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

bottled
common

on tap
available

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RATINGS: 164   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MunBro (794) - 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.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HopsandBolts (182) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
BreWedge (375) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
artemb (79) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dnicolaescu (1188) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
deyholla (8034) - 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.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
maley1 (888) - 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.

5
   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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
MarkoR (665) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 24, 2015
UPDATED: JUL 2, 2015 On tap at the Loop, in Toronto. Pours a nice orange colour with small white head. Aroma is hops. Taste was hoppy, citrus. Pretty good IPA.

4.6
   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!

5
   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.


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