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SideKick Extra Pale Ale - Two Brothers Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

520 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 520
Reviews: 68
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 9.64%
Wants: 18
Gots: 36 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: MCain04 on 03-15-2013)
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djrn2

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

06-22-2013 23:38:32 | More by djrn2
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

07-03-2013 14:55:09 | More by Thorpe429
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metter98

New York

3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

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.

Serving type: can

08-21-2013 00:46:20 | More by metter98
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nmann08

District of Columbia

3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

12-26-2013 02:27:31 | More by nmann08
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kylehay2004

Florida

4/5  rDev +1.5%

02-14-2014 01:29:07 | More by kylehay2004
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spycow

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

05-01-2013 05:47:34 | More by spycow
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

02-28-2014 23:13:19 | More by Knapp85
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TMoney2591

Illinois

4.21/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-31-2013 21:51:11 | More by TMoney2591
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zeff80

Missouri

4/5  rDev +1.5%

12-28-2013 23:29:02 | More by zeff80
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emerge077

Illinois

4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Serving type: can

03-31-2013 20:42:46 | More by emerge077
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nickfl

Florida

4/5  rDev +1.5%

02-17-2014 03:58:43 | More by nickfl
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: can

06-18-2013 01:18:41 | More by RblWthACoz
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russpowell

Oklahoma

4.19/5  rDev +6.3%
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

Serving type: can

07-17-2014 04:04:59 | More by russpowell
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SocalKicks

California

3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

06-23-2014 15:36:19 | More by SocalKicks
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-26-2013 23:46:26 | More by Rifugium
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oline73

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

09-12-2013 04:53:40 | More by oline73
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: can

08-25-2013 17:13:14 | More by woodychandler
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Billolick

New York

3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: can

09-02-2013 15:50:27 | More by Billolick
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drewone

California

4/5  rDev +1.5%

08-09-2013 21:02:51 | More by drewone
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brandoman63

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

03-22-2013 21:14:27 | More by brandoman63
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Gonzoillini

Illinois

4/5  rDev +1.5%

07-06-2013 22:09:09 | More by Gonzoillini
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Tone

Missouri

3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

Serving type: can

06-16-2014 15:42:18 | More by Tone
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Zaphog

Michigan

4/5  rDev +1.5%

07-26-2013 23:30:00 | More by Zaphog
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drummermattie02

Texas

4/5  rDev +1.5%

01-20-2014 16:43:35 | More by drummermattie02
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scruffwhor

Illinois

3.36/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pale, of course, brass and hay color. Great thick, craggy head that leaves a thick layer of foam on top and on the glass. Tiny, sluggish bubbles slowly make there way to the top of the brew.

There's a mix of tropical fruits and citrus in the aroma. Maybe some pilsner malts and crackers underneath the astringent smelling hops.

Citric, passion fruit hop bitterness from the start. The malts add a small, crackery sweetness to the middle. The finish is an oddly tinny bitterness. The resiny citric palate and bitterness lingers long after each sip.

Bitter from start to finish. Not a bad beer by any means, just not sessionable one for me.

Serving type: can

04-13-2013 10:29:20 | More by scruffwhor
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SideKick Extra Pale Ale from Two Brothers Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 520 ratings.