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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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very good

92 Reviews
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Reviews: 92
Hads: 796
Avg: 3.89
pDev: 29.56%
Wants: 28
Gots: 148 | 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

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Beer added by: MCain04 on 03-15-2013

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Reviews: 92 | Hads: 796
Photo of Sweetjimmybee
5/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I LOVE THIS BEER! I'm a big fan of Two Brothers.

I poured this beer into my Blackhawks pint glass. The smell was awesome. My sense of smell is not the best so I often miss out on a beers scent. The smell was citrusy and made me feel like I was out in the mountains, or in the country.

A nice half inch of frothy foam topped my Warrenville nectar.

I can't wait for my next six pack!!!

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Photo of Edward-Nipplebrew
4.97/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is currently our favorite beer. It has more of a summer vibe to it, but it's not a seasonal per se. I've peddled this beer for several months now and I have yet to hand this to someone and not get an overwhelming positive response. Everyone seems to love it. It's not your oridinary Pale Ale, the citris smell is notable from go. Every can pops with just a little more enthusiasm than regular canned beers. The taste is citris, maybe grapefruit, maybe just garden variety citris, but overall it's a perfect beer for me right now. My guy at the beer distributor says that people are catching on to this beer and that's why it's been a little harder to obtain lately. It runs about $40 a case, but it truely is a cut above the rest. JH

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Photo of bnes09
4.57/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Transparent, pale golden ale. Huge, billowing, creamy head right off the pour. Leaves a dense blanket of foam over the beer for the entire drink. Coats the glass in artistic shapes of lacing.

Brilliant, citric, floral and leafy aroma. One of the freshest, greenest smelling beers I have yet to enjoy.

Mild, bready, slightly buttery malt character. Hint of caramel and honey sweetness underneath. Assertive citric hop with lemon and grapefruit. Fresh pine needles. Very well balanced.

Light to medium body. Well carbonated. Crisp, semi-dry finish. Very refreshing.

Great session beer. One of the best pale ales I have had thanks to the complex flavor and exceptional balance.

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Photo of Josh012012
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

120z bottle reading best by 8/4/14 poured into glass

A: Poor results in two fingers thick bright white head. Head somehow looks bubbly and light yet creamy. The brew itself looks like apple juice with a slight haze. An attractive beer.

S. Smells like fresh ripe pineapple and other citrus a little bit of fresh hoppy. Great smells just not mind blowingly powerful.

T. Same as nose. Strangle almost no bitterness but this seems to work

M. just a notch under medium body, medium amount of carbonation, works very well with everything else the beer has going on.

O. An awesome session beer. All the great flavors in an easy drinking package. A great beer that doesn't have to be extremely in your face to be great. This mofo can be my side kick any night..... way underrated IMO.

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Photo of StoneTSR
4.41/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

APPEARANCE: Pale in color, but a little hazy. A nice, white head foams up to about a full finger and remains in place for a couple minutes then eventually settles into a thick, quarter-inch cap. Lacing is solid.

SMELL: Really, really impressive on the nose. The citrus is big with grapefruit, lemon and even a touch of lime. Some light tropical fruits play in the background and a bit of bread works its way in.

TASTE: The flavor follows the aroma here and again, is very impressive. Passion fruit is more pronounced than it was in the nose, as is the grapefruit. The lemon and lime take a back seat, but don't disappear.

MOUTHFEEL: A medium carbonation and sparkle matches quite nicely with a medium bodied beer. The balance here is perfect; not sweet, but not dry.

OVERALL: I'm very surprised to see that this beer is not rated higher than it is. I couldn't ask for much more from a sessionable Pale.

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Photo of pschul4
4.34/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- drinking it out of the can so I'll give it the 4 which is its rAvg

S- Pretty light but a good bit of orangey/citrusy hops and a touch of pale malts

T- Very light as well but what do you expect from an "Extra Pale Ale?" It's damn tasty with the galaxy hops

M- Extra light, as expected. Could kill a case of this over a weekend

O- Big surprise from a consistently mediocre brewery. This beer is very well done

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Photo of lstokes
4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This pours very light, but has a substantial head and extremely impressive lacing--I'm halfway through a can right now, and there is lacing all the way to the top of the glass! Not something I expect in a Pale Ale. The smell is light to non-existent, but the taste has a lot of passionfruit against some pale malts. It's juicy and refreshing--I think I will definitely be buying this one again!

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Photo of matjack85
4.32/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

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Photo of GilGarp
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

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Photo of tjsdomer2
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

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Photo of DaneBramage
4.27/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Very citrusy and not very hoppy at all. Very smooth and drinkable, would probably taste great on a warm summer day. Has a bit of a shandy/radler fruit taste as well. Haven't tried any of the light IPAs but this one could probably fit right in.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: It pours brilliant gold under a thin white foam cap that leaves splotchy lace. S: grassy nose over biscuit T: Starts with a mouth full of fresh fruit, citrus and passion fruit, that gives way to biscuit and finishes with a lingering hop bitterness and flavor and a slight citrus tang. The bitterness is moderate and not harsh. F: Crisp with medium body, high medium carbonation O: Refreshing and easy to drink.

