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SideKick Extra Pale Ale - Two Brothers Brewing Company

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Reviews: 90
Hads: 786
Avg: 3.88
pDev: 29.9%
Wants: 28
Gots: 144 | 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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Photo of patpbr
4.24/5  rDev +9.3%
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

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Photo of portia99
3.59/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.21/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. can into a Sam Adams "Perfect Pint" glass. Best by date of 10/29/13.

Appearance: Pours a bright and clear golden orange with a lot of rising bubbles. Solid three fingers of white head with good retention. Leaves a decent amount of lacing around the glass.

Smell: A nice and crisp hop forward aroma with lots of citrus esters. Hoppy upfront with hints of orange peel, grapefruit, lemon zest, passion fruit, tangerine, and pineapple. Also some earthy and herbal hop hints of grass and pine. Soft bready malt backbone with hints of grains, cracker, biscuit, and yeast. Light hints of honey sweetness as well. A solid juicy pale ale aroma.

Taste: Like the aroma leads, a very hop forward and zesty pale ale taste with lots of citrus notes. Big hop presence upfront with zesty citrus notes of orange peel, lemon, passion fruit, grapefruit, tangerine, and pineapple. Earthy, herbal, and floral hop notes as well with some grass and pine. Soft pale malt background with notes of grains, crackers, yeast, and biscuit. Subtle honey like sweetness also in the background. A pretty nice taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Zesty, juicy, and fairly drying. Very smooth.

Overall: A very good pale ale. Definitely on the hoppy side. Very good citrus taste.

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Photo of bigaltemple
4.01/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bright and clear yellow in color. Soapy, two finger head reduces to a ring that leaves some small patches of lacing.

Just a blast of citrus hops. Lemon zest and grapefruit really stand out. A mild sweetness wants to peek out from underneath.

Follows the nose very closely. The citrus bite comes out quickly, but is not overpowering at all. Very light body with medium carbonation.

Great beer for a summer evening, or any summer activity for that matter. Really enjoyed and would recommend.

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Photo of Florida9
3.71/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Light yellow in color. Clear. Forms a frothy white head. Good retention. Moderate lacing.

S: Aroma is mostly citrus hops. Lemon and orange with grapefruit to a lesser extent. A bit of tropical fruit in the mix as well. However, I pulling something dirty out of the aroma as well. Can't figure out what it is. Thankfully, it doesn't dominate, but it does distract from the aroma a bit.

T: Taste is light and very quaffable. Very light pale malts. Neither dry nor sweet. Lemon zest, orange, and a touch of passion fruit. Finish is quick.

M: Lighter bodied. Medium carbonation. Low bitterness.

O: A very drinkable, sessionable pale ale. Certainly hop-forward, but there isn't much there to hold them back either.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.32/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"Swirl by 10/30/13" So plenty fresh
Nice and pleasant soft malt aroma with sweet fruitiness but also a doughy malt character.
Extra pale certainly describes the appearance with a Am lager look in body and the very white head. Mostly clear.
Stream of hops start to finish with hop flavor immediately that swells some in the middle as the bitterness kicks in and lingers through a moderate lengthed finish. Hops does push t o excess with a off-putting hop oil taste-seems to not let up either. Pale malt with little specialty grain flavor to pick up.
Light body, but not too thin. At a drinkable level and refreshing.
Certainly a summer feel to this beer. Soft, light and drinkable. I'd like more of the good hop flavors and less of the distasteful.
This is fine, but this brewery has done better.

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Photo of nickapalooza86
4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a medium yellow with a finger of head.

Smell is passion fruit, light tropical and citrus, cracker malt

Taste is crisp citrus, cracker malt, light tropical notes, light passion fruit(plums come to mind)

Mouthfeel is crisp , light, slightly dry with average carbonation. Very easy drinking

This is a nice Pale. I would pick it up often for taking to the beach on a hot day if it were available in my area. It would not replace my standards at home, but it has its place and would be a nice change of pace.

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Photo of rlee1390
4.07/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Clear yellow, nicely carbonated, one finger head that doesn't last long.

