Half Pints Sweet Nikki Brown

Formerly brewed at Half Pints Brewing Co.
Style: Brown Ale
Winnipeg, Canada


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RATINGS: 59   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.34/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 147   ABV: 4.9%
This beer has been brewed especially for my wife, Nicole. Just like her, it’s a little sweet, and a little bitter. Brewed in the American Brown tradition, this hoppy ale is nut brown in colour (just liker her hair and eyes). The addition of two different British crystal malts give the beer a sweet, fruity flavor while the Belgian Biscuit and Chocolate malts lend a deep nutty character (draw your own conclusions) to finish. I’ve used UK Goldings and Yakima Valley Cascade hops to add a flowery citrus finish to the beer. Try it with a ploughman’s lunch of Rye bread, Asiago cheese, and deli pickles. Serve at 8 degrees celcius in a nonic pint glass. Unfiltered and unpasturized.

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probstblueribbon (4088) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 12, 2010
341 ml bottle from Bieropholie, served at cellar temperature in a tulip glass.

App.: Deep brown with a so-so tan head. Aroma: The same oddly floral/perfumy/vegetal note that I’ve detected in some of their other brews...is this the hops or a defect??, some fruity, caramel malts trying to peak out, very slight citrus notes, I can’t get passed the weird note. Palate: Medium body and medium-low carbonation. Flav.: More of that same vegetal/floral note that I just don’t like, hints of malts beneath that, little else; dry with a little bitterness and a kinda weird finish.

I don’t want to give up on this brewery, but I’m running out of patience.

Rastacouere (6177) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 29, 2010
A generous light beige mountain covers the hazy medium brown pour, constantly fed by vigorous carbonation. Surprisingly hop dominated nose where grapefruit shines and leaves little else except powdery chocolate flakes. Appealing and perfumey, but simplistic for a brown ale. In mouth, again the malt profile which I kept expecting just never really happened as soft doses of chocolate and nut shells fail to develop a profound toastiness nor any fruitiness. Instead, the vigorous effervescence which helped the appearance becomes a flaw here, cutting through any development and making the medium-bodied ensemble feel exageratedly airy. Foamy mouth presence quickly draws its grapefruit hoppy finish that stays more in the aromatic stray than in straight bittering. I was initially seduced by its nose, but its simplicity and shortcuts made it more difficult (considerably less interesting) to drink after each sips. For a beer under 5%, this is not an appreciable trait.

Cole (967) - , Alberta, CANADA - APR 4, 2010
Pours clear brown, slight head. Aroma is rich sweet and malty almost has a toffee aroma. Bold malty flavour with a strong hop character. That lingers long into the finish. This is a great brown ale one of the best I have ever had. It is exactly what I want in a session beer.

GonZoBeeR (3061) - ste-catherine, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 24, 2010
Aroma:mixe of nutty and bitterness,grape fruit... Appearance:redish-brown,ggod head.. Flavor:light nutty,light grapefruit...

VertBaconStrips (2402) - Blerkablerka, VENEZUELA - FEB 15, 2010
Daaaark brown brew, decent brown cap, decent retention, decent slippery lacing, decent, decent, decent.... Chocolate aroma with a very low amount of burnt malts, hearty bread, weak orange, even weaker spices similar to a watered down version of spearmint. The taste has a bit of sweet roast malts with a hidden chocolate quality. Tastes like mud looks, mild citrus, hops traiil gently behind, slight tang, mild bitterness. Some lingering roast after taste.

Savvy1982 (1706) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 15, 2010
Draft at the Yellow Dog Tavern. I’d had this out of bottle before and been underwhelmed, but WOW! This rocks on tap! Fresh hop aroma, creamy malt character, loads of malt character, great palate. Nose is citrus hops, dark chocolate, spice. Flavors are similar to a very heavily hopped porter. Suddenly my least favorite Half Pints beer is now my very favorite.

DuffMan (10665) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 4, 2009
UPDATED: DEC 9, 2009 Bottle. Dark chestnut brown pour. Surprisingly roasty aroma, some burnt malt and bitter chocolate. Chocolate comes forward on the palate, some nutty character, and some nice bitter roast. Medium bitter finish that is surprisingly hoppy. Well balanced, nice character, very tasty!

Cirrhosis (1283) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 14, 2009
"Standard looking brown ale, its brown with the normal red showing when held to the light. AWSOME AROMA!!!!!!!� This aroma is mind blowing, drool, inducing, pant creaming awesomeness!!!!!!� That is to say I like it. Sweet burnt milk chocolate that is only slightly bitter, a perfect amount of flowery hops, and the key element to me overly enjoy this aroma is the yummy sent of roasted almonds. This is the best smelling beer for me in a long time. Taste is ok but a far cry from the killer stink of the beer. Taste is nice and smooth with luckily only mild coffee showing up. Malts are nutty clean and complemented by bakers chocolate. Taste starts to go thin and slightly sour when beer hits room temp. Drink this beer cold for best results!!!!! Yep now that its warm its chalky and bitter and the malts seem to disappear. Ok beer it fell apart towards the end but still descent to drink."

markas101 (2499) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - APR 6, 2009
33 cl bottle, Fargo, ND, USA via Winnipeg. Deep brown, almost opaque, creamy tan head. Sweet coffee like aroma, with some caramel and hops. Crisp for a brown ale, with a mingled walnut and spice finish.

DougShoemaker (3146) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 24, 2009
Aroma of sweet malt and milk chocolate, copper, with a small tan head. Flavour is again sweet malt, mild chocolate and some light orange essence. Light bodied, balanced pleasantly bitter. Very good.

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