SideKick Extra Pale Ale | Two Brothers Brewing Company

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SideKick Extra Pale AleSideKick Extra Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Two Brothers Brewing Company
Illinois, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of curasowa
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Clear, light golden color with one finger of white head that lingers.

Aroma: Bright, floral and herbal hop aroma, with tree fruit and fruit juice notes.

Taste: Grainy, grassy malt up front, then some mildly spicy hop bitterness with the carbonation. Finishes with some malt sweetness, but is otherwise pretty clean.

The Rest: A decent beer with a really great aroma. Very drinkable and refreshing.

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.23/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On-tap at vintage last night.

A- Body is a pale nearly clear straw yellow hue with uniform translucency. Served with a 2 finger or so soapy white head that has fantastic retention and lacing is left all the way down the glass.

S- Nose is of floral hops and citrus hops. Very little malt backbone.

T- Relatively bright and hoppy with citrus and floral hops. Some floral hop bitterness comes through for the finish-but this brew is more about flavor.

F- Lightweight mouthfeel that is mildly oily. The carbonation is medium, bubbly, and satisfying.

O- I really thoroughly enjoy this APA. Its light, very drinkable, and fun. I have honestly really liked everything I have had from two brothers and find them to be a underrated brewery.

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Photo of Josh012012
4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

120z bottle reading best by 8/4/14 poured into glass

A: Poor results in two fingers thick bright white head. Head somehow looks bubbly and light yet creamy. The brew itself looks like apple juice with a slight haze. An attractive beer.

S. Smells like fresh ripe pineapple and other citrus a little bit of fresh hoppy. Great smells just not mind blowingly powerful.

T. Same as nose. Strangle almost no bitterness but this seems to work

M. just a notch under medium body, medium amount of carbonation, works very well with everything else the beer has going on.

O. An awesome session beer. All the great flavors in an easy drinking package. A great beer that doesn't have to be extremely in your face to be great. This mofo can be my side kick any night..... way underrated IMO.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.76/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

"This golden colored ale is loaded with juicy citrus and passion grit hop aroma yet balanced with malt and hop character. A true companion." Brewed in the style of an American Pale Ale. Available in 12 oz. bottled 6 packs and on draft.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a pint glass. Served above 50º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) SideKick pours a frothy foam head of a pale cream white color over a moderately hazy golden yellow body with moderate relaxed carbonation. Retention is good and lacing is light and stringy. 4

(Smell) The aroma is fairly simple, with light grapefruit, fruity and tropical hop aromas accompanying a simple, clean and lightly sweet pale malt body. Potency is modest. 3.5

(Taste) Very clean, light pale malt with little sweetness alongside a faint grapefruit, lemony and grassy hop bouquet. The flavor is nearly as simple as the aroma, although the balance and presentation of a light hop bitterness does a solid job at rounding out the subtle sweetness of this beer, resulting in a very high drinkability. 3.75

(Mouthfeel) The texture is soft, mildly slick and somewhat oily with a soft, fuzzy carbonation that generates a frothy, smooth mouthfeel. The body is shy of medium for the style, light/medium overall. Balance is nearly equal bitterness to sweetness. The alcohol presence is very low to none and off characters are indiscernible. 4.25

(Overall) Another solid beer by Two Brothers, SideKick keeps the style simple but comes through very well in the balance of flavor, the texture and the subtlety of flavor, which never approaches watery or thin despite its lightness. It's a fine choice for a highly drinkable Pale Ale and I could certainly recommend this to somebody who is interested in quaffable yet appreciable ales. 3.75

Two Brothers Brewing Company's
SideKick Extra Pale Ale

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Photo of seedyone
4/5  rDev +3.1%

01/30/14 On tap at RAttle n Hum, NYC. The hops are there, but tempered by a rich passion fruit/mango-eque aroma & mouth feel.

Intriguing to say the least. Aftertaste alone is worth the price of the pint. Well done you 2 brothers.

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Photo of BrownNut
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%

The first one I had of these was particularly tasty and there was a curious but welcome dry finish to it. Oddly, both have gone away in subsequent cans from the same pack. I thought I had found a new go-to but now I'm getting run of the mill pale ale with a hop profile I don't want. Not getting the citrus or passion fruit they talk about on the can. Will review this better and more specifically with the next can.

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Photo of 57md
3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear straw with a half finger of head that dissipates fairly quickly. The nose has a bit of breadiness to it. The body is light and the most pleasant thing is that there is a trace of pepper on the finish.

Overall, the flavor profile is slightly more balanced than the “session IPAs” that dominate today’s craft market but it is far less complex than the best APAs available.

