Naughty Nellie | The Pike Brewing Company

Naughty NellieNaughty Nellie
254 Ratings
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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Ratings: 254 |  Reviews: 127
Photo of jcanddr
5/5  rDev +40.8%

Photo of twelveinches
4/5  rDev +12.7%

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4/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of gdhawley
4/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of projhex
4/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of kingcrowing
2.77/5  rDev -22%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap poured into a sampling glass.

Pours a very clear straw yellow color with almost no head. Nose is light and malty, a bit of light citrus.

Taste has a light bitterness with some creamy light malt. There's a a good full Mouthfeel and a dry finish.

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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 grittybrews
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
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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Photo of mikeg67
3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap at Pike brewery. Pours golden hue with a white, foamy head and lively carbonation. Aroma is of biscuit malt and piney hops. Medium, crisp body. Taste is of piney hops, grapefruit and biscuit malt in the background. Long, hoppy finish. Nice, tasty brew.

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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 mjurney
3.48/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Golden color, slight touch of haze. Some bubbles. Foamy head, bright white color. Lacing looks very nice on the glass.

Sweet malts, slight toffee. A little fruity.

Malty up front with a slight dry bitterness at the end. Very malty, bready, toffee, slight buttery. There some doughy from the yeast. Hop is very subtle, I get a little earthy. Medium bodied. Carbonation is light.

Very dry finish.

It’s more like an English Pale Ale than American Pale Ale. It’s pretty good beer.

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Photo of Anderbrau_IPA
3.83/5  rDev +7.9%
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 BrewCrew2010
3.16/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

A: Hazy yellow body with a decent size head. Good amount of lacing.

S: A light aroma of citrus hops and pale malts.

T: Follows the nose pretty well with a clean and crisp flavor of biscuity pale malt & citrus hops.

M: Great carbonation, medium body, & refreshing mouthfeel.

O: A pretty good beer, but very easy to forget.

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
4.08/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a pretty clear yellow color with a 3" pillowey head that was maintained by a bunch of bubbles rising. It looks like a nice Belgian...perhaps I shouldn't have poured it in a stein. There is tons of lace left on the glass after drinking and the head fades.

Aroma: I initially got a bit of wheat mixed with plenty of American citrus hops. As the beer warms, the hops are coming out more. There is a bit of a wheaty edge coming in too as it warms up. Overall, it is a nice blend for the style.

Taste: It has a healthy dose of American hops in the flavor. They are supported by some light crystal malts, so overall it has the elements of a typical American Pale Ale. Overall the beer is light bodied with plenty of carbonation. It comes across stupidly drinkable, and actually the high carbonation is holding it back a bit. The finish is quite nicely balanced. It tips ever so slightly toward the hops in the end, but the malt is a big player in the finish. I don't notice any alcohol anywhere. As the beer starts to warm up, there is a grassy note coming out that is getting to be a little bit annoying.

Opinion: This is a pretty good Pale Ale overall. It is drinkable and has a nice balance. The grassy note is a bit out of balance, but overall that is a pretty nit-picky thing. This is one of the better examples of this style I have had, and I would definitely recommend giving it a shot.

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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 GallowsThief
3.35/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured out of a bomber into my Duvel.

A - Fairly cloudy light yellow pour. Modest one inch head that stays around. Very light lacing left after each sip.

S - Light, crisp fruit smell. Has an aromatic flowery appeal to it.

T - Much more of a malt taste then expected. Makes me think of a granny smith apple. Finished off a bit dry and left just a faint sweetness in my mouth.

M - Light bodied.

D - Sure its fairly light and drinkable. It's an average offering.

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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 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 Offa
3.72/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap, it's gold with a thin, white head soon thinning to a ring.

Aroma is light but firm grain and apple.

Taste is clean, full grain, apple, light grass with a long, full aftertaste. Balanced sweetness and light bitterness with light spicy-herb hint and faint bitterness at finish.

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Photo of bagpiper2005
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
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 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 Cyberkedi
3.52/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rather typical clear yellow with a foamy white head. Aroma is not strong, but is crisp and malty if not inspiring. Flavor, fortunately, is better - malty and a little fruity with a faint and not too unpleasant tinny undertone. Texture is smooth and just a little fizzy. Overall, fair to middlin' and leaning towards middlin'.

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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 Seanibus
3.83/5  rDev +7.9%
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 dstc
3.62/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange color with a small off-white head. Head falls to nothing. Not much lace at all.

Aroma is mostly of a mild floral hop. Not much else.

Bit sweet up front quickly followed by the taste of hops. Ends bitter.

Thin to medium bodied with a slight sharpness on the tongue.

Average but drinkable. Try it yourself.

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Naughty Nellie from The Pike Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.55 out of 5 with 254 ratings
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