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Naughty Nellie - The Pike Brewing Company

Not Rated.
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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 303beer
3.19/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear yellow to amber color. Thin white head on it. Has a light nose of malt and hops to it. Starts with a bready malt then finishes with a slightly bitter citrus hop.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.2/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: A medium bright orange pour showcases a medium dense micro-bubbly effervesce. The head was initially a finger high, soft beige, but short lived, while the lacing was weak providing minimal coverage.

S: Perfumy scents of oranges which is followed up by some tart tangerines. The strength is limited, quickly trails off, even after several minutes of agitation, failing to hold interest.

T: Tart blend of grapefruit and orange peels opens things up along with a faint hop spiciness of dried pineapple and some citrusy wheat notes. Fairly dry with some citrusy dried apple and alcohol tones rounds things out in an otherwise limited show of complexity. The alcohol and fullness of the palate seems a bit big considering its 4.7%abv.

M: Weak mouthful, light, oily, with a lame carbonation factor. Some dry wheat and dry citrusy apple skins appear on the swallow.

D: Average drinkability, even its unusual low abv hardly makes this a contender for more, just a boring example, flat and lazy drink that is mediocre at best. Average excitement not particularly sharp and defined, and rather lifeless and mundane.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.2/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had on-tap at the pub in Seattle.

Pours a light golden colour, slightly translucent, but without real haze. Head is a filmy, wafty and ultimately empty white. Lace is patchy, but intricate where it forms. Looks pretty generic.

Hops on the nose are vegetative and earthy, with almost a burnt tone to them. They're slightly weedy: in the sense that they give fresh vegetative aromas, but they're slightly unsavoury even so. Some musty grain comes though, which gives it a blast from the macro gun. Eh.

Taste is similar, but slightly better than the aroma, mostly due to the grain character taking on a more truly malty, German-style pils-like flavour. This matches somewhat with the touch of biting, phenolic hop bitterness on the back. Feel is empty, however, as is the beer as a whole, mostly.

Pretty dull beer. Not particularly impressed.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.2/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a 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 GRG1313
3.27/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden yellow, hints of orange marmalade color.

Nose of grapefruit and pine and also an assertive "woody" character in the nose.

Mouthfeel is of medium body with nice big flavors of grapefruit skin and pine; also the woody character in the nose carries over to a "woody" flavor both in front and back palate.

Finish is a weak point. Leaves a "soapy" taste in your mouth.

Not a Pike favorite for me but also not something I'd normally drink, in any event, since I almost always drink a higher alcohol brew. Not bad; just not my thing.

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Photo of joshuadlight
3.28/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Naughty Nellie's lacks the hoppy bitterness to be considered a Pale Ale in the sense that we all know it by. It is mild in character throughout. Cloudy pale and yellow in the color. Fruity in the nose and the mouth with no big malt or hop characteristics jumping out at you. Fine mouthfeel and good drinkability, it tastes fine and has a good ABV that you drink for a while.

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Photo of eballard
3.28/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy golden pour with a light head that retains for the length of the beer. A flowery perfume hops with a sweet malt body aroma. A sweet hops taste with a bitter malt after taste. A creamy feel with a crisp finish and a sweet aftertaste. In all this beer is very easy to drink it has a nice blend of flavors and a crisp quality that makes it tasty and refreshing.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.31/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Devil's Backbone willibecher.

I think I'm pretty jaded at this point: Nellie doesn't look all that naughty to me... The brew pours a mostly clear orange juice topped by a finger of white foam. The nose comprises wheat, corn, floral hops, coriander, cardamom, and a tiny touch of coffee-laced toffee. The taste comprises the toffee, corn, wheat, florals, and a touch of newcoming orange-peel. The body is pretty light, with a light carbonation and a nearly crisp finish. Overall, a very ordinary brew, nothing much going on, but very drinkable nonetheless. Not bad if you're looking for a session brew.

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Photo of stevoj
3.33/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Malt and hops, hops drying out the finish. Clear golden body, with airy head, aroma of bread, crackers, mostly malt characteristics. Taste is malt again, hops kick in on the back plane, drying it out at the finish. Very crisp and clean beer, but not as smooth and velvety as some of the British or Belgian varieties.

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Photo of Preiliboy
3.33/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a light/medium amber color, with a half inch head that leaves lacing throughout drinking.

Smell is very strong on and refreshing right after pouring but seems to settle after a few minutes out. At first smells of mildly strong hops and later you can smell something citrusy .

Taste is good especially halfway during the glass the beer shows its citrus flavors and hops not bad at all.

Mouthfeel is good.

Conclusion this beer is a good session beer for experienced craft beer drinkers. For noobs there may be to much flavor.

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Photo of GallowsThief
3.35/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured out of a bomber into my Duvel.

A - Fairly cloudy light yellow pour. Modest one inch head that stays around. Very light lacing left after each sip.

S - Light, crisp fruit smell. Has an aromatic flowery appeal to it.

T - Much more of a malt taste then expected. Makes me think of a granny smith apple. Finished off a bit dry and left just a faint sweetness in my mouth.

M - Light bodied.

D - Sure its fairly light and drinkable. It's an average offering.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.37/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Review from notes.

A: Pours a light golden color, rather clear. Small white head on top that is gone quickly and leaves behind no lacing.

S: Very faint hops and some cereal grains. Pretty basic.

T: Some doughy malt mixed with faint citrus and a light flowery flavor.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Pretty light and easy drinking.

O: Most American blondes really don't do much for me and this one was no different. Again, nothing really wrong with it, average.

