Sideswipe Dutch Pike Pale Ale

I had this beer during my last week in Ohio. When you travel a lot, you get sick of eating at chain restaurants, living out of a suitcase, sleeping in an uncomfortable bed and not being in my own shower. When I first got home, I didn’t know which was better, my own shower gel in my own shower or sleeping in my own bed. I tried to make the best of it, but there’s something about being at home.


ABV: 6%

Style: American Pale Ale

Trivia: This is a collaboration beer between Hop Yard 62 and Sideswipe brewing.

Random: We started watching “Empire” again. We have this habit of letting shows sit on the DVR until we have at least 5 episodes.

The brew poured with a half a finger of white head. It dissipated instantly and left a decent amount of lacing on the glass. The body was clear and amber in color with moderate carbonation visible. The nose had some grain and grassy hops with a touch of pine needles. The taste was light and crisp, but had some pine needles and fresh cut grass. It was quickly followed up with bread hops. The body was on the medium side with light carbonation that needed to be dialed up a little more. The finish was quick bready finish. This was really drinkable, but I wish it had a little more hop flavor. You can only get this beer at Hop Yard 62, so if you find yourself in Grove City, stop by and try a pint of this.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

Sideswipe Collaboration With Gordon Biersch

While I was out in Ohio, my friend invited me to play volleyball with her and a bunch of other people. The park that they play at is perhaps, one of the nicest parks that I’ve ever seen. It had a climbing wall, obstacle course, playground and beach volleyball courts. Volleyball and golf are really popular in Ohio, way more so than in New Jersey. Anyways, I dove for the ball and I thought I tore my ACL. Luckily, I just pulled something in my knee, although load out the next day was terrible. I could barely walk. Anyways, let’s get to the beer.


ABV: 6.1%

Style: American Pale Lager

Trivia: The brewery is located in Columbus, Ohio. That’s all of the information that I could find.

Random: I think the brewery was actually by the park I played volleyball in.

The beer poured with a full finger of fluffy, cream-colored head. It took forever to go away and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was clear and amber with only light carbonation visible. The nose reminded me of decaying hops with white corn tortilla chips that didn’t fit with the beer. The taste had the same corn and tortilla chip note. It was followed up with grass and had a lot of grain. The body was thicker than I expected with light carbonation. The finish was lengthy with old grass clippings. I wasn’t a big fan of this beer. The tortilla chip note threw it off for me.

Untappd Rating: 2.5/5.0