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


on tap

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RATINGS: 201   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.

thebhoy's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thebhoy (61) - Ontario, - MAR 13, 2013
Great IPA from a solid Ontario brewery. This years batch seems even better than last years. A very hoppy beer thatís a dark orange/amber colour. Itís a big IPA, a strong, full body with enough of a malty base to tie down hoppiness. A great beer at a great price too!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AWS9 (634) - Mississauga, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 29, 2016
Can. Orange-brown pour, with foamy head. Lots of hoppy notes in the nose, which goes on into the taste and finish quite prominently, preventing the alcohol from sticking out. Picked up some citrus notes too, but largely a hop-only show, which isnít an issue (I love my IPAs), but prevents it from being a true, nuanced standout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HKdIPA (660) - HONG KONG - AUG 9, 2016
Can from Ottawa LCBO at parentsí. Honey orange pour with white lacy head. Aroma is booze, butterscotch, banana, deep resinous hops. Taste is similar - deep pine resin bitterness, sweet hot booziness, banana and caramel. Dry bubbly finish with lasting bitter boozy warmth. Really good big resinous IPA - but more caramel than a Stone-type resin, halfway between that and a more Mikkeller-type IPA.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 3/20
LinusStick (3223) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 6, 2016
Ugh. Bad bottle maybe? Aroma was strong window cleaner/Terpentine. Pour was a medium gold with a one finger off white head. Taste was insanely sweet in the front then strongly chemically bitter. Not hoppy bitter. Had to pour after two sips. Given the high scores on this beer Iím assuming there was something wrong with it. Iíll pick another one up if I see it and rerate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
zimbo (892) - SCOTLAND - JUL 29, 2016
Beautiful rich shining hazy yellow glow. Big fluffy glossy sticky rocky pure white head. Great long juniperish long bitter herbally chewy palate with hints of tropical fruit and pine. Long aftertaste. Deeply satisfying and heady. Impressive.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rondphoto (3988) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - JUN 26, 2016
bottle @ Jungle Jims / Cincinnati OH --- Aroma of malt with orange maple and light citrus. Nearly clear medium amber color, off-white head that sinks to a thin cover, hanging strands of lace. Taste is caramel malt with solid carbonation on the swallow. From there, it hits harsh bittering, but only for a moment. Malt re-enters, and, even though the hops still dominate, there is sufficient balance to recommend this one. I could buy it again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
portwood (143) - Markham, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 26, 2016
Smell: earthy hops, bitter grapefruit pith, lemon rind. Taste: creamy mouthfeel, low sugar, pine resin. Finish: very dry, some citrus but very bitter. smells better than it tastes (can 05/25/16, tasted 06/06/16)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jamestulloch (3377) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 19, 2016
Keg. Hazy amber body with a thin off-white head. Steady carbonation. Faint lacing. Aroma of orange, caramel and pine. Flavour of fresh hops, bitter orange marmalade and grapefruit. Medium body with an oily mouthfeel. Light fizz. A classic IPA. Very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
UDBeernut (2619) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mathieuc (3258) - Quťbec, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 9, 2016
UPDATED: JUN 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 didnít expect to like as much as I do!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
UM02 (354) - Quebec, CANADA - MAY 8, 2016
Well balanced hoppy IPA. Citrus nose with a pine aftertaste, nice full malt and good water base. Excellent IPA.

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