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Bean Flicker - Odd Side Ales

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BA SCORE
85
very good

125 Ratings
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Ratings: 125
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 12.93%


Brewed by:
Odd Side Ales visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
A light coffee note with gentle grains.

(Beer added by: TheBrewo on 08-02-2013)
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.21/5  rDev -15.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2014 23:08:26 | More by UCLABrewN84
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3.71/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2014 03:34:12 | More by biegaman
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superspak

Michigan

4.33/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass; no bottle dating, but was released recently. Pours lightly hazy and cloudy golden amber color with a 2 finger foamy and rocky white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings down the glass, with a lot of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big nutty coffee, vanilla, cream, light bread, floral, and light grass. Awesome aromas with big presence of coffee and malt sweetness; with good strength. Taste of big nutty coffee, cream, vanilla, bread, floral, and light grass. Light coffee bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of nutty coffee, vanilla, cream, light bread, grass, and floral earthiness on the finish for a bit. Awesome robustness of coffee/cream flavor with a fair amount of malt balance; and zero cloying flavors after the finish. High carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and lightly prickly mouthfeel that is great. Hardly any alcohol presence after the finish as expected for 4.5%. Overall this is an outstanding coffee blonde ale. Great robustness of authentic coffee/cream flavor; and extremely smooth and crisp to drink. A highly enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2013 05:07:57 | More by superspak
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Bitterbill

Wyoming

4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Another6Pack. Thanks, Trent!

This pours a medium gold with a +2 finger head of foam.

The nose is interesting...notes of chocolate and light coffee. Maybe? some bready malt aromas. Yes, I think so. Weird smell to this brew but I have to say, it's inviting. The more I thought about it, the more I think it has kind of a brownie smell to it.

It has a very nice coffee flavour up front with more or less hints of chocolate. Not much hop bitterness that I can detect; all of the bitterness seems to be coming from the coffee. I'm digging it now that half the glass is gone.

Good mouthfeel and easy drinking, this would make for an excellent breakfast beer for those folks in Odd Sides' distro area. 4.5% abv..you got the right idea!

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2013 23:35:42 | More by Bitterbill
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Brenden

Ohio

3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A big, billowing soapy white head condenses down to a full finger of a heavy, craggy crown that shows off some good retention, while bubbling from the bottom of the glass continues to keep it strong. It rests on a chill hazed but bright dark yellow-gold brew. Lacing is left in thick, sturdy spotting starting from the top.
The aroma is quite distinctive. It's an interesting idea to use a blonde beer as a base. It allows the coffee to rule, though this beer is brewed well enough that the coffee doesn't completely overshadow the pale malts or the light floral and citrus hops notes. Underneath is a touch of earth and a grassy, not quite herbal note.
The flavor is more interesting. The parts try to separate themselves and get a little muddled doing so. Particularly of note is an initial tangy, tart citrus note that drops for straight coffee to come through and then puts some zest back in when the coffee falls back. Grains go in and out underneath, malts asserting themselves a bit.
The feel has too much spritz at first, though that drops after time. While appropriately light-bodied, it tends toward a watery feel in the middle with nothing to really make up for the loss. a smoothness seems to attempt to develop but doesn't really. A minerality comes out at the end of each sip.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2013 15:54:58 | More by Brenden
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Mitchster

Michigan

3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

$1.89 for a 12oz bottle @ BevCo. No ingredients or specs per the website or bottle. Opens with a brisk Pssssht. Pale golden, forming a tall rocky white head with excellent retention and lacing in part due to it's very brisk carbonation, ~3.5 carbs or so. The aroma is enticing. There is a distinct coffee note, but it also smells like they added chocolate extract flavor...like tootsie rolls. No discernable hop or grain aroma. No DMS, no faults. Mouthfeel is clean, crisp and light bodied. The taste is a recap of the aroma. A well balanced combination of coffee and chocolate (mostly chocolate extract) with some very light underlying grain flavor and a very subtle and delicate bitterness in the aftertaste. Subtle mineral finish. No off-flavors. East to drink.