S-Malty, wheat then tropical and citrus hop notes. As it warms the hops come out even more.

T-Starts with a tad bit of malt, finishes with a good deal of tropical and citrus notes. Mild bitterness, good balance, tad bit of grass.

M-Medium bodied, nicely carbonated with a tad bit of a hop bite.

O-The balance is nice, and the tropical/citrus hop notes are great. A really good beer and a huge step up from the Outlaw IPA. If you have to pick, go with this one.

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Photo of BB1313
3.61/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Best before 10/22/13. 12oz can poured into a tulip. Pours a transparent light golden; big fluffy white head that fades, but leaves nice lacing and retention. The aromas are nice and soapy. There's a good amount sweet fruits. I'm picking up some orange peel and some lime zest. There are subtle hints of grapefruit as well. The flavors are good, but seem light. Barely any malts noticeable. The bitterness is extremely low. Mouthfeel has active carbonation. The body is on the lighter side. Alcohol obviously goes unnoticed. It's extremely quaffable and easy to drink. It's very refreshing as well.

This isn't my first time having SideKick. It's a very solid pale ale. It's not as bold as some in the respective style, but it does what it's supposed to do. I just wish it had more of a kick. This would be a good option for an environment that only allows cans. This will also hit the spot in the warmer weather. Good brew..

Grade: B

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Photo of justintcoons
3.87/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz can poured into a shaker pint.

Straw with a short white head that dissipates quickly. Excellent clarity with low-moderate carbonation.

Honey, honeydew, pink grapefruit and tangerine.

Honey, honeydew melon and pink grapefruit. Hints of tangerine pine and grassy florals.

Medium bodied, crisp and clean.

Lots of pink grapefruit and grassy florals with a honey-sweet balance. Extremely quaffable and refreshing.

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Photo of Fcolle2
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pale golden in color with a 1 finger white foamy head.

Nose is really great, lots of passion fruit with hints of citrus and a hay like backbone. Hops give this a great fruity character, I'm guessing New Zealand hops from the tropical scents coming off this brew.

Taste has great hop qualities. Straw like grain malts lead into some bitterness that is not overdone. Tropical fruits present on the exhale and persist into the aftertaste.

Lots of carbonation evens out the oily body and keeps this brew soft and refreshing. I drank one slightly warm last night and carbonation was much more mellow however I like the high carbonation.

Overall this is a great summer beer. Love the tropical fruits in the nose and exhale, perfect for summer.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.92/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.66/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not too overly impressed with this offering and website doesn't help, but really doesn't seem like a pale ale. Looks too light like in a golden light the head is light and fizzy. I'm thinking blonde. Wish the webside gave some idea about what extra means.
Aroma is the best thing about this beer and there is barely any to begin with. A very faint aroma of earthy and floral hops.
Taste is light and refreshing but also lacks in flavor and body. There barely is any malts and hops. Hops are lean but fresh malts balance well. Finishes course on the palate and ends fry and bitter.
If there was some other beer in the cooler I would consider them before sidekick XPA

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Photo of TheSSG
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a soap, resiny white head that laces nicely up my glass. Nice notes of grapefruit hoppiness, with a floral characteristic, too. Clear, golden hue. Starts bitter with notes of pine and grapefruit. Transitions into a nice malty body, which blends well in the finish to make a pleasant hoppy biscuit flavor.

Overall, this is very, very good. It's hoppy, pleasantly bitter, and masterfully balanced with malt.
The ultimate Session Pale Ale. It has quickly become my primary session brew.

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Photo of JamesMN
3.84/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottom of the can says Swirl By: 9/16/13.

Appearance: Super clear almost neon yellow color that poured a two finger off-white head that has since dissipated leaving lacing.

Aroma: The somewhat bready malt that you expect from the style along with citrus and pineapple from the hops.

Taste: Starts sort of bland upon the first sip because the malt is heavily outweighed by the hops, which don't show up until later. However, once the hop bitterness gets you after the first sip, the rest of the experience is more full flavored. An interesting and light mix of peppery pine and pineapple hop character. The hops mask the malt so well that you really don't taste its presence except for a touch of biscuit in the aftertaste. This lends a sort of Session IPA feel to the beer and brings in to question its true style. At 5.1% ABV and around 40 IBUs it is nearly refreshing at times.

