Sidewinder
Revolver Brewing

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Style:
Pale Ale - American
Ranked #2,349
ABV:
6.75%
Score:
83
Ranked #40,866
Avg:
3.64 | pDev: 9.89%
Reviews:
18
Ratings:
108
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Revolver Brewing
 
Texas, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
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SCORE
83
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jngrizzaffi from Texas

3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours straw colored and slightly hazy color with a small foamy head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Has a salty lemon type of aroma. Some agave. Taste follows the same. Very mildly tart at the end, though. Light bodied and somewhat refreshing. A good summer beer. Moderate carbonation.

Nov 03, 2018
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depechemode1983 from Texas

3.51/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours out straw in color. The head is white and a bit thin but with ok retention. Not seeing any lacing.

The nose has lemon and grains. There is a fresh hops bitterness to it as well. Its a bit floral.

The taste has little bitterness to it but more of a light honey sweetness with some lemon and floral notes.

The mouthfeel is light with medium carbonation. Its crisp and refreshing. Seems good for a summer BBQ.

Oct 01, 2018
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WoodBrew from Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I tri3d this at 54th street restaurant and drafthouse outside of Frisco. It poured a hazy yellow with white head that is leaving a spotty lace. The scent had hints of citrus peel. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink. The mouthfeel is lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall it's a decent beer.

Feb 18, 2018
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Anayalator from Texas

3.66/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Hazy, golder lager look with minimal white head. Smells citrusy with little to no pine. Hops aren't in your face. Taste is average with a great balance of hops, grapefruit, and little pine. Feel's like one of the smoothest and most crisp IPAs out there.

Dec 27, 2017
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mjurney from Texas

3.26/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance:
Golden, cloudy. Moderate carbonation rising. Small white head.

Aroma:
Fruity, berry, slight bubblegum, sweet pale malt.

Taste/Finish/Body:
Hop bitterness is moderate, mostly fruity, berry and herbal. Solid malt background, sweet bread, biscuity. Yeasty character, bubblegum. Finish is slight bitterness, crisp. Medium-light bodied, well carbonated, smooth.

Overall:
It doesn't taste like a typical American Pale Ale, it has a slight Hefeweizen character to it.

Oct 10, 2017
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ferz from Texas

3.38/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

What can I say, it's a very interesting Pale Ale. Certainly it doesn't feel like a traditional PA. But because the bottle explicitly states Southwestern Pale Ale, I think it's a good addition.

It's a big on a sweeter side, not too hoppy. Although I've had people tell me otherwise. It's a bit harder to drink when it's warmer, it just has too much going on. I don't want to say that it feels thick but I could easily put it in a random 'American Ale' category because it's just so different. But when it's ice cold it goes down much smoother and has citrus finish. Like anything else from Revolver, I find it hard to drink many of their brews. I mean it does go down easy when it's chilled nicely but it's not a 6-pack killer, plus it has a kick at 6-7% I wouldn't consider it a good summer beer.

But overall, it's a very interesting brew. Out of all Revolver offerings I prefer Sidewinder if I have it. Would I buy it at current price point they have at HEB? I am not sure. Would I turn it down as free brew? No, I'd drink it happily.

This beer is so unique and different from other Pale Ales that you just have to give it a try.

Jul 13, 2017
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TH28 from Florida

3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On draft. Hazy golden with minimal white head. Aroma is very subdued, with just a touch of citrusy hop. Taste is a bready maltiness with a strong tropical fruit flavor of mango and pineapple, and a strong bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium with a moderate carbonation. Finishes with a long lasting bitterness that still leaves some mango flavors on the tongue. Overall a really solid pale ale that showcases the tropical fruit character of the hops

Feb 03, 2017
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HardTarget from Texas

3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy yellow glass feeds a bright white head with constant carbonation streams.

Smell: Fresh hops, citric and earthy with some light malt sweetness coming through. A hint of metallic.

Taste: Bready base mixes yeast and malt with a peppery hop bite. There's a little vegetable in the hop note but manages to come across as hop leaf green that works. Fairly balanced with a clean finish.

Mouthfeel: Little prickly carbonation makes the medium body a little sudsy. Clean slowly drying finish encourages the next sip.

Overall: Not bad. Full of flavor for a middleweight, light enough to refresh and heavy enough to satisfy. Hits a hard mark, worth a try!

Nov 28, 2016
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Thomas_Wikman from Texas

3.81/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is a local inexpensive beer that I've had many times including last night.

(L) It has a cloudy golden hue with a robust white head.

(A) It has a modest but nice sweet and citrusy aroma.

(T) It has a taste of agave, citrus, wheat, corn, and a little bit of spices towards the end.

(F) It is light and crisp.