This is an interesting brew. It goes down nicer than I thought, but the flavor is mostly artificial. Despite it, it's well balanced and easy to drink. I would buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2013 23:34:54 | More by Mitchster
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buschbeer

Ohio

3.86/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2014 01:18:21 | More by buschbeer
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joe1510

Illinois

3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz Bottle
$9.99 6-Pack
Kap N' Keg - Traverse City, MI

Bean Flicker: a "Satisfying stimulation of sessionable self exploration". This here is a blonde ale made with coffee. The pour is a little darker than blonde weighing in at a sturdy golden with soft orange highlights. A clean white head easily rises to a couple fingers before settling at a thick ring with puffy islands. Light lacing decorates the glass.

Looks can be deceiving The nose is nothing like you would expect from a beer that looks the way Bean Flicker looks. Sweetened coffee and cream lead the way and show enough chocolatey sweetness that it at times is reminiscent of tootsie rolls. Light graininess float around back there somewhere but unfortunately at times, mostly with warming, I get some burnt rubber in there. The rubber is unfortunate but it only pops up occasionally.

A sweet artificial chocolate presence kicks things off again with the tootsie roll presence while cold coffee and cream pops up here and there. A muddled graininess runs through mid palate and the finish is slightly coffee bitter. I liked the first few drinks of this beer but now that it's in my head that astringent burnt rubber is in play now that I've picked it up, again, it's very mild but there.

The body is all at once soft and light. A nice velvety feel as it enters and the finish is mildly bitter from the coffee notes. A touch of dryness cleans things up on the swallow making for an overall nice mouthfeel.

Bean Flicker is another interesting beer from Odd Sides. I can't say I'm a huge fan but the concept is fun and unique and certainly worth a try. The nose and flavor are both comforting until I get those strange notes of rubber. If the rubber wasn't present this would be a much better beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2013 01:44:21 | More by joe1510
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TheBrewo

Michigan

3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

We pour a brew of dirty golden blonde into our Great Lakes pint glasses. It holds a generous three finger head of yellow-tinged cakey bubbles that slowly glug away. Thick sheets of lacing are left as it goes. No haze or sediment is noted, and carbonation appears to be highly, highly active. The aroma gives pale and steely pilsner malts, yeasty metallics, rich hazelnut roast, moderate citric hop zest, and soft chemical phenols. With warmth we also get notes of fresh vanilla, muddy metallics, fresh grassiness, and shaving foam. Our first impression is that this beer tastes like your simple coffee stout, but the lighter malt base gives significant bitterness and puck. As we sip, strong hazelnut, lime rind, quinine, tonic water bite, bittered metallic pils grain, murky pale malts, and basement must. The middle comes to a peak with raw coffee bean grittiness, continued lime and lemon zest, distant earthy hops, crumbling dry leafiness, oak sap, and mint root, as the metallic pilsner malts come to a head at the back of the palate. Washing through the finish is more bittered pale maltiness, peanut butter sweetness, soapy hops, tinny metallics, white flour, sulfuric mineral, and mild cherry flesh fruitiness. The aftertaste breathes of fusel booze, clean pale and pilsner graininess, hollow hazelnut, biscuity breadiness, yeasty echoes, tin, kidney bean dryness, chalkboard, pencil eraser, and light grassy and earthy hops. The body is light, and the carbonation is extreme. The latter builds up to a strong prickle, even with the standard, easy motion of the swallow. Each sip affords great slurp, smack, cream, froth, and pop. The mouth is initially coated, but drips dry into satiation, and puck without that intense astringency. The abv is seemingly sessionable, and the beer sips easy once you get used to it.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this beer was its aroma. Here we get an instantly curious juxtaposition of a clean blonde ale base, with nicely bittered grain, while atop it we ride alongside stronger coffee flavoring than we’ve experienced in some straight coffee stouts. The case is very much the same through the flavoring, with the first and last thing you’re left thinking about is this bright hazelnut coffee roastiness. It’s quite the odd pair, no pun intended. That said, it seems as if they’ve accomplished what they set out to do with this one, and we are happy to have been a part of the experiment. One downside was the carbonation, which approached the level of champagne, slowing drinkability a bit. This beer will certainly not appeal to everyone, but if you’ve got the interest it is certainly worth your time.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2013 22:31:55 | More by TheBrewo
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barczar

Kentucky

3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Not a huge coffee fan, so here goes...

