Bean Flicker | Odd Side Ales

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Odd Side Ales
Michigan, United States
oddsideales.com

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
A light coffee note with gentle grains.

Added by TheBrewo on 08-02-2013

BEER STATS
Ratings:
422
Reviews:
68
Avg:
3.74
pDev:
13.1%
 
 
Wants:
22
Gots:
93
For Trade:
2
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Photo of CaptainHate
3.01/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of Sk8sean86
2.02/5  rDev -46%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of schoolboy
3.96/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The brewery certainly lives up to its name on this brew, A strong coffee flavor in an otherwise sedate style. It yields a unique variant of the style.

It opens pale and finely frothy. Very nice. The coffee aroma is prevalent and lovely.

The taste is a light blonde ale bitterness with just hints of the hops. The coffee bitterness compliments this well while neither is overwhelming. This is a very easy drinking, well made and interesting ale.

Highly recommended. I will go back for more of these cans tomorrow!

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Photo of BarrelAgedG
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sabtos
3.19/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Clean burnt gold with a large white foam head leaving fishnet lace all over.

Smell is a little metallic and vegetal--(what is it with light Odd Side ales and the cabbage patch? Seriously it almost smells like raw potato)--with coffee and vanilla.

Taste is coffee, vanilla, and shortcake with a tiny spritz of lemon and a hint of grassy or vegetal earthy bitterness.

Feel is full but light, frothy and semi-wet.

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Photo of Zaybertooh
4.04/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of AngusOg
4.5/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Timc32
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Tone
3.43/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear gold color. 1/2 inch head of an off-white color. Slight retention and slight lacing. Smells of coffee, strong chocolate, sweet malt, and a hint of pale malt. Fits the style of an American Blonde Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of strong chocolate, coffee, sweet malt, slight pale malt, mustiness, hint of hops, slight metallic wheat. Overall, weak appearance, aroma and body is strongly chocolate and coffee, but the blend is not balanced and the mustiness is a detractor.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.66/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz can poured into a snifter

A- pours a hazy golden-straw color with a small foamy white head that reduces to a ring around the edge of the glass

S- aroma is predominately vanilla, followed by banana pudding & vanilla wafers. Undertones of coffee, grainy malt and cake

T- taste opens with light vanilla and banana pudding notes that follow the nose. Sugar cookie sweetness, followed by just a hint of coffee. The finish gives more vanilla, otherwise a clean linger

M- medium body with medium biting carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and a crisp finish, high drinkability

O- a nice variation of a usually bland ale, goes down quickly

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Photo of blissfulNemo
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of EMV
2.59/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz pint glass into a tulip

L: Clear light golden pour... Thin white head with spotty lacing.

S: Not much to the nose.. mild coffee and grain.

T/F: Somewhat odd flavor.. some light malts up front mixed with vanilla and banana?... coffee is very faint, and pretty mild hop bitterness towards the finish. Light and well carbonated. Finish is... odd and not pleasant. Almost soapy.

O: Not a big fan of this one... odd and offputting flavor. Light and relatively drinkable but I wouldn't want to have it again.

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Photo of reebtaerG
3.97/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of GuyFawkes
3.94/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Canned 2/11/16; drank 3/13/16 @ the Yarchives.

Poured from the can into a glass.

Semi-opaque yellow appearance.

A rough pour yielded a huge white head; frothy lace.

Vanilla, candy corn & coffee bean notes in the nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Vanilla & banana flavors up front; caramel & coffee bean notes on the finish. Sweet but not cloying; a unique, enjoyable flavor. One's enough per session, but I'd have another...

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Photo of Fishwhisperer
3.81/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kbarnes9
3.96/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Junior
3.77/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DavidRandall
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jtransel
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MI_beerdrinker
3.47/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Keananmichael5
3.82/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of kmanjohnson
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Blazer22
4.14/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.92/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Bean Flicker pours a golden raisin/ripe banana color with coffee sediments and wheat floating around. The head is monstrous, soapy, and takes several pours over the course of a few minutes to empty the 12 oz can into the 20 oz tulip.

Aromas - Glazed donuts. Vanilla extract. Ground coffee. Some lighter, banana cream pie and vanilla sandwich cookie also surface, with a touch of citronella.

And Bean Flicker does not disappoint. A little heavier on the charred coffee than I would like, but after all, it is a coffee ale. Pale and crystal malts both pop up aggressively, with a faint echo of banana/vanilla behind it all. Coffee grounds curtail the finish, and the palate comes to a close.

Feel is very thin, very watery, with heavy, pepper-like biting carbonation. Fades on pepper.

Overall, Bean Flicker is an outside-the-box beer that's neither good nor bad. I'd encourage you to give it a try, it's pretty decent.

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Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Bean Flicker from Odd Side Ales
3.74 out of 5 based on 422 ratings.
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