Cause & Effect
Nickel Brook Brewing Co.

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American Blonde Ale
Ranked #251
Ranked #39,911
3.63 | pDev: 11.29%
Nickel Brook Brewing Co.
Ontario, Canada
Cause & EffectCause & Effect
Reviews: 20 | Ratings: 81 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of Mysticmage
3.54/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

causality, the only real truth. What truth lies in this beer? let us find out...
Well, I broke away from IPAs to try a blonde and yes she pours well semi transparent golden pour here with soft efferversence. A small collar lasts minimally with lacing. Soft grainy malt nose greets you. Taste follows the nose with malty initial and soft aftertaste. Lower alcohol here makes it quite drinkable. Not my favorite Nickelbrook but a fine entry nonetheless.

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Mysticmage from Ontario (Canada), Mar 15, 2019
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3.94/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours light gold into a regular pint glass. Good lacing, small head.
Smells wonderful floral, a little malt. Absolutely wonderful
Taste is on point with smell very floral and lightly malt. A tiny touch of hardwood pine, I also detect lime here.
Overall a well balanced delicious beer. Pleasantly surprised. I would recommend this strongly, especially to somebody looking to branch out from macro's.

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Ryannoelan from Ontario (Canada), Nov 14, 2018
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3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazy gold with a thinnish head and surprisingly good lacing. Aroma: indistinct malt sweetness with a hint of floral hop. Flavour: biscuity lightly balanced by flowery grassy hops.Light mouth feel.

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eberesford from Ontario (Canada), Aug 23, 2018
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3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Tap at Jack Astor's Square One
Slightly hazy deep yellow with a thin white head. Crackery bready pilsner with bits of green apple earthy floral hops and light grainy maltiness. Not too shabby.

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johnnnniee from New Hampshire, Apr 07, 2018
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3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

473ml can - puts a hazy gold brew in the glass with a moderate bone-white cap with minimal retention. Very perfume-like aroma - floral-piney - light hints of grain. Soft mouth feel and a mild character - flavor has potential but is flaccid and uneventful. This is another example of a decent crafted beer which does not transfer well to the can. I had this on tap and it was bright, flavorful and smooth. The canned version was disappointing so I split the difference on my rating number.

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pootz from Ontario (Canada), Sep 13, 2017
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3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I bought a can of this in the Toronto suburbs whilst there for work. It poured a clear golden with white head that is not leaving any lace. The scent had hints of lemon. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink. Presence of lemon is nice. The mouthfeel was lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall it was a solid beer.

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Photo of Yeldarb92
2.89/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

This is a solid beer that I could drink all night with ease, it is good. It has very little taste even for a blonde.

Other than that I cannot really complain.

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Photo of polloenfuego
3.42/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not a very tasty beer. A real disappointment from Nickle Brook. This tastes like an industrial blonde ale. I think it's in the realm of Moosehead Pale Ale. I might rather the Moosehead.

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polloenfuego from Ontario (Canada), Jul 11, 2016
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3.49/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"A relationship between a set of factors is the cause. The resulting causal nexus of these factors leads to a phenomenon, which is the effect. In the case of our Nickel Brook 'Cause & Effect' Blonde, it's the dynamic combination of malts, balanced with bright hoppiness, which create a remarkalby flavorful, yet easy drinking Blonde ale." Brewed in the style of an American Blonde Ale, available in 16 oz. cans and on draft.

