Nickel Brook Immodest | Nickel Brook Brewing Co.

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Nickel Brook ImmodestNickel Brook Immodest

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Nickel Brook Brewing Co.
Ontario, Canada

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
To be immodest one has to lack humility and decency. With our ‘Immodest’ Imperial IPA, we achieved just that! Obscene use of Citra and Simcoe hops will attack your senses with bright citrus fruit, balanced with earthy pine notes. The indecency doesn’t stop there, as it packs a wallop at 9% but you won’t notice because it drinks so remarkable smooth. Don’t worry, you’re modesty isn’t needed here!

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Photo of biboergosum
4.14/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

16oz Yankee pint at Beer Revolution YEG Oliver. Sunday afternoon brews, how immodest!

This beer appears a fairly hazy, medium copper amber colour, with one finger of puffy, loosely foamy, and bubbly off-white head, which leaves some stellar chipped paint job lace around the glass as things slowly abate.

It smells of white grapefruit, orange, and lemon citrus rind, gritty and grainy caramel malt, a twinge of hard water flintiness, and more edgy leafy, grassy, and piney green hop bitters. The taste is semi-sweet, bready and doughy caramel malt, a touch of biscuity toffee, muddled domestic citrus flesh, further pome fruity notes, and more testy earthy, resinous pine needle-esque, and perfumed floral hoppiness.

The carbonation is adequate for the heavy lifting job requirements here, via its sturdy and stoic frothiness, the body a solid middleweight, and rather smooth, with a decent creaminess arising as things warm up a wee bit. It finishes off-dry, the big bad malt still sparring with the lingering citrusy and verdant hops.

Overall, this is one of the better versions of the style that I have come across in a long while (or perhaps my memory and palate are just frazzled from all the fucking sours of late), and it is a lovely thing to behold. Big all around, and sporting a well-restrained 19-proof wowee sauce quotient. What's not to like here, my old friend?

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Photo of papat444
4.31/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a beautiful hazy, bright orange color. Thick head that settles at an easy 3 fingers but chunks of lacing as well. Flavor is pulpy orange, plush peaches and creamy as hell with touches of resin. So very drinkable. I've heard comparisons to Heady and will i agree to does ressemble, this one is just a step under Heady. But that's a huge compliment and i hope they make this year-round.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Well, if the proper hoppy ale is to not show all of her lupulin glory, then this beer has clearly overstepped her boundaries. A full-frontal hop display reveals all the citrus glory of new-world hop and all the raw and earthy bitterness of the old stuff.

Hazy amer and peach, Immodest pours with a rich lather of off-white foam and a long, stubborn persistence. Citrus and pine aromatics weave among the nose with a tinge of vodka-like spice. To taste, the verbose cakey sweetness is rich, creamy and withstanding of poundcake, pecan and caramel.

Larger than life, the bulk of residual malts and aggressive hops play out over the tongue with a sweep of caramel, cake, honey and toast as a quick rebuttal of tangerine, lemon and orange precede a dive of bitterness that takes place shortly after with deeply resinous pine, stewed citrus peels and an herbal medley that might stretch the palate into herbal dankness.

Beautiful in its finish, the beer isn't dry, but malty-balanced. Full for sure but seemingly lighter because of the hoppy lightness, the alcohol thinning and the citrusy brightness of the peripheries of taste lead to a comfortable level of drinkability that's uncommon for even the imperial IPA style. Trailing with cake and pine, the afterglow is more like an aftergo...go...go...

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Photo of Cramshawbar
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An odd side-taste accompanies this IPA, along with an unwelcome sweetness that lingers. Some like this beer very much and that is nice. But I am telling you right here, if you are into the wonderful world of IPAs at their highest level (a la Heady Topper, Slip of Sunshine, etc.), then you may want to skip this altogether.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

473 ml can, canned on date of 08 April 2016. Served in a tulip, the beer pours a golden/orange color with about an inch and a half off-white head. Head retention is good, and there's a decent amount of lacing. Aroma is nice, the brew smells mostly like citrusy (tropical fruit, grapefruit) and pine hops, along with some caramel malt. For the most part I think the flavor is similar to the aroma, but there's also some oranges and bready malt noticeable. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's creamy and coating with a moderate amount of carbonation. It's also smooth and easy to drink. Overall I thought this was a good brew, next time I'll have to try a fresher can. Unfortunately I wasn't able to buy a can until last weekend since I hadn't noticed it in the area before then. Definitely worth a try! $5.99 a single can.

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Photo of mtomlins
3.99/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy copper color with 2 fingers of tan creamy head with decent retention and nice lacing. The nose is big, sweet citrus (lots of oranges and tangerines). The taste also features lots of sweet citrus as well as lots of sweet toasted malt and finishes with hints of bittering hots. The body is medium high and is creamy and smooth but a bit heavy. Overall, it's a really nice IIPA but the sweet of the citrus AND sweet malt is a bit...sweet.

