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Nickel Brook Immodest | Better Bitters Brewing Co.

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Better Bitters Brewing Co.
Ontario, Canada | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
To be immodest one has to lack humility and decency. With our ‘Immodest’ Imperial IPA, we achieved just that! Obscene use of Citra and Simcoe hops will attack your senses with bright citrus fruit, balanced with earthy pine notes. The indecency doesn’t stop there, as it packs a wallop at 9% but you won’t notice because it drinks so remarkable smooth. Don’t worry, you’re modesty isn’t needed here!

Added by jrenihan on 08-08-2013

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Photo of DenisKolkin
4.55/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

473 ml can served cool straight from the LCBO. Purchased for $5.00 and served into a pint glass. canned April 8, 2016. this can is advertised as 9.0% ABV and 85 IBU's.

Appearance - Pours a very hazy dark golden orange color, which is more reminiscent of a dark freshly squeezed juicy than many other beers recently. A nice finger and a half of white foam on top leaving a trail down the edges of the glass and coalescing into a small frothy cap.

Smell - Ridiculously juicy tropical hops with pineapple and passionfruit being well represented and some element of grapefruit, fresh squeeze orange, mango and papaya mixed in. A huge fresh nose.

Taste - Super juicy and tropical with passionfruit and pineapple being the stars again with more grapefruit and some pine resin kicking in. The juicy orange explosion is here but more subdued as compared with the nose.

Mouthfee l -Smooth and slick, well carbonated but not attention drawing. So easy to drink. Plenty of hop oils, and just slides down the hatch like no tomorrow.

Overall - While not cheap, when fresh this delivers good bang for your buck interms of alcohol content and Immodest just so happens to be one of the tastiest DIPA's I've ever had the pleasure of trying. Get this fresh while you can because top notch DIPA's like this only come around so often.

**Edit** May 3, 2016

I've been enjoying this DIPA so much, with it's super smooth near creamy body, outrageously aromatic and just plain delicious use of hops, malt, barley and water that I had to kick this up to the level of my favorite DIPA of all-time, since it's so freaking delicious while fresh.

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Photo of Sammy
3.79/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LanceH
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DaveBar
4.36/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Purchased at the LCBO for $5.00 for a 473ml can. Prices from everyone are going up- because we are paying them.

A- Opens well and pours a 2" high white head that lasts nearly 5mins. Medium gold colour and filtered clear

S- Oodles of hops. Amazing amount of hops. Must be the most hops smelt in an IPA ever for me

T- Lots of hops and malt here. Touch sweet and malty. Touch bitter at the end.

M- Dry and thick. Sticky due to sweetness.

O- Very good brew. I enjoyed this one and will buy again but not many as the price point is too high.

Food Pairing

This nice little brew went well with....... Lasagna heavy on the meat


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Photo of bluejacket74
4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

473 ml can, canned on date of 08 April 2016. Served in a tulip, the beer pours a golden/orange color with about an inch and a half off-white head. Head retention is good, and there's a decent amount of lacing. Aroma is nice, the brew smells mostly like citrusy (tropical fruit, grapefruit) and pine hops, along with some caramel malt. For the most part I think the flavor is similar to the aroma, but there's also some oranges and bready malt noticeable. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's creamy and coating with a moderate amount of carbonation. It's also smooth and easy to drink. Overall I thought this was a good brew, next time I'll have to try a fresher can. Unfortunately I wasn't able to buy a can until last weekend since I hadn't noticed it in the area before then. Definitely worth a try! $5.99 a single can.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.25/5  rDev -20.7%

Photo of mtomlins
3.99/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy copper color with 2 fingers of tan creamy head with decent retention and nice lacing. The nose is big, sweet citrus (lots of oranges and tangerines). The taste also features lots of sweet citrus as well as lots of sweet toasted malt and finishes with hints of bittering hots. The body is medium high and is creamy and smooth but a bit heavy. Overall, it's a really nice IIPA but the sweet of the citrus AND sweet malt is a bit...sweet.

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Photo of CurtisD
3.96/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of garyloveman
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of spinrsx
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the lcbo for $5

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Photo of RedAleMan
4.54/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of liamt07
4.31/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SebD
3.69/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: It has a nice very hazy golden/orange color to it. It has a nice off-white head that dies down moderately and leaves lovely lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of citrus, grapefruit, pine resins, bready malts and some caramel.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has some citrus/grapefruit, bitter pine resins, some bready/buscuity malts and light caramel.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied by good flavors and aromas. Not quite as good as I thought it would be but still enjoyable.

Serving type: can

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Photo of Mousel
4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of thehyperduck
4.39/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Tallboy can from the LCBO. Listed at 9.0%, dated Mar 17 2016 and served slightly chilled.

