Nickel Brook Ale | Nickel Brook Brewing Co.

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Nickel Brook AleNickel Brook Ale

Brewed by:
Nickel Brook Brewing Co.
Ontario, Canada

Style: English Bitter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Outside: A plain brown bottle. A plain brown label. A plain brown 24 carrier.

Inside: A naturally carbonated, deep gold ale. Brewed with a blend of four malts and English hops.

By choosing product quality over high-end packaging and advertising, we were able to lower costs and pass the savings on to you, our customer!

The result, a delicious premium beer at the lowest possible price.

21 IBU

Added by TerryW on 10-13-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 28 |  Reviews: 21
Reviews by TheHammer:
Photo of TheHammer
3.46/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this in a 6 pack straight from the brewery itself.

Appearance: This beer pours with a murky amber appearance and has yellow grain like particles floating in it. Not very impressed by the lacing as it was barely a finger and doesn't seem to lace or retain. Shows some solid signs of carbonation though.

Smell: Nice mixed malt smell to this beer with definite fruity hop backing. I'm also catching notes of tea and caramel as well as notes of apricots, pears, plums with a touch of walnut. It's very nice but needs to be a bit stronger as it took a little warming to come out.

Taste: Very rich in malts as it starts with a creamy menagerie of malt sensation which surprisingly is not excessively sweet. In then turns to a more fruitful and dry hops that are very well balanced by the subdued malt taste. It's very rare a beer with dry notes, makes me appreciate the dryness.

Mouthfeel: Leaves a dry and bitter fruit hop aftertaste that states it's case and then quickly departs. The beer transitions quite well and goes down smoothly. The carbonation is also quite good, but I have to deduct points for the complete lack of head. Also the initial creaminess seems to vanish after the hops kick in, which is catching me off guard.

Drinkability: Well, no problems getting it down, sits well in the stomach and has no gas issues. However the biggest problem is the beer's dryness somewhat hinders the ability to put it back. It would be a lot more refreshing is the dryness was reigned it a bit, but really that is part of the appeal of this beer.

Final Thoughts: A solid beer that is a bit off of the beaten path. It's good to see a brewery use something other then a lager as their flagship beer. The malt and the hops really save this beer. If they could just do something about the funky appearance and lack of lacing, it would have a lot of potential.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of beerhunter13
4/5  rDev +23.1%

Photo of Swedes21
2.73/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

341 ml served in a chilled glass

Apperance - beer pours a gorgeous amber colour with a fair amount of clarity. I do not see much carbonation. The head is about 1 finger deep on the pour and fades pretty fast. Head is off-white in appearance with some minimal lacing.

Smell - I can smell two distinct smells, malts and caramel. After further review, there is some lemon/zest present as well.

Taste - found this to be a very dry tasting beer. You can pick up the malts and caramel, the other taste is water. Overall, there really is not much offered.

Mouthfeel - the added carbonation brings the lemon/zest taste forward, however, i still cant get past the water based taste to this beer.

Drinkability - This is not a beer i would go out and find again. Something about the water based tasting did not sit right with me.

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Photo of Sammy
3.15/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Sampled at the LCBO Summerhill Festival. Bitterness there, but also harshness. and a melange of malt. Little yeast there but vegetable rather than fruity taste. Yellow with lace at end of glass. Dry, metallic. Aggressive carbonation.Thin body and little head.

Better bottle at the brewery 2.5 years later, where I could taste chocolate and coffee,malt and decent bitterness and and have raised rating significantly.light brown colour.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
2.97/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured in to a Leffe glass.

A - Amber colour with a finger of white head that quickly disappeared. Some visible carbonation.

S - Sweet malts; some caramel and a slight toffee profile. No hops present at all.

T - A bitter biscuit malt profile hits the palate immediately. Some caramel as well. There is a strange bitterness to this beer. The hops come through only in the bitter aftertaste but don't contribute much to the flavour of the beer; they are definitely present though. I don't know what to make of this one. On one hand I love the addition of the hop profile but on the other hand the bitterness is a little over the top.

M - Light in body with a good amount of carbonation. The very bitter aftertaste really dominates the mouth feel for me - in a negative way (and I love hops!).

D - A decent ale. I would love to try it on tap but don't think I would buy bottles again.

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Photo of ThinkAgain
4.25/5  rDev +30.8%

Photo of irishkyle21
3.03/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours with a fluffy white head that does not last to long. Some good lacing. Has slightly hazy amber colour.

I find this is lacking some character in the nose (IMO). I Sweet malt, but it does not mix well with the fruity notes.

