Nickel Brook Headstock IPA | Nickel Brook Brewing Co.

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Nickel Brook Headstock IPANickel Brook Headstock IPA
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3.89/5
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Nickel Brook Headstock IPANickel Brook Headstock IPA
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Brewed by:
Nickel Brook Brewing Co.
Ontario, Canada
nickelbrook.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
A boldly hopped, full bodied American style IPA. Headstock IPA is brewed primarily with nugget hops, which gives rise to a distinct hop flavor, bitterness and aroma. It also uses blend of classic European and North American malts to enhance the body and full flavour. No additives. No Preservatives. Naturally carbonated for a smooth, crisp finish.

80 IBU

Added by Sammy on 08-05-2011

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#13,820
Reviews:
95
Ratings:
291
pDev:
10.28%
 
 
Wants:
11
Gots:
62
Trade:
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Ratings: 291 |  Reviews: 95
Photo of JunctionCat
3.52/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Your basic every day IPA - good for any occasion. Not the edgiest or boundry pushing IPA, but its good.

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Photo of eberesford
3.91/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours pale gold with a slightly frothy head. Aromas of apricot and citrus. Flavour: Tropical fruit (pineapple) and stone fruit sweetness balanced by citrusy, piney, bitterness.

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Photo of groleau
3.67/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of achepil
2.99/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of beersampler6
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very nice IPA from Canada, surprisingly refreshing and well-balanced. Golden hazy color with some nice head and lingering lacing. Smells of fruity and floral hops; tastes of citrus zest hops more than floral hops, but there's also caramel, grain and a nice malt backbone in there. Nice smooth mild mouthfeel with nice finish and good amount of carbonation. Very pleasant hint of bitterness at the end. Will definitely check out more offerings from this brewery.

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Photo of chicagoish
3.44/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Ben1313
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of monkist
4.47/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Woo-hoo! Canada did it again! And from US hops but nevertheless: Simcoe, Amarillo, Equinox and Mosaic do the job pretty well along with the Californian yeast - and there you have it, it's almost like a Californian West Coast IPA! The Canadian frost starts thawing up immediately and the palm trees show up and now you're feeling this, round, slightly sweet piney bitterness in the ocean air. Great!
Snells amazing, dlightly tropical fruits, oranges, sweet red grapefruits. A mild taste and almost no bitterness, and the orange grapefruits smell is just there all the time. Great. And its mild and smooth and low carbonation, almost like a juice. Of hops and tropical fruits. Great.

Now I let them speak for themselves. This is from the can:

"WE ADMIT IT. WE HAVE A PROBLEM... WE LOVE OUR HOPS. We especially adore the amazing science of hops! As homage to our favourite wonder of nature, we present you our award-winning Headstock IPA. The flowering humulus lupulus hop-cone provides us with the vital acids, essential oils and resins that permeate throughout our IPA. The result is a deliciously obscene wallop of tropical fruit, citrus and pine hop flavours and aromas any hop-head would gladly provide a DNA sample for.

We conclude that hop science is one tasty passion!"

And they put the headstock of my favorite Gibson guitars on the can. Boom. Great. This is awesome.

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Photo of Nunya
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Candy-man
4.46/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of patre_tim
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Straw and hazy with a little, fast rising, small bubbled carbonation. Topped with 5 fingers of off white, creamy head.

Smells of pine, tropical fruits, pineapple, and grapefruit pith.

The taste is initially sweet and fruity. Tons of tropical fruit, mangos, papayas, pineapple, and peaches. It finishes with a balancing bitterness that doesn't take it too far in another direction.

Medium, resinous body with a little carbonation.

Drinking on Lake Muskoka, Feb 21st, 2018. Excellent IPA!

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Photo of jhodgert
4.04/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jangle_bojangle
4.6/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of polloenfuego
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a slightly hazy orange in color with about two fingers of head. Retention and lacing are nice.

Citrusy hops and caramel malts are dominant on the nose. As I drink, I notice the malts on the nose a bit more.

Citrus and pine resin lead the way on flavor. They hit you up front, and then you get those caramel malts.

A medium body with good carbonation. A dry bitter finish which is quite enjoyable.

A good IPA that would make an easy go to in a pinch. It is an enjoyable drink that would be great on a warm day at the lake.

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Photo of Mysticmage
4.19/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

fall batch from a can poured into a pint glass. wow! A surprise treat here. pours orange murky just like a true American IPA marred only by a weak collar. Gorgeous fruit nose here with cirtus dominance with a hint of woodsy goodness. smooth start with a little bitter aftertaste but hold flavour well throughout. solid strength, a interestng blend of ingredients...all from Burlington? aye. An excellent find!

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Photo of prisdefer
3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TooManyGlasses
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden, super fruity aroma of citrus, tropical fruit, tangerine with distinct hoppiness. Taste of ripe citrus, pineapple, milder pine. Loved the mouth feel - prominent full carbonation and finishes with a lingering bitterness that 80 IBUs would suggest, yet smooth start to finish. Really good.

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Photo of ADicerni
4.39/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great head and some lacing. Hazy golden appearance.
Fresh hop aroma with citrus notes.
Taste is fresh and clean with citrus and pine on the tongue. Good carbonation as well. Nice mouth feel with lingering bitterness on finish.
Overall a favourite for me.

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Photo of derdtheterd
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bixby1971
4.58/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jtransel
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bumchilly25
3.79/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CTHomer
3.79/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A: hazy; deep gold in color; 2+ finger off white head that receded to a thin cap; very nice lacing;

S: earthy, floral, and caramel;

T: follows the nose for a moment, then mint becomes predominant; by the mild to moderately bitter finish; the mint has faded;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; moderately dry finish;

O: well made; definitely a different take on the style, although not what I'm looking for when I choose an IPA;

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Photo of Jshugart
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

More bitter flavour, darker colour. Definitely a bitter hop aftertaste.

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Photo of ejimhof
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Nickel Brook Headstock IPA from Nickel Brook Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.89 out of 5 with 291 ratings