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Photo of russpowell
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

BBD 10-22-14

Pours an effervescent hay color with 3 fingers of eggshell colored head. Good head retention & stellar lacing

S: Lemon & grapefruit & lemongrass

T: Grapefruit, lemon, slight breadyness, a little bit of pineapple up front. Some dryness, grapefruit & pineapple as this warm. Finishes with pineapple, grapefruit & pine & ever so slight bready sweetness

MF: Medium bodied, lively carbonation, nice balance

Easy drinker, very nice session beer that delivers on the hops

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Photo of potownbill
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This is a very enjoyable beer. Not outstanding, but easy to drink and very refreshing.
Appearance: 1" white, foamy head. Beautiful, clear golden yellow.
Smell: Limes, somewhat like the first smell of a Corona after adding the lime. There is a bready aroma that also comes through
Taste: Again, the Lemon/Lime taste comes through, making this a very refreshing brew
Mouthfeel: The right amount of carbonation, and very smooth over the tongue
Overall: Very enjoyable. I can drink a few of these. One of those beers that the sum of the parts is greater than any of the individual components

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Photo of StoneTSR
4.41/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

APPEARANCE: Pale in color, but a little hazy. A nice, white head foams up to about a full finger and remains in place for a couple minutes then eventually settles into a thick, quarter-inch cap. Lacing is solid.

SMELL: Really, really impressive on the nose. The citrus is big with grapefruit, lemon and even a touch of lime. Some light tropical fruits play in the background and a bit of bread works its way in.

TASTE: The flavor follows the aroma here and again, is very impressive. Passion fruit is more pronounced than it was in the nose, as is the grapefruit. The lemon and lime take a back seat, but don't disappear.

MOUTHFEEL: A medium carbonation and sparkle matches quite nicely with a medium bodied beer. The balance here is perfect; not sweet, but not dry.

OVERALL: I'm very surprised to see that this beer is not rated higher than it is. I couldn't ask for much more from a sessionable Pale.

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Photo of Tone
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear, copper color. 1/3 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of earthy malt, hops, hint of alcohol, sweet malt, hint of pale malt, and slight yeast. Fits the style of an American Pale Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. There is also a noticeable bitterness. Tastes of earthy malt, alcohol, sweet malt, hops, hint of pale malt, and slight yeast. Overall, decent appearance, good aroma, body, and body.

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Photo of ZagZagg
3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz can into tulip

A: Bright white 1.5 finger head with mild staying power, some foamy lacing. A bright gold, rich straw colored brew that lets light pass without being super translucent. Carbonation seems moderate in a medium to light bodied beer.

S: Juicy smelling, real juicy. Robust sweet esters, mango and pineapple are forward and dominating. Delicious nectar and light fresh florals. Pureed pear mixed with syrupy peach juice. Muted citrus accompanies more mango and honeydew. Very inviting.

T: Mango upfront presenting with more bitter hop character than the nose let on; just subtly dry. Middle mouth offers some pomegranate, florals, earth, creamy mango, and peach. Notes of onion, coriander, and lemon grass augment tropical hop profile. Follows the nose, but with less tenacity – Finish is ever so malty and features white grape and crisp pine, which adds a parching attribute. Overall light, zesty, and fresh.

M: Light bodied – light carbonation, refreshing, goes down really easily – almost too easily – Wish the body were fuller

O: Hadn’t even heard of Two Brothers Brewing until I grabbed this beer. Didn’t expect much, but I am impressed. This beer exudes some fantastic aromas, but doesn’t quite live up on the palate. The flavors are there, but aren’t bold enough to backup the nose. The body here is pretty light leading to a pretty refreshing experience and at 5.1% defiantly session worthy. Drinkable, something I would pick up in quantity for poolside.

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Photo of Qbdoo
3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've heard a lot about this for years and the gist is: a great drinking beer, especially for the money, and that about nails it. A very pale color with a light citrusy scent and flavor with a touch of sweetness. This beer will not blow you away but it's very good in every respect. The one beer to have when you're having more than one (sorry Schaefer).

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Photo of jawlessbody
3.09/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a can into a pint glass.

Appearance: Clear, golden yellow topped off by a fluffy white head that was about 4 fingers thick. Very appealing.

Smell: Very citrusy on the nose, but with a grassy tingle from the hops.

Taste: Not the best pale ale I've had, that's for sure. The malts were a bit to front and center for my tastes and very grainy. There was only a slight bitterness on the sides of the tongue from the hops that followed the grassiness of the nose.

Mouthfeel: A bit too fizzy. Kind of tingly and acidic and just a tad dry. Not that great.

Overall: Probably not going to be my go to choice for pale ales. It was just a bit too fizzy and grassy for me. There wasn't the complexity of the citrus that was on the nose, and the malts were just too overpowering.

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Photo of chefhatt
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the can into a tulip glass. The body is straw yellow with a thick fizzy head. The aroma has a citrus smell to it. The taste has a citrus hop forward flavor, this flavor is grapefruit and tropical. The mouthfeel is smooth and is very drinkable. Overall this is a good session beer.

