Nickel Brook Headstock IPA | Nickel Brook Brewing Co.

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273 Ratings
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Nickel Brook Headstock IPANickel Brook Headstock IPA
BEER INFO

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
Ratings:
273
Reviews:
87
Avg:
3.85
pDev:
10.39%
 
 
Wants:
9
Gots:
54
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 273 |  Reviews: 87
Photo of Beervana
3.82/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of gobuccos
4.11/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Electros
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MJ63
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Boo-urns
4.61/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours cloudy, kind of an orangey colour, smells so fruity and piney, very fresh tasting, not too malty, but maybe hard to notice the maltiness due to the almost overwhelming bitterness - I love it! A nice aftertaste, makes my mouth feel fresh. Even my burp had a fresh feeling. I could see myself getting pretty buzzed off of these, goes down pretty smooth for a 7%.

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Photo of JimmyFlatRock
3.69/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jadalive
4.36/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of fortyfield
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of THoffner
3.89/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Ohiovania
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of al_al1357
4.11/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of beersareonme
4.21/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Quite possibly one of my favorite pints. I keep this very hoppy, bitter & citrus brew in my fridge at all times. Thick creamy long lasting head. Wonderful cloudy orange copper in appearance. Yums all around. Cheers.

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Photo of Rukeli76
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I really miss the old can design. That's all I'm going to say here.

Nice pale ale colour. Impressive lacing.

The hops are definitely at the grapefruit-y, cat piss-y, pine-y end of the spectrum. Love 'em or hate 'em, the hops are the main attraction here.

Hoppy. Not a lot of malt. Dry.

Quite effervescent.

This is one of the first local American IPAs I ever had. I don't pick this one up a lot anymore, but I usually enjoy it when I do. Bold, unique, pioneering.

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Photo of staubot
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Frothy head that is unique and does not go away easy. A bit hazey.
Very unique, smells of apricot hops
Very sour (grapefruit) bitter taste and unique but a unfriendly long lasting heavy hops flavor in the end and after taste.

Taste is not to my liking but it is still a quality taste. That said however due to personal dislike of the taste style I can’t give full marks here.

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Photo of grahuba
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Ozzylizard
4.06/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz can packaged 5/4/15 at 42 degrees into snifter
From a trade with @SebD
Aroma of pine and tropical fruit, doesn’t last
Head small (Two cm, aggressive pour), off white, frothy, diminishing to two mm ring and partial frothy layer
Lacing excellent – complete rings of tiny to small bubbles
Body medium orange, hazy
Flavor more of tropical fruit than pine, not very bitter, mostly Mosaic hops coming through; no malt, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, slightly oily, soft carbonation

Appearance 4.25, Aroma 3.75, Flavor 4.25, Palate 4, Overall 4

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Photo of SocalKicks
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of headlessparrot
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The can orders me to "Drink Fresh," and yet the absence of a canned-on or best before date makes that a difficult proposition, especially since I found this Ontario beer in the wild in Alberta.

Nevertheless, onward: not a bad little IPA. Hazy in colour, big head. Lots of earthy, piney hops, cat piss, vegetal, and a big malt base. Almost tastes more "English" than American, despite the brewery's claims (or it could be a freshness deficit). A nice IPA, but it's not setting the world on fire.

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Photo of Magslikesbeer
4.6/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of talbotjf99
4.41/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of captainhampton
4.67/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Glorithm
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JMScowcroft
3.71/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BeerQuebec
4.86/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Nickel Brook Headstock IPA from Nickel Brook Brewing Co.
3.85 out of 5 based on 273 ratings.
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