SideKick Extra Pale Ale | Two Brothers Brewing Company

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Two Brothers Brewing Company
Illinois, United States | website

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by MCain04 on 03-15-2013

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Two Brothers Brewing Co. "Sidekick Extra Pale Ale"
12 fl. oz. can, "SWIRL BY: 03/28/16" on 03/29/16
$1.99 @ Giant, Haverstown, PA

Not expecting much from an "Extra Pale Ale" I mindlessly cracked the top on my can and poured it fairly roughly into an Imperial pint glass bringing up a full three fingered head of frothy bright white foam. It took quite some time to dwindle, but I was in no rush. I wandered off to do a few things, and when I returned I noticed that the head was still there, and that it was a hazy golden - not what I was expecting - and then I smelled it, which was totally not what I was expecting! I didn't raise it to my lips, no, I could smell it at arms length sitting there on the kitchen counter - citrusy hops! Now I was intrigued. Wow! Papaya, mango, tangerine, pineapple, and apricot. The flavor was just as juicy, and I though of how refreshing it would be on a hot day. What's the ABV? 5.1%, I can live with that. And it comes in a can! This could become one of my favorite summer beers for taking to parties, fishing, canoeing, hiking/camping, concerts, festivals and so on. Somehow the malt doesn't quite live up to it's end of the bargain, but the way I see it this is kind of like a session IPA, and to be honest I don't want it too filling. It's balanced, apart from the juicy hops which are 'billowing', and that's enough for me. Impressive! I'd call this one a "must try".

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Photo of Act25
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Love this brewer. Enjoyed at The Little Goat Chicago private dining.

A: The beer is straw yellow with moderate carbonation. It pours a finger high thick off white head that has good retention and lacing.

S: Moderate aromas of tropical fruit with orange citrus hops are present in the nose on a malt core.

T: Following the smell, the taste layers notes of citrus and tropical fruits on top of creamy malt bill - followed along by a moderate amount of hoppy, fresh bitterness.

M: Good feel, medium body, sessionable, good food beer, clean finish.

O: Nice IPA-like aromas and flavors. Clean, fresh, light - without any fuss.

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
3.24/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Hits the glass a fairly light golden in color with a small to medium, frothy head. Retention is great and lacing is pretty good as well. The body of the beer is pretty clear and light in color for the style. The scent is pretty straight forward with medium to strong, resinous pine notes being dominant.

This beer hits the tongue with the same, hop-forward flavor as the scent, except a bit weaker. Hops hit first and preside over most of the drink. The profile is mostly piney, just like the scent. In the middle of the drink there is just a touch of citrus mingling in. The body of the beer is extremely carbonated and fairly light in body. Rather thin and light on the tongue, this drinks almost as light as a pils.

Overall, this beer isn't bad for a lighter pale ale, but it is very light in body. The hops bitterness is well represented in the scent and flavor, but nothing special.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Light golden yellow body with a good amount of ambient carbonation plus occasional burps of a big bubble, slight haze, big creamy rocky off-white head that lasts and lasts. Sexy. Smell has a good mixture of tropical fruits with a slightly sweet background. The flavor takes a dive, tastes like pilsner malt and mostly piney hops with a bit of chalk mixed in. Not greatly enjoyable. Kick of bitterness at the end makes it nicely crisp, and the body is perfectly drinkable.
It was a ll good until the flavor. Not sure what happened to the kickass tropical hop aromas when they got turned into the flavor, hard to believe it was the same beer. Everything else was great, so average it all out and this is a decent beer.

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Photo of DaneBramage
4.27/5  rDev +10.1%
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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3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

this is a very light bodied, but tasty session beer. low abv, decent amount of hops, and super easy drinkable make this a great beer to drink when you are trying to get some stuff done while enjoying a beer.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16oz can poured into a pint glass. "Swirl By" 1/14/16 on the bottom of the can. Brought to me by

Pours clear yellow with a smallish white head that won't fade. Plenty of carbonation. Smell is nice, grassy.

Taste is classic pale ale. Not over the top.

