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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BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 20, 2006
Brown body with a hazelnut and malty aroma. Some chocolate in the flavour with a touch of rye bread. Nice simple and well rounded ale.

TimE (6259) - Tokyo, JAPAN - DEC 20, 2006
Dark brown color, thick white head. Malty, chocolatey, slightly sour nose. Very chocolatey malty mouth. Slightly sour. Bordering on a porter at this point. Chocolately, malty dry finish with a hint of nuttiness.

TaktikMTL (8014) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 19, 2006
Bouteille, de 660 ml, partagée dans le cadre du "Montréal YeHA! Party 2006" chez Goldorak. Arôme: Odeur de chocolat et de cerise. Apparence: La couleur est brune. Présence d’un mince col et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de chocolat et de noix. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement crémeuse. Faible effervescence en bouche. Légère présence de chocolat en arrière goût. (Rating #791)

Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 18, 2006
Cloudy light-brown body with a small off-white head. Smells like an old leathery suitcase. Watered-down roasted malts with some citrusy hops and a so-so lactic undertone (milk chocolate?). Not very tasty. Very short finish. Rather boring. A half pint of this Half Pints is enough to me.

MartinT (10155) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 17, 2006
Impressions from the YeHa! party:
-A veil of foam barely covers the cloudy brown.
-Entertaining roastiness and toastiness converse with sweet nuttiness in the nose.
-C-hop citrus fruitiness are ably linked to the nutty maltiness; I usually don’t like this match, but in this case it is very well done.
-The low carbonation and somewhat thin maltiness are not enough to sink your teeth into, and although they provide high drinkability, they tend to bore me.
-A roasted malt bitterness is paired with supporting leafy hops in the finish, as hazelnut sweetness trails off.
-Even though I’m not impressed by the mouthfeel, I would say this is nonetheless an enjoyable brown ale.

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Sham (1844) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 13, 2006
Brown with no head. Small spotty lacing. Slighly nutty and a little earthy. Bitter with a touch of roast. Finishes off with some roast.

Oakes (19370) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 10, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 24, 2014 very dark brown, fruity, light, way too yeasty w a dash of nail polish. Not much complexity and the balance isn’t for me.

sleepdirt (169) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - NOV 4, 2006
This one is interesting as it is one brown ale that has a distinct dry/hoppy presence, not a taste I associate with the style but loved it. It’s a bit of a hybrid if you ask me but it works fine!

mnurda (1305) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - OCT 30, 2006
I was surprised to like this as much as I did. I am normally not a Dark Beer fan, but enjoyed this one very much. Not as heavy as some I have tried. I REALLY liked this beer. Thanks to Piscator for supplying this one.

piscator34 (2673) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - OCT 27, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 29, 2006 Very dark brown in colour with medium carbonation. Surprisingly hoppy aromas, with some notes of pine and grapefruit (must be the Cascades) mixing with elements of milk chocolate and mildly spicy rye bread. The rye bread (caraway seed) flavors assert themselves first, then evolve into a sharper toasted sesame seed, hops, and white grapefruit attack. The mouthfeel starts out fairly heavy, but dries out leaving no residule sweetness on the tongue. This is unlike any brown ale I’ve had before, because it is so dry. Against the grain style wise, but I’m the type of person that can appreciate that. Definitely worth trying again.

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