Naughty Nellie | The Pike Brewing Company

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Naughty NellieNaughty Nellie

Brewed by:
The Pike Brewing Company
Washington, United States

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

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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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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.88/5  rDev +9.6%
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

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Photo of tchenery
3.88/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

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Photo of Lawl3ss
3.87/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pale it may be, but I'd categorize this as a blonde.

lightly chilled 22 oz. bomber into a shaker pint. Probably should have been colder, actually. No discernible bottling date, unless the "194 B" on the label indicates that it was yesterday, which I find improbable.

Look- Clear deep gold with half a glass of loose crackly foam. Falls to a film within a minute or so. Decent lacing.

Smell- Bready with a hint of roses and... strawberry? Something "citric", but not really citrus-y. Starfruit, perhaps. Swirling brings out a toffeelike sweetness and the faintest hint of alcohol. A bit peppery. Clean, no-nonsense, but not one-dimensional, either.

Taste- Follows the nose, quite malty but there's enough earthy, herbal spice to keep it from being too sweet. Golden is a good descriptor, makes me think of bread pudding made with a dollop of light molasses. Finishes with soft-edged citrus and biscuit. Faint mineral aftertaste, but it's barely there.

Mouthfeel- Light-medium body for a blonde, soft carbonation. Just dry enough, very clean. Drinks like iced tea.

Overall- Light, refreshing, soft feel, and good flavor for a blonde ale. Pretty good for a $3 bomber, a nice summer drinker. I'll probably get it again at some point.

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Photo of wagenvolks
3.86/5  rDev +9%
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.

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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 frank4sail
3.85/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly sweet fruit nose. Sweeter malt base that covers the tongue initally. Then you get a nice fruit taste on the tip of the tongue (juicy fruit gum). The brew finishes with a nice sharp hop bitterness on the back and base of the tongue. The brew is balenced very nicely. Medium mouth and body. This is a nice drinkable ale. You are left with a little purfume hop flower in the finish as well... Nellies..

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Photo of thirdeye11
3.85/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

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Photo of Anderbrau_IPA
3.83/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

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Photo of Seanibus
3.83/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

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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 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 proc
3.8/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one pours out to a dark gold in the glass with a decent-sized head. The aroma is that of bread dough and malt. The taste is really nice, with a some lemon flavor detected along with a nice, malt sweetness. This is an easy to drink beer that would be quite easily consumed on a warm day.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.78/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a medium golden amber with a half finger white head that dissipates to a thin film with light lacing. Aroma of bready and caramel malt, apple family fruit, lightly vegetal. Flavor is caramel and biscuit malt, apple and pear juice, grassy and lightly citrus hops. Finishes with lingering grassy hop bitterness. Medium bodied with good peppery carbonation. Classic blonde ale base with a bit more hops in the finish than expected, but it all fit together. Pleasant and easy to drink blonde ale.

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Photo of ssteakley
3.78/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I chose this beer cause I really like Pike IPA and wanted give one of there other brews a taste. This is is a great break away from Hoppy brews and I really appreciate the obvious craft of creating another fine brew. I will still enjoy my IPA's but this one is on the list for another way to enjoy fine beer, I think all my Texas friends who are not craft beer drinkers would enjoy it as well.

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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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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 climax
3.77/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

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Photo of allengarvin
3.77/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

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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 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 philbertk
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

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

Pours a deep amber with thin head and lacing.
Smell is mild. A pleasant mix of sweet citrus.
Taste is a blend of caramel malt and citrus and some faint grassy notes.
Smooth and laid back.

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Photo of bagpiper2005
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

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

On tap at the brewery. Poured a pale gold with a finger of off-white head. Bready aroma with a slight citrus hop presence.

Moderate carbonation, creamy, and light-bodied mouthfeel. Flavors of mild, bready caramel with some light pine, grapefruit and grass.

A little underwhelming, but the flavors opened up after a few minutes and this was actually quite pleasant and easy-drinking.

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Naughty Nellie from The Pike Brewing Company
3.54 out of 5 based on 249 ratings.
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