SideKick Extra Pale Ale - Two Brothers Brewing Company
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Reviews by tectactoe:
4.05/5 rDev +2.3%
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.
Serving type: can
04-15-2013 16:37:00 | More by tectactoe
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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
4/5 rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Can > Bowtie Pint
A - Clear straw light yellow with a big fluffy marshmallow white head, medium lacing.
S - Sweet grains, a little grassy and floral. Touch of citrus.
T - Very fresh, grassy, cracker and bread malt, crisp light citrus zest.
M - Refreshing, light and crisp.
O - Excellent EPA, light and satisfying and plenty of flavor. Best thing that Two Brothers offers
Serving type: can
03-05-2014 02:39:22 | More by Omnium
SideKick Extra Pale Ale from Two Brothers Brewing Company
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