SideKick Extra Pale Ale
Two Brothers Brewing Company

SideKick Extra Pale AleSideKick Extra Pale Ale
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American Pale Ale (APA)
Ranked #531
Ranked #13,388
3.9 | pDev: 10%
Two Brothers Brewing Company
Illinois, United States
Very Good
SideKick Extra Pale AleSideKick Extra Pale Ale
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Photo of GuyFawkes
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"Swirl by 8/30/15"; drank 5/1/15 @ the Yarchives.

See-through yellow appearance.

A rough pour yielded a HUGE bright white head; a curtain of lace.

Dandelion funk & pineapple notes in the nose.

Medium thin mouthfeel.

Dandelion funk & pineapple flavors up front; lemon bite on the finish.

A balanced, flavorful session ale. I'd have another.

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Photo of tempest
3.94/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really solid pale ale. Definitely something I'd bring to a summer BBQ. Smooth melon hops up front with the classic citrus bitter hit. Lighter body for a pale ale, but I like it. Makes it a better session beer, and I always want more tasty session beers.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.54/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

The appearance has a very clear and a very bright yellow colored body with fast rising carbonation seen, one finger white head quickly dies and leaves some clingy lacing. The smell has some straight up piney, citrus, hops with some subdued malts. The taste has some sweet yet bitter and almost peppery at different times, dry sweet aftertaste and a quick bitter finish. The palate is light, somewhat sessionable, adequately carbonated and also is good for me. Overall, this is a good session APA that is flavorful.

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Photo of Jason
3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BA Mag Issue #117 ( Oct 2016 )

Level, Fruity, Crust, Quenching
Big on citrus from rind to zest, pith to grove. SideKick is hoppy enough to quell that desire, and its crispness pops while the maltiness is dry and bready. Overall, the flavors are very well placed, and meld together nicely to focus on balance and drinkability. It is Pale Ales like this that demand the biggest mug you have and then a proper session to enjoy it with. Much respect for a style that doesn’t seems to get the attention it deserves. [Jason]

Look 3.75 | Smell 4.00 | Taste 4.00 | Feel 4.00 | Overall 4.00

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
3.71/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Light gold color, slight haze but mainly transparent, white head, extensive lacing.

S - Pine, first, lemon, second, and a soapy note. Eh, not great but not terrible.

T - Opens with quiet lemon and passionfruit, no real sign of malt, a bit of grape flesh. Very strong turn toward bitterness in the close, but without aspirin.

M - Prickly. Very light on the tongue. Drying close.

O - Close. Nice fruit, but sharp bitter close. Highly drinkable, but without much scope. Leaves me reaching to find much beyond the bitter close.

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Photo of CTHomer
3.3/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

A: slight haze; medium gold in color; 1 finger white head that receded to a wispy cap; OK lacing;

S: mostly floral; a hint of malt in the background;

T: almost no flavor up front; never really pops; what's there is pretty nondescript; mild to moderate bitterness on the finish;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; moderately dry finish;

O: not much to the flavor;

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Photo of mothmanscott
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear gold producing 3+ fingers of frothy, white, somewhat lasting head that leaves a thin bubbly collar ring but only a few streaks & motes of lace. Aroma is pineapple, tangerine, floral & pale malt with a hint of white fruit. Taste is tropical fruit, tangerine, grapefruit, orange peel, melon, hints of pine & pepper. There's something in the slightly dry but juciy finish reminiscent of the flavor of those orange colored, wax Halloween harmonica/whistles that used to come out every fall in the 60's. The sip dries in the citrus, melon, lightly bitter & astringent aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation, light prickle, juciy from start through finish, drying in the aftertaste. Thanks to outdoor7or24 for the opportunity!

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Photo of outdoor7or24
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Purchased 6 pack while on recent trip to Chicago. Poured into pint glass.
A: pours an almost 2 finger frothy white foam head, mild spotty lacing, super clear yellow golden body, nice carbonation rising to the top
S: hits of citrus fruits, orange oil, some mango, light aroma
M: medium light body that makes me think sessionable brew
T: light soft winter grain in the start that leads to citrus hops, orange, hints of mango, in the middle leads towards some hop bitterness that is very well balanced and not overpowering at all, in the finish I detect a little mineral in the finish.
O: will seek this brew out again, fantastic for the hot summer days or enjoying a few with fellow beer friends.