Pours a brilliant medium golden with a frothy ivory head that dissipates somewhat quickly, likely due to glass residue.

Fresh roasted coffee dominates the aroma, as anticipated, with hints of chocolate and subtle grain.

Flavor reveals more chocolate than coffee initially, which carries throughout into the lightly roasty finish. There's a bit of a grainy character that surfaces, but the chocolate definitely dominates the profile. A slightly metallic/acrid note surfaces in the aftertaste, but the hot cocoa flavor almost makes up for it.

Body is moderate to a touch light, with moderate carbonation. There's a touch of astringency in the finish.

Not sure if it's the influence of the night's prior selection, but this brew seems extremely chocolatey, rather than coffee dominant, which suits my palate well. The base beer is an afterthought. If it weren't for the off flavors(due to the base beer), this would really do well.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2013 00:08:27 | More by barczar
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StoutHunter

Michigan

4.24/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I picked up a bottle of Odd Side Ale's Bean Flicker a couple days ago for $1.89 at The Lager Mill. A Blonde Ale brewed with coffee had me intrigued and with my track record with this brewery I knew I had to give this beer a try, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date, but I know it's fresh since it was just released. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A- The label is really good looking, the colors and design are very eye catching and it really sticks out on the shelf. It poured a nice looking golden yellow color that took on more of a darker golden/amber color with two and a half fingers worth of white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and left some decent lacing behind. This is a pretty good looking beer, it's right on par for how a Blonde Ale should look.

S- The aroma starts of with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness followed by a lots of coffee aromas that have a nice fresh coffee, espresso and java like aroma that reminds me of a coffee that I could order at starbucks. Up next comes some hops that impart a light citrus and fruity aroma that blends surprisingly well with the coffee and is followed by some pale, bready and grainy malt aromas with some doughy yeast in the background. This beer had a very good aroma, the coffee works surprisingly well with the Blonde Ale base.

T- The taste seems to be pretty similar to the aroma and it starts off with a medium amount of sweetness followed by a some pale and bready malts with a really light amount of hops and it quickly gives way to lots of coffee which impart some java, espresso, and vanilla like flavors that remind me of Atwater's Vanilla Java Porter. On the finish there's a pretty low amount of bitterness with just a little bit of sweetness taking it's place and it had a coffee dominated aftertaste with some bready malts showing up a little in the background. I really liked the flavor of this beer, the coffee was showcased nicely and just enough Blonde Ale flavors came through,

M- Very smooth, clean, very crisp, a little dry, one the light side of being medium bodied with a higher amount of medium carbonation. The beer had a pretty good mouthfeel that worked very nicely with this beer, I have no complaints.

Overall I really liked this beer and I thought it was a great example of a coffee infused beer that didn't have a dark beer base, it showed me that while the dark beer base can meld well with the coffee flavors it isn't always a necessary and that coffee has the potential to work with the other styles that I never would have thought would have turned out to be good. This beer has very good drinkability, it's smooth, crisp, not filling, and the flavors did a good job of holding my attention and keeping me coming back for more, it wouldn't be a stretch from me to drink more than a few bottles of this since that taste really doesn't wear on me. What I like the most about this beer was just about everything, all aspects of this beer were right where they needed to be to live up to it's name. What I liked the least about this beer was nothing, there wasn't a single thing that I didn't like or would change about this beer, it's great just the way it is. I would for sure buy this beer again, in fact I already went back and got a six pack and I see a few more in my future and it just my be a new regular in my beer fridge, I would recommend this to anyone who likes coffee infused beer. All in all I was pretty impressed with this beer, I have been pretty impressed with Oddsides but I wasn't sure that they could pull of a Coffee Blonde Ale, but they did it in a way that truly impressed me. It really messed with my head at first because it looks exactly like a normal Blonde Ale, but the taste is anything but normal. Great job Oddsides, you guys are making some great beer and I have no problem claiming that their one of my favorite up in coming brewery's. keep up the great work guys.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2013 21:27:51 | More by StoutHunter
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tectactoe

Michigan

3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Gotta wonder how Odd Side got past the FCC with a name like this (wink, wink), but it's pretty funny nonetheless. Of course for nearly any time of cocoa/coffee flavored beer, you'd be expecting something at least as dark as a burnt sienna, but this baby is beaming gold and rustic amber all around with only a mild chill haze in the center. Thick and foamy is the luscious white head that forms on top, leaving nice lacing as it settles to a collar.

