Naughty Neighbour | Nickel Brook Brewing Co.

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3.93/5
Very Good
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Nickel Brook Brewing Co.
Ontario, Canada
nickelbrook.com

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Sometimes our neighbours are too enticing to resist! In this case, our award-winning American Pale Ale pays homage to our naughty neighbours to the south. For hop lovers, the huge citrus and pine aroma greets the nose and continues on the palate, leaving a remarkably easy-drinking beer with a crisp, dry finish. We pack all this great flavour into a drinkable 4.9%ABV brew, making it perfectly refreshing all year round!

BEER STATS
Reviews:
45
Ratings:
172
pDev:
8.4%
 
 
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11
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44
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Reviews: 45 | Ratings: 172
Photo of Trailboss76
3.48/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Straight up gold murky color. Super foamy head. Hoppy, fruity aroma. Smooth drinker on the front end then a pretty quick hoppy bitter hit without driving me away and making me not like it. Pale ales and hoppy beers are not my favorite. That said, this has a pretty nice flavor festival going on and I'd drink it again.

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Photo of Kopterito
3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank straight from the can at Hamilton's airport - out of all places! Nice fruity hop kick with a crisp, fizzy finish. The mix of Cascade, Centennial and Citra is a joy. A well balanced beer I would drink any day.

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Photo of rapayn01
3.71/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a Canadian tall boy can (473 ml). Frankly, I purchased it as much for the name and can design (extra quarter point on the look) as for the style and the abv. It turned out to be OK, with some nice bitterness up front.

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Photo of monkist
4.81/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Damn this is a good one! For a Pale Ale it's nearly as big and bold as an IPA! Love its rich, somewhat hazy, golden amber look and the aromas tell you right away that what you are dealing with is serious business. It is so tropical and zesty that you can't really resist it, it is amazing. It is brewed from purely American ingredients, and the end result is something that they call "a miracle of science."
This is what I call a true homage - when it almost, or in the end it eventually surpasses the original in many aspects!
Nickel Brook has redesigned the packaging, also the notes on the can to stand up for their award-winning, low bitterness, high fruitiness and highly enjoyable trademark American Pale Ale. Highly recommended!

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Photo of generallee
4.27/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

It has a pale yellow color with an unfiltered haze and a tall white head of foam. The carbonation is very lively and it rushed right up out of the can as I popped the top. The nose is full of zesty lemony citrus and and honey covered cereal grain. The flavor picks up on this nice mix of citrusy hops and malt sweetness before drying out and turning to a firm pine like hop bitterness in the finish.

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Photo of eberesford
3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a pale yellow colour with a moderate foamy white head. Aroma: light citrus (orange) some pine. Flavour: citrusy piney hoppy with light fruitiness. Body light.

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

one of the better hoppy beers i had on my trip to canada actually, it was a shame that this was the only one of their beers i got a chance to try, i really enjoyed it. its the good kind of hazy, bright yellow and soft, no visible sediment, green hues, or flour added looking heaviness, its just frosted and pretty, holds its inch of white head well too, and leaves some rings on the pint as i work it down. aroma of fresh citra hops, very straightforward and familiar, but also really well done, mostly dry hopped it would seem, with a very pungent nose of fresh pineapple and mandarin orange. as i start drinking it i get more mosaic or amarillo than i do citra i think, but it could just be be the hop schedule, its really bright and clean and fresh. the grain base i perfect for these hops, and very much trending right now, a pale pils type and some white wheat might be all, fluffy and smooth and not at all watery for how light this drinks. its flavorful and texturally interesting without being sweet in any way or heavy, it doesnt interfere with the hops at all. bright preserved lemon, lemongrass, and tangerine to finish and very low bitterness. expressive beer in flavor and in feel, and one i was happy to encounter in a place where it seemed to me like a lot of the hoppy beers were english malty and more bitter than flavorful. decidedly new school, positively delicious!

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Photo of metter98
3.84/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is relatively clear yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that died down but consistently left a short head covering the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of orange citrus and pine are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell, with initial flavors of grapefruit and orange citrus and notes of pine towards the finish. There is a light to moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels just about medium-bodied and rather crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. Lots of dryness is present in the finish.
O: The smell and taste of this APA both have a nice balance between the citrus and piney hops. It's easy to drink but has the type of "bite" that you would expect from an IPA.

Serving type: can

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Photo of swim
4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Nearly opaque medium bright yellow, no obvious particulate. Slight lacing, and very thin cover head.

S: Wonderful inviting tropical indistinct citrus fruity aroma. Smells like a fruit juice blend.

T: A nice balance of citrusy fruit, hops, and malts. Just slightly bitter and a pleasant fruity aftertaste.

F: Modestly carbonated, quite smooth. A bit drying.

O: Certainly worth a try, probably a second try too. A refreshing flavourful beer perfect for summer. Very deserving of its high score.

