SideKick Extra Pale Ale - Two Brothers Brewing Company
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3.95/5 rDev +0.3%
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.
08-21-2013 00:46:20 | More by metter98
4.21/5 rDev +6.9%
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.
03-31-2013 21:51:11 | More by TMoney2591
4.23/5 rDev +7.4%
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.
03-31-2013 20:42:46 | More by emerge077
3.93/5 rDev -0.3%
This is pretty tasty for an apa. Very bright. Very citrus-forward. Tweaks in the mouth, on the flavor. Feel is good, though the bubbles are nibbling a bit much on my tongue. Nice to be able to try this one. It would appeal to the hopheads, I am sure.
06-18-2013 01:18:41 | More by RblWthACoz
4.19/5 rDev +6.3%
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
07-17-2014 04:04:59 | More by russpowell
3.75/5 rDev -4.8%
First had: on tap at TJ's, Paoli, PA
Clear golden-yellow pour with a fluffy white head that retained well and left sheets of lacing on the glass. Nice hoppy aroma, citrus, grass, with a crackery malt base. Pretty much the same in the taste, a basic APA, well-balanced, good mixture of citrus/grass/earth hops, biscuity malt sweetness holding it all together. Nothing new, but nothing to complain about. Light-medium body, and easily drinkable overall.
04-26-2013 23:46:26 | More by Rifugium
3.73/5 rDev -5.3%
Once more, I will reiterate the point that if you are transiting through Union Station in Chicago and you have some time to spare, head over to Binney's (South Side Loop). I CANnot imagine that you will be disappointed. I have never been more appeased in my life than when I am leaving there.
From the CAN: "A Sidekick Is Always There For You."; "Buddy, pal, mate, brother (or sister) from another mother, compadre ... sidekick. All of these are ways to describe someone or something that is always at your side. Sidekick extra pale ale is one of those things. This golden colored ale is loaded with juicy citrus and passion fruit aroma yet balanced with malt and hop character. A true companion."
Man, not only did the Crack release some foam, but once it subsided, it was another brimful craft CAN! I went with an inverted Glug and was rewarded with two fingers of dense, rocky, bone-white head with good retention. This might be an example of "element bright", in which you CAN see the element in a light bulb through the beer. Color was a beautiful sunshine-yellow. SRM = 5. Nose was redolent with pine hops and my mouth was drooling unCANtrollably. I think that I even smelled mandarin oranges, also. I swear that I did not transcribe the CAN before typing all of that. It was like drinking dumbed-down Sculpin and I am not sure how I feel about that. Great lacing throughout. Finish was dry and pleasant but I felt like it lacked a certain Oomph. I guess that its inclusion in my cooler would depend on a) Sculpin's availability and b) Sculpin's ABV and what I was planning to accomplish. A near-miss, but still a miss.
08-25-2013 17:13:14 | More by woodychandler
3.98/5 rDev +1%
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.
09-02-2013 15:50:27 | More by Billolick
3.73/5 rDev -5.3%
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.
06-16-2014 15:42:18 | More by Tone
SideKick Extra Pale Ale from Two Brothers Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 546 ratings.