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

(Appearance) Pours a frothy, sudsy head of an off-white over a moderately hazy honey amber body with ample carbonation. Retention is below average and lacing is light and spotty. 3.25

(Smell) Bready, biscuity malts with a syrupy sweet undertone akin to fermented honey, met with a subtle hop profile of peppery, earthy and fruity hop character. Potency is modest. 3.5

(Taste) The malt flavor follows much the same characteristics of the aroma, with biscuit and pilsner malts, a softly sweet undertone of residual sugars. Lesser hop character than in the aroma, grassy and peppery hop notes with a mild bitterness. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick, residual smooth, clean, moderately dry. Carbonation is moderate, generating a medium frothiness and a moderately crisp finish. Body is medium+ for the style, shy of medium overall. Balance is nearly even sweet to hoppy bitter. Alcohol presence is low and there are no off characters. 3.5

(Overall) Probably the least impressive entry in the mix pack that came home from Nickel Brook/Better Bitters, but comparatively a more simple style, with a decent amount of malt diversity to keep the beer's body a good bit more interesting than water. I didn't find much to write home about with the hop profile, and a slightly more vibrant hop character would have complimented this ale nicely. 3.5

Better Bitters Brewing Co.'s
Cause & Effect Blonde

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Jadjunk from Georgia, Feb 01, 2016
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3.59/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served from a can, there is a slight trace of hops on the nose and solid head of carbonation. Taste resembles a pine and malty sweetness with a slight hoppy and grainy taste blending in nicely. Beer finishes off smooth with less carbonation than expected. Overall an easy and light drinker for the summer.

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al_al1357 from Ontario (Canada), Jan 22, 2016
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4.05/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This tasting was opened as my Day 18th beer, in my Beer Advent Calendar for 2015. This is the 2nd year my wife has made me one of these and it is a great to open a beer every day.
Nickel Brook Naughty Neighbour Pale Ale - Better Bitters Brewing Co.
Number 19 - 473ml can - 4.7% - 19IBU
A> 3.5 light head, golden
S>3.5 just get a hint of hope
T>4.25 Bitter and hoppy, nice
M>4 Good carbonation
Oall>4.5 Do like this beer a lot, need to get this on draft some were.
rq @RorQuig

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RQuigley from Ontario (Canada), Dec 20, 2015
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3.87/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Gold, a bit hazy. 2.5" off-white head that lasted 8 minutes.
Smell: Strawberry-rhubarb pie, pine resin, grains.
Taste: More hops than you'd expect from the smell.
Feel: Discreet carbonation. Light bitterness and sweetness.

Overall: Easy drinking. Light with nice hops aroma. Not a fan of blondes, but this one is very good.

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drinklocalbeer1 from Quebec (Canada), Oct 24, 2015
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2.26/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

one of those "beer" flavored beers, as in, not a whole lot going on, not an overly interesting beer by any means, however, it is a nice gateway beer for anyone who isn't too adventurous, has a nice soft hop presence, just noticeable enough, light malts, refreshing, but not overly bold.

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tomghiley from Ontario (Canada), Oct 14, 2015
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2.68/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

No head retention. Very little carbonation. Brassy golden colour. Slightly hazy.

Minimal scent. A bit grassy. Lil bit of hops.

Taste was very average. Some hop bitterness, minimal floral hops but seems to be present. Malt was unremarkable. Pretty smooth overall though, with a bitter hop finish that isn't overwhelming in the least. A session ale to be drank without much attention.

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Samuel_Merryweather from Ontario (Canada), Aug 31, 2015
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3.27/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A lightweight easy going brew. Hoppy w/ a decent malt backbone, but no real finish to it. Sessionable, I would suppose, but not a particularly remarkable brew.

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TerryW from Ontario (Canada), Aug 27, 2015
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3.29/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A decent easy drinking blonde ale that is generously hopped to give it a decent flavour profile. Probably more of a beer geared towards non-craft drinkers as I would prefer to reach for a Naughty Neighbour if in the mood for a lighter session beer.

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TheSevenDuffs from Ontario (Canada), Aug 09, 2015
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3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Shrink-labelled tallboy can picked up at the LCBO, served well-chilled. The date stamp is smudged, but if I were to hazard a guess, it looks like it originally said May 2 2015. Listed at 4.7%.

