Nickel Brook Brewing Co.

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IPA - Imperial
Ranked #1,610
Ranked #6,309
4.09 | pDev: 9.05%
Nickel Brook Brewing Co.
Ontario, Canada
Notes: 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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LanceH from Canada (ON)

4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

May 25, 2016
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biboergosum from Canada (AB)

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?

Nov 13, 2016
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taxandbeerguy from Canada (ON)

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.

Apr 18, 2016
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Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

4.16/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can: Poured a hazy bright amber color ale with a nice large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of juicy hops with nice citrusy notes and light fruity ester. Taste is a mix of deep citrusy hops notes with some floral undertones and light fruity ester with some residual sugar and light dry caramel notes and very limited bitterness. Body is full with good carbonation. Enjoyable but also very filling IIPA with plenty of malt.

Jun 23, 2017
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TerryW from Canada (ON)

3.66/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Too emphatic in too many ways. Its very sweet and that brings tbis brew to its knees for me. Over the top hoppy as well. Lots of orange peel. And noticeably boozy. The problem is that it really doesnt hang together. No hsrmony.

Nov 28, 2017
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Sammy from Canada (ON)

3.79/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Feb 19, 2015
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CAMRAhardliner from Canada (ON)

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.

Mar 30, 2016
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

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...

Jun 17, 2016
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Derek from Canada (BC)

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!

May 03, 2016
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bluejacket74 from Ohio

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.

May 27, 2016
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thehyperduck from Canada (ON)

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.

Apr 11, 2016
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papat444 from Canada (QC)

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.

Jul 04, 2016
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Electros from Canada (ON)

4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

May 08, 2015
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nrbw23 from Ohio

4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jun 23, 2016
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gregcordle from Ohio

4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Apr 28, 2016
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jsurfs82 from Ohio

4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mar 19, 2015
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Jeffo from Netherlands

3.67/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this from the LCBO this past summer.

From a 16oz can into a pint glass.
IBU: 85
Hops: Magnum, Simcoe & Citra

APPEARANCE: Pours a two finger, foamy, medium looking white head with good retention. Head slowly fades to a full cap and leaves some lacing on the glass. Clear safety orange in color with medium levels of carbonation. A full cap remains until the end leaving lots of sticky lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Pale malts with caramel, toffee notes, melon, pine aromas and pineapple. Good mix and plenty aromatic.

TASTE: Pale malts, caramel sweetness, melon and piney notes up front. Flavorful. A nice finish of caramel, pineapple, melon, piney flavors and some alcohol lingers on the palate. Good stuff.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. Creamy smooth on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes somewhat sticky for the style. Some bitterness lingers.

OVERALL: Good brew. This one is perhaps a touch boozier than it really needs to be, but that definitely doesn’t take away from the enjoyment factor here. Worth checking out if for sure. Cheers!

Sep 27, 2017
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yasky from Canada (ON)

3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Jul 15, 2016
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wordemupg from Canada (AB)

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

Jul 05, 2018
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RedAleMan from Canada (ON)

4.54/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Apr 09, 2016
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bylerteck from Canada (ON)

3.46/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Mar 28, 2015
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liamt07 from Canada (ON)

4.31/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Feb 01, 2015
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andrenaline from Canada (ON)

4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Mar 30, 2017
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TheSevenDuffs from Canada (ON)

3.25/5  rDev -20.5%

May 11, 2014
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mtomlins from Canada (ON)

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.

May 20, 2016
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