SideKick Extra Pale Ale - Two Brothers Brewing Company

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SideKick Extra Pale AleSideKick Extra Pale Ale

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Ratings: 750
Reviews: 94
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 26
Gots: 131 | FT: 3
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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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Reviews by matjack85:
Photo of matjack85
4.32/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I bought this at the Binny's store in Bloomingdale, IL as part of a build- your-own six pack for $9.99, making this single 12oz can $1.67. On the bottom of the can is stamped the worlds "swirl by 7/3/13" . I'm guessing that's another way of saying drink by 7/3/13. If that's the case, then this can is 5 months past it's expiration date and Binny's shouldn't have sold it to me, but too late now - I'll give it a try.

The beer poured a mostly clear pale yellow color with a nice 2-finger white head that lasted a few minutes. Lots of good lacing as well.

The beer had a grassy and citrus hop aroma - mostly lemon.

This is delicious. It's full of grassy and citrus hops, but it's not very bitter. Lemon and pasionfruit flavors up front along with some pale malt sweetness. A light grapefruit hop bitterness makes an appearancde at the finish, but it's very balanced throughout.

Light and refreshing body with moderate to mediun carbonation.

Can't wait to try this fresh - it's that good.

More User Reviews:
Photo of JonAdams
3.99/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from tap at the Two Brothers Scottsdale into a standard pint glass. Pale yellow color, active bubbles rising from bottom, low head which quickly dissipates, but leaves some amount of lace around the meniscus.
Aroma is excellent - sweet tangy orange, orange blossom, bright citrus. Something else pleasurable, can't pin it down right now.
Color is pretty pale. Paler than the tastee.. I'd expect it to be a bit more orange given the body and flavor.
Even after 10 minutes, the mouthfeel is solid. Continuous rising bubbles, solid effervescence.
Both front and back end taste is hoppy, but not overpowering.
Nice beer and one which I'd have anytime.

Photo of tectactoe
4.06/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Photo of TTripp725
2.7/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

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

Photo of Billolick
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
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 Franziskaner
3.69/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice golden color with excellent clarity. There's a half inch of densely packed eggshell white head. Aroma is comprised of gentle citrus hops. The flavor is much more hop forward than the nose would indicate. There is a nice balance of light malt with a lingering gentle citrus hop and honey fade. The mouth is gentle but the bitter hops and carbonation bubbles prick the tongue.

Photo of MattyG85
4.21/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Photo of Brenden
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
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 GilGarp
4.3/5  rDev +10%
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.

Photo of tjsdomer2
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Golden yellow with a greenish tint. Good lacing and foam.

Smell: Lime and passionfruit. Very refreshing.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Spritzy lemon-lime, like Sprite. A bit more tropical though. More passionfruit. Extremely tasty and refreshing.

Overall Drinkability: I can't wait to get a sixer of this. An excellent spring or summer beer.

Photo of WoodBrew
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The SideKick is a refreshing change up on an English classic. The SideKick has an English IPA base with subtle hop additive to make it real tasty. The beer pours a slightly hazy yellow with thin white head that is not leaving much of a lace. The smell is English bitter with a citrus backdrop. The taste is a light crisp refreshing bitter ale with a kick of citric punch. The mouthfeel is lighter in body with good carbonation. Over all this is an awsome session beer for the warmer days....especially.

Photo of russpowell
4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

BBD 10-22-14

Pours an effervescent hay color with 3 fingers of eggshell colored head. Good head retention & stellar lacing

S: Lemon & grapefruit & lemongrass

T: Grapefruit, lemon, slight breadyness, a little bit of pineapple up front. Some dryness, grapefruit & pineapple as this warm. Finishes with pineapple, grapefruit & pine & ever so slight bready sweetness

MF: Medium bodied, lively carbonation, nice balance

Easy drinker, very nice session beer that delivers on the hops

Photo of ohiobeer29
2/5  rDev -48.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

below average apa needs more flavor but drinks ok

Photo of marcobrau
3.67/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Lots of hop flavor in this one, but not much bitterness. Lychee and melon hop flavors dominate. The malt flavor is clean and simple and plays only a supporting role. A lightly fruity finish that echoes the earlier described fruit flavors. The finish is also quite dry, enhancing drinkability.

Photo of tone77
3.19/5  rDev -18.4%
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.

Photo of emerge077
4.23/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Swirl by: 7/5/13
"Believe in the swirl" printed on the bottom of the can...

Poured into a tapered tumbler glass, it has a compact head of creamy white foam with a bunch of lace coating the glass. It's a deep saturated gold with a slight haze to it.

Fresh and hoppy aroma, grass clippings, florals, herbal and dry.

