Nickel Brook Naughty Neighbour Pale Ale - Better Bitters Brewing Co.

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Nickel Brook Naughty Neighbour Pale AleNickel Brook Naughty Neighbour Pale Ale

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very good

58 Ratings
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Ratings: 58
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 7.99%
Wants: 3
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Better Bitters Brewing Co. visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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(Beer added by: TheSevenDuffs on 05-24-2012)
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16oz glass at Beer Revolution YEGDT, and 5.0% ABV according to them.

This beer appears a glassy medium tarnished golden amber hue, with one finger of weakly puffy, and mostly just tightly bubbly dirty white head, which leaves some random coral reef lace around the glass as it lazily and evenly subsides.

It smells of orange, grapefruit, and lime citrus pith, grainy, gritty pale malt, a hint of dry caramel, a flinty stoniness, and further soft weedy, floral hops. The taste is more somewhat clammy and muddled, yet still zesty grocery store citrus rind, crackery pale malt, a restrained caramel/toffee sweetness, a hint of lemon floor polish, and meek earthy hops.

The bubbles are nice and loose and playful, the body medium-light in weight, and smooth enough, the fragrant hops not really into messing about here. It finishes off-dry, just, as the malt peters out fully, and the fruitiness of the hops steps in to pick up the slack.

A decently hoppy APA, though at the apparent expense of any prominent malt backbone, unfortunately. Very evocative of the assumed titular neighbour's better bitter (hah!) wares, and worthy of a few rounds, at least, just not at these dear, er, 'import' prices. Nor if I have to watch the fat guy at the end of the bar rant about being accused of swiping someone's phone, by threatening, and then duly carrying through on removing his skivvies. That's a new one at this joint, fo sho!

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3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle at Stouts. ecent Orange flavour, an understated but decent drinking IBu bitterness. Orange hop aroma. Smooth drinking (although a little watery as I find in many of this brewery offerings).Hits the style, worth a try though not the best pale I have had grows on me.

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4.5/5  rDev +16%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of DaveBar
4.14/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Purchased as a single at the LCBO. Served at 4deg C in a draught glass

A- Opens well and pours a hard head

S- TONS of hops. Nice little IPA bitterness to it

T- See above plus this is a wonderful APA. Alcohol is low for the amount of hops present. Very nice rendition.

M- A bit too dry but that is the excessive dry hop technique

O- Excellent beer. Wish we can have discounted brand APA's at the beer store! This one is wonderful

Food Pairing

This wonderful APA goes well with... Sushi.... as usual sushi and a hard APA goes well together

Enjoy

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3.25/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottle: Poured clear amber color ale with a medium size foamy head with OK retention. Aroma consists of light bitter and citrus hops with light dry caramel malt presence. Taste is mostly dominated by light dry and citrus hops notes with light dry caramel malt. Body is about average with good carbonation. Not bad overall but lacking a bit of a hops punch.

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3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle to Founders tulip glass.

A - Poured a slightly cloudy medium yellow with a big bright yellow glow around the edges. Half a finger of white head formed with good retention.

S - Big grapefruit aroma up front that accompanies a fairly big bitterness. Some pine aromas and a touch of sweetness from the malts comes through as well. Very fresh nose.

T - A good bitterness up front that is full of fresh grapefruit and pine flavours. A decent caramel sweetness from the malt bill is in a perfect proportion. A very nice APA.

M - Fairly high carbonation; too much for my liking. Light to medium body overall.

O - Another welcome addition to the Ontario beer scene. Would definitely buy this one again. Well done!

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On Tap at the Arrow and the Loon Ottawa for 7.75$

Appearance - Hazy amber/copper colour with a large size frothy and fizzy white coloured head. It's hard to make out the amount of carbonation showing and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, caramel, hops, grapefruit, pineapple, apricots

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts and caramel mixed with a good dose of hops. There is also some nice tropical fruits going on.. pineapple, guava and something along the lines of strawberry..? As well as grapefruits and some pine. It ends with a sweet and fruity yet hoppy aftertaste.

Overall - I liked this one more than their IPA.. it reminded me a bit of great lakes crazy canuck but with more tropical fruitiness. The strawberry/guava flavour did start to wear on me towards the end of the glass, but still a great beer that I would buy again.

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On cask at C'est What, into a pint glass.

Clear golden orange body, with a finger of white head. Good retention but no lace to mention. Nose is predominantly orange and tangerine-y hops, with some sweet biscuity malt character. Taste provides alot more juicy hop character, generally some citrus-y flavours. Moderate bitter finish, light body with really nice, soft cask carbonation. An easy drinker, and a solid cask offering. Nickel Brook appears to really be putting their shit together.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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3.99/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

355 mL bottle from a six-pack picked up at the LCBO; packaged 06/05/13. I had a few of these around a campfire a few days ago and enjoyed them, but saved this bottle for the chance to take a closer look later. Served slightly chilled.

Pours a cloudy golden-amber colour, generating roughly one half-finger of dense, creamy bone-white head. Good retention; it hangs in there for a good long while, leaving a collar of lace clinging to the glass in its slow wake. Great, fresh, fruity aroma, with notes of mandarin and other citrus, pineapples and apricots. Maybe a trace of pine sap too, but the overall vibe is toward tropical fruit. Can't wait to taste this one.

The first sip does not disappoint in the slightest, as my palate is immediately roused by juicy notes of pink grapefruit and orange, backed up by fresh pineapple and earthy pine sap bitterness. A comparatively meek caramel malt backbone underlies this, but the earthy bitterness dominates into the finish and aftertaste. On the light side of medium-bodied, with mild carbonation and a somewhat creamy mouthfeel. Impressively full-flavoured for only 4.9%, but this is a little too unbalanced and hoppy to be something I'd want to session.

Final Grade: 3.99, a solid B+. Nickel Brook Naughty Neighbour is a fine pale ale, offering an enjoyable array of American-style hop flavour that is certain to please most hopheads. This isn't the most balanced APA I've ever had and drinkability suffers a bit because of that, but this is still a quality pale ale guaranteed to satiate your hop fix.

[Updated Jan. 3 2014]

Compared side-by-side with Crazy Canuck, Conductor's Craft Ale and St. Ambroise Pale Ale this time. Probably the best of the three Ontario-made APAs in that list; the only problem with this one is that I am not always willing to commit to a six-pack. Very full-flavoured, with an abv that makes it ideal for hopheads seeking a true session ale; just a great beer that I'll undoubtedly return to again.

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Nickel Brook Naughty Neighbour Pale Ale from Better Bitters Brewing Co.
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