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

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

Photo of bryanzk
4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Knapp85
3.59/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Photo of dumarrm
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Excellent well rounded IPA

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Photo of billbeers
3/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of portwood
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Smell: earthy hops, bitter grapefruit pith, lemon rind.
Taste: creamy mouthfeel, low sugar, pine resin.
Finish: very dry, some citrus but very bitter.
smells better than it tastes
(can 05/25/16)

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Photo of chrismattlin
4.01/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gtg642
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of Mwat
4.04/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This wasn't a typical IPA for me. it was a little sweeter than most IPA that I enjoy but had a nice taste and feel. Would have liked it a little more crisp with less sweet and a lighter mouth feel. I like when an IPA has the sensation of easily sliding down while maintaining that bite to the taste.

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Photo of cubbyZilla
3.62/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Brewxer
4.4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Ultra-Plinian
4.16/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of owenwood
4.41/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought at the LCBO on the main drag in Peterborough, Ontario. After a few Canadian IPAs that I tried, I became a Canadian IPA cynic. This beer has brought me back into the fold. A hoppy, orangey, decent brew that stays with you between sips. Just the right amount of bitter vs. taste. I'd buy more than one of these if/when I get back to another LCBO.

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Photo of Noelan
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

There was a day a IPA tasted like shit to me because i drank macro brews. Lets see if that changed. Another Canadian microbrew today. "head stock" poured from a 473ml can into a stein. Also noteworthy: This beer is brewed 45 minutes from where I live, so I assume it's very fresh.

Look: cloudy golden-amber, a finger of head with good retention, less lacing than i'd like to see but nonetheless decent lacing 3.5

Smell: earthy pine, hops, very hoppy and malty. Also hints of lemon and grapefruit like most IPA's i've had, which isn't many. 4.0

Taste: Fresh, bitter and fruity with hidden elements of earth. Oh yeah, HOPS. 4.25

Feel: Dry, lightly carbonated. 3.75

Overall: Would purchase again. 4.0

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Photo of Chriswillms9
4.16/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ClavisAurea
3/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

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

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

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 12/10/2015. Pours slight hazy orange/copper color with a 2 finger dense and rocky light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, mango, melon, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, honey, light caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of juicy citrus/tropical/pine hops and moderate bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, mango, melon, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, honey, light caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Good amount of pine/citrus rind bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, mango, melon, lemon/orange peel, pine, honey, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of juicy citrus/tropical/pine hops and moderate bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero astringent hop flavors after the finish. Good amount of dryness from sticky bitterness as well. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, sticky/resinous, and slightly creamy/bready balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent IPA! All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of juicy citrus/tropical/pine hops and moderate bready malt flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of cosmin
4.52/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased one can from the LCBO AFTER the best before date (only realized when I got home).

Warning: not for the faint of hops!

Pours a hazy orange/copper colour with about a finger of head. Smell of citrus and pine. Very hoppy and aromatic with a serious bitterness at the end (80 IBU). Cannot tell this is medium bodied IPA is 7% ABV!!! This one is definitely up there on my list of IPAs. It is comparable to Hop City's Hop Bot IPA and Amsterdam Brewing Co's Boneshaker IPA. I will definitely be going back looking for more of these. Well done guys!

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Photo of lochef81
3.89/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Mousel
4.41/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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