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:
421
Reviews:
68
Avg:
3.74
pDev:
13.1%
 
 
Wants:
22
Gots:
93
For Trade:
2
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Ratings: 421 |  Reviews: 68
Photo of oldvines
3.54/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of InfragilisBrew
4.27/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of vande
3.89/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of abeerview
3.49/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

L: Golden with a little haze, little head and tiny bubbles.
S: There is a sweetness, but also a bit of stale beer to it.
T: I get some bready/biscuity flavor followed by a sweetened coffee taste at the end. The coffee flavor in a blonde ale is obviously an unusual setup, but it actually works.
F: Very light body with a dry finish. I know it wasn't going be as if I were drinking a cup of coffee, but I could have used more body.
O: If you isolate each part of the beer (look, smell, taste, feel) it comes across as underwhelming. But, if you take it as a whole it works. A classic example of the sum being greater than the parts. This is a very drinkable beer with some unusual (in a good way) character.

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Photo of colinuthe
4.53/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Nurt20
3.96/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

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

Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.44/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazy golden body, fizzy white head that leaves just a ring, plenty of fine carbonation, and sediment on the bottom. Nose is overly sweet, with floral vanilla bean making up most of it and roasted coffee in the background. Flavor is also heavy on the vanilla and sweetness, reminiscent of white chocolate, but gives more attention to the coffee. The light malt is detectable only here and there, but is mostly blanketed by the namesakes. Body is light and, while fizzy, highly drinkable.
Barely recognizable as a beer, this still was respectful to not go completely overboard with additive flavors. The vanilla did need to be toned down, but overall this was a decently restrained sugary guilty pleasure.

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Photo of Chris-1911
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bnes09
3.92/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Mild roasted character. Light and crisp malt and hop flavor and mouth feel. Really different and intriguingly tasty.

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

Photo of scruffwhor
3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tim007007
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of red94tt
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of hendryxdp
3.84/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of darktronica
3.31/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours a slightly hazy, light orange with modest head that dissipates quickly. The vanilla and malts dominate, somehow giving me a strong suggestion of papaya and macadamia nut on the nose. The coffee was a bit out to lunch, possibly contributing to the nuttiness but otherwise not making much noise until the finish. Interesting, but not really to my liking.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 fl oz. can, packaged date 02/11/16 printed on the six pack carrier. My first beer from Odd Side Ales; excited to finally see this brewery distributed to my area! 'Blonde ale with coffee' per the can.

Poured into a Duvel tulip snifter.

A - A pale golden beer body with lots of haze. One finger of thing wispy white head that falls to a fluffy ring. Doesn't leave much in the way of lacing

S - A subtle but pleasant and intriguing aroma: notes of crisp golden malts, cold brewed coffee beans, lactose, and vanilla. Perhaps a slight fruit / apple aroma hidden in the background.

T - Smooth, crisp, grainy, creamy. Notes of cold-brewed coffee, vanilla, lactose. Pretty delicious and easy-drinking stuff.

M - Feel is smooth, crisp, & creamy. Light-bodied with good carb. Very easy-drinking.

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Photo of TrufflePig
3.81/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ThickNStout
3.05/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle from LambicPentameter (thanks man!). Bottled 11/30/15. Served in a goblet.

Pours a dull gold with almost three fingers of rocky white froth. A consisitent veneer is left behind after the head fades with a foamy ring that deposits large, near-solid sheets of lace.

Smells of sugar, dry yeast, bread, faint coffee and something my senses interpret as vague fruit skins.

Tastes like watered down coffee, semi sweet caramel, bitter earthy bark and a vague almost rye-like spice. It's not quite a combination I look for in a brew.

Thin, dry body with moderate carbonation. Aftertaste has more of that watered down coffee and a vague earthy bitterness.

I'm not much of a blonde ale drinker and I can't say that Bean Flicker has done anything to sway me.

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Photo of Fcolle2
3.62/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours light golden with some shit floating around in it. Aromas of blonde roasted coffee, vanilla, and caramel. Coffee flavors are somewhat mild and are backed up with a mild vanilla presence over a light grainy malt.

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Photo of Davit
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of stompilator
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JeltMaaj
3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TMoney2591
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Served from a can in an Ohio State Shaker pint glass.

Nice to see a bit of equal opportunity for masturbation references in the beer world... Anyhoo, this stuff pours a clear brass topped by a finger of relatively short-lived lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises rich coffee, complete with that chocolate sort of smell that tends to tag along with it in those coffee stores in the mall (they still have those stores, right? I don't get out much...). It's pretty simple and straightforward. The taste brings in more of the same, but the richness is decidedly toned down here, forcefully waned by milquetoast grains (I meant that as the pure adjective, not as the specific grains that go into the creation of said bready treat). The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a slick feel. Overall, a nice coffee blonde, but one I wish had a bit more of that coffee character on the tongue. I'm not saying I want as much as my 'strils get, as that would likely be a bit much, but some real coffee oomph would have worked far better than this blend of mild coffee and vague breadiness.

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Bean Flicker from Odd Side Ales
3.74 out of 5 based on 421 ratings.
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