Nickel Brook Ontario Wet Hop Pale Ale | Nickel Brook Brewing Co.

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Nickel Brook Ontario Wet Hop Pale AleNickel Brook Ontario Wet Hop Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Nickel Brook Brewing Co.
Ontario, Canada

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Fall

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Photo of DaveBar
4.25/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Purchased at the LCBO for $9.95 for a 750ml bottle. Starting to really hate the big bottles. No value there. Served at 4deg C in a draught glass.

A- Opens well and pours a 1" high white head that lasts for over 5mins before film out. Nice medium to darkish gold colour and.... yay! unfiltered

S- Oodles of hops. Nice hoppy experience.

T- Mellow. Not the hop bomb I have read from other reviews. Nice blend of malt to hop ratio that does not leave the brew unbalanced. Sweet to a degree. A bit more sweet that you would typically find out there which is refreshing. Not a syrupy sweet by any stretch. Hop blend must include only a touch of "C" hops and higher on others. Again not a hop bomb by any stretch.

M- Dry and crisp as expected.

O- I like this one. Won't buy it again in a large format as the value factor drops dramatically because of it but I sure do like this one. Will buy on tap if I ever see it.

Food Pairing

This wonderful little brew went very well with...... Grilled lamb shoulder chops believe it or not. Rosemary, lemon juice, pepper, garlic and a touch of mustard to marinate overnight then grill quickly. Super quick meal and it's tasty!

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Photo of Logan12321
3.91/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Light pale, average 1" head, nice on the nose, fruity bit of mangos citrus. Not as bitter as other IPAs with aromas like this one. Leaves a dry taste but a nice start and finish.

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Photo of thehyperduck
3.86/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle picked up at the LCBO; packaged on 09/25/13. Nickel Brook has really been stepping up their game over the last year or so, and that (combined with my undying passion for hoppy brews) made this bottle a pretty easy sell. I'm also rather interested to see what these Bertwell hops have to offer. Served slightly chilled.

Pours a foggy golden-yellow colour, topped with just over one finger's worth of foamy, sparkling white head. Decent retention; it takes more than a minute or two for the head to die down into a soapy cap, leaving some scattered strands of lacing behind as it does so. Great aroma on this one - one whiff and my nose is immediately inundated with notes of orange/grapefruit citrus, wet pine needles and floral hops. Hop-forward, as advertised.

Pretty tasty stuff, containing a good dose of tropical fruit flavour that I don't tend to expect from this style. Grapefruit pith comes through initially, along with some hints of pine and apricot. Grainy pale malts and a weak note of caramel counteract the hops effectively, with the flavour profile ending in a sort of candied grapefruit vibe - both bitter and sweet at the same time. On the lighter side of medium-bodied, with moderate carbonation that gives this brew an appropriate bite. Very balanced and drinkable for a hop-forward ale - I could probably get through at least two of these big bottles in a night, and as a bonus I wouldn't need to worry about killing my tastebuds with over-the-top hop astringency, either.

Final Grade: 3.86, a B+. Nickel Brook Ontario Wet Hop Pale Ale gets a solid thumbs up from this reviewer - there's nothing groundbreaking here, but it's still a supremely quaffable, well-balanced ale that I'd consider picking up again. The hop bill might come off as a bit too subtle for the hardcore hopheads, as it lacks the intensity of many comparable OCB APAs (such as this brewery's Naughty Neighbour). All-in-all, though, this is an enjoyable brew that is at least worth one purchase - grab one while it's still fresh!

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Photo of Digimaika2
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

(3.75) A: Hazy copper with noticeable carbonation and a sizeable bubbly head that recedes fairly quickly. Very good lacing revealed.

(4.25) S: Buttered bread, pine, citrus pith, tropical fruits, and toffee. This is a fantastic aroma that is incredibly fresh, full, and has an earthy kick.

(3.75) T: Pineapple, pine, bit of tart citrus, some grasses, slightly floral, and more of a crackery malt backbone. Semi-bitter with a lingering dryness. This has an upfront wave of flavour but I feel as if the backend might be lacking something, still quite flavourful and easy-to-drink.

(3.5) M: Med-light bodied with moderate carbonation. Fairly clean with minimal slickness.

(3.75) D: This is a real nice offering from Nickelbrook and Iā€™m appreciating their stuff more and more. This could easily be something I could drink all night long and not tire of considering the generally lighter and probing flavours along with a manageable bitterness.

