Nelson Crowle

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Beer & Mead Judge

Nelson has been judging and rating beers (around 17,000) 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 (and 148 of 152 for BJCP 2015), 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 and BJCP Cider 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

Judges Rating:
90
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Imperial Oatmeal Brown Ale by Garage Brewing Co. was evaluated as a BJCP 2015 style 33B Specialty Wood-Aged Beer, which covers beers aged in wood where the previous content affects the flavor/aroma. Pours a slightly hazy deep brown with a medium head of large bubbles that quickly dissipates to a... Read More

Gin Barrel Gose

Gin Barrel Gose, Garage Brewing Co.
Judges Rating:
91
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Gin Barrel Gose by Garage Brewing Co. was evaluated as BJCP2015 style 33B (Specialty Wood-Aged Beer). This substyle is intended for beers that are treated/aged in barrels where the previous content of the barrel influences the beer flavor/aroma. The beer pours as a very hazy deep gold with a... Read More

Judges Rating:
92
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Chocolate Peanut Butter Milk Stout by Garage Brewing Co. best fits into the BJCP 2015 Spice/Herb/Vegetable 30A substyle.  It pours a very dark brown with a moderate head of tiny dark tan bubbles that fades quickly - possibly an indication of oil from peanuts.  Initially, the aroma is a big sweet... Read More

Stargazer Black IPA

Stargazer Black IPA, Land-Grant Brewing Co.
Judges Rating:
90
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Stargazer Black IPA by Land-Grant Brewing Co. was judged as a BJCP 2015 style 30A Spice/Herb/Vegetable Beer with the underlying base style of 21B Specialty IPA (sub-sub style of Black IPA). As such, the 21B Black IPA should be identifiable with coffee added. This beer pours an opaque very deep... Read More

pFriem Japanese Lager

Japanese Lager, pFriem Family Brewers
Judges Rating:
94
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

pFriem Japanese Lager by pFriem Family Brewers was evaluated as a BJCP2015 2A International Pale Lager, with the consideration that Japanese Lagers typically are made with rice to add alcohol and lighten the body. Pours a clear yellowish light straw with a huge poofy white head of tiny bubbles... Read More

Judges Rating:
92
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

pFriem Mexican-Style Lager by pFriem Family Brewers was evaluated as BJCP2015 2A International Pale Lager. Pours a beautiful, brilliantly clear, light yellowish straw color with a large white head of tiny bubbles that is persistent. Aroma is moderately grainy with a slight perfumy floral note.... Read More

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