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Photo of sid240
3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tried SideKick for the first time, poured from bottle into flute glass. Clear appearance; grapefruit and nectarine on the nose slight grassy note. Really enjoyed this beer, you'll definitely get the grapefruit and the slight grassy aroma is a little more pronounce in the mouth. Very well done.

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Photo of tone77
3.19/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

This can comes my way courtesy of the creator of the canquest, woodychandler. Poured from a 12 oz. can. This beer came gushing out of that can, despite no aggitation, making a little bit of a mess. Has a golden color with a 1 inch head. Smell was kind of mild, some hops detected. Taste is mild hops, some bitterness, a little light and bland for the style, not a lot going on. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a mediocre beer.

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Photo of Omnium
3.99/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Can > Bowtie Pint

A - Clear straw light yellow with a big fluffy marshmallow white head, medium lacing.
S - Sweet grains, a little grassy and floral. Touch of citrus.
T - Very fresh, grassy, cracker and bread malt, crisp light citrus zest.
M - Refreshing, light and crisp.
O - Excellent EPA, light and satisfying and plenty of flavor. Best thing that Two Brothers offers

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Photo of Edward-Nipplebrew
4.97/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is currently our favorite beer. It has more of a summer vibe to it, but it's not a seasonal per se. I've peddled this beer for several months now and I have yet to hand this to someone and not get an overwhelming positive response. Everyone seems to love it. It's not your oridinary Pale Ale, the citris smell is notable from go. Every can pops with just a little more enthusiasm than regular canned beers. The taste is citris, maybe grapefruit, maybe just garden variety citris, but overall it's a perfect beer for me right now. My guy at the beer distributor says that people are catching on to this beer and that's why it's been a little harder to obtain lately. It runs about $40 a case, but it truely is a cut above the rest. JH

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Photo of Cylinsier
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce can

Pours a very slightly hazy golden with a fine white head, quarter inch in thickness, which dissipates slowly.

Smells of fresh piney hops and biscuit malt with some orange blossom honey sweetness.

Mild biscuit malt flavor, slight honey sweetness, with a subtle floral hop flavor. Mildly bitter.

Medium body with a stinging carbonation on the roof of the mouth.

A very nice brew, very good aroma and flavor and exceptional body, very much worth having and very drinkable.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pour is mostly clear pale amber yellow with a mostly tight white head. Nose has a light doughy malt with a bit of caramel malt. Hops are citrusy, light herbal, and resinous. Taste is a bit more malt forward, strong caramel note and drier bread. Hops are citrus and more herbal, extremely dry finish with strong carbonation.

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Photo of GilGarp
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz can served cold into a goblet.

Side Kick is very hazy yellow-orange color with thick white head.

Aroma is wonderfully fresh and hoppy with great citrus, especially grapefruit.

Flavor is pleasantly balanced between a fruity sweetness and hoppy bitterness. Tropical fruit and citrus mix together with more hop flavor than overpowering bitterness as some extra pale ales.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and balanced with good carbonation level.

Overall an excellent extra pale ale.

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Photo of bnes09
4.57/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Transparent, pale golden ale. Huge, billowing, creamy head right off the pour. Leaves a dense blanket of foam over the beer for the entire drink. Coats the glass in artistic shapes of lacing.

Brilliant, citric, floral and leafy aroma. One of the freshest, greenest smelling beers I have yet to enjoy.

Mild, bready, slightly buttery malt character. Hint of caramel and honey sweetness underneath. Assertive citric hop with lemon and grapefruit. Fresh pine needles. Very well balanced.

Light to medium body. Well carbonated. Crisp, semi-dry finish. Very refreshing.

Great session beer. One of the best pale ales I have had thanks to the complex flavor and exceptional balance.

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Photo of FickleBeast
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz can poured into a nonic.

Pours a clear yellow color with a half finger of foam. Aroma is a nice balance between floral hops and a slight malt sweetness.

This is a nicely balanced beer. Malt sweetness is subtle and the hop flavors and aromas are the main players here. That said, they are not overwhelming and create a nice drinkable brew. Good run of the mill beer to drink when you are in the mood for a few.

This was given to me by a friend and is a pleasant surprise.

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Photo of champ103
4.04/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear pale yellow color. A large white head forms and sticks around for a while. Plenty of lace is left behind.
S: Big fruity hop aromas up front. Tropical fruits like citrus and mango. Almost juicy in the nose. Finishes with some biscuit and crystal malts.
T: Like the nose, hop forward. A bit more citrus and grapefruit like than the nose. The malts play a bigger role here than the nose as well. Bread and biscuit like, and I get plenty of crystal malts as well.
M/D: A light body and moderate carbonation. Fairly dry, but a bit thin. Needs just a bit more effervescent bite. Easy and enjoyable to drink. All day with this.

A good pale ale. Plenty of character and very morish. The six pack will be gone in no time. Something I would recommend if looking for a lower alcohol pale.

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SideKick Extra Pale Ale from Two Brothers Brewing Company
3.88 out of 5 based on 855 ratings.
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