May 31, 2016
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Premo88 from Texas

4.16/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into tight nonic
(2/9/16 bottled-on date)

L: pale yellow, almost no amber in it, 90% clear with just a hint of mistiness; pushes up a super-sticky 1-inch tall head of white/offwhite foam off a hard pour, and it's keeping a thick collar and almost full skin; not much lacing after the big stick off the head, and the collar is disassembling with the skin almost all gone about 1/3 in; that 10% mistiness is clearing up and letting you see a tidy bit of activity mainly in the center of the column, nothing major, but a steady steam of 10 to 30 or so bubbles rising gently

S: onions, grain, grass, lemons, limes ... pico de gallo ... grapefruit ... it's powerful with plenty going on ... as it warms, a hint of sweetness peeks in but not much

T: all of the nose with a huge earthy/cantaloupe note midswallow that knocks down all the sweetness; boy, what a quaff -- it starts off wanting to be very sweet, something citrusy (orange? sweet grapefruit?) with a lot of sugar in it, then wham! the agave or hops or something kicks all the sweetness to the side and lets a mellow earthy flavor take over; grain aftertaste

F: ale all the way ... while there's plenty of carbonation, it's weighty and soft, almost stout-like slick; the carbonation helps keep it from being overly thick; ton of body

O: what a brew! the agave and spices seems to add a nice earthy backbone with a lot of flavors dancing around nicely, some citrus/grapefruit, some grass, a little grain and nothing out of proportion; the nose is a Citra-hop festival full of onion/green onion/grapefruit aromas; if the born-date is correct, this brew isn't a week old, and the nose alone suggests it *is* correct -- there's no malt takeover whatsoever here, no caramel/mango sweetness, no creamed corn meltdown, nothing in the way of the hops; yet a little pinch of malt sweetness peeks in as it warms, giving it a super-smooth finish. great beer and great example of how a brewer can get some great hop presence in the bottle without pushing the bitterness envelope. Revolver makes good stuff!

Feb 15, 2016
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OKbrew89 from Oklahoma

3.64/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light straw color with a white, one finger head that sticks around leaves minimal lacing. Aroma of citrus hops and sweet agave. Unique nose. Taste follows nose with an agave, toasted wheat, and citrus hop body. The agave isn't overpowered and tempers the bitterness. Light body and medium-light carbonation with no aftertaste.
This is a different APA. Not overly reliant on hops and making use of the agave makes it a bit sweet. It's something I hadn't had before and was an interesting combo.

Jan 08, 2016
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mpk_tx from Texas

4.04/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into a weizen glass. 6-pack from HEB in College Station, TX. Good to see another offering from Revolver hit the supermarket shelves after their successful Blood & Honey. Ironhead IPA was also there, and I'll have to try that soon.

Pours a bright yellow color with some cloudiness. Small head that dissipates. Some lacing. Smells of citrus and agave. Taste is citrus-forward with slight bitterness. I can even taste the citrus lingering on my lips a minute or two after taking a sip. This beer definitely takes a step out onto the flavor limb, but pulls it off without anything obtrusive.

Overall, I really enjoy this take on a pale ale. It's something different, and although I'm having it in December, I imagine it would be even better in the heat of summer. The girlfriend (Fort Worth native) and I had it with some hatch chile salsa and I must say the claim "Southwest Pale Ale" really is valid as the tastes of Texas are well represnted here. Every bit as good as Blood and Honey, will buy again. Great job, Revolver! Making a point to visit on my next trip to FW.

Dec 07, 2015
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TX-Badger from Texas

3.06/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a pretty clear yellow gold color with white head, but not much. Slight citrus, can actually smell the agave, some grains and a hint of grass on the nose; follows onto the palate. Light bodied, seems like low carbonation for a bottled beer. Finishes with a fruity sweetness that doesn't jive with the rest of the flavors.

Jul 19, 2015
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Vinegarroon from Texas

2.42/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I found this beer a little disappointing, just lacking in flavor, aroma, or any other defining charecteristics.
It's not unpleasant in any way. It just doesn't have anything to write home about, so to speak.

May 12, 2015
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Kyndbrah from Texas

4.15/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I think this is a great all around beer. It's got some great flavors with the agave & spices and is a perfect outdoor hot day beer. I like blood & honey but may possibly like this better.

Apr 02, 2015
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ranger7 from Texas

3.93/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Clear gold. Decent white head with little retention. Nice lacing.
S: Somewhat sweet, citrus scent.
T: Nice and balanced.
F: Light and medium bodied.
O: Good. Nice flavor.

Feb 21, 2015
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Karibourgeois from Texas

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden pour with a small head and light carbonation. Very interesting wheat taste in the nearly medium body. Can taste light spices and citrus with a hint of bitterness.

Apr 27, 2014
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Michaeldmanley from Texas

4.37/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

A - Light golden hue with a stringy head that hangs around for a little bit before fading away into the beer.

S - Wonderful aroma. Makes you want to take a drink quick. A lot of spices here - most notably the blue agave, cumin, and caramel notes.

T - Very wheaty for what is essentially a spiced pale ale. You taste most of what you smell, though the blue agave is surprisingly subtle but this actually helps the overall taste of the beer. It tastes more citrusy than it smells. Carbonation is light. A tad pinch of hops apparent.

M - Just like you would expect, very smooth with a nice finish. Revolver uses their own well system out in Granbury and the water has a nice sodium level to it that provides this nice of a finish.

O - A great beer. Probably my third favorite of Revolver's. A perfect summer beer for a hot day. One of the better agave beers I've tasted.

Sep 08, 2013
Sidewinder from Revolver Brewing
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 108 ratings