Naughty Nellie - Pike Pub & Brewery

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BA SCORE
81
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119 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 119
Hads: 218
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 9.01%
Wants: 4
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Pike Pub & Brewery visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-05-2001

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Photo of bloberglawp
4.38/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

All I can say is if a brew is a little hazy and leaves a little sediment, I already love it.

Pale amber, almost yellow, not so much carbonation (the way I like it). Nice white head leave beautiful lacing. Good choice of crystal malts backed up by a solid hop profile. If I could homebrew and APA like this I'd be delighted.

Big thanks to lipschitz for sending me this (CanBIF). (383 characters)

Photo of Mitchster
4.34/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Brewed with Pale, Munich, and Belgian Aromatic malts; Centennial, Cascade, and Spaltz hops.
OG=1.048, ABV=4.7%, 22 IBU.

Drank on tap at Pikes BC in Seattle, WA.

Slightly hazy orange brew forms a thin white head with OK retention and lacing. Aroma is very crisp and fresh with citric hops and well-balanced amount of malts. Taste is much the same...fresh, bright citric hops, smooth malts, a lingering honey-like sweetness and assertively fruity. The finish is smooth with caramel notes and an even bitterness throughout. Real nicely done, easy to drink. Clean, crisp wet mouthfeel with a medium-light body. (613 characters)

Photo of beertaster13
4.32/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was great. Pours a light golden amber with a medium looking white head. Lacing is decent but not spectacular, lacing will show on the glass. Smell is of caramel and fruit malts, citrus hops bring up the rear. The taste is a great balance of apple syrup malt and hopped up citrus. Grapefruit detected. Medium bodied and invites you back for more, excellent. (366 characters)

Photo of BDTyre
4.2/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

To me, this seems to be a better, more powerful version of Pike's standard pale ale. The two look very similar, with this one being a bit darker amber than the standard pale ale. The smell is "louder," with bigger malts and a bigger hop flavour. Toffee, malt flavours with a definite citrus-hop presence.

I found this to be a better balanced and more drinkable than their standard pale ale. Very good. (404 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.18/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle - $3.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a clear, yellow-hued body with a two inch-high pile of white suds on top.

Smell: The hops are proportioned 2/3 floral and 1/3 citrusy, and the malts delicately bready and with a thin, sweetish hint of golden syrup.

Taste: Lightly sweet taste of treacle casually brushed over fresh sliced French Bread. Minor hint of orchard fruit. Floral, lightly citrusy hops imparting a mild bitterness to balance things out handily. Drying, light, clean finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Mild carbonation. Soft mouthfeel overall.

Drinkability: A light, though pleasant, very easily drinkable beer that was the one, singular shining grace in a night of being forced to sit through "Twilight" in its entirety. However, I'd consider it more in line with a blonde ale as opposed to a pale ale, but what do I know. (893 characters)

Photo of Thrasher
4.15/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy copper with good, tight head and lacing. Yummy sediment makes it cloudy and velvety on the tongue. Yeasty aroma of must, fruit. I would describe this as a pale ale for lovers of yeasty hefeweizens. Not any wheat, but lots of fruity yeast with flavors of banana and apricot. Malts are complex, with some nuts, butter and caramel. Hops are noticeable but not at all bitter, just appealing and moreish. Incredibly soft finish. Would probably be awesome on a not-too-hot summer day. Your girlfriend may love it. A very good, and unique beer. It was definitely too fruity to be the ideal beer for me, but I still liked it very much. (632 characters)

Photo of joerodiii
4.1/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is an excellent example of a less-hoppy APA.

Light straw color with slight head. Malty aroma with little to no hop smell.

Taste is malty with a moderate bitterness. No real hop flavor. No alcohol flavor at all.

This is a well balanced, easy drinking, sessionable beer. It is a good example of how a pale ale can be flavorful without being hoppy. (353 characters)

Photo of BeerResearcher
4.09/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yet another gift from Genaro from his West coast swing. Pours a cloudy golden amber with a thin off-white head. A potent and lasting aroma of citrus, floral hops, sweet malt and crushed berries. Fairly malty with a slightly doughy and caramel notes. Lightly perfumed and amply hopped with lime citrus, mild grapefruit and hint of peppery spice. A faint taste of pears appears towards the end. All in all, not as naughty as the name implies, but pretty darn sexy. (462 characters)

Photo of SkeeterHawk
4.08/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a pretty clear yellow color with a 3" pillowey head that was maintained by a bunch of bubbles rising. It looks like a nice Belgian...perhaps I shouldn't have poured it in a stein. There is tons of lace left on the glass after drinking and the head fades.

