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

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

Sol Crusher

Sol Crusher, Pontoon Brewing
Judges Rating:
85
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

Declared as a Mexican Lager, Sol Crusher by Pontoon Brewing pours a very clear almost amber deep gold color, so it seems to fit best as a BJCP 2015 2B International Amber Lager. A moderate off-white head disappears quickly. Aroma is bready and of toasted bread crusts – quite a bit of malt... Read More

Fruit Cup V3

Fruit Cup V3, Pontoon Brewing
Judges Rating:
90
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Fruit Cup V3 by Pontoon Brewing was judged as a 29A Fruit Beer with a base style of 23A Berliner Weisse. Berliner weisse beers are commonly served with sweet syrups (raspberry, woodruff or lemon). This beer pours a slight hazy garnet color with a small reddish-white head of tiny bubbles that... Read More

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