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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Added by spinrsx on 10-03-2013

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Ratings: 63 |  Reviews: 20
Photo of hexacron
4.79/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of atsir
4.75/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of MasterOfArgos39
4.56/5  rDev +20.3%

Photo of StormAles
4.34/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DaveBar
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
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 WillAndSarah
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of Boo-urns
4.21/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BigGruntyThirst
4.18/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Mousel
4.02/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of RedAleMan
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Jotora
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of patre_tim
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Golden with a light haziness and an extraordinarily high amount of tornado like carbonation. Topped with 2 fingers of white head.

Smells of peaches and mild oranges, a light and floral aroma.

Tastes amazingly strong in the flavours, but very light and refreshing. Pineapple and peach soft candies, gummy and kids candy.

Light body, with a moderate amount of carbonation.

Delicious brew! Got in Southern Ontario, and drinking it at Muskoka, Dec 9th, 2017.

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Photo of Mack
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Logan12321
3.91/5  rDev +3.2%
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 +1.8%
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 Jaisell
3.86/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Digimaika2
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
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 I’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 +1.3%
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 +0.5%
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 +0.3%
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 andrenaline
3.79/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Roby923
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
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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Nickel Brook Ontario Wet Hop Pale Ale from Nickel Brook Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.79 out of 5 with 63 ratings