Aroma: I initially got a bit of wheat mixed with plenty of American citrus hops. As the beer warms, the hops are coming out more. There is a bit of a wheaty edge coming in too as it warms up. Overall, it is a nice blend for the style.

Taste: It has a healthy dose of American hops in the flavor. They are supported by some light crystal malts, so overall it has the elements of a typical American Pale Ale. Overall the beer is light bodied with plenty of carbonation. It comes across stupidly drinkable, and actually the high carbonation is holding it back a bit. The finish is quite nicely balanced. It tips ever so slightly toward the hops in the end, but the malt is a big player in the finish. I don't notice any alcohol anywhere. As the beer starts to warm up, there is a grassy note coming out that is getting to be a little bit annoying.

Opinion: This is a pretty good Pale Ale overall. It is drinkable and has a nice balance. The grassy note is a bit out of balance, but overall that is a pretty nit-picky thing. This is one of the better examples of this style I have had, and I would definitely recommend giving it a shot. (1,408 characters)

Photo of dnichols
4.07/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had a pint served at Burt's in Yakima, Washington.

A: Nice golden glow with a tint of orange. It had a light white head that dissipated fast leaving little to feed the lacing.

S: It had a modest sweet malty aroma with an equally modest floral hop odor that stayed in the background.

T: This is a gentile beer...not too heavily malted and not to aggressively hopped. It was a well balanced and easy to drink brew that had diluted caramel flavor and tingly hops and ends very clean.

M: Moderate to light body with a smooth sweet front and clean finish.

D: This is an easy brew to drink long into the night (and possibly the next day). It has a modest ABV, is lightly carbonated, and neither the sweetness of the malts or bitterness of the hops dominates. (763 characters)

Photo of SargeC
4.07/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Hazy orange-gold. Large, rowdy looking head.

Smell: Citrus, hops, yeast.

Taste: Strong yeast flavors intertwine with a clean malt flavor. The hops tie it all together.

Mouthfeel: Light and tangy mouthfeel. Reminded me of a wheat beer.

Drinkability: This is a refreshing brew that provides great flavor and unique character. (343 characters)

Photo of Hope4Hops
4.06/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Warm golden color with a crisp clarity. Good head at first, but the head dissipates faster than it seems it should. Very inviting look.

Mostly hoppy/citrus/floral smell. Light toasted aroma in the back of the nose.

More hops bitter flavor than the description on the bottle suggests. There is definitely a fruity flavor to it and a little bit of spice like ginger, but the citrus-rind tart/bitter flavor is the primary taste.

Feels very smooth and refreshing. Gets into all the nooks and crannies of the mouth. Leaves a lasting sensation on the tongue.

Very pleasant beer. Not going to offend any beer fans, but may be a bit difficult for people who stick with low-end American beers to stomach. (707 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
4.05/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: ever-so-slightly opaque golden yellow with a 2-finger persistent foamy head.

Smell: sweet, slightly toasty malt with a big helping of floral hops. Quite nice indeed; it reminds me of spring.

Taste: similar sweet malt with very flowery hops; bitterness is quite well balanced with the malt. This is downright good.

Mouthfeel: medium to light-medium body; it could use a little more carbonation in my book but still quite good.

Drinkability: very drinkable. This would make a stellar session beer. (556 characters)

Photo of TiMX
4.02/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

This is a great light summer ale from Pike Brewing. This could be a great crossover ale for the BMC drinkers.

It is very light yellow and clear.

Head is white light and fluffy,

Overall a great light easy drinking als. Great on a hot summer day. This is a beer that everyone will like. (297 characters)

Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice golden color with a thick frothy off-white head that quickly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a malty scent that boasts of pale and biscuit malts. It has a bit of a citrus hop aroma. The taste is good. It has a light and refreshing malty flavor that goes down easy and finishes slightly bitter and dry. The mouthfeel is good. It is a low/medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a good drinking pale ale. It has good aroma and taste; a solid drinker. (491 characters)

Photo of CampusCrew
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Golden complexion body with a thinnish, near white head. decent lacing.

Smell: subtle hop presence if anything.

Taste: Earthy and light hop character but with only a subdued bitterness.

Mouthfeel: light body.

Drinkability: Would have loved to have more ABV present but it was made well for style. (314 characters)

Photo of Flightoficarus
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy orange w/an off-white head that quickly dissipates. Lacing is moderate.

