Naughty Neighbour
Nickel Brook Brewing Co.

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Style:
American Pale Ale (APA)
Ranked #504
ABV:
4.9%
Score:
87
Ranked #12,639
Avg:
3.92 | pDev: 8.42%
Reviews:
45
Ratings:
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Notes: 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!
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Reviews by WoodBrew:
Photo of WoodBrew
4/5  rDev +2%
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 Phyl21ca
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottle: Poured clear amber color ale with a medium size foamy head with OK retention. Aroma consists of light bitter and citrus hops with light dry caramel malt presence. Taste is mostly dominated by light dry and citrus hops notes with light dry caramel malt. Body is about average with good carbonation. Not bad overall but lacking a bit of a hops punch.

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Photo of TerryW
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm not a big Nickle Brook guy, so I gotta say, this surprised me for being as good as it is. Well done.

Soft and hazy apricot gold colour under a moderate head that goes to a solid cap. Looks appetizing.

Great nose. Citrus and passion fruit over gentle malt, very tropical. Very inviting aromas and enough off the beaten track to be interesting.

Citrusy to drink, understated malt, slightly bitter finish. Soft mouthfeel. Easy drinking, flavourful.

Overall a quite enjoyable brew that I could see doing more of one of at a time.

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Photo of Sammy
3.67/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle at Stouts. ecent Orange flavour, an understated but decent drinking IBu bitterness. Orange hop aroma. Smooth drinking (although a little watery as I find in many of this brewery offerings).Hits the style, worth a try though not the best pale I have had grows on me.

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Photo of Billolick
3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
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 ejimhof
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Derek
4.37/5  rDev +11.5%
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 biegaman
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nickel Brook Naughty Neighbour is a fairly attractive beer. Daisy yellow, it has a beaming brightness yet its complexion is lightly hazed as if seen through an early morning mist. Its head is like a fine meshing but hardy enough to paint its own mural that sprawls three-hundred-sixty degrees around the glass.

The aroma has enough tropical fruitiness to turn an overcast sky sunny. It has sufficient citrus acidity and candied zest to bury most of the bready maltiness, though traces are apparent. The mango-pineapple profile is complimented by breezy florals. Not overly articulated but pleasant.

After the initial pulpy fruitiness of the mango, pineapple and orange slices fades, it's the more herbal and earthy qualities of the hops that come back on what turns out to be a medium-lasting finish. A very unfocused floralness is appreciated too. Like the partner of a domineering spouse, the malts play a very passive, timid role in this relationship.

Naughty Neighbour doesn't have a gargantuan hop flavour, but lupulin-levels are more than adequate for a pale ale. More attention was paid to aroma hops as oppose to bittering, which is good because the beer's slender, pale malt frame is neither conducive nor broad enough to support much more that earthy pungency.

I wouldn't consider Naughty Neighbour overly sexy, but it's not a beer I'd kick out of bed for eating crackers. It drinks like a classic, approachable, crowd-pleasing pale ale, albeit one with enough extra hoppy punch to bring craft beer geeks in on the action. One worth acquainting yourself with should you be in the area.

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Photo of thehyperduck
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

355 mL bottle from a six-pack picked up at the LCBO; packaged 06/05/13. I had a few of these around a campfire a few days ago and enjoyed them, but saved this bottle for the chance to take a closer look later. Served slightly chilled.

Pours a cloudy golden-amber colour, generating roughly one half-finger of dense, creamy bone-white head. Good retention; it hangs in there for a good long while, leaving a collar of lace clinging to the glass in its slow wake. Great, fresh, fruity aroma, with notes of mandarin and other citrus, pineapples and apricots. Maybe a trace of pine sap too, but the overall vibe is toward tropical fruit. Can't wait to taste this one.

The first sip does not disappoint in the slightest, as my palate is immediately roused by juicy notes of pink grapefruit and orange, backed up by fresh pineapple and earthy pine sap bitterness. A comparatively meek caramel malt backbone underlies this, but the earthy bitterness dominates into the finish and aftertaste. On the light side of medium-bodied, with mild carbonation and a somewhat creamy mouthfeel. Impressively full-flavoured for only 4.9%, but this is a little too unbalanced and hoppy to be something I'd want to session.

Final Grade: 4.0, a solid A-. Nickel Brook Naughty Neighbour is a fine pale ale, offering an enjoyable array of American-style hop flavour that is certain to please most hopheads. This isn't the most balanced APA I've ever had and drinkability suffers a bit because of that, but this is still a quality pale ale guaranteed to satiate your hop fix.

