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Naughty Nellie - Pike Pub & Brewery

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Reviews: 121
Hads: 226
Avg: 3.54
pDev: 16.67%
Wants: 4
Gots: 15 | 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 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 biboergosum
3.6/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Who is this Nellie? And why is she considered naughty? Inquiring minds need to know!

This beer pours a slightly hazy, medium golden orange hue, with two fat fingers of puffy, thinly foamy, and yet chunky off-white head, which leaves some decent sudsy layered cloud lace around the glass as it gently melts away.

It smells of grainy caramel malt, biscuity nougat, a soft earthy yeastiness, a touch of metallic stone, and grassy, floral, and strangely perfumed hops. The taste is a mix of mild orange, grapefruit, and pine resin hop bitterness, faint brown sugar, untethered, and mildly boozy florals, and a solid biscuity, bready malt backbone.

The carbonation is average in its swirling and mildly probing frothiness, the body an adequate middleweight, and mostly smooth. It finishes off-dry, with a significant grainy malt component, and a lesser leafy, citrusy, and floral hop bittering aspect.

Overall, a decent enough pale ale, restrained in its bitterness, but still exhibiting a full flavour profile. A good sessioner, if you're ok with a more rounded quaff than the norm is starting to be, i.e. not enough malt body to support all those perky and sometimes frivolous hops.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.63/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Medium amber filled with a cloud of fine particulates. The eggshell colored head has a quality look about it. It displays innumerable surface pits and translates a fair amount of stickiness into pebbled hunks and small sheets of lace.

I'd love to know what hops Naughty Nellie uses in her perfume. The major component of the nose is unlike anything that I've experienced before and I'm fairly certain that it's hop-related. There's a funky, earthy quality that is somewhat reminiscent of Belgian yeast... yet nothing like it. It isn't an altogether pleasant aroma, but isn't bad either. It's just different.

Nellie tastes like she smells. I can't decide if hops or yeast is the major contributor to the aroma and the flavor (I'm leaning toward yeast). The brewery mentions apricots in their tasting notes and I would have to agree. While it isn't what I'd call a lip smacking APA, it's beginning to grow on me as I get deeper into the bottle.

Sweet and bitter are present in roughly equal measure, with sweet fading away on the finish. The body/mouthfeel favors the lighter end of the style spectrum and is well suited to sessioning if the spunky amount of carbonation isn't a deal breaker. This may be the first beer that I've seen that actually calls itself a session beer right on the label.

The Naughty Nellie that Naughty Nellie's Ale was named after was a lady of the evening, harlot, tart... take your pick. Since variety is the spice of life, a maxim that I'm sure applies to her profession as much as it applies to beer, I'm willing to cut her ale some slack for its uniqueness. I won't be buying it again, but for a one night stand, she... er, it... was an enjoyable enough ride.

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Photo of oberon
3.63/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a imperial pint glass a deep amber hued golden with a well formed tight one finger white head that was gone pretty quickly.Mainly caramel/biscuit malt in the nose with some light floral hops,seemed to be a little more malt driven wich surprised me a little.The flavors are alot like the aromas,sweetish biscuit malt with light citric and earthy hops,a little toastiness in the finish.Pretty much a no frills APA with a big malt bill,not bad.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.18/5  rDev +18.1%
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.

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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 Jason
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12 oz. brown long neck bottle with a “Best if consumed before date marked” freshness date on the back label.

Appearance: Hazy dusty golden colour, thin lacing has a decent retention.

Smell: Soft husky grain with a powdery yeast, some sweetness from the malt and soft floral notes from the hops show up in the aroma.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Smoothness is impeccable within the moderate body, big doughy biscuity malt flavour is the showcase of this brew. Touch of yeast throughout. Hops give a juicy wet kiss of mild citrus, flower water and a mild sting of bitterness. Finishes a bit dry with a biscuity grain and floral hop in tow.

Notes: They stated this is a session brew, they were right. Minus the extra yeast flavour this is a good brew and something I’d drink all night.

