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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 randallpink
4/5  rDev +6.4%

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 10, 2013
Photo of gloryhole
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

gloryhole, Aug 04, 2013
Photo of Cramshawbar
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Cramshawbar, Jul 26, 2013
Photo of Watershed
4.25/5  rDev +13%

Watershed, Jul 11, 2013
Photo of Zbeetleman
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Zbeetleman, Jul 09, 2013
Photo of Bf_89
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Bf_89, Jul 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

boilermakerryan, Jul 04, 2013
Photo of TT--Cashout
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

TT--Cashout, Jun 26, 2013
Photo of drinkininthewood
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%

473ml can purchased from the LCBO $2.65,Packaged 05 17 13. Served in a pint glass.

A- Golden/bronze in color. Bubbly head of foam diminishes fairly quickly and leaves some blobs of lace around my glass.

S- Cirusy hops in the nose, with wiffs of bready malts. Smells good, though the aroma i find is somewhat subdued.

T- Quite hoppy up front, solid bitterness with flavors of pine and citrus ( mainly oranges ) followed by nice malt body which offers flavor of fresh bread and a touch of sweetness. Finish/aftertaste is hoppy/herbal, a lingering encore of the initial bitterness. 80 ibu i feel is a proper rating for this beer.

M- A smooth ipa with carbonation being on the low side. Medium bodied.

D- Solid flavor and smooth body make for excellent drinkablilty. I drank this brew at just above room temperature and think it really brought out some nice hoppy flavors. I bought a second to try at a cooler temperature.

Overall I really enjoy the fact that were starting to see more Ontario breweries really come into their own with bold brews such as this fine IPA. Nice job Nickel-Brook. I'd love to try this ale on cask.

drinkininthewood, Jun 08, 2013
Photo of CurtisD
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

CurtisD, Jun 03, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

BarrytheBear, Jun 01, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +26.3%

WillAndSarah, May 23, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Kmat10, May 21, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Mack, May 02, 2013
Photo of FondueVoodoo
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%

Special thanks to cattersley for sending us this brew. Can is marked packaged March 8, 2013.

A: Clear pale copper hue with a fair amount of suspended sediment. Two fingers of creamy off-white foam with a generous amount of lacing up the sides of the glass.

S: Upfront scents of mild pine resin with background notes of grapefruit and a floral bouquet. There is a slight spiciness together with clean mineral notes. Malts are present and round out the hoppy bitters. Smell is less aggressive than the west coast style and presents with a delicate, more malty scent.

T: Hops are noticeable and upfront in the taste. Snappy and bright, pithy orange and lemon peel envelopes the entire palate and leaves a lasting bitterness on the tongue. Malts which were noticeable in the scent are not detectable in the taste.

M: Chewy and syrupy and coats your entire mouth leaving a lasting bitterness.

O: Considering the upfront presence of hops on the palate I would have liked to have more of hop presence on the nose. With a few further tweaks this could go from good to great.

FondueVoodoo, Apr 19, 2013
Photo of IdeaSpeeder
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 H8B8
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

H8B8, Apr 04, 2013
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3/5  rDev -20.2%

JennBushey, Mar 03, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

bluetrevian, Feb 19, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

DaPan, Feb 12, 2013
Photo of tbeckett
4.3/5  rDev +14.4%

From old notes.

A - Poured hazy copper with good carbonation coming up. One finger of beige head. Minimal lace, half finger retention.

S - Citrus, bread, a bit of pine, very inviting and strong.

T - Juicy with some pine there as well. Really tasty, juicy, and citrussy.

M - Good carbonation, medium body, nice bitterness.

O/D - One of the better IPAs in Ontario right now. Lovely flavour with a high drinkability for the ABV. A nice one to have in these parts.

tbeckett, Feb 05, 2013
Photo of MAB
4.06/5  rDev +8%

A solid, bitter IPA, with a lot of complex flavors.
Nice copper tint to it, slightly hazy, and a good tight white-ish head on it.
It smells fabulous. Leaves and pine needles. Very outdoorsy.
It tastes even better than it smells. The bitterness comes through but the aftertaste is malt and more of those pine notes, rather than strictly hop bitterness.
Nicely carbonated, for the style. The alcohol level is well-covered, so you don't get a burn from that.
I'll be having another of these, for certain.

MAB, Jan 22, 2013
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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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

GoHabsGo, Jan 12, 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
Nickel Brook Headstock IPA from Better Bitters Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 139 ratings.