[Updated Jan. 3 2014]

Compared side-by-side with Crazy Canuck, Conductor's Craft Ale and St. Ambroise Pale Ale this time. Probably the best of the three Ontario-made APAs in that list; the only problem with this one is that I am not always willing to commit to a six-pack. Very full-flavoured, with an abv that makes it ideal for hopheads seeking a true session ale; just a great beer that I'll undoubtedly return to again.

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Photo of metter98
3.84/5  rDev -2%
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 Electros
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of ChrisCage
4.37/5  rDev +11.5%
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 irishkyle21
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of biboergosum
4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16oz glass at Beer Revolution YEGDT, and 5.0% ABV according to them.

This beer appears a glassy medium tarnished golden amber hue, with one finger of weakly puffy, and mostly just tightly bubbly dirty white head, which leaves some random coral reef lace around the glass as it lazily and evenly subsides.

It smells of orange, grapefruit, and lime citrus pith, grainy, gritty pale malt, a hint of dry caramel, a flinty stoniness, and further soft weedy, floral hops. The taste is more somewhat clammy and muddled, yet still zesty grocery store citrus rind, crackery pale malt, a restrained caramel/toffee sweetness, a hint of lemon floor polish, and meek earthy hops.

The bubbles are nice and loose and playful, the body medium-light in weight, and smooth enough, the fragrant hops not really into messing about here. It finishes off-dry, just, as the malt peters out fully, and the fruitiness of the hops steps in to pick up the slack.

A decently hoppy APA, though at the apparent expense of any prominent malt backbone, unfortunately. Very evocative of the assumed titular neighbour's better bitter (hah!) wares, and worthy of a few rounds, at least, just not at these dear, er, 'import' prices. Nor if I have to watch the fat guy at the end of the bar rant about being accused of swiping someone's phone, by threatening, and then duly carrying through on removing his skivvies. That's a new one at this joint, fo sho!

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Photo of generallee
4.27/5  rDev +8.9%
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 dgilks
3.42/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jeffo
3.96/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Got this one at the LCBO in Waterloo.

From a bottle into a snifter
IBU: 38

APPEARANCE: Pours a one finger, medium looking, white head with decent retention. Hazy amber orange with medium levels of carbonation. Head fades to a wisp and sticks to the sides of the glass. A swirly wisp remains but leaves no real lacing.

SMELL: Piles of grapefruit and pine on the nose, with honeydew melon and notes of caramel. Light orange and lemon on the nose as well. Very hoppy and lots of fruity esters going on here. Really nice.

TASTE: Pale malts, honeydew melon and lots of hops at the swallow. Pine and grapefruit bitterness, as well as some lemon linger in the bold and persistent finish. Big flavors and really enjoyable.

PALATE: Slightly thinner body with medium levels of carbonation. Not overly creamy, unfortunately, goes down fine and finishes rather dry. Some bitterness lingers.

OVERALL: Really, really good low ABV hop bomb. Piles of hop flavor while the IBU are definitely restrained. This one could use a slightly bigger body, though I do understand the situation when brewing lower ABV beers. Great stuff and highly recommended for hot summer days.

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Photo of nicholas2121
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
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 harp55
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RedAleMan
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of bylerteck
3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From notes.

A - Tons of specks of yeast with the pour in a hazy golden body. Mild carbonation coming up to a one finger white head. Half a finger of retention with minimal spotty lace.

S - Grassy, light citrus, passionfruit, grapefruit.

T - Much of the same as the aroma. Tropical, citrussy, grassy.

M - Good carbonation, light-ish body and a mild bitterness.

O/D - An easy drinking, flavourful pale ale. Drinkable and balanced while being quite light with a minimal bitterness. Definitely sessionable. Good stuff.

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Photo of liamt07
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On cask at C'est What, into a pint glass.

Clear golden orange body, with a finger of white head. Good retention but no lace to mention. Nose is predominantly orange and tangerine-y hops, with some sweet biscuity malt character. Taste provides alot more juicy hop character, generally some citrus-y flavours. Moderate bitter finish, light body with really nice, soft cask carbonation. An easy drinker, and a solid cask offering. Nickel Brook appears to really be putting their shit together.

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Photo of Long813
3.86/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Gtg642
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of andrenaline
3.84/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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Naughty Neighbour from Nickel Brook Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 174 ratings