ODD SIDE ALES
“Welcome to Odd Side Ales, one of the fastest growing breweries in Michigan. Born in an old piano factory in downtown Grand Haven, Michigan, Odd Side Ales first opened its doors in March 2010. We’ve grown steadily since that first brew, but have never lost sight of our initial goal: to create a variety of complex beers, each with its own unique flavor. To that end, we strive to craft unusual beers that will make your taste buds dance. Whether you’re looking for the perfect IPA or something … just a little different, we’ve got the beer for you.”
- Bean Flicker (90 Points)
- Instigator (93 Points)
- Java Chip Mint Stout (88 Points)
- Pineapple IPA (85 Points)
- Project Mayhem (77 Points)
- Wheatermelon (55 Points)
BEAN FLICKER: 90 Points
The Coffee Blonde Ale is available year-round in 12 oz. bottles.
Brewer’s Description: “Looks can be deceiving! This satisfying simulation of self exploration is sure to surprise your pallet. It’s an extremely smooth sessionable coffee blonde. So light a candle and enjoy the adventure this beer has to offer.”
My Description: This is a fun beer that begins with a decent sized, white colored head that fades to a film that holds most of the way leaving behind a minimal amount of lacing. The aroma is inviting with notes of brewed coffee, vanilla, and a hint of sweetness. Bean Flicker is light/medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. The flavor profile is pleasant with a caramel presence throughout and of course, coffee notes. Some pale malts can also be detected but this is designed to be more of a subtle beer that is easy drinking. The aftertaste shows very little bitterness, even with the coffee addition. This is a nicely executed Blonde Ale, the body is smooth, the flavor profile is mild and clean, and overall presence is on the lighter side. It is best served around 40°F and pairs nicely with soft cheeses, light salads, or a mild cigar.
ABV: 4.5% Color: Golden Sweetness: 2.5/10 Bitterness: 2/10
INSTIGATOR: 93 Points
This Imperial IPA is available in 12 oz. bottles.
Brewer’s Description: “An inclusive immoral ale with an impulsive ignorant hop bite.”
My Description: The hop bite isn’t as potent as the description implies but it is noticeably bitter. This ale pours a large and dense, off-white colored head with an excellent retention level that leaves behind a nice amount of lacing. The aroma is strong and interesting with notes of floral hops, citrus hops, pine hops, and berry notes like strawberries. I really like the nose on this beer. Instigator is medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. The flavor profile is complex for an IIPA. Sweet malt notes are accompanied by notes of citrus hops, grass, and berries. Some tropical notes also creep in but they are faint. The alcohol is nicely hidden; this beer drinks more like a regular IPA. The aftertaste is moderately bitter and lingers for some time. This is a great beer that is nicely balanced with delicious flavors. It is best served around 50°F and pairs nicely with Cajun shrimp, kale salad, or baked duck with raspberry sauce.
ABV: 8% Color: Orange Amber Sweetness: 2.5/10 Bitterness: 5.5/10
JAVA CHIP MINT STOUT: 88 Points
This java stout is available year-round in 12 oz. bottles.
Brewer’s Description: “Craving ice cream? This stout will ease your taste buds. It the perfect marriage of mint-chocolate-chip-ice cream and roasted coffee.“
My Description: It’s nice here and there to have a liquid dessert. This stout begins with a weak, beige colored head that fades to a ring leaving behind a minimal amount of lacing. The aroma straight-forward with notes of mint cookies and a minor touch of chocolate. Java Chip is medium bodied with a slightly lower carbonation level and a dry finish. The flavor profile showcases understated notes. One can detect notes of mint, coffee, tobacco, and roasted notes but they are all faint. Plus, the texture is thin with faint astringent notes. I enjoyed this beer but I feel it would really delight if the focus was more on bringing out more flavors and thickening the body some. Either way it is a great beer for those who like it more on the soft side. It is best served around 50°F and pairs nicely with chocolate desserts. potent cheeses, or a maduro cigar.
ABV: 6% Color: Black Sweetness: 1.5/10 Bitterness: 2/10
PINEAPPLE IPA: 85 Points
This fruit IPA is available in 12 oz. bottles.
