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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

139 Ratings
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Ratings: 139
Reviews: 61
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 10.64%
Wants: 2
Gots: 7 | 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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Photo of pokerman
2.4/5  rDev -36.2%

The smell was good from the late hops however I believe it's overpriced for what it is.

The can is embarassing to have at your table, look like fruitopia.

Malt balance was fine.

Way too much yeast in suspension, look like a mistake even for unfiltered and bottle carbed beers.

pokerman, Aug 26, 2013
Photo of kelvarnsen
2.75/5  rDev -26.9%

kelvarnsen, Jul 03, 2012
Photo of mattsander
2.78/5  rDev -26.1%

A: Quite hazy mahogany in color, floaties, nice head. Not pale. Ugh

S: Bready malty toffee. Malt-centered. Some herbaly/minty hops, but not nearly enough to justify this malt.

T: Follows the nose, very sweet and creamy with a nice malt complexity. Unfortunately this is an IPA and there just isn't nearly enough hop character.

M: Creamy as expected, plenty of malt.

mattsander, Nov 02, 2012
Photo of dipso123
2.83/5  rDev -24.7%

Had in tall can 6 months to the day before expiration date.

A : very cloudy, distinct orange hue, head was short-lived and little to no lacing on the glass

S: small to very small nose

T: citrus but more toward navel orange juice than grapefruit zest - a bit too sweet for me.

M: a bit slick on the tongue in the finish.

O: On the side of the can it says "brewed using primarily Nugget hops." Not sure this is the best idea and may go a ways to explain the plain character of this IPA. In comparison to the complex hop character of so many current IPAs this one is lacking.

dipso123, Jan 13, 2013
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3/5  rDev -20.2%

cfalovo97, Nov 06, 2012
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3/5  rDev -20.2%

jrutigs, Nov 22, 2011
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3/5  rDev -20.2%

Howlader, Jul 20, 2014
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3/5  rDev -20.2%

AugustusRex, Mar 03, 2014
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3/5  rDev -20.2%

bigox420, Oct 07, 2012
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3/5  rDev -20.2%

JennBushey, Mar 03, 2013
Photo of TerryW
3.03/5  rDev -19.4%

Hazy red under a moderate head that settles to a heavy film and gives spotty lace.

Nose is hops and a hint of alcohol. Sweet on the palate to start, finishes with lingering bitterness. Grapefruit hops and alcohol to taste, not a lot else. Kind of one dimensional as IPAs go. Drinkable, but unremarkable.

TerryW, Apr 09, 2012
Photo of Sammy
3.13/5  rDev -16.8%

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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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

lgmol, May 30, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Exeter, Sep 26, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

boszormeny, Dec 14, 2013
Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.28/5  rDev -12.8%

Pours murky orange with some flocculated yeast chunks floating around. The head is patchy and shortlived, not much foam clings to the glass. Some light tropical fruit and citrus notes in the nose. Piney hops are upfront in the first sip, followed quickly by an astringent character, almost metallic. Its not overbearing but it does detract a bit from the hops. The malt profile is diminutive and simple, just some sweetness. Alcohol spicyness is present in the finish, as well as some bitterness and that same astringency.

An OK IPA, but some flavor imperfections. I'd try it on tap for sure. Its definitely hop forward.

CAMRAhardliner, Apr 25, 2012
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3.35/5  rDev -10.9%

Fresh bottle from the brewery poured in to Founders tulip.

A - Medium to dark amber colour with an orange glow around the edges and one finger of cream coloured head. Some sediment.

S - Some citrus and big herbal notes from the hops with a big bitterness present up front. The background adds some sweet caramel.

T - Sharp bitterness up front with herbal and earthy hop notes and some light floral notes. A slightly sweet malt base provides a some balance.

M - Medium body, somewhat creamy. Light to moderate carbonation. A dry finish.

TheSevenDuffs, Feb 25, 2012
Photo of mmapes
3.4/5  rDev -9.6%

Thanks to Chris for the tallboy can in trade. Poured slightly chilled (but not quite refrigerator cold) into a 6 oz glass. Pours dark orange-brown. Dark for an IPA. Not a huge head, but some fizzy foam. My nose wasn't working well so no notes on the aroma, unfortunately.

Very hoppy up front. Almost one-note hop flavor. Long nicely bitter finish that gets more complex and softer as it finishes. Finish has maybe just a hint of the sweeter side of malty like shortbread.

Later sips are not nearly so hop-dominant. Much better after a few sips.

mmapes, Sep 09, 2012
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3.43/5  rDev -8.8%

Serving Type - 500ml can, poured into a nonic glass

Appearance - Pours an 'orange-y' copper color, unfiltered. Beautiful. Thick lacing appears along the sides of the glass. Sort of have a home-brew look to it....I almost don't want to ruin it by having a sip.

Smell - Disappointingly unobtrusive. Some citrus and pine smells coming through, but mostly citrus. Not much else so far as I can tell.

Taste - Definitely a hop beast. Better Bitters indeed....the can says 80 IBU and I wouldn't doubt it for a second. Citrus dominates, but there is also some of that pine flavour as well towards the finish.

Mouthfeel - Pretty low carbonation, average feel to it. Nothing special.

IdeaSpeeder, Apr 17, 2013
Photo of HATS4BATS
3.43/5  rDev -8.8%

Thoughtful and bold. Full carbonation completes an opaque appearance and body. Little nose that develops into citrus notes over time. Challenges the palate a shock of grapefruit and hops; this powerful IPA doesn't fully mask its high alcohol content which may be too big for some; never develops into meaningful flavour. Sharp after-taste that dissipates quickly. Leaves an impression.

HATS4BATS, Dec 26, 2012
Photo of Mit
3.43/5  rDev -8.8%

Pours a cloudy red amber colour with a nice but short lived head.

Smells very citrusy with the hops.... A nice malty finish to the nose.

Hops somewhat subdued in favor of the malts. Bitter crisp finish.

Mouthfeel is probably thinner than I would have wanted from a beer north of 5%.

Overall this is a great addition to the craft beer scene in Ontario. Def needs some tweeking to have it rival the other beers in its category (hop head red...nugget nectar) I'm confidant that Nickelbrook has that in them though.

Mit, Apr 21, 2012
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3.48/5  rDev -7.4%

Nice murky dark amber colour, with a beige two finger of head dissipating to some webby lacing. There's a bit more sweet caramel malts in the aroma than hops, but there are some pine, citrus and floral hops notes. The taste has a nice mellow, but assertive bitterness, with some floral and citrus hop notes with touches of pine. The feel was smooth and slick, with a medium body.

Pretty good and solid IPA!

EgadBananas, Sep 22, 2012
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3.48/5  rDev -7.4%

A: Tangerine amber with a bubbly semi-creamy foam head. Clinging lace down the glass with a solid and commendable retention.

S: Grapefruit, passion fruit, toffee, nutty elements, and a noticeable damp woody/earthy aroma. Quite enticing.

T: Wasn't expecting the malt-forward direction of this with a toffee and baked bread taste. Tart citrus is present along with a walnut taste, however, the earthy-woody quality isn't quite what the aroma advertised. Bitter and semi-dry. Tasty.

M: Full bodied with a moderate carbonation. Incredibly oily and viscous, but although I normally enjoy those qualities I feel the taste profile isn't bold enough to match the full bodied quality of this.

D: A decent enough American IPA that I'm happy to see in the Ontario market. After a bit of fine tuning this could be quite the gem.

Digimaika2, May 04, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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 -6.9%

traumaqueen, Apr 17, 2012
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Nickel Brook Headstock IPA from Better Bitters Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 139 ratings.