Naughty Nellie | The Pike Brewing Company

BA SCORE
81
good
253 Ratings
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
Ratings:
253
Reviews:
127
Avg:
3.54
pDev:
12.15%
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
22
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 253 |  Reviews: 127
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4/5  rDev +13%

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4/5  rDev +13%

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4/5  rDev +13%

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4/5  rDev +13%

Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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4/5  rDev +13%

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4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +13%

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Photo of CampusCrew
4/5  rDev +13%
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.

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Photo of Flightoficarus
4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy orange w/an off-white head that quickly dissipates. Lacing is moderate.

S - Smell is of various tropical fruits (peach, orange, mango), balanced w/toasted caramel malts and subtle, piney hops.

T - Taste is of smooth, toasted bready caramel malts, w/notes of mango and orange. Hops balance out the flavor, but don't really show any dominance.

M - Mouthfeel is medium bodied, w/light carbonation. Very sessionable.

O - Overall, I should have tried this sooner. It's one solid pale ale!

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4/5  rDev +13%

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4/5  rDev +13%

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4/5  rDev +13%

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4/5  rDev +13%

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 midaszero
3.97/5  rDev +12.1%
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

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Photo of Chris-1911
3.96/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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 BeerAngel
3.92/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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!

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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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3.91/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

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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 OchMcKenzie
3.89/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful dark golden color with two fingers of head… lots of lacing. Smells of hops and pine. The flavor is very crisp and hoppy with a touch of grapefruit and grass. The mouthfeel is light, creamy, and well carbonated. Overall, very drinkable.

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Photo of clivem
3.88/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle states 5.5% ABV

Poured and inviting hazy yellowish orange, 2 finger off white head that stays for a few minutes leaving decent lacing.. Smells of relaxed hops and sweet malt. Taste is mostly sweet caramel malt with hops balancing it very well. Overall a perfect beer for this nice spring afternoon.

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Naughty Nellie from The Pike Brewing Company
3.54 out of 5 based on 253 ratings.
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