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

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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:
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Added by TheSevenDuffs on 05-24-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
152
Reviews:
35
Avg:
3.94
pDev:
8.63%
 
 
Wants:
7
Gots:
33
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 152 |  Reviews: 35
Photo of Sammy
3.67/5  rDev -6.9%
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 Knapp85
3.63/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of biboergosum
4.04/5  rDev +2.5%
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 Phyl21ca
3.25/5  rDev -17.5%
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 superspak
3.9/5  rDev -1%
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 Gkruszewski
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of WoodBrew
4/5  rDev +1.5%
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 ejimhof
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Billolick
3.94/5  rDev 0%
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 liamt07
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
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 TheSevenDuffs
3.87/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle to Founders tulip glass.

A - Poured a slightly cloudy medium yellow with a big bright yellow glow around the edges. Half a finger of white head formed with good retention.

S - Big grapefruit aroma up front that accompanies a fairly big bitterness. Some pine aromas and a touch of sweetness from the malts comes through as well. Very fresh nose.

T - A good bitterness up front that is full of fresh grapefruit and pine flavours. A decent caramel sweetness from the malt bill is in a perfect proportion. A very nice APA.

M - Fairly high carbonation; too much for my liking. Light to medium body overall.

O - Another welcome addition to the Ontario beer scene. Would definitely buy this one again. Well done!

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Photo of Derek
4.37/5  rDev +10.9%
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 -4.8%
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 spinrsx
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On Tap at the Arrow and the Loon Ottawa for 7.75$

Appearance - Hazy amber/copper colour with a large size frothy and fizzy white coloured head. It's hard to make out the amount of carbonation showing and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, caramel, hops, grapefruit, pineapple, apricots

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts and caramel mixed with a good dose of hops. There is also some nice tropical fruits going on.. pineapple, guava and something along the lines of strawberry..? As well as grapefruits and some pine. It ends with a sweet and fruity yet hoppy aftertaste.

Overall - I liked this one more than their IPA.. it reminded me a bit of great lakes crazy canuck but with more tropical fruitiness. The strawberry/guava flavour did start to wear on me towards the end of the glass, but still a great beer that I would buy again.

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Photo of Erik-P
3.79/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Canada_Dan
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bylerteck
3.94/5  rDev 0%
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 Howlader
3.25/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of dgilks
3.42/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of andrenaline
3.84/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of grahuba
3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DanGeo
3.22/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of leprechaunandfatman
3.89/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of deonreds
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Photo of tom10101
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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Nickel Brook Naughty Neighbour Pale Ale from Nickel Brook Brewing Co.
3.94 out of 5 based on 152 ratings.
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