Mouthfeel: Definitely thin in body but not terribly watery. A tad high on the carbonation but easily drinkable.

Final Thoughts: APA, EPA or Session IPA? A question that probably doesn't need answering since either way the flavor is what counts. SideKick is a good beer with a bit of a west coast flair. Nothing mind-blowing but still memorable in its own right. Would I drink it again? Sure.

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Photo of jkrich
3.86/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 4

The most refreshing ale I have tried this spring: clear and bright golden hue with a quickly receding, foamy white head. The bottom the can has a "swirl by" date stamped. The can states this is an extra pale ale and that is quite true; the ale has yellow highlights similar to a lager.
The aroma, however, will disabuse one of thinking this is a lager. Strong, bittersweet tropical fruit explodes from the can. A slight resinous flavor wafts from the glass after the pour.
The flavor is quite living with a solid citrusy flavor that lingers on the palate. There is also a soft, malty sweetness that tempers the bitterness. While not hugely complex, this ale is extremely quaffable and thirst quenching.
The only criticism I have is the mouth feel. While the ale has a very light body that is appropriate for the style, it is also a little too watery and thin. The other fine qualities of this ale more than makeup for this flaw.
This is an ideal, flavorful ale to keep on hand for the summer. I am very pleased that Two Brothers is available in southern Indiana.

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Photo of Brenden
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Sidekick is a clear, medium yellow-gold with s brilliant brightness to it. A white head forms that displays ample retnetion, and it leaves lacing in a mix of spotting and patchy moderately as it drops.
The smell is clean and bright, a pretty strong display of graperuit and piney hops with a nice strength to it. Malts are dry and balance well. Big for the style, bright, and raw, it's really nice.
Continuing from the nose to the tongue, the profile remains the same: it's kind of (Brew Kettle) White Rajah light. A bit more citrus zest and rind come out into a dryer finish with lingering hops on the palate. Earthiness in a leafier sense prevails too.
Semi-dry in a light body that works toward medium all the way, carbonation keeps it lively off a crispness up front. It's creamy but bright at once.

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Photo of tut2528
4.21/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: one of the most transparent pale ales I've had. light gold/yellow in appearance moderate carbonation elicits a 1/2 fingers worth of bright white head formation.

S: tremendous blast of hops and tropical fruits (pears, mango, and peaches... slight touch of pineapple). orange peel . very nice balance.

T: very similar to the nose but a slight touch of graininess. hops and tropical fruits still dominate this brew and have a very nice balance.

M: light bodied, nice carbonation, leaves a nice slight bitterness on the palate along with a a slight touch of orange peel

O:decent brew and something that I will most likely be purchasing again, its nice and light with a nice aroma and flavor profile that is perfect as the weather warms up.

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Photo of KFBR392
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: A very light golden color, has a very light hue comes off almost green. Highly above average carbonation throughout, a bubbly head got to about a finger and a half but subsided to be present on the edges of the glass.

Smell: The aroma overall nothing impressive. A slight malty front which is very pleasant which has some light flowery accents. The malty sweetness and hoppy tones mix well and are more present as the beer warms up a bit.

Taste: Wow this is awesome! The only grip I would have is the front is a little weak. Some malty tones get a little lost but it is quickly made up for by the incredibly floral and bright hoppy tones in the body. Tropical fruits, tangerines, melons, pineapple, and some light pine. The hops come in waves and dance on the palette.

Mouthfeel: Incredible light and outstandingly drinkable. Some fruit and hops are left on the palette but nothing offensive.

Overall: This may be the perfect summer beer. The ideal balance of drinkability and complexity. Breweries seem to be getting better and better at making these low abv APA/IPAs that still have a ton of flavor. This is my favorite of those style beers to date!

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Photo of Rope
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very clear, pale golden color. It has a foamy 1-2 finger head. If I just saw it, I probably would have thought AAL.

