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

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