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Nickel Brook Bull Eye Gluten Free Pale Ale

Formerly brewed at Nickel Brook Brewing Co.
Style: American Pale Ale
Burlington, Canada


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RATINGS: 38   MEAN: 2.09/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.17/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 42   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
Gluten Free IPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Reimer96 (1743) - Alberta, CANADA - SEP 12, 2012
UPDATED: SEP 18, 2015 Donít drink a lot of gluten free beers but this is one of the better ones I have. Pours a golden yellow color with little white head. Smells of light citrusy hopps. Taste is a bit sour with a tangy finish. Tried this beer more recently and it has vastly improved... Drinks very much like an APA! Smooth bitterness throughout and great hoppy Aroma... Nicely balanced.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
pootzboy (1690) - Hopville, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 18, 2010
Bottle fresh from brewery: Puts a clouded gold-orange ale in the glass. Puffy 3 finger cap reduces to surface cap and laces the glass well. Soft carbonation. Aroma is bright citrus, some mango and sweet malts - very pleasant aroma Sharp mouth feel. Front side has almost perfect balance between malt and citrusy hops, middle adds some bright fruitiness, finishes long and goes bitter-dry and tart with an almost puckering dry cider-like quality. Probably the best gluten free beer Iíve sampled but then Iíve only tried a few.Flavorful, bright and citrusy, dry and quenching.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jercraigs (9849) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
GregClow (3194) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 30, 2011
Can from the LCBO. Bright, clear golden with a good sized white head that recedes to a thin cap pretty quickly. Aroma is oddly tangy (likely from the sorghum) with a fruity back note and a very slight herbal edge. Nice mouthfeel thatís closer to a "real" beer than most other gluten free beers Iíve tried. Flavour could definitely be more beer-like - the pear juice is quite prominent, and itís sweeter than Iíd like - but the hops take a bit of the edge off, and thereís a nice subtle bitterness in the finish. Some might consider the use of pear juice and demerara sugar to be cheating, but if I was gluten intolerant and looking for a beer substitute, Iíd probably be more concerned with finding something decent & drinkable than I would be with the ingredients used to make it. And decent & drinkable is exactly what this beverage is.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DeanF (2348) - Alberta, CANADA - FEB 5, 2012
As a salutation of solidarity to my gluten-free brothers, I rate this beer. Quite frankly, I have no idea what it means to be sensitive to "gluten", or any other thing out there - I eat them all, and in some countries they give me the runs, but little else. So the fact that such a problem exists, and persists, and is even important enough that brewers will make a beer that avoids your affliction, I feel for you. It has a typical head and yellow body, the aroma is heavy on the hops but also exhibits leather, meat, salt, soft hops. The flavour is very perfumatic hops, several layers of it, lending a plantiness to the whole experiment. Iíd call it a weird beer, it lacks balance, but then again Iím not averse to gluten and cannot say what a gluten-allergic person might think of the thing. Amidst all my non-gluten beers, this one is all right. For sure.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Savvy1982 (1705) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 1, 2012
Can at work, from a Trois Mousquetaires glass. Pours clear yellow, thin, very short-lived white head, no lacing. Nose is HOPPY! What an amazingly pleasant surprise! Some nice hop aroma, earhty and slightly sour malt aroma, but Wow! This doesnít smell NEARLY as bad as other Gluten-free offerings. Flavours are bright and hoppy, with an odd mouthfeel, almost oily. Donít get me wrong, I wouldnít take this over most regular beers, but for a Gluten-free offering, this stuff is a Rockstar!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Lubiere (12878) - 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
blankboy (7220) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
JoeMcPhee (9267) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
DuffMan (9542) - 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.

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