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Naughty Nellie - Pike Pub & Brewery

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BA SCORE
81
good

198 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 198
Reviews: 118
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 12.61%
Wants: 5
Gots: 5 | 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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corby112

Pennsylvania

3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2011 05:47:32 | More by corby112
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grittybrews

Washington

3.78/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewery. Poured a pale gold with a finger of off-white head. Bready aroma with a slight citrus hop presence.

Moderate carbonation, creamy, and light-bodied mouthfeel. Flavors of mild, bready caramel with some light pine, grapefruit and grass.

A little underwhelming, but the flavors opened up after a few minutes and this was actually quite pleasant and easy-drinking.

Serving type: on-tap

08-06-2011 02:29:01 | More by grittybrews
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mikeg67

New Jersey

3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap at Pike brewery. Pours golden hue with a white, foamy head and lively carbonation. Aroma is of biscuit malt and piney hops. Medium, crisp body. Taste is of piney hops, grapefruit and biscuit malt in the background. Long, hoppy finish. Nice, tasty brew.

Serving type: on-tap

07-06-2011 18:41:49 | More by mikeg67
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DoubleJ

California

3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2011 05:47:01 | More by DoubleJ
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mjurney

Texas

3.48/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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

Aroma:
Sweet malts, slight toffee. A little fruity.

Taste:
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.

Finish:
Very dry finish.

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

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2011 23:14:38 | More by mjurney
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bunbury

Panama

3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My bottle has a 5.5% abv

Has a bright brown color with a smell of hazelnut, citric taste probably orange with a dry finish, strong mouthfeel.
The taste of this beer scream APA all over it, at bar I probably have no more than 2. But this beer was really worth the trying.

A Superb enjoyment.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2011 18:39:48 | More by bunbury
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BrewCrew2010

Mississippi

3.18/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2011 21:57:51 | More by BrewCrew2010
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SkeeterHawk

Texas

4.08/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a pretty clear yellow color with a 3" pillowey head that was maintained by a bunch of bubbles rising. It looks like a nice Belgian...perhaps I shouldn't have poured it in a stein. There is tons of lace left on the glass after drinking and the head fades.

Aroma: I initially got a bit of wheat mixed with plenty of American citrus hops. As the beer warms, the hops are coming out more. There is a bit of a wheaty edge coming in too as it warms up. Overall, it is a nice blend for the style.

Taste: It has a healthy dose of American hops in the flavor. They are supported by some light crystal malts, so overall it has the elements of a typical American Pale Ale. Overall the beer is light bodied with plenty of carbonation. It comes across stupidly drinkable, and actually the high carbonation is holding it back a bit. The finish is quite nicely balanced. It tips ever so slightly toward the hops in the end, but the malt is a big player in the finish. I don't notice any alcohol anywhere. As the beer starts to warm up, there is a grassy note coming out that is getting to be a little bit annoying.

Opinion: This is a pretty good Pale Ale overall. It is drinkable and has a nice balance. The grassy note is a bit out of balance, but overall that is a pretty nit-picky thing. This is one of the better examples of this style I have had, and I would definitely recommend giving it a shot.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2011 05:13:34 | More by SkeeterHawk
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andrenaline

Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2011 04:48:40 | More by andrenaline
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GallowsThief

Florida

3.33/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2010 00:48:50 | More by GallowsThief
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.7/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a slightly hazy golden orange hue, with two fingers of thin foamy white head, which leaves some random specks of lace around the glass as it melts away. It smells of caramel nougat malt, and grassy, metallic hops. The taste is a mix of mild orange, grapefruit, and citrus hops, and biscuity, bready malt. The carbonation is average, the body medium weight, and mostly smooth. It finishes off-dry, with a significant grain malt component, and a lesser leafy, citrusy, floral hop aspect.

Overall, a decent enough pale ale, restrained in the bitterness, but still exhibiting a full flavour profile. A good sessioner, if you're ok with a more rounded quaff.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2010 07:04:06 | More by biboergosum
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oberon

North Carolina

3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2010 12:42:55 | More by oberon
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Offa

California

3.75/5  rDev +5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-26-2010 23:55:53 | More by Offa
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bagpiper2005

Idaho

3.8/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pour: Clear, effervescent goldenrod color. One finger of white head that dissipates quickly and leaves little bits of lacing behind.

Smell: A light aroma of grapefruit/citrus and pale malt. Pretty uninteresting.

Taste: Rich, sweet pale malt flavor with a hint of caramel. Back end finishes up with a light-to-moderate hop bitterness. Incredibly well-balanced.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with high carbonation. Crisp and clean.

Drinkability: A very easy and smooth drinking beer. Thirst quenching.

Final Notes: A delicious no-frills session beer. Ideal for when you want a beer with flavor but that's easy on the palate and you can have a few in a single setting. Would make an excellent party or after-yardwork beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2010 21:57:55 | More by bagpiper2005
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.23/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2010 22:59:48 | More by beerthulhu
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Cyberkedi

Georgia

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'.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2010 02:01:48 | More by Cyberkedi
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.3/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2010 04:57:23 | More by TMoney2591
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Seanibus

California

3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I have been notably underwhelmed by Pike's debut on the East Coast. In general, the beers feel thin, non-descript, and conceived for the lowest common taste level.

