Sweet Nikki Brown - Half Pints Brewing Company

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Sweet Nikki BrownSweet Nikki Brown

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Reviews: 32
Hads: 41
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 5.84%
Wants: 17
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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Half Pints Brewing Company visit their website
Manitoba, Canada

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: fisherman34 on 10-28-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

This beer has been brewed especially for my wife, Nicole. Just like her, it’s a little sweet, and a little bitter. This hoppy ale is nut brown, just like her hair and eyes. The addition of crystal malt gives the beer a sweet flavour while melanoidin and chocolate malts lend a complex nutty character (draw your own conclusions) to the finish. We’ve used Centennial hops to add a citrus finish to the beer.

27 IBU
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Photo of IronDjinn
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Came in a 6 pack, all the more of this goodness to enjoy. Pours out with a tall spongy off-white head that slowly settles to a frothy cap. The body is a vibrant slightly hazed translucent mahogany hue, very attractive.

Bright floral hops at first in the aroma, yet as it sits and warms more the character is more toasted and nutty, with hints of coffee and chocolate.

Hits some right notes in the flavour right from the start. Intense toasted and nutty notes up front, some light citrus lurks in the background in the middle, and surprisingly enough harmony between notes of coffee, chocolate and grapefruit on the finish. The hops keep the finish clean and then subside, while there's the chocolate, coffee and some nutty toastiness that lingers in the aftertaste.

Medium-bodied mouthfeel, a bit slick at times, low carbonation, yet more fullness in texture on the finish.

My new favourite brown ale, enough complexity to keep things interesting yet not too intense to mar it as a session beer. Never thought I'd enjoy an assertively hoppy brown, but they're utilized with enough refinement to compliment it all as a whole. Kudos to Half Pints on yet another well executed beer! (1,183 characters)

Photo of CanuckRover
4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark brown with some orange-red hues. Good bubbly head and spider web lacings.

Interesting aroma. Roasted grains jump right out, but mingle with some metallic notes that I'm just not sure about. Light caramel bringing up the rear.

Now this is a characterful brown ale! Heaps of dark malt flavours from strong nut flavours, almost smokey woodiness and nice bittersweet chocolate. All of this is followed by some palate cleansing light hops.

Masterfully crafted and very drinkable.

This is a fantastic take on the style. (535 characters)

Photo of Shadman
4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow...one dark looking brown ale. Slight orange tinge around the edges. Big frothy off white/tan head and webs upon webs of lacing.

Some citrus hop and a certainly chocolate roast malt.slight nutty aroma as well.

Big malt taste upfront, slight nutty with walnuts coming to mind. Hint of chocolate & coffee before the citrus hop kick in. All these flavours mesh exceptionally well together.

Quite full bodied for a brown ale, but smooth none the less.

Well crafted with very good balamce. A good session brown if there ever was one. (535 characters)

Photo of eat
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Opaque and a dark, woody brown colour with root beer highlights. A good layer of cream-white head sticks around a while and leaves some decent lacing.

Citrus hops hit the nose first, followed with brown bread, nuts, light pine, toffee and a little roast. Smells pretty fantastic, though maybe not as powerful as it could be.

Lots of earthy hops up front (pine, grass, soil); nutty, roasty malt (with a perfect touch of molasses-y sweetness) through the middle and just enough drying dark chocolate (along with a hint of espresso) on the finish to make you want to keep sipping regularly. Bits of the citrusy hops found in the nose peek through along with a nice mineral profile. (This bottle might not be as fresh as it could be; I'm remembering it on tap as more of a 4.5 rating on taste.)

Beefy medium body with a medium-light carbonation. Nothing wrong here.

