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 Pintofbrown
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a shaker pint.

Clear, golden body with some carbonation, Sidekick has puffy white sheet lace that clings to the glass as a two finger width head deflates.

A few whiffs reveal some resin, grass, and grapefruit scents.It could stand to be stronger, however.

This beer has some real solid flavors throughout the drink. It starts with some estery hits, then resin and some citrus notes pop through. The finish showcases a nice level of bitterness and the added dimension of cracker malt.

The feel on this beer errs on the lighter side, but it does have a decent creaminess to it.

Sidekick sure is not flashy, but the flavors are solid, and it drinks easy at 5.1% abv. This APA is perfect for any occasion.

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Photo of FanofHefe
3.44/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. can poured into a Duvel tulip; swirl-by date of 1-30-14. Clear, light yellow body with about a one finger, dense, white head. Decent retention and light lacing.

Light aroma of citrus hops, mostly lemon. Some additional light notes of caramel malt in the background.

The taste follows the aroma fairly closely. Zesty lemon hop flavors blend with a bready malt base. Some other light citrus notes, noticeably tangerine, blend in as well.

Light to medium mouthfeel. Easy drinking APA that lands in the nice lawnmower beer category for me. Solid summer offering, but will not be a regular for me.

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Photo of Billolick
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 ounce can, with "swirl by" dating on the bottom 12/29/13

Clear lighter amber, eggshell white head, lasts decently, then goes to a nice thicker film, thicker low sheeting and then well developed fields of top to bottom heavier lacing.

Citrus foward nose with orange and lemon.

Fresh tasting and nicely zesty, with more oranges and spicy hops on the palate. Lighter mouthfeel add to refreshing qualities. Nice summery APA, would make a lot of sense in a cooler loaded for a day on the beach, boat (like I have a boat...ha) or deck.

Enjoyable, nicely crafted and sessionable offering from 2 Bros.

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Photo of marcobrau
3.67/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Lots of hop flavor in this one, but not much bitterness. Lychee and melon hop flavors dominate. The malt flavor is clean and simple and plays only a supporting role. A lightly fruity finish that echoes the earlier described fruit flavors. The finish is also quite dry, enhancing drinkability.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Once more, I will reiterate the point that if you are transiting through Union Station in Chicago and you have some time to spare, head over to Binney's (South Side Loop). I CANnot imagine that you will be disappointed. I have never been more appeased in my life than when I am leaving there.

From the CAN: "A Sidekick Is Always There For You."; "Buddy, pal, mate, brother (or sister) from another mother, compadre ... sidekick. All of these are ways to describe someone or something that is always at your side. Sidekick extra pale ale is one of those things. This golden colored ale is loaded with juicy citrus and passion fruit aroma yet balanced with malt and hop character. A true companion."

Man, not only did the Crack release some foam, but once it subsided, it was another brimful craft CAN! I went with an inverted Glug and was rewarded with two fingers of dense, rocky, bone-white head with good retention. This might be an example of "element bright", in which you CAN see the element in a light bulb through the beer. Color was a beautiful sunshine-yellow. SRM = 5. Nose was redolent with pine hops and my mouth was drooling unCANtrollably. I think that I even smelled mandarin oranges, also. I swear that I did not transcribe the CAN before typing all of that. It was like drinking dumbed-down Sculpin and I am not sure how I feel about that. Great lacing throughout. Finish was dry and pleasant but I felt like it lacked a certain Oomph. I guess that its inclusion in my cooler would depend on a) Sculpin's availability and b) Sculpin's ABV and what I was planning to accomplish. A near-miss, but still a miss.

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Photo of metter98
3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a finger high thick off white head that has very good retention properties and left a short head covering the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of passionfruit and orange citrus hops are present in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has notes of citrus and tropical fruits along with a light to moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels a bit shy of being medium-bodied on the palate and is a little crisp with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very easy to drink and can be considered sessionable. I would definitely consider getting this again if I was looking for something that's light but has nice IPA-like aromas and flavors.

