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Nickel Brook Continental DriftNickel Brook Continental Drift

Brewed by:
Nickel Brook Brewing Co.
Ontario, Canada

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Continental Drift is the movement of the world's continents relative to each other. In honour of this phenomenon, we bring together Europe and North America with our 'Continental Drift' Belgian Pale Ale. We utilize the spicy fruitiness of Belgian yeast and enhance this with the tropical, dank resins of American Amarillo and Columbus hops. The result is a remarkably refreshing and flavourful combining of forces that will move your world. Tectonically Awesome!

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Reviews: 7 | Ratings: 27
Photo of biboergosum
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

16oz glass at Beer Revolution YEGDT - apparently the only place in the city that has it, which means, of course, that I'll see 4 dollar cans of it in a couple weeks at local bottleshops.

This beer appears a hazy, medium golden yellow colour, with one finger of puffy, pillowy, and bubbly bone-white head, which leaves some stellar approaching storm cloud pattern lace around the glass as it very slowly melts away.

It smells of semi-sweet, bready and grainy pale malt, minor wheaten cereal notes, some muddled tropical fruitiness, generic domestic citrus flesh, understated white pepper spice, and a gentle earthy yeastiness. The taste is zingy and somewhat edgy Belgian yeast, banana bubblegum, gritty and biscuity pale malt, still hard to parse (but pleasant all the same) exotic fruit, somewhat testy pepper mill output, and more citrus and verdant pine forest floor hop bitters.

The carbonation is sort of tacky in its clingy frothiness, the body a solid middleweight, and mostly smooth, as the yeast leaves its smudgy fingerprints everywhere here. It finishes trending dry, the malt checking out, letting the lingering spice, yeast, and hops to take care of the bill.

Overall, I see what they are trying to accomplish with New World hops being jammed into an Old World style, and while it may make sense on paper, in practice, it does not. Like in yer typical Belgian IPA, the yeast detracts from the potential of a clean and crisp hoppiness - not a good or desirable thing, in my book.

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Photo of DaveBar
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at the brewery but didn't catch the price. Imagine it's the $3.00 mark or so for a 473ml can. Served at 4deg C in a draught glass

A- Opens well and pours a 1" high white head that films out within a minute or two. Medium gold colour and unfiltered

S- Nice hops here.

T- Light bubble gum taste with slight sugary malty taste. Belgium yeast makes this one. Very interesting

M- Dry and tart. Creamy going down though

O- I like this one. Has a nice Belgium IPA flavor I like as a break from all the North American styles we get so much of. Will buy again

Food Pairing

This wonderful little brew went well with........ Fish and chips! I like my chips well cooked and crispy with a touch of spicy mayo on the side.


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Photo of Jadjunk
3.64/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

"Continental Drift is the movement of the world's continents relative to each other. In honour of this phenomenon, we bring together Europe and North America with our 'Continental Drift' Belgian Pale Ale. We utilize the spicy fruitiness of Belgian yeast and enhance this with the tropical, dank resins of American Amarillo and Columbus hops. The result is a remarkably refreshing and flavorful combining of forces that will move your world!" Brewed in the style of a Belgian Pale Ale, available in 16 oz. cans within a mixed pack.

Poured from a 16 oz. can to a tulip glass.

(Appearance) Pours a frothy foam head of an eggshell white color over a pale yellow body with mild haziness and ample, lively carbonation. Retention is very good and lacing is moderate and clingy. 4

(Smell) Tropical fruits, juicy citrus, pale and cracker malts with a soft biscuit body, peppery, fruity and yeasty nose from the yeast profile. Potency is moderate. 3.75

(Taste) Many of the flavors carry through from the nose to the flavor of this beer, but none quite as prevalently. Cracker and soft pale malts with a hop note of tropical fruit, soft pine and citrus peel, and a delicate but ever-present yeast nose of fruit, citrus and effervescent spice with a moderate dryness. The flavor profile is largely enjoyable, but not all components are equally prevalent, limiting the overall impression of this beer's flavor. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) Texture is silky, slick, residual, moderately dry. Carbonation is high, generating a medium frothiness and a briskly crisp finish. Body is medium for the style, medium overall. Balance is slightly bitter and yeasty dry over sweet. Alcohol presence is low and there are no off characters. 3.5

(Overall) A promising nose with an incredible range of hop, yeast and malt characters that fell just a bit short of my hopes by the taste. I found the hop flavor probably the most lacking, and a bit more citrus and tropical fruit character would have complimented this very nicely. Carbonation was a bit too brisk, in my opinion, but fairly close to the mark for the style. While I'm not feeling very let down by this ale, the flavor keeps it a notch back from being something truly outstanding for me. 3.75

Better Bitters Brewing Co.'s
Continental Drift

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Photo of thehyperduck
4.06/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

473 mL can from Nickel Brook's current sampler pack. I've had this beer before (as I've picked up a few of these samplers), but am just getting around to posting a review. Slick-looking label. Packaged July 6 2015 and served slightly chilled.

