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


on tap

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RATINGS: 172   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55   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.

MunBro's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MunBro (842) - St. Albert, Alberta, - AUG 22, 2014
Mmm aroma of citrusy tropical fruits. Beautiful pour into a spigleau IPA glass. Really good IPA with lots of tropical fruit flavours and hops. Really impressed that this came out of a $3 can. Usually IPAs this good are $10 in AB.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tranquillity (1496) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - SEP 30, 2015
Canned. Hazy orange body, small white head. Surprisingly fresh and malty aroma, with summer notes. The taste is deep, continuing with more fruity accents than the aroma. The finish is lovely, and comes in phases.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Kauge (814) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - SEP 25, 2015
Can from LCBO. Pours a translucent orange with a small off-white head. The nose strikes at first as excessively resiny, then mellows as the jammy sweet malty notes surface, as well as some musky hints. Taste is malty and citrusy sweet with a nice resiny lingering bitter finish. The mouthfeel seems a tiny bit too thin for the bitterness overload. But overall it’s a pretty nice IPA. Probably among the nicest I’ve yet to purchase from the retrograde system called LCBO.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KoNrRiI (820) - Århus, DENMARK - SEP 13, 2015
0.473 can. Clear, light amber color and a large, off-white head. Aroma of citruses and other fruits, most notably banana, strawberries, and perhaps a dash of kiwi - quite nice, almost like a smoothie. Taste is bitter, in a hoppy sense, with a strong addition of the aforementioned fruits. Medium to full body, creamy texture, and soft carbonation. Finish is bitter, perhaps too much so given the beer’s fruity character. Overall, although the beer would appear as a standard IPA, it happens to be quite curious especially with its creamy, fruity, smoothie-like flavor.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
radiomgb (2543) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 7, 2015
473ml can from the LCBO in Peterborough, Ontario. Hazy orange-amber in colour with a thin but lasting white head, good lacing. The aroma is of orange juice, floral hops and grapefruit. The flavour is quite sweet, sticky, chewy, grapefruit and floral hops. Sweet mouthfeel, medium body, moderate carbonation. Finishes long, bitter. It’s alright but it seems a little too fruit juicy to me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Whatup14 (1163) - Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 7, 2015
Canette 473ml. Couleur orangée voilée, mousse blanc cassé aérienne laissant une belle dentelle. Arôme de houblon résineux, pin, agrumes, malt, soupçon de fumée? Goût de pamplemousse, houblon résineux, amertume élevée, malt en fin de bouche, résine. Carbonatation moyenne, corps moyen-dense, collante.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kidobutai (546) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - AUG 9, 2015
Poured from a bottle. Cloudy pale amber. Small sudsy head. Tart in the back of the cheeks. Good flavor.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mike5326 (1292) - virginia beach, Virginia, USA - AUG 9, 2015
Poured from a bottle. Murky golden color, medium to small frothy white head. Musky hops aroma. Medium body with a real sweet hops flavor and a medium light bitter finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Luvystypotables (1177) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - AUG 9, 2015
Aroma of caramel, malt and hops, pours a hazy light caramel color with a short lasting white well laced head. Taste of caramel, dried fruit, malt and hops. Medium body with a mildly bitter hops finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HopsandBolts (209) - Ontario, CANADA - JUN 30, 2015
473 ml can from the LCBO.

Appearance: Pours a golden amber colour, almost lager colour, with a good finger and a half of thick white head. Retention is good and there is lots of lacing left behind.

Aroma: Hops, candied fruit, bread.

Flavours: Hops, lemon, orange, malt.

Mouthfeel: Full with lots of carbonation.

Overall: Great IPA with lots of hops and lemon coming through. Full bodied with a nice crisp bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
BreWedge (402) - 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.

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