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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: 119
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 Seanibus
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.

Seanibus, Aug 21, 2010
Photo of dstc
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.

dstc, Aug 17, 2010
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
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.

Beerandraiderfan, Aug 11, 2010
Photo of u2carew
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.

u2carew, Aug 11, 2010
Photo of philbertk
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.

philbertk, Jul 13, 2010
Photo of CampusCrew
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.

CampusCrew, Jun 23, 2010
Photo of ChainGangGuy
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.

ChainGangGuy, Jun 16, 2010
Photo of tchenery
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.

tchenery, May 30, 2010
Photo of pootz
3.43/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle:

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

pootz, Apr 30, 2010
Photo of joerodiii
4.1/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is an excellent example of a less-hoppy APA.

Light straw color with slight head. Malty aroma with little to no hop smell.

Taste is malty with a moderate bitterness. No real hop flavor. No alcohol flavor at all.

This is a well balanced, easy drinking, sessionable beer. It is a good example of how a pale ale can be flavorful without being hoppy.

joerodiii, Mar 06, 2010
Photo of jujubeast6000
2.42/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Reviewed 12/11/2009 (Bottle):

Pours a clear golden orange colored body, bubbly. Huge foamy slightly off-white head, average sized bubbles. Funky aroma, grainy. Effervescent. Lagery. Cooked vegetables. Fizzy, foamy. Some hops. Funky taste, vegetably. Not as bad a taste as the smell. Letting air out a bit. Better as it warms up. Not as vegetably, but not a fan of the flavor.

jujubeast6000, Jan 17, 2010
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 GRG1313
3.25/5  rDev -9%
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.

GRG1313, Sep 05, 2009
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 Wasatch
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Wasatch, Jul 05, 2009
Photo of Murchmac
3.1/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Now that we get their bottles, had to try it. Awww wont you take me home tonight, Ah down beside that flat, some lacing, pale gold firelight.

A little bit of honey in my nose, a little bit of breadyness that it goes. Uninspired.

Nothing special about the taste, some cut grass, come sweet honey with hops and malts thrown in.

This beer is the middle management Human Resources job of American Pale Ales. Just there for the paycheck. Like this review the beer started out with high hopes, then the wheels come off..

Murchmac, Jun 07, 2009
Photo of climax
3.8/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance was a mostly clear yet somewhat murky gold, the head was rather small and faded quickly.

Nose is a pleasant blend of honey, citrus, and floral hops on a light malt backbone. Smell becomes more and more yeasty as it warms.

The taste was even better. The hops started the show with the initial bright bitterness and citrus, the malt balanced in the finish adding a definite yeast profile.

Feel seemed a little watery but not bad, slick for the most part with just enough carbonation. Smooth. Finish was dry and sticky.

This one had nice flavors added to good drinkability, sessionable for sure.

climax, May 28, 2009
Photo of DurtyUI
3/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This feels like just another golden ale, with not a lot of full frontal activity and a lingering barley after-taste.

I was immediately brought to the yeasty taste on my tongue reminiscent of those ales poured fresh from the conditioning tank.

Nothing exceptional, but an acceptable stand-by if nobody else is home.

DurtyUI, May 22, 2009
Photo of joshuadlight
3.28/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

joshuadlight, May 16, 2009
Photo of djeucalyptus
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours an ever-so-lightly hazed golden hue with a good one-finger creamy bright white head that sticks around for a bit before leaving behind a good bit of nice foamy lace.

subdued aroma of sweet malt, honey, a bit of dough, and a bit of faint herbal and floral notes. hints of fruity esters and a twinge of buttery malt.

taste is smooth and creamy with a nice pale malt accentuated by honey and straw, then is sharply overtaken by strong pine and herbal hop notes that came out of nowhere. surprisingly hoppy with a lingering bitterness for something with 24 ibu. finish has a bit of lingering bitterness as well as a soft creamy maltiness with hints of vanilla.

smooth with nice subtle carbonation. a lingering bitterness is paralleled by a honey sweetness on the tongue and just a slight syrupiness that gives character beyond an average ale.

All in all, I was pleasantly surprised by this one. At times, it felt a bit mundane and usual, but at the same time, it's unbelievably drinkable and smooth. great with food, decent on it's own, and all in all, delicious. This one would also make a solid entry into craft brew for those unfamiliar - nothing too offensive or powerful.

djeucalyptus, Apr 24, 2009
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 thirdeye11
3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Poured from 22oz bomber into a Duvel tulip glass.

A: Poured vigorously this beer has almost no head which was disappointing. Lacing and legs are extremely good though which makes this one better. A nice golden color just as the label indicates.

S: Smells like honey, fruit, and some hops are there as well. A nice clean refreshing smell.

T: This beer reminds me of a pilsner so if it is supposed to be an APA I think it fails. It's too sweet to be an APA. Regardless I ignored that when I rated this beer. The taste of honey is present despite the fact it is not in the ingredients list, and it's right up front. In fact I think this beer's "honey" taste is better than any beer I've ever drank with honey as an ingredient. Finishes nicely and leaves a really good bitterness that's not harsh at all after I am done drinking it. I wanted more but split the bomber with my wife.

M: Creamy, nicely carbonated, and even oily which surprised me in a very good way.

D: As I said I wanted more. Not sure I'd drink it all night but at least a bomber would be no problem. A good beer for almost any time of the year in my opinion.

We bought this because my wife's name is Nellie, not because we wanted the beer. It surprised me and I'm glad I had it! I would recommend this to anyone who prefers a less hoppy pilsner/pale ale style that leans towards the sweet side.

thirdeye11, Apr 07, 2009
Photo of barleywinefiend
3.23/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

barleywinefiend, Feb 13, 2009
Photo of colts9016
2.73/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass at 45 degrees.

Appearance: A medium amber color with a slight orangish tint. There was a one finger foamy head but it dropped like a rock. There is only a visible white ring around the pint glass. There is a lot of effervescence at first but it slowed down to a medium pace. The clarity of the beer is clear and brilliant.

Nose: A light to medium amount of hops aroma. There is fruity esters with a nice malty note There is hint of citrus like grapefruit, resin and a honey like sweetness.

Taste: There is a grassy, fruity esters, grapefruit, resin and malts in the flavor of the beer. There is a honey like sweetness in the end of the beer.

Overall: The mouth feel is astringent and powdery dry. The finish is bitter. The beer comes off as flat and light struck. There is a slight sulfur taste mingling in the beer. The head is not persistent. The beer is uninteresting and boring. I didn't think that beer can live up to its name on the label. The hops are dull in the beer and adds no character. The malt comes off shallow, which leads to a bland personality.

colts9016, Feb 05, 2009
Photo of htomsirveaux
2.9/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz. bottle tried 31 Nov 2008.

Poured in a chalice. Very small head, white-peachy color. Clear bright amber color. Smells yeasty, lemony, appley, somewhat mineral. Starts dry, somewhat sour. Watery, lemony, mineral water flavors. Slick texture. Light alcohol.

Fairly average, would not seek out again.

htomsirveaux, Feb 01, 2009
Naughty Nellie from Pike Pub & Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 206 ratings.