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Naughty Nellie - Pike Pub & Brewery

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BA SCORE
81
good

201 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 201
Reviews: 118
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 12.32%
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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Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev +7.3%

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.

08-04-2005 17:07:26 | More by Derek
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alexgash

Connecticut

3.93/5  rDev +10.1%

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!

07-19-2005 19:34:06 | More by alexgash
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Cwrw

Alberta (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev +7.3%

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.

05-17-2005 07:15:17 | More by Cwrw
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.63/5  rDev +1.7%

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.

01-18-2005 15:58:38 | More by BuckeyeNation
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kbub6f

New York

3.8/5  rDev +6.4%

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.

12-03-2004 16:49:55 | More by kbub6f
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mschofield

Massachusetts

3.6/5  rDev +0.8%

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.

11-26-2004 18:07:02 | More by mschofield
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proc

Michigan

3.83/5  rDev +7.3%

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.

09-16-2004 02:07:22 | More by proc
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WesWes

New York

4/5  rDev +12%

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.

08-16-2004 02:09:01 | More by WesWes
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beertaster13

Washington

4.33/5  rDev +21.3%

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.

08-04-2004 06:43:24 | More by beertaster13
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henrysunset

Washington

3.13/5  rDev -12.3%

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.

05-27-2004 19:56:53 | More by henrysunset
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BeerAngel

Texas

3.93/5  rDev +10.1%

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!

04-08-2004 01:19:13 | More by BeerAngel
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ark57

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -2%

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.

04-01-2004 17:26:33 | More by ark57
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beernut7

Massachusetts

3.63/5  rDev +1.7%

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.

01-03-2004 15:44:34 | More by beernut7
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RoyalT

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +5%

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.

12-30-2003 01:42:39 | More by RoyalT
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Thrasher

Oregon

4.15/5  rDev +16.2%

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.

12-19-2003 02:07:55 | More by Thrasher
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frank4sail

New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev +8.7%

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..

09-29-2003 01:40:14 | More by frank4sail
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beerguy101

California

3.1/5  rDev -13.2%

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.

09-14-2003 03:11:22 | More by beerguy101
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BeerResearcher

Massachusetts

4.08/5  rDev +14.3%

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.

09-05-2003 02:11:32 | More by BeerResearcher
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Reidrover

Oregon

3.7/5  rDev +3.6%

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.

07-26-2003 04:18:47 | More by Reidrover
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Mitchster

Michigan

4.35/5  rDev +21.8%

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.

06-20-2003 17:32:22 | More by Mitchster
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Gusler

Arizona

2.95/5  rDev -17.4%

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.

04-18-2003 17:20:42 | More by Gusler
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Jason

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +5%

12 oz. brown long neck bottle with a “Best if consumed before date marked” freshness date on the back label.

Appearance: Hazy dusty golden colour, thin lacing has a decent retention.

Smell: Soft husky grain with a powdery yeast, some sweetness from the malt and soft floral notes from the hops show up in the aroma.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Smoothness is impeccable within the moderate body, big doughy biscuity malt flavour is the showcase of this brew. Touch of yeast throughout. Hops give a juicy wet kiss of mild citrus, flower water and a mild sting of bitterness. Finishes a bit dry with a biscuity grain and floral hop in tow.

Notes: They stated this is a session brew, they were right. Minus the extra yeast flavour this is a good brew and something I’d drink all night.

03-10-2003 17:56:15 | More by Jason
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fattyre

Georgia

3.48/5  rDev -2.5%

Pours a very slightly hazy very slightly reddish golden color with a very large off white head with a floral nose. The beer has a slight herbal front with a peppery middle and a clean cedary finish with hints of grapefruit and thinnish mouthfeel. This is a decent drinkable beer that tastes of a higher alcohol percentage than I would guess it actually is. (% unknown)

02-24-2003 16:19:12 | More by fattyre
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49degrees

British Columbia (Canada)

3.7/5  rDev +3.6%

The Pike Pub has made a decent name for itself in the Pacific Northwest with a nice array of relatively hoppy ales including their IPA, Kilt Lifter and now Naughty Nellie's Ale. Nellie's is the least hoppy of the three, but that would make it a litlte more drinkable for the average uninitiated hophead.

Pours a very light golden color with a nice amount of carbination. A fairly sized, white foamy head forms on the pours which rather quickly gives way to little more than a thin surface coating. Lacing is minimal but the collar is quite substantial.

The malty characteristics of this beer overpower the hoppy characteristics, but that blend tends to give this brew a little more earthy complexure plus a sincere fruity kick overall.

Tastewise, the hops come through a little more in flavor than in aroma, but again the malt build up is the prevailing factor here. Although the hops on this one are used to offset an overpowering malt factor, and its not considered or intended to be a hoppy ale, the hop characters are quite prevelant.

Overall this is a rather enjoyable brew and very drinkable, but it does pale in comparsion to the Kilt Lifter Scotch Ale and their flagship Pike IPA. Give it a try if you get the chance, but if you know you like hops, stick to their more formidable brews.

[ STATS:>> SERVING: 12oz bottle / ABV: 4.7% / PRICE: $1.39 USD ]

02-07-2003 19:10:23 | More by 49degrees
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Bunnyhop

Georgia

3.13/5  rDev -12.3%

A very slightly hazy, slightly reddish, golden ale with a very large off-white head. It has a hoppy and slight fruit smell. It is clean tasting and grassy with a mildly bitter finish and aftertaste. The body is thin to firm in my mouth. This is a slightly bitter ale that I enjoy. The label is somewhat eye-catching too, with an alluring looking sultry woman, but, in a retro 50's/60's style.

(source: Athens, GA)

01-29-2003 21:08:42 | More by Bunnyhop
Naughty Nellie from Pike Pub & Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 201 ratings.