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Nickel Brook Ontario Wet Hop Pale Ale - Better Bitters Brewing Co.

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Nickel Brook Ontario Wet Hop Pale AleNickel Brook Ontario Wet Hop Pale Ale

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36 Ratings
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Ratings: 36
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 7.16%
Wants: 0
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Better Bitters Brewing Co. visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: spinrsx on 10-03-2013

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Ratings: 36 | Reviews: 12
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3.91/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Light pale, average 1" head, nice on the nose, fruity bit of mangos citrus. Not as bitter as other IPAs with aromas like this one. Leaves a dry taste but a nice start and finish.

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3.86/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle picked up at the LCBO; packaged on 09/25/13. Nickel Brook has really been stepping up their game over the last year or so, and that (combined with my undying passion for hoppy brews) made this bottle a pretty easy sell. I'm also rather interested to see what these Bertwell hops have to offer. Served slightly chilled.

Pours a foggy golden-yellow colour, topped with just over one finger's worth of foamy, sparkling white head. Decent retention; it takes more than a minute or two for the head to die down into a soapy cap, leaving some scattered strands of lacing behind as it does so. Great aroma on this one - one whiff and my nose is immediately inundated with notes of orange/grapefruit citrus, wet pine needles and floral hops. Hop-forward, as advertised.

Pretty tasty stuff, containing a good dose of tropical fruit flavour that I don't tend to expect from this style. Grapefruit pith comes through initially, along with some hints of pine and apricot. Grainy pale malts and a weak note of caramel counteract the hops effectively, with the flavour profile ending in a sort of candied grapefruit vibe - both bitter and sweet at the same time. On the lighter side of medium-bodied, with moderate carbonation that gives this brew an appropriate bite. Very balanced and drinkable for a hop-forward ale - I could probably get through at least two of these big bottles in a night, and as a bonus I wouldn't need to worry about killing my tastebuds with over-the-top hop astringency, either.

Final Grade: 3.86, a B+. Nickel Brook Ontario Wet Hop Pale Ale gets a solid thumbs up from this reviewer - there's nothing groundbreaking here, but it's still a supremely quaffable, well-balanced ale that I'd consider picking up again. The hop bill might come off as a bit too subtle for the hardcore hopheads, as it lacks the intensity of many comparable OCB APAs (such as this brewery's Naughty Neighbour). All-in-all, though, this is an enjoyable brew that is at least worth one purchase - grab one while it's still fresh!

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3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

(3.75) A: Hazy copper with noticeable carbonation and a sizeable bubbly head that recedes fairly quickly. Very good lacing revealed.

(4.25) S: Buttered bread, pine, citrus pith, tropical fruits, and toffee. This is a fantastic aroma that is incredibly fresh, full, and has an earthy kick.

(3.75) T: Pineapple, pine, bit of tart citrus, some grasses, slightly floral, and more of a crackery malt backbone. Semi-bitter with a lingering dryness. This has an upfront wave of flavour but I feel as if the backend might be lacking something, still quite flavourful and easy-to-drink.

(3.5) M: Med-light bodied with moderate carbonation. Fairly clean with minimal slickness.

(3.75) D: This is a real nice offering from Nickelbrook and I’m appreciating their stuff more and more. This could easily be something I could drink all night long and not tire of considering the generally lighter and probing flavours along with a manageable bitterness.

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3.84/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A light honey colour. Slightly hazy. One inche of fine white head with larger bubbles on the top. Some slow carbonation. Great lacing ends up coating the glass.

A nice citrus aroma. Mango, grapefruit and melon. Not super bitter with a touch of sweetness.

The taste is not quite the same as the aroma. It is not mango citrus but more pine, herbs and floral. A steely taste. Not a hop bomb but definitely hop forward. Mild floral aftertaste in the middle of the palette.

Medium to light feel.

A nice wet-hopped aroma. Interesting non-standard hop profile. But too pricey.

Photo of SebD
3.81/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: It has a nice hazy deep golden/yellow color to it. It has a nice off-white head that dies down moderately and leaves some nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints piney resins, citrus, some grapefruit and sweet caramelly malts.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has some bitter pine resins, some citrus and grapefruit, some breadiness and sweet caramel.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavors and aromas.

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3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Beer is a slightly-hazy golden colour. Just about zero head.

Nose is nice and (unsurprisingly) hop focused. Citrus scents are there, lemon and orange mainly. A bit of pine.

Taste is good, but not as good as the smell. Citrus fruit and some pine. Some caramel malt. The hops are upfront, but not as vibrant or strong as I expected. Moderately bitter.

Medium bodied, strongly carbonated. Oily.

Overall, pretty good, but not a standout.

Photo of tbeckett
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From notes.

A - Poured bright with a slightly dark gold colour. One finger of fluffy white head on top with good carbonation coming up. Decent lace rings and a half finger of retention.

S - Snappy citrus, lemon, floral.

T - Lemony, citrussy, floral, citrus candies, light hoppiness.

M - Mellow bitterness, strong carbonation, medium body.

O/D - Not a bad pale ale. Light and snappy best describes it. Good enough with a nice flavour and decent drinkability, yet seems to have something holding it back. It's well constructed. Maybe the serving size it what makes it seem like two bottles would be too much. Enjoyed it.

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Nickel Brook Wet Hop Pale Ale has an appropriate autumn harvest tone; it looks like a golden bail of hay being left out in the sun to dry. It has a healthy shine but is far from perfectly clear. Its "head" is a series of strings that wrap tightly around the beer's perimeter (and the glass).

The bouquet isn't overly aromatic for something presumably stuffed to the brim with fresh-picked hops. The beer's leafy, grassy, herbal personae is immediately apparent but there's nothing overtly enticing about it. It actually smells like a mug of green tea.

As is the idea with wet-hop ales, hops are given the spotlight; the malts have very little taste (or texture for that matter) except a very faint graininess and soft but certain impressions of melba toast. There's no sweetness and, perhaps curiously, no real bitterness either.

Some hops provide enough lemony citrus that you could use the beer as salad dressing. Whatever variety(ies) were used in this one offer a glimpse of fruit but nothing so vivid you could imagine sinking your teeth into. These hops are grassy first and foremost.

Wet-hopping has imparted remarkable similarities to green tea in both flavour and texture. I've made this comparison in other beers, attributing it to a superficial 'leafiness' or 'herbal' quality, but not in this instance - this beer is unbelievably reminiscent of a fresh-picked sencha.

Mission accomplished: Nickel Brook Ontario Wet Hop provides a distinctive showcase of hops - like you've never tasted them before. Or maybe you have. But either way, there is something clearly distinct about this pale ale - you won't find characteristics like this just anywhere. It is a true taste of Ontario harvest and an offering this brewery should be proud of.

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Nickel Brook Ontario Wet Hop Pale Ale from Better Bitters Brewing Co.
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