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Bean Flicker - Odd Side Ales

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BA SCORE
87
very good

219 Ratings
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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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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

ClayOlivier, Oct 15, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Pillowburn, Oct 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

amishbooze, Oct 13, 2013
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2/5  rDev -48.2%

BrewtalHonesty, Oct 12, 2013
Photo of barczar
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

barczar, Oct 12, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

Braden, Oct 11, 2013
Photo of Mitchster
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Mitchster, Oct 11, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

JDizzle, Oct 09, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

s_currie, Oct 07, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

adamant1912, Oct 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

tommyguz, Oct 03, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

TreyIsWilson, Sep 27, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Rau71, Sep 26, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

1424IpA, Sep 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

MSandahl23, Sep 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

DanGeo, Sep 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

JohnnieNepal, Sep 23, 2013
Photo of GRPunk
4/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

GRPunk, Sep 22, 2013
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1.5/5  rDev -61.1%

andrewbuttlick, Sep 21, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Agentveba, Sep 18, 2013
Photo of tectactoe
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

tectactoe, Sep 16, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

comfortablynirm, Sep 16, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

BlissJunkie, Sep 11, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

imfrommichigan, Sep 09, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Supergenious, Sep 09, 2013
Bean Flicker from Odd Side Ales
87 out of 100 based on 219 ratings.