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Naughty Nellie - The Pike Brewing Company

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121 Reviews
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Reviews: 121
Hads: 227
Avg: 3.54
pDev: 16.67%
Wants: 4
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
The Pike Brewing Company 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: 121 | Hads: 227
Photo of OWSLEY069
2.86/5  rDev -19.2%
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.

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Photo of jdhilt
2.48/5  rDev -29.9%
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.

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Photo of SargeC
4.07/5  rDev +15%
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.

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Photo of dnichols
4.07/5  rDev +15%
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.

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Photo of ElGordo
3.45/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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Photo of beals
3.61/5  rDev +2%
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.

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Photo of BeerManDan
2.92/5  rDev -17.5%
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!

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Photo of Shadman
3.54/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of ccrida
2.67/5  rDev -24.6%
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.

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Photo of bloberglawp
4.38/5  rDev +23.7%
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).

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Photo of RJLarse
3.93/5  rDev +11%
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.

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Photo of TiMX
4.02/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

This is a great light summer ale from Pike Brewing. This could be a great crossover ale for the BMC drinkers.

It is very light yellow and clear.

Head is white light and fluffy,

Overall a great light easy drinking als. Great on a hot summer day. This is a beer that everyone will like.

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Photo of vanrassel
3.58/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Naughty Nellie is actually pretty good. The only reason I wouldn't come back to this beer is it's not local and there are better ones to be had in these parts.

It poured dark gold with some copper highlights and a bubbly one-finger head that left foamy sheets of lace on my glass. Floral hops, clover and biscuity malt left a pleasing impression, but overall the aroma was a little muted.

The taste was a nice balance between bitter and sweet, broken up with a blast of hops in the middle before finishing crisp and clean. The carbonation was lively, but not abrasive, and medium body seemed right for the style.

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Photo of Redrover
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The Naughty Nellie was offered on cask. Served in a standard pint glass, the beer is golden with a bone white head and gobs of lace.

Nellie, not surprisingly, has a soft perfume like nose with pine, light malts and hints of fresh bread.

Served at cellar temp, the beer is smooth and silky. Nice bitterness that seems more than the advertised 22 IBU. The tastes I get are soft pine, slightly caramelized malts and a bit of straw.

The mouth thins a bit in the end, but this is an easy drinking session beer. Nice to meet you Nellie!

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.08/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

New-ish to the shelves here up in Calgary. Everything I've seen from Pike thus far comes in 6's.

Pours out a chill-hazed apricot hue, not much of a head on the pour, but some way, some how, it manages to develop a frothy white cap just by handling the glass. Nice science experiment! Thick concentric rings of lacing as the glass empties.

The aroma is a bit subdued, mostly grassy herbal hops, a touch of dandelion, then thin caramel malt sitting below it all.

The flavour is pretty average as well, caramel malt up front that immediately gets shoved out of the way by astringent hops. It's a fairly one-sided conversation between the two of them.

However the mouthfeel manages to hold things together, provides a more pleasant experience in the long run. Medium-bodied and quite quaffable.

An okay pale ale when all is said and done. Not worth the clams for it when we have decent micro pale ales brewed locally and regionally available for less. Still, it's good to see new stuff available on the shelves as well. And I like the name.

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Photo of eballard
3.28/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

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Photo of Gavage
2.97/5  rDev -16.1%
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.

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Photo of blackie
3.45/5  rDev -2.5%
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

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Photo of BDTyre
4.2/5  rDev +18.6%
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.

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Photo of Hope4Hops
4.06/5  rDev +14.7%
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.

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Photo of Derek
3.8/5  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.

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Photo of alexgash
3.92/5  rDev +10.7%
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!

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Photo of Cwrw
3.82/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.63/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Photo of kbub6f
3.78/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

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Naughty Nellie from The Pike Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 121 ratings.