PictureI’ve been a fan of Nickel Brook for quite some time. Their Headstock was one of my first forays into craft beer. Which means I am going into this review as a tad biased.

The summer time calls for some refreshing beers, usually lagers or wheat ales but it also brings forth one of my favourite styles: the blonde. While still golden, refreshing and easy to drink like the lagers, blonde ales generally have more spiciness and flavour to them.

I had this brew on a patio with friends, which is the best environment for tasting beer. Don’t leave your beer out too long though – it DOES skunk up in the sun.

You can purchase a can at the LCBO for just $2.40 and it sits at 4.7% ABV.

Appearance: Unfiltered. Gold. Thick white head.
Aroma: Spicy with a hint of citrussy hops. Nice bready back bone.
Taste: Same as the aroma. Nice spicy blonde with hints of clove. Bready backbone and just a bit of citrus.
Aftertaste: The clove gets bitter.
Overall: A great blonde.

Kole McRae

Founder of Toronto Booze Hound. He can be seen drinking almost anything in the wild from beer to rum. Try not to startle him, he may use humour as a self defence method.

Email: kole@torontoboozehound.com