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Nickel Brook Headstock IPA - Better Bitters Brewing Co.

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Nickel Brook Headstock IPANickel Brook Headstock IPA

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BA SCORE
85
very good

144 Ratings
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Ratings: 144
Reviews: 61
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 10.61%
Wants: 2
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Better Bitters Brewing Co. visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
A boldly hopped, full bodied American style IPA. Headstock IPA is brewed primarily with nugget hops, which gives rise to a distinct hop flavor, bitterness and aroma. It also uses blend of classic European and North American malts to enhance the body and full flavour. No additives. No Preservatives. Naturally carbonated for a smooth, crisp finish.

80 IBU

(Beer added by: Sammy on 08-05-2011)
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Reviews by jaz58:
Photo of jaz58
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the first time I've had the Nickel Brook line.

Since I'm a IPA fan this is my choice.

Poured into a pint glass.

A thick blonde head which dissipated slowly.

Cloudy deep orange colour

Very faint nose which is very different for a IPA.

A nice hint of hops. Tea and grapefruit start with a generous bitters finish.

A decent ale over all with a good mouth feel

jaz58, Nov 24, 2012
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H8B8, Apr 04, 2013
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3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from a can picked up at the Lower Jarvis LCBO. Digging the Woodstock poster motif for some reason. For some reason I always associate American IPAs with the colour orange, so the colour just felt right.

Poured into a nonic. Deep amber ruby, slight haze, about an inch of head that levelled off into a fine ring.

Nose is light, but all IPA. Citrus, caramel, peach, a bit of lemon, pale malt.

Decent IPA, with notes of pine, earth, citrus and caramel. Tasty, drinkable ale, though a little bit sweet for my personal preferences. Still, enjoyable.

Mild carbonation, medium bodied, slight oil.

Another enjoyable IPA from Ontario, and part of a string of good brews from Nickel Brook. Worth a try if you see it on Ontario shelves - nice IPA in a can for the summer.

JohnnyBarman, Apr 16, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

virinow, Nov 20, 2011
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4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

473ml can, nice spacey Woodstock-esque imagery on the label - I especially like the bugged-out appearing bird.

This beer pours a hazy, muddled dark bronzed amber colour (pale ale, my tuckus), with three fingers of roiling, foamy, raw cake-like eggshell white head, which leaves some nice chunky, broken cage lace around the glass as it slowly ebbs southward.

It smells of bitter citrus cream and pine oil, blended seamlessly with a weighty caramel toffee sweetness. The taste is more tart, bitter grapefruit rind, some softer tropical citrus fruit, not so soft pine resin, and a sturdy caramel pudding malt backbone, quite capable of weathering, and somewhat withering, the hop onslaught. Booze warming? Not so much.

The bubbles punch in, punch out, and put in their work day, with no complaints, the body a bit on the light side, which seems to work, and further feeds a snappy, good enough for now smoothness. It finishes leaning towards a grudging detente, the hops wilting just a tad, and malt digging in.

Well, I'll be, another well-rounded, big flavoured IPA from Ontario, and in a can, no less. Nice and hoppy, in a big-boy way, with a countering malt that states firmly: you're still in Canada, son. This is going camping with me this summer.

biboergosum, May 25, 2012
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3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy appearance, burnt orange in colour. Moderately retentive beige head creates a patchy lace in the glass. White grapefruit, pine, and cedarwood aromatics. The flavour packs juicy grapefruit with leafy and herbal overtones underscored by toasted grain before you hit the lingering bitter finish. A minor fault I find with it is that it seems a little too sweet.

Medium bodied with low carbonation, mouthfeel is smooth and only slightly oily/resinous. Overall, I think this is a pretty solid hop fix that would reach the next level if it were more attenuated.

mintjellie, Apr 25, 2012
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3.13/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed on tap at Bar Volo, IPA day. Neutral aroa, malting A lacey beer with a reddish tinged body. Above average carboantion and lighter than average outhfeel. Some bitternes, not all that tasty, the bitter flavour more in the finish and chalky on first sips, as filler.So-so drinkability.

Sammy, Aug 05, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours really dark, orange but with a serious reddish tint. Big beige head and nice sticky lacings to the finish.

Really don't get too much on the nose. Vaguely fruity but... not as aromatic as I'd like.

Hops are bright citrus right up front, but don't blink or you'll miss them. Pine bitterness hangs around, but the flavour profile switches to darker malts, burnt caramel.

A malt-heavy offering, firmly in the Canadian IPA category.

CanuckRover, May 04, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

traumaqueen, Apr 17, 2012
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3.86/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Poured a cloudy darkish orange into a Duvel tulip, substantial eggshell-colored head leaves a nice collar as it slowly settles.
S: Bracing nose of fresh Nugget hops and firm maltiness as an afterthought...but that nose is all about those hops!
T: Sweet candy-fruity yeasty maltiness then POW!...hops all up in your face, flowery and quite bitter, very well balanced but in the end the hop takes precedent.
M: Firm malt base, sweet yet non-cloying makes for great mouthfeel before the hoppiness takes the stage.
O: Fantastic take on an American-style aggressively hopped IPA. One of my faves up here in Ottawa and a great bargain at $2.85 (Canadian) for a tall boy can. Great find for this hop head...gotta keep my eyes open for some other offerings by this outfit. Recommended without hesitation.

beerluvr, Jun 03, 2014
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3.86/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Can to Glass

Appearance - Poured a hazy orange with a nice two finger white head

Smell - Lots of tropical fruits, grapefruit, mango, pineapple, orange. Great smelling

