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Nickel Brook Equilibrium ESB

Brewed by Nickel Brook Brewing Co.
Style: Premium Bitter/ESB
Burlington, Canada
Serve in English pint


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RATINGS: 39   MEAN: 3.43/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38/5   IBU: 43   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
Balance is finding the point between two opposing forces for a more desirable outcome: Equilibrium. We crafted our Nickel Brook Equilibrium ESB with balance as the primary objective. Equilibrium has a great malt character and full body that you expect in an ESB. We balance it with a generous dosage of hops that gives Equilibrium a distinct fruity flavour and appropriate level of bitterness. We advise you to find your Equilibrium today!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ChadPoole (244) - Ontario, CANADA - AUG 12, 2016
Picked up a 4 can sample pack from the lcbo. Pours dark amber with a big foamy off white head. Aroma is sweet carmel, dark fruits, vanilla and oak. Mouthful is straight bitter at first then mellows to a great balanced taste. Very good beer, starting to really like this style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sudomorph (1079) - Barrie, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 12, 2016
473ml 29 June 2016 can. Pours a clear caramel with a finger of off white head that thins slightly but sticks to the glass. Aroma has notes of dark caramel, traditional bittering hops, slight dark fruits, and a creamyness. Taste is balanced well with notes of caramel, biscuit, bread, mild dark fruits, faint roast, and medium, fruity yeast. Medium body with a low-medium carbonation. Fairly clean in the mouth with a dry finish. Overall a nicely crafted esb. Lots of malty caramel and bready notes with dark fruits and hints of roast.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
googleimage83 (25) - Ontario, CANADA - JUL 19, 2016
Cloudy, forms a gorgeous fiery red hue when held in light. Average head, but long retention. Sweet caramel nose with some vanilla and oak notes, not a huge aroma but very nice. Taste is surprisingly dry in contrast, but the malt profile still reigns supreme. Lots of grain as well. Nice floral hop finish, not too common in an ESB. Very impressive, far and away my favourite from the sampler pack.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
portwood (143) - Markham, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 9, 2016
Smell: sour cherries, orange, slight funk. Taste: crisp carbonation, tart & grainy. Finish: dry/earthy bitterness, lemon, burnt caramel. (canned 3/3/16)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
crossovert (11117) - Illinois, USA - MAY 1, 2016
Draft. A pretty decent esb, fruity and toasty notes, good malt body, medium to low bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sallysudz (31) - Ontario, CANADA - MAR 13, 2016
Nicely balanced with gorgeous malts and bitter hops. A little more hoppy than I am used to from this style. Nice complexities in flavours: malts, chocolate, fruit, leafy hops

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
SuperTiti33 (843) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 7, 2015
Bien malté. Céréale. Léger caramel doux et pas sucré. Houblon herbacé. Un peu végétale. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GlennHendry (262) - Oshawa, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 28, 2015
Rich toffee pour with a creamy head. Smells of citrusy hops and sweet caramel malts. Creamy smooth, this has plenty of earthy and fruity hops to go with the sweet malts. A really nice ESB. I’m liking this sampler pack more with each beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jksipa (768) - Newmarket, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 12, 2015
Can from the LCBO. Deep cloudy copper with a small off white head that recedes to a sheet. Nose is caramel, grain, light honey and some leafy hops. Light+ toffee sweetness offset by an equal hoppy bitterness. Medium creamy mouth with soft carbonation and a lingering bitter finish. Of the two I hadn’t tried in the 4 can sampler, this was the surprise. Quite nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Freaky_tiki (1031) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 5, 2015
Had this two nights ago at our back-to-school piss up party two days ago (always amusing to watch us teachers stumble into the new school year) & then again tonight up at the cabin. Dark frothy pour. A lot better than expected, in fact this may be a bit of a sleeper hit in the 4-pack sampler that in came with. A great example of balance, with the malts & cereals & sugars & creamy mouthfeel all working together to make a shining example of what can be a pretty banal style. My buddy Hippyhop boasts of having this on cask & I think that would probably be pretty swell.

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