This where things get much better. A refreshing hop aroma, somewhere between pine and bubblegum.

Hop bitterness up front, followed by pale ale malt. The ending is a delightful rainbow of different hop flavors though, including bubblegum and citrus.

Slightly more heavy than I was expecting, but still very crisp and refreshing. Great for some warm weather.

A very fine pale ale, approachable. Not as complex as some of your other ones, but fantastic in a go to capacity.

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Photo of RaulMondesi
3.56/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Shout out to my boi out in Bartlet, Chicago for this nice throw in.

Looks like piss, but smells like a sack of my roommate's bubble kush. Now, Raul does not indulge in the sticky, but for this sweet sticky... Yep! Kind of like the .99 Green Burrito at Del taco; I do it over and over again, but it isn't Raul's first option.


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Photo of falloutsnow
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From: Binny's, Bloomingdale, IL
Best by 07/06/2013
Glass: Standard US pint glass

Two Brothers has a very good American Pale Ale with Sidekick, if not a slight bit "2013 Generic American Pale Ale" in its hop choice and flavor focus. A fairly solid balance of basic pale malt and fruity with bitter hops, I drank two of these beers during the writing of this review, almost without thinking. This is certainly a hop-forward, easy drinking pale ale that would be quite satisfying during warmer weather (or, really, anytime a sense of warm weather or tropical climes was desired).

Pours a 2cm tall head of fluffy (medium and small-sized bubbles) foam, which has average retention of about one minute. Head recedes to a thick ring around the glass and a large island of wispy residuum atop the beer's body. Lacing is moderate: a few large random splashes of foam along the glass' perimeter, which are modified in shape with each sip. Body is a bright copper orange, mostly transparent, with mildly active carbonation. Light brings out yellow hues in the body, which blend with the faint orange to create a bright, inviting effect.

Aroma is sweet, fruity, and somewhat floral, like a salad of slightly bitter orange citrus and grapefruit, with sweet tropical fruit (passion fruit, guava) marinating in a bath of two-row pale malt. It's not as strong, dank, and all-encompassing as, say, Zombie Dust, but it's surely looking in that direction.

Flavor is of sweet tropical fruits (passion fruit, guava) with pale malt and enough bitterness to please a hop-desiring palate. Front of palate is of sweet two-row pale malt with unripe peach, guava, orange, and passion fruit flavors; hints of bitterness linger behind all. Mid-palate is of pleasantly bitter orange, grapefruit, these conflicting nicely with the sweetness from the malt and tropical fruit flavors (guava, passion fruit, hints towards pineapple). Back of palate features stronger hop bitterness alongside continued orange and grapefruit flavors; the sweet fruits and malts have been eclipsed by the bitter versions at this point. Aftertaste is of sweet, pale malts, mild lingering bitterness, and a blurred mix of oranges, grapefruit, and tropical fruit (guava, passion fruit) flavor.

Beer is medium-light to light in body, with carbonation of medium-light intensity, just enough to softly foam the liquid across the palate. Perhaps a bit thin, though it could also be argued that this lightness renders the beer so effortlessly easy to drink. Closes dry, with moderate stickiness clinging to the palate.

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Photo of jimmah120
4.24/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz can, says 'swirl' by 7/17

look is a pale adjunct yellow, ok head retention/lacing. smell is lemon wheat, putting my nose in the can i pick up dank pine, watermelon, metallic alcohol. taste/feel is crisp and juicy. fruity pine musk, herbal bitterness, peppery finish. light, but big on the hops.

i will be stocking up on this for the summer

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Photo of barnzy78
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can, pale straw color with a frothy, white head & a spattering of lacing at the top of the glass. Super fresh tropical nose with pineapple, passion fruit, mandarin, biscuit. Tastes are tropical and fresh with pineapple, passionfruit, biscuity malt, slightly bitter finish. Nice balance. Lighter body adds to it being refreshing. Overall, no wow factor, but it is well crafted and very sessionable for summertime.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

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SideKick Extra Pale Ale from Two Brothers Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 90 ratings.