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Photo of LauraMi
4.36/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Great smells of citrus and sweet flora (no fauna). The taste was great but didn't hold up to the awesome olfactory notes (ooh snobby words). I'd drink it again though.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Two Brothers Brewing Co. "Sidekick Extra Pale Ale"
12 fl. oz. can, "SWIRL BY: 03/28/16" on 03/29/16
$1.99 @ Giant, Haverstown, PA

Not expecting much from an "Extra Pale Ale" I mindlessly cracked the top on my can and poured it fairly roughly into an Imperial pint glass bringing up a full three fingered head of frothy bright white foam. It took quite some time to dwindle, but I was in no rush. I wandered off to do a few things, and when I returned I noticed that the head was still there, and that it was a hazy golden - not what I was expecting - and then I smelled it, which was totally not what I was expecting! I didn't raise it to my lips, no, I could smell it at arms length sitting there on the kitchen counter - citrusy hops! Now I was intrigued. Wow! Papaya, mango, tangerine, pineapple, and apricot. The flavor was just as juicy, and I though of how refreshing it would be on a hot day. What's the ABV? 5.1%, I can live with that. And it comes in a can! This could become one of my favorite summer beers for taking to parties, fishing, canoeing, hiking/camping, concerts, festivals and so on. Somehow the malt doesn't quite live up to it's end of the bargain, but the way I see it this is kind of like a session IPA, and to be honest I don't want it too filling. It's balanced, apart from the juicy hops which are 'billowing', and that's enough for me. Impressive! I'd call this one a "must try".

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Photo of Act25
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Love this brewer. Enjoyed at The Little Goat Chicago private dining.

A: The beer is straw yellow with moderate carbonation. It pours a finger high thick off white head that has good retention and lacing.

S: Moderate aromas of tropical fruit with orange citrus hops are present in the nose on a malt core.

T: Following the smell, the taste layers notes of citrus and tropical fruits on top of creamy malt bill - followed along by a moderate amount of hoppy, fresh bitterness.

M: Good feel, medium body, sessionable, good food beer, clean finish.

O: Nice IPA-like aromas and flavors. Clean, fresh, light - without any fuss.

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
3.24/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Hits the glass a fairly light golden in color with a small to medium, frothy head. Retention is great and lacing is pretty good as well. The body of the beer is pretty clear and light in color for the style. The scent is pretty straight forward with medium to strong, resinous pine notes being dominant.

This beer hits the tongue with the same, hop-forward flavor as the scent, except a bit weaker. Hops hit first and preside over most of the drink. The profile is mostly piney, just like the scent. In the middle of the drink there is just a touch of citrus mingling in. The body of the beer is extremely carbonated and fairly light in body. Rather thin and light on the tongue, this drinks almost as light as a pils.

Overall, this beer isn't bad for a lighter pale ale, but it is very light in body. The hops bitterness is well represented in the scent and flavor, but nothing special.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.6/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Light golden yellow body with a good amount of ambient carbonation plus occasional burps of a big bubble, slight haze, big creamy rocky off-white head that lasts and lasts. Sexy. Smell has a good mixture of tropical fruits with a slightly sweet background. The flavor takes a dive, tastes like pilsner malt and mostly piney hops with a bit of chalk mixed in. Not greatly enjoyable. Kick of bitterness at the end makes it nicely crisp, and the body is perfectly drinkable.
It was a ll good until the flavor. Not sure what happened to the kickass tropical hop aromas when they got turned into the flavor, hard to believe it was the same beer. Everything else was great, so average it all out and this is a decent beer.

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Photo of DaneBramage
4.27/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Very citrusy and not very hoppy at all. Very smooth and drinkable, would probably taste great on a warm summer day. Has a bit of a shandy/radler fruit taste as well. Haven't tried any of the light IPAs but this one could probably fit right in.

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3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

this is a very light bodied, but tasty session beer. low abv, decent amount of hops, and super easy drinkable make this a great beer to drink when you are trying to get some stuff done while enjoying a beer.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16oz can poured into a pint glass. "Swirl By" 1/14/16 on the bottom of the can. Brought to me by

Pours clear yellow with a smallish white head that won't fade. Plenty of carbonation. Smell is nice, grassy.

Taste is classic pale ale. Not over the top.

Mouthfeel is smooth with just a hint of dryness, overall very satisfying pale ale.

