I've been a beer lover for as long as I can remember. I have little formal training (I have taken a beer appreciation course), and I do not possess a "sophisticated palate". I simply know what I like and why. My tastes range from lagers to porters and everything in between. This blog is a collection of reviews, as well as a platform for my thoughts on all things beer. Cheers!
Friday, 26 October 2012
Nickelbrook Headstock IPA
The Better Bitters Brewing Co. out of Burlington, Ontario makes this tasty India pale ale. Headstock IPA comes in a loud (some would say irritating) 473mL can. It clocks in at a healthy 7% alcohol and pours a hazy orange-brown colour. Headstock is topped with a thick and persistent tan head and leaves behind lots of nice lace.
It has a hoppy aroma that blends pine and floral notes. It's a hop forward IPA with a flavour that is both pungent and floral. There are some malty, caramel undertones. The added sweetness was pretty nice. There was a tiny bit of sediment left in my glass, but that's really a minor complaint (Editorial note: I had a second Headstock more recently, which was sediment-free). Headstock is surprisingly guzzle-able for a potent IPA. The high alcohol content is brilliantly cloaked. In spite of the garish packaging, I'd definitely buy this one again.