SideKick Extra Pale Ale - Two Brothers Brewing Company
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Reviews by falloutsnow:
4/5 rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
From: Binny's, Bloomingdale, IL
Best by 07/06/2013
Glass: Standard US pint glass
Two Brothers has a very good American Pale Ale with Sidekick, if not a slight bit "2013 Generic American Pale Ale" in its hop choice and flavor focus. A fairly solid balance of basic pale malt and fruity with bitter hops, I drank two of these beers during the writing of this review, almost without thinking. This is certainly a hop-forward, easy drinking pale ale that would be quite satisfying during warmer weather (or, really, anytime a sense of warm weather or tropical climes was desired).
Pours a 2cm tall head of fluffy (medium and small-sized bubbles) foam, which has average retention of about one minute. Head recedes to a thick ring around the glass and a large island of wispy residuum atop the beer's body. Lacing is moderate: a few large random splashes of foam along the glass' perimeter, which are modified in shape with each sip. Body is a bright copper orange, mostly transparent, with mildly active carbonation. Light brings out yellow hues in the body, which blend with the faint orange to create a bright, inviting effect.
Aroma is sweet, fruity, and somewhat floral, like a salad of slightly bitter orange citrus and grapefruit, with sweet tropical fruit (passion fruit, guava) marinating in a bath of two-row pale malt. It's not as strong, dank, and all-encompassing as, say, Zombie Dust, but it's surely looking in that direction.
Flavor is of sweet tropical fruits (passion fruit, guava) with pale malt and enough bitterness to please a hop-desiring palate. Front of palate is of sweet two-row pale malt with unripe peach, guava, orange, and passion fruit flavors; hints of bitterness linger behind all. Mid-palate is of pleasantly bitter orange, grapefruit, these conflicting nicely with the sweetness from the malt and tropical fruit flavors (guava, passion fruit, hints towards pineapple). Back of palate features stronger hop bitterness alongside continued orange and grapefruit flavors; the sweet fruits and malts have been eclipsed by the bitter versions at this point. Aftertaste is of sweet, pale malts, mild lingering bitterness, and a blurred mix of oranges, grapefruit, and tropical fruit (guava, passion fruit) flavor.
Beer is medium-light to light in body, with carbonation of medium-light intensity, just enough to softly foam the liquid across the palate. Perhaps a bit thin, though it could also be argued that this lightness renders the beer so effortlessly easy to drink. Closes dry, with moderate stickiness clinging to the palate.
Serving type: can
05-10-2013 05:07:32 | More by falloutsnow
More User Reviews:
3.63/5 rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
Tried SideKick for the first time, poured from bottle into flute glass. Clear appearance; grapefruit and nectarine on the nose slight grassy note. Really enjoyed this beer, you'll definitely get the grapefruit and the slight grassy aroma is a little more pronounce in the mouth. Very well done.
Serving type: bottle
04-13-2014 12:13:17 | More by sid240
3.18/5 rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
This can comes my way courtesy of the creator of the canquest, woodychandler. Poured from a 12 oz. can. This beer came gushing out of that can, despite no aggitation, making a little bit of a mess. Has a golden color with a 1 inch head. Smell was kind of mild, some hops detected. Taste is mild hops, some bitterness, a little light and bland for the style, not a lot going on. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a mediocre beer.
Serving type: can
03-09-2014 20:01:18 | More by tone77
SideKick Extra Pale Ale from Two Brothers Brewing Company
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