Nelson Crowle

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Beer & Mead Judge

Nelson has been judging and rating beers (around 12,000) for 30 years and is always interested in trying beers he hasn’t had before. A homebrewer for 40 years, Nelson has brewed all 98 sub-styles from the BJCP 2008 guidelines, along with historical and extinct beers, to learn more about the beer styles and the thought process of the brewers behind them.  He is active in judging, entering, and running beer competitions and is a BJCP National Judge as well as a BJCP Mead Judge.

 

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My articles

How to Measure Sourness in Beer
We experience sourness in many ways. The puckering sourness of a lemon, that tart Greek yogurt, sour cream, sweet and sour chicken, hot and sour soup...

My reviews

Mirror Universe

Mirror Universe, Fair State Brewing Cooperative
Judges Rating:
95
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

Mirror Universe by Fair State Brewing Cooperative was judged as a BJCP 2015 21B Specialty IPA (New England IPA). Pours with a big poofy beige head of tiny bubbles that is persistent, hanging around at two fingers for several minutes. A very inviting nose with lots of tropical fruit - guava,... Read More

Roselle

Roselle, Fair State Brewing Cooperative
Judges Rating:
86
Appearance:
4 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Roselle by Fair State Brewing Cooperative is described as a Hibiscus Sour and was judged as a BJCP 2015 28C Wild Specialty Beer, but also sounds similar to X4 Catharina Sour (or a Florida Weisse). The beer pours a very bright ruby red, slightly hazy, with a very small whitish head of tiny... Read More

Druif - 2018 Vintage

Druif - 2018 Vintage, pFriem Family Brewers
Judges Rating:
91
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Druif - 2018 Vintage by pFriem Family Brewers is being evaluated as BJCP style 33B (Specialty Wood Aged Beer) with underlying style of Belgian Blond (25A), aged in a Riesling barrel. Pours a hazy gold with a small head of tiny white bubbles that fades quickly. Initial aroma is moderate apricot... Read More

Community Witbier

Judges Rating:
82
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
32 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

Community Witbier by Community Beer Co. is being evaluated as BJCP 2015 style 24A - Witbier. Pours a whitish cloudy deep straw with a large white head of tiny and small bubbles that fades to a quarter inch layer that is persistent. Medium bread dough and bread crusts greets the nose, with... Read More

Judges Rating:
91
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Sauv Blanc Barrel Aged Golden Ale by pFriem Family Brewers was judged as a BJCP style 33A Wood-Aged Beer with the underlying style of 25A Belgian Blond Ale (since the beer smells Belgian). The type of wood (required to be specified by the 33A style) is a Sauvignon Blanc barrel. The beer when... Read More

Island Vibes

Island Vibes, Coronado Brewing Co.
Judges Rating:
91
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Island Vibes by Coronado Brewing Co. is described as a Passion Fruit Sour, so I evaluated it as BJCP 2015 style 28C (Wild Specialty Beer), but also could be classified as a (non-BJCP) Florida Weisse. The beer pours a slightly hazy light straw color with a small head of tiny white bubbles that... Read More

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