Pours a hazy orange-apricot colour, with one finger of dense, creamy off-white froth situated at the surface. It seeps away steadily over the next five minutes or so, depositing a few swathes of lacing on its way down. A foamy collar remains, along with a few bubbly patches on the surface. Pine resin and citrusy grapefruit are the most prominent features on the nose, with additional hints of peach, mango and green onion; also some light caramel and grainy malt backing. Very nice, and it improves as it warms.

This is a beautiful no-nonsense DIPA. Good bready, biscuity malt flavours and mild caramel sweetness serve as a continuous backdrop, while the Simcoe and Citra hops make a bitter, dual-pronged assault on your palate. The latter imparts fruity flavours of grapefruit pith, pineapple juice and apricot, while dank notes of astringent pine resin (contributed by the Simcoe) begin to dominate the latter half of the sip. Earthy, resiny finish with a lingering, bitter aftertaste that fields only a modest warming effect, despite the immodest abv. Nearing full-bodied, with moderately low carbonation levels and a smooth, slick, weighty feel in the mouth. It's hard to stop sipping this one - I don't usually need to force myself to pace myself with beers this strong, but it's necessary with this one.

Final Grade: 4.39, an outstanding A. Nickel Brook's Immodest Imperial IPA is an instant classic that I enthusiastically encourage all hopheads to seek out immediately. The $5.00 price tag is a bit of a psychological hurdle, but I'm not the first to point out that an equivalently-sized bomber would command a price tag of 4-5 dollars more (with only 150-200 more mL compared to this tallboy). That puts things in perspective a bit. As far as Ontario DIPAs go, there's no where else to place a beer this shamelessly tasty except on the very top tier. Another masterpiece from one of this province's best breweries; I will be a regular customer if it remains available.

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Photo of FrankBrewbody
3.83/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I was initially apprehensive to try this given the ABV, but it's one of the better imperial IPA's I've tried as of late.

Look: dark yellow/light organge colour with a good head that mantains at the 1/2" level when poured
Smell: Fantastic hope nose with a strong grapefruit character, i suspect that's likely the citra hope coming through
Taste: very interesting taste with a deep complexity of flavour. Sweet start that has a good melon like flavour however the profile quickly transitions into a bitter hoppy flavour with a surprisingly minimal bite given the ABV.
Feel: very cream, minimal carbonation.

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Photo of byronic
3.86/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy orange with a thin collar off fluffy white head. The nose hits you with beautiful citrus fruit of which grapefruit is the star. Citrus is also the star in the flavour but there are hints of other tropical fruits such as mango. The malt is quite present and the simcoe really shows up in the finish. Very pine and bitter, it also lingers for a while. For me the ABV is very present and really smacks you in the finish. This is a sipper.

A nice IIPA and the best I've had from this brewer. Would I have it again? Certainly, but for its price tag there are better options

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Photo of Ultrarunner100
4.83/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of gregcordle
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of portwood
4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very fresh. Sweet citrusy hops with a hint of mango and other tropical fruits. Medium carbonation, starts sweet, caramel, grapefruit juice. Dry with resiny bitterness at back end. Doesn't feel like 9% ABV or as bitter as the 85 IBU would suggest. However, the high alcohol hits you like a brick soon enough! (canned 17 Mar 16)

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Photo of Rukeli76
4.34/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500ml can with the plastic wrap thing. I have to say Nickel Brook might be kind of overdoing it with all the sexist artwork.

Good-looking cloudy pale ale. Nice head dissipates quickly. Plenty of lacing. Could easily be mistaken for Headstock.

I'm getting a lot of surprisingly onion-y Simcoe hop aromas on top of the grapefruit I was expecting. Dank is an appropriate word here.

Good malt body, sweetness, and hop bitterness. The hop profile is a definite departure from what I've come to expect from Nickel Brook's hoppy offerings. A dank and onion-y Simcoe flavour is dominant.

Good carbonation. That kind of umami sensation you sometimes get from good unfiltered beers, especially hoppy ones, is present. There's a long, lingering hoppy finish.

Overall, this is an interesting sort-of local double IPA that I was lucky enough to happen upon when it was super-fresh. At five bucks a can it's a bit more than you'd pay for a decent local IPA at the LCBO, but it's competitive with comparable microbrew stuff from, say, Bellwoods or Indie Ale House. The hop profile likely isn't going to be for everyone, but the quality's unimpeachable.

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Photo of SocalKicks
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jsurfs82
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BakaGaijin
3.86/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Derek
4.53/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy pour with a nice head, not much retention, but it leaves some lace.

Huge aroma, tangerine, nectarine, mango, ganja, pine and toffee... All choked in the flavour with a firm bitterness and a light acidity.

Moderate to full body is almost creamy, but there's certainly some acidity and a drying alcohol finish.

I really didn't expect this to be so good!

Thanks again Bakagaijin!

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Nickel Brook Immodest from Better Bitters Brewing Co.
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