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Bean Flicker - Odd Side Ales

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BA SCORE
87
very good

219 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 219
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 13.21%
Wants: 15
Gots: 33 | FT: 0
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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3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

CTJman, Mar 22, 2014
Photo of Stevedore
3.04/5  rDev -21.2%
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.

Stevedore, Mar 19, 2014
Photo of LiberateTeExInferis
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

LiberateTeExInferis, Mar 16, 2014
Photo of AirborneBeer
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

AirborneBeer, Mar 16, 2014
Photo of mikejonze
4/5  rDev +3.6%

mikejonze, Mar 13, 2014
Photo of thinkinflicka
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

thinkinflicka, Mar 13, 2014
Photo of Zach136
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Zach136, Mar 13, 2014
Photo of Buck_Jones
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Buck_Jones, Mar 09, 2014
Photo of lochef81
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

lochef81, Mar 05, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

mkel0365, Feb 25, 2014
Photo of hill4ca
4/5  rDev +3.6%

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

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

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

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

Emnmarko, Feb 11, 2014
Photo of Giggy
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
Bean Flicker from Odd Side Ales
87 out of 100 based on 219 ratings.