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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

137 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 137
Reviews: 61
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 10.64%
Wants: 2
Gots: 5 | 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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JohnnyBarman

Ontario (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev -0.8%

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.

04-16-2012 00:24:01 | More by JohnnyBarman
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ism

New Jersey

3.55/5  rDev -5.6%

One of several brews we picked up while staying in Ontario. This one obtained from LCBO, in a 473mL can, poured into pint glasses obtained on the Steam Whistle tour. We couldn't resist a local beer that calls itself an "American Style IPA" and follows the American West Coast trend of proclaiming its IBU prominently (80). Challenge accepted!

Pours a cloudy copper with a ruby tint, one-finger white head, with average lacing. Retention is average, eventually becoming a thin white layer. There is grapefruit peel in the nose, accompanied by a bit of floral pine and a hint of earthiness. Hits the tongue with enough carbonation to be noticeable, and the medium body has a good feel. Hops are assertive, on the piney resin side of the hop coin, an earthiness complimenting the malt. Relatively short finish, with more resin and just a hint of grapefruit citrus.

Pretty interesting interpretation of the style, opting for pine and earth as opposed to citrus. Quite quaffable, and one of the better brews we've had on this trip.

04-14-2012 23:51:36 | More by ism
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MattPS

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

04-12-2012 17:42:05 | More by MattPS
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ThinkAgain

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

04-11-2012 03:52:56 | More by ThinkAgain
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TerryW

Ontario (Canada)

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.

04-09-2012 00:48:56 | More by TerryW
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liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +6.4%

Can from the LCBO, 473ml into a tulip. Best before September 23, 2012.

Poured an unfiltered deep red, some shades of brown perhaps as well. Soapy offwhite head, good lacing and some chunky bits of head retain. Hops are strong in this one, completely evident once cracking the can. Citrusy and piney, with some sweet caramel and earthy like malt notes. A little gentler on the palate but still strong hops, slight spicy, citrusy, piney with a relatively bready and caramel malt flavour - fairly secondary to the hops still. A bit chewy, bitterness is fairly potent but diminishes quickly. Medium mouthfeel and medium low carbonation - a level which I tend to enjoy my IPAs best. Surprisingly good, a good addition to the IPA scene in Ontario. Brew this in small batches Nickel Brook, and keep this fresh on the shelves.

04-07-2012 00:04:00 | More by liamt07
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

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.

02-25-2012 22:23:48 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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steamwhistle123

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +6.4%

12-05-2011 23:07:10 | More by steamwhistle123
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jrutigs

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -20.2%

11-22-2011 03:38:00 | More by jrutigs
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virinow

New York

4/5  rDev +6.4%

11-20-2011 18:05:35 | More by virinow
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peensteen

Ontario (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev -4.8%

Deep amber/copper colour, almost 2 fingers tan/off white head, some lace. Pine and citrus upfront on the nose, lightly biscuity malt profile, grapefruit and tangerine there as well, light alcohol notes come and go. Taste is of floral hops and lightly sweet, big maltyness comes through, nice bitterness throughout, pine with some citrus in the aftertaste, buttery at points. Lightly oily, medium carbonation, light to medium weight. Not bad altogether but could use some work to be top notch, still pretty enjoyable though.

08-10-2011 14:53:55 | More by peensteen
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

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.

08-05-2011 00:09:19 | More by Sammy
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Nickel Brook Headstock IPA from Better Bitters Brewing Co.
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