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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 eballard
3.28/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy golden pour with a light head that retains for the length of the beer. A flowery perfume hops with a sweet malt body aroma. A sweet hops taste with a bitter malt after taste. A creamy feel with a crisp finish and a sweet aftertaste. In all this beer is very easy to drink it has a nice blend of flavors and a crisp quality that makes it tasty and refreshing.

eballard, Sep 01, 2006
Photo of Gavage
2.98/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: clear orange in color with a thin 1/4" head that falls apart immediately. No lacing develops. Minimum amount of carbonation bubbles slowly rise to the surface.

Smell: some hints of orange slices are picked up by the nose. Nothing else detected.

Taste: green apples and oranges create the sweetness of this beer, and there is little bitterness to bring it back to a balanced profile. Weaker than expected malt level.

Mouthfeel: soft crispness at the start, while the finish has a light dry feel. Lighter in body than other APAs. Basically a clean aftertaste as the orange tone is barely noticable after swallowing.

Drinkability: very average. I had this on two different days of my trip, and both days I had the same impression - just not impressed with this beer.

Gavage, Jul 17, 2006
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 BDTyre
4.22/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

To me, this seems to be a better, more powerful version of Pike's standard pale ale. The two look very similar, with this one being a bit darker amber than the standard pale ale. The smell is "louder," with bigger malts and a bigger hop flavour. Toffee, malt flavours with a definite citrus-hop presence.

I found this to be a better balanced and more drinkable than their standard pale ale. Very good.

BDTyre, Jun 09, 2006
Photo of Hope4Hops
4.08/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Warm golden color with a crisp clarity. Good head at first, but the head dissipates faster than it seems it should. Very inviting look.

Mostly hoppy/citrus/floral smell. Light toasted aroma in the back of the nose.

More hops bitter flavor than the description on the bottle suggests. There is definitely a fruity flavor to it and a little bit of spice like ginger, but the citrus-rind tart/bitter flavor is the primary taste.

Feels very smooth and refreshing. Gets into all the nooks and crannies of the mouth. Leaves a lasting sensation on the tongue.

Very pleasant beer. Not going to offend any beer fans, but may be a bit difficult for people who stick with low-end American beers to stomach.

Hope4Hops, Feb 17, 2006
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 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 Cwrw
3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This bottle foamed over after I popped the cap, not due to anything I could control--it has been sitting upright, unagitated for a week. Styrofoam white head, chunky but not overly consistent. The beer is a fuzzy nectarine colour, and the head leaves rings of thick lacing. The aroma is unexpected, but delightful: citrusy Belgian pale ale aroma here, almost like the metallic tang of Orval. The yeast definitely plays a role in the smell, giving a soapiness and sourish fruitiness. A strange combination of malt, and little to suggest hops at all. The metallic and tart fruitiness really dominates. This is not complex, but I enjoy it quite a bit. Pineapple citrus and grapefruit on the mouth, leaving a bitterness like pomegranate seeds. Light malts mingle with the strong lemon citrus, and again hops are not easy to find in the taste, whilst they do leave the dryness. The taste definitely has some Belgian characteristics. I would say grapefruit and lemon are the two most detectable flavours here, with the light malt in the background. This possesses some similarities to hefeweizens as well, not only in the unfiltered look, but the sour but revitalising wheat-like tastes(and judging by the bottom of the bottle this beer is unfiltered.) The body is medium and refreshing, and the carbonation is average. The strange aftertaste is unique for this style, and actually quite quaffable. This is bit of hybrid in my opinion--pale ale does not quite describe it.

Cwrw, May 17, 2005
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Medium amber filled with a cloud of fine particulates. The eggshell colored head has a quality look about it. It displays innumerable surface pits and translates a fair amount of stickiness into pebbled hunks and small sheets of lace.

I'd love to know what hops Naughty Nellie uses in her perfume. The major component of the nose is unlike anything that I've experienced before and I'm fairly certain that it's hop-related. There's a funky, earthy quality that is somewhat reminiscent of Belgian yeast... yet nothing like it. It isn't an altogether pleasant aroma, but isn't bad either. It's just different.

Nellie tastes like she smells. I can't decide if hops or yeast is the major contributor to the aroma and the flavor (I'm leaning toward yeast). The brewery mentions apricots in their tasting notes and I would have to agree. While it isn't what I'd call a lip smacking APA, it's beginning to grow on me as I get deeper into the bottle.

Sweet and bitter are present in roughly equal measure, with sweet fading away on the finish. The body/mouthfeel favors the lighter end of the style spectrum and is well suited to sessioning if the spunky amount of carbonation isn't a deal breaker. This may be the first beer that I've seen that actually calls itself a session beer right on the label.

The Naughty Nellie that Naughty Nellie's Ale was named after was a lady of the evening, harlot, tart... take your pick. Since variety is the spice of life, a maxim that I'm sure applies to her profession as much as it applies to beer, I'm willing to cut her ale some slack for its uniqueness. I won't be buying it again, but for a one night stand, she... er, it... was an enjoyable enough ride.

