Nickel Brook Naughty Neighbour Pale Ale - Better Bitters Brewing Co.
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3.25/5 rDev -16.2%
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.
09-06-2013 17:50:03 | More by Phyl21ca
3.65/5 rDev -5.9%
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.
08-23-2012 02:33:45 | More by Sammy
3.75/5 rDev -3.4%
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.
06-27-2013 22:16:18 | More by biegaman
3.88/5 rDev 0%
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!
05-24-2012 02:38:32 | More by TheSevenDuffs
3.9/5 rDev +0.5%
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.
06-26-2012 21:08:11 | More by peensteen
3.95/5 rDev +1.8%
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.
07-01-2012 17:41:47 | More by spinrsx
3.95/5 rDev +1.8%
Got this one at the LCBO in Waterloo.
From a bottle into a snifter
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.
08-30-2013 20:08:50 | More by Jeffo
3.95/5 rDev +1.8%
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.
07-21-2013 14:43:24 | More by tbeckett
3.98/5 rDev +2.6%
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.
06-20-2012 15:33:28 | More by liamt07
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