Naughty Nellie - Pike Pub & Brewery

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BA SCORE
81
good

218 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 218
Reviews: 119
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 12.08%
Wants: 4
Gots: 14 | 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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Photo of GRG1313
3.27/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

Photo of beertunes
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

Photo of Wasatch
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Photo of Murchmac
3.1/5  rDev -12.9%
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..

Photo of climax
3.77/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Photo of DurtyUI
3/5  rDev -15.7%
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.

Photo of joshuadlight
3.28/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

Photo of djeucalyptus
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Photo of Dogbrick
3.08/5  rDev -13.5%
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.

Photo of thirdeye11
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
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
3.2/5  rDev -10.1%
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
2.74/5  rDev -23%
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
2.88/5  rDev -19.1%
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 +0.6%
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
3.97/5  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
3.88/5  rDev +9%
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 -1.7%
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
3.86/5  rDev +8.4%
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
2.26/5  rDev -36.5%
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
2.29/5  rDev -35.7%
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
3.77/5  rDev +5.9%
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
2.81/5  rDev -21.1%
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 +1.1%
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
2.86/5  rDev -19.7%
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 -30.3%
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.

Naughty Nellie from Pike Pub & Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 218 ratings.