Headstock IPA brewed by Better Bitters Brewing - Burlington, Ontario
Headstock IPA is a boldly hopped, full bodied American style IPA. This IPA
is brewed with Amarillo, Simcoe, Equinox and Mosaic hops, which gives rise to a distinct hop
flavor, bitterness and aroma. It also uses blend of classic European and
North American malts to enhance the body and full flavour. No additives. No
Preservatives. Naturally carbonated for a smooth, crisp finish. ABV: 7%.
Beer Review by Beer Advocate
Pours a muddy brownish-amber colour, much cloudier than a lot of the IPAs I've
been having recently. The dense, creamy, off-white head seated atop the liquid
sticks around for a decent bit, and leaves some good thick lacing behind when it
finally bites the dust. Looks good to me. Nice fresh aroma with lots of citrus
zest, pine needles, along with some juicy pineapple notes. This is underlain by
some faint bready malts and brown sugar. Rather subdued, however, and nothing
unusually good for the style.
I am in love with this stuff after one sip. The taste is heavy on the hops, of
course - their powerful fruity flavours dominate the profile of this brew. I can
pick up pineapple, tangerine, lemon and earthy pine resin as well, and all of
the flavours blend together wonderfully. Modest malt bill; some caramel
sweetness, but it's hard to make out much else. Strong, fruity, lingering bitter
aftertaste that coaxes you into another sip. Medium bodied, with moderate
carbonation levels that make for a slightly crisp, but highly refreshing brew.
Slightly oily, with the 7% alcohol quite well hidden even at colder
This is not a balanced IPA - the flavour is highly astringent, and I would not
recommend it to anyone unaccustomed to bitter, hoppy beers. That being said -
there is plenty of room in this style for unbalanced beers, and this is a highly
palatable example that I really enjoyed drinking.
Final Grade: 4.03, just barely edging into A minus territory. Headstock IPA
isn't something I'd want to session, but I have a feeling I'll still be buying
plenty of it (assuming I continue to see it on shelves). I have been very
impressed with a lot of the OCB IPAs I've tried recently, and this is another
one to add to the list. Highly recommended if you are a hophead, and easily the
best concoction from this brewer - of the ones I've tried so far. Excellent
value for the price.
Nickel Brook Brewery
John and Peter Romano, owners of Better Bitters Brewing Company (since 1992),
built the Nickel Brook micro brewery from the ground up, and since 2005, Nickel
Brook has quickly developed a reputation for having a lively and enticing line
up of beers. It is in our business to offer our customers an unrivaled
experience designed to surpass their expectations. Our accumulation of a
diversified product line partnered with superior service, has established a
loyal following in the surrounding area.
We proudly use only the finest, natural ingredients from all over the world and
brew them in small batches for the highest standard of quality.
Our purpose and objective here at Nickel Brook is to be an acknowledged market
leader in the quality and service we offer our customers in whatever community
we participate. We firmly believe that our practice of craft brewing, and
dedication to outstanding quality and thorough customer service, is what has
separated us from our competitors.