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Nickel Brook Headstock IPA | Nickel Brook Brewing Co.

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Nickel Brook Headstock IPANickel Brook Headstock IPA
BA SCORE
3.89/5
Very Good
277 Ratings
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
Ranking:
#8,508
Reviews:
89
Ratings:
277
pDev:
10.28%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
9
Gots:
54
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 277 |  Reviews: 89
Photo of captainhampton
4.67/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Glorithm
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JMScowcroft
3.71/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BeerQuebec
4.86/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of elecnix
3.51/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of EricVonStein
3.89/5  rDev 0%
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 +11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of LanceH
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Whatup14
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Samuel_Merryweather
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
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 +4.9%
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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Photo of audiobill
4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Long813
3.84/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jotora
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Justin82
4.32/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of goalie35
3.71/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Elimav
3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the first Canadian beer I've had that tastes like an American IPA. It has the great hoppy, piney, citrusy taste.

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Photo of stinkatron5000
4.21/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ultrarunner100
4.41/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Omnium
3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Tyler_V2
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MarkDeming
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of KelvinC
3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of andrenaline
4.07/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nickel Brook Headstock IPA from Nickel Brook Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.89 out of 5 with 277 ratings
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