Dipping your nose to the edge of a beer this blonde shouldn't bring forth such notes of coffee and chocolate, but it does - and that's what Odd Side was setting out to achieve. Creamy, lightly roasted coffee beans with heavier amounts of solid and sweet milk chocolate. Lighter hints of vanilla and even caramel crowd the background, with some slightly grainy malt to close it out. Though it's labeled as strictly a coffee beer, chocolate wins out in the aroma.

The taste has some amplification in the coffee department from the aroma, thought the chocolate on the palate is still at least as strong, and probably still stronger. Creamy chocolate, smooth roasted coffee, and some bright, graininess on the back-end that serves to remind you that you're drinking a blonde ale that's only a shade darker than the sunshine and not a porter or a black hole colored stout, here.

Being a blonde ale, of course, causes a slight disturbance in terms of mouth feel (for me at least). With flavors like this - coffee, chocolate, roast - my mind and my palate has been conditioned to expect a thicker, smoother, bigger body and more creamy, luxurious, lacquering mouth feel. The mouth feel of the beer is nice, for a typical blonde ale - light, crisp, and sharp. But I guess I'm expecting something "bigger" to back up the robust and deep flavors.

This stuff reminds me of that purple and green ketchup that Heinz put out many years ago. It smells and tastes as it's labeled, but it looks completely mismatched and causes a mild mind bending when you make the transfer from sight to smell to taste. I actually enjoyed Bean Flicker more than I had anticipated... It was quite tasty, really, though the optical illusion aspect is something my tickled brain couldn't overcome completely.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2013 11:21:41 | More by tectactoe
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Goblinmunkey7

Massachusetts

2.84/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Thanks to JAS45678 for the bottle.

Appearance: Absolutely clear dark straw/light gold. Head is clumpy and white, dropping to a small collar in short order. Minimal carbonation on the pour.

Smell: Boom, coffee beans. Sweet milk chocolate and roast. Vaguely nutty, almost like hazelnut coffee with too much cream and sugar. Malts are incredibly light, offering up a touch of clean roasted sweetness. No hop profile to speak of. Milky sweet.

Taste: A bit biscuit under everything. Light snappy malts with a slight roasted element. Fresh coffee bean with a light cocoa bean finish. Milky sweetness with an otherwise light flavor. A slightly sharp bite on the back, something like a coffee with high acidity. Clean crisp roasted bean. Vague fruitiness.Warming produces a slightly oxidized and harsh coffee bean.

Mouthfeel: Light body with a high, but not bubbly, carbonation. Clean and crisp.

Overall: I won't be lighting any candles and getting to know myself.

An interesting use of coffee with a nice light body. Could be a highly quaffable beer, but it falls apart as it warms and it feels a bit mismatched. Carbonation doesn't help either.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2013 23:55:25 | More by Goblinmunkey7
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hooliganlife

Missouri

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours golden yellow with thin fizzy white head. great retention

this weird blend of coffee, chocolate, truffles, candy, it is hard to explain, but interesting and very aromatic

taste is similar to nose however heavier on the coffee for sure. some light chocolate notes. if you could not see this, you would never know it was a blonde.

bright body, moderate carbonation.

this is interesting, not something i would want many of in a row but here and there it is good.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2013 00:53:53 | More by hooliganlife
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GRPunk

Michigan

4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

Odd Side certainly enjoys pushing the limits of naming/labeling. Whatever. On to the beer.

A- 1-finger, off-white, fizzy head drops all too quickly. Slightly hazed, deep golden body cleans up after the chill wears off. Medium-heavy carbonation and good stick.

S- Wow. Lots of coffee and chocolate. Weird for such a lightly colored brew. Even more powdered chocolate than coffee. Some vanilla.

T- Follows nose. Lots of chocolate and coffee with a hint of vanilla. Even more chocolate than aroma suggests. Fairly sweet. Something of a mocha with with a couple packets of sugar in the raw, or the hazelnut coffee/hot chocolate mix offered at one of our favorite breakfast spots (Wolfgang's).

