Foolproof Backyahd

Tonight’s post comes from J.R. the G.R. (Jay R the Guest Reviewer). He is a regular LIBA reader and has attended LIBA beer meetups in the past. Many thanks for entertaining us this evening Jay…


So the fridge in our house went out last weekend. The new one got delivered this morning. Of course, the first things to go in was the beer supply, including the one planned for this review.

Foolproof Brewing is one of the approximately four million, six hundred and twelve new breweries to open in New England in the past few years. They are located in Pawtucket, Rhode Island and was started officially last fall, from a plan several years in the making. Owner Nick Garrison began brewing at home, and soon hatched a strategy to open his own production place. He recruited brewer Damase Olsson originally a Rhode Island native to come home after stints in Bolton’s Nashoba Valley Winery and Brewery and now defunct Pennichuck Brewing in Milton, New Hampshire.

They came up with three main beers, the Barstool Golden Ale, Raincloud, a robust Porter, and the subject of this review, the Backyahd IPA. They also have released two limited edition seasonal brews, the Revery Russian Imperial Stout and La Ferme Urbaine Farmhouse ale.

The Backyahd in question comes packaged in 12-ounce can, weighing in at 6%. The wording on the can states, “Guaranteed to deliver an unspoken Zen with a spatula in your other hand.”

It also describes the beer as, “…a tantalizing hop aroma. The beer’s bitterness pairs perfectly with spicing foods coming
straight off the grill.”

Poured into a Portsmouth Brewing tulip glass, I found it poured a hazy orange gold color, with almost no head to speak of. Interestingly, a second one I tried poured out with a fingerwidth or rocky, almost pure white foam atop. I am uncertain as to the difference in carbonation, as they were both poured alike.

The aroma was mostly hop-forward, with a citrusy, orange / grapefruit tang. The flavor is hop-dominated, unsurprisingly for an IPA. There is a touch of malty sweetness at the forefront, before the hops kick in, a combination of earthy and citrus, on top of the bitterness charge. The beer has a very quenching mouthfeel, but leaves you wanting another sip. At 6%, it’s one you can keep sipping on, within reason.

Overall, I found this a good beer. It’s no Heady Topper or Pliny the Elder, but it’s not supposed to be. It’s supposed to be a good one for drinking around the grill on a summer day / evening. I can see this becoming part of the rotation for summer beers for me.

Thanks to Josh and the Lost in the Beer Aisle crew for allowing us readers to submit reviews this week.


Foolproof Backyahd

Author: Joshua Dion

I write about beer in an un-intimidating way, welcoming beer lovers of all experience levels.