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Photo of ssmack
3.84/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A light honey colour. Slightly hazy. One inche of fine white head with larger bubbles on the top. Some slow carbonation. Great lacing ends up coating the glass.

A nice citrus aroma. Mango, grapefruit and melon. Not super bitter with a touch of sweetness.

The taste is not quite the same as the aroma. It is not mango citrus but more pine, herbs and floral. A steely taste. Not a hop bomb but definitely hop forward. Mild floral aftertaste in the middle of the palette.

Medium to light feel.

A nice wet-hopped aroma. Interesting non-standard hop profile. But too pricey.

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Photo of SebD
3.81/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: It has a nice hazy deep golden/yellow color to it. It has a nice off-white head that dies down moderately and leaves some nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints piney resins, citrus, some grapefruit and sweet caramelly malts.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has some bitter pine resins, some citrus and grapefruit, some breadiness and sweet caramel.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavors and aromas.

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Photo of jrenihan
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Beer is a slightly-hazy golden colour. Just about zero head.

Nose is nice and (unsurprisingly) hop focused. Citrus scents are there, lemon and orange mainly. A bit of pine.

Taste is good, but not as good as the smell. Citrus fruit and some pine. Some caramel malt. The hops are upfront, but not as vibrant or strong as I expected. Moderately bitter.

Medium bodied, strongly carbonated. Oily.

Overall, pretty good, but not a standout.

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Photo of Roby923
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Impressive hop menu here yielding less than satisfying taste results. Found this beer to be crisp and super fresh, but has more of a floral presence rather than a piney one. Non-IPA lovers may find this more enjoyable. Bottled from LCBO.

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Photo of bylerteck
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From notes.

A - Poured bright with a slightly dark gold colour. One finger of fluffy white head on top with good carbonation coming up. Decent lace rings and a half finger of retention.

S - Snappy citrus, lemon, floral.

T - Lemony, citrussy, floral, citrus candies, light hoppiness.

M - Mellow bitterness, strong carbonation, medium body.

O/D - Not a bad pale ale. Light and snappy best describes it. Good enough with a nice flavour and decent drinkability, yet seems to have something holding it back. It's well constructed. Maybe the serving size it what makes it seem like two bottles would be too much. Enjoyed it.

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Photo of biegaman
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nickel Brook Wet Hop Pale Ale has an appropriate autumn harvest tone; it looks like a golden bail of hay being left out in the sun to dry. It has a healthy shine but is far from perfectly clear. Its "head" is a series of strings that wrap tightly around the beer's perimeter (and the glass).

The bouquet isn't overly aromatic for something presumably stuffed to the brim with fresh-picked hops. The beer's leafy, grassy, herbal personae is immediately apparent but there's nothing overtly enticing about it. It actually smells like a mug of green tea.

As is the idea with wet-hop ales, hops are given the spotlight; the malts have very little taste (or texture for that matter) except a very faint graininess and soft but certain impressions of melba toast. There's no sweetness and, perhaps curiously, no real bitterness either.

Some hops provide enough lemony citrus that you could use the beer as salad dressing. Whatever variety(ies) were used in this one offer a glimpse of fruit but nothing so vivid you could imagine sinking your teeth into. These hops are grassy first and foremost.

Wet-hopping has imparted remarkable similarities to green tea in both flavour and texture. I've made this comparison in other beers, attributing it to a superficial 'leafiness' or 'herbal' quality, but not in this instance - this beer is unbelievably reminiscent of a fresh-picked sencha.

Mission accomplished: Nickel Brook Ontario Wet Hop provides a distinctive showcase of hops - like you've never tasted them before. Or maybe you have. But either way, there is something clearly distinct about this pale ale - you won't find characteristics like this just anywhere. It is a true taste of Ontario harvest and an offering this brewery should be proud of.

