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Naughty Nellie | The Pike Brewing Company

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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
Ranking:
#39,471
Reviews:
127
Ratings:
255
pDev:
12.11%
Bros Score:
3.75
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
23
Trade:
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Ratings: 255 |  Reviews: 127
Photo of kylehay2004
3.38/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.31/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Photo of GRG1313
3.27/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden yellow, hints of orange marmalade color.

Nose of grapefruit and pine and also an assertive "woody" character in the nose.

Mouthfeel is of medium body with nice big flavors of grapefruit skin and pine; also the woody character in the nose carries over to a "woody" flavor both in front and back palate.

Finish is a weak point. Leaves a "soapy" taste in your mouth.

Not a Pike favorite for me but also not something I'd normally drink, in any event, since I almost always drink a higher alcohol brew. Not bad; just not my thing.

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Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of biboergosum
3.6/5  rDev +1.4%
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 Taphouse_Traveler
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of LXIXME
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of Boone757
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.89/5  rDev +9.6%
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 oberon
3.63/5  rDev +2.3%
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 mactrail
3.42/5  rDev -3.7%
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 russpowell
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
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 ChainGangGuy
4.18/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle - $3.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a clear, yellow-hued body with a two inch-high pile of white suds on top.

Smell: The hops are proportioned 2/3 floral and 1/3 citrusy, and the malts delicately bready and with a thin, sweetish hint of golden syrup.

Taste: Lightly sweet taste of treacle casually brushed over fresh sliced French Bread. Minor hint of orchard fruit. Floral, lightly citrusy hops imparting a mild bitterness to balance things out handily. Drying, light, clean finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Mild carbonation. Soft mouthfeel overall.

Drinkability: A light, though pleasant, very easily drinkable beer that was the one, singular shining grace in a night of being forced to sit through "Twilight" in its entirety. However, I'd consider it more in line with a blonde ale as opposed to a pale ale, but what do I know.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.37/5  rDev -5.1%
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 BuckeyeNation
3.63/5  rDev +2.3%
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 Jason
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
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 TMoney2591
3.31/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Devil's Backbone willibecher.

I think I'm pretty jaded at this point: Nellie doesn't look all that naughty to me... The brew pours a mostly clear orange juice topped by a finger of white foam. The nose comprises wheat, corn, floral hops, coriander, cardamom, and a tiny touch of coffee-laced toffee. The taste comprises the toffee, corn, wheat, florals, and a touch of newcoming orange-peel. The body is pretty light, with a light carbonation and a nearly crisp finish. Overall, a very ordinary brew, nothing much going on, but very drinkable nonetheless. Not bad if you're looking for a session brew.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.78/5  rDev +6.5%
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 Wasatch
3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very nice clean/clear golden yellow color, nice carbonation, nice one finger creamy light white head, with some nice sticky lacing. The nose is slightly hoppy, with some nice malt notes, very slight citrus. The taste is slightly hoppy, malty, slightly bitter, with some citrus. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a nice little brew.

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Photo of IPAchris
3.2/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Gavage
2.97/5  rDev -16.3%
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 NickThePyro
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of stevoj
3.33/5  rDev -6.2%
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 flagmantho
4.05/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: ever-so-slightly opaque golden yellow with a 2-finger persistent foamy head.

Smell: sweet, slightly toasty malt with a big helping of floral hops. Quite nice indeed; it reminds me of spring.

Taste: similar sweet malt with very flowery hops; bitterness is quite well balanced with the malt. This is downright good.

Mouthfeel: medium to light-medium body; it could use a little more carbonation in my book but still quite good.

Drinkability: very drinkable. This would make a stellar session beer.

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Naughty Nellie from The Pike Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.55 out of 5 with 255 ratings
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