United States > Iowa > Coralville
UrbanCaveman (15) Ohio | October 17, 2014
82 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 17/20
Decent little place that is more industrial than their location suggests, complete with most of the brewing floor and apparatus in plain view from the moment you enter the front door. Thereís just a bar and a handful of tables, with staff that have been friendly and talkative every time Iíve stopped in. The beer lineup is solid as well, though I havenít tried their food menu.
queenholly (42) South Whitley, Indiana | October 3, 2014
80 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 15/20
We were driving through on our way home to Indiana from Utah, and this spot had easy access from I-80. We came through pretty late, after the kitchen had closed, so it wasnít busy. Our bartender was very knowledgeable, and we ended up swapping email addresses for a future beer trade. The beer was solid, although I didnít try anything I would call outstanding. Still, I thought they were doing a good job in a state where craft beer is still in itís fledgling stages. I was really sorry to see Pepsi had a bad experience here ... now that some time has passed, maybe give it another try dude?
Ferris (793) Burnaby, British Columbia | September 21, 2014
78 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 16/20
Obviously lots of money, pretty and well situated with a top notch brewery. Nice bar space with a great patio. Good service, but lacking real beer knowledge. Beer is decent, but they have mastered hops and do hoppy beers very well. Fresh hand made pizza to order, but I didnít eat. They have a bad stigma, but in would go again.
rondphoto (140) Lakeside Park, Kentucky | June 17, 2014
72 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 15/20
Polished steel and dark wood give this industrial setting a warm feel. The service by our bartender was attentive and prompt, the beers are a mixed bag, and the food was good standard pub fare. It was worth a stop as we were passing through from Cincinnati.
chickenflea (6) Oviedo, Florida | June 5, 2014
74 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 6/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 16/20
The ambiance is OK, but the place is new and has the industrial feel of the brewery more than that of a pub. I liked it, because I am a homebrewer, but maybe others might not. The outdoor area was nice. The service was laid back, but the staff were knowledgeable and helpful. The lineup featured mostly their own brews, and there was a wide range to select from. Backpocket makes very drinkable beers. Event the barleywine was smooth and clean. Donít go looking for something edgy or weird here. The food was good and fairly priced. Mostly pub food, but the menu was fun and varied. The brewmaster was very busy when I arrived, but he made time for a wonderful brewery tour. I could tell that he had a million other things going on, but he still made the time to show us around. We spent about an hour with him. Overall it was a very pleasant time. The bar and brewery staff were great. I hope to stop by again the next time I am in town.
ajnepple (108) Conifer, Colorado | March 29, 2014
76 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 16/20
Brewpub located in Coralville right off of I-80. Not surprisingly, it was pretty dead at 11 AM on a Wednesday. The bartender was nice and knowledgeable, good service. They had 9 of their own beers on tap, plus a Schlafly guest tap. 10 tasters for $12. A few of them were pretty good. The ambiance was nice, clean and new looking interior. Primus playing on the radio. Probably a good place to stop and eat if youíre driving through on the interstate. I will come back next time Iím in IA. Go Hawks!
b0071d (2) Iowa | September 22, 2013
82 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 10/10 OVERALL 18/20
This is a fun place -a brewpub that serves food - brick oven pizza mainly and has regular special events - announced on their facebook page. Also features a nice beer garden. I take visitors here often. Beer selection is primarily Backpocketís standard line of beers with a few seasonals and some guest brews. Favorite brew - Anniversary stout. Favorite food - Nutella pizza with bacon (yum).
pepsican (54) @ $13.99, Iowa | July 11, 2013
44 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 1/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 5/20
Oh man, how do I not sound like the angry yelp idiot...Iím not sure itís possible on this one. My apologies. Anyways. Cool setup, opens up right into the brewery. Parking was plentiful. Place was probably 2/3 full (as in seated guests, nobody was just standing). Greeted immediately by some good dudes here on ratebeer that have probably 2 dozen bottles of random crap theyíve brought in to share. Very cool. Was told to go grab a tasting glass and have some fun.
We walk up to the bar and have a seat hoping to order a few pints and request a sampling glass. The bar is L shaped, with the lower L having maybe 4 seats and the upper part having 8. Try to follow along with that.
We sat in the middle of the 8 seat part, directly in front of the taps which werenít tall and we could clearly see the bartenders. Bartenders (3-4 total) seemed rushed pouring beers for outstanding orders when we sat down (no big deal). We were the only ones at the bar waiting to get our orders taken at the time and I really donít mind waiting a few for people that have ordered before me. Two guys come to the upper part of the 8 seat piece of the L, and two at the lower part of the 8 seat L, along with two guys at the end of the 4 seat section of the L. Every one of them was served before us. No big deal. Bartender(s) are right in front of us, theyíll get to us, right? Wrong. They go back to catching up with patio tickets We have our cash and IDís on the tables. The L fills up again. Bartenders pour all drinks for the L but us, then continue on to the outstanding patio tickets again. Both sides of the L empty out and refill at this point. Everyone at the L waits a few minutes while they catch up with tables, then the L is served again. As last time, they skip over us. And the L fills up. We loudly exchange that we know what we want to each other. I hear my beer friends calling my name in the background and feel like a jerk. We are missed again for the fourth time. No acknowledgement. We just walked out at that point.
I was excited to see a brewery that was in the Iowa City area, but sorry Back Pocket, I canít deal with that. Happy bday to me.
RobertDale (224) Lansing, Kansas | June 2, 2013
70 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 16/20
Dropped in while attending an event at the Marriott next door. Nice new facility open less than a year. Only four of their six taps were available. The food was decent as well as the prices. Limited menu. Service was good, but not too up on selections. Their beers were just average. Will try again.
EMunk (4) | January 28, 2013
74 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 4/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 10/10 OVERALL 20/20
This is a great brewpub that serves up delicious brick oven pizza. They also offer tours Monday thru Friday at 5:30pm. They also have a nice sampler pack so you can try all their signature beers.
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