Nickel Brook Naughty Neighbour Pale Ale - Better Bitters Brewing Co.
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4.5/5 rDev +16%
Flavour and balance. Pours a murky, tangerine orange with the light carbonation expected from Nickel Brook line. Clear orange nose almost candy-like. Drinkable and creamy that blooms into a combination of citrus first, and powerful hops second. Impression and after-taste that lasts long after the bottle is done.
12-26-2012 03:15:04 | More by HATS4BATS
4.14/5 rDev +6.7%
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
This wonderful APA goes well with... Sushi.... as usual sushi and a hard APA goes well together
06-07-2014 19:37:30 | More by DaveBar
4.05/5 rDev +4.4%
A wonderful session beer for American Pale Ale fans; the most citrus hop flavour that I know of in any Ontario beer under 5% ABV. Have enjoyed on draught at different pubs over the summer, but headed to the brewery for the first time this afternoon and purchased some bottles. Hope to see this in the LCBO before too long.
Pours a bright and clear orange with a decent white head that dissipates quickly, but enough residual carbonation for a drinkable mouthfeel. The aroma of caramelized malts and "c" hops is much milder than the taste, which delivers an awesome amount of flavour. Citrus flesh and pith/rind remain in the bitter finish for an impressively long time.
Won't be everyone's favourite, but definitely a beer I'd highly recommend.
09-23-2012 22:52:41 | More by hopsolutely
4.03/5 rDev +3.9%
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!
01-10-2014 06:56:01 | More by biboergosum
4/5 rDev +3.1%
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.
08-30-2013 17:32:01 | More by TerryW
3.99/5 rDev +2.8%
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.
07-24-2013 05:53:32 | More by thehyperduck
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