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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 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 WesWes
4/5  rDev +13%
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.

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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 Gueuzedude
3.88/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A vigorous pour produces a frothy, three-finger thick, pale, off-white colored head in my 25cl tulip glass. The beer is a nice gold hue that shows an almost brilliantly clear, full gold color when held up to the light. The aroma has a sweet grain note to it up front, a touch of grassy grain, a solid cracker-like maltiness and a finish that has a touch of spicy hop character, though only just.

Fairly dry tasting, but there is a touch of grain sweetness here. Mostly the malt provides a grassy grain character with a touch of cracker like malt dryness. The beer finishes with a nice, though soft, biting hop bitterness that serves to further dry out the palate. This beer is pretty crisp, though not like a lager as there is a touch of fruity esters here that help to round things out and provide touches of pear. The hop character is much more evident than in the aroma, though it is about balanced with the malt character. The malt is more noticeable at the front of each sip while the finish is dominated by herbal, slightly pine-like hop flavors and bitterness. This has a nice soft heft to it, is eminently quaffable and has a nice textural offset between prickly carbonation and velvety malt.

This is a nicely made example of a Blond Ale; this isn't aggressive, but the flavor is well balanced and without flaws and it has just enough character to keep me interested. This would be a solid hot weather beer, and to be honest, I am enjoying this quite a bit more than I expected to.

Purchased: Liquid Solutions

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.55/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Sometimes all you need is a lighter beer to feel good. And that's what I'm going to drink tonight. From a 22 ounce bottle that lists a 5.5% ABV, on to the beer:

Soapy looking inch thick head on top of a body that is translucent pale gold with small bubbles that race to the top. Persistence of the head is solid, and it leaves a few strips of lacing. Some carmel, diacetyl, a little veggie note in the nose.

It does the job. Grassy hops lead off and then comes a tint of diacetyl. Faint citrus notes are most resemblant to grapefruit. Time seems to cut into the diacetyl and make it slowly go away. Out come sweeter fruity flavors. The carbonation is surprisingly jumpy from the get go; honestly, given how easy it was to pry-off the bottle cap from the bottle, I feared that the beer may be undercarbonated. Still, I don't have a whole lot to complain about.

It took some time, but Pike Brewing has arrived in Orange County. To all the hop bombs I can easily grab from the shelf, this is a fair alternative for those who aren't looking to get their palate thrashed in a pinch.

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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 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 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 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 LiquidAmber
3.78/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a medium golden amber with a half finger white head that dissipates to a thin film with light lacing. Aroma of bready and caramel malt, apple family fruit, lightly vegetal. Flavor is caramel and biscuit malt, apple and pear juice, grassy and lightly citrus hops. Finishes with lingering grassy hop bitterness. Medium bodied with good peppery carbonation. Classic blonde ale base with a bit more hops in the finish than expected, but it all fit together. Pleasant and easy to drink blonde ale.

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Photo of flagmantho
4.05/5  rDev +14.4%
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.

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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 beertunes
3.58/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in straight pint glass. It poured a clean, clear yellow with a thin, white head that quickly dissipated leaving just more than minimal lacing.

A slightly grainy aroma also featured a touch of mellow hop tang on the nose. The flavors were as expected after the aroma. Very crisp and clean, with a slightly grainy malt taste balanced with a bit of hop sharpness at the end.

The body was medium full, not as full as others of the style, without being the least bit heavy. This is a very drinkable beer, crisp, light, refreshing and easy to enjoy. This may be the perfect lawnmower beer, why drink thin, watery crap when you could hangout with Nellie? Worth trying.

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Photo of Derek
3.8/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Perhaps the name suggests a Scottish restraint of their use of hops?

Medium-bodied and more sweetly balanced than most of their brews. There is only a faint hint of hop flavour as well. Quite different from Pike's other brews, and I liked it a lot.

It has the malty backbone of a bohemian pilsner.

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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 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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Naughty Nellie from Pike Pub & Brewery
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