Nickel Brook Cause & Effect | Better Bitters Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Better Bitters Brewing Co.
Ontario, Canada
nickelbrook.com

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by tbeckett on 08-01-2014

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12
Ratings:
60
Avg:
3.4
pDev:
28.82%
 
 
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Reviews: 12 | Ratings: 60
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Photo of talbotjf99
3.96/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MJ63
4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Danomeister
3.54/5  rDev +4.1%
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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Photo of JahTurbo
3.66/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of al_al1357
3.59/5  rDev +5.6%
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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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.29/5  rDev -3.2%
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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Photo of ThinkAgain
4.01/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of spinrsx
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of RedAleMan
3.71/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of liamt07
3.53/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Mousel
3.89/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of thehyperduck
3.7/5  rDev +8.8%
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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Photo of rickfos
3.1/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Brody1714
3.67/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Hoppy_McGee
4/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of RQuigley
4.05/5  rDev +19.1%
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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Photo of Ultrarunner100
3.33/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Rukeli76
3.54/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Long813
3.85/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jotora
4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DenisKolkin
3.69/5  rDev +8.5%
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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Photo of polloenfuego
3.42/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tomghiley
2.26/5  rDev -33.5%
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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Photo of drinklocalbeer1
3.87/5  rDev +13.8%
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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Photo of MasterOfArgos39
3.28/5  rDev -3.5%

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