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SideKick Extra Pale Ale - Two Brothers Brewing Company

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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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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: 88 | Hads: 773
Photo of jawlessbody
3.09/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a can into a pint glass.

Appearance: Clear, golden yellow topped off by a fluffy white head that was about 4 fingers thick. Very appealing.

Smell: Very citrusy on the nose, but with a grassy tingle from the hops.

Taste: Not the best pale ale I've had, that's for sure. The malts were a bit to front and center for my tastes and very grainy. There was only a slight bitterness on the sides of the tongue from the hops that followed the grassiness of the nose.

Mouthfeel: A bit too fizzy. Kind of tingly and acidic and just a tad dry. Not that great.

Overall: Probably not going to be my go to choice for pale ales. It was just a bit too fizzy and grassy for me. There wasn't the complexity of the citrus that was on the nose, and the malts were just too overpowering. (787 characters)

Photo of chefhatt
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the can into a tulip glass. The body is straw yellow with a thick fizzy head. The aroma has a citrus smell to it. The taste has a citrus hop forward flavor, this flavor is grapefruit and tropical. The mouthfeel is smooth and is very drinkable. Overall this is a good session beer. (292 characters)

Photo of sid240
3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tried SideKick for the first time, poured from bottle into flute glass. Clear appearance; grapefruit and nectarine on the nose slight grassy note. Really enjoyed this beer, you'll definitely get the grapefruit and the slight grassy aroma is a little more pronounce in the mouth. Very well done. (294 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.19/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

This can comes my way courtesy of the creator of the canquest, woodychandler. Poured from a 12 oz. can. This beer came gushing out of that can, despite no aggitation, making a little bit of a mess. Has a golden color with a 1 inch head. Smell was kind of mild, some hops detected. Taste is mild hops, some bitterness, a little light and bland for the style, not a lot going on. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a mediocre beer. (442 characters)

Photo of Omnium
3.99/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Can > Bowtie Pint

A - Clear straw light yellow with a big fluffy marshmallow white head, medium lacing.
S - Sweet grains, a little grassy and floral. Touch of citrus.
T - Very fresh, grassy, cracker and bread malt, crisp light citrus zest.
M - Refreshing, light and crisp.
O - Excellent EPA, light and satisfying and plenty of flavor. Best thing that Two Brothers offers (374 characters)

Photo of Edward-Nipplebrew
4.97/5  rDev +27.1%
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 (738 characters)

Photo of Cylinsier
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce can

Pours a very slightly hazy golden with a fine white head, quarter inch in thickness, which dissipates slowly.

Smells of fresh piney hops and biscuit malt with some orange blossom honey sweetness.

Mild biscuit malt flavor, slight honey sweetness, with a subtle floral hop flavor. Mildly bitter.

Medium body with a stinging carbonation on the roof of the mouth.

A very nice brew, very good aroma and flavor and exceptional body, very much worth having and very drinkable. (491 characters)

Photo of cpetrone84
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pour is mostly clear pale amber yellow with a mostly tight white head. Nose has a light doughy malt with a bit of caramel malt. Hops are citrusy, light herbal, and resinous. Taste is a bit more malt forward, strong caramel note and drier bread. Hops are citrus and more herbal, extremely dry finish with strong carbonation. (323 characters)

Photo of GilGarp
4.3/5  rDev +10%
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. (485 characters)

Photo of bnes09
4.57/5  rDev +16.9%
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. (679 characters)

Photo of FickleBeast
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz can poured into a nonic.

Pours a clear yellow color with a half finger of foam. Aroma is a nice balance between floral hops and a slight malt sweetness.

This is a nicely balanced beer. Malt sweetness is subtle and the hop flavors and aromas are the main players here. That said, they are not overwhelming and create a nice drinkable brew. Good run of the mill beer to drink when you are in the mood for a few.

This was given to me by a friend and is a pleasant surprise. (479 characters)

Photo of champ103
4.04/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear pale yellow color. A large white head forms and sticks around for a while. Plenty of lace is left behind.
S: Big fruity hop aromas up front. Tropical fruits like citrus and mango. Almost juicy in the nose. Finishes with some biscuit and crystal malts.
T: Like the nose, hop forward. A bit more citrus and grapefruit like than the nose. The malts play a bigger role here than the nose as well. Bread and biscuit like, and I get plenty of crystal malts as well.
M/D: A light body and moderate carbonation. Fairly dry, but a bit thin. Needs just a bit more effervescent bite. Easy and enjoyable to drink. All day with this.

A good pale ale. Plenty of character and very morish. The six pack will be gone in no time. Something I would recommend if looking for a lower alcohol pale. (799 characters)

Photo of matjack85
4.32/5  rDev +10.5%
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. (992 characters)

Photo of Pintofbrown
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a shaker pint.

