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SideKick Extra Pale Ale - Two Brothers Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

617 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 617
Reviews: 74
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 9.95%
Wants: 21
Gots: 67 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Two Brothers Brewing Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: MCain04 on 03-15-2013)
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Reviews by FanofHefe:
Photo of FanofHefe
3.45/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. can poured into a Duvel tulip; swirl-by date of 1-30-14. Clear, light yellow body with about a one finger, dense, white head. Decent retention and light lacing.

Light aroma of citrus hops, mostly lemon. Some additional light notes of caramel malt in the background.

The taste follows the aroma fairly closely. Zesty lemon hop flavors blend with a bready malt base. Some other light citrus notes, noticeably tangerine, blend in as well.

Light to medium mouthfeel. Easy drinking APA that lands in the nice lawnmower beer category for me. Solid summer offering, but will not be a regular for me.

FanofHefe, Oct 20, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of tectactoe
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Canned Pale Ale? Hell yes. SideKick pours a deep straw color with some golden tints bellowing throughout. It's kind of showing a partial transparency, although it appears to be pretty damn opaque in the center. It clears up a bit over time. The foamy and soapy, stark white head is quick to recede but leaves some generous lacing in its warpath.

SideKick smells pretty damn good. I guess I didn't know exactly what I was getting myself into, but I don't think I expected a citrus bomb quite like this. Lots of fruits and citrus out of the gate - oranges, grapefruit, and maybe even some light pineapple. Almost tropical-like, competing side-by-side with zesty hops; lightly piney and resinous with a touch of perfume on the tail. The citrus outweighs the raw hop flavors a bit, but who ever said that was a bad thing?

One of my biggest fears for "lighter", sub-6% ABV pale ales or IPAs is that the taste sometimes comes off as a bit "watered down" and not as "full" as the nose would have you believe. It's only slightly the case here, as SideKick tends to feel a bit watery at times, but still comes loaded with substantial flavor for a brew clocking in just over 5% ABV. The fruit flavor definitely hits the palate first, but it comes off as a fairly staunch, citrus pith and peel-like bitterness, keeping my taste buds on their toes at all times.

Lots of bitter and zesty fruits join in - most notably grapefruit and tangerine. Hops attack pretty shortly thereafter, pungent and oily with a bit of spiciness in the form of white pepper and leaves. The malt base in SideKick is pretty heavy and provides a big-time bread flavor that really becomes more noticeable after your palate gets broken in to the hops and citrus. The finish contains an abundance of hop oils, resinous pines, and some fading grapefruit and citrus peels. Pretty light bodied with a crisp, slick, and slightly wet mouth feel.

Wasn't expecting much out of this, ended up really enjoying it. That's how it usually works out, right? I'd compare this closely to Dale's Pale Ale, and if given the choice between the two, I'd definitely give the nod to this one. Easy drinking pale ale with lots of citrus, yet still a powerful amount of bitterness for the hop freaks out there. Too bad this isn't available in my area.

tectactoe, Apr 15, 2013
Photo of danthehopslamman
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

danthehopslamman, Aug 06, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

flixmex, Jun 16, 2014
Photo of Swane
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Swane, Aug 17, 2014
Photo of megamass
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

megamass, Jul 16, 2013
Photo of Billolick
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 ounce can, with "swirl by" dating on the bottom 12/29/13

Clear lighter amber, eggshell white head, lasts decently, then goes to a nice thicker film, thicker low sheeting and then well developed fields of top to bottom heavier lacing.

Citrus foward nose with orange and lemon.

Fresh tasting and nicely zesty, with more oranges and spicy hops on the palate. Lighter mouthfeel add to refreshing qualities. Nice summery APA, would make a lot of sense in a cooler loaded for a day on the beach, boat (like I have a boat...ha) or deck.

Enjoyable, nicely crafted and sessionable offering from 2 Bros.

Billolick, Sep 02, 2013
Photo of xdefeatsy
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

xdefeatsy, May 15, 2013
Photo of MattyG85
4.21/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. can into a Sam Adams "Perfect Pint" glass. Best by date of 10/29/13.

Appearance: Pours a bright and clear golden orange with a lot of rising bubbles. Solid three fingers of white head with good retention. Leaves a decent amount of lacing around the glass.

Smell: A nice and crisp hop forward aroma with lots of citrus esters. Hoppy upfront with hints of orange peel, grapefruit, lemon zest, passion fruit, tangerine, and pineapple. Also some earthy and herbal hop hints of grass and pine. Soft bready malt backbone with hints of grains, cracker, biscuit, and yeast. Light hints of honey sweetness as well. A solid juicy pale ale aroma.

Taste: Like the aroma leads, a very hop forward and zesty pale ale taste with lots of citrus notes. Big hop presence upfront with zesty citrus notes of orange peel, lemon, passion fruit, grapefruit, tangerine, and pineapple. Earthy, herbal, and floral hop notes as well with some grass and pine. Soft pale malt background with notes of grains, crackers, yeast, and biscuit. Subtle honey like sweetness also in the background. A pretty nice taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Zesty, juicy, and fairly drying. Very smooth.

Overall: A very good pale ale. Definitely on the hoppy side. Very good citrus taste.

MattyG85, Jul 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2%

HeyYoMar, Sep 29, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

BurdockBoy, Apr 30, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Hopinho, Jul 13, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

rudylaw, Aug 11, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Zonian1, Apr 18, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2%

JuniperJesus, Mar 16, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Adkins1203, Oct 04, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

JIMTRK16, Feb 26, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Schlafly33, Sep 18, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2%

Moondoggy68, Sep 21, 2014
Photo of Brenden
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Sidekick is a clear, medium yellow-gold with s brilliant brightness to it. A white head forms that displays ample retnetion, and it leaves lacing in a mix of spotting and patchy moderately as it drops.
The smell is clean and bright, a pretty strong display of graperuit and piney hops with a nice strength to it. Malts are dry and balance well. Big for the style, bright, and raw, it's really nice.
Continuing from the nose to the tongue, the profile remains the same: it's kind of (Brew Kettle) White Rajah light. A bit more citrus zest and rind come out into a dryer finish with lingering hops on the palate. Earthiness in a leafier sense prevails too.
Semi-dry in a light body that works toward medium all the way, carbonation keeps it lively off a crispness up front. It's creamy but bright at once.

Brenden, May 18, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

DerekQXQX, Dec 24, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

roostor07, Dec 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2%

wildcatboy, Jun 17, 2014
Photo of GilGarp
4.29/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz can served cold into a goblet.

Side Kick is very hazy yellow-orange color with thick white head.

Aroma is wonderfully fresh and hoppy with great citrus, especially grapefruit.

Flavor is pleasantly balanced between a fruity sweetness and hoppy bitterness. Tropical fruit and citrus mix together with more hop flavor than overpowering bitterness as some extra pale ales.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and balanced with good carbonation level.

Overall an excellent extra pale ale.

GilGarp, Feb 08, 2014
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SideKick Extra Pale Ale from Two Brothers Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 617 ratings.