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Naughty Nellie - The Pike Brewing Company

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121 Reviews
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Reviews: 121
Hads: 227
Avg: 3.54
pDev: 16.67%
Wants: 4
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
The Pike Brewing Company visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-05-2001

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Reviews: 121 | Hads: 227
Photo of froghop
2.26/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

on tap at Pike Pub in Seattle, had with 5 other samples.

pours a clear golden-orange with a small white head, a little lacing.

smell is faint, a little wheat.

taste is somewhat watery and light, hops, some wheat, grainy, some citrus, and just a touch of bitterness.

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Photo of Vancer
2.29/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This naughty girl pours a hazy lemon yellow, with a ivory cap floating gently on it as it leaves a sticky lace ring.

Aroma is a lemony soap, sharp and cutting. But good grief, what a crappy brew - very soapy and a nasty woody aftertaste in the finish.

Thanks to my son for muleing this one back from Seattle, and for the warning that it's not much of a drinker.

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Photo of jujubeast6000
2.42/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Reviewed 12/11/2009 (Bottle):

Pours a clear golden orange colored body, bubbly. Huge foamy slightly off-white head, average sized bubbles. Funky aroma, grainy. Effervescent. Lagery. Cooked vegetables. Fizzy, foamy. Some hops. Funky taste, vegetably. Not as bad a taste as the smell. Letting air out a bit. Better as it warms up. Not as vegetably, but not a fan of the flavor.

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Photo of jdhilt
2.48/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a three finger white head that fades slowly to thin layer leaving a good lace. Cloudy pale amber color. Light carbonation and light bodied. Slight hoppy nose. Flavor has some malty sweetness but hops dominate which is surprising given that the IBUs are only 34. Lingering bitter aftertaste. $1.45 for a 12oz bottle from John's Marketplace Portland, OR.

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Photo of ccrida
2.67/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a shaker pint, Naughty Nelly is a clear gold with slightest chill haze, slight egg-shell head, leaving light lace. My bottle label is a little different, with a yellow background.

The aroma is strong bread, not sweet though, maybe a touch musty if anything, stronger then I expected

Even more so then the smell, the taste is awefully robust for an APA, but not really my cup of tea, less bread and more lemony citrus and astringency. If it wasn't for the 4.7% ABV which is also clearly stated on the label, I'd attribute it to booze, which it tastes like. Weird. Could be the Racer 5 IPA I had earlier lingering on the palate? I had a glass of water and thought I'd refreshed, but now I'm not sure. The strong oder here though makes me think I'm just being paranoid, especially since I go to plenty of beer fests, normally drink a lot of different beers, etc...with out that being a problem. Anyways, while I normally prefer beers with more taste (and less filing! ;), this one has the wrong ones for me.

This is on the heavier side as far as APAs go, and rather sharp. Probably biased a bit by not caring for the taste.

As I drink this, I'm watching Silver Chair struggle through their new single, Strait Lines, which I really enjoy on the radio. The singer can't hit the falsetto at all, quickly switched to screaming, and wow, now I'm not so bummed their show at the Crystal Ballroom is sold out! The point is, it's an interesting parallel to this beer, as while I applaud the effort, but it fails miserably. So yeah, one and done, not drinkable to me.

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Photo of colts9016
2.74/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass at 45 degrees.

Appearance: A medium amber color with a slight orangish tint. There was a one finger foamy head but it dropped like a rock. There is only a visible white ring around the pint glass. There is a lot of effervescence at first but it slowed down to a medium pace. The clarity of the beer is clear and brilliant.

Nose: A light to medium amount of hops aroma. There is fruity esters with a nice malty note There is hint of citrus like grapefruit, resin and a honey like sweetness.

Taste: There is a grassy, fruity esters, grapefruit, resin and malts in the flavor of the beer. There is a honey like sweetness in the end of the beer.

Overall: The mouth feel is astringent and powdery dry. The finish is bitter. The beer comes off as flat and light struck. There is a slight sulfur taste mingling in the beer. The head is not persistent. The beer is uninteresting and boring. I didn't think that beer can live up to its name on the label. The hops are dull in the beer and adds no character. The malt comes off shallow, which leads to a bland personality.

