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Nickel Brook Headstock IPA

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Brewed by Nickel Brook Brewing Co.
Style: India Pale Ale (IPA)
Burlington, Canada
Serve in Shaker, Tulip

bottled
common

on tap
available

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RATINGS: 127   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
A boldly hopped, full bodied American style IPA. Brewed using primarily Nugget hops give Headstock IPA a distinct hop flavour, bitterness and aroma. It also used a blend of classic European and North American malts to enhance the body and flavour. No additives. No preservatives. Naturally caronated for a smooth, crisp finish.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
swoopjones (5602) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JUN 30, 2014
draft at BarHop, toronto. Orange/amber pour, some citrus notes, caramel malt backbone. medium bodied. OK

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
mnurda (1104) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - JUN 19, 2014
Another winner from lcbo. Pours orange with medium head. Medium carbonation. Floral and citrus notes. Very good ipa ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
pictoman (427) - British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 2, 2014
Poured from 473mL can. Orangey yellow with off-white head. Nice hoppy aroma with a little biscuity malt. Flavour same with a bit of citrus, but a little soapy and astringent leaving a drymouth finish.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
nickelpete (3) - - MAY 20, 2014 does not count
very nice aroma. slight amber hazy colour, wonderful citrus aroma and flavour. hop flavour lingers on nicely

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Darn_it (18) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 11, 2014
Continuous sales on this ipa keep it fresh in Toronto and this IPA is a heavy hitter when fresh. Nickle Brook’s new recipe is an amazing ipa that does not hurt the wallet. I wouldn’t recommend this as someone first ipa as it may come across as too intensely bitter for some. Strong tropical fruit, lots of mango, pineapple, orange, orange peel, pine (low compared to the tropical fruit). Big Citra notes. Where this ipa may lack subtly it is exactly what I want out of an IPA. The malt comes through on the nose as it warms, when cold all I can get are the hops. The body the malt provides is heavy but not syrupy. There is plenty of resin left behind after each sip which leads to a long and enjoyable finish. As someone who likes to pick up new beers for each session it is hard for me not to pick this one up over a new ipa that may be mediocre.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
houblonchien (89) - CANADA - MAR 28, 2014
Can. Amber, pale golden in the glass. Nice head Lacing on the glass. Citrus and pine on the nose. Mild grapefruit on the tongue. Refreshing, but not overpowering bitterness. A nice beer for the money.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerGolem (659) - Quebec, CANADA - MAR 26, 2014
Can served at Stout Irish Pub (Toronto). Pours clear golden-amber with tiny white head. Aroma and taste are overwhelmingly fruity (peaches, citrus, lemon) and floral. Sweet IPA with a slight touch of bitterness. Downside is its thin mouthfeel. But other than that, really good IPA.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ljthiessen (308) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - MAR 25, 2014
Can. Lightly hazy golden amber pour. Big hoppy aroma right away, sweet citrus and biscuity notes. Sweet biscuity flavour, full bodied with plenty of hop presence. Nicely balanced.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Oakes (12167) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 23, 2014
Hazy, light amber. Lots of hop on the nose - piney with sticky marmalade. Taste is sticky marmalade, too, with some clean pale malts.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
piscator34 (1946) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - MAR 22, 2014
Canned sample, listed st 7% alcohol. Gold in colour with a bit of haze and fairly strong carbonation. Aromas are of cedar boughs, sweet orange peel, and wintergreen. Flavours are of orange creamsicle, pine, white pepper and earth. The mouthfeel is an odd juxtaposition of creaminess and a firm grassy bitterness. Not bad overall, better than expected.


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