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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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Reviews: 21
Hads: 96
Avg: 3.91
pDev: 19.44%
Wants: 5
Gots: 17 | 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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Reviews: 21 | Hads: 96
Photo of jDaft
2.51/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

It's not a bad beer by any stretch but not for everyone. I wasn't a huge fan of the citrus flavor as it is on the bitter side. It's a moderately heavy beer and not something I'd recommend for a night out drinking with the guys. Beer suits well with as an addition to a meal or to sip on after a long day. It's unique, but not what I'd look for in a beer. 2.5/5

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Photo of MatChar
2.69/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Nice, rather clear blond colour (looks pretty much filtered!?). Delicate but quite thick brew. Decent floral hoppy aromas. Disappointing taste: extremely thin dry hop for an APA, slightly crisp and immediately fading after taste, low bitterness. Basically no hoppy flavours in retro-olfaction.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
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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Photo of Sammy
3.67/5  rDev -6.1%
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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Photo of DenisKolkin
3.69/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

355 ml bottle served ice cold into a pint glass. Purchased out of the singles bin for $2.15 CDN,hoping that this is at least reasonably fresh.

Appearance - the beer pours a cloudy orange and yellow coloured beer capped by a finger of white head. Little visibility doesn't obscure the fact that this beer is definitely unfiltered as lots of sediment rests at the bottom of the glass. Modest retention time with some sticky lacing left behind.

Smell - citrus with a sweeter kick, some sort of mango, pineapple and lychee medley. Pretty good nose for a 4.9% ABV American pale ale.

Taste - moderate bitterness, the pineapple and the bitterness from the citrus are most prominent. Lychee and mango just hinted at. Decent malt balance to keep this from being a monster hop bomb.

Mouthfeel - medium carbonation, and a bit heavy in the body, even as it warms. Decently juicy finish.

Overall - while not the best local APA I've had, Nickel Brook's Naughty Neighbour certainly can hold its own, with a robust citrus flavor and aroma. Would definitely consider this again, and it seems like I need to do a blind taste test with all these Pale ales (India and American) to compare which I should stick with. Definitely worth a shot.

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Photo of EricVonStein
3.74/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice cloudy golden orange colour with a large two fingers of tinged peach head.

Citrus rind and pine resin hop aromas. Sweet malt undertones. Some yeasty sour scents present.

Very pine and resin forward with bright lemon citrus and bitter rind though not tropical it earthy. More grainy and biscuity malts than sweet. Light bodied and dry finish. Crisp bitter and highly drinkable but a bit watery. Not exceptionally complex but a great sessionable beer.

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Photo of biegaman
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nickel Brook Naughty Neighbour is a fairly attractive beer. Daisy yellow, it has a beaming brightness yet its complexion is lightly hazed as if seen through an early morning mist. Its head is like a fine meshing but hardy enough to paint its own mural that sprawls three-hundred-sixty degrees around the glass.

The aroma has enough tropical fruitiness to turn an overcast sky sunny. It has sufficient citrus acidity and candied zest to bury most of the bready maltiness, though traces are apparent. The mango-pineapple profile is complimented by breezy florals. Not overly articulated but pleasant.

After the initial pulpy fruitiness of the mango, pineapple and orange slices fades, it's the more herbal and earthy qualities of the hops that come back on what turns out to be a medium-lasting finish. A very unfocused floralness is appreciated too. Like the partner of a domineering spouse, the malts play a very passive, timid role in this relationship.

Naughty Neighbour doesn't have a gargantuan hop flavour, but lupulin-levels are more than adequate for a pale ale. More attention was paid to aroma hops as oppose to bittering, which is good because the beer's slender, pale malt frame is neither conducive nor broad enough to support much more that earthy pungency.

I wouldn't consider Naughty Neighbour overly sexy, but it's not a beer I'd kick out of bed for eating crackers. It drinks like a classic, approachable, crowd-pleasing pale ale, albeit one with enough extra hoppy punch to bring craft beer geeks in on the action. One worth acquainting yourself with should you be in the area.

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Photo of Omnium
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pounder > Sensory SA Pint

A - Pours out a cloudy gold with a two finger bubbly white head, pretty thick lacing.
S - Nice aroma, some grass and citrus, light floral notes, crackery malt.
T - Follows the aroma profile pretty closely, light notes of citrus and pine, some grass and floral tones, light malt base to bring it home.
M - Mild bitterness, crisp and refreshing.
O - Out of all the beers I brought back from Canada, this is one of the better ones I've had. Definitely a good representation of style.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.87/5  rDev -1%
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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Photo of peensteen
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy orange with one finger of white head, quite a bit of lace hangs around as well. Smell is of citrus and dank piney notes, tangerine and grapefruit, herbal and almost reefer like as well, plenty of dry hop notes as well. Taste is citrus with more dank herbal/earthy hop flavours, pine and oranges, grapefruit/citrus aftertaste as well. Medium carbonation, dry on the palate, medium body. This was quite a nice low ABV beer with big flavour, something I would order again if I saw it, hopefully this will see some retail distribution soon.

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Photo of tbeckett
3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.95/5  rDev +1%
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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Photo of Jeffo
3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Photo of liamt07
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
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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Photo of thehyperduck
4/5  rDev +2.3%
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: 4.0, a solid A-. 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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Photo of hopsolutely
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

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Photo of TerryW
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.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.04/5  rDev +3.3%
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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Photo of DaveBar
4.14/5  rDev +5.9%
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


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Photo of akdo
4.42/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look: The body was close to a dark shade of gold and looked unfiltered. While there was some static bubbles I saw some light carbonation. As for the head, it was white and one finger high. It receded to a small layer of foam.

Smell: The nose is the best part of the beer. While the pine wood was there, it was pleasantly dominated by lemon and zests of grapefruit. Hence the hint of sweetness.

Taste: Unfortunately, the palate didn't match the nose. The light bitterness was reminiscent of cereals and moved quickly to notes of pine woods. The latter notes exactly has the same taste, albeit lighter, than an IPA made with Cascade hops.

Feel: The beer was a little bit watery given that it moved from one taste to the last one. However, it was a refreshing beer. Other than that, the beer's bitterness lingers on our tongue and our windpipe.

Overall: This was my first APA. In terms of taste, Naughty Neighbour is simple. Nonetheless, I find it better brewed than other IPAs for it doesn't need spicy food to leave a slight burn in your throat. All in all, it is the best pub beer I have tried.

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Photo of HATS4BATS
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Nickel Brook Naughty Neighbour Pale Ale from Better Bitters Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 21 ratings.