Nine Locks IPA
Nine Locks Brewing Company

Nine Locks IPANine Locks IPA
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Nine Locks Brewing Company
Nova Scotia, Canada
American IPA
Ranked #2,515
Ranked #19,011
3.82 | pDev: 10.21%
Jun 28, 2022
Apr 13, 2016
Very Good
Nine Locks IPANine Locks IPA
Notes: Big, bold, and bitter! India pale ale was fashioned to survive the long voyage from England to India during the British colonization. Citrus, tropical fruit, pine, and floral hop flavours and aromas overpower the malty sweet body. First wort hopped, hop burst, and then dry hopped, our flagship IPA pairs perfectly with all things spicy or cheesy, and poultry or fish.
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Reviewed by TheRandall from Indiana

4.02/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
The IPA is good. Pretty pale color and normal aroma. Head is fine. Pleasant aftertaste. I think it deserves a 4. Nine Locks is above average and should be known as such.
Jun 28, 2022
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Reviewed by ScottBStaples from Canada (NS)

4.9/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
Overall, One of Nine Locks best. The immediate surprise is the exciting palate reaction . As this strikes me as tasting Sprucy. But once you taste it, it requires follow up drinks. It awakens the senses of smell and taste. A strong flavored drink perhaps. But not overbearing and definitely not bland. Consider the real taste of camping in a coniferous forest. The Sprucy flavor immediately stimulates a sensational mood of nature. Like a Nova Scotia Vacation in a Can. 5 Stars +
Mar 10, 2021
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Reviewed by jfreeze from Canada (NB)

4.09/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Beer pours a glassy clear gold with orange hues. The off white head has some serious integrity- you know its good when after sinking for awhile it still looks as thick as whipped cream. From the first whiff, it's clear that this one is solidly in the West Coast camp. Its got that sweet/perfumey/floral thing going on that reminds me of first time I had Red Racer. Taste follows the aroma- it's all pine, grapefruit rind, and sweet caramel malt, finishing dry and snappy. Balance between malt sweetness and hop bitterness is perfect for my tastes.
I've had a few beers from Nine Locks now, and I'm not sure whether its their equipment or practices (or both), but they're pushing out some serious commercial quality stuff. Hopefully going forward, as they have with this beer, they can use those powers for good and not for evil (e.g., ditch the watermelon blonde!!).
All said, a very solid flagship IPA for those who want something hoppy that's not just another haze boi.
Oct 02, 2019
Rated: 2.98 by bylerteck from Canada (ON)

Aug 28, 2019
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Reviewed by biboergosum from Canada (AB)

3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
473ml can - awwwwwww, they broke the Reinheitsgebot by adding 'love' to the four traditional ingredients.

This beer pours a hazy, medium copper amber colour, with a teeming tower of puffy, rocky, and somewhat bubbly ecru head, which leaves some thickly splattered lace around the glass as it rather lazily sinks away.

It smells of bready and doughy caramel malt, a lesser biscuity toffee sweetness, some muddled domestic citrus rind, a bit of stoney flintiness, and more leafy, floral, and piney green hop bitters. The taste is gritty and grainy caramel malt, orange and red grapefruit peel, a damp minerality, and more leafy, musty, and resinous piney hoppiness.

The carbonation is fairly restrained in its tepid-seeming frothiness, the body a decent middleweight, and generally smooth, with nothing really sticking out its neck at this particular juncture. It finishes off-dry, the malt holding on for dear life in the face of the lingering hops.

Overall - this comes across as a capably-rendered version of the style, nice and hoppy, yet not too bitter. Add in to that a well-concealed extra 2-ish points of booze, and what we have here is one quaffable and enjoyable offering. Worth checking out!
Dec 27, 2018
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Rated by ewpass from Canada (PE)

3.91/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Hazy reddish-gold with a medium head. Light citrus and malt nose. Firm malt body with nice crispness and hoppiness. More EIPA than AIPA.
Apr 14, 2018
Rated: 3.67 by Sammy from Canada (ON)

Aug 28, 2017
Rated: 3.69 by CurtisD from Canada (NB)

Apr 05, 2017
Rated: 3.65 by JoshuaCCampbell from Canada (NS)

Mar 15, 2017
Rated: 4 by RHF711 from Canada (ON)

Dec 28, 2016
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Reviewed by souvenirs from Canada (BC)

3.54/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
Poured from a 473 ml can.

A: somewhere between cloudy and clear, with a nice amount of off-white head
S: citrus
T: bitter, grassy
F: on the thin side
Dec 22, 2016
Rated: 3.95 by Molson2000 from Canada (ON)

Sep 28, 2016
Rated: 3.67 by gratefulbeerhead from Indiana

Jun 27, 2016
Rated: 3.6 by sdm9465 from Canada (NS)

Apr 22, 2016
Rated: 3.88 by Mousel from Canada (ON)

Apr 18, 2016
Nine Locks IPA from Nine Locks Brewing Company
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 15 ratings