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Bean Flicker - Odd Side Ales

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209 Ratings
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Ratings: 209
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.95%
Wants: 13
Gots: 31 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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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4/5  rDev +3.6%

mkel0365, Feb 25, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

hill4ca, Feb 22, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Doublicious, Feb 17, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

jeffwright, Feb 16, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

ColonelHopslam, Feb 13, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Emnmarko, Feb 11, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Giggy, Feb 05, 2014
Photo of biegaman
3.71/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

biegaman, Feb 04, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Jordy777, Feb 04, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -28.8%

brother_kenneth, Feb 04, 2014
Photo of buschbeer
3.86/5  rDev 0%
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.

buschbeer, Jan 31, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

J_Barrett, Jan 21, 2014
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.21/5  rDev -16.8%
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.

UCLABrewN84, Jan 20, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

GRG1313, Jan 20, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

miffsudd, Jan 18, 2014
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3.56/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

Ri0, Dec 29, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

MgoJohnStamos, Dec 29, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

kynap55, Dec 24, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

fredmugs, Dec 19, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

leprechaunandfatman, Dec 18, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

Rons35, Nov 29, 2013
Photo of Maven
4.11/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Maven, Nov 28, 2013
Bean Flicker from Odd Side Ales
87 out of 100 based on 209 ratings.