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:
#9,601
Reviews:
92
Ratings:
283
pDev:
10.28%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 283 |  Reviews: 92
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
4.31/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of StormAles
4.7/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of MichaelGennings
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.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
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.

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Photo of kier
4.42/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of GOBLIN
3.82/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Greywulfken
3.89/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Something I'd never had before from a brewer I've never sampled before, but unfortunately, this IPA is coming in at just under 3 months old, which is not ideal for a first tasting. 1/16/17 canning. Features Simcoe, Amarillo, Equinox, and Mosaic hops, 2-Row, Pale ale, Carastan, Carafoam, and flaked Wheat malts, and California yeast. 7.0% abv, 80 IBUs... Unfiltered medium-gold color, big white foam head and lotsa lace. Grain aromas, earthy and rich, predominate. Flavors are like-wise fairly grain-forward, with underpinnings of dry citrus pith suggestive of grapefruit and a squeeze of lime with a soft current of resinous caramel pine. Soft, moderately carbonated and very smooth. Very enjoyable. Would love to try this with say, 3 weeks on it as opposed to 3 months. This beer must be crazy-good fresh...

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

Photo of Jesterr44
4.34/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Nickel Brook Headstock IPA from Nickel Brook Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.89 out of 5 with 283 ratings