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SideKick Extra Pale Ale - Two Brothers Brewing Company

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87
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88 Reviews
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Reviews: 88
Hads: 773
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 9.21%
Wants: 29
Gots: 141 | FT: 2
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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: 88 | Hads: 773
Photo of bwood06
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
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 (918 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
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. (413 characters)

Photo of TH28
3.81/5  rDev -2.6%
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. (674 characters)

Photo of beerthulhu
3.42/5  rDev -12.5%
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. (1,228 characters)

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. (384 characters)

Photo of kkleu357
3.17/5  rDev -18.9%
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. (200 characters)

Photo of SteveJeremy
2.94/5  rDev -24.8%
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. (176 characters)

Photo of MNJR
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
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. (259 characters)

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. (655 characters)

Photo of hopflyer
3.49/5  rDev -10.7%
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. (658 characters)

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.81/5  rDev -2.6%
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 (1,629 characters)

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. (222 characters)

Photo of curasowa
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
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. (415 characters)

Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.23/5  rDev +8.2%
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. (742 characters)

Photo of Josh012012
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
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. (785 characters)

Photo of Jadjunk
3.76/5  rDev -3.8%
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
3.76/5.00 (1,830 characters)

Photo of seedyone
4/5  rDev +2.3%

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. (232 characters)

Photo of BrownNut
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%

The first one I had of these was particularly tasty and there was a curious but welcome dry finish to it. Oddly, both have gone away in subsequent cans from the same pack. I thought I had found a new go-to but now I'm getting run of the mill pale ale with a hop profile I don't want. Not getting the citrus or passion fruit they talk about on the can. Will review this better and more specifically with the next can. (416 characters)

Photo of 57md
3.6/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear straw with a half finger of head that dissipates fairly quickly. The nose has a bit of breadiness to it. The body is light and the most pleasant thing is that there is a trace of pepper on the finish.

Overall, the flavor profile is slightly more balanced than the “session IPAs” that dominate today’s craft market but it is far less complex than the best APAs available. (392 characters)

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 (482 characters)

Photo of potownbill
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This is a very enjoyable beer. Not outstanding, but easy to drink and very refreshing.
Appearance: 1" white, foamy head. Beautiful, clear golden yellow.
Smell: Limes, somewhat like the first smell of a Corona after adding the lime. There is a bready aroma that also comes through
Taste: Again, the Lemon/Lime taste comes through, making this a very refreshing brew
Mouthfeel: The right amount of carbonation, and very smooth over the tongue
Overall: Very enjoyable. I can drink a few of these. One of those beers that the sum of the parts is greater than any of the individual components (587 characters)

Photo of StoneTSR
4.41/5  rDev +12.8%
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. (908 characters)

Photo of Tone
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear, copper color. 1/3 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of earthy malt, hops, hint of alcohol, sweet malt, hint of pale malt, and slight yeast. Fits the style of an American Pale Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. There is also a noticeable bitterness. Tastes of earthy malt, alcohol, sweet malt, hops, hint of pale malt, and slight yeast. Overall, decent appearance, good aroma, body, and body. (480 characters)

Photo of ZagZagg
3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz can into tulip

A: Bright white 1.5 finger head with mild staying power, some foamy lacing. A bright gold, rich straw colored brew that lets light pass without being super translucent. Carbonation seems moderate in a medium to light bodied beer.

S: Juicy smelling, real juicy. Robust sweet esters, mango and pineapple are forward and dominating. Delicious nectar and light fresh florals. Pureed pear mixed with syrupy peach juice. Muted citrus accompanies more mango and honeydew. Very inviting.

T: Mango upfront presenting with more bitter hop character than the nose let on; just subtly dry. Middle mouth offers some pomegranate, florals, earth, creamy mango, and peach. Notes of onion, coriander, and lemon grass augment tropical hop profile. Follows the nose, but with less tenacity – Finish is ever so malty and features white grape and crisp pine, which adds a parching attribute. Overall light, zesty, and fresh.

M: Light bodied – light carbonation, refreshing, goes down really easily – almost too easily – Wish the body were fuller

O: Hadn’t even heard of Two Brothers Brewing until I grabbed this beer. Didn’t expect much, but I am impressed. This beer exudes some fantastic aromas, but doesn’t quite live up on the palate. The flavors are there, but aren’t bold enough to backup the nose. The body here is pretty light leading to a pretty refreshing experience and at 5.1% defiantly session worthy. Drinkable, something I would pick up in quantity for poolside. (1,502 characters)

Photo of Qbdoo
3.6/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've heard a lot about this for years and the gist is: a great drinking beer, especially for the money, and that about nails it. A very pale color with a light citrusy scent and flavor with a touch of sweetness. This beer will not blow you away but it's very good in every respect. The one beer to have when you're having more than one (sorry Schaefer). (353 characters)

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