Naughty Nellie - Pike Pub & Brewery

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BA SCORE
81
good

210 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 210
Reviews: 119
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 12.32%
Wants: 4
Gots: 9 | 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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Photo of midaszero
3.98/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have no idea why I picked up coffee in this one when it doesn't seem like anyone else has

A - hazy straw body with no head and tiny bit of white lacing

S - sweet coffee and caramel with some hazelnut notes

T - sweet coffee and floral hop notes

M - Medium body with medium carbonation

D - Pretty good. Coffee was unexpected but welcomed addition

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.9/5  rDev +9.2%
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

Photo of russpowell
3.5/5  rDev -2%
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

Photo of wagenvolks
3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

Photo of froghop
2.28/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

on tap at Pike Pub in Seattle, had with 5 other samples.

pours a clear golden-orange with a small white head, a little lacing.

smell is faint, a little wheat.

taste is somewhat watery and light, hops, some wheat, grainy, some citrus, and just a touch of bitterness.

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.

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.

Photo of jasonjlewis
2.8/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a 1 finger head with decent retenton and a yellow color.

Smell is very faint and is yeasty with some lemony twang.

Faint malt with some yeast byproduct having a nice influence on the flavor. Lemony twang comes out as well. It's just really faint and one dimensional.

Crisp mouthfeel that would make this beer very refreshing if it was a better beer.

Eh is all I have left to say about this beer.

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.

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.

Photo of jdhilt
2.48/5  rDev -30.5%
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.

Photo of SargeC
4.08/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Hazy orange-gold. Large, rowdy looking head.

Smell: Citrus, hops, yeast.

Taste: Strong yeast flavors intertwine with a clean malt flavor. The hops tie it all together.

Mouthfeel: Light and tangy mouthfeel. Reminded me of a wheat beer.

Drinkability: This is a refreshing brew that provides great flavor and unique character.

Photo of dnichols
4.08/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had a pint served at Burt's in Yakima, Washington.

A: Nice golden glow with a tint of orange. It had a light white head that dissipated fast leaving little to feed the lacing.

S: It had a modest sweet malty aroma with an equally modest floral hop odor that stayed in the background.

T: This is a gentile beer...not too heavily malted and not to aggressively hopped. It was a well balanced and easy to drink brew that had diluted caramel flavor and tingly hops and ends very clean.

M: Moderate to light body with a smooth sweet front and clean finish.

D: This is an easy brew to drink long into the night (and possibly the next day). It has a modest ABV, is lightly carbonated, and neither the sweetness of the malts or bitterness of the hops dominates.

Photo of ElGordo
3.45/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright golden color with a minimal creamy white head that sticks around for a bit. Aroma is crisp and clean pale malt and a touch of herbaceous Belgian yeast. Palate is light pale malt and tangy Belgian yeast, with a hint of floral hops emerging on the finish. A light bit of astringency also comes through in the back of the mouth.
Body is light and effervescent, although it can be a touch fizzy if sipped hastily. Goes down easy, and given the low ABV, would probably make a decent session beer. Still, it doesn't rank as one of my favorites.

Photo of beals
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pale... yellow-ish.

S: Not much detectable aroma, some slight hoppiness.

T: Hoppier than the IBU's let on, but not bitter. Pale base malt shines through.

M: Low body, moderate carbonation.

D: Moderately drinkable, a good summer backyard beer.

Photo of BeerManDan
2.85/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

When first poured, the color was a slightly haze golden yellow, with very little foam. Then, after the first smell, it seemed that this ale had a lot of promise. The smell of mild hops and a fruity aroma filled the nose. Then it was down hill after that. The taste was just of a sour/tart/bitter and not a lot of hop flavor or any fruit what so ever. After each sip, all I got was the sour/bitter/tart taste on the palate with very litlle flavor of anything. Blah! One more gulp and down the sink!

Photo of Shadman
3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

couldn't resist the name even with the somewhat heft price tag of 13.00/per six. Label states it's a golden artesian ale...I'm guessing another hoppy west coast offering

Well, if that's what there calling golden these days in Seattle, then I'm obviously out of touch..more of an aprocot in color. Very poor head and lacing..

Good, rich caramel malt aroma with a hint of floral hop for good measure.

Smooth, smooth caramel malt followed by a decent, but not overwelming hop bite. Definite cascade influence, but the balance is well crafted. Finish is dry, but doesn't force a pucker of the lips for sure.

Mouthfeel is very smooth, most likely due to the lowering of the ABV to 4.8%.

Certainly a session beer for those who can handle the hoppiness of an APA...price wise this beer makes me search out AlleyCat's Fullmoon before visitiing Naughty Nellie again though.

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.

Photo of bloberglawp
4.4/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

All I can say is if a brew is a little hazy and leaves a little sediment, I already love it.

Pale amber, almost yellow, not so much carbonation (the way I like it). Nice white head leave beautiful lacing. Good choice of crystal malts backed up by a solid hop profile. If I could homebrew and APA like this I'd be delighted.

Big thanks to lipschitz for sending me this (CanBIF).

Photo of RJLarse
3.98/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I bought a six-pack of Naughty Nellie Golden Artisan Ale at a grocery while on a regional business trip. It is not generally available in my area. A lot of carbonation in this one, it wants to burst from the bottle. Poured in to a pint tumbler.

Pours a rich yellow/gold color and is slightly hazy. A creamy white head forms and is quite resilient.

The smell is faint, but what is there is malted grain with a little floral scent of some kind.

The taste is good, and a little complex. There is a bread flavor up front, giving way to a little fruitiness, citrus mostly, and then a mild bitter finish. The flavors are well balanced.

Mouthfeel is exceptional. It's light and crisp, but with a lot of body. It has a nice buttery feel, and is quite chewy for a pale ale.

This is a very drinkable beer, with a lot of character. I would buy this on a regular basis if it was available, at a reasonable price. I'll look around for it.

NOTE: My bottle says 4.9% ABV, and the label is different.

Naughty Nellie from Pike Pub & Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 210 ratings.