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


on tap

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RATINGS: 208   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.

MunBro's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MunBro (942) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Moebbels (727) - FINLAND - OCT 22, 2016
A textbook example of the looks of an IPA with a mildly hazy body and a creamy, well enduring white head. Nose has notes of apricots, resin, caramel and citrus fruits. Taste is mildly sweet with a nice, lingering bitterness on the aftertaste. Medium creamy carbonation and rich palate. Nice and balanced heavier IPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerplace (910) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 15, 2016
Tasting with Ilya. 473ml bottle (thx, Peter!). Aroma is slightly sweet, with tropical fruits and some piney hops. Taste is piney bitterness. Same aftertaste. Good one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
fombe89 (2253) - Asturias, SPAIN - SEP 25, 2016
Lata @El Lúpulo Feroz, Oviedo 24/09/2016 Color amarillo, sabor frutal, resinoso, cuerpo medio.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
alvaro78 (289) - Sevilla, SPAIN - SEP 24, 2016
Aromas resinosos pino y cítricos Buen aspecto dorado oscuro buena carbónatacion En boca balanceada, fruta madura y resina y cítrico final seco ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
googleimage83 (68) - Ontario, CANADA - SEP 16, 2016
Pours a translucent gold, head stays for duration of drink. Bright aroma of pine, tropical fruit. Taste of mango, peach, toasty malts, slight earth, and BIG hop bitterness; impressively, the bitter bomb doesn’t disrupt the sweet backbone. While I find the Naughty Neighbour slightly more approachable, this is also an impressive brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ChadPoole (314) - Ontario, CANADA - SEP 14, 2016
Pours dark copper with a foamy white head that laces the glass. Aroma is citrus hops, grapefruit and tropical fruit. Good bitter sweet taste with a dry finish. These guys know what they’re doing, really enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DomD (274) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - SEP 1, 2016
Can into glass. Very nice aroma that seems sweeter than other IPAs. Pours a very cloudy amber. Medium to heavy bitter. Medium bodied with a sticky texture. An interesting IPA that is definitely on the hoppy side.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AWS9 (646) - 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 isn’t 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 (690) - HONG KONG - AUG 9, 2016
Can from Ottawa LCBO at parents’. 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 (3252) - 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 I’m assuming there was something wrong with it. I’ll pick another one up if I see it and rerate.

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