M- Medium body. Maybe even slightly full considering the style and ABV. Light tingle from carbonation and hopping.

O- Goes to show flavor doesn't always follow appearance. I thought it would be a mess, but I quite enjoyed it.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2013 21:31:00 | More by GRPunk
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Stevedore

Wisconsin

3.04/5  rDev -19.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2014 02:08:50 | More by Stevedore
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Alextricity

Michigan

3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

$2.19 single bought at Fairway Sav-More in Eastpointe, Michigan. I knew this had recently been released in bottles, and I pretty much have to get my hands on anything Odd Side puts out... I love their stuff.

Appearance: The name of the beer is obviously referring to... well... Google it. Bean Flicker is a super pale yellow color, which I'd expect for the style. A few floaters and a couple pieces of sediment. Three finger, soapy-ish head dies to one and sticks around for quite awhile. There's really no lacing. Really looks like piss, but who cares?

Smell: Welp, coffee. Malts. Kind of also smells like some sort of fresh baked something or other that I can't put my finger on... coffee cake? Smells very good.

Taste/feel: Here we go again, Odd Side impresses me. Again. Really liking how this drinks... it's about what I expected. It's a blonde ale with coffee in it. What do you want me to say? The flavor of this is actually a bit more than I thought to expect, but that's fine by me. If that's not enough, there's a solid feel to this as well. The coffee flavor manages to stick to your tongue for awhile after you sip, which I enjoy a lot -- ya don't need a dark beer to get a coffee fix in your beer, and this blonde ale proves that. A 4.5% beer with a nice body? Surprisingly bold flavor? Count me in. Odd Side just doesn't disappoint... worth the slight up-charge.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2013 00:08:00 | More by Alextricity
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SportsandJorts

Michigan

4.36/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: a light copper color. good clarity but a slight haze. three fingers of a off white head that leaves a little bit of lacing behind

smell: nice combination of light coffee notes, pale malts, and some vanilla

taste: opens up with nice and easy pale malts. quickly taken over by a very light vanilla/coffee taste. ends with just a bit of sweetness

Mouthfeel: nice and light. drinkable, but a bit of stickiness left behind

Overall: i was hesitant to buy this one and only bought a single rather that a sixer. i was very pleasantly surprised. nice light coffee taste. easy the most memorable and best blonde that i can think of.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2013 18:33:52 | More by SportsandJorts
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Ri0

Wisconsin

3.56/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2013 20:07:01 | More by Ri0
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andrewjraab

Michigan

3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2013 00:36:56 | More by andrewjraab
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lurpy1

Minnesota

3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2013 22:56:56 | More by lurpy1
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lochef81

Michigan

3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2014 05:16:01 | More by lochef81
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king75

Michigan

4.81/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Appearance- clear effervescent gold, with a soapy looking head that quickly dissipates with little to no lacing. It honestly has the look of an adjunct lager nothing remotely impressive in the appearance.

Smell- I am picking up the fragrance if a fresh brewed hazelnut coffee, nodes of vanilla, cream and sugary bready sweetness, and a light grassiness of morning dew.

Taste/mouthfeel- WOW! Just Wow! This is the most flavorful light beer that I have ever had. Starts out with a creamy hazelnut and vanilla flavor that then shifts to a flavor of fresh brewed coffee. Has a light bready malt quality in the finish. The body of this one is light without ever becoming watery. The mouthfeel and after taste are phenomenal leaving a flavor of having just finished a fresh cup of hazlenut or french press coffee.

Overall- I have had this beer several times now. Twice on tap and have purchase three six packs of it. This is my favorite sessionable beer at only 4.5% ABV I could drink this beer all day. If it proves to be available year round I have a new go to beer. I hate blonde ales because they usually lack flavor and complexity but this one has me wanting to revisit the style. Love Odd Side's brews highly recommend this beer!

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2013 13:36:19 | More by king75
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thinkinflicka

Michigan

3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2014 06:46:05 | More by thinkinflicka
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Maven

Michigan

4.11/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2013 05:13:08 | More by Maven
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