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Beer Review: Nickle Brook Ale

Updated on October 20, 2014
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Jeff Johnston is a medieval reenactor and avid history fan. He is also the publisher at Living History Publications.

4 stars for Nickel Brook Ale

A Standard Ale

Microbreweries are great, and the Nickle Brook line from Better Bitters Brewing Company is no exception. Its always great to stumble upon a new great tasting beer. This is another beer from my Ontario Craft Brew case I got a while back, and man am I on a roll, every one I open seems golden, and this was no exception.

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The Review

What first struck me about this beer is the gorgeous colour in the glass a nice cloudy amber with a nice medium sparkle from the carbonation. The nose smells of caramels with a slight hint of fruit. The taste opens with a nice grainy malt flavour and a strong, but not overpowering, bitter hop. The finish was clean and sweet where the fruitiness from the nose clearly comes into play, I'd say a lemon tinge to it.

An excellent ale, not on par with some others I have tasted, but good none the less. A fine example of why the Nickle Brook series is gaining popularity.

One thing I did really enjoy is the bottlecap. Written inside the cap was this simple and clever message "A penny for your thoughts, a Nickle for your thirst". Tacky and silly, but cute as well, a great catchy slogan for the series.

© 2012 Jeff Johnston

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      Geordie T 3 years ago

      Flying Monkey in Barrie Ontario does a similar thing on the inside of their caps as well. I love reading reviews of beers I haven't tried yet. I'll be on the lookout for this one next time I'm hunting.

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      dunnar 4 years ago

      I personally like their Naughty Neighbor Pale Ale