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:
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

Jammy Pale

Jammy Pale, pFriem Family Brewers
Judges Rating:
93
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Judge's Review: 93 Rating - Jammy Pale by pFriem Family Brewers was evaluated as BJCP2015 18B American Pale Ale. Pours a slight hazy yellowish deep straw with a medium-large white head of tiny, small and medium bubbles that break down but leave Belgian lace and a small persistent head. The aroma... Read More

pFriem Golden IPA

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

pFriem Golden IPA by pFriem Family Brewers was evaluated as BJCP2015 style 21A American IPA. Poured slightly hazy deep straw with a medium head of small and medium-white bubbles that slowly fades to a 1-finger head, but regenerates when swirled. The aroma is light, grainy, bready malt with low... Read More

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