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Photo of mattmaples
3.4/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a great summer brew. Lighter in body, a touch sweet with a nice hop presense to balance. It rates on the the refreshing scale as well as in quaffability.

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Photo of pootz
3.4/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4


Pours a light gold with a decent white frothy cap that lasts and laces.

Aromas of fruits and grass with some light maltiness.

Bright citrus hops balance a soft biscuity malt discernment finishes mild with a faint hint of pear. Decent quaffing ale

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Photo of dedrinker
3.4/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Hazy golden honey color with a thin geriatric head.

Fruity aroma with some caramelized malt notes.

Classic "touring a craft brewery" wort-like malt flavor with fruity shades and light citrus and resin hops.

light-to-medium body - the beer is sweet and malty up front and through the mid-palette and then finishes with light bitterness.

This is actually more enjoyable than it seems.

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Photo of ElGordo
3.45/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright golden color with a minimal creamy white head that sticks around for a bit. Aroma is crisp and clean pale malt and a touch of herbaceous Belgian yeast. Palate is light pale malt and tangy Belgian yeast, with a hint of floral hops emerging on the finish. A light bit of astringency also comes through in the back of the mouth.
Body is light and effervescent, although it can be a touch fizzy if sipped hastily. Goes down easy, and given the low ABV, would probably make a decent session beer. Still, it doesn't rank as one of my favorites.

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Photo of blackie
3.45/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

appearance: The pour gives a low white head that soon becomes just a ring around the glass. The beer is a golden amber in color.

smell: Pale caramel type malts are just outdone by an herbal hoppiness. There's a light sweetness from the malt, and hints of apricot, apple, and some tropicals.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is medium, and the body is a light medium.

taste: A subtle maltiness of light grain joins a light, grassy, aged type hop flavor at the front here. The bitterness is light-moderate. Somewhat watery...pretty boring, but clean.

drinkability: Very easily drinkable, but not that attractive to the tastebuds.

Brought to me from the brewery in Seattle

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Photo of corby112
3.47/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy dark golden orange color with a one finger off-white head that quickly settles into a thin lasting ring. Spots of lacing left behind.

Slightly earthy aroma with some bready yeast, light fruit and faint spice. Kind of bland in the nose really with hints of apple, grass and straw.

Medium bodied with a crisp hop bite up front that lingers over the sweeter notes and bready yeast into a slightly dry finish. Pale malt backbone with hints of grass and straw along with some zesty spice and apple. Well balanced, refreshing and easy to drink.

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Photo of fattyre
3.48/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very slightly hazy very slightly reddish golden color with a very large off white head with a floral nose. The beer has a slight herbal front with a peppery middle and a clean cedary finish with hints of grapefruit and thinnish mouthfeel. This is a decent drinkable beer that tastes of a higher alcohol percentage than I would guess it actually is. (% unknown)

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Photo of mjurney
3.48/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Golden color, slight touch of haze. Some bubbles. Foamy head, bright white color. Lacing looks very nice on the glass.

Sweet malts, slight toffee. A little fruity.

Malty up front with a slight dry bitterness at the end. Very malty, bready, toffee, slight buttery. There some doughy from the yeast. Hop is very subtle, I get a little earthy. Medium bodied. Carbonation is light.

Very dry finish.

It’s more like an English Pale Ale than American Pale Ale. It’s pretty good beer.

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Photo of russpowell
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This "golden artisan ale" pours apricot with a finger of pearl white head. Above average lacing & head retention

S: Faint floral hops & orchard fruit

T: Apricot, green apples, & a bit of lemony hops up front. As this warms, I get a bit of coriander & more green apples. Finishes crisp, with a bit of lemony hops & more apple

MF: Medium bodied with medium carbonation

Drinks alright, just not enough going flavor-wise to hold my interest past one or two

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Photo of ark57
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It is a slight cloudy dark gold color with a decent head. The aroma is slight sweet and there is some floral and spicy hops in the nose. The body is light, but it stands up well to the bitterness. It has some sweet maltiness and a slight citric taste. There is a bit too much yeastiness for my taste, but it is not too bad. It finishes pretty dry.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.52/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rather typical clear yellow with a foamy white head. Aroma is not strong, but is crisp and malty if not inspiring. Flavor, fortunately, is better - malty and a little fruity with a faint and not too unpleasant tinny undertone. Texture is smooth and just a little fizzy. Overall, fair to middlin' and leaning towards middlin'.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.53/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very nice clean/clear golden yellow color, nice carbonation, nice one finger creamy light white head, with some nice sticky lacing. The nose is slightly hoppy, with some nice malt notes, very slight citrus. The taste is slightly hoppy, malty, slightly bitter, with some citrus. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a nice little brew.

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Photo of Shadman
3.54/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

couldn't resist the name even with the somewhat heft price tag of 13.00/per six. Label states it's a golden artesian ale...I'm guessing another hoppy west coast offering

Well, if that's what there calling golden these days in Seattle, then I'm obviously out of touch..more of an aprocot in color. Very poor head and lacing..

Good, rich caramel malt aroma with a hint of floral hop for good measure.

Smooth, smooth caramel malt followed by a decent, but not overwelming hop bite. Definite cascade influence, but the balance is well crafted. Finish is dry, but doesn't force a pucker of the lips for sure.

Mouthfeel is very smooth, most likely due to the lowering of the ABV to 4.8%.

Certainly a session beer for those who can handle the hoppiness of an APA...price wise this beer makes me search out AlleyCat's Fullmoon before visitiing Naughty Nellie again though.

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Naughty Nellie from The Pike Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 121 ratings.