Naughty Nellie | The Pike Brewing Company

Naughty NellieNaughty Nellie
BA SCORE
37.8%
Liked This Beer
3.55 w/ 254 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
Ranking:
#38,216
Reviews:
127
Ratings:
254
Liked:
96
Avg:
3.55/5
pDev:
12.11%
Alströms:
3.75
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
22
Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 254 |  Reviews: 127
Photo of DoubleJ
3.55/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Sometimes all you need is a lighter beer to feel good. And that's what I'm going to drink tonight. From a 22 ounce bottle that lists a 5.5% ABV, on to the beer:

Soapy looking inch thick head on top of a body that is translucent pale gold with small bubbles that race to the top. Persistence of the head is solid, and it leaves a few strips of lacing. Some carmel, diacetyl, a little veggie note in the nose.

It does the job. Grassy hops lead off and then comes a tint of diacetyl. Faint citrus notes are most resemblant to grapefruit. Time seems to cut into the diacetyl and make it slowly go away. Out come sweeter fruity flavors. The carbonation is surprisingly jumpy from the get go; honestly, given how easy it was to pry-off the bottle cap from the bottle, I feared that the beer may be undercarbonated. Still, I don't have a whole lot to complain about.

It took some time, but Pike Brewing has arrived in Orange County. To all the hop bombs I can easily grab from the shelf, this is a fair alternative for those who aren't looking to get their palate thrashed in a pinch.

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Photo of NickThePyro
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of Derek
3.8/5  rDev +7%
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 BillRoth
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.88/5  rDev +9.3%
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 wrightst
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.09/5  rDev -13%
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 DucksFan16
3.29/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jdhilt
2.48/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a three finger white head that fades slowly to thin layer leaving a good lace. Cloudy pale amber color. Light carbonation and light bodied. Slight hoppy nose. Flavor has some malty sweetness but hops dominate which is surprising given that the IBUs are only 34. Lingering bitter aftertaste. $1.45 for a 12oz bottle from John's Marketplace Portland, OR.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.2/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: A medium bright orange pour showcases a medium dense micro-bubbly effervesce. The head was initially a finger high, soft beige, but short lived, while the lacing was weak providing minimal coverage.

S: Perfumy scents of oranges which is followed up by some tart tangerines. The strength is limited, quickly trails off, even after several minutes of agitation, failing to hold interest.

T: Tart blend of grapefruit and orange peels opens things up along with a faint hop spiciness of dried pineapple and some citrusy wheat notes. Fairly dry with some citrusy dried apple and alcohol tones rounds things out in an otherwise limited show of complexity. The alcohol and fullness of the palate seems a bit big considering its 4.7%abv.

M: Weak mouthful, light, oily, with a lame carbonation factor. Some dry wheat and dry citrusy apple skins appear on the swallow.

D: Average drinkability, even its unusual low abv hardly makes this a contender for more, just a boring example, flat and lazy drink that is mediocre at best. Average excitement not particularly sharp and defined, and rather lifeless and mundane.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.2/5  rDev -9.9%
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 corby112
3.47/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy dark golden orange color with a one finger off-white head that quickly settles into a thin lasting ring. Spots of lacing left behind.

Slightly earthy aroma with some bready yeast, light fruit and faint spice. Kind of bland in the nose really with hints of apple, grass and straw.

Medium bodied with a crisp hop bite up front that lingers over the sweeter notes and bready yeast into a slightly dry finish. Pale malt backbone with hints of grass and straw along with some zesty spice and apple. Well balanced, refreshing and easy to drink.

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Photo of harpus
3/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of beertunes
3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in straight pint glass. It poured a clean, clear yellow with a thin, white head that quickly dissipated leaving just more than minimal lacing.

A slightly grainy aroma also featured a touch of mellow hop tang on the nose. The flavors were as expected after the aroma. Very crisp and clean, with a slightly grainy malt taste balanced with a bit of hop sharpness at the end.

The body was medium full, not as full as others of the style, without being the least bit heavy. This is a very drinkable beer, crisp, light, refreshing and easy to enjoy. This may be the perfect lawnmower beer, why drink thin, watery crap when you could hangout with Nellie? Worth trying.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.2/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a light amber gold color, medium white foamy head. Aroma is fruity and sweet. Light and refreshing, slightly fruity. Some hop bite, nice balance. Medium bodied. Full flavor. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is crisp and clean. Aftertaste is hoppy and bitter.

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Photo of bylerteck
3.67/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pint at the brewpub. From notes.

A - Golden, bright, gentle carbonation coming up. One finger of white head with rings of lace and a film of retention.

S - Citrus, grass, light biscuity malt.

T - Honey, grassy, light biscuity, malt, some noble hop.

M - Strong carbonation, light to medium body, some honey in the finish.

O/D - Good and flavourful for a golden ale. Not extreme but well done.

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Photo of Fettpopps
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Dave_Treat
3/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.7/5  rDev +4.2%
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 iRun2Beer
3.22/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.15/5  rDev -11.3%
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 shelby415
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of twelveinches
4/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of andrenaline
3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One of the few Pike offerings in Calgary that I had yet to try.

A - Slightly hazy pale straw colour, little head, retention or lacing.

S - Very mild, but some grassy hops and bready biscuit malts on the finish.

T - Citrus hop flavours come through with a slight bitterness and a touch of euro pilsener flavours linger on the tongue.

M - Medium bodied ale that goes down a bit prickly and finishes a tad dry.

D - A tasty offering, reminiscent of a hopped up pilsener. Worth a try, but don't expect anything spectacular.

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Photo of Gusler
2.95/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A slightly beclouded amber color on the pour, the head portly in size, frothy in texture and the color an off white, with the residual lace a thin sheet to cover the glass. Light aroma of the hops, sweet malt, a bit or a hint of pineapple? Start is sweet and loaded with malt, the top skimpy in feel, finish is lightly acidic, the hops present but mild, dry aftertaste, not sure this beer will get much from me, seems a bit thin-waisted as in watery.

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Naughty Nellie from The Pike Brewing Company
Beer rating: 37.8% out of 100 with 254 ratings
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