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

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RATINGS: 198   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56/5   IBU: 80   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
We admit it. We have a problem... We love our hops. We especially adore the amazing science of hops! As homage to our favourite wonders of nature, we present to you our award-winning Headstock IPA. The flowering humulus lupulus hop-cone provides us with the vital acids, essential oils and resins that permeate throughout our IPA. The result is a deliciously obscene wallop of tropical fruit, citrus and pine flavours and aromas any hop-head would gladly give a DNA sample for. We conclude that hop science is one tasty passion.


1.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 3/20
cheap (5231) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 27, 2016
OK, from a bottle I wonder if this is just another ubiquitous IPA. Some sediment on the bottom of the bottle. Smells like strong IPA, what else? It looks like IPA, and hey of it looks, tastes and smells like IPA, what else could it be, a macro lager? No way, IPA is so much more macrotized than pale lager, hehehheh. Yea, another IPA trying to be an illegal imperial IPA immigrant without penetrating the border.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
lux_edwards (282) - - MAR 9, 2016
50 cl can. Pours a clear golden with minimal white head. Aroma of grapefruit, lemon, pine. Taste is bitter. It has a medium body and oily mouth feel. Overall a great beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
superspak (4490) - Michigan, USA - FEB 17, 2016
12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 12/10/2015. Pours slight hazy orange/copper color with a 2 finger dense and rocky light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, mango, melon, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, honey, light caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of juicy citrus/tropical/pine hops and moderate bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, mango, melon, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, honey, light caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Good amount of pine/citrus rind bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, mango, melon, lemon/orange peel, pine, honey, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of juicy citrus/tropical/pine hops and moderate bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero astringent hop flavors after the finish. Good amount of dryness from sticky bitterness as well. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, sticky/resinous, and slightly creamy/bready balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent IPA! All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of juicy citrus/tropical/pine hops and moderate bready malt flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jsquire (4106) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - FEB 16, 2016
Golden beer out of the tap with a thin white head. Big tropical fruit, citrus and pine nose. This is a hop dominant ipa with lots of sweet candied orange peel, red grapefruit, pineapple and apricot jam flavors. A strong pine bitterness joins in the finish. There is plenty of malts to support all those hops. A pleasant hoppy surprise.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tristanlaugher (151) - Nova Scotia, CANADA - FEB 16, 2016
UPDATED: APR 21, 2016 Pint can. Nice citrus hoppy smell. Frothy head. Cloudy with fine suspended particles. Lively combination. Pretty good beer

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dogbrick (11180) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 16, 2016
Sample at Bobís Bar during the "Inaugural Bobís Bar Sour Spectacular!" on 02/12/2016. The beer is a slightly hazy golden color with a medium white head that dissipates quickly to an outer ring. Stringy lacing on the glass. Aroma of citrus,.hops and malt. Medium body with flavors of piney hops, citrus and grainy malt. The finish is moderately bitter with a short fruity hops aftertaste. Decent overall.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RoseGambrinus (16) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 11, 2016
This beer has really evolved. Itís gone from a malt based IPA to a real íWest Coastí style IPA over past few years. Lotís of citrus, pine and bready malt in the nose. Flavour is heavy duty dose of bitterness, but itís got a solid malt backbone to soften that hop aggression. Well made and always enjoyed.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sledutah (6898) - Utah, USA - JAN 1, 2016
16oz can thanks to Secret Santa
Pours clear dark golden with a medium sized off-white head, lots of lacing. Aroma of pine resin, caramel and fruity. Taste is pine, Bready, herbal and spicy hops
Good, solid IPA

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
fiulijn (18598) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 31, 2015
Can, courtesy of Matt
Cloudy orange color, with almost no head. Aroma of malts, hop, cream, oranges. The mouthfeel is a bit mellow, same malt profile, but itís also a bit creamy (buttery); nice hop component, not too fresh too.
Is this an old can?<Funny thing (not too much) is that they warn to drink fresh, but they donít date date the can (at least, itís not visible). Ordinary IPA.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
QcBeer (118) - Quebec, CANADA - NOV 29, 2015
Petite couleur cuivrť, avec un beau col mousseux! Nez de pamplemousse, citron et caramel. En bouche on a les mÍmes saveur qui surprend, avec une douce et longue amertume.


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