This is really great stuff; the bottle just disappeared. Finishing off a sixer would be effortless. If I lived in Winnipeg I don't think I'd drink much else through the winter (other than for reviewing purposes, of course). I had a great night at the King's Head in Winnipeg where they had this on tap; many pints were consumed and I couldn't even consider ordering anything else. Half Pints, why isn't this one of your regular brews? Probably my favourite amongst one of Canada's best line ups and quite possibly the best brown ale I've tried. (1,414 characters)

Photo of canucklehead
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a really flavourful Brown Ale that has all the right caramel notes with plenty of hops ( Much better than say Downtown Brown from Lost Coast). After a pint or two of St James this was a flavour shock as the beer is big and finishes with just the right amount of sweetness. Perfect with food and still just right for a cold evening in The Peg. (350 characters)

Photo of marty21
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very dark brown, A nice copper/amber colour around the edges when held to light. Has a tan head that doesn't stick around too long. But leaves a nice cap of head and has nice lacing.

S: A strong citrus/hoppy aroma but finishes with a nutty chocolate aroma.

T: Very similar to the aroma. Initially I taste the hops but it finishes nicely with the a nutty, chocolate and roasted taste.

M: Medium Carbonation with a smooth and creamy mouthfeel.

D: Wasn't sure what to expect with this one but now it's one of my favorites from half pints. Half Pints is brewed minutes from where I live and has quickly turned into one of my favorite breweries. (658 characters)

Photo of elricorico
4.11/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

One of the nicest looking brown's I've poured. Deep dark brown, blocks all the light at its thickest, but a kind of orange tinged brown shows where the glass is thinner. Three fingers of tightly bubbled beige head. Good retention and plenty of lacing.

Nuts and caramel hit the nose with a sort of citric hop balance that is notable but not strongly so. Faint ash impression. Smells nice.

Full flavoured, sweet up front, with a caramel lean, but well balanced for the rest, with some bittersweet chocolate in the middle and a long citrus hop finish.

Fuller bodied than most browns, leaning towards a mouthfeel I'd expect from a porter. Tingly carbonation is just a bit sharper than I'd like, but doesn't really take away from the impression.

Browns are meant to be drinkable, and this is a very good brown. I seem to like the style more than most craft lovers, and have wanted to get my hands on this brew ever since my first taste of Half Pints. This didn't disappoint. (973 characters)

Photo of jrenihan
4.11/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Beer is dark brown with a smallish tan head which fades fairly quickly. A lot of lacing.

Smell strongly contains roasted nuts, as well as some chocolate. Some hop scents poke through as well: pine and some citrus.

Roasted nuts for flavour, with chocolate, bread and a touch of coffee. The strong malt flavours are accompanied by a hop flavour, pine and some citrus. Good mix. A nice balance between the rich sweet malt and bittering hops. A bit like a hoppy porter, though the strong nutty flavour emphasizes the brown ale.

Medium to light bodied, moderately carbonated. Bready.

Overall, quite good. No date on the bottle. so I don't know when it was bottled, but it tastes good to me. (691 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Thanks go to Deuane for hooking me up with a 4-pack of these Half Pint brews from a recent trip.

Pours a deep brown, with 3 big and foamy fingers of tan colored head. Thin yet frothy retention, yields a huge coating of lace, that lies in a sticky latticework along the sides of the glass. The aroma is sweet with notes of toffee and coffee and rich with darker accents of roast and coffee. Floral and spicy hops, and a bit of citrus, float along the back. The roast and sweetness combine to give this a really nice sticky feel in the nose.

The taste is roast and cocoa up front, that gives this a quality crunchy dark feel. Sticky toffee and baker's chocolate emerge in the back to help balance things out a bit. Moderate hops firm things up towards the finish, lingering with spice and roasty bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a sharp carbonation that lays on the tongue with a prickly feel. This gives way to a sleeker layer underneath that moves the sweetness through. Nice interplay here between the contrasting feels, which keeps this moving easily across the palate.

Absolutely nothing to complain about here! Just a really, REALLY solid American Brown, that provides robust (and roasty) flavors with an excellent quaffable nature. Good stuff! (1,302 characters)

Photo of irishkyle21
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another great beer from Half Pints (thanks to oakbluff). Into the glass it goes, nice lacing and foam. Looks nut brown to me, just like it says on the label.

