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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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very good

137 Ratings
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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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Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

07-26-2013 01:23:22 | More by Cramshawbar
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Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +13%

07-11-2013 18:38:51 | More by Watershed
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

07-09-2013 05:09:48 | More by Zbeetleman
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Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

07-05-2013 20:57:53 | More by Bf_89
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

07-04-2013 00:35:26 | More by boilermakerryan
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Newfoundland (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

06-26-2013 00:25:53 | More by TT--Cashout
Photo of drinkininthewood

Ontario (Canada)

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.

06-08-2013 01:10:27 | More by drinkininthewood
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New Brunswick (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

06-03-2013 15:48:08 | More by CurtisD
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

06-01-2013 14:39:34 | More by BarrytheBear
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Ontario (Canada)

4.75/5  rDev +26.3%

05-23-2013 00:13:42 | More by WillAndSarah
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Alberta (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

05-21-2013 04:46:35 | More by Kmat10
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Quebec (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

05-02-2013 00:28:24 | More by Mack
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British Columbia (Canada)

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.

04-19-2013 02:15:46 | More by FondueVoodoo
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Ontario (Canada)

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.

04-17-2013 04:18:01 | More by IdeaSpeeder
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Ontario (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

04-04-2013 13:14:05 | More by H8B8
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3/5  rDev -20.2%

03-03-2013 00:15:12 | More by JennBushey
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

02-19-2013 22:53:17 | More by bluetrevian
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Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

02-12-2013 22:13:27 | More by DaPan
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Ontario (Canada)

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.

02-05-2013 13:34:21 | More by tbeckett
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Alberta (Canada)

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.

01-22-2013 20:46:41 | More by MAB
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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.

01-13-2013 22:20:28 | More by dipso123
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Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

01-12-2013 01:32:43 | More by GoHabsGo
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Ontario (Canada)

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.

12-26-2012 02:03:13 | More by HATS4BATS
Photo of jaz58

Ontario (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev +4.5%

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

11-24-2012 21:45:30 | More by jaz58
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Alberta (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev +5.1%

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

11-23-2012 02:06:45 | More by joemcgrath27
Nickel Brook Headstock IPA from Better Bitters Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 137 ratings.