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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 DaveBar
3.96/5  rDev +5.3%
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
Photo of adhallick
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

adhallick, Feb 21, 2014
Photo of Leiting
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Leiting, Feb 13, 2014
Photo of BigGruntyThirst
4/5  rDev +6.4%

BigGruntyThirst, Jan 12, 2014
Photo of Hoppy_McGee
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Hoppy_McGee, Jan 09, 2014
Photo of boszormeny
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

boszormeny, Dec 14, 2013
Photo of DamageCase76
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

DamageCase76, Dec 14, 2013
Photo of ssmack
3.81/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Golden yellow colour with 1 inch fine white head. Tons of suspended debris that settled to the bottom.

A strong citrus aroma. Grapefruit and pine along with a floral spicy smell.

The taste is built on a sweet malt base. Largely grapefruit. Sharp bitterness.

A medium feel with a bite. Slightly oily.

An excellent AIPA but it should be labelled as unfiltered.

ssmack, Dec 10, 2013
Photo of valianes
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

valianes, Dec 07, 2013
Photo of RefillMyglass
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

RefillMyglass, Nov 30, 2013
Photo of MylesMac
4.29/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Clean, clear and lighter in color than I was expecting - maybe close to a 10 SRM. About a half inch of solid head that lasted for at least 10 minutes. Some lacing.

Smell: Pineapple, lemon, fresh pine needles maybe some bubble-gum. Very refreshing.

Taste: Piney hops from start to finish. Also get some citrus in the beginning that fades into bread flavors and perhaps a touch of caramel. Bitterness lasts long into the finish, very nice.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, low carbonation, slightly creamy - good stuff.

Overall: Very happy with this beer. Plenty to offer in the aroma and flavors department. Would definitely do this one again.

MylesMac, Nov 20, 2013
Photo of ppoitras
4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

473ml can purchased as a single from the LCBO booth at the Toronto Royal Winter Fair.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" light beige head over the cloudy golden copper brew. Head holds on nicely, with lasting lace. Aroma is juicy citrus.

Taste starts sweet, jiucy citrus from nose in the middle, moderately bitter close coupled with even more citrus. Mouthfeel is way smooth, and drinkability is excellent. Liking this one.

ppoitras, Nov 18, 2013
Photo of KeKeKumba
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

KeKeKumba, Nov 02, 2013
Photo of Boozecamel
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Boozecamel, Oct 19, 2013
Photo of Exeter
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Exeter, Sep 26, 2013
Photo of WeizenMike
4.25/5  rDev +13%

WeizenMike, Sep 26, 2013
Photo of ludachris
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Its lush amber body carries a haze to it that makes me think this hasn’t been filtered. I’m quite fond of this trend in commercially available Ontario crafted IPA’s which are putting an emphasis on “all natural” beers. A finger and a half of creamy off-white head retains nicely before it gradually recedes to a frothy cap. Splashes of lace are painted across the glass.

Smelling from the glass right after the pour, you really get that fresh nugget hop essence. Resinous, piney, and candied lemons ooze out of the glass. This intense hop aroma however loses some of its potency rather quickly, giving way to a dessert-like bready malt character. Caramel comes to mind. The nose is both fresh and clean, and that is something I can appreciate.

A crisp piney hop kick streaks down the back of the palate with a hop leaf herbaceousness trailing behind it. The notes of pine are so fresh that it’s easy to mistake them for mint. Judging by the level of bitterness, I wouldn’t clock this in at the 80 IBU’s that is stated on the can, but this was in the unrefrigerated section at the LCBO and that may explain why this is. The malt character merely outlines the rest of the beer and rightfully so. It does manage to leave a pleasant soft sweetness in the finish.

Where this stands out most is in the feel. Its medium body possesses that creamy feel I love in IPA’s. This is perfectly balanced, crisp, and smooth. An IPA that is suitable for sessioning, although the 7% ABV would make you want to be a bit careful.

For an IPA in general, this sits comfortably at a 3.5 for me. It’s well balanced and smooth and possesses enough of a hoppy kick to satisfy a hop head like me. With that being said, it’s very straightforward and lacks a factor that sets this IPA apart from others. For an Ontario crafted IPA however, I would have given this a higher overall score. This is a testament to how far the Ontario craft beer industry has come in terms of products that are available commercially. A few years ago, a 7% unfiltered, naturally carbonated IPA that clocks in at 80 IBU’s would almost be considered a white whale on the shelves of the LCBO. And now, it sits there with Amsterdam’s Boneshaker, Lake of Bays 10 Point, and Railway City’s Dead Elephant. I love where the craft beer industry is now and I can’t wait to see how it evolves in the future.

ludachris, Sep 26, 2013
Photo of FadetoBock
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

FadetoBock, Sep 25, 2013
Photo of Vyronian
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Vyronian, Sep 20, 2013
Photo of DenisKolkin
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

473 ml can from LCBO for $2.75 CDN into a pint glass

Appearance - Golden dark orange orange color. 1.5 fingers if head leave a creamy white cap that is slow to disappear, Tons of sediment is readily visible in the glass which may detract from the appeal for some.

Smell – Hops! Piney scents as well as some earthy flavors.

Taste- Quite hoppy with the earthy elements and a piney citrus fueled aftertaste. Maybe a touch of lime thrown in.

Mouthfeel- Balanced as the hops are quite strong enjoyable for someone who likes this but not so overbearing that complete balance is broken. Nice creaminess as well that may be unexpected.

Overall – Quite a delicious beer, one that the hopheads will like, plus it has good ABV and other than the appearance has a refined plate that is creamy and decadent. A favorite in the IPA class.

EDIT - Just had this beer again and was the same as before except for the fact that it was crystal clear and had no chunks of sediment floating around. Much improved appearance in my mind has meant a bit of an adjustment in scoring.

DenisKolkin, Sep 14, 2013
Photo of Bilco
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Bilco, Sep 08, 2013
Photo of cam477
4.25/5  rDev +13%

cam477, Sep 04, 2013
Photo of deonreds
4/5  rDev +6.4%

deonreds, Sep 03, 2013
Photo of pokerman
2.4/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 1 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

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 Mr_Hoptimistic
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Mr_Hoptimistic, Aug 11, 2013
Nickel Brook Headstock IPA from Better Bitters Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 139 ratings.