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Photo of nicholas2121
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nickel Brook Naughty Neighbour Pale Ale brewed by Nickel Brook Brewing Co.,with an ABV of 4.90% This American Pale Ale pours out a cloudy golden amber color, with a nice white head. There is a nice amount of lacing to this brew, it sticks to the side of the glass well. The smell is rich with grains and and malts. There is also a nice amount of hop bitterness and a slight sweetness in the smell of this brew. The smell is a bit milder than most APA on the market, not saying that is a bad thing. Between to look and smell this a nice inviting brew. Now for the tastes , it is bold with a nice hop bitterness, earthly grains and malts. There is also a slight sweetness at the end to tie it all together. There is alot going on in Nickel Brook Naughty Neighbour Pale Ale. I like how smooth this brew goes down. This brew would go nice with dinner. There is nothing overpowering about this brew, it has a nice balance to it. The body of this brew is a medium to heavy , but to heavy. The mouth feel is Hoppy, Bold, Clean, Smooth and Refreshing. Overall I'm giving Nickel Brook Naughty Neighbour Pale Ale a 4.25 out of 5. I would look this brew up again givin the chance to. Nickel Brook Brewing Co., Did a real nice job with this brew. If you are looking for a Hoppy brew look this one up.

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Photo of atomicbeer
3.52/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Draft pint at The Duke of Somerset in Toronto. Light Amber color fine white head. Aroma of fruit cup. Citrus pith taste. Fairly thin. Decent. Had with their version of tikka Masala. Did a good job of cutting the spice.

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Photo of Billolick
3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tall can, 28 FEB 2017 stamped on the bottom.

Pour is hazed lighter amber, last eggshell head, leaves loads of fine lacing.

Resiny hop nose..

More hop resins, and some bright grapefruit notes...decent if not overly special P.A.

Worth a try...another decent pale ale....

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

I bought a can of this at the beer store in Brantford whilst in Canada for my son's hockey tournament. It poured a hazy orangish with white head that is leaving a nice lace. The scent has nice pine and citrus presence. The taste leans bitter with citrus peel and pine but is easy to drink. The Mouthfeel is lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall it's a solid beer.

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Photo of Jesterr44
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bought at the brewery, 473 mL can, enjoyed a few degrees above fridge temperature in a standard pint glass. (all I had handy)

Aroma: Pleasant light citrus hops upon opening, some pine, but a light smell overall.
Look: Lightly golden & slightly cloudy - typical pale ale with smaller than average head & less than average lacing.
Taste: Nice floral & citrus hops with mild pine & cut grass but a touch unbalanced as the malt tastes seem a bit separated from the pleasant beginning. It tastes like an IPA light, which I guess it is.
Feel: Not quite full, not quite smooth. It's fine, but nothing special.
Overall: A decent pale ale, & at 4.9% ABV, you can enjoy more of these than many of the heftier PAs. But with that comes the fact that it tastes that way as well. A little lighter in every way & even though the bitterness on the finish is very mild, it's not quite the mouth pleasing bitterness you would find in a very well balanced PA.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.39/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A mighty fine bold pale ale, with a golden orange body, white lacy head, a nose full of mango and peach flesh hop notes, and a bright pine and pith close. There is plenty of hops, and it does dry and build over time. A lovely beer from our neighbor, and one I'd enjoy again.

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Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 12/17/2015. Pours moderately hazy/cloudy golden orange color with a 2 finger dense and rocky off white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Dense soapy lacing clings down thew glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Awesome appearance. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, mango, melon, lemon zest, orange peel, citrus rind, pine, honey, light caramel, bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of bright citrus/tropical/pine hops and light-moderate pale malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, mango, melon, lemon zest, orange peel, citrus rind, pine, honey, light caramel, bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Good amount of pine/citrus rind/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, mango, melon, lemon/orange peel, citrus rind, pine, honey, bread, and herbal/floral/grassy on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of bright citrus/tropical/pine hops and light-moderate pale malt flavors; with a nice malt/bitterness balance and minimal hop astringency lingering after the finish. Good dryness from bitterness, that increases through the glass. Medium carbonation and light body; with a very smooth, crisp, moderately sticky/resinous, and lightly creamy/grainy balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 4.9%. Overall this is a very nice American pale ale. All around nice complexity, robustness, and balance of bright citrus/tropical/pine hops and light-moderate pale malt flavors; very smooth and easy to drink with the low ABV and assertive bitterness. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Derek
4.37/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Huge aroma from some of my favourite hops. Pours a nice head, good retention and lace. Light to moderate body has a slight hop acidity. Solid bitterness, but not too assertive.

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

For canada, this is pretty good. Nice hop flavor on a light very low malt pale ale. Not bursting with hops, but compared to other canadian pale ales we tried this was good

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.69/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

"Our award winning APA pays homage to our naughty neighbors to the South, as our American Pale Ale has something for everyone! For hop lovers, the huge citrus and pine aromas greet the nose and continue on the palate leaving a remarkably easy drinking crisp, dry finish. We pack all this flavour into a brew that is 4.9% ABV, which gives a hugely sessionable beer that is perfectly refreshing!" Brewed in the style of an American Pale Ale, available in 16 oz. cans.

Poured from a 16 oz. can to a tulip glass.

