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Nickel Brook Continental Drift - Better Bitters Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 4
Hads: 16
Avg: 3.85
pDev: 16.1%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Better Bitters Brewing Co. visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Sammy on 05-25-2014

Continental Drift is the movement of the world's continents relative to each other. In honour of this phenomenon, we bring together Europe and North America with our 'Continental Drift' Belgian Pale Ale. We utilize the spicy fruitiness of Belgian yeast and enhance this with the tropical, dank resins of American Amarillo and Columbus hops. The result is a remarkably refreshing and flavourful combining of forces that will move your world. Tectonically Awesome!
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Reviews: 4 | Hads: 16
Photo of thehyperduck
4.06/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

473 mL can from Nickel Brook's current sampler pack. I've had this beer before (as I've picked up a few of these samplers), but am just getting around to posting a review. Slick-looking label. Packaged July 6 2015 and served slightly chilled.

Pours a foggy golden-yellow colour, with more than two fingers of fluffy, billowing white foam erupting from the surface. The head displays excellent retention, seeping away unevenly in a drawn-out process that nears ten minutes in length. Left behind in its wake is a lumpy cap and collar accompanied by gobs and smears of beautiful lacing. Lots of fruity esters on the nose; slight hints of peach, pineapple and banana are detectable, although it is undoubtedly the citrusy, pithy, floral Amarillo and Columbus hops that really dominate the aroma. Some spicy phenolics and yeastiness also come through, along with a mild grainy wheat sweetness.

Tasty stuff; as has been noted previously, this is very much in the vein of a lighter Belgian IPA. Grainy wheat malts and some sugary sweetness are soon joined by notes of apricot, banana/bubblegum and tropical fruit - including hints of pineapple, but plenty more citrus. The finish is dominated by floral hops and a pithy, lemon-grapefruit citrus, followed by some peppery spice and yeastiness that really dries the palate out, leaving behind an astringent aftertaste. Nearly medium-bodied; that creamy cap of foam remains in place for a long time, smoothing the mouthfeel out nicely in the face of some moderately assertive carbonation. Quite nice to drink, and the abv is nowhere to be seen, but it's not the sort of beer I'd want to make a night out of.

Final Grade: 4.06, an excellent A-. Nickel Brook's Continental Drift is a worthwhile experience. While it's a given that this brew's high astringency, including lots of floral hops and spicy, yeasty phenolic qualities, will not rub everyone's palate the right way, I'd still expect it to be perceived positively by most BAs who are familiar with and appreciate Belgian-style IPAs. Between this beer, the ESB and the ever-popular Naughty Neighbour, their "Miracle of Science" four-pack is a virtual must-try.

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Photo of TerryW
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Hazy white gold with a moderate head that settles to a film and leaves good lace. Fruity, yeasty. Dry finish after some orange peel. Slightly brittle or metallic, the wheat giving it an edge, but good overall. Very nice on the nose, soft but fulsome fruitiness and yeast.

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Photo of peensteen
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a lightly hazed golden colour, big rocky white head, good lace. Smell is fruity and phenolic, yeasty esters, big citrusy hop bill as well, more of a Belgian IPA on the nose. Taste is quite dry and bitter up front, lightly sweet malty/yeasty mid palate, hoppy and yeasty, lots of fruit ranging from citrusy orange and light grapefruit to green apple and a light lemony closer, finishes fairly dry as well. Fairly aggressive carbonation, light-medium body, drying feel. This was pretty good, not a typical Belgian Pale Ale since the fairly big hop bill puts this more in the Belgian IPA realm with a lower ABV than most associated with the style, something I could drink on occasion but nothing that would become a staple for me.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
3.91/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

473 ml can served cold into a pint glass. Part of the Nickel Brook summer taster's pack. Advertised as 5.6% ABV, which leads me to believe there may be some tinkering with the recipe.

Appearance - Rich golden colored topped by half of a mountain of frothy head. Great retention and good streaky lacing left behind. Cloudy but still opaque enough to see some bubbles within the glass. Very appealing in appearance .

Smell - Some candi sugar, yeastiness and a light citrus aroma rolled over some doughy grain. Nose isn't pungent, but fairly full.

Taste- Same flavors as was picked up in those, starts sweet with candi sugar and yeasty then turns bitter with a leafy hop flavor and a hint of citrus, a whack of grain flavor in the middle before transitioning back to the bitter hop flavor. Some candi sugar comes back out at the end as the beer warms. a damn tasty Belgian style ale.

Mouthfeel - Smooth, well carbonated and a bone dry finish.

Overall - A very well crafted Belgian style ale, that i wouldn't hesitate to pick up again provided is was available in individual cans and for a reasonable price. Two winners from the taster's pack, has me looking more and more for Nickel Brook products.

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Nickel Brook Continental Drift from Better Bitters Brewing Co.
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