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Photo of TheDoctor
4.31/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Service: Can
Canned on: Apr-23-2016

Pours a clearish honey gold with massive beige whipped cream that settles like an old man getting into a bath to a rocky two fingers. Great retention; Huge, glop rings/honeycomb lacing. (4.75)

Spiced orange. Bitter orange potpourri, “hard water”, bready caramel malt body, pine. (4.25)

Bready, rich, sappy citrus. Fairly straightforward melded citrus-pine flavor with a rich underlying breadiness that makes it really enjoyable. (4.25)

Medium body, little sticky, some detectable alcohol, creamy feel with light carbonation. (4.5)

Very good beer. Thanks Jacob!
This is a fine IIPA that is a nice balance between different and changing ideas of what makes hoppy beers good. Pours absolutely gorgeous with luscious lacing and a creamy head you can take bites out of. The aroma and flavor are a touch subdued compared to some IIPAs you see, but they are well-constructed and simple. Nothing wrong with that. Orange pine with a thick bready backbone. Reminds me of a German beer in that respect: well made, inoffensive, delicious, drinkable, doesn't punch you in the face despite being a pretty big beer.
Would have again; worth looking for. (4.25)

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Photo of Bunman3
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Wow - more tasty goodness obtained via CANBIF trade. This is a juicy, gorgeous DIPA. The look and feel are amazing - somewhat hazy, with a nice white head. There is a ton of fruit in the smell and taste. The alcohol pops up with subtlety and helps round out the experience nicely.

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Photo of Derek
4.53/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy pour with a nice head, not much retention, but it leaves some lace.

Huge aroma, tangerine, nectarine, mango, ganja, pine and toffee... All come through in the flavour with a firm bitterness and a light acidity.

Moderate to full body is almost creamy, but there's certainly some acidity and a drying alcohol finish.

I really didn't expect this to be so good!

Thanks again Bakagaijin!

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Photo of DenisKolkin
4.55/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

473 ml can served cool straight from the LCBO. Purchased for $5.00 and served into a pint glass. canned April 8, 2016. this can is advertised as 9.0% ABV and 85 IBU's.

Appearance - Pours a very hazy dark golden orange color, which is more reminiscent of a dark freshly squeezed juicy than many other beers recently. A nice finger and a half of white foam on top leaving a trail down the edges of the glass and coalescing into a small frothy cap.

Smell - Ridiculously juicy tropical hops with pineapple and passionfruit being well represented and some element of grapefruit, fresh squeeze orange, mango and papaya mixed in. A huge fresh nose.

Taste - Super juicy and tropical with passionfruit and pineapple being the stars again with more grapefruit and some pine resin kicking in. The juicy orange explosion is here but more subdued as compared with the nose.

Mouthfee l -Smooth and slick, well carbonated but not attention drawing. So easy to drink. Plenty of hop oils, and just slides down the hatch like no tomorrow.

Overall - While not cheap, when fresh this delivers good bang for your buck interms of alcohol content and Immodest just so happens to be one of the tastiest DIPA's I've ever had the pleasure of trying. Get this fresh while you can because top notch DIPA's like this only come around so often.

**Edit** May 3, 2016

I've been enjoying this DIPA so much, with it's super smooth near creamy body, outrageously aromatic and just plain delicious use of hops, malt, barley and water that I had to kick this up to the level of my favorite DIPA of all-time, since it's so freaking delicious while fresh.

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Photo of byronic
3.86/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy orange with a thin collar off fluffy white head. The nose hits you with beautiful citrus fruit of which grapefruit is the star. Citrus is also the star in the flavour but there are hints of other tropical fruits such as mango. The malt is quite present and the simcoe really shows up in the finish. Very pine and bitter, it also lingers for a while. For me the ABV is very present and really smacks you in the finish. This is a sipper.

A nice IIPA and the best I've had from this brewer. Would I have it again? Certainly, but for its price tag there are better options

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Photo of thehyperduck
4.39/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Tallboy can from the LCBO. Listed at 9.0%, dated Mar 17 2016 and served slightly chilled.

Pours a hazy orange-apricot colour, with one finger of dense, creamy off-white froth situated at the surface. It seeps away steadily over the next five minutes or so, depositing a few swathes of lacing on its way down. A foamy collar remains, along with a few bubbly patches on the surface. Pine resin and citrusy grapefruit are the most prominent features on the nose, with additional hints of peach, mango and green onion; also some light caramel and grainy malt backing. Very nice, and it improves as it warms.

This is a beautiful no-nonsense DIPA. Good bready, biscuity malt flavours and mild caramel sweetness serve as a continuous backdrop, while the Simcoe and Citra hops make a bitter, dual-pronged assault on your palate. The latter imparts fruity flavours of grapefruit pith, pineapple juice and apricot, while dank notes of astringent pine resin (contributed by the Simcoe) begin to dominate the latter half of the sip. Earthy, resiny finish with a lingering, bitter aftertaste that fields only a modest warming effect, despite the immodest abv. Nearing full-bodied, with moderately low carbonation levels and a smooth, slick, weighty feel in the mouth. It's hard to stop sipping this one - I don't usually need to force myself to pace myself with beers this strong, but it's necessary with this one.

