19 Jul

Coffee Pale Ale Beer Review

Nickel Brook LogoUnfortunately we did not actually make it to the Junction Brewery on Wednesday as once you get settled in at 3030 it is easy to simply stay. Fortunately I did try some delicious and interesting new beers. The first one was both of these, the second mostly just interesting so I thought it would be good to share my thoughts on the bizarre brew.

The first few sips didn’t bother me overtly but I didn’t really enjoy them either. The more I drank of the beer, though, the slower I got until the final third which I practically chugged because it was time to go. Something about the combination of coffee flavours and an otherwise fairly standard pale ale just did not suit my taste buds and I found the closest analogy I could make was an overly creamy, too sweet iced coffee. Not that it taste specifically sweet but that it had that watered down coffee flavour of an iced coffee that has been left to melt for just too long.

Coffee Pale Ale

Brewery: Nickel Brook Brewing Company
Style: American Pale Ale
ABV: 5.4%       IBU: N/A

2 and a halfcat

Appearance:

This beer pours a dark golden colour with a thin, creamy off-white head. There is some lacing left down the glass as you drink and the head has little retention.

Aroma:

A strange aroma dominated by sweet, milky coffee notes, this pale ale also features strong scents of floral hops with a slight mustiness.

First sip:

As I mentioned before, the first few sips of this beer were interesting and inoffensive.  Hints of caramel and butterscotch break through the mild malt backbone but the flavour is mostly dominated by what I can only describe as creamy iced coffee.  Strong floral notes emerge and the finish has a light coffee bitterness with very little evidence of hops.

Mouthfeel:

Somewhat slick, the feel of this beer adds to the iced coffee analogy with low to medium carbonation and a light body.

Conclusion:

While this isn’t a beer I would particularly drink again, I was intrigued by the odd combination of flavours and could see someone who tastes ran more to the sweet and mild enjoying it more than I did. It was actually somewhat refreshing to try something new from Nickel Brook that I was not immediately completely in love with as my experience with their brews lately has been perhaps a tad fan-girl-y. Worth a try if you see it and there isn’t much else exciting or new but I wouldn’t recommend going out of your way to find it as you might be disappointed.

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