Nickel Brook Naughty Neighbour Pale Ale | Nickel Brook Brewing Co.

Nickel Brook Naughty Neighbour Pale AleNickel Brook Naughty Neighbour Pale Ale
BA SCORE
80.4%
Liked This Beer
3.91 w/ 158 ratings
Nickel Brook Naughty Neighbour Pale AleNickel Brook Naughty Neighbour Pale Ale
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!

Added by TheSevenDuffs on 05-24-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#7,954
Reviews:
37
Ratings:
158
Liked:
127
Avg:
3.91/5
pDev:
8.44%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
7
Gots:
36
Trade:
1
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 158 |  Reviews: 37
Reviews by thehyperduck:
Photo of thehyperduck
4/5  rDev +2.3%
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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More User Reviews:
Photo of beerhunter13
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of DanGeo
3.22/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Billolick
3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
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 talbotjf99
3.67/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of juicebox
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of DannyBaldoni
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MJ63
4.4/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of biboergosum
4.04/5  rDev +3.3%
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 Sammy
3.67/5  rDev -6.1%
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 scottquiring
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Photo of WoodBrew
4/5  rDev +2.3%
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 cubbyZilla
4.01/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of chrishiker1409
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of grahuba
3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JahTurbo
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of nicholas2121
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
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 Tartanfool
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Moze_Zig
3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Juiposa
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of al_al1357
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of waterbuffalo
3.54/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyable, very crisp with light hops. I would buy again.

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Photo of DaveBar
4.14/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Purchased as a single at the LCBO. Served at 4deg C in a draught glass

A- Opens well and pours a hard head

S- TONS of hops. Nice little IPA bitterness to it

T- See above plus this is a wonderful APA. Alcohol is low for the amount of hops present. Very nice rendition.

M- A bit too dry but that is the excessive dry hop technique

O- Excellent beer. Wish we can have discounted brand APA's at the beer store! This one is wonderful

Food Pairing

This wonderful APA goes well with... Sushi.... as usual sushi and a hard APA goes well together

Enjoy

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Photo of StormAles
4.06/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ChrisCage
4.37/5  rDev +11.8%
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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