The taste is rather sweet, with some fruit coming through again but still not well placed. Not bad but not great.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz Bottle

Appearance - The beer pours a murky amber colour with a gigantic frothy and foamy off-white head. I can't make out much carbonation due to the murkiness of the beer.. There is also some really nice lacing all the way down the glass. The head stuck around for a long time before it dissipated.

Smell - caramel, lemon, malts

Taste & Mouth - The beer has a fairly nice mouthfeel, it could perhaps benefit from a touch more carbonation. The flavour almost seems like a caramel iced tea. There is lots of caramel/toffee flavours mixed with malts and a touch of lemon bitterness. The beer also seems slightly watery. It finishes with a slight butter lemon aftertaste mixed with sweet caramel.

Drink - An average beer that has a flavour different enough to warrant trying.

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Photo of RedAleMan
3/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of liamt07
2.99/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle from OCB mix pack, 341ml into a tulip.

Hazy reddish brown, persistent dense off-white head, looks quite nice. Nose has some light fruits, a bit of a nut, doughiness and some lightly sour notes. Taste has some light grain, dust, and some weird fruitiness, maybe a bit of peach?. Some earthiness. A bit of apple and a subtle oud bruin character. Lightly drying finish. Medium body with a similar carbonation. Not bad, but this isn't that good either.

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Photo of ludachris
3.2/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this one fresh from the brewery thanks to TheHammer. Thanks Marky Mark.
Pours a murky caramel that reveals nice golden amber highlights when held up to the light, capped by a finger and a half of tightly knit, off white head after a fairly aggressive pour. Nice retention but minimal lacing.
Smell of sweet caramel and sticky raisons with a touch of dry hops.
This is where things kind of go wonky. Im a huge fan of the sweet malts, caramel and raisons in the taste, but it's quickly followed by a carbonated, somewhat astringent backbone that does anything but balance this beer, which somehow ends with some dry, tart granny smith apple.
Mouthfeel is watery and not well balanced, but drinkability is quite decent, especially when drunk straight from the fridge.

Overall, an average brew. Appearance was nice and the smell was great, it all went down hill once it touched my lips. The carbonated, astringent finish topped by the watery mouthfeel just killed this beer. The really nice malty character is what saved it from failing. At the same time, I would consider buying a 6er of this to session, but don't think Ill be sitting down and enjoying just one any time soon.

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Photo of SebD
3.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: It has a nice cloudy copper amber color to it. Kind of reminds me of this APA I just brewed. It has a nice thick off-white head that dies down moderately and leaves some spotty lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of a whole lot of caramel and butterscotch, some grainy malts and some toffee.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a nice sweet caramel and butterscotch feel, grainy malts, and some light lemon in the back.

Mouthfeel: It has a low/medium carbonation with a light and watery overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with somewhat bland flavors and aromas.

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Photo of philmen
3.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of thehyperduck
3.07/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

341 mL bottle from this season's OCB sampler. This is a new brewery for me, but I am always down for some brown.

Pours a muddy brownish-amber colour, completely opaque from haze. Topped with about a finger of creamy, off-white head that fizzles away rather quickly, leaving a soapy film and collar behind. No lacing. Malt-forward aroma; lots of doughy malts, nuts and a bit of toffee, with some light sultana or plum fruitiness. Pleasant, but not really noteworthy.

Lightly toasted doughy, bready, biscuity malts are pretty dominant; this stuff has a fairly sweet flavour profile with notes of caramel and fruity raisin-like esters. Lemons and green apple come forward later in the sip, the sourness not meshing with anything real well. Light bitterness in the finish that lingers briefly with more sweet, biscuity malts. Thin-bodied, a little creamy but with biting carbonation that doesn't help the flavours come through. Easy enough to drink.

This is probably a solid B as a cream ale but it's a lame brown ale, hitting more style notes from the former than the latter. There are no off-putting flavours, and it's not at all a chore to drink, but it's still a pretty bland, uninteresting ale regardless of the style. A decent session beer probably more suited to the summer months - try it if it's available, but skipping this wouldn't be much of a loss.

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Photo of TheBeeraholic
3.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Mindsquall
3.85/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured from the bottle a deep amber with a fizzy head that quickly dissipated to a slight ring around the glass. Smell is a little vegetable like, reminiscent of most cream ales. This however tastes pretty good, better than most cream ales I've had in the past. Pretty smooth as well, with a slightly bitter finish that gives this brew quite refreshing. Also this stuff is quite easy to drink, a great session brew.

Pretty good I'd say. I'd have this one again.

