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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: 194   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.


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3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
hangunder (305) - Ontario, - FEB 8, 2013
Pineapple, tropical fruit, light citrus and grapefruit. A bit of sweet malt. Interesting and unique smelling. Hazy copper color with super long lasting white head. Malty sweetness comes through in the taste, tropical fruits upfront and significant hop bitterness in the finish. Medium bodied and average carbonation. Pretty good IPA


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
UDBeernut (2519) - Between JAX and SGJ, Florida, USA - MAY 26, 2016
On tap at the bent elbow in Kitchener. Pours golden Amber, nice off white head leaves solid lacing. Solid citrus and resin nose. Taste begins with solid bitterness, pine, citrus, citrus rinds. Medium body. Canada may know how to IPA after all.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mathieuc (3030) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 9, 2016
Can thanks to dabeerbuddha @ BA, many thanks man! Pours a very clear golden with a medium frothy white head that leaves nice lacing. Nose is of oranges and other hop oils. Really pleasing. Taste is more juicy oranges and moderately bitter. Long lasting bitter finish. Light supporting malt base. Body is medium, carbonation moderate and mouthfeel a bit juicy. A really good IPA I didn’t expect to like as much as I do!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
UM02 (351) - Quebec, CANADA - MAY 8, 2016
Well balanced hoppy IPA. Citrus nose with a pine aftertaste, nice full malt and good water base. Excellent IPA.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
crossovert (10759) - Illinois, USA - MAY 1, 2016
DRaft. This is a pretty good ipa, citrus and pine notes, fairly dry, some fruitiness. Good stuff.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rumproasts (4718) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - APR 11, 2016
bottle. Golden with one finger head. Aboverage IPA. Medium body, light sweetness. Citrus hops. Crisp hops, well constructed IPA, but slightly generic.

4.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
milewide (1982) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 31, 2016
Probably the best Canadian IPA that I have tried! Totally unfiltered which is extra points with me. Flavor leans grapefruit...and sticks in the aftertaste...and is not swamped by brute bitterness.

1.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 3/20
cheap (5112) - 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 (265) - - 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 (4309) - 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 (4065) - 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.


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