Mouthfeel is smooth with just a hint of dryness, overall very satisfying pale ale.

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Photo of WestmontStorm
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Sometimes I like a really hoppy IPA. Sometimes I don't. If you are looking for a mildly hoppy brew, it's tough to find a better one than this. Refreshing and light but you still know you're drinking a pale ale.

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Photo of bwood06
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. can into a pint glass

A -Tall foamy off white head that dissipates slowly. Beer is clear and golden (with a bit of copper) with moderate carbonation. 4/5

S - Aroma is mainly focused on citrusy hops. Tangerine and oranges stand out the most. Maybe a bit of mango and papaya as well. Very light breadiness to the aroma. 4/5

T - Tangerine citrus flavor right off the bat transitioning to a white bread note. Somewhat of a yeasty/doughy note in the middle. Bitterness shows up on the back end with some green apple and pine notes. 3.75/5

M - Creamy. Very little in the way of carbonation tickle or burn. Coats the mouth and lingers. Light bodied. 3.5/5

O - Beer is well layered with stark transitions. Pine note throws me off a bit after the citrus flavors. Nice and light while still retaining a creaminess. This reflects more of what I attribute to a cream ale rather than a pale ale. 3.75/5

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
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 TH28
3.81/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz can. Appearance: Light golden, with a slight haziness, and a quickly dissipating white head. Aroma: a moderate hop fruitiness, melon, pineapple, and citrus. No real noticeable malt aroma. Taste: Light malt character and sweetness, giving way to a light grapefruit and grassy hop flavor and moderate bitterness. Mouthfeel: light to moderate body, moderate carbonation Finish: Fairly well balanced and crisp, with a slightly lingering hop bitterness Overall: a better than average APA and well balanced. Aroma is a nice passion fruit hop character, but somewhat subdued compared to other APAs. Taste is crisp and refreshing, but nothing that stands out vs other examples.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.42/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

- Spiegelau ipa glass.can. BEST BY 07.19.14. CONSUMED 07.06.15.

A: Dense, hazy, tangerine orange is turbid, with a milky white head that was thin, frothy, and of short duration. Slow rise of micro-effervesce. Good film stickage on the vessel.

S: Soft grapefruit-orange aroma. The passion fruit aroma is still very evident even a year in passing, sweet guana, fruity kiwi-strawberry hints. Fresh grapefruit juice finish, some persistence.

T: Flavor was sticky sweet grapefruit hop resins, sticky orange and tropical fruit. Moderate hopping levels considering again time frame but still very much respectable per style. Sweet juicy grapefruit-orange and mango, juicy citrus with a touch of starfruit. Lingering tart grapefruit pulp at knockout against a pale malt backing makes this stand out.

M: Light bodied, tart grapefruit warmth and small carbonation presence.

O: Would like to sample this fresh, again drawing attention to the year past best by date (i really have to start paying closer attention to labels) this hardly seemed affected flavor wise, tart and juicy hops were as noticeable as ever, the nose I felt may have fell victim a bit strength wise, but still maintained enough appreciation complexity wise.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.69/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

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Photo of kkleu357
3.17/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

On tap in Chicago. Very pale straw colored body. Very fruity beer. Almost had maybe a raspberry taste too it. Could be passion fruit? Either way, it wasn't really my thing, but was still a solid beer.

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Photo of SteveJeremy
2.94/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

One of the better pale ales I've had; Two Brothers is fairly reliable when it comes to all of their styles, though Domaine Dupage still takes the cake fro my personal favorite.

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Photo of MNJR
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
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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Photo of JonAdams
3.99/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of hopflyer
3.49/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Best by 5/11/15

Pours very light gold, almost straw yellow color. One finger white head. Crystal clear.

Smell is cracker malt with a little floral hops. Smell is more malty than hoppy.

Taste is a slight tinge of citrus overshadowed by the bready malt. almost carries a graham cracker taste with some sweetness. Just enough hops to balance. The flavor hits the APA style pretty good but it's all held back a bit.

Feel is very thin and light. I noticed this more than the flavor on the first sip. Finish is very clean and semi-dry.

