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Naughty Nellie - Pike Pub & Brewery

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BA SCORE
81
good

206 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 206
Reviews: 118
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 12.32%
Wants: 5
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Pike Pub & Brewery visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-05-2001)
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Photo of Derek
3.83/5  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.

Derek, Aug 04, 2005
Photo of harpus
3/5  rDev -16%

harpus, Mar 06, 2014
Photo of beertunes
3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

beertunes, Aug 04, 2009
Photo of Gusler
2.95/5  rDev -17.4%
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.

Gusler, Apr 18, 2003
Photo of flagmantho
4.05/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

flagmantho, Oct 02, 2009
Photo of ccrida
2.63/5  rDev -26.3%
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.

ccrida, Jul 11, 2007
Photo of Boone757
3.75/5  rDev +5%

Boone757, Sep 26, 2014
Photo of Dogbrick
3.08/5  rDev -13.7%
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.

Dogbrick, Apr 16, 2009
Photo of OWSLEY069
2.83/5  rDev -20.7%
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.

OWSLEY069, Mar 01, 2008
Photo of Cyberkedi
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
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'.

Cyberkedi, Sep 02, 2010
Photo of RoyalT
3.75/5  rDev +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.

RoyalT, Dec 30, 2003
Photo of tbeckett
3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

tbeckett, Feb 14, 2012
Photo of blackie
3.4/5  rDev -4.8%
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

blackie, Jul 01, 2006
Photo of tpd975
3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

tpd975, May 13, 2008
Photo of alexgash
3.93/5  rDev +10.1%
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!

alexgash, Jul 19, 2005
Photo of RedDiamond
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

RedDiamond, Jan 26, 2009
Photo of twelveinches
4/5  rDev +12%

twelveinches, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of strongaf
3.5/5  rDev -2%

strongaf, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of Vancer
2.25/5  rDev -37%
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.

Vancer, Nov 23, 2008
Photo of Reidrover
3.7/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Reidrover, Jul 26, 2003
Photo of andrenaline
3.7/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

andrenaline, Feb 09, 2011
Photo of allengarvin
3.8/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

allengarvin, Sep 05, 2008
Photo of Mitchster
4.35/5  rDev +21.8%
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.

Mitchster, Jun 20, 2003
Photo of beerguy101
3.1/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

beerguy101, Sep 14, 2003
Photo of buckyp
3.5/5  rDev -2%

buckyp, Jul 16, 2012
Naughty Nellie from Pike Pub & Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 206 ratings.