Flavors are similar, firmly bitter with a nice grassiness, and a mild underlying sweetness from the pale malt. Some light floral botanical notes, light feel with moderate carbonation. Seems like 2 Bros. answer to Daisy Cutter, though it's a little less hoppy and bitter. Still it's a great warm-weather go-to that i'd look for on tap around town to pair with most types of foods.

Photo of DerekCarruth
3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A really good pale ale. I would definitely get this again.

Photo of RaulMondesi
3.56/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Shout out to my boi out in Bartlet, Chicago for this nice throw in.

Looks like piss, but smells like a sack of my roommate's bubble kush. Now, Raul does not indulge in the sticky, but for this sweet sticky... Yep! Kind of like the .99 Green Burrito at Del taco; I do it over and over again, but it isn't Raul's first option.


Photo of metter98
3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a finger high thick off white head that has very good retention properties and left a short head covering the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of passionfruit and orange citrus hops are present in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has notes of citrus and tropical fruits along with a light to moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels a bit shy of being medium-bodied on the palate and is a little crisp with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very easy to drink and can be considered sessionable. I would definitely consider getting this again if I was looking for something that's light but has nice IPA-like aromas and flavors.

Photo of mfnmbvp
3.43/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 fl oz. can, with bottom of the can telling me to 'swirl by 07/06/2013'. Just recently revisited the Two Brothers Outlaw IPA, their other canned beer, and excited to try this newer canned offering! Poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass.

A - Pours about two fingers of frothy white head with some tightly packed bubble action. Murky lemon colored body. Very attractive fluffy lacing.

S - Juicy citrus and passion fruit hops, like the can describes. Some toasty biscuit malt presence. Not a very powerful aroma, but hits it's mark.

T - Light, crisp, citrus hop presence. The level of hoppiness is exactly where it wants to be. Juicy and fruity, yet no real hop spice or bitterness. Some fruity apple / pear like taste. A perfect sipping beer for one of those hot days.

M - Feel is clean, crisp, hoppy, fruity, and light. Slight hop resins linger.

Overall, the drinkability is high with this one. A perfect summer sipping beer, one that came along just at the right time. Not a complex or intense beer by any means, but perfect carbonation, perfect balance of hops and malts, and a very moderate sessionable 5.10% abv make this beer a winner.

Two Brothers SideKick Extra Pale Ale ---3.5/5

Photo of rlee1390
4.07/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Clear yellow, nicely carbonated, one finger head that doesn't last long.

S-Malty, wheat then tropical and citrus hop notes. As it warms the hops come out even more.

T-Starts with a tad bit of malt, finishes with a good deal of tropical and citrus notes. Mild bitterness, good balance, tad bit of grass.

M-Medium bodied, nicely carbonated with a tad bit of a hop bite.

O-The balance is nice, and the tropical/citrus hop notes are great. A really good beer and a huge step up from the Outlaw IPA. If you have to pick, go with this one.

Photo of BB1313
3.61/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Best before 10/22/13. 12oz can poured into a tulip. Pours a transparent light golden; big fluffy white head that fades, but leaves nice lacing and retention. The aromas are nice and soapy. There's a good amount sweet fruits. I'm picking up some orange peel and some lime zest. There are subtle hints of grapefruit as well. The flavors are good, but seem light. Barely any malts noticeable. The bitterness is extremely low. Mouthfeel has active carbonation. The body is on the lighter side. Alcohol obviously goes unnoticed. It's extremely quaffable and easy to drink. It's very refreshing as well.

This isn't my first time having SideKick. It's a very solid pale ale. It's not as bold as some in the respective style, but it does what it's supposed to do. I just wish it had more of a kick. This would be a good option for an environment that only allows cans. This will also hit the spot in the warmer weather. Good brew..

Grade: B

Photo of JasonEdelson
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Malt balanced and fun with a burst of hops for the hopheads, but not overbearing for those getting their toes wet.

Photo of drdiesel9483
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look - great solid head that last a long time. Light golden color.
Smell - citrus hop smell.
Taste - mild pale ale with a good citrus taste.
Feel - medium body and carbonation.
Overall - pretty good citrus basic pale ale.

Photo of Rope
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very clear, pale golden color. It has a foamy 1-2 finger head. If I just saw it, I probably would have thought AAL.

This where things get much better. A refreshing hop aroma, somewhere between pine and bubblegum.

Hop bitterness up front, followed by pale ale malt. The ending is a delightful rainbow of different hop flavors though, including bubblegum and citrus.

Slightly more heavy than I was expecting, but still very crisp and refreshing. Great for some warm weather.

A very fine pale ale, approachable. Not as complex as some of your other ones, but fantastic in a go to capacity.

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SideKick Extra Pale Ale from Two Brothers Brewing Company
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