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Photo of mick303
3.71/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750 ml bottle. Poured a creamy white head with really solid retention and lacing. Colour is a cloudy orange/amber, quite hazy. Good film though, 3.75
S ā€“ juicy citrus, grapefruit, some definite pepperiness, florals, orange, all about the lively citrusy hops, with some hay/biscuit malt. Quite nice, 4
T ā€“ juicy grapefruit, slight citrus tang, lime, quite sweet though with the tropical fruit punch, mango, blood orange, kiwi, some slight malt character, clean with a slight hay character and then a lingering wet finish with a mild bitterness. This a serviceable hop-forward offering but not a ton stands out besides the heavy fruitiness, 3.5
M ā€“ its fairly light and easy bodied, the carbonation is light and it seems to be quite a good all round hoppy ale, the hops really make their way into the mouthfeel which is nice, some citrus pith and mild resins. Gets better a bit warmer. 3.75
As it warms up a bit this gets quite a bit more enjoyable, with more than the citrus fruit punch, some piney notes, and grassy florals. It is quite straightforward but not a bad APA for sure, mild florals and lots of citrus, full flavor, decent texture, very minimal bitterness and this could have been stepped up imo, a little to fruity and tropical without enough to counter. 3.75

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Photo of Archy
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Not aggressive, but flavourful and quite enjoyable. This wet hop has an abundance of hop character on the front. But, a clean and fresh beer more akin to a lager or pil rather than an ale. For those who like American hop bombs but want something they can drink all day. I love anything wet hop and this is no exception. Again, not super complex but it does not lack character and is very drinkable.


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Photo of SSS
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Copper orange with a white head
S-More on the dank side with earth herbal notes and grassy tones
M-Mouthfeel is light and watery with carbonation at a medium level
T-Bitter upfront but not overpowering. Quite dry and doesn't really have any malt flavour
O-I'll give it points for being a wet hop beer which is difficult to achieve correctly, but otherwise lacklustre

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Photo of kevinlater
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into snifter. cascade, centennial, chinook. remnants of a date code at the bottom of the bottle. purchased sep 21 2015, consumed sep 22 2015

a: transparent golden yellow with white head

s: piney, herbal, floral, grassy citrus. peachy grapefruit, orange, tangerine. hints of sweet malt

t: stone fruit & watermelon-like notes up front, leading into the aforemetnioned citrusy wet hop flavours. mid-palate exhibits floral/herbal notes, like minty parsley. the herb notes get stronger as the beer warms, yet the flavour still remains somewhat citrusy

m: nice and light but far from watery. medium-minus carbonation

o: a nice wet hop ale, was expecting an even stronger hop punch though

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Photo of spinrsx
3.66/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml Bottle from the Ottawa LCBO for $6.95

Appearance - Clear gold colour with an average size white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for around 3-4 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, hops, caramel, apricots, grapefruit

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel, and hops. There is also some apricots and grapefruit and a bit of a graininess.

Overall - Don't get me wrong, this is a tasty very sessionable beer. But it doesn't really taste harvest/wet-hoppy to me. It tastes a little bit like their Naughty Neighbour beer but a little more muted. Okay to try once, I just expected more hop freshness from something bottled so recently.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
3.62/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle purchased for something in the neighbourhood of $10 CDN. Served cold into a pint glass.

Appearance - slightly hazy, yellow and slightly orange in color. Topped by two fingers of fluffy and extremely frothy white head. Fantastic lacing that is reminiscent of spiderwebs clings to the glass.

Smell - leafy aromas, little bit of lemon and lime smell. A little bit earthy.

Taste - somewhat sweet and a light lime flavor. Some earthiness blended in too. Hop flavor is most prevalent here.

Mouthfeel - light body and spritzy feel. Medium carbonation and wet finish. Pretty good.

Overall - a well crafted beer that definitely focuses on the leaguer aspect of hops as it tastes like you'd expect, citrusy and leafy. A good beer, that I might revisit if it came in more manageable quantities.

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Photo of Rukeli76
3.54/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm glad this is now in 473ml cans, as the larger-format bottle seemed like a bit of a rip-off. Unfortunately, this is a rather underwhelming beer. For all the talk of fresh local hops, I get much less of the juicy fresh hop aroma I was hoping for from this than I did from the can of Naughty Neighbour I finished right before.

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Photo of Mit
3.34/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy straw colour with a decent head...white as the driven snow...LOL

....getting hops...doughy notes in the bouquet....very inviting....

The hops are definitely muted compared to the scent...this wet hop offering pales in comparison to some of the US wet hop offerings...but I would never want to discourage....the fact that we are getting these in Canada are so lets let them develop.

mouthfeel is def in keeping with the abv.

overall...decent beer...def needs work...but worth drinking...would buy again.

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Nickel Brook Ontario Wet Hop Pale Ale from Nickel Brook Brewing Co.
3.76 out of 5 based on 57 ratings.
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