Sweet Nikki Brown - Half Pints Brewing Company

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Sweet Nikki BrownSweet Nikki Brown

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Ratings: 41
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 7.32%
Wants: 17
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:
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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Ratings: 41 | Reviews: 32
Photo of Kegatron
4.1/5  rDev 0%
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!

Photo of elricorico
4.11/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

Photo of CanuckRover
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Photo of irishkyle21
4.1/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.32/5  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.

Photo of oakbluff
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

Photo of Viggo
4.39/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks oakbluff for hooking me up with this! Nice little treat.

Pours a hazed red/brown, thin off white head forms, nice lacing, good retention. Smell is sweet and malty, nutty, dates, light roast, some grains and citrus, very nice. Taste is very malty, roasty, grains, grass, nuts, dates, very clean, great flavour, bit toasty in the finish. Mouthfeel is light bodied with low to medium carbonation, very smooth. The best brown ale I've ever had, great work.

Photo of pootz
3.97/5  rDev -3.2%
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 ;-)

Photo of biegaman
4.1/5  rDev 0%
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!

Photo of demcorhip
4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one fine kick ass american brown. Move over DFH Indian Brown, and make way for this treat, my new favorite example of this style.

Appearance
Pours a clear deep brown, almost as dark as a cola. A one finger light tan coloured head formed on the pour, and its ruby hued body reveals itself where it allows light through its dark body. A mildly carbonated ale that produced thin yet intricate lacings.

Aroma
Cascade hops please the nose with their aromas of ruby red grapefruit. Nutty malts with a hint of toffee also present, along with lesser hints of chocolate. The goldings are also noticable with an earthier, more floral and milder presence than the cascades.

Flavour
I love this beer, it happens to be my favorite from this fine brewer so far. Nice nutty character of creamy hazelnut and more bitter walnut form a tasty malt backbone which is further enriched by slight hints of buttery toffee and cocoa powder. These rich malts are perfectly counterbalanced by an aggressive dose of cascade hops with their essence of ruby red grapefruit. More subtle goldings are also there to provide a more floral and earthy hop character.

Mouthfeel
An awesome american brown, light to medium bodied, and its rich nutty malts are wonderfully balanced with a good dose of hops. Mild level of carbonation present, and the cascades provide for an almost lingering hop bite.

Drinkability
A very drinkable and certainly sessionable brown ale. Would also serve as a great introduction to hoppier beers, making a great gateway beer to IPAs. Highly recommended to fans of this style.

Photo of trevorwideman
3.85/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

Photo of fisherman34
3.62/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

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Sweet Nikki Brown from Half Pints Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 41 ratings.