Bean Flicker
Odd Side Ales

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Odd Side Ales
Michigan, United States
Blonde Ale - American
Ranked #45
Ranked #21,240
3.8 | pDev: 12.89%
May 21, 2022
Aug 02, 2013
Very Good
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Notes: A light coffee note with gentle grains.
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4.16 by MillyLite from Michigan on May 21, 2022
3.81 by Rainintheface from Massachusetts on Mar 25, 2022
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by bottom_ramen

Nice to sit and sip

Feb 23, 2022
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2.15/5  rDev -43.4%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25
by MrOH from Malta

Slightly hazy brownish-yellow, off-white head, decent retention, spotty lacing
Stale coffee and AAL aroma
Weak coffee on top of a nondescript malt flavor
Light bodied and highly carbonated
No Thanks

Dec 05, 2021
3.87 by EdFed from Illinois on Jul 31, 2021
3.77 by hozersr from Pennsylvania on May 18, 2021
3.99 by Metalgod666 from Michigan on Mar 01, 2021
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4.18/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by BigIronH from Michigan

Definitely a sweet coffee flavor. Bready and full feeling. I enjoyed it as something new to try but I probably won’t get it again as I’m not huge on coffee flavors which this has a lot of.

Feb 04, 2021
3.45 by Mrseanworldwide from Ohio on Dec 14, 2020
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by CDBeerDisappear from Ohio

Slightly hazy gold with fast dissipating head. Not much lacing. Aroma of the bread crust and coffee. flavor is slight sweetness but more bitter than sweet. Notes of hay, herbs, coffee. Mouthfeel is medium with medium carbonation. Overall, I would drink this again. I think it's kind of different and kind of interesting. I'm finding that the more I drink it the more I like it.

Oct 19, 2020
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3.51/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
by jimmah120 from Minnesota

16oz pour at J.L beers off 35 dubya

Looks like a light ale, yellow-orange, nice cap and lacing. Taste and scent is all coffee beans. More than a hint of vanilla and a lot of cloying sweetness that accompanies it. Highly carbonated for what it is.

Goes down easy and provides a hit of caffeine to propel you past your lunch break

Aug 11, 2020
3.93 by DMarlinJ from Michigan on Jun 28, 2020
4 by tcbro023 from Wisconsin on Jun 04, 2020
4 by MonkeyPilates from Minnesota on Apr 27, 2020
3.34 by MIBriton54 from Michigan on Feb 05, 2020
3.59 by Chilmer from Iowa on Dec 11, 2019
3.91 by craigbelly from Iowa on Dec 03, 2019
3.75 by rare_bird from Michigan on Dec 02, 2019
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

12oz can. Canned on date of '03/07/19'.
Mostly clear, pale gold colored body. One finger of white head. Small spots of lacing left behind.
Aroma of vanilla and coffee.
Taste is a golden ale overcome by vanilla and coffee. No bitterness.
Medium mouth feel. Good carbonation.
This beer has a lot of expressed vanilla, with the coffee present, which intermingles. The blonde ale is a base but is a minor note to this beer.

Oct 12, 2019
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3.04/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by shanegatter from Ohio

Not bad for a blonde style ale, has a hearty taste like a darker beer but the feel of the lighter more carbonated beer

Sep 29, 2019
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3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by woodychandler from Pennsylvania

My seCANd entry in/of New Tying Up Loose Ends Beer Sunday (Week 759) loops us back to Week 750! M'man @Jimmy_Kneecaps was the impetus then & remains my CANspiration now. I ran through a LOT of Odd Side Ales' beers that day & since then I have scored a few more, as well as finding some in the backlog, to stay CANrent with The CANQuest (tm).

From the CAN: "Blonde Ale with Coffee"; "Satisfying stimulation of sessionable self exploration!"; "Looks can be deceiving and Bean Flicker will challenge your perception of light and dark beers! This
satisfying simulation of self-exploration is sure to surprise your pallet. [sic] It's an extremely smooth session-able blonde ale, with notes of vanilla and coffee. So light a few candles, turn down the lights, put on some light easy listening music and enjoy the adventure this beer has to offer."

Ha ha! Okay. I wondered if this name might have something/anything to do with "tickling the bean" or "Jilling off" and the previous verbiage leaves me with little to no doubt that it does. LOL!

I beCAN by Crack!ing open the vent & allowing the coffee aroma to waft out. 8=O I got really excited at the prospect of more coffee, having already drank my morning cuppa joe. My aggro C-Line Glug still di not produce much in the way of head. It was a finger of roiling, rolling, fizzing eggshell-white head that quickly reverted to wisps. 8=( Color was an oh-so-slightly-hazy Yellow-Gold (SRM = 4 - 5). Nose, when I leaned in for a real sniff, had the sweetish quality of French Vanilla coffee! Now, while I would NEVER drink a full cup of it, I like a shot or so in with a blend of other coffees when buying a to-go cup at a CANvenience store. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium, not watery, but not breaking any records, either. Def thin for an ale. The taste was less sweet than the nose had led me to expect, which was just fine by me. It had a light coffee bitterness to offset the perceptible sweetness of the vanilla. Finish was semi-sweet. It wasn't bad, but it just seemed to lack Ooomph! I would have preferred a greater coffee presence to really wake things up. I felt like I had kind of snoozed through this one. YMMV.