Smells of sweet malts (caramel and a bit of chocolate) and behind all the maltiness are the hops (citric and spicy).

Tastes very malty and nutty but that's not all, the hops join in for a malty/bitter grapefruit finish. Very well made and a definite session beer. (423 characters)

Photo of biegaman
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours with a huge head - bubbly and off white. A beautiful colour, dark brown with both darker and lighter shades of brown acting as highlights. A vivid and peppy aroma - spot on for the American Brown Ale style. Robust with that "cola" like malt. A sandy, gritty malty mouthfeel with flavours being nutty, earthy - reminding me of figs and leaves - great malt with underlying hop bitterness. A strong balance with good character. I'd say this is about as good as it gets for this style. Again very impressed with Half-Pints.
Big thanks Viggo! (545 characters)

Photo of Dawkfan
4.07/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Forgot to enter this one in from awhile back.

A- Pour is a cola brown with lots of red highlites throughout. Frothy tan head rising to nearly 2 inches. Small ring of lacing above this brown.

S- The nose is fantastic, just what you'd expect in any good american brown ale. The citrus hops are right there upon first whiffs. Caramel and chocolate notes are quite evident. Underlying soapy and bitter roast aromas.

T- I first started writing this down halfway through the bottle and thought the hops weren't as noticeable as they were in the nose, but they really came through as it warmed. Balanced nicely with the malt.

M- Carbonation is on the higher side, body is lighter. Tingles at the start, smoothes out near the finish.

O- Nothing to complain about here, a solid ABA from one of Canada's finest. (806 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

341ml bottle, new label, with whom I presume is Nicole staring out from her namesake beer.

This beer pours a slightly hazy, dark amber brown hue, with two fingers of dense foamy pale beige head, which leaves a decent broken wall of painted lace around the glass as it recedes. It smells of floral, soapy hops up front, and a nice nutty caramel malt. The taste is more caramel malt, an oily, earthy nuttiness, and leafy, bitter hops. The carbonation is present, but fairly sedate, the body medium-full in weight, smooth, and creamy, but for some bitter hop tingling. It finishes still fairly sweet, the nutty malt not to be denied by the equally persistent bitter floral hops.

A nicely balanced, restrained attrition-style beer, without the size to make you stop at just one - which I have no intention of doing tonight... (823 characters)

Photo of pootz
3.97/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

660ml Bomber ( Thanks Kris)

Pours a deep dark chestunt brown turbid, ale in the glass with a glorious sticky-rocky mocha-colored 3 finger cap.
lasts and laces the glass sides.( lots of malt protiens in this brew kids)

Wonderful American ale aromas...pungent cascade floral-citrus in the nose is balanced by sweet crystal malt tones and a bit of cocoa from the black malts...delicious!

Light in character but rich and medium bodied with a distinctive balance.

Flavor starts well balanced between chewy nutty malts and fruity esters in balance with sturdy floral bittering from the hops....mid palate the savory impressions develop as the flavors mingle on the palate: walnut skins with biscuit, chocolate, tobacco, tart fruits cedar bitters...then the finish breaks clean with increasing metallic bittering from the hops mingling with the astrigency from the "char" of the black malts....in a blind taste I bet a lot of people would say this was a porter.

A delicious dark brown ale in the American style ( which almost comes off as a porter)...I envy the brewer if his wife has the character this beer displays ;-) (1,130 characters)

Photo of oakbluff
3.88/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap in my basement. yahoo. Been looking forward to the second go round of this tasty seasonal. Pours out a deep chestnut, with frothy off white head. Nose- nutty, and some mocha. Taste- very nutty and biscuity with a woody finish. Some hops come out and play giving a cirtrus flavour. Seems slightly less hoppy than last years, but could be just me. Very rich in flavour, but still light bodies and highly drinkable. Excellent brown ale. (440 characters)

Photo of trevorwideman
3.85/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

660ml Bomber poured into a pint glass.

