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


on tap

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RATINGS: 163   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
hangunder (304) - 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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
BreWedge (374) - 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 (71) - 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 (1184) - 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 (7945) - 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 (884) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MarkoR (661) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 24, 2015
On tap at the Loop, in Toronto. Pours a nice orange colour with small white head. Aroma was hops, but also a bit skunky so I wonder if I had a bad batch or something. Taste was hoppy, citrus. Will have to try it again to see if I like it better since I’m usually a big fan of IPAs and other stuff from Nickel Brook.

   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 (6) - - MAR 28, 2015 does not count
I buy this by the growlers directly from the brewery and trust me, the hops will knock your socks off. 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 (2541) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 14, 2015
Nice deep dark golden color. Fruity citrusy nose. Intense citrusy bitter taste. Like!

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