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Bean Flicker - Odd Side Ales

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Reviews: 41
Hads: 314
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 15.43%
Wants: 20
Gots: 64 | FT: 0
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Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: TheBrewo on 08-02-2013

A light coffee note with gentle grains.
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Photo of phizzle
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Taste is decent for a coffee flavored beer. Slight vanilla taste as well. Most coffee flavored beers are stouts so this is a nice lighter alternative. I'd drink one of these over a Ballast Point Calm before the storm. (218 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.18/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Ratebeer tasting. Pale blonde body, mild haze copious bone white head. Aromas of coffee, assorted nuts, malt, chocolate. Such chocolate and coffee flavor is surprising from such a light colored beer. Really tasty. (215 characters)

Photo of Clockwork420
2.95/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Very straw like color with white head. No coffee smell at all. Wet grassy and grain. Typical plain ale smell. Taste coffee and vanilla for about 2 seconds. Otherwise plain ale notes. Mouthfeel is clean and refeshing. Very light. Medium carbonation. Good for refreshing factor. Not what I expected. Was hoping for much more flavor wise and was disappointed. Name suggests there should be more. (392 characters)

Photo of mchegash
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - 4/5
Golden orange, fairly clear with a little bit of haze. About 2 fingers of off-white head. Small particles can beer seen floating in the beer. The rising carbonation is very sparse.

Smell - 4/5
Wow. I knew this was a coffee-blonde beer, but I was not expecting the coffee flavor to be this strong. The coffee aroma is quite strong with hints of dark chocolate and espresso. I can't detect much past the coffee.

Taste - 4.25/5
Wow, this really is as advertised. A blonde ale with very strong coffee flavors. Who knew that such a coffee flavor could be achived in a blonde? Besides the coffee, there are secondary light malt flavors--slightly sweet and fairly light. Hints of banana and light fruitiness as well.

Mouthfeel - 4/5
The feel is medium bodied and quite crisp. Yet the coffee flavor still comes through strongly, as if this was a full-bodied coffee stout. There is a medium amount of medium-high intensity carbonation. The beer is quite crisp. Overall quite a good feel.

Overall - 4/5
Overall I was pleasantly surprised with this beer. The coffee flavors were much more present than I was expecting, and it made for a quite enjoyable brew. The only qualms I have is that when I am desiring a light brew, I am usually not looking for a coffee beer. But presumably there are some people out there who like coffee beers, yet are not huge stout or porter fans. In that case this is an excellent beer which would fulfill that niche market. (1,463 characters)

Photo of mothman
3.42/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A very odd take on a blonde ale. Reminds me of cartons coffee. Light bready flavors and then some stale coffee. It is drinkable, but not my style for a coffee beer or a blonde ale. More flavor than a traditional blonde, but I don't know if that is a good thing. Tough to rate this one. (285 characters)

Photo of gopens44
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is one that surprised me a little, as I found it more crisp and refreshing than I thought it would be. In the mood for a coffee forward stout but it's like summer and hot out? This may be just the ticket! Certainly well worth the try to say the least. (256 characters)

Photo of jsisko01
2.66/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

I am not a fan of coffee flavor. It tastes like a mocha drink. Most who are into that style of flavor would probably love it though. It's just not my thing. (156 characters)

Photo of Tripel_Threat
4.67/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Poured from bottle to pint glass. Pale, pale yellow with a little head. No lacing. Smells of coffee and cream, slight bitterness, roasted sweet caramel. Taste follows, sweet coffee with a tiny bite on the end. Mouthfeel is thin, could be a perception thing since I was expecting something thicker to go along with the coffee flavor. Little to no aftertaste. (357 characters)

Photo of ferndave
1.61/5  rDev -57.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

Sounded intriguing. Tasted disgusting. Could not even finish the bottle. I'd drink a warm Bud Light Lime out of a dirty work boot before I have this again. (155 characters)

Photo of acostuhhh
4.27/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I was made to try this with my eyes closed and guess the color. Yep got it wrong. Love the light coffee flavor and crispness of the blonde. My palate isnt so sophisticated, but this tastes deliciously.... delicate? Im not sure but I enjoy this beer. (249 characters)

Photo of Wolvmar
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Lots of vanilla flavor. Some coffee and a little chocolate. As someone else said, little carbonation which is ok with me. Smooth and drinkable but probably not a regular go to beer for me given the intensity of the vanilla flavor. But, a refreshing change of pace! (264 characters)

Photo of Cresant
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle dated 9/0/13, drank in Jan. 2014 (reviewed from notes). The body was a hazy straw/blonde. The head was off-white and faded to a ring and little island pretty quickly.