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Photo of schoolboy
4.19/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

If I recall my previous Two Brothers reviews correctly they ran hot and cold. This one is hot. As soon as you pour you can see and smell a high quality brew. The lace in my glass is amazing and a nice natural looking fizz just keeps coming.

The taste is wonderful. It's a perfect pale balance with the American emphasis on making all the aspects a little heavier than traditional pales. It's nice, and not necessarily on the American side of pales - it is not over the top.

The aftertaste is overriding the bbq chips I was munching nicely. Something is being a little disagreeable, but I think the ale is helping.

I wish I had a bunch more of these. I may have underrated it on taste - it's that good. I will definitely seek this out again and buy more. A GREAT canned brew.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Pours a pale yellow with a two-finger sturdy white head. The head lingers leaving tons of heavy lacing.

S - Aroma is sweet citrus, floral hops, and biscuity malts.

T - The flavor starts with some sweet bready malts. There is a nice dose of floral hops midpalate before the sweet citrus rounds out the flavor. There is a touch of white pepper in the finish.

M - Light bodied with medium carbonation. Very smooth mouthfeel with a crisp finish.

O - This is a very sessionable Pale Ale. The flavors are bright and crisp. Perfect summer beer.

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Photo of beagle75
3.21/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. can into a nonic glass.

A: Slightly hazy, pale golden color with over one finger of white foam head. Heavy lacing remains on the glass.

S: Husky crystal malt seems underattenuated, while hops qualities are bright and enriched with assertive but simplistic grapefruit peel.

T: Begins barely off-dry, with bright but pithy lemon and grapefruit peel. American ale yeast is clean but still poses a presence into the middle where malt becomes soft and too refined, like powdered sugar aggressively cut with cornstarch. The finish is mildly bitter, with a green herbaceous influence.

M: Thin viscosity, wet and slightly resinous on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: More of an aggressively-hopped blond ale than a pale ale, this beer does not truly botch the application of Galaxy hops (as such a large proportion of commercial beers seem to) although it's use of them is not without reservations. Malt seems to get in the way of the hops, seeming too chewy and at times underattenuated for the appearance. It is a wholehearted improvement over the last canned beer this reviewer encountered from Two Brothers--Outlaw--but it still isn't their best work.

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Photo of larryarms847
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a straw golden yellow with a nice pillowy head of straight white foam that lasts.

Citrus, guava, peach, melon tropical fruit.

Lemon, orange, melon, and some resinous character.

Light-bodied, medium-high carbonation, crisp, citrusy, bitter.

Overall, a surprisingly excellent pale ale.

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Photo of BeerLover99
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: shiny straw body, finger white head, patchy lacing

S: grapefruit, pineapple, peach

T: tropical fruit, fresh bread malt, pine nice bitter finish

M: med body, mild sticky/oily mouth

O: Fun summer/anytime brew. Will grab a 6 pack for sure.


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Photo of patpbr
4.24/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Straw color with a sturdy two finger head that lingers
S - Hops, citrus and grapefruit.
T - Like the scent a very citrus and fruit flavor. Slight malts and not very bitter
M - Medium body and a fair amount of carbination
O - Nicely balanced and easy to drink. Crisp

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Photo of portia99
3.59/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can courtesy of Grfilwett as a great extra in a recent trade. Poured into an Idle Hands tulip.

A - When they say extra pale...they mean extra pale. Pours an almost Bud Light pale golden color in the glass with excellent clarity and capped by a short finger of fluffy white head. Lots of sticky, webby lacing is left on the glass.

S - Hops are very tropical fruity in aroma with a side dose of citrus - pineapple, mango, grapefruit. Really thick in hop aroma. Barely any malt makes it past the hops. Only a light earthy and somewhat dry and biscuit malt peeks thru.

T - Slightly tart, tons of tropical fruit, crisply bitter, earthy. Hops come across as a bit sweaty and dirty.