Pours a foggy golden-yellow colour, with more than two fingers of fluffy, billowing white foam erupting from the surface. The head displays excellent retention, seeping away unevenly in a drawn-out process that nears ten minutes in length. Left behind in its wake is a lumpy cap and collar accompanied by gobs and smears of beautiful lacing. Lots of fruity esters on the nose; slight hints of peach, pineapple and banana are detectable, although it is undoubtedly the citrusy, pithy, floral Amarillo and Columbus hops that really dominate the aroma. Some spicy phenolics and yeastiness also come through, along with a mild grainy wheat sweetness.

Tasty stuff; as has been noted previously, this is very much in the vein of a lighter Belgian IPA. Grainy wheat malts and some sugary sweetness are soon joined by notes of apricot, banana/bubblegum and tropical fruit - including hints of pineapple, but plenty more citrus. The finish is dominated by floral hops and a pithy, lemon-grapefruit citrus, followed by some peppery spice and yeastiness that really dries the palate out, leaving behind an astringent aftertaste. Nearly medium-bodied; that creamy cap of foam remains in place for a long time, smoothing the mouthfeel out nicely in the face of some moderately assertive carbonation. Quite nice to drink, and the abv is nowhere to be seen, but it's not the sort of beer I'd want to make a night out of.

Final Grade: 4.06, an excellent A-. Nickel Brook's Continental Drift is a worthwhile experience. While it's a given that this brew's high astringency, including lots of floral hops and spicy, yeasty phenolic qualities, will not rub everyone's palate the right way, I'd still expect it to be perceived positively by most BAs who are familiar with and appreciate Belgian-style IPAs. Between this beer, the ESB and the ever-popular Naughty Neighbour, their "Miracle of Science" four-pack is a virtual must-try.

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Photo of TerryW
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Hazy white gold with a moderate head that settles to a film and leaves good lace. Fruity, yeasty. Dry finish after some orange peel. Slightly brittle or metallic, the wheat giving it an edge, but good overall. Very nice on the nose, soft but fulsome fruitiness and yeast.

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Photo of peensteen
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a lightly hazed golden colour, big rocky white head, good lace. Smell is fruity and phenolic, yeasty esters, big citrusy hop bill as well, more of a Belgian IPA on the nose. Taste is quite dry and bitter up front, lightly sweet malty/yeasty mid palate, hoppy and yeasty, lots of fruit ranging from citrusy orange and light grapefruit to green apple and a light lemony closer, finishes fairly dry as well. Fairly aggressive carbonation, light-medium body, drying feel. This was pretty good, not a typical Belgian Pale Ale since the fairly big hop bill puts this more in the Belgian IPA realm with a lower ABV than most associated with the style, something I could drink on occasion but nothing that would become a staple for me.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
3.91/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

473 ml can served cold into a pint glass. Part of the Nickel Brook summer taster's pack. Advertised as 5.6% ABV, which leads me to believe there may be some tinkering with the recipe.

Appearance - Rich golden colored topped by half of a mountain of frothy head. Great retention and good streaky lacing left behind. Cloudy but still opaque enough to see some bubbles within the glass. Very appealing in appearance .

Smell - Some candi sugar, yeastiness and a light citrus aroma rolled over some doughy grain. Nose isn't pungent, but fairly full.

Taste- Same flavors as was picked up in those, starts sweet with candi sugar and yeasty then turns bitter with a leafy hop flavor and a hint of citrus, a whack of grain flavor in the middle before transitioning back to the bitter hop flavor. Some candi sugar comes back out at the end as the beer warms. a damn tasty Belgian style ale.

Mouthfeel - Smooth, well carbonated and a bone dry finish.

Overall - A very well crafted Belgian style ale, that i wouldn't hesitate to pick up again provided is was available in individual cans and for a reasonable price. Two winners from the taster's pack, has me looking more and more for Nickel Brook products.

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Nickel Brook Continental Drift from Nickel Brook Brewing Co.
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