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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 tbeckett
3.67/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pint at the brewpub. From notes.

A - Golden, bright, gentle carbonation coming up. One finger of white head with rings of lace and a film of retention.

S - Citrus, grass, light biscuity malt.

T - Honey, grassy, light biscuity, malt, some noble hop.

M - Strong carbonation, light to medium body, some honey in the finish.

O/D - Good and flavourful for a golden ale. Not extreme but well done.

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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 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 Darkmagus82
3.7/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a deep golden amber color with a small fizzy white head. The head fades relatively quickly leaving only a light level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is strong of some lighter fruits of peach and pear along with some smells of caramel. Other bready aromas and a hint of grass and floral hops are there as well creating a rather pleasant smell overall.

Taste – The taste begins with a nice smooth and sweet bready taste with the sweet being mostly of lighter fruits of apricot, peach and pear. There is a little bit of a brown sugar upfront as well, with this flavor getting slightly stronger as the taste advances. Some orange and grapefruit hop then later develop further along in the taste, and in the end, with just a hint of a floral flavor, one is left with a rather clean and sweet flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is average in terms of thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is on the slightly lower side. For the style a little higher carbonation may have been slightly more appropriate, but even said, the thicker body did do a nice job accentuating the mix of fruit and lighter hop , so overall the feel was pretty decent.

Overall – A tasty brew with a great level of flavor and an easy drinking feel. A good session like style brew.

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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 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 RoyalT
3.77/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – Beautiful orange in color and a wee bit cloudy with a nice, frothing head.

Smell – The delicate hop aroma sits deep in a significant malt base. There’s also a musty scent to this one.

Taste – This one is light but very flavorful. The malt backbone has hints of caramel and sugar. The floral hops come alive at the tongue, but the sweet malt defines this Pale Ale.

Mouthfeel – This is close to medium-bodied and is dry and refreshing. The quality malts are chewy and help make this a smooth one.

Drinkability – Excellent interpretation of the style, although the hopheads may be a little disappointed. This went down well to start off the night.

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Photo of andrenaline
3.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One of the few Pike offerings in Calgary that I had yet to try.

A - Slightly hazy pale straw colour, little head, retention or lacing.

S - Very mild, but some grassy hops and bready biscuit malts on the finish.

T - Citrus hop flavours come through with a slight bitterness and a touch of euro pilsener flavours linger on the tongue.

M - Medium bodied ale that goes down a bit prickly and finishes a tad dry.

D - A tasty offering, reminiscent of a hopped up pilsener. Worth a try, but don't expect anything spectacular.

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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 tpd975
3.6/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Nice bright cloudy orange color. It has a frothing head and ample lacing.

S: Lots of nice sweet malt with hints of citrus cutting thru.

T: Like the aroma this one is high on the malt. The malt backbone has hints of toffee, caramel and sugar. A bit of floral citrus hops are able to cut thru and deliver just a hint of bitterness.

M: Medium in body, smooth, and somewhat dry in the finish.

D: Not bad.

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Photo of alexgash
3.92/5  rDev +10.7%
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!

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Photo of RedDiamond
3.58/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pike tags this alternately as "golden artisan ale" and "golden organic ale." It is named for a madam who ran a brothel a century ago in the Pike Place neighborhood where Pike first began brewing. Thank goodness Pike Street has since been elevated to the measure of civil dignity it enjoys today.

Nellie is a scrubbed and polished gold with uncommon clarity. It is light headed with a modest splash of scruffy lace whose taste is one of simple caramel contours with appropriate complimentary bittering. Perhaps its most standout feature is its full, chewy mouthfeel.

Not an exciting ale, but a decent introductory standby that's very companionable with a burger. Very enjoyable, actually.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.72/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

OK second Pale Ale from this brewery tonight the memorably named "Naughty Nellies Ale"..named after to a madam who ran a house of ill repute were the Pike Brewery is now..ah the good old days!
This ale is certainlly ligter in color when poured..light brown again a wee bit of haze and a good sized head that sticks around.
smell is nice again..sweet malts and slightly more hop aroma shows through.
Taste is ok more hoppy but paradoxically weaker than the Pale Ale..not much aftertase.
Ok in the mouth ..buit again tends towards the watery side.
Pretty good session brew..as it suggests on the label.

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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 allengarvin
3.77/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a quite pale golden beer, which hardly develops any head at all, and what it does, it quickly fades to nothing. Could easily be mistaken for apple juice. Slightly better aroma though, with a light dusting of floral hops and a delicate fruity scent. Flavor isn't too bad either. I wouldn't call this an APA... if it were described as a Kolsch, it would be quite appropriate. There's a nice soft malty character backed by enough bitterness to make things balance out well. The yeast character is moderately fruity, with a fairly clean finish.

If you considering it as a Kolsch, it's really a quite drinkable session beer.

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Photo of Mitchster
4.34/5  rDev +22.6%
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.

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

The Naughty Nellie was offered on cask. Served in a standard pint glass, the beer is golden with a bone white head and gobs of lace.

Nellie, not surprisingly, has a soft perfume like nose with pine, light malts and hints of fresh bread.

Served at cellar temp, the beer is smooth and silky. Nice bitterness that seems more than the advertised 22 IBU. The tastes I get are soft pine, slightly caramelized malts and a bit of straw.

The mouth thins a bit in the end, but this is an easy drinking session beer. Nice to meet you Nellie!

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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 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 wagenvolks
3.86/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber with a different label than the one shown above; Listed as Pike Naughty Nellie - Golden Artisan Ale (5.5%).

Pours a beautifully crisp & clear, straw-golden body, with a vigorous carbonation level piping up from the etched glass bottom. The eggshell-white head crescendo's at an inch in height before receding to a healthy cap of foam. Excellent retention and lacing. The aroma is a blend of spicy wheat, white wine, butternut squash, grapefruit hop notes, and some crystal malt sweetness.

The taste brings a white wine sweetness that is balanced promptly by citrus hops and a hint of pine. Perhaps this is an American Pale Ale after all? Either way, this beer tastes good. I'd even like the hoppiness if it were a Golden Ale, so no marks against it. The mouthfeel is juicy and clean, with a crisp & bubbly finish that picks up a touch of bitterness from the hops. I can get down with this brew; although the style isn't my favorite, you can taste the craftsmanship behind the beer, as with most of Pike Brewing Co's creations.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
3.97/5  rDev +12.1%
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

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Photo of Offa
3.72/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap, it's gold with a thin, white head soon thinning to a ring.

Aroma is light but firm grain and apple.

Taste is clean, full grain, apple, light grass with a long, full aftertaste. Balanced sweetness and light bitterness with light spicy-herb hint and faint bitterness at finish.

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Photo of CampusCrew
4/5  rDev +13%
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.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Average looking, kinda tan and mostly clear with rising bubbles and not a lot of head or lace.

Aroma is typically blonde ale, a little sweet corn and some straw/grassy notes with a light maltiness. Flavor follows suit. Body is light and quite easy to drink, refreshing and just a little slick on the back end.

Overall it's enjoyable, perhaps not my personal favorite from Pike, but still tasty.

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