BuckeyeNation, Jan 18, 2005
Photo of kbub6f
3.8/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The head is small, off-white, noisy and dies to a film. The beer is clear, orange-gold, brassy. Sweetish, malty nose shows a little barbershop. Some grains and flowers in the front give way to a thick, flavorful, somewhat fruity middle. The finish is nicely bitter, nutty, perfumey. This is a good beer with lots of character.

kbub6f, Dec 03, 2004
Photo of mschofield
3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First enjoyed at the brewpub about 2 years ago, I finally managed to get a bottle.
Slightly hazy orange-amber topped with a two finger foamy white head.
Very nice fruity aroma, soft and floral, tea and toast.
Fruity, slightly grapefruity hop note, toast and biscuity malt balance. Hoppier and more floral when it warms up.
Light-medium bodied, liked it better on draft but still a solid beer.

mschofield, Nov 26, 2004
Photo of proc
3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one pours out to a dark gold in the glass with a decent-sized head. The aroma is that of bread dough and malt. The taste is really nice, with a some lemon flavor detected along with a nice, malt sweetness. This is an easy to drink beer that would be quite easily consumed on a warm day.

proc, Sep 16, 2004
Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice golden color with a thick frothy off-white head that quickly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a malty scent that boasts of pale and biscuit malts. It has a bit of a citrus hop aroma. The taste is good. It has a light and refreshing malty flavor that goes down easy and finishes slightly bitter and dry. The mouthfeel is good. It is a low/medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a good drinking pale ale. It has good aroma and taste; a solid drinker.

WesWes, Aug 16, 2004
Photo of beertaster13
4.33/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was great. Pours a light golden amber with a medium looking white head. Lacing is decent but not spectacular, lacing will show on the glass. Smell is of caramel and fruit malts, citrus hops bring up the rear. The taste is a great balance of apple syrup malt and hopped up citrus. Grapefruit detected. Medium bodied and invites you back for more, excellent.

beertaster13, Aug 04, 2004
Photo of henrysunset
3.13/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours golden with light carbonation, almost like a hefeweizen with a slight fruit scent and a sulfuric smell.

Taste was slightly butter with little apparent hoppy floral taste holding up. Pleasent enough, but not great. The beer felt sorta thin and alcohol was apparent.

They have better beers.

henrysunset, May 27, 2004
Photo of BeerAngel
3.93/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a tawny golden orange with a modest cream-colored head that shrinks to a long lasting layer. The aroma consists of a pungent citrus hop that is balanced nicely to the biscuit malt smell. The taste reveals a more bold citrus hop bite transcending into a burnt toast malt with a touch of sweetness. This is a light to medium bodied beer and again finishes a tad sweet. Very quaffable!

Notes: This beer has 2 very nice characteristics that it executes well. One is the hops and the other is the slightly sweet biscuity malt that makes you want to keep drinking it. A very solid brew. Cheers!

BeerAngel, Apr 08, 2004
Photo of ark57
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It is a slight cloudy dark gold color with a decent head. The aroma is slight sweet and there is some floral and spicy hops in the nose. The body is light, but it stands up well to the bitterness. It has some sweet maltiness and a slight citric taste. There is a bit too much yeastiness for my taste, but it is not too bad. It finishes pretty dry.

ark57, Apr 01, 2004
Photo of beernut7
3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bright auburn color with a thin lace on the glass. The aroma is of mildly fruity hops and a hint of sweetness. Like the woman on the label, the beer has a great body with a perfectly balanced mild malt and spicy sweet hop balance. Refreshing finish and extremely easy drinking.

beernut7, Jan 03, 2004
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 Thrasher
4.15/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy copper with good, tight head and lacing. Yummy sediment makes it cloudy and velvety on the tongue. Yeasty aroma of must, fruit. I would describe this as a pale ale for lovers of yeasty hefeweizens. Not any wheat, but lots of fruity yeast with flavors of banana and apricot. Malts are complex, with some nuts, butter and caramel. Hops are noticeable but not at all bitter, just appealing and moreish. Incredibly soft finish. Would probably be awesome on a not-too-hot summer day. Your girlfriend may love it. A very good, and unique beer. It was definitely too fruity to be the ideal beer for me, but I still liked it very much.

Thrasher, Dec 19, 2003
Photo of frank4sail
3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly sweet fruit nose. Sweeter malt base that covers the tongue initally. Then you get a nice fruit taste on the tip of the tongue (juicy fruit gum). The brew finishes with a nice sharp hop bitterness on the back and base of the tongue. The brew is balenced very nicely. Medium mouth and body. This is a nice drinkable ale. You are left with a little purfume hop flower in the finish as well... Nellies..

frank4sail, Sep 29, 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 BeerResearcher
4.08/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yet another gift from Genaro from his West coast swing. Pours a cloudy golden amber with a thin off-white head. A potent and lasting aroma of citrus, floral hops, sweet malt and crushed berries. Fairly malty with a slightly doughy and caramel notes. Lightly perfumed and amply hopped with lime citrus, mild grapefruit and hint of peppery spice. A faint taste of pears appears towards the end. All in all, not as naughty as the name implies, but pretty darn sexy.

BeerResearcher, Sep 05, 2003
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 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
Naughty Nellie from Pike Pub & Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 206 ratings.