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Photo of kingcrowing
2.77/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap poured into a sampling glass.

Pours a very clear straw yellow color with almost no head. Nose is light and malty, a bit of light citrus.

Taste has a light bitterness with some creamy light malt. There's a a good full Mouthfeel and a dry finish.

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Photo of jasonjlewis
2.81/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a 1 finger head with decent retenton and a yellow color.

Smell is very faint and is yeasty with some lemony twang.

Faint malt with some yeast byproduct having a nice influence on the flavor. Lemony twang comes out as well. It's just really faint and one dimensional.

Crisp mouthfeel that would make this beer very refreshing if it was a better beer.

Eh is all I have left to say about this beer.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
2.86/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy golden yellow/ orange-ish color with a white head. In the aroma, sweet maltiness and almost lager like. In the taste, dry to sweet maltiness and quite lager-ish. A smooth with a small bite in the mouthfeel and a small dry malty sweetness in the aftertaste. OK, very lager-ish throws me off nothing too exciting.

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Photo of htomsirveaux
2.88/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz. bottle tried 31 Nov 2008.

Poured in a chalice. Very small head, white-peachy color. Clear bright amber color. Smells yeasty, lemony, appley, somewhat mineral. Starts dry, somewhat sour. Watery, lemony, mineral water flavors. Slick texture. Light alcohol.

Fairly average, would not seek out again.

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Photo of BeerManDan
2.92/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

When first poured, the color was a slightly haze golden yellow, with very little foam. Then, after the first smell, it seemed that this ale had a lot of promise. The smell of mild hops and a fruity aroma filled the nose. Then it was down hill after that. The taste was just of a sour/tart/bitter and not a lot of hop flavor or any fruit what so ever. After each sip, all I got was the sour/bitter/tart taste on the palate with very litlle flavor of anything. Blah! One more gulp and down the sink!

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Photo of Gusler
2.95/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A slightly beclouded amber color on the pour, the head portly in size, frothy in texture and the color an off white, with the residual lace a thin sheet to cover the glass. Light aroma of the hops, sweet malt, a bit or a hint of pineapple? Start is sweet and loaded with malt, the top skimpy in feel, finish is lightly acidic, the hops present but mild, dry aftertaste, not sure this beer will get much from me, seems a bit thin-waisted as in watery.

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Photo of Gavage
2.97/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: clear orange in color with a thin 1/4" head that falls apart immediately. No lacing develops. Minimum amount of carbonation bubbles slowly rise to the surface.

Smell: some hints of orange slices are picked up by the nose. Nothing else detected.

Taste: green apples and oranges create the sweetness of this beer, and there is little bitterness to bring it back to a balanced profile. Weaker than expected malt level.

Mouthfeel: soft crispness at the start, while the finish has a light dry feel. Lighter in body than other APAs. Basically a clean aftertaste as the orange tone is barely noticable after swallowing.

Drinkability: very average. I had this on two different days of my trip, and both days I had the same impression - just not impressed with this beer.

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Photo of DurtyUI
3/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This feels like just another golden ale, with not a lot of full frontal activity and a lingering barley after-taste.

I was immediately brought to the yeasty taste on my tongue reminiscent of those ales poured fresh from the conditioning tank.

Nothing exceptional, but an acceptable stand-by if nobody else is home.

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Photo of DerAtomsmasher
3.02/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly cloudy gold - juuuust this side of amber. Lacing up nicely.

Not a whole lot of malt going on here for as dark as it is. Mostly, there's astringent hop bitterness up front that give way to a sort of grapefruit sourness.

Probably just fine on a hot day; not terribly interesting to me.

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.08/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

New-ish to the shelves here up in Calgary. Everything I've seen from Pike thus far comes in 6's.

Pours out a chill-hazed apricot hue, not much of a head on the pour, but some way, some how, it manages to develop a frothy white cap just by handling the glass. Nice science experiment! Thick concentric rings of lacing as the glass empties.

The aroma is a bit subdued, mostly grassy herbal hops, a touch of dandelion, then thin caramel malt sitting below it all.