Final Grade: 4.39, an outstanding A. Nickel Brook's Immodest Imperial IPA is an instant classic that I enthusiastically encourage all hopheads to seek out immediately. The $5.00 price tag is a bit of a psychological hurdle, but I'm not the first to point out that a bomber would command a price tag of 4-5 dollars more (with only 150-200 more mL compared to this tallboy). That puts things in perspective a bit. As far as Ontario DIPAs go, there's no where else to place a beer this shamelessly tasty except on the very top tier. Another masterpiece from one of this province's best breweries; I will be a regular customer if it remains available.

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Photo of DaveBar
4.36/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Purchased at the LCBO for $5.00 for a 473ml can. Prices from everyone are going up- because we are paying them.

A- Opens well and pours a 2" high white head that lasts nearly 5mins. Medium gold colour and filtered clear

S- Oodles of hops. Amazing amount of hops. Must be the most hops smelt in an IPA ever for me

T- Lots of hops and malt here. Touch sweet and malty. Touch bitter at the end.

M- Dry and thick. Sticky due to sweetness.

O- Very good brew. I enjoyed this one and will buy again but not many as the price point is too high.

Food Pairing

This nice little brew went well with....... Lasagna heavy on the meat


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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.62/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazy burnt orange with a chunky, creamy head that lasts the whole glass. Tropical fruit, lemon and honey in the nose. A wall of citrusy and mango hops dominates the taste. Doughy, caramel malts peak through the hops here and there. Alcohol is very perceptable throughout. The mouthfeel is full bodied with lots of creamy carbonation. Medium bitterness and residual sweetness mingles with booziness in the finish.

A decent IPA. Fruity, dank hops for sure, though the booziness detracts. Still worth a try.

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Photo of portwood
4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very fresh. Sweet citrusy hops with a hint of mango and other tropical fruits. Medium carbonation, starts sweet, caramel, grapefruit juice. Dry with resiny bitterness at back end. Doesn't feel like 9% ABV or as bitter as the 85 IBU would suggest. However, the high alcohol hits you like a brick soon enough! (canned 17 Mar 16)

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Photo of Rukeli76
4.34/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500ml can with the plastic wrap thing. I have to say Nickel Brook might be kind of overdoing it with all the sexist artwork.

Good-looking cloudy pale ale. Nice head dissipates quickly. Plenty of lacing. Could easily be mistaken for Headstock.

I'm getting a lot of surprisingly onion-y Simcoe hop aromas on top of the grapefruit I was expecting. Dank is an appropriate word here.

Good malt body, sweetness, and hop bitterness. The hop profile is a definite departure from what I've come to expect from Nickel Brook's hoppy offerings. A dank and onion-y Simcoe flavour is dominant.

Good carbonation. That kind of umami sensation you sometimes get from good unfiltered beers, especially hoppy ones, is present. There's a long, lingering hoppy finish.

Overall, this is an interesting sort-of local double IPA that I was lucky enough to happen upon when it was super-fresh. At five bucks a can it's a bit more than you'd pay for a decent local IPA at the LCBO, but it's competitive with comparable microbrew stuff from, say, Bellwoods or Indie Ale House. The hop profile likely isn't going to be for everyone, but the quality's unimpeachable.

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Photo of FrankBrewbody
3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I was initially apprehensive to try this given the ABV, but it's one of the better imperial IPA's I've tried as of late.

Look: dark yellow/light organge colour with a good head that mantains at the 1/2" level when poured
Smell: Fantastic hope nose with a strong grapefruit character, i suspect that's likely the citra hope coming through
Taste: very interesting taste with a deep complexity of flavour. Sweet start that has a good melon like flavour however the profile quickly transitions into a bitter hoppy flavour with a surprisingly minimal bite given the ABV.
Feel: very cream, minimal carbonation.

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Photo of SebD
3.69/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: It has a nice very hazy golden/orange color to it. It has a nice off-white head that dies down moderately and leaves lovely lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of citrus, grapefruit, pine resins, bready malts and some caramel.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has some citrus/grapefruit, bitter pine resins, some bready/buscuity malts and light caramel.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied by good flavors and aromas. Not quite as good as I thought it would be but still enjoyable.

Serving type: can

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Photo of -steve-
3.7/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Cloudy brew with loads of head. Orange and pine smells, grapefruit. Citrus tastes abound. Dry and bitter. Nicely carbonated. I am glad that Nickel Brook is moving operations to Hamilton.

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Photo of jrenihan
3.72/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Rhino.

Beer has a cloudy marmalade colour. Moderately sized white head. Decent retention, some lace.

Citrus and tropical fruits are prominent in the nose. Smells like citra. Grapefruit, pineapple.

The same tropical and citrus fruits as the nose are present in the flavour. Fairly bitter. Alcohol is noticeable. Some bready malt, lots of heat.

Full bodied, moderately carbonated, lots of alcohol burn.

Overall, not bad, but not something I would have again.

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Nickel Brook Immodest from Nickel Brook Brewing Co.
4.09 out of 5 based on 74 ratings.
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