M - Quite thin in body, almost but not quite watery in feel. Carbonation is medium and quite prickly/tingly.

O - Overall, not a bad pale ale. Lots of tropical hop flavor. Body is bit too thin for my tastes. This would be a great hot weather session beer. It has an overall lightness to it and it goes down super fast and easy. Would be easy to put away a lot of these by the pool.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.21/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. can into a Sam Adams "Perfect Pint" glass. Best by date of 10/29/13.

Appearance: Pours a bright and clear golden orange with a lot of rising bubbles. Solid three fingers of white head with good retention. Leaves a decent amount of lacing around the glass.

Smell: A nice and crisp hop forward aroma with lots of citrus esters. Hoppy upfront with hints of orange peel, grapefruit, lemon zest, passion fruit, tangerine, and pineapple. Also some earthy and herbal hop hints of grass and pine. Soft bready malt backbone with hints of grains, cracker, biscuit, and yeast. Light hints of honey sweetness as well. A solid juicy pale ale aroma.

Taste: Like the aroma leads, a very hop forward and zesty pale ale taste with lots of citrus notes. Big hop presence upfront with zesty citrus notes of orange peel, lemon, passion fruit, grapefruit, tangerine, and pineapple. Earthy, herbal, and floral hop notes as well with some grass and pine. Soft pale malt background with notes of grains, crackers, yeast, and biscuit. Subtle honey like sweetness also in the background. A pretty nice taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Zesty, juicy, and fairly drying. Very smooth.

Overall: A very good pale ale. Definitely on the hoppy side. Very good citrus taste.

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Photo of bigaltemple
4.01/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bright and clear yellow in color. Soapy, two finger head reduces to a ring that leaves some small patches of lacing.

Just a blast of citrus hops. Lemon zest and grapefruit really stand out. A mild sweetness wants to peek out from underneath.

Follows the nose very closely. The citrus bite comes out quickly, but is not overpowering at all. Very light body with medium carbonation.

Great beer for a summer evening, or any summer activity for that matter. Really enjoyed and would recommend.

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Photo of Florida9
3.71/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Light yellow in color. Clear. Forms a frothy white head. Good retention. Moderate lacing.

S: Aroma is mostly citrus hops. Lemon and orange with grapefruit to a lesser extent. A bit of tropical fruit in the mix as well. However, I pulling something dirty out of the aroma as well. Can't figure out what it is. Thankfully, it doesn't dominate, but it does distract from the aroma a bit.

T: Taste is light and very quaffable. Very light pale malts. Neither dry nor sweet. Lemon zest, orange, and a touch of passion fruit. Finish is quick.

M: Lighter bodied. Medium carbonation. Low bitterness.

O: A very drinkable, sessionable pale ale. Certainly hop-forward, but there isn't much there to hold them back either.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.32/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"Swirl by 10/30/13" So plenty fresh
Nice and pleasant soft malt aroma with sweet fruitiness but also a doughy malt character.
Extra pale certainly describes the appearance with a Am lager look in body and the very white head. Mostly clear.
Stream of hops start to finish with hop flavor immediately that swells some in the middle as the bitterness kicks in and lingers through a moderate lengthed finish. Hops does push t o excess with a off-putting hop oil taste-seems to not let up either. Pale malt with little specialty grain flavor to pick up.
Light body, but not too thin. At a drinkable level and refreshing.
Certainly a summer feel to this beer. Soft, light and drinkable. I'd like more of the good hop flavors and less of the distasteful.
This is fine, but this brewery has done better.

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Photo of nickapalooza86
4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a medium yellow with a finger of head.

Smell is passion fruit, light tropical and citrus, cracker malt

Taste is crisp citrus, cracker malt, light tropical notes, light passion fruit(plums come to mind)

Mouthfeel is crisp , light, slightly dry with average carbonation. Very easy drinking

This is a nice Pale. I would pick it up often for taking to the beach on a hot day if it were available in my area. It would not replace my standards at home, but it has its place and would be a nice change of pace.

