Nickel Brook Headstock IPA | Nickel Brook Brewing Co.

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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:
266
Reviews:
86
Avg:
3.85
pDev:
10.39%
 
 
Wants:
9
Gots:
50
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 266 |  Reviews: 86
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

Photo of elecnix
3.51/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of EricVonStein
3.89/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice golden orange colour, cloudy so unfiltered. Generous finger of off white head. Oily shine visible - likely from hops oils. Good head retention.

Peachy fruits on the nose, melon, then musty and grainy. No citrus, this is more dank.

Fruits are more fermented than in the nose, slight sourness of lemon. Resiny and piny hops, some citrus peel. Background mustiness is present. finish is dry and bitter, but quite earthy, even swampy. Pretty unique and definitely stands out a bit to the typical profile in the genre. Med-light bodied and thick on the tongue, leaving a film. Carbonation is good.

Overall a bit of curve ball here, surprised me with the flavours. More pine earthy and dank IPA than fruit and citrus bomb. Above description says nugget hop was used which is described as earth woody and herby, which matches the taste well, but the can says Amarillo Simcoe Mosaic Equinox, which are more usual suspects in citrus forward IPAs. Simcoe is listed first so perhaps thats the earthy dominance. Really nice and much fuller than their American Pale Ale.

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Photo of Flying_Moose
4.32/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of LanceH
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Whatup14
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Samuel_Merryweather
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Good head but doesn't add a lot to the enjoyment. Great hoppy scent, floral with minimal bitterness. More bitterness in the taste leaving the floral notes by the wayside. Malt is very well balanced with the hops... Meaning in this case that there isn't a lot of malt flavour. Average mouthfeel. Perhaps a tad watery. Overall a solid IPA that doesn't quite manage to rise above the pack. Definitely above average tho.

Edit: prematurely rated this. About halfway through the glass you get accustomed to the hops and the balance between bitter and floral becomes perfect and delicious. With this added revelation I think this beer does rise above the pack. Will buy again for sure

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Photo of akdo
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look: The beer looks likea dark honey with a one-finger head. The head dissipates quickly and leaves its foam on the glass as you drink. The body is also cloudy thanks to the yeast.

Smell: The nose is akin to lemon and grapefruit upon being smelled twice. The notes of pine woods are absent.

Taste: The palate briefly tastes like lemon then shifts quickly to the notes of pine woods. Because of the malt, you can sense the imprint of grapefruits on the pine woods.

Feel: Despite an IBU of 80, it is a rather light IPA. Although I appreciate the attempt to balance the bouquet of flavours, I would have loved to taste the grapefruit first and the lemon along with the pine woods altogether later.

Overall: This is an interesting take on an American IPA. My only reservation is about the weird order in which the different flavours come in play. Nonetheless, the beer has a voice of its own and I would drink it again.

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Nickel Brook Headstock IPA from Nickel Brook Brewing Co.
3.85 out of 5 based on 266 ratings.
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