Nickel Brook Continental Drift | Nickel Brook Brewing Co.

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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!

Added by Sammy on 05-25-2014

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Photo of biboergosum
3.63/5  rDev -6%
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 citrusy 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 can 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 - hardly ever a good or desirable thing, in my book.

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Photo of Sammy
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

Photo of DaveBar
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
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 StormAles
4.51/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of spinrsx
3.84/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RedAleMan
3.87/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of thehyperduck
4.06/5  rDev +5.2%
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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4.53/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.16/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of taxandbeerguy
3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
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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3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4.04/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.79/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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3.47/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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3.69/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.29/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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