Brewer’s Description: “Fresh cut pineapples brewed in an IPA…need I say more?”
My Description: It begins with a good sized, off-white colored head that fades to a film that holds the whole way leaving behind some lacing. The aroma bursts with fresh pineapple notes that smell delightful along with some tropical notes, citrus hops, and a hint of malt. The aroma is the best part of this beer. Pineapple IPA is medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. The flavor profile follows the nose nicely with pineapple notes being dominant along with some malt notes and a hint of citrus hops. The aftertaste is moderately low in bitterness and lingers slightly. This beer is smooth, pleasant, and a great Summer choice but I feel it would help the overall drinkability to calm the pineapple down some, so it is more of an accompanying note or make this beer more bitter. After drinking this I didn’t really want to drink another one right away. Still, I do recommend this for the IPA fan. It is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with grilled shrimp, Thai noodles, or a salad.
ABV: 6.5% Color: Cloudy Orange Sweetness: 2.5/10 Bitterness: 4/10
PROJECT MAYHEM: 77 Points
This Belgian IPA is released randomly in 12 oz. bottles.
Brewer’s Description: N/A
My Description: For such a great name for a beer, this BIPA doesn’t live up. It begins with an average, off-white colored head that fades to a thin film that hangs around for a while leaving behind some spotty lacing. The aroma smells decent enough with notes of malt with faint spice and herbal notes; there are also some tropical notes like pineapples. Project Mayhem is medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. The flavor profile isn’t the greatest example of the style. There are grapefruit notes and some tropical notes like pineapples but the yeast notes are too subdued. I could barely pick up on the yeast notes; there are some very faint spice notes but that is it. Plus, the hops are barely visible and it isn’t as bitter as it should be. Overall, this ale doesn’t taste that fresh but I did finish it. It is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with grilled asparagus, a mushroom burger, or a light salad.
ABV: N/A Color: Ruby Sweetness: 2.5/10 Bitterness: 3/10
WHEATERMELON: 55 Points
This Fruit Wheat Ale is released in the Summer in 12 oz. bottles.
Brewer’s Description: “The perfect summer treat. A wheat ale brewed with tons of fresh cut watermelon.”
My Description: This beer is hard to stomach. It is horribly balanced and the aftertaste is so unpleasant that it makes me want to dump the rest of the glass down the sink. It begins with a sub-par, white colored head that fades to a film that holds the whole way leaving behind some spotty lacing. The aroma is not welcoming; notes of watermelon starburst, artificial strawberries, and diacetyl makes me loath the idea of taking a sip. Wheatermelon is light/medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. I knew taking a sip was a bad idea. The flavor profile tastes like strawberry candy with a hint of wheat malt, watermelon, and butterscotch. The aftertaste is the cherry on top. It tastes like there is rotten vegetables in my throat. I don’t understand how anyone who appreciates beer and loves grains and hops can drink this. It is not refreshing, flavorful, or enjoyable. I may try this again just to make sure it wasn’t a bad bottle, but I won’t pay for it.
ABV: 5% Color: Golden/Orange Sweetness: 2.5/10 Bitterness: 2/10
NECTAR OF THE BREWER: 79 Points
This Fruit Wheat Ale has no specific release date and is available in 12 oz. bottles.
Brewer’s Description: Wheat Ale brewed with apricots.
My Description: This beer is easy drinking but the flavor profile could use a little work. It begins with a decent sized, with colored head that fades to a thin film that holds for a while leaving behind some lacing. The aroma is pleasant enough with notes of wheat malt, apricots, and a hint of citrus hops. Nectar of the Brewer is medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. The flavor profile is fairly straightforward with wheat malt taking center stage along with a noticeable apricot note. A slightly earthy presence in detected throughout and some tart notes come through as well. The aftertaste is slightly bitter with lingering fruit notes. Overall, this is a decent beer but the overall execution was lacking slightly; it just didn’t feel like the flavors were working cleanly together. It is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with grilled shrimp, salads, or a fruit tart.
ABV: N/A Color: Hazy Orange Sweetness: 2/10 Bitterness: 2.5/10