A pretty good representation of an APA but this one falls a bit short on the feel for me. Otherwise, pretty good.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.81/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a clear straw color with plenty of carbonation. The head is a finger high and white in shade. The retention is quite good, but since its texture is quite soapy, it doesn't seem to leave much lacing on the glass. A beautiful beer. (4.5)

Smell: This has some nice fruitiness - mostly tropical, but with a slight peppery edge as well. Maltiness appears as it opens up slightly, more focused on white bread and table sugar over caramel. Not bad at all - this beer seems like the archetypal new-school pale ale to me. (3.5)

Taste: It opens up with nice malty flavors. Primarily white bread and crackers, but I'm also getting a little table sugar as well. Its hoppiness seems slightly spicy at first, only to gradually build a gentle tropical flavor on the back end. Not bitter at all, especially once the palate gets used to it. No surprises, just a delicious pale ale. (3.75)

Mouthfeel: The feel seems almost full-bodied to me. Still, it's crisp and dry enough to help compensate. Carbonation is somewhat above average, helping the body go down easily. (4)

Overall: This is the second Two Brothers beer that's impressed me. It doesn't quite blow me away, but that only means I'll gladly drink several in a session instead of just one. It also provides exactly what I want from a pale ale: great malt flavors, great hop flavors, impressive drinkability, and a relative richness. I'd enjoy drinking this one every day, but I'd enjoy it even more if I could actually buy it for every day consumption. (4)

3.81/5: Very good beer that represents everything right about new-school pale ales

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Photo of drdiesel9483
4/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of curasowa
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Clear, light golden color with one finger of white head that lingers.

Aroma: Bright, floral and herbal hop aroma, with tree fruit and fruit juice notes.

Taste: Grainy, grassy malt up front, then some mildly spicy hop bitterness with the carbonation. Finishes with some malt sweetness, but is otherwise pretty clean.

The Rest: A decent beer with a really great aroma. Very drinkable and refreshing.

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.23/5  rDev +9%
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 Josh012012
4.5/5  rDev +16%
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 Jadjunk
3.76/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

"This golden colored ale is loaded with juicy citrus and passion grit hop aroma yet balanced with malt and hop character. A true companion." Brewed in the style of an American Pale Ale. Available in 12 oz. bottled 6 packs and on draft.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a pint glass. Served above 50º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) SideKick pours a frothy foam head of a pale cream white color over a moderately hazy golden yellow body with moderate relaxed carbonation. Retention is good and lacing is light and stringy. 4

(Smell) The aroma is fairly simple, with light grapefruit, fruity and tropical hop aromas accompanying a simple, clean and lightly sweet pale malt body. Potency is modest. 3.5

(Taste) Very clean, light pale malt with little sweetness alongside a faint grapefruit, lemony and grassy hop bouquet. The flavor is nearly as simple as the aroma, although the balance and presentation of a light hop bitterness does a solid job at rounding out the subtle sweetness of this beer, resulting in a very high drinkability. 3.75

(Mouthfeel) The texture is soft, mildly slick and somewhat oily with a soft, fuzzy carbonation that generates a frothy, smooth mouthfeel. The body is shy of medium for the style, light/medium overall. Balance is nearly equal bitterness to sweetness. The alcohol presence is very low to none and off characters are indiscernible. 4.25

(Overall) Another solid beer by Two Brothers, SideKick keeps the style simple but comes through very well in the balance of flavor, the texture and the subtlety of flavor, which never approaches watery or thin despite its lightness. It's a fine choice for a highly drinkable Pale Ale and I could certainly recommend this to somebody who is interested in quaffable yet appreciable ales. 3.75

Two Brothers Brewing Company's
SideKick Extra Pale Ale

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Photo of seedyone
4/5  rDev +3.1%

01/30/14 On tap at RAttle n Hum, NYC. The hops are there, but tempered by a rich passion fruit/mango-eque aroma & mouth feel.

Intriguing to say the least. Aftertaste alone is worth the price of the pint. Well done you 2 brothers.

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SideKick Extra Pale Ale from Two Brothers Brewing Company
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