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Naughty Nellie | The Pike Brewing Company

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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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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.09/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Comes in a yellow and gold color, 1/2" white head with almost nothing going on in the aroma category.

Taste also was mild, this is their crossover beer I guess. Mild all the way. No off flavors. Nothing complex, yeast, hops and malt all held in check. Mild biscuits and floral effects. Nothing offensive to be found. Pedestrian.

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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 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 mactrail
3.42/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Big foam in the PIlsner glass and clear amber color. Spritzy on the toungue and light bodied. This is not really very naughty, but it has a hint of hops that is likeable enough. The aroma can only be described as "beery." A fain fruity note along with the modest malt. There is a yeasty bite that is unusual, unless it's just those cheap hops. The resiny aftertaste. Still it's less flabby than many Blonde Ales. From the 12 oz bottle purchased at Elizabeth Station in Bellingham.

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Photo of jwhancher
3.15/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Average beer by today's standards. Nothing really jumps out. Malty American blonde with grainy, crisp pale malts, perhaps some wheat and a nice dry finish. A kiss of bitterness balanced out the malt. No striking hop character. A perfect gateway beer for those new to craft, otherwise a nice beer to enjoy at a ballgame.

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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 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 303beer
3.19/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear yellow to amber color. Thin white head on it. Has a light nose of malt and hops to it. Starts with a bready malt then finishes with a slightly bitter citrus hop.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.7/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a deep golden amber color with a small fizzy white head. The head fades relatively quickly leaving only a light level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is strong of some lighter fruits of peach and pear along with some smells of caramel. Other bready aromas and a hint of grass and floral hops are there as well creating a rather pleasant smell overall.

Taste – The taste begins with a nice smooth and sweet bready taste with the sweet being mostly of lighter fruits of apricot, peach and pear. There is a little bit of a brown sugar upfront as well, with this flavor getting slightly stronger as the taste advances. Some orange and grapefruit hop then later develop further along in the taste, and in the end, with just a hint of a floral flavor, one is left with a rather clean and sweet flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is average in terms of thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is on the slightly lower side. For the style a little higher carbonation may have been slightly more appropriate, but even said, the thicker body did do a nice job accentuating the mix of fruit and lighter hop , so overall the feel was pretty decent.

Overall – A tasty brew with a great level of flavor and an easy drinking feel. A good session like style brew.

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Photo of stevoj
3.33/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Malt and hops, hops drying out the finish. Clear golden body, with airy head, aroma of bread, crackers, mostly malt characteristics. Taste is malt again, hops kick in on the back plane, drying it out at the finish. Very crisp and clean beer, but not as smooth and velvety as some of the British or Belgian varieties.

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Photo of boothw
3.13/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A little hoppy for my taste but good for a summer afternoon. I've not much experience with "golden ales" I guess, but I was expecting something a little more drinkable. It has a citrusy finish, similar to a pale ale. I give it points for being organic and it seems relatively complex for a lighter beer.

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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 Preiliboy
3.33/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a light/medium amber color, with a half inch head that leaves lacing throughout drinking.

Smell is very strong on and refreshing right after pouring but seems to settle after a few minutes out. At first smells of mildly strong hops and later you can smell something citrusy .

Taste is good especially halfway during the glass the beer shows its citrus flavors and hops not bad at all.

Mouthfeel is good.

Conclusion this beer is a good session beer for experienced craft beer drinkers. For noobs there may be to much flavor.

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

Pours a slightly cloudy gold - juuuust this side of amber. Lacing up nicely.

Not a whole lot of malt going on here for as dark as it is. Mostly, there's astringent hop bitterness up front that give way to a sort of grapefruit sourness.

Probably just fine on a hot day; not terribly interesting to me.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Average looking, kinda tan and mostly clear with rising bubbles and not a lot of head or lace.

Aroma is typically blonde ale, a little sweet corn and some straw/grassy notes with a light maltiness. Flavor follows suit. Body is light and quite easy to drink, refreshing and just a little slick on the back end.

Overall it's enjoyable, perhaps not my personal favorite from Pike, but still tasty.

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Photo of Braz
3.6/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this at Uncle Uli's in Leavenworth. Crystal clear straw color with a nice white head. Floral and sweet notes in the aroma. Very smooth and malty flavor. Very drinkable. Light malty sweetness with mild bitterness and a dry finish. I'm not a huge blonde ale fan but I think this one represents this style well, and is another good beer from this brewery.

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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 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 KajII
3.08/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

[Suggested Glassware: Shaker Glass]

The pour was a hazy medium orange with a slight brownish hue and an average (1-2 finger) white creamy head, which did allow for some fair streaky lacing.

The aroma was of a light grain malt, floral hops and a sweaty yeast with notes of citrus (orange), apricot and a mild peppery spice.

The taste a tad malty with a mild apricot sweetness from the start but quickly progressed into a hoppy bitter taste with a note of citrus peel and a slight peppery finish. The flavor stuck around for quite a long time with a mildly hoppy fruity taste left to linger.

Mouthfeel was light in body and dry in texture with a prickly carbonation.

Overall a nice crisp, hoppy Organic Ale that had just enough fruity sweetness to take the harsh bite out of the hoppy citrus peel ending...

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Photo of draheim
3.55/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap into an American pint glass on board an Argosy boat on Puget Sound. Had this one just as we were rounding Blake Island.

Pours a slightly hazy coppery color w/ a thin film of foam on top.

Aroma is hoppy, floral, slightly grassy.

Taste is a blend of biscuity pale and munich malts and floral hops. There's something else here I can't identify, a mildly unpleasant dank basement quality I've gotten from a few other beers. Something in the water, malt, or hops but I'm not sure what it is, vaguely reminiscent of overcooked green beans or broccoli. It's faint enough not to be offputting but certainly isn't making me enjoy this beer any more.

Mouthfeel is clean and balanced. About what you'd expect.

Overall a decent pale ale, aside from that vaguely musty quality on the palate. That's enough reason not to have this again though, given the crowded field of better pale ales out there.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.2/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had on-tap at the pub in Seattle.

Pours a light golden colour, slightly translucent, but without real haze. Head is a filmy, wafty and ultimately empty white. Lace is patchy, but intricate where it forms. Looks pretty generic.

Hops on the nose are vegetative and earthy, with almost a burnt tone to them. They're slightly weedy: in the sense that they give fresh vegetative aromas, but they're slightly unsavoury even so. Some musty grain comes though, which gives it a blast from the macro gun. Eh.

Taste is similar, but slightly better than the aroma, mostly due to the grain character taking on a more truly malty, German-style pils-like flavour. This matches somewhat with the touch of biting, phenolic hop bitterness on the back. Feel is empty, however, as is the beer as a whole, mostly.

Pretty dull beer. Not particularly impressed.

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