Head Stock IPA
Nickel Brook Brewing Co.

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Nickel Brook Brewing Co.
Ontario, Canada
American IPA
Ranked #2,153
Ranked #16,685
3.89 | pDev: 10.03%
Dec 13, 2021
Aug 05, 2011
Very Good
Head Stock IPAHead Stock IPA
Notes: 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
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Rated: 3.9 by edthehead from New York

Dec 13, 2021
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Reviewed by InspectorHound from Canada (ON)

4.01/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Look: Hazy bright gold with orange tint. Fluffy two finger white head, with fantastic lasting power. Five minutes after the pour the head is still a strong half finger.
Smell: Tropical, grapefruit, orange and pine.
Taste: Earthy, dank, grapefruits and oranges throughout, built on a solid malt backbone. Hop forward but never overpowering.
Feel: Medium bodied. Mouth filling with something going on across all areas of the tongue and palate. Slight chalky aftertaste is the only knock on this beer.
A classy well balenced beer. Hits the sweet spot between a west and east coast IPA . Juicy and tropical but with enough of the pine forest showing through to please west coasters. This earns an A.
Dec 07, 2020
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Reviewed by Tony787 from Canada (ON)

4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
I bought 1 can at the lcbo in Ontario poured a nice 2 finger head into glass leaves a lace as you drink lots of tropical fruits citrus and pine. meduim bitterness.
overall this IPA is very good.
Nov 14, 2020
Rated: 4.29 by Isaac_L95 from Canada (ON)

Sep 25, 2020
Rated: 4.1 by Insomniac from Canada (ON)

Sep 05, 2020
Rated: 3.75 by octortus from Canada (ON)

Jun 27, 2020
Rated: 3.69 by sjones5045 from Pennsylvania

Nov 02, 2019
Rated: 3.28 by matt_hill from Canada (ON)

Sep 19, 2019
Rated: 3.84 by nater919 from New York

Aug 27, 2019
Rated: 4 by kuhndog from New York

Jul 17, 2019
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Reviewed by ScruffySouthpaw from New York

3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Served in a nonic glass from the tap.

Appearanfe: comes off a hazy amber color slightly cloudy with medium bubbles in a white head rising half a finger's length off the body.

Smell: heavy citrus notes coming off like orange skin mixed with grapefruit juice all at once into the nostrils.

Taste: complex sweet grapefruit oh, I feel pink grapefruit orange and heavy mulch which create a super bitterness to the beer.

Mouth: heavy body with a strong citrus finish.

Overall: Great beer. I might not be scoring it as high as I wanted to but it's perfect one to start the night.
Jul 05, 2019
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Rated by JunctionCat from Canada (ON)

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.
Sep 14, 2018
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Reviewed by eberesford from Canada (ON)

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.
Sep 01, 2018
Rated: 3.67 by groleau from Canada (QC)

Aug 25, 2018
Rated: 2.99 by achepil from Canada (ON)

Aug 16, 2018
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Reviewed by beersampler6 from Michigan

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.
Jul 22, 2018
Rated: 3.44 by chicagoish from Pennsylvania

Jul 20, 2018
Rated: 3.97 by Ben1313 from New Hampshire

Jul 17, 2018
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Reviewed by monkist from Hungary

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.
Jun 16, 2018
Rated: 4 by Nunya from Ohio

Apr 01, 2018
Rated: 4.46 by Candy-man from Canada (ON)

Mar 29, 2018
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Reviewed by patre_tim from Thailand

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!
Feb 22, 2018
Rated: 4.04 by jhodgert from Canada (QC)

Feb 14, 2018
Rated: 4.6 by Jangle_bojangle from Canada (ON)

Jan 29, 2018
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Reviewed by polloenfuego from Canada (NB)

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.
Jan 26, 2018
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Reviewed by Mysticmage from Canada (ON)

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!
Dec 10, 2017
Rated: 3.5 by prisdefer from New York

Oct 13, 2017
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Reviewed by TooManyGlasses from Canada (AB)

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.
Sep 30, 2017
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Reviewed by ADicerni from Canada (ON)

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.
Sep 17, 2017
Rated: 4.12 by derdtheterd from Canada (AB)

Sep 08, 2017
Rated: 4.58 by bixby1971 from Canada (ON)

Aug 17, 2017
Rated: 3.75 by jtransel from Illinois

Aug 13, 2017
Rated: 3.79 by bumchilly25 from Canada (BC)

Aug 06, 2017
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Reviewed by CTHomer from Connecticut

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;
Aug 01, 2017
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Rated by Jshugart from Canada (ON)

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.
Jul 05, 2017
Rated: 3.75 by ejimhof from Pennsylvania

Jul 03, 2017
Rated: 4.7 by StormAles from Canada (ON)

Jun 29, 2017
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Reviewed by MichaelGennings from Canada (ON)

4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Nickel Brook Brewing Company's Headstock IPA.

473ml can. 7% alc. 80 IBUs.

The beer has a soapy white head and the body appears a hazy golden colour that is almost orange. There is quite a bit of sediment due to the fact the beer is unfiltered.

The notes are grapefruit and other citrus fruits, tropical fruit, pine, and a slight floral fragrance.

The taste is similar to the aroma, plus an underlying hop bitterness that is really tasty.

There is a juice-like quality to the beer, making it smooth and quite gulpable. As a result, given the high ABV, one should be cautious.

This is a light to medium bodied beer.

All said, I quite like this beer and would buy it again.
Jun 21, 2017
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Reviewed by Tsar_Riga from Indiana

4.21/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
A - Hazy orange body, basically translucent, with a thin white head, and a sticky lacing coating the sides of the glass.

S - Soft orange and a bit of resin and pine. Pith and zest.

T - Follows the nose, with a full orange open, a malty middle highlighting toasted bread and biscuits mingling with juicy fruit notes of grapefruit juice, and a close that is smartly bitter, laying out a pith and slightly spicy close.

M - Slightly spiky carbonation but a soft feel, with a drying close that avoids being harsh but definitely one that builds over time.

O - I had a couple beers from this brewery last year during a visit to Toronto, and generally thought well of them. So imagine my surprise when this and Naughty Neighbor appeared on my local shelf. This is a great juicy drink, full of grapefruit and citrus and a feel that is pleasant and approachable. I'll grab more again soon.
Jun 17, 2017
Rated: 4.42 by kier from Canada (ON)

May 27, 2017
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