The smell was coffee and vanilla, mostly vanilla. Chocolate too. It mad me think of brownies. However, there were some strange whiffs of plastic.

The taste was sweet coffee. Chocolate and vanilla. Creamy. A mocha a suppose. Easy to drink.

The body was medium to light with modest carbonation. (470 characters)

Photo of Badger6
3.56/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass. No date.

A: Clear golden, amber colored body. Some visible carbonation. One finger, bone white head rapidly receded into thin film on the surface with a small ring at the edge.

S: Chocolate, and malty graininess. Can't find the coffee.

T: Chocolatey, the coffee flavors are more mocha than a black brewed café. There is a clear blonde ale character there. Interesting...

M: Light, really thin, mouthfeel...watery, almost no carbonation feel. Slightly astringent on the tongue at the finish.

O: One word: unique. Flavors make this interesting. Billed as a blonde ale with coffee...its a misleading label. This is a blond ale hidden within a mocha. Tone down the chocolates, turn up the coffee, but not too much letting the blonde come through, this might be a really interesting beer. (822 characters)

Photo of Sparkyinsurf
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I really enjoy the long-boarder porter made with coffee and this is the blond ale version. It is fantastic and they have mastered the coffee flavor but without compromising the taste of the beer. Because of the smell and mouthful was more like that of a cream ale instead of a blond ale i rated it a bit low, this doesn't take away the fact that the texture of the flavor is Superb! (382 characters)

Photo of KRH9
4.83/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Very interesting and a delightful surprisingly good beer! I wasn't sure what to expect, but decided to try it because it wasn't like anything I had tried before. I could taste some vanilla, and the coffee flavor is detectable, but not at all overpowering. (255 characters)

Photo of Stevedore
3.05/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle, bottled 2/14/2014, poured into a Bell's snifter today, 3/18/2014. Extra courtesy of Kevin. Thanks man.

App- Clear light copper body, minimal <1 finger white head with minimal retention, no lacing. Looks carbonated with a fair amount of small bubbles rising to the surface.

Smell- Smells like watered-down coffee. Faint bitter black coffee with a bit of 2% milk, not much else. A bit different, smells OK.

Flavour- Stale chocolate milk is all I can get out of this beer. Not getting any Belgian blonde characteristics whatsoever. My guess is that it's muddled in a lot with the coffee to produce that stale chocolate milk flavour.

Mouthfeel- A bit creamy though thin bodied and watery. The carbonation helps to make up for the wateriness. Aftertaste is a faint milk chocolate sweetness.

Overall- Weird beer. As per the brewery, this is certainly odd and different than anything else I've ever had. I don't think I've even had a blonde with coffee added before, period. Otherwise forgettable. (1,011 characters)

Photo of thinkinflicka
3.91/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

sounded kinda weird, didnt really know what to expect.
Looks like a stanterd blonde with verry light head
light coffee on the nose not alot else
coffe beers that are nt stouts or porters normally dont go verry well, i have had a few coffee brown ales that i hated so to be honest i thought id hate this too but i fucking loved it perfect body and just enought coffee so not to be over bearing.
i would drink this often if i could for sure. (439 characters)

Photo of lochef81
3.84/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I was perplexed when I saw a coffee infused blonde ale but at the same time exhilarated to try it...damn glad I did. This ale pours a golden hue with little white head and virtually no lacing. The nose reminds me of hot chocolate. Not a lot of coffee notes just a subtle sweet chocolaty smell. There's a lot of malt here as well and a bit of hops to round it out. This offering sips very light and smooth. The flavor is much more complex than I had ever expected. It is sweet and reminiscent of iced mocha at first but followed by a nice hoppy bitterness all to resolve with a sweet malty chocolate finish. This is a delicious and surprisingly complex beer. Nothing like what I expected but very refreshing and enjoyable. Would gladly buy this one again. (754 characters)

Photo of biegaman
3.71/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

There's couldn't have been that much coffee used - this Blonde Ale is still very much blonde. There's a not a drop of brown anywhere in its golden tone, bright radiance, or spotless clarity. Bean Flicker even lacks the foam of a latte or espresso; there's but a thin quilt of bubbles.