Sep 08, 2019
4.1 by nruhlig from Minnesota on Sep 04, 2019
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3.64/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by Harrison8 from Missouri

Pours a lightly foggy with a finger of white foam. Aroma is heavy coffee, cocoa nibs, toffee, herbal, resiny, sticky hops and nutty and earthy malts. Flavor profile is cold press coffee with a bold and expansive profile. Beyond coffee are notes of toffee, caramel and nutty and earthy malts. It has a lightly bitter bite up front. Mouth feel is medium-thick with a still but lightly soft fuzzy finish. Overall, a little all across the board. Coffee is present, but it comes off a bit harsh and out of place - like an after thought.

Served in a 15.5oz Spiegalau tulip from a 12oz bottle.

Aug 13, 2019
3.44 by peabody from Kentucky on Jul 15, 2019
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3.87/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Brutaltruth from Ohio

From the 12 oz can in a snifter (this one is the Hoof Hearted version with the
Yirgacheffe (SP???) coffee). This interesting little brew pours a chill hazed golden
light amber color with a decent head of white foam that settles to a thin ring
with sparse lacing. Nose of subtle coffee (cold press) and subtle sweet malts...
very light nose that is almost non-existent. Flavors blossom with cold pressed
coffee and roasted malt notes with sweet honey and light touches of melon
(honeydew and sugar melon to be precise) with subtle earthy malts and
faint touches of cocoa. Perfect mouth feel for the style of which I have had
quite a few of lately---light carbonation, medium mouth feel, smooth, highly
quaff-able, and finishing a touch dry.

Overall---a unique brew from a solid little brewery


Jun 25, 2019
3.79 by Marzen_Fan from Ohio on Jun 19, 2019
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by pat61 from Minnesota

L: hazy gold under a 2" white cap with good retention.

S: smells like biscuits and coffee and the coffee aroma is borderline cloying.

T: Initial blonde ale flavors but coffee takes over from mid-palate on and suggests coffee and shortbread. There is a hint of vanilla.

F: Medium to medium light body, medium carbonation, smooth and light.

O: An interesting and refreshing beer.

Jun 15, 2019
3.93 by HopliteMpls612 from Minnesota on May 23, 2019
4.44 by Can_if_you_can from Minnesota on May 20, 2019
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3.96/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by Czequershuus from Minnesota

This beer pours a deep straw with a solid head. The aroma features honeycombe, malted milk, cream, underripe banana, and very mild coffee. The flavor is semi sweet, with lots of malted milk and a touch or honey and peanut butter, with just a touch of bitter coffee to follow. The mouthfeel is very light and slightly crisp with a dollop of sweetness. Overall a this is a nice little drinker, but it does not show much coffee - mostly it tastes like a malted milk ball. I don't hate that either, just could be a bit more accurately labelled.

May 04, 2019
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3.64/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by AdmiralOzone from Minnesota

Pours a cloudy bright yellow with a thick white head. Aroma is coffee with cream on top of a biscuit and malt ale. Flavor follows the nose, sweet coffee without any real hop bitterness. Feel is light and well carbonated. Overall an "odd" blonde ale that is both enjoyable and sessionable.

Apr 16, 2019
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4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by gatornation from Minnesota

Pours a mostly clear golden yellow color Smell is roasted coffee is a very fresh roast scent some biscuit malts. Taste follows nose nice fresh coffee here, the combination of a blonde with coffee really works here,,found it to be so less filling than a stout while still delivering a nice infused coffee flavor . well done.

Apr 13, 2019
1.67 by BlueTomorrow from Michigan on Mar 11, 2019
4.08 by Richter525 from Michigan on Feb 03, 2019
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4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by JimboBrews54 from Michigan

This was my first stab at an Oddside Ale, this one definitely lived up to that uniqueness. This flavor profile works really well and it completes the crispness of the blonde ale and the sweetness of the coffee. This one is very well balanced but not too many would kill the experience of this brew. The sweet caramel, coffee under tones give this a very different ale taste. This adds to the crispness and keeps it interesting.

Jan 27, 2019
4 by Djudd359 from Michigan on Jan 27, 2019
4.2 by D_coulter from Michigan on Jan 01, 2019
3.58 by cindiwindi1025 from Michigan on Nov 23, 2018
3.95 by DrDemento456 from Pennsylvania on Nov 12, 2018
3.25 by Dutchcraftbeergeek from Netherlands on Oct 14, 2018
Bean Flicker from Odd Side Ales
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