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Photo of rlee1390
4.07/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Clear yellow, nicely carbonated, one finger head that doesn't last long.

S-Malty, wheat then tropical and citrus hop notes. As it warms the hops come out even more.

T-Starts with a tad bit of malt, finishes with a good deal of tropical and citrus notes. Mild bitterness, good balance, tad bit of grass.

M-Medium bodied, nicely carbonated with a tad bit of a hop bite.

O-The balance is nice, and the tropical/citrus hop notes are great. A really good beer and a huge step up from the Outlaw IPA. If you have to pick, go with this one.

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Photo of BB1313
3.67/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Best before 10/22/13. 12oz can poured into a tulip. Pours a transparent light golden; big fluffy white head that fades, but leaves nice lacing and retention. The aromas are nice and soapy. There's a good amount sweet fruits. I'm picking up some orange peel and some lime zest. There are subtle hints of grapefruit as well. The flavors are good, but seem light. Barely any malts noticeable. The bitterness is extremely low. Mouthfeel has active carbonation. The body is on the lighter side. Alcohol obviously goes unnoticed. It's extremely quaffable and easy to drink. It's very refreshing as well.

This isn't my first time having SideKick. It's a very solid pale ale. It's not as bold as some in the respective style, but it does what it's supposed to do. I just wish it had more of a kick. This would be a good option for an environment that only allows cans. This will also hit the spot in the warmer weather. Good brew.

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Photo of justintcoons
3.87/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz can poured into a shaker pint.

Straw with a short white head that dissipates quickly. Excellent clarity with low-moderate carbonation.

Honey, honeydew, pink grapefruit and tangerine.

Honey, honeydew melon and pink grapefruit. Hints of tangerine pine and grassy florals.

Medium bodied, crisp and clean.

Lots of pink grapefruit and grassy florals with a honey-sweet balance. Extremely quaffable and refreshing.

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Photo of Fcolle2
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pale golden in color with a 1 finger white foamy head.

Nose is really great, lots of passion fruit with hints of citrus and a hay like backbone. Hops give this a great fruity character, I'm guessing New Zealand hops from the tropical scents coming off this brew.

Taste has great hop qualities. Straw like grain malts lead into some bitterness that is not overdone. Tropical fruits present on the exhale and persist into the aftertaste.

Lots of carbonation evens out the oily body and keeps this brew soft and refreshing. I drank one slightly warm last night and carbonation was much more mellow however I like the high carbonation.

Overall this is a great summer beer. Love the tropical fruits in the nose and exhale, perfect for summer.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is pretty tasty for an apa. Very bright. Very citrus-forward. Tweaks in the mouth, on the flavor. Feel is good, though the bubbles are nibbling a bit much on my tongue. Nice to be able to try this one. It would appeal to the hopheads, I am sure.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.66/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not too overly impressed with this offering and website doesn't help, but really doesn't seem like a pale ale. Looks too light like in a golden light the head is light and fizzy. I'm thinking blonde. Wish the webside gave some idea about what extra means.
Aroma is the best thing about this beer and there is barely any to begin with. A very faint aroma of earthy and floral hops.
Taste is light and refreshing but also lacks in flavor and body. There barely is any malts and hops. Hops are lean but fresh malts balance well. Finishes course on the palate and ends fry and bitter.
If there was some other beer in the cooler I would consider them before sidekick XPA

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Photo of TheSSG
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a soap, resiny white head that laces nicely up my glass. Nice notes of grapefruit hoppiness, with a floral characteristic, too. Clear, golden hue. Starts bitter with notes of pine and grapefruit. Transitions into a nice malty body, which blends well in the finish to make a pleasant hoppy biscuit flavor.

Overall, this is very, very good. It's hoppy, pleasantly bitter, and masterfully balanced with malt.
The ultimate Session Pale Ale. It has quickly become my primary session brew.

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SideKick Extra Pale Ale from Two Brothers Brewing Company
3.88 out of 5 based on 852 ratings.
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