(Appearance) Pours a frothy foam head of a pastel white color over a mildly hazy medium amber body with abundant, relaxed carbonation and moderate clarity. Retention is good, lacing is moderate and patchy. 3.75

(Smell) Crystal malt syrups, biscuit malt, smooth graininess, with a note of fruity, buttery yeast, and juicy fruity hop aromas. Potency is moderate. 3.5

(Taste) Biscuit malts with a smooth syrup and grainy body, with a soft yeast profile generating fruit and nutty undertones, mildly accentuated by a delicate fruity and earthy hop profile with a mild bitterness. Finishes moderately dry, sits a bit heavier on the palate than expected for the style. 3.75

(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick, residual, silky smooth and medium-dry. Carbonation is moderate, generating a medium frothiness and a moderately crisp finish. Body is medium+ for the style and medium overall. Balance is nearly even bitter to sweet. Alcohol presence is light and there are no off characters. 3.75

(Overall) A solid American Pale Ale with slightly more emphasis on the nuttiness and fruitiness of the malt body and yeast profile, comes off a bit more like an English Pale Ale with some slight American influences, mainly in the hops and malt profiles. Another solid beer by the Better Bitters/ Nickel Creek brewing, but not so overly impressive that I feel a need to revisit it again soon. 3.75

Better Bitters Brewing Co.'s
Naughty Neighbor American Pale Ale
3.69/5.00

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Photo of beersareonme
3.26/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This is a good pint. It is a little underwhelming, but I am biased towards an aggressive West Coast IPA. But it would definitely be worth keeping in your fridge as a regular go-to pint, which your loser Coors Light friends might be able to enjoy as well.

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Photo of Rukeli76
4.19/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

From a 473ml can. Pretty fresh, as far as I can tell.

Cloudy. Light pale ale colour. Half an inch of head dissipates quickly. Nice lacing.

Big pine, citrus, and ripe fruit aromas. Strikes me as the classic "C" hop profile going on here and, whaddaya know, the can lists Cascade, Centennial, and Citra.

This is a super-flavourful but extremely crisp APA. Lots of light citrus. Not malty or sweet at all.

Effervescent with a dry finish.

This is just an all-around great citrusy APA. Collective Arts basically punched the recipe for this up a bit to create their (also great) Rhyme & Reason Pale Ale, but I think I might prefer the original for its crispness and slightly more sessionable 4.9% abv.

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Photo of RQuigley
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Nickel Brook Naughty Neighbour Pale Ale - Better Bitters Brewing Co.
473ml Can / 4.9% / 38IBU / American Pale Ale (APA)
A > 3.5; mostly clean with a nice white head.
S > 4; -Pine aromas
T > 4.5; A very nice APA. Grape-fruity and pine.
M > 4.25; - Modest carbonation, dose bite back
Oall> 4.5; Great beer - Would buy this one again. !!!

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Photo of kevinlater
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

473ml can into snifter. made with cascade, centennial, and citra hops. canned or brewed oct 22 2015. consumed nov 9 2015

a: hazy light orange with frothy off-white head

s: fresh grapefruit, ripe mango, pine resin, and a pinch of onion

t: super sweet mango, guava, vibrant orangey grapefruity citrus flavours, melon. piney and lightly floral in the mid-palate. bread crust and caramel towards the end. mild bitterness

m: light but not watery. feels slightly sticky from all the hops

o: a delicious juicy pale ale. so much fresh stock of this at the LCBO these days. this beer and great lakes' canuck pale ale are the best always-available pale ales in ontario

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Photo of ChrisCage
4.37/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- This one pours with a super nice off white head that is about two fingers thick and slowly settles into a thick dense film over the beer. The color of the ale is coppery gold haze and the carbonation appears to be mellow. Lacing is very nice too with lots of foamy bubbles stick to the side of the glass.

S- Nice robust hop presence is duly noted, with floral and fruity tones of strawberry-rhubarb upfront as well. There is a balancing malt sweetness that hits the nostrils and I think it really blends well together. Yeasty bread notes are also present and of course the finish is hoppy....fresh and hoppy!

T- The flavors are well rounded and balance well between sweet malts and floral leafy bitterness. There is a piney/citrus flavor and the sweetness found is somewhat like marmalade....with plenty of various rinds. The finish is fresh....grassy...Earthy, bitter, and it really helps cleanse the palate for the next taste.

M/O- Nice tight carbonation really exemplifies the full flavors found in this one. Balancing floral and citrus keep the alcohol in check and provide a solid medium bodied, yet refreshing Ale that is hard to believe doesn't come from the West Coast! Nicely done!

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Photo of EricVonStein
3.74/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice cloudy golden orange colour with a large two fingers of tinged peach head.

Citrus rind and pine resin hop aromas. Sweet malt undertones. Some yeasty sour scents present.

Very pine and resin forward with bright lemon citrus and bitter rind though not tropical it earthy. More grainy and biscuity malts than sweet. Light bodied and dry finish. Crisp bitter and highly drinkable but a bit watery. Not exceptionally complex but a great sessionable beer.

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Naughty Neighbour from Nickel Brook Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.93 out of 5 with 172 ratings