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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
91
outstanding

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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Photo of DamageCase76
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of jrenihan
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

Photo of DuffIII
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of Sammy
3.73/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

Photo of Serge
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown with a frothy off-white head. Leaves a bit of lacing Smells of sweet caramel with citrusy, floral hops, and a hint of coffee. Feels light on the tongue but smooth and satisfying. Flavours start with malty, dark chocolate coffee that transitions smoothly into floral, citrusy note. Aftertaste is similar to the start with a nutty chocolate biscuit flavour. I like it.

Photo of 4ster
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of Litrecola
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of papat444
3.55/5  rDev -13.6%
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.

Photo of WoodersonMB
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of Howlader
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of adhallick
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of schopenhauerale
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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).

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.

Photo of MrTinnedPEach
5/5  rDev +21.7%

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.

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.

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.

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...

Photo of bobsy
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!

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.

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

Photo of Long813
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.

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.

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!

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