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Naughty Nellie | The Pike Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
81
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127 Reviews
Naughty NellieNaughty Nellie
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Pike Brewing Company
Washington, United States
pikebrewing.com

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-05-2001

BEER STATS
Reviews:
127
Ratings:
247
Avg:
3.54
pDev:
16.67%
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
20
For Trade:
0
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Reviews: 127 | Ratings: 247
Reviews by beernut7:
Photo of beernut7
3.62/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.63/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.77/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

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

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.

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Photo of kingcrowing
2.77/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap poured into a sampling glass.

Pours a very clear straw yellow color with almost no head. Nose is light and malty, a bit of light citrus.

Taste has a light bitterness with some creamy light malt. There's a a good full Mouthfeel and a dry finish.

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Photo of Thrasher
4.15/5  rDev +17.2%
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.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.15/5  rDev -11%
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.

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Photo of WaydeRafnel
4/5  rDev +13%

Photo of LXIXME
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of biboergosum
3.6/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.37/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Review from notes.

A: Pours a light golden color, rather clear. Small white head on top that is gone quickly and leaves behind no lacing.

S: Very faint hops and some cereal grains. Pretty basic.

T: Some doughy malt mixed with faint citrus and a light flowery flavor.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Pretty light and easy drinking.

O: Most American blondes really don't do much for me and this one was no different. Again, nothing really wrong with it, average.

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Photo of Loveyourbeer
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Dave128
3.85/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

*Reviewed from notes*
Enjoyed on tap at Sazerac restaurant at the Hotel Monaco.

A - Brought to me with about a finger of white head that dissipates pretty slowly. Light Light amber in color. Slight ring of lace around the edge of the glass.

S - Clean and hoppy. Not too strong but there are definitely hops present.

T - VERY well balanced. Not your typical west coast over hopped pale ale. Nice and sweet up front and well hopped on the finish.

M - Light bodied with medium carbonation. Just right.

O - A very well balanced pale ale that doesn't assault your taste buds with tons of hop bitterness.

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Photo of Aeromaximus
3/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.89/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The Pike Brewing Co. "Naughty Nellie"
22 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, seemingly coded "029" but without freshness dating
$4.99 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Pike has always been a solid brewery in my opinion, delivering consistent quality at reasonable prices, and Naughty Nellie is no exception. Beyond that it's organic; and I believe, bottle-conditioned, or at least partially unfiltered.

There are three main components to any beer (malt, hops, and yeast), and this one displays each of them clearly, and brightly. It's fresh and alive, and although it might be from Seattle, WA it reminds me a lot of some of the newer real ales I've tasted in England.

Let's start with the malt: grainy, biscuity, and even subtly toasty it's the base of the beer that holds everything together. It's a little bit richer than your standard golden ale malt, and that gives it depth without adding any extra body. The hops: simple, and at least for now, completely representative of the Pacific northwest in its floral, citrusy (grapefruit, orange, lemon), pungent, and lightly piney character. The yeast: adds an actual yeasty character, as well as fruity notes of apple, and perhaps pear. With everything combined you'll find crackers and peach & apricot as well.

Like many great beers these days it'll probably be looked at as passé or archaic, and overshadowed by the 'bigger' beers out there, but there's something to be said for simplicity, balance, and drinkability. It's one of my favorite beers from Pike, and certainly worth trying.

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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 CWVegas
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of Fatehunter
3.54/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a half finger of head on a hazy straw body.
The aroma is a mixture of ripe orange and mandarin with a little wet hay.
The taste is initially orange fruit sweet, a touch of bitter, then a little watery to the end.
The texture is soft and light.
It has great aroma and tastes fine.

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Photo of jwg782
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of jmccraney
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of russpowell
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
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

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Photo of joemcgrath27
3.97/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy golden orange, finger of head dissipated to thin cover, consistent lacing
S - Grassy and peppery, light fruit, and a touch of grain
T - mellow citrus and pepper hops, quickly followed by crisp grassiness and biscuit and grain malt
M - fairly light with crisp and mild spiciness
O - Very much a classic pilsner flavour and feel, close enough to a blonde ale and worth a purchase either way

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Photo of richj1970
3.6/5  rDev +1.7%

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 Danielr26
3.02/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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Naughty Nellie from The Pike Brewing Company
3.54 out of 5 based on 247 ratings.
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