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Bean Flicker - Odd Side Ales

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BA SCORE
87
very good

242 Ratings
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Ratings: 242
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 13.21%
Wants: 15
Gots: 39 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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.
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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4.14/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

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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.

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3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

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3.59/5  rDev -7%
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.

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4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
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!

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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.

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Bean Flicker from Odd Side Ales
87 out of 100 based on 242 ratings.