This American blonde ale from Nickel Brook Brewing Co. in Burlington, Ontario is slightly hazy, golden-amber in colour and yields a large and spongy white head that has good retention as a rocky cap before receding to a thick collar. Cause & Effect has a hop-forward smell, with grapefruit and tangerine joined by herbal, grassy, piny and peppery aromas. A light blend of English and German malt creates warm, honey and caramel notes that serve as an inviting backdrop for the bright hop characteristics.
The taste of Cause & Effect is hop-forward and quite crisp, but certainly not overbearing. Stone fruit, juicy tropical fruit and grapefruit flavours are accented by an earthy note, while the malts create an air of darkened (but not quite burnt) toast. The ale has a medium body and is mildly carbonated. The finish is dry, earthy and mildly bitter while a hint of pepper lingers on the tongue.
Nickel Brook Brewing Company in Burlington, Ontario has crafted an extra special bitter that is a lovely ruby colour and yields a large, spongy tan head when poured that gets retained as a small cap and leaves scattered spots of lace behind. Equilibrium has a thick, chocolaty smell with aromas of dark stone fruit such as plum and black cherry, as well as mild pine and citrus accents.
The taste of Equilibrium carries similar notes of prune juice and raisin on top of a base that has both light and dark chocolate flavours. The beer’s balance certainly lives up to its name and once the lemon-toned bitterness sets in, it hangs around throughout the somewhat woody finish and fruity aftertaste. This ale is very mellow and full-bodied, giving it an authentic English pub feel.
This flavoured American porter from Nickel Brook Brewing in Burlington, Ontario is opaque and black, pouring with a moderate tan coloured head that settles as a collar with large bubbles and leaves small spots of lace on your glass. Nickel Brook Maple Porter has deep aromas of dark roasted grains, toasted cocoa, coffee and plum, with distinct notes of cigar, alcohol, wild grass and a damp, light wood like cedar or birch.
The taste of Nickel Brook Maple Porter is rather sweet and most definitely malt-forward, with a whole lot of roasted character accenting flavours of dark toffee and dry red wine. All that rich sweetness is well-balanced by a notable sharpness that gives way to a very dry finish that leaves lingering hints of maple and wood in the aftertaste. This ale is full-bodied and carries a moderate carbonation. It feels very thick and grainy throughout, but there is also a subtle syrupy quality that smooths everything out a bit.
Rhyme & Reason Extra Pale Ale from Collective Arts Brewing Limited in Burlington, Ontario pours a hazy golden orange colour with a small, but creamy white head that leaves large streaks of lace and gets retained as a frothy collar and film. This American pale ale has a pungent smell with aromas of caramel, pine, mango, lemon and a floral note that reminds me of lavender.
The taste of Rhyme & Reason Extra Pale Ale has lemon rind and juice flavours that provide a nice bite against a moderately sweet caramel malt base, with a light berry note tying it all together. This ale has a solid bitterness that clocks in at 55 IBU and transitions to lemon and pepper notes in the finish. A medium body and carbonation are joined by a light oiliness to impart a smooth drinking experience while a subtle grainy aftertaste whets the palate between sips.
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.