I still remember the first time that I had Headstock IPA, the can design was totally giving a Woodstock vibe, almost Flying Monkeys vibe with its hallucinogenic colours. Oh, it was also sporting its old logo of Nickel Brook. Here’s a picture of the old can design (which I had to find on Untappd, finally, that app is useful for something.) Like I said, I still remember the first time that I had Head Stock IPA, I was having this before a Led Zeppelin Classic Album concert in Toronto. I thought the can was appropriate. The beer itself was more tastier than expected.
Luckily for us, Nickel Brook underwent a massive re-branding and it turned out amazing. The new logo of Nickel Brook is one of the better looking logos out there in the Ontario Craft Beer scene.
HEAD STOCK IPA / NICKEL BROOK BREWING CO.
- 7.0% ABV
- BURLINGTON, ONTARIO, CANADA
What does it look like?
Out of the tallboy pours a opaque tangerine colour with a white head that laces the glassware with every sip.
What does it smell like?
Tropical citrus notes with pine resin, it’s quite refreshing. It’s almost similar to, let’s say, FiveAlive.
And that first sip?
Sharp and bold notes of juicy citrus, hops, and pine resin with bitterness lingering on the aftertaste. There’s also a subtle note of black licorice as well. Interesting.
What’s the bottom line?
Head Stock IPA hasn’t lost a beat since it’s arrival and that’s a pretty good thing. Head Stock IPA could arguably be the most popular core beer of Nickel Brook up there with Naughty Neighbour. Infact, you could find Head Stock IPA anywhere now (LCBO, The Beer Store, Grocery Stores…)
It’s a big bold IPA that’s loaded with juicy citrus, bitter hops, and straight up delightful if you ask me. It’s not for the faint of heart.
If you’re looking to discover Ontario Craft Beer, why don’t you grab a can of Head Stock IPA and start exploring?