Pours a deep, deep thick brown colour, nearly opaque. Hazey and unfiltered, mild carbonation, with a 1/2 inch brown head subsides to 1/4 inch, some nice lacing. Smell is quite delicious. Cookie dough, chocolate, floral hops in the nose. Citrus in the background.

Taste starts with a slight sourness which quickly gives way to the big bready malt character. Chocolate, a slight caramel sweetness, but the grapefruity hops take over quickly afterwards. Finishes very bitter and dry, asserting the unsweetened chocolate and sesame flavours again. Definitely a huge brew, balls out in its presentation leaning on the side of bitterness in the balance. Carbonation is near perfect, very mellow, and very thick in the mouth giving away the big malt presence. I think I'd come back to this one, it's a good sipper for a Winter evening. (874 characters)

Photo of chickenm
3.8/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with a large tan head. Aroma of sweet caramel, citrus hops, and nuts. Taste is malty and nutty with a hint of bitterness; body is medium-light. Well balanced and quite drinkable, this is a pretty nice brown ale from Half Pints that can potentially be a great session beer. (289 characters)

Photo of Sammy
3.72/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I finally caught up with this one. A very decent brew for a brown, but not a top rated beer from Canada at all. Starts as a nice chocolate malt, and ending with a decent hoppiness, which surprised because it was not evident in the nose. Good drinkability. Dark brown body with abundant white head. refreshing. (309 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.7/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of Oakbluff: Poured a deep brown color ale with an average foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of deep caramel and toffee malt is quite interesting. Taste is a nice mix between some caramel and toffee malt notes with a medium dry hoppy finish. Full body with some good carbonation. Very well done over all but was hoping ( and would have like) a hoppier finish. (395 characters)

Photo of fisherman34
3.62/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very dark brown in colour with medium carbonation. Surprisingly hoppy aromas, with some notes of pine and grapefruit (must be the Cascades) mixing with elements of milk chocolate and mildly spicy rye bread. The rye bread (caraway seed) flavors assert themselves first, then evolve into a sharper toasted sesame seed, hops, and white grapefruit attack. The mouthfeel starts out fairly thick (not too sweet), but dries out leaving no residule sweetness on the tongue. This is unlike any brown ale I’ve had before, because it is so dry. Against the grain style wise, but I’m the type of person that can appreciate that. Definitely worth trying again. (649 characters)

Photo of bobsy
3.61/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Dark oak brown with a foamy tan head that erupts over the top of the glass and threatens to cascade on to the counter. Great retention and some nice lace streaks. Really quite a looker. Nose is a bit soapy, with light citrus, malty brown bread, dusky nuts. Not bad, but I've come across better.

Flavour is rally quite good - subtle at first, but building up to a nice creamy nuttiness. Again brown bread plays the role of the lead, but is cut by a slightly acidic citrus character. Some herbal notes too. Nothing crazy and out there - just nicely made. Body is on the lighter side, but is bulked up slightly by the carbonation.

Not a bad brown ale, and one of the better ones in Canada. It's subtle and drinkable which I like, but doesn't have the strength of flavour to put it into the big leagues. Still... a very capable AAA team.

Thanks Colin! (850 characters)

Photo of papat444
3.57/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to wordemupg for this one.

Poured from a 341ml. bottle.

Appearance: Massive light mocha foam fills the whole glass, like many HP beers i've had. It takes a while to settle (and see the brown-red body) but it has amazing lacing.

Smell: Chocolatey, resiny hops and a strong roasted aroma which is real nice.

Taste: Thick malt edges the piney hops though they do leave a bit of their mark. Roasted flavors and cold coffee are also present. Good, but not as much as aroma.

Mouthfeel: Some bitterness and easy to drink but i found it wanting overall. I don't want to say watery but somewhere along those lines.

Overall: Pour this one very carefully and even then, it still might fill up your glass. The aroma is great but the taste doesn't match. Good but nothing more. (777 characters)

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Sweet Nikki Brown from Half Pints Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 32 ratings.