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Photo of jimmah120
4.24/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz can, says 'swirl' by 7/17

look is a pale adjunct yellow, ok head retention/lacing. smell is lemon wheat, putting my nose in the can i pick up dank pine, watermelon, metallic alcohol. taste/feel is crisp and juicy. fruity pine musk, herbal bitterness, peppery finish. light, but big on the hops.

i will be stocking up on this for the summer

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Photo of patpbr
4.24/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Straw color with a sturdy two finger head that lingers
S - Hops, citrus and grapefruit.
T - Like the scent a very citrus and fruit flavor. Slight malts and not very bitter
M - Medium body and a fair amount of carbination
O - Nicely balanced and easy to drink. Crisp

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Photo of emerge077
4.23/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

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Photo of Frankinstiener
4.23/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a 6 pack of cans, this beer was just released recently, cute girl stocking shelves in the beer isle recomended it when she saw what else was in my cart. I had already been itching to try it so that was all of the extra motivation I needed. It is really pale and light in color with a nice foamy head. By "extra pale" they were obviously describing the color rather than the strength of the beer.

Wow, this beer is smooth, nice citrusy hop character but not very bitter at all with a little bit of pine on the after tatse. Halfway through the glass and I'm getting some tasty hop burps. Im really impressed with this beer, I have always thought that the Bitter End pale ale by Two Brothers was one of the only weak points of their line up. . This beer is all about showing off the hops, its light and really drinkable but gives you your hops fix, it's similar to Founders All Day IPA and some of the lighter IPA's out there. Since it's so light but so hoppy I'm sure you want to make sure your drinking this really fresh.

Overall: Perfect beer for cans. It's lighter and more sessionable than my favorite canned IPA's like Revolion Anti-Hero or Modus Hoperandi, but you still get your citrus hop fix. I like this one better than their Outlaw IPA too so I will probablly be drinking quite a few cans of this on the golf course this summer. This will be my "go to" canned beer for a while.

Price: $7.99 per 6 pack

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.23/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On-tap at vintage last night.

A- Body is a pale nearly clear straw yellow hue with uniform translucency. Served with a 2 finger or so soapy white head that has fantastic retention and lacing is left all the way down the glass.

S- Nose is of floral hops and citrus hops. Very little malt backbone.

T- Relatively bright and hoppy with citrus and floral hops. Some floral hop bitterness comes through for the finish-but this brew is more about flavor.

F- Lightweight mouthfeel that is mildly oily. The carbonation is medium, bubbly, and satisfying.

O- I really thoroughly enjoy this APA. Its light, very drinkable, and fun. I have honestly really liked everything I have had from two brothers and find them to be a underrated brewery.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.21/5  rDev +8.2%
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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Photo of tut2528
4.21/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: one of the most transparent pale ales I've had. light gold/yellow in appearance moderate carbonation elicits a 1/2 fingers worth of bright white head formation.

S: tremendous blast of hops and tropical fruits (pears, mango, and peaches... slight touch of pineapple). orange peel . very nice balance.

T: very similar to the nose but a slight touch of graininess. hops and tropical fruits still dominate this brew and have a very nice balance.

M: light bodied, nice carbonation, leaves a nice slight bitterness on the palate along with a a slight touch of orange peel

O:decent brew and something that I will most likely be purchasing again, its nice and light with a nice aroma and flavor profile that is perfect as the weather warms up.

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Photo of Brenden
4.2/5  rDev +8%
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.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a willibecher at Firkin.

Well, I missed out on the debut of the Game of Thrones beer here, but I'll take a new local pale in its stead if I must. This stuff pours a clear pale golden topped by a finger of bone foam. The nose comprises grass, earthy greens, and a hint of sweet biscuit. The taste brings in more of the same, along with a thin layer of honey, though, make no mistake, the earthy hops run the show here. Still, that bit of balance really helps this stuff shine. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, a damn fine pale ale. I'll echo my man emerge and say this is likely Two Brothers' answer to Daisy Cutter (albeit decidedly delayed), but due to its insistence on an earthier tack, I'd say there's plenty of room for both on our local shelves.

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Photo of schoolboy
4.19/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

If I recall my previous Two Brothers reviews correctly they ran hot and cold. This one is hot. As soon as you pour you can see and smell a high quality brew. The lace in my glass is amazing and a nice natural looking fizz just keeps coming.

The taste is wonderful. It's a perfect pale balance with the American emphasis on making all the aspects a little heavier than traditional pales. It's nice, and not necessarily on the American side of pales - it is not over the top.

The aftertaste is overriding the bbq chips I was munching nicely. Something is being a little disagreeable, but I think the ale is helping.

I wish I had a bunch more of these. I may have underrated it on taste - it's that good. I will definitely seek this out again and buy more. A GREAT canned brew.

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Photo of russpowell
4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
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

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Photo of MNJR
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very good, light pale ale, pilsner-ish with a nice lemony zing. A refresher for warm weather, easy to drink and very tasty indeed. Not a "big" beer, but a fine quaffer. Session beer for sure. A nice day on the beach plus this brew is a guaranteed winner.

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SideKick Extra Pale Ale from Two Brothers Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 92 ratings.