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 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!

Added by jrenihan on 08-08-2013

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Reviews by Nunya:
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4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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Photo of biboergosum
4.14/5  rDev +1.7%
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 taxandbeerguy
4.55/5  rDev +11.8%
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 JonnyBeers
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Sammy
3.79/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bryanzk
4.31/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of grahuba
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of LanceH
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GJKerr
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DaveBar
4.36/5  rDev +7.1%
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 StormAles
4.66/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bluejacket74
4.24/5  rDev +4.2%
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 Phyl21ca
4.16/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.25/5  rDev -20.1%

Photo of mtomlins
3.99/5  rDev -2%
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 CurtisD
3.96/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of garyloveman
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of papat444
4.31/5  rDev +5.9%
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 patre_tim
2.32/5  rDev -43%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Copper and modestly cloudy, with little carbonation of small and the occasional ginormous bubble. Topped with 2 fingers of yellow tinged head. Leaves a nice lacing.

Smells of crème brulee, burnt sugar forward with hints of burning rubber. The background is of citrus, candy and lemon cream.

The taste follows the nose. This beer is unfortunately old for an IPA. I now read on the bottom of the can ‘May 03 17’ which I assume is the canning date. It’s Dec 24th, 2017. I got this a week ago at LCBO, thanks LCBO. So all I get is an immodest assessment of this brew.

Medium body, moderate carbonation.

Drinking this Ontario brew in Quebec today. It at least holds up to the over aged Tuatara IIPA I had, making me think this once was a very good brew.

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Photo of spinrsx
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the lcbo for $5

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Photo of RedAleMan
4.54/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of liamt07
4.31/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SebD
3.69/5  rDev -9.3%
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 Mousel
4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of thehyperduck
4.39/5  rDev +7.9%
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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Nickel Brook Immodest from Nickel Brook Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.07 out of 5 with 92 ratings