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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

153 Ratings
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Ratings: 153
Reviews: 61
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 10.58%
Wants: 2
Gots: 10 | 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 ppoitras
4.13/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

Photo of KeKeKumba
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Boozecamel
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of Exeter
3.25/5  rDev -14%

Photo of WeizenMike
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of ludachris
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

Photo of FadetoBock
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of Vyronian
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of DenisKolkin
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Photo of Bilco
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of cam477
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of deonreds
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of pokerman
2.4/5  rDev -36.5%
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.

Photo of Mr_Hoptimistic
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of randallpink
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 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

Photo of gloryhole
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of Cramshawbar
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Watershed
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of Zbeetleman
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of Bf_89
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of boilermakerryan
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of TT--Cashout
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of drinkininthewood
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of CurtisD
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of BarrytheBear
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Nickel Brook Headstock IPA from Better Bitters Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 153 ratings.