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


on tap

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RATINGS: 193   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56/5   IBU: 80   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
BreWedge (457) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 27, 2015
473 ml can. Pours a clear dark gold with a minimal white head. Aromas of citrus and tropical fruit (mango if I had to guess). Tastes are similar but add in a robust hoppy kick that will easily snap you out of an afternoon lull. Sharp astringent bite, and a bitter finish that’s longer than a Canadian highway (credit to Sam Roberts on that quote). Pretty nice job hiding a hefty 7% abv. This beer’s a winner.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
artemb (461) - Chisinau, MOLDOVA - JUN 21, 2015
Aroma: sweet malts, weak mango and resin, some meat or mushroom notes. Taste: moderate sweeteness, moderate to strong bitterness. Flavour has yeasty meaty notes. Strong bitterness in the aftertaste. Not sure about those strange notes.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dnicolaescu (1671) - Chișinău, MOLDOVA - JUN 20, 2015
CAN 473 ML from bunget. Hazy golden-amber, white frothy head. Sweet malty aroma with the hops far in the background. Some yeasty off-flavour. The taste is moderately sweet, hops, moderate bitterness and that yeasty note too. Not bad, but certainly flawed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
deyholla (9717) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 13, 2015
On tap at Barley Brothers. Pours a hazy light yellow gold with a white head that lasts through the beer and laces. Aroma has musty pine and earthy grass with a wet grain backbone. Flavor has sweet grain and bread notes with a musty pine note.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
maley1 (1036) - calgary, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 9, 2015
Slightly hazy amber pour with large frothy head. Aroma of malts, pine, and hops. Taste of malts, hops, grapefruit, faint citrus and a hint of caramel. Full bodied, high carbonation, long bitter hop finish. Very average beer, not remarkable at all.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
hamiltonbg (1) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 2, 2015 does not count
Great beer from a local brewery that cannot make enough of the stuff. Was just there to grab a growler and they were out of some varieties. I know they are already expanding.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
MarkoR (867) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 24, 2015
UPDATED: JUL 2, 2015 On tap at the Loop, in Toronto. Pours a nice orange colour with small white head. Aroma is hops. Taste was hoppy, citrus. Pretty good IPA.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
hop_heads (1) - - APR 11, 2015 does not count
Best regularly available IPA in Ontario. Nickelbrook is making some great beer these days. I am very excited for the opening of their new location!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
BeerStoreDude (18) - - MAR 28, 2015
UPDATED: JUL 30, 2015 I buy this by the growlers directly from the brewery and trust me, the hops will knock your socks off the second you crack that growler open. At 7% and 80 IBUs, I think this may be the best IPA in Canada.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
YogiBeera (2558) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 14, 2015
Nice deep dark golden color. Fruity citrusy nose. Intense citrusy bitter taste. Like!

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