Taste - Tropical fruits come through, a lot more bitterness then I expected

Overall - A well made hoppy IPA

Dna_Infinity, Jul 20, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

billmuckalt, Sep 19, 2012
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3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

from notes
A - Hazy bubbly burnt orange, tall tan head, solid retention
S - Pine, citrus, pepper, bready
T - Pine and citrus hops, then grain and caramel, peppery finish
M - Full feel medium carbo, finishes slightly bitter
O - not outstanding but for a random purchase this turns out to be a worthy enough treat

joemcgrath27, Nov 23, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in: nonic pint glass

A - beautiful opaque copper colour with two fingers of head that remains for quite some time. there is quite a bit of yeast floating around in the glass which for some takes away from the look of the beer but i don't mind it. leaves decent lacing around the glass

S - not very strong on the nose but there is a definite citrusy (grapefruit = my favourite!) presence in it which is a big reason why I love IPA's so mucH. there may be a hint of pine in there but its hard to tell as the citrus is the most powerful

T - amazingly hoppy and bitter which is just what I'm looking for! the citrus is present but not as powerful as in the smell as the hops take over and is a big reason why I was originally drawn to this beer. the aftertaste is great as well as it leaves that bitter taste that IPA heads love. a bit of malt is coming through the more i drink.

M - very smooth tasting and moderately carbonated. the aftertaste isn't as refreshing as I find some other IPA's, but the bitterness remains for quite some time and its good enough for me ;)

O - i tried this beer at the craft roundhouse festival in toronto, and seeing as how I'd had quite a few beers when i tried it, I figured i should give it a go completely sober. While its definitely not the best IPA i've tried this summer, I will definitely be buying a few more cans as i did enjoy it quite a bit. the can itself puts off the image that it will be very citrusy...but in the end the taste turns out to be much more bitter than i expected...not saying thats a bad thing though ;) I would recommend this to anyone looking for a new IPA to try although it does cost a bit more than your average tall can. worth a try in my eyes. definitely think the smell could be a little stronger but the taste actually ends up being pleasantly surprising after that. good beer from nickel brook

randallpink, Aug 11, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

WeizenMike, Sep 26, 2013
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3.96/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Purchased at the LCBO for just under $3 for a ml can. Served at 8deg C in a draught glass.

A- Very good! Unfiltered. Opened well for an IPA. Not much head as expected

S- Pretty good. Citrus, honey.

T- Nice. Not too hop forward but blended well. Mild malt and citrus hues match well

M- Excellent! Enjoyed the creamy dry slightly bitter texture

O- Pretty good for a Canadian IPA. Will buy again

Food Pairing

This nice little IPA paired very well with... sushi. I rolled a very nice spicy tuna roll and a spicy salmon roll and all was delicious!

DaveBar, Feb 22, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Boozecamel, Oct 19, 2013
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3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a dark copper toned color that is hazy. The head is superb at first, eventually settling down to a thick-ish layer over the brew. The lacing is excellent as well, leaving behind thick soapy foam. An excellent looking brew~

S- This is definitely an IPA! There is a solid balance between malt sweetness and hop bitterness. There is some molasses toffee noticed upfront followed by dry and strong bittering hops.

T- The flavor is very much like the aromas, but the booze is more noticable. The bitterness is right in your face at first then mellows out to become more malty. The aftertaste is a combination of molasses and hop cones.

M- This has a medium mouthfeel, and the carbonation is actaully quite fine, allowing me to take in the buttery creaminess of this one very well. I find this to be a good combination of toffee molasses and hop bitterness on the palate!

O- I can't say this is my favorite style but I think it's very respectable for an IPA. Well balanced flavors and a full creamy body, this one really does the trick if you're a hophead! I couldn't handle more than one can in a sitting but I do recommend this is you are a fan of the style!

ChrisCage, Sep 01, 2012
Photo of Stocean1
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - deep amber colour like a dark apple cider, 1/2 finger well retained off white head leaving a lasting collar, some fine sticky patchy lacing

Bready malt, pine and citrus in the nose

Taste follows the nose, prickly resinous pine with grapefruit, plenty of malt but nicely balanced with the hops.

This brew is medium plus bodied with decent carbonation, it is bitter but perfect for the style, drinkable and refreshing if you like a mouthful of hops (I do), the abv is well hidden.

Reminds me of Great Lakes 666, definitely one of the best APAs in Ontario and if you have walked by it expecting it to be like the rest of the Nickel Brook shite, pick it up today. Keep an open mind and you will be pleasantly surprised. Hopefully this brewer has turned the corner and will start producing other quality brews.

Stocean1, May 10, 2012
Photo of Rutager
4.35/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance. Pours a deep red-orange with two fingers of thick, lightly amber tinted head that lasts a while and paints the sides of the glass.

Smell. Big piney hops, some toasty grains and caramel and a little citrus.

Taste. Great tasting toasty grains, waves of piney hops and cirtus rinds, but not in an overwhelming way. Good bitter finish with a little toastyness still backing up those hops.

Mouthfeel. Medium+ body with medium carbonation.

Overall. My kind of ipa. I'm really liking the malt flavours in this one, and the hops were fantastic. Thanks liamt07!! From CANBIF

Rutager, May 28, 2012
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3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can: Poured a deep orangey color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of earthy and bitter hops is dominating. Taste is a good mix between some earthy hops with a medium bitter finish. Caramel malt backbone provides a nice balance to the hops with some light residual sugar. Body is quite full with good carbonation. A bit too sweet for my taste but still enjoyable nonetheless.

Phyl21ca, Sep 21, 2012
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Nickel Brook Headstock IPA from Better Bitters Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 144 ratings.