Brewed by Nickel Brook Brewing Co.
Style: American Pale Ale
Burlington, Canada


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RATINGS: 37   MEAN: 2.08/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.18   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 42   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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Gluten Free IPA.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Lubiere (10094) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 14, 2011
UPDATED: JUL 5, 2011 A golden "IPA" with a thin collapsing white head. In aroma, rather strange butterscotch and coconut cream mix, not really hoppy, bizarre. In mouth, I have to admit this is half decent for a gluten free beer, subdued butterscotch, light British hops, caramel, but some off puting solventy notes. Iím not going to be too harsh given that for the genre, this is not too bad. Can from LCBO, June 2011.

Tried the cask version at Ottawa cask fest., June 26 2011., and that was a total miss, looking like pineaplle juice, aroma of floor polish, bizarre, strange and bilous mouthfeel, iodine, vomit, bad...4-2-3-1-4.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
JoeMcPhee (8466) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 20, 2011
Can from the LCBO. The pour is pale golden with a bit of white head. The aroma is a little bit cidery with a touch of light citrusy hoppiness. Light bodied with some moderate bitterness. It doesnít have that odd sort of sorghum twang that I get from other gluten-free products. I donít think itís up to the level of some other examples Iíve had, but if I were gluten intolerant, Iíd drink this in a heartbeat.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jercraigs (7878) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 30, 2010
2010-05-28. Hazy pastel orange body, small white head. Flavour is odd, light citrusy hops, odd grainy character, cidery notes. Aroma of light hops, light citrus. 6+ Average to thin palate. Bit rough and wonky, not quite enough hops to cover up the underlying cidery character. Bottle at Cíest What, Toronto

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
DuffMan (6788) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 22, 2012
Can, shared with Robbie. This beer instantly reminded me of Scottís Pale Ale from New Zealand, which is another beer that uses hop juice to mask the lack of body and malt structure in a gluten free beer. Certainly leagues better than the majority of the gluten-free brews on the market, but very unbalanced and ultimately unsatisfying compared to a grain-based pale ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Radek Kliber (6483) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - JUN 8, 2010
Bottle 341 ml at Cest What ? Spring festival 2010
Appearance: hazed amber gold with lighter top. 3-.
Aroma: citric , sweet with fresh fruity character. Pleasant nose.
Flavour/Body/Palate: light on body , frontal citric character. Bit sourness biter at edges. Slight hint of alcohol. Touch of tart red apple.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
HogTownHarry (6108) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JUN 21, 2010
Bottle sample, at CíEst What Spring Festival, May 29, 2010. Gluten-free: dazzle me, Seymour. Hazy light gold pour with an average white frothy head. Aroma is (was interrupted by a Beer Advocate who shall go nameless *cough* Eric *cough* - who said "smells like ass! smells like pirates!!") ... aroma is ... really sweet, but weirdly sweet, like canola, and it reminded me of something a bit unpleasant from my childhood - maybe golden syrup mixed with medicine ... eventually I decided it reminded me of those cheap instant butterscotch pudding mixes (hence weird sweet and chemicals); stale, maybe herbal honey ... hard to pinpoint; most importantly, it wasnít good, but it didnít suck. Tasted a bit gingery, almost sour (inappropriately so) - like lemon cough drops, medicinal floral bitterness, oily; weird, but again not horrifying. Had a sticky mouthfeel, kind of unpleasantly so, decently carbonated, but I didnít like the impression it left and it was hard to finish my sample - this may be one of the best gluten-free beers Iíve ever had, but no frigginí way would I drink it again - give me a gin & tonic any day.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
blankboy (6067) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 6, 2010
Bottle at CíEst What Spring Festival, 2010. Pours a hazy yellow-gold with a small diminishing white head. Aroma and flavour of light citrus hops, citrus fruit, some grain and a bit of sourness. Thin to average bodied. Best gluten-free beer Iíve had for sure, itís not awesome but I can drink it which is not something I can say about the other ones Iíve tried.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
mabel (5805) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 8, 2010
UPDATED: NOV 23, 2010 [2881-20100528] Bottle. Soapy fruit aroma. Slightly hazy, light orange brown body with a quick foamy white head. Fruity strawberry cream flavour has a long fruity cream aftertaste that suddenly turns to cleaner. Medium body. Not wonderful. (5/2/5/3/9) 2.4
(CWSF 2010 @ Cíest What, Toronto, ON)

[3377B-20100922] Bottle. Fruity cereals aroma. Clear, orange amber body with a big foamy off-white head. Brown apple flavour has a lingering sweet fruit-like cider aftertaste. Medium body has a light twang. Better than other gluten-free beers but otherwise boring. (6/3/5/3/12) 2.9
(@ Victory Cafe, Toronto, ON)

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
Boutip (4738) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 12, 2011
UPDATED: JAN 19, 2011 Can: Poured a clear bright golden color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some light lacing. Aroma consists of rotten hops and overcooked vegetable with some rotten grass. Taste is about as good as aroma description indicates. I am wondering if there was a change in recipee considering the newest ratings are so low.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 6/20
presario (4640) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 1, 2012
Can. Yellow with very thin head despite steady bubbles. Smells something like beer. Thin unfriendly flavour with very harsh finish. Metallic.

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