The flavour is pretty average as well, caramel malt up front that immediately gets shoved out of the way by astringent hops. It's a fairly one-sided conversation between the two of them.

However the mouthfeel manages to hold things together, provides a more pleasant experience in the long run. Medium-bodied and quite quaffable.

An okay pale ale when all is said and done. Not worth the clams for it when we have decent micro pale ales brewed locally and regionally available for less. Still, it's good to see new stuff available on the shelves as well. And I like the name.

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Photo of beerguy101
3.08/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Light amber gold color, medium white foamy head. Aroma is fruity and sweet. Light and refreshing, slightly fruity. Some hop bite, nice balance. Medium bodied. Full flavor. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is crisp and clean. Aftertaste is hoppy and bitter.

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Photo of KajII
3.08/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

[Suggested Glassware: Shaker Glass]

The pour was a hazy medium orange with a slight brownish hue and an average (1-2 finger) white creamy head, which did allow for some fair streaky lacing.

The aroma was of a light grain malt, floral hops and a sweaty yeast with notes of citrus (orange), apricot and a mild peppery spice.

The taste a tad malty with a mild apricot sweetness from the start but quickly progressed into a hoppy bitter taste with a note of citrus peel and a slight peppery finish. The flavor stuck around for quite a long time with a mildly hoppy fruity taste left to linger.

Mouthfeel was light in body and dry in texture with a prickly carbonation.

Overall a nice crisp, hoppy Organic Ale that had just enough fruity sweetness to take the harsh bite out of the hoppy citrus peel ending...


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Photo of Dogbrick
3.08/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Sample at the brewpub. This brew pours a clear golden color with a thin and foamy off-white head that diminishes steadily. Sticky patches of lacing on the glass. Mild hops and grass in the nose. Light-bodied with a light hoppy character, with notes of malt and hay. The finish is floral hops with a lightly bitter aftertaste. Average overall.

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Photo of Murchmac
3.1/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Now that we get their bottles, had to try it. Awww wont you take me home tonight, Ah down beside that flat, some lacing, pale gold firelight.

A little bit of honey in my nose, a little bit of breadyness that it goes. Uninspired.

Nothing special about the taste, some cut grass, come sweet honey with hops and malts thrown in.

This beer is the middle management Human Resources job of American Pale Ales. Just there for the paycheck. Like this review the beer started out with high hopes, then the wheels come off..

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Photo of Bunnyhop
3.13/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A very slightly hazy, slightly reddish, golden ale with a very large off-white head. It has a hoppy and slight fruit smell. It is clean tasting and grassy with a mildly bitter finish and aftertaste. The body is thin to firm in my mouth. This is a slightly bitter ale that I enjoy. The label is somewhat eye-catching too, with an alluring looking sultry woman, but, in a retro 50's/60's style.

(source: Athens, GA)

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Photo of boothw
3.13/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A little hoppy for my taste but good for a summer afternoon. I've not much experience with "golden ales" I guess, but I was expecting something a little more drinkable. It has a citrusy finish, similar to a pale ale. I give it points for being organic and it seems relatively complex for a lighter beer.

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Photo of henrysunset
3.13/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours golden with light carbonation, almost like a hefeweizen with a slight fruit scent and a sulfuric smell.

Taste was slightly butter with little apparent hoppy floral taste holding up. Pleasent enough, but not great. The beer felt sorta thin and alcohol was apparent.

They have better beers.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.15/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Gold color, a little hazy, aroma didn't hit me.

Taste, a little muted in comparison to their other beers compared per style. I mean, their IPA/DIPA/Barleywine are through the roof. This one is made for the ladies I take it. It isn't bad, its just a warm up, liason between I dunno maybe they still drink Olympia and Hamms out there. Minimal hops and bitterness, never heavy, but still good enough to rock on a hot day.

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Photo of BrewCrew2010
3.16/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

A: Hazy yellow body with a decent size head. Good amount of lacing.

S: A light aroma of citrus hops and pale malts.

T: Follows the nose pretty well with a clean and crisp flavor of biscuity pale malt & citrus hops.

M: Great carbonation, medium body, & refreshing mouthfeel.

O: A pretty good beer, but very easy to forget.

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81 out of 100 based on 121 ratings.