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Half Pints Sweet Nikki Brown

Formerly brewed at Half Pints Brewing Co.
Style: Brown Ale
Winnipeg, Canada


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RATINGS: 60   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.34   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 147   ABV: 4.9%
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This beer has been brewed especially for my wife, Nicole. Just like her, itís a little sweet, and a little bitter. Brewed in the American Brown tradition, this hoppy ale is nut brown in colour (just liker her hair and eyes). The addition of two different British crystal malts give the beer a sweet, fruity flavor while the Belgian Biscuit and Chocolate malts lend a deep nutty character (draw your own conclusions) to finish. Iíve used UK Goldings and Yakima Valley Cascade hops to add a flowery citrus finish to the beer. Try it with a ploughmanís lunch of Rye bread, Asiago cheese, and deli pickles. Serve at 8 degrees celcius in a nonic pint glass. Unfiltered and unpasturized.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Oakes (12561) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 10, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 24, 2014 very dark brown, fruity, light, way too yeasty w a dash of nail polish. Not much complexity and the balance isnít for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (11942) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUL 2, 2008
(22oz. bottle) Pours a chestnut brown body with a small creamy beige head. Aroma of caramel, chocolate, and nuts. Flavor of cocoa, toasted grain, and nuts. Easy drinker.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lubiere (9998) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 12, 2007
A dark clear brown ale with a thick lacing light moka head. A light chocolate and coffee aroma, malty, caramelly and light black olives. In mouth, a good dry powedery chocolate and chocolate bitterness. Medium bodied. Trade with Piscator34. Tasted summer 2007.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sammy (8636) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 7, 2013
Bottle at Bar Volo. Starts as a nice chocolate malt, and ending with a decent hoppiness. Good drinkability. Dark brown body with abundant white head. Good for the style, refreshing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jercraigs (7812) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 22, 2006
Ruby tinged brown, tan head. Grainy hops and very muted toasty malt. Watery coffee grounds like bitterness up front is a bit off putting to me, washed out malt in the middle, hops escape in the finish with a last minute citrus note. Average palate. Actually not a bad take on a brown ale, but does very little for me personally. 7/3/6/3/13

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (7811) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 17, 2006
Impressions from the YeHa! party:
-A veil of foam barely covers the cloudy brown.
-Entertaining roastiness and toastiness converse with sweet nuttiness in the nose.
-C-hop citrus fruitiness are ably linked to the nutty maltiness; I usually donít like this match, but in this case it is very well done.
-The low carbonation and somewhat thin maltiness are not enough to sink your teeth into, and although they provide high drinkability, they tend to bore me.
-A roasted malt bitterness is paired with supporting leafy hops in the finish, as hazelnut sweetness trails off.
-Even though Iím not impressed by the mouthfeel, I would say this is nonetheless an enjoyable brown ale.

Bottle; no date.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DuffMan (6745) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 4, 2009
UPDATED: DEC 9, 2009 Bottle. Dark chestnut brown pour. Surprisingly roasty aroma, some burnt malt and bitter chocolate. Chocolate comes forward on the palate, some nutty character, and some nice bitter roast. Medium bitter finish that is surprisingly hoppy. Well balanced, nice character, very tasty!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Radek Kliber (6470) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - APR 15, 2014
Where and how: Bottle @ Volo
Aroma caramel, alcohol, clean approach with aromatic top. Herbal backing.
Appearance :
Top: medium cap.
Base: dark brown.
Palate : mineral feel with watery finish
Taste: brown sugars, some chocolate.
Other notes drinkable, fresh.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Rastacouere (6129) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 29, 2010
A generous light beige mountain covers the hazy medium brown pour, constantly fed by vigorous carbonation. Surprisingly hop dominated nose where grapefruit shines and leaves little else except powdery chocolate flakes. Appealing and perfumey, but simplistic for a brown ale. In mouth, again the malt profile which I kept expecting just never really happened as soft doses of chocolate and nut shells fail to develop a profound toastiness nor any fruitiness. Instead, the vigorous effervescence which helped the appearance becomes a flaw here, cutting through any development and making the medium-bodied ensemble feel exageratedly airy. Foamy mouth presence quickly draws its grapefruit hoppy finish that stays more in the aromatic stray than in straight bittering. I was initially seduced by its nose, but its simplicity and shortcuts made it more difficult (considerably less interesting) to drink after each sips. For a beer under 5%, this is not an appreciable trait.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
HogTownHarry (6108) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - DEC 24, 2006
Bottle (650ml). Shared with blankboy, GregClow, jerc and mabel, GregClowís bottle. Deep clear ruby-brown with a small beige foamy head. I really loved the aroma of this one - rich roast fresh grain, light floral hops, something that seemed like oats. The taste was a little too bitter, quite grainy, a little bready, but the roast didnít materialize as I expected, and thereís only a generic bitterness, no real hop character. Slightly thin body, some astringency, quite dry on the tongue, with a bit of acidity in the aftertaste - not bad - and really nice aroma.

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