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Naughty Nellie - Pike Pub & Brewery

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BA SCORE
81
good

119 Reviews
THE BROS
85
very good

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Reviews: 119
Hads: 219
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 12.11%
Wants: 4
Gots: 15 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-05-2001

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Reviews: 119 | Hads: 219
Photo of mjurney
3.48/5  rDev -2%
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. (527 characters)

Photo of bunbury
3.83/5  rDev +7.9%
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. (292 characters)

Photo of BrewCrew2010
3.16/5  rDev -11%
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. (325 characters)

Photo of SkeeterHawk
4.08/5  rDev +14.9%
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. (1,408 characters)

Photo of andrenaline
3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
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. (523 characters)

Photo of GallowsThief
3.35/5  rDev -5.6%
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. (466 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
3.6/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Who is this Nellie? And why is she considered naughty? Inquiring minds need to know!

This beer pours a slightly hazy, medium golden orange hue, with two fat fingers of puffy, thinly foamy, and yet chunky off-white head, which leaves some decent sudsy layered cloud lace around the glass as it gently melts away.

It smells of grainy caramel malt, biscuity nougat, a soft earthy yeastiness, a touch of metallic stone, and grassy, floral, and strangely perfumed hops. The taste is a mix of mild orange, grapefruit, and pine resin hop bitterness, faint brown sugar, untethered, and mildly boozy florals, and a solid biscuity, bready malt backbone.

The carbonation is average in its swirling and mildly probing frothiness, the body an adequate middleweight, and mostly smooth. It finishes off-dry, with a significant grainy malt component, and a lesser leafy, citrusy, and floral hop bittering aspect.

Overall, a decent enough pale ale, restrained in its bitterness, but still exhibiting a full flavour profile. A good sessioner, if you're ok with a more rounded quaff than the norm is starting to be, i.e. not enough malt body to support all those perky and sometimes frivolous hops. (1,201 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.63/5  rDev +2.3%
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. (453 characters)

Photo of Offa
3.72/5  rDev +4.8%
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. (285 characters)

Photo of bagpiper2005
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
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. (733 characters)

Photo of beerthulhu
3.2/5  rDev -9.9%
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. (1,113 characters)

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.52/5  rDev -0.8%
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'. (333 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.31/5  rDev -6.8%
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. (614 characters)

Photo of Seanibus
3.83/5  rDev +7.9%
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. (799 characters)

Photo of dstc
3.62/5  rDev +2%
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. (332 characters)

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.15/5  rDev -11.3%
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. (420 characters)

Photo of u2carew
3.91/5  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. (567 characters)

Photo of philbertk
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
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. (2,151 characters)

Photo of CampusCrew
4/5  rDev +12.7%
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. (314 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.18/5  rDev +17.7%
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. (893 characters)

Photo of tchenery
3.88/5  rDev +9.3%
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. (322 characters)

Photo of pootz
3.4/5  rDev -4.2%
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 (260 characters)

Photo of joerodiii
4.1/5  rDev +15.5%
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. (353 characters)

Photo of jujubeast6000
2.42/5  rDev -31.8%
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. (376 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
4.05/5  rDev +14.1%
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. (556 characters)

Naughty Nellie from Pike Pub & Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 119 ratings.