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Sweet Nikki Brown - Half Pints Brewing Company

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Sweet Nikki BrownSweet Nikki Brown

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BA SCORE
90
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41 Ratings
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Ratings: 41
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 7.54%
Wants: 18
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Half Pints Brewing Company visit their website
Manitoba, Canada

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
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

(Beer added by: fisherman34 on 10-28-2006)
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

adhallick, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of schopenhauerale
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

schopenhauerale, Jan 19, 2012
Photo of leaddog
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pours a rich dark brown with a dense cream-coloured head (which creates nice lacing). Not much translucency.

Smell - Nutty sweetness (hazelnuts, almonds), sweet fruit notes (perhaps reminiscent of cherries), slight hint of vanilla.

Taste - Roastiness from the nuts and slight hops are present that leave a slight piney characteristic. Doesn't taste as sweet as the smell would lead you to believe. Light bitterness that leaves with a pleasant aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Very smooth and creamy medium bodied ale. Very nice creamy finish.

Overall - A lovely tribute to the beermaker's wife. This ABA is well balanced and pleasant to drink. Half Pints does not disappoint and is definitely worth a try (and a second purchase).

leaddog, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.73/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

Phyl21ca, Jan 11, 2012
Photo of MrTinnedPEach
5/5  rDev +21.7%

MrTinnedPEach, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of Dawkfan
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Dawkfan, May 05, 2011
Photo of chickenm
3.78/5  rDev -8%
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.

chickenm, Apr 19, 2011
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.

eat, Mar 26, 2011
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...

biboergosum, Mar 06, 2011
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3.6/5  rDev -12.4%
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!

bobsy, Feb 12, 2011
Photo of marty21
4.1/5  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.

marty21, Nov 24, 2010
Photo of joemcgrath27
4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - a rootbeer brown with a short tan head that dissipated to random islands of foam
S - sweet molasses and brown sugar with citrus and roasted almonds
T - brown sugar and caramel malt, nice floral citrus hop character, roasted nuts and light chocolate, a fantastic mix
M - smooth and rich with a carbonation kick leading to a pleasant hop bitter, full feel throughout
D - this needs to become a flagship beer from Half Pints, it's just too good to be seasonal, the balance of sweet, malty, and hoppy flavours is outstanding

joemcgrath27, Nov 14, 2010
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4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dated: N/A
From: Chris (wordemupg) via trade

A: Dark brown/red body with two fingers of tanned head. Head dissipates rather quickly, but leaves nice lacing.

S: Caramel, roasted nuts and some sugars.

T: Much like the aroma, caramel, roasted nuts, sugars, hint of chocolate and loads of hops.

M: Medium bodied, high carbonation. Has a frothy texture and leaves a sweet bitter after taste.

D: Half Pints hasn't disappointed yet, this is a solid brown ale with a good amount of hops. Thanks again to Chris for this stellar beer.

Long813, May 23, 2010
Photo of andrenaline
4.6/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Half Pints produces a surprisingly delicious gem, and is a highly recommended treat for anyone who can get their hands on it!!

A - Pours a nice dark brown with a ruby red tinge. Very little head, but foam islands remained with a little lacing on the glass.

S - Dark chocolate with a little bit of a sweet vanilla scent present.

T - Bitter citrus hops right off the top, but then a nice sweet chocolate and bitter espresso coffee finish. Was absolutely blown away by this one, as I had no idea what to expect and it was a flavour explosion!!!

M - Perfect on the palette, nice and light and bubbles nicely on the swallow. Surprisingly light for a beer with such a dark appearance. Not overly carbonated, just perfect!

D - I'm pretty sure that if I could get this locally it would be my new go-to beer. So jam packed full of flavour and perfectly balanced.

andrenaline, May 12, 2010
Photo of IronDjinn
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
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!

IronDjinn, Apr 05, 2010
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4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

341ml bottle poured into pint glass april 4 2010

A deep ruby red when held up to the light with a fast falling loose light tan head that left a few partial rings of lace

S mild hops with some burnt brown sugar and its a little nutty

T not far from the smell but a little chocolate and coffee, rather nice and full flavored for a light session beer

M as the bottle says shes a little bitter but no problems here good carbonation helps its cause

D I could drink quite a few of these a solid well rounded beer that's low in alcohol and high in flavor

another solid beer from this brewer that's worth checking out. I was impressed by how much flavor they jammed into this beer and I would recommend it

wordemupg, Apr 03, 2010
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4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

canucklehead, Jan 03, 2010
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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am not sure what to say about this beer other than it is probably my favorite beer Half Pints puts out (I would also put Phil's Pils in this list). This I think should be considered a grand compliment based on this local brewery being what turned me from my previous adjunct drinking ways...

It pours a deep, if not opaque, brown with a brown foamy head that didn't last terribly long, but there was a thin head through the entire drinking process. The beer has a great flavour - a little bit bitter with a lingering sweetness, with notes of caramel and the essence of toasted nut. There are more hops than I have noticed in other brown ales but it has the rich nutty character that I became accustomed to prior to drinking this beer. The beer has a high level of carbonation which is almost prickly on the tongue and helps enhance the flavours.

Not sure what else to say other than it is a lovely beer.

kjyost, Dec 27, 2009
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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Shadman, Aug 17, 2009
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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!

Kegatron, Jul 31, 2009
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4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

elricorico, Jul 08, 2009
Photo of CanuckRover
4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

CanuckRover, Jun 06, 2009
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.

irishkyle21, Feb 25, 2008
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Half Pints Sweet Nikki Brown Ale.

Clear and mahongany tinted, under a perfectly rusted and rocky cream toned head of foam. Nice.

Aroma: lovely stuff, an enticing mix of nuts, soft cocoa, light spice...big malt, plenty of caramel, and light hops. Mmmm.

Lets taste 'er!
Lively carbonation, malty sweetness, then dry...some bright fruity flavors, some cherry speaking up, very tasty...full flavored, roasty-toasty...feeling like the character of a dubbel, here, and no wonder...British crystal malt, plus Belgian Biscuit and Chocolate...very good. Golding and Cascade hops, fairly small in the flavor, but they sparkle in the finish.

Sweet, yes, and just a little bitter. Mmmm. I like it, and it reminds me of my beloved Bender. Beautiful stuff, here. I'm sure, just like Nikki.

feloniousmonk, Nov 22, 2007
Photo of oakbluff
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

oakbluff, Oct 21, 2007
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Sweet Nikki Brown from Half Pints Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 41 ratings.