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Photo of bryehn
2.95/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This is an odd looking beer, it's the lightest brown ale I've ever seen at least. Pours a hazy copper-amber colour reminiscent of an IPA with white sediment suspended in the brew. The head is tan coloured and gets retained as a thick collared film while leaving some spotty lacing.

Smells of fresh grains and caramel malts, with a soft hazelnut-like tone and a hint of butter. Gets really syrupy smelling as it warms/breathes and takes on an earthy character.

Butterscotch dominates the taste, along with an earthy graininess. The finish is sweet and a bit buttery with an odd, yet refreshing lemony flavour.

The mouthfeel is quite watery with a medium carbonation level. No real character on the tongue at all. Leaves behind a resin-like feeling and a watered-down syrup aftertaste.

This was a thoroughly disappointing beer, though also quite drinkable because of its watery nature. Glad I tried this in the OCB sampler because I'd have a hard time getting through a six pack.

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Photo of taxandbeerguy
2.75/5  rDev -15.4%

Photo of Viggo
3/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle from the LCBO.

Pours a clear coppery brown, some orange, medium sized slightly off white head forms, quickly settles down to a thin ring, some lace spots on the glass. Smell is weird, very grainy, some chocolate malt, bread, light bit of bready sweetness, some biscuits, caramel, but pretty bland. Taste is similar, grainy and a bit yeasty, very thin flavour, some biscuits and bready malt, touch of roast, kind of sour almost in the finish, not very good. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium carbonation, light acidity on the tongue. Like all Nickel Brook, not terrible, but not good. Could easily do without them.

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Photo of pootz
3.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled from a bottle filled that day at the brewery. Far from being a "bitter" or a mild American Blonde ale, according to the brewer this ale is a modern revival of the cream ales that were made by most independent commercial Canadian Brewers in the 40s and 50s before EP Taylor sanitzed the style with bland adujnct ingedients and fast fermentation methods. This is granddad’s cream ale....a fruity accented mild golden ale with lager dinkability characteristics...

...pours a golden-amber ale into the glass, fluffy 3 finger sticky white cap that laces well ( good quality malt mix). Aromas of sweet malts , unripened fruits (pears/apricots) and wet hay.

Medium-light bodied, creamy mouth feel, mild character with defined malt spine and distinct ale yeast fruitiness. Malts, yeast and hops blend harmoniously in this very drinkable mild-mannered, but tastey, cream ale....finishes semi-wet with a light fruity-citrus finish...malty but not sweet.

A very well put together cream ale and one of the best examples of the style I have tasted. Seeing how Cream Ale is a Canadian brewing invention of the early part of the last century, its a shame not too many authentic examples exist in today’s cottage brewing industry....this is one of them.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours clear copper with random meandering carbonation bubbles. The wispy head is shortlived and leaves little lace. The light aroma is of pale malt with some fruit esters and a slight bit of fresh hops. The taste is on the sweet side with good malt depth. Grain husk, dough and crackers abound. The hops are subsumed by sweetness. The mouthfeel is slick and moderately carbonated. The finish is very lightly bitter and rather sweet.

This is better than I was anticipating. Its not challenging or intense in anyway but it lacks off flavors and has actual malt and hop character. I must say it needs more hop flavor and bitterness, though that might turn this into a pale ale.

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Photo of kwjd
3.13/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale copper colour with thin head. Smells of grain and mild hops. Taste has a small bit of bitterness with lots of sweetness from the malt. Carbonation was a little bit prickly, but not bad. This seems to be weak for the style, but it is a nice enough beer. I'll have this again I'm sure, but I'm not going to race out to get it.

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Photo of drinkininthewood
2.83/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Served from a 341ml brown bottle into a pint glass. BB Jan. 19 2008

A- Pours a murky amber with frothy white head diminishing quickly leaving some laces spots around the glass.

S- smell is mainly of malts with spicy hops noticed, slight citrus.

T- Malt sweetness up front followed up with some citrus, green apple tartness, somewhat astringent hop flavors in a drying finish. Seems somewhat unbalanced.

M- light bodied and somewhat aggressive carbonation. Mouthfeel was somewhat metallic as well.

D- Goes down easy enough.

Overall nothing spectacular here. Enough flavor to keep you entertained. There is other amber ales out there that i would prefer. Worth a try.

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Photo of BigGruntyThirst
3.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of slitherySOB
3.44/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a copper colour with very little head to speak of. Smells a bit malty, with some citrus hops and green apples. Light, refreshing flavour. Bit sweet, with a dry finish. A bit of cracker flavour as well. Mouthfeel is pretty good. A bit carbonated and refreshing. A good session beer, but nothing amazing.

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Nickel Brook Ale from Nickel Brook Brewing Co.
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