But with Naughty Nellie, I might be coming around. This is a tasty, refreshing, and enjoyable beer.

Pours hazy golden with a slight head. The flavor is grainy and sweet, with a little delicate hop character. The flavor, however, is strong and honeylike, with a sharp hop bitterness biting in the finish. It is surprising to see that this beer is under 5 percent - it has a robust flavor that speaks of more substance. The finish is citrusy, like a delicate but sharp lemon aid.

The low ABV does show through on the mouthfeel, though, with a slight, slick, and watery feel. But even so, this is a marvellous hot weather session beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2010 22:23:57 | More by Seanibus
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dstc

Florida

3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange color with a small off-white head. Head falls to nothing. Not much lace at all.

Aroma is mostly of a mild floral hop. Not much else.

Bit sweet up front quickly followed by the taste of hops. Ends bitter.

Thin to medium bodied with a slight sharpness on the tongue.

Average but drinkable. Try it yourself.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2010 13:52:25 | More by dstc
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

3.16/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2010 20:57:35 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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u2carew

Massachusetts

3.93/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz longneck.
A) Pours with a two finger head. Thick and creamy. Settles with crazy sticky lacing. Clear body. Upward carbonation. Gold in color.
S) Grassy. Hints of caramel. A bit earthy too - like moist dirt.
T) Blast of malts up front - wow. Caramel. Nutty. Mellows towards the finish ending with a black pepper bite. Overall mellows over the term of the "pint". A nice brew.
M) Fizzy yet creamy. Light body, but on the heavier side of light...whatever that can mean. A bit dry in the finish.
D) A pleasant brew. I'd have another...if only I had another to drink.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2010 20:54:20 | More by u2carew
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philbertk

Washington

3.78/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pike Brewing Company--Naughty Nellie's Ale--2001 12 oz. Bottle. 4.70% ABV. (4.0 / 5.0) Golden Ale. Clear rich bright golden red color unhazed by conditioning residue. Nice floral hop bouquet fronts tasty golden ale mild crisp sweet malty fruit body. Mild balanced refreshing end with minimal spiciness. Sampled 5/13/2001.

Pike Brewing Company--Naughty Nellie's Ale--2003 12 oz. 4.70% ABV. (4.0 / 5.0) Golden Ale. Hazy Bottle Conditioned amber golden color. Mild lace head. Mild floral hop fruit yeast spice front. Clean smooth slightly crusty tangy sweet mild caramel fruit apple peach body. Clean mild hop end. Balanced & Complex. Sampled 4/4/2004.

Pike Brewing Company--Naughty Nellie's Ale--2004 12 oz. Bottle. 4.70% ABV. 22 IBU's. (4.25 / 5.0) Golden Ale. Clear light amber golden color. Light lace head. Mild crisp hop aroma. Tangy crisp quenching doughy butter caramel dry sweet mild fruit nut body. Clean mild hop balanced end. Tasty "Session Beer." Sampled 4/7/2004.

Pike Brewing Company--Pike Naughty Nellie Golden Artisan Ale--2006 12 oz. Bottle. 4.90% ABV. 22 IBU's. (4.25 / 5.0) Creamy lacy white head. Mild Bottle Conditioned haze rich gold orange color. Mild banana wheat hop front. Refreshing complex caramel wheat mild creamy sweet body. Mellow clean orange coriander hop fresh NW Wit end. Tasty. Sampled 12/9/2006.

Pike Brewing Company--Pike Naughty Nellie golden artisan ale--Made With Organic Ingredients--2008 Release--12 oz. Bottle--4.70% ABV--24 IBU's. (4.0 / 5.0) Golden Ale--Mild lacy thin white head. Clear thin bright gold pretty clean color. Mellow soft fruit hop front. Mellow sweet butter caramel fruit doughy hint mild tasty golden ale body. Crisp refreshing clean mild hop no citrus delicate tasty end. Well Made Golden Ale. Sampled 2/2/2008. 6-Pack--$8.99.

Pike Brewing Company--Naughty Nellie Golden Ale. 4.70% ABV. 24 IBU's. Milld lace head. Clear bright gold color. Subtle floral hop front. Mild sweet somewhat creamy light butter biscuit caramel smooth body. Crisp refreshing delicate hop spice end. Quite tasty despite lightness. Well Made. (4.0 / 5.0) 5 oz. Taster @ Seattle Pike Pub & Brewery 5/9/2010.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2010 04:08:38 | More by philbertk
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CampusCrew

Florida

4/5  rDev +12%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2010 02:31:21 | More by CampusCrew
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

4.18/5  rDev +17.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2010 18:19:32 | More by ChainGangGuy
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tchenery

Virginia

3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden, deep yellow straw color. Nice head that leaves lacing down glass. It has malt smells and very little of hops.

It has a thick body with a big malt backbone. It has a nice bitter finish to it that is pretty dry. The taste overall to me is pretty bland, but it is a nice golden ale. It is very approachable.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2010 00:58:01 | More by tchenery
Naughty Nellie from Pike Pub & Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 198 ratings.