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: A gusher, but pours a hazy amber color with a huge head that persists nicely and leaves some lace

Smell: The diacetyl from the Ringwood yeast really comes through on the aroma, with real buttery caramel essence

Taste: Sweet toffee from the outset, with a growing buttery element joining with a tea-like hoppy bitterness at mid-palate; after the swallow, the flavors blend fairly well

Mouthfeel: Medium body with fizzy carbonation

Drinkability: Except for the carbonation, the beer was an adequate example of a Ringwood yeast, EIPA

Thanks, jjayjaye, for the opportunity

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Photo of sholland119
3.43/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked this one up at Finger Lakes Beverage.

A-Pours a hazy pale amber with a fluffy, long lasting white head and some good lacing.

S-Plenty of malt and some citric hop bitterness. A little light.

T-Well that was unexpected. I was expecting blandness and am, happily, disappointed. Immediately bitter and biting with grapefruit and lemon. No real malt presence either. Finishes quite bitter with a bit of a metallic note. A rather unique take on an IPA.

M-Medium bodied and rather overcarbonated. The beer almost floats over the tongue which, given the bitterness, is probably a good thing on balance.

D-A rather unique take on an IPA. But I don't think I would go out of my way to have this one again.


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Photo of mjaskula
3.28/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass. Pours a cloudy golden orange with a huge head. I actually had to stop and pour it in shifts because it foamed up so much. Maybe my fridge was too cold. Once it calmed down it had a thick rocky slightly tan head that clings to the side of the glass.

Aroma is mildly hoppy and fruity. Taste is hoppy as expected but a bit watery, bitter and dry, and a hint of sweetness.

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Photo of LennyV
3.73/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Growler purchased at halftime.

Pours a dark copper color into my lafin du mond tulip, nice 2 finger head no lacing.

Smells of malt with some mild citrus.

Taste is different. More english malt with some bitterness at the end.
Mouthfeel is ok a lighter medium bodied brew.

This is not your typical IPA as the brewey says, it is a representation of the original IPa's shipped to india from england. So, you don,t find the over the top hops many of todays ipa's have.

It is a nice brew but I would not seek it out

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Photo of almychristopher
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

this beer pours a very clear light copper color with a nearly white head, tara says it's diamond white. anywho the head fades to a nice sheet of lacing leaving bits behind on the glass. the aroma brings a balanced pine and floral hop arangement, with just a bit of sweet malt in the back. the taste follows that formula with a bit of bitterness at the end, with the medium mouthfeel and adequate carbonation it's a nice beer to pick up a growler of.

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