Nickel Brook Naughty Neighbour from Better Bitters Brewing Company in Burlington, Ontario is a hazy golden orange colour with very fine white sediment suspended in it and a small but frothy white head that gets retained as a collar that looks like a string of shaving cream and leaves little lacing. This American pale ale has pleasant aromas of lemony citrus and toasted malts with notes of caramel, grass and wildflowers and a sharp pine note.
The smooth taste of Nickel Brook Naughty Neighbour has a mild tropical punch with mango and grapefruit flavours at the fore, an earthy yeast note in the middle and moderate bitterness that takes on a crisp and tart lemon rind tone in the finish. The aftertaste has an earthy grain character and a slight oiliness. The ale is on the full side of medium-bodied and has light carbonation, but still has plenty of life in the mouthfeel courtesy of the sediment.
The packaging of Nickel Brook Naughty Neighbour is primarily a royal blue colour and features the image of a sultry and patriotic American redhead slyly winking and pursing a finger to her lips. You will find a thorough description of the beer and the brewery, a list of ingredients, IBU information and a suggestion to enjoy the product as fresh as possible on the sleeve.
Nickel Brook Naughty Neighbour strikes a near perfect balance between hop and malt flavours to create what I find to be the most sessionable and versatile American pale ale that Ontario currently has to offer. This ale quickly became a favourite and a regular purchase for me.
I have enjoyed Nickel Brook Naughty Neighbour with cold cut sandwiches, hamburgers, pizza, roasted potatoes, gyros, shawarma and several varieties of sausage. You can find this beer in bottles at almost 150 LCBO stores, on tap at select licensees throughout Ontario and the brewery is open seven days a week for tours and retail sales.
Type: American Pale Ale
Region: Ontario, Burlington
Brewery: Better Bitters Brewing Company
Format Purchased: 6 x 355 mL
Alcohol Content: 4.9%