Clear, golden body with some carbonation, Sidekick has puffy white sheet lace that clings to the glass as a two finger width head deflates.

A few whiffs reveal some resin, grass, and grapefruit scents.It could stand to be stronger, however.

This beer has some real solid flavors throughout the drink. It starts with some estery hits, then resin and some citrus notes pop through. The finish showcases a nice level of bitterness and the added dimension of cracker malt.

The feel on this beer errs on the lighter side, but it does have a decent creaminess to it.

Sidekick sure is not flashy, but the flavors are solid, and it drinks easy at 5.1% abv. This APA is perfect for any occasion. (716 characters)

Photo of FanofHefe
3.44/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. can poured into a Duvel tulip; swirl-by date of 1-30-14. Clear, light yellow body with about a one finger, dense, white head. Decent retention and light lacing.

Light aroma of citrus hops, mostly lemon. Some additional light notes of caramel malt in the background.

The taste follows the aroma fairly closely. Zesty lemon hop flavors blend with a bready malt base. Some other light citrus notes, noticeably tangerine, blend in as well.

Light to medium mouthfeel. Easy drinking APA that lands in the nice lawnmower beer category for me. Solid summer offering, but will not be a regular for me. (602 characters)

Photo of Billolick
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
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. (600 characters)

Photo of marcobrau
3.67/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Lots of hop flavor in this one, but not much bitterness. Lychee and melon hop flavors dominate. The malt flavor is clean and simple and plays only a supporting role. A lightly fruity finish that echoes the earlier described fruit flavors. The finish is also quite dry, enhancing drinkability. (292 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
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. (1,627 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
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. (802 characters)

Photo of schoolboy
4.19/5  rDev +7.2%
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. (778 characters)

Photo of TreyIsWilson
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Pours a pale yellow with a two-finger sturdy white head. The head lingers leaving tons of heavy lacing.

S - Aroma is sweet citrus, floral hops, and biscuity malts.

T - The flavor starts with some sweet bready malts. There is a nice dose of floral hops midpalate before the sweet citrus rounds out the flavor. There is a touch of white pepper in the finish.

M - Light bodied with medium carbonation. Very smooth mouthfeel with a crisp finish.

O - This is a very sessionable Pale Ale. The flavors are bright and crisp. Perfect summer beer. (545 characters)

Photo of beagle75
3.21/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. can into a nonic glass.

A: Slightly hazy, pale golden color with over one finger of white foam head. Heavy lacing remains on the glass.

S: Husky crystal malt seems underattenuated, while hops qualities are bright and enriched with assertive but simplistic grapefruit peel.

T: Begins barely off-dry, with bright but pithy lemon and grapefruit peel. American ale yeast is clean but still poses a presence into the middle where malt becomes soft and too refined, like powdered sugar aggressively cut with cornstarch. The finish is mildly bitter, with a green herbaceous influence.

M: Thin viscosity, wet and slightly resinous on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: More of an aggressively-hopped blond ale than a pale ale, this beer does not truly botch the application of Galaxy hops (as such a large proportion of commercial beers seem to) although it's use of them is not without reservations. Malt seems to get in the way of the hops, seeming too chewy and at times underattenuated for the appearance. It is a wholehearted improvement over the last canned beer this reviewer encountered from Two Brothers--Outlaw--but it still isn't their best work. (1,184 characters)

Photo of BeerLover99
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: shiny straw body, finger white head, patchy lacing

S: grapefruit, pineapple, peach

T: tropical fruit, fresh bread malt, pine nice bitter finish

M: med body, mild sticky/oily mouth

O: Fun summer/anytime brew. Will grab a 6 pack for sure.

GOOD STUFF; GIVE IT A GO! (271 characters)

Photo of patpbr
4.24/5  rDev +8.4%
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 (269 characters)

Photo of portia99
3.59/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can courtesy of Grfilwett as a great extra in a recent trade. Poured into an Idle Hands tulip.

A - When they say extra pale...they mean extra pale. Pours an almost Bud Light pale golden color in the glass with excellent clarity and capped by a short finger of fluffy white head. Lots of sticky, webby lacing is left on the glass.

S - Hops are very tropical fruity in aroma with a side dose of citrus - pineapple, mango, grapefruit. Really thick in hop aroma. Barely any malt makes it past the hops. Only a light earthy and somewhat dry and biscuit malt peeks thru.

T - Slightly tart, tons of tropical fruit, crisply bitter, earthy. Hops come across as a bit sweaty and dirty.

M - Quite thin in body, almost but not quite watery in feel. Carbonation is medium and quite prickly/tingly.

O - Overall, not a bad pale ale. Lots of tropical hop flavor. Body is bit too thin for my tastes. This would be a great hot weather session beer. It has an overall lightness to it and it goes down super fast and easy. Would be easy to put away a lot of these by the pool. (1,066 characters)

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