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SideKick Extra Pale Ale - Two Brothers Brewing Company

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SideKick Extra Pale AleSideKick Extra Pale Ale

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Ratings: 701
Reviews: 85
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 10.2%
Wants: 26
Gots: 107 | FT: 2
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Two Brothers Brewing Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: MCain04 on 03-15-2013

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Ratings: 701 | Reviews: 85
Reviews by kawilliams81:
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3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz can into a Jester King pint.

A- pours a light pilsner with a 3" white head. Some trails and big blotches of lacing remain on the glass.

S- pilsner smell, with juicy lemon and citrus, faint citrus rind

T- pale sweet malts, lemon, passion fruit, light citrus rind bitterness.

M- Light body and medium carbonation. Very easy drinking with some slickness.

O- I was hoping for more hearing some good things from Sidekick, but more of a slightly citrusy pilsner than a pale ale to me. But, it would still be a nice refreshing session beer on a hot day.

More User Reviews:
Photo of tectactoe
4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of TTripp725
2.7/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Very disappointing beer. Very bad after taste and very watered down

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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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.

Photo of Andrew_Rios122
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of xdefeatsy
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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.

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4/5  rDev +2%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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.

Photo of DerekQXQX
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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SideKick Extra Pale Ale from Two Brothers Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 701 ratings.