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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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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!

bobsy, Feb 12, 2011
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
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.

jrenihan, Apr 06, 2013
Photo of schopenhauerale
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

schopenhauerale, Jan 19, 2012
Photo of Howlader
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Howlader, Jan 30, 2012
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
Photo of pootz
3.98/5  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 ;-)

pootz, Mar 06, 2007
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.

papat444, May 03, 2012
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 kjyost
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
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 elricorico
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 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 Shadman
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
Photo of 4ster
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

4ster, Sep 28, 2012
Photo of DamageCase76
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

DamageCase76, Nov 03, 2013
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 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 05, 2009
Photo of demcorhip
4.43/5  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.

demcorhip, Feb 07, 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
Photo of fisherman34
3.6/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

fisherman34, Oct 28, 2006
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.

Long813, May 23, 2010
Photo of trevorwideman
3.83/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

trevorwideman, Oct 31, 2006
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 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
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Sweet Nikki Brown from Half Pints Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 41 ratings.