The aroma, on the other hand, tells a very different story - blindfolded, you'd swear you were drinking a highly caffeinated beverage. It smells like roasting beans - not so much brewed coffee - and has an astringent aura, one generated in collaboration with pungently earthy hops.

I had no idea what to expect from a blonde ale brewed with coffee - I couldn't imagine how it might taste. Turns out it's just as it sounds: a soft malty sweetness, light flavours of toasted bread and biscuit, blended with the oily astringency and smokiness of roasted coffee beans.

Even more surprising, there's a considerable amount of hops added too. As if there wasn't enough going on already; as if this wasn't unique enough as is. Bean Flicker is perhaps the most unusual recipe I've come across, not for its use of bizarre ingredients, but for its peculiar contrast of ingredients. This is unexpectedly agreeable and appealing.

I assumed something so dark, roasty and powerful as coffee would overwhelm a style that is clean, neutral, and light but I was amazingly wrong. Who'd have thought that a pale, easy-drinking and approachable beer could retain those qualities amongst such an appreciable coffee presence? Oddside Ales you are indeed very odd - but also clever and talented. (1,564 characters)

Photo of buschbeer
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a perfect pint glass

A - It pours golden in color with about two inches of off-white head.

S - At first I got all coffee. Then I noticed a little chocolate. These non-typical blonde ale aromas do not overpower. I could still smell some grain in it.

T - It tastes like a blonde ale with a weak coffee flavor. Just like in the aroma, the coffee does not overwhelm. If anything, it leaves me craving more coffee flavor.

M - Thin

O - This is an interesting beer that I will more than likely revisit. I like the coffee flavor in a lighter beer. I think this would be a great alternative to a coffee stout in the summer when I am craving the coffee flavor but want a light bodied beer. (715 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.2/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.

Pours a clear yellow-orange with a foamy bone head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, earth, and slight coffee aromas. Taste is much the same with vanilla and coffee flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that is drinkable but the coffee aspect doesn't really work all that well with the base beer in my opinion. (655 characters)

Photo of Ri0
3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

poured 12oz bottle into snifter.

A - Hazy dark pine wood colored with micro particles suspended in the liquid. A one finger head rapidly dissipates into a thin ring and leaves some spotty lacing.

S - Aromas of cheap chocolate Christmas candy, bread and some grain. It doesn't smell like the coffee I am used to drinking,

T - The taste is of...hmmm...Some type of coffee like flavor and cheap chocolate. The bolnde ale gives it a bready and grainy quality. It just doesn't come together for me. It's not that it is bad, but odd.

M - It is somewhat watery and thin with astringency and leaves an odd aftertaste.

O - It was worth trying and an interesting attempt at a unique beer. Somehow the flavors do not mesh right and leaves the beer without any great qualities. Perhaps the recipe can be tweaked to make it blend better. (833 characters)

Photo of Maven
4.14/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Crisp white medium head. Crystal pumpkin colored appearance.

S- Coffee, tobacco, perfume-like? Reminds me of a small book store. Getting really weird perceptions on this.

T- Coffee bean char without tannins or astringency. What I assume cold brew or kopi luwak would taste. Major flavor over central and rear palate. Great round sweetness rolls with the coffee flavor. I can taste some green coffee bean also. Something minorly off putting, cannot pick it out.

M- Taste begins after carbonation subsides.

O- Great beer. Unique aroma i'm getting, very difficult to describe. No astringency, amazing coffee. Weird vegetal flavor, green coffee beans? Definitely a must try, even if you don't like coffee and the usual espresso stouts. (739 characters)

Photo of lurpy1
3.81/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

An interesting take on a typical blonde ale, with an unmistakable coffee. Other than that, this is your typical unproposessing blonde, with guzzle-down drinkabilty traded off for any sort of body. This is photoshopped supermodel-thin. Still, I enjoyed it. An above average and unique blonde ale. That may not be saying a ton, but one of the better blondes out there. (366 characters)

Photo of andrewjraab
3.59/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Golden with some darker tones, slightly hazy and cloudy. Really nice stick and lace.

S - Yeast, bread, coffee, roasted malts, lemon grass.

T - Heavy on the coffee beans, chocolate - this all over powers the blonde ale that takes the back seat to the more dominant flavors. Medium bodied - slightly dry / bitter aftertaste.

O - Is it a lager, is it a stout? What is this concoction? I applaud the brewer for creativity, but the lack of identity makes this more of a novelty. I'd try it again, but I will not seek it out. (527 characters)

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Bean Flicker from Odd Side Ales
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