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

Nickel Brook Naughty Neighbour Pale AleNickel Brook Naughty Neighbour Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
87
very good

39 Ratings
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Ratings: 39
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 8.18%


Brewed by:
Better Bitters Brewing Co. visit their website
Ontario, Canada

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: TheSevenDuffs on 05-24-2012)
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ThinkAgain

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

02-09-2013 05:31:08 | More by ThinkAgain
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

01-10-2014 06:56:01 | More by biboergosum
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Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +2.3%

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Quebec (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -16.9%
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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Ontario (Canada)

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Ontario (Canada)

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Jeffo

Netherlands

3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Got this one at the LCBO in Waterloo.

From a bottle into a snifter
IBU: 38

APPEARANCE: Pours a one finger, medium looking, white head with decent retention. Hazy amber orange with medium levels of carbonation. Head fades to a wisp and sticks to the sides of the glass. A swirly wisp remains but leaves no real lacing.

SMELL: Piles of grapefruit and pine on the nose, with honeydew melon and notes of caramel. Light orange and lemon on the nose as well. Very hoppy and lots of fruity esters going on here. Really nice.

TASTE: Pale malts, honeydew melon and lots of hops at the swallow. Pine and grapefruit bitterness, as well as some lemon linger in the bold and persistent finish. Big flavors and really enjoyable.

PALATE: Slightly thinner body with medium levels of carbonation. Not overly creamy, unfortunately, goes down fine and finishes rather dry. Some bitterness lingers.

OVERALL: Really, really good low ABV hop bomb. Piles of hop flavor while the IBU are definitely restrained. This one could use a slightly bigger body, though I do understand the situation when brewing lower ABV beers. Great stuff and highly recommended for hot summer days.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2013 20:08:50 | More by Jeffo
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TerryW

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm not a big Nickle Brook guy, so I gotta say, this surprised me for being as good as it is. Well done.

Soft and hazy apricot gold colour under a moderate head that goes to a solid cap. Looks appetizing.

Great nose. Citrus and passion fruit over gentle malt, very tropical. Very inviting aromas and enough off the beaten track to be interesting.

Citrusy to drink, understated malt, slightly bitter finish. Soft mouthfeel. Easy drinking, flavourful.

Overall a quite enjoyable brew that I could see doing more of one of at a time.

Serving type: bottle

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Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +2.3%

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Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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thehyperduck

Ontario (Canada)

3.99/5  rDev +2%
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 2013]

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.

Serving type: bottle

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Ontario (Canada)

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Quebec (Canada)

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07-23-2013 14:03:20 | More by tom10101
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Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +2.3%

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tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From notes.

A - Tons of specks of yeast with the pour in a hazy golden body. Mild carbonation coming up to a one finger white head. Half a finger of retention with minimal spotty lace.

S - Grassy, light citrus, passionfruit, grapefruit.

T - Much of the same as the aroma. Tropical, citrussy, grassy.

M - Good carbonation, light-ish body and a mild bitterness.

O/D - An easy drinking, flavourful pale ale. Drinkable and balanced while being quite light with a minimal bitterness. Definitely sessionable. Good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2013 14:43:24 | More by tbeckett
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Nickel Brook Naughty Neighbour Pale Ale from Better Bitters Brewing Co.
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