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

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

East Brother Festbier

East Brother Festbier, East Brother Beer Co.
Judges Rating:
96
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
39 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

East Brother Festbier by East Brother Beer Co. was evaluated as a BJCP 2015 4B Festbier. Pours a brilliant very deep gold with a medium-sized head of tiny white bubbles that fades fairly quickly but returns when swirled. With such a brilliant clarity the beer shows a beautiful upward cascade of... Read More

pFriem Brett Saison

pFriem Brett Saison, pFriem Family Brewers
Judges Rating:
93
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

pFriem Brett Saison by pFriem Family Brewers could be evaluated as BJCP 2015 style 25B (Saison), but since Saison typically expects characterful Saccharomyces yeast (and NOT Brettanomyces), I evaluated as style 28A (Brett Beer), which is where a Brett Saison should be placed, according to the... Read More

pFriem La Mûre

pFriem La Mûre, pFriem Family Brewers
Judges Rating:
91
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

pFriem La Mûre by pFriem Family Brewers was initially evaluated as a BJCP 2015 style 33A, Wood-Aged Beer (meaning that the barrel/wood character affects the beer, but the original content of the barrel - whiskey/wine/etc - is not a significant factor). After tasting, the beer should be... Read More

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

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