S - Smell is of various tropical fruits (peach, orange, mango), balanced w/toasted caramel malts and subtle, piney hops.

T - Taste is of smooth, toasted bready caramel malts, w/notes of mango and orange. Hops balance out the flavor, but don't really show any dominance.

M - Mouthfeel is medium bodied, w/light carbonation. Very sessionable.

O - Overall, I should have tried this sooner. It's one solid pale ale! (504 characters)

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.97/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy golden orange, finger of head dissipated to thin cover, consistent lacing
S - Grassy and peppery, light fruit, and a touch of grain
T - mellow citrus and pepper hops, quickly followed by crisp grassiness and biscuit and grain malt
M - fairly light with crisp and mild spiciness
O - Very much a classic pilsner flavour and feel, close enough to a blonde ale and worth a purchase either way (400 characters)

Photo of midaszero
3.97/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have no idea why I picked up coffee in this one when it doesn't seem like anyone else has

A - hazy straw body with no head and tiny bit of white lacing

S - sweet coffee and caramel with some hazelnut notes

T - sweet coffee and floral hop notes

M - Medium body with medium carbonation

D - Pretty good. Coffee was unexpected but welcomed addition (351 characters)

Photo of RJLarse
3.93/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I bought a six-pack of Naughty Nellie Golden Artisan Ale at a grocery while on a regional business trip. It is not generally available in my area. A lot of carbonation in this one, it wants to burst from the bottle. Poured in to a pint tumbler.

Pours a rich yellow/gold color and is slightly hazy. A creamy white head forms and is quite resilient.

The smell is faint, but what is there is malted grain with a little floral scent of some kind.

The taste is good, and a little complex. There is a bread flavor up front, giving way to a little fruitiness, citrus mostly, and then a mild bitter finish. The flavors are well balanced.

Mouthfeel is exceptional. It's light and crisp, but with a lot of body. It has a nice buttery feel, and is quite chewy for a pale ale.

This is a very drinkable beer, with a lot of character. I would buy this on a regular basis if it was available, at a reasonable price. I'll look around for it.

NOTE: My bottle says 4.9% ABV, and the label is different. (1,003 characters)

Photo of BeerAngel
3.92/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a tawny golden orange with a modest cream-colored head that shrinks to a long lasting layer. The aroma consists of a pungent citrus hop that is balanced nicely to the biscuit malt smell. The taste reveals a more bold citrus hop bite transcending into a burnt toast malt with a touch of sweetness. This is a light to medium bodied beer and again finishes a tad sweet. Very quaffable!

Notes: This beer has 2 very nice characteristics that it executes well. One is the hops and the other is the slightly sweet biscuity malt that makes you want to keep drinking it. A very solid brew. Cheers! (597 characters)

Photo of alexgash
3.92/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Medium-golden with a compact, foamy, white head. Light, grainy bread malt aromas are overshadowed by lively, spritzy, fresh, citrusy hops. Light malt flavors up front. Grainy, faintly sweet. Big zesty hop splash. Fresh, citrusy, juicy, and bitter. Very thirst quenching beer here. Light bodied, dry at first and then juicy hop finish. A nice session ale that's all about fresh, juicy hops! (389 characters)

Photo of u2carew
3.91/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz longneck.
A) Pours with a two finger head. Thick and creamy. Settles with crazy sticky lacing. Clear body. Upward carbonation. Gold in color.
S) Grassy. Hints of caramel. A bit earthy too - like moist dirt.
T) Blast of malts up front - wow. Caramel. Nutty. Mellows towards the finish ending with a black pepper bite. Overall mellows over the term of the "pint". A nice brew.
M) Fizzy yet creamy. Light body, but on the heavier side of light...whatever that can mean. A bit dry in the finish.
D) A pleasant brew. I'd have another...if only I had another to drink. (567 characters)

Photo of OchMcKenzie
3.89/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful dark golden color with two fingers of head… lots of lacing. Smells of hops and pine. The flavor is very crisp and hoppy with a touch of grapefruit and grass. The mouthfeel is light, creamy, and well carbonated. Overall, very drinkable. (255 characters)

Photo of clivem
3.88/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle states 5.5% ABV

Poured and inviting hazy yellowish orange, 2 finger off white head that stays for a few minutes leaving decent lacing.. Smells of relaxed hops and sweet malt. Taste is mostly sweet caramel malt with hops balancing it very well. Overall a perfect beer for this nice spring afternoon. (307 characters)

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