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Photo of WestmontStorm
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Sometimes I like a really hoppy IPA. Sometimes I don't. If you are looking for a mildly hoppy brew, it's tough to find a better one than this. Refreshing and light but you still know you're drinking a pale ale.

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Photo of bwood06
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. can into a pint glass

A -Tall foamy off white head that dissipates slowly. Beer is clear and golden (with a bit of copper) with moderate carbonation. 4/5

S - Aroma is mainly focused on citrusy hops. Tangerine and oranges stand out the most. Maybe a bit of mango and papaya as well. Very light breadiness to the aroma. 4/5

T - Tangerine citrus flavor right off the bat transitioning to a white bread note. Somewhat of a yeasty/doughy note in the middle. Bitterness shows up on the back end with some green apple and pine notes. 3.75/5

M - Creamy. Very little in the way of carbonation tickle or burn. Coats the mouth and lingers. Light bodied. 3.5/5

O - Beer is well layered with stark transitions. Pine note throws me off a bit after the citrus flavors. Nice and light while still retaining a creaminess. This reflects more of what I attribute to a cream ale rather than a pale ale. 3.75/5

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: It pours brilliant gold under a thin white foam cap that leaves splotchy lace. S: grassy nose over biscuit T: Starts with a mouth full of fresh fruit, citrus and passion fruit, that gives way to biscuit and finishes with a lingering hop bitterness and flavor and a slight citrus tang. The bitterness is moderate and not harsh. F: Crisp with medium body, high medium carbonation O: Refreshing and easy to drink.

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Photo of TH28
3.81/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz can. Appearance: Light golden, with a slight haziness, and a quickly dissipating white head. Aroma: a moderate hop fruitiness, melon, pineapple, and citrus. No real noticeable malt aroma. Taste: Light malt character and sweetness, giving way to a light grapefruit and grassy hop flavor and moderate bitterness. Mouthfeel: light to moderate body, moderate carbonation Finish: Fairly well balanced and crisp, with a slightly lingering hop bitterness Overall: a better than average APA and well balanced. Aroma is a nice passion fruit hop character, but somewhat subdued compared to other APAs. Taste is crisp and refreshing, but nothing that stands out vs other examples.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.42/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

- Spiegelau ipa glass.can. BEST BY 07.19.14. CONSUMED 07.06.15.

A: Dense, hazy, tangerine orange is turbid, with a milky white head that was thin, frothy, and of short duration. Slow rise of micro-effervesce. Good film stickage on the vessel.

S: Soft grapefruit-orange aroma. The passion fruit aroma is still very evident even a year in passing, sweet guana, fruity kiwi-strawberry hints. Fresh grapefruit juice finish, some persistence.

T: Flavor was sticky sweet grapefruit hop resins, sticky orange and tropical fruit. Moderate hopping levels considering again time frame but still very much respectable per style. Sweet juicy grapefruit-orange and mango, juicy citrus with a touch of starfruit. Lingering tart grapefruit pulp at knockout against a pale malt backing makes this stand out.

M: Light bodied, tart grapefruit warmth and small carbonation presence.

O: Would like to sample this fresh, again drawing attention to the year past best by date (i really have to start paying closer attention to labels) this hardly seemed affected flavor wise, tart and juicy hops were as noticeable as ever, the nose I felt may have fell victim a bit strength wise, but still maintained enough appreciation complexity wise.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.69/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice golden color with excellent clarity. There's a half inch of densely packed eggshell white head. Aroma is comprised of gentle citrus hops. The flavor is much more hop forward than the nose would indicate. There is a nice balance of light malt with a lingering gentle citrus hop and honey fade. The mouth is gentle but the bitter hops and carbonation bubbles prick the tongue.

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Photo of kkleu357
3.17/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

On tap in Chicago. Very pale straw colored body. Very fruity beer. Almost had maybe a raspberry taste too it. Could be passion fruit? Either way, it wasn't really my thing, but was still a solid beer.

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Photo of SteveJeremy
2.94/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

One of the better pale ales I've had; Two Brothers is fairly reliable when it comes to all of their styles, though Domaine Dupage still takes the cake fro my personal favorite.

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Photo of MNJR
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very good, light pale ale, pilsner-ish with a nice lemony zing. A refresher for warm weather, easy to drink and very tasty indeed. Not a "big" beer, but a fine quaffer. Session beer for sure. A nice day on the beach plus this brew is a guaranteed winner.

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SideKick Extra Pale Ale from Two Brothers Brewing Company
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 871 ratings