Pours a bright golden-yellow colour; highly effervescent, with streams of bubbles constantly rushing towards the surface, where nearly an inch of creamy, white-coloured foam is positioned. Good retention too - it seeps away very slowly, caking the glass with a layer of foamy lace as it is gradually reduced to a smooth, lathery-looking, 1 cm cap. I've always been more of a brunette guy, but this is one gorgeous blonde. On the nose I am mostly getting a lot of citrus zest/pith - lemon to be specific, with suggestions of grapefruit in there. There are some light notes of pale, grainy malt sweetness and floral hops, but little else to pick over here.

Basic and approachable, which is pretty much what I expect out of this style. Malty flavours start things off - a little grainy, with some bready/crackery sweetness being largely responsible for the bulk of the initial taste experience, along with a mild note of caramel or butterscotch. Hints of lightly floral hops and lemony citrus zest crop up toward the tail end, culminating in a dry, kinda flavourless finish. Light-medium in body, with moderate carbonation levels and a surprisingly smooth feel on the palate. Pretty refreshing, and easy to gulp down.

Final Grade: 3.7, a serviceable B grade. Nickel Brook's Cause & Effect is probably the least-interesting beer that these guys currently produce, but all-in-all, it's still a pretty damn decent blonde. A very straightforward, forgettable ale that would be right at home in a cold glass, dripping with condensation, while sitting on a hot patio. This one's price point hovers around the upper limit of what I'd be willing to pay for a can of blonde ale, but I think I can safely say that I'll drink this again at some point - but not that it'll be high priority. Don't expect too much here, or bother overanalyzing this one.

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thehyperduck from Ontario (Canada), May 27, 2015
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3.69/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

473 ml can served at cellar temperature into a pint glass. Purchased from LCBO for a hair under $3 CDN.

Appearance - clear and rich golden color topped by a half finger of white foam with mediocre retention. A small ring of lace does linger behind. Some effervescent carbonation is visible. A decent looking blonde ale.

Smell - some graininess with a nice subtle dose of hops some citrus and especially grapefruit and tangerine. Very inviting.

Taste - starts with a bit of citrus then goes dry and full out into a grainy flavor. Nice blonde with those interesting elements.

Mouthfeel - very smooth but quite dry and the grain flavor sucks all the juiciness out of this beer. Modest carbonation. Light in body, as you'd expect from a blonde.

Overall - a nice take on the blonde ale, kinda reminds me of a cross between Saint of Circumstance by Collective Arts and a traditional blonde ale. Very clean and smooth.

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taxandbeerguy from Ontario (Canada), May 27, 2015
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3.54/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle at the Cannonball on Queen St E (nice spot).

Looks a bit hazy, so I'm suspecting there's some wheat here. Otherwise, a nice golden hue.

Smell is more sour than hoppy. Reminds me of my last homebrew, which had a similar tangy nose. It might be due, again the wheat.

Tastes awesome, however. Better than the nose promised, or maybe I've just been drinking too much bad homebrew. There's golden malty sweetness with a touch of wheat tang and some summery hop bitterness that all resolves into a clean finish, with no lasting acidity or funk.

Carbonated and light enough to be completely refreshing. Yum.

Would recommend if you're in the mood for a blonde ale a la Deschute's Twilight Summer Ale. It's not the most interesting beer, but will serve you right.

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Danomeister from British Columbia (Canada), May 06, 2015
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2.63/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

on-tap at union social eatery in mississauga. paired with their ahi tuna sliders

a: clear golden yellow with 2.5 fingers of white head

s: faint, nearly non-existent hoppy nose

t: light hop flavours - pear, grapefruit, lemon. odd off-notes of plastic

m: very thin body, feels like water

o: good, mildly hoppy beer, ruined by the plastic flavours and the toothpick-thin mouthfeel. just a bad pint i'm hoping

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kevinlater from Ontario (Canada), Apr 02, 2015
Cause & Effect from Nickel Brook Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 81 ratings