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 reviews

Victory at Sea

Victory at Sea Ballast Point Beer
Judges Rating:
91
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Pours almost black as night, but if you put it up to a strong light, it's a beautifully clear reddish, very deep brown. A big tan head of tiny bubbles lasts for a long time and leaves some splotchy Belgian lacing on the sides of the glass. I can smell the coffee from a couple feet away – and... Read More

Guanabara

Cervejaria Colorado Guanabara Imperial Stout Beer
Judges Rating:
83
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
19 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

Pours with a big poofy head of light tan bubbles that hangs around for a long time, and leaves slight Belgian lacing. The color is a very pretty, deep reddish-copper, and the beer is very clear. Initial aromas are of a fairly harsh alcohol character along with some coffee notes, toffee and lots... Read More

Angel City Berliner

Angel City Berliner Weisse Beer
Judges Rating:
91
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Berliner Weisse, Napoleon’s “Champagne Of The North,” is a very refreshing light sour wheat beer. This example is very cloudy and has a huge white head that stays around forever. The aroma is of doughy bread with a bit of lemon, with some hay in the background and a light lactic sourness.

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Angel City Pilsner

Angel City Pilsner Beer
Judges Rating:
83
Appearance:
4 / 6
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

Pours out of the bottle (in a bag, so it’s hidden – these are blind tastings) with a huge ivory head leaving splotchy lace on the sides of the glass. This sample was a gusher – the bottle foamed over when it was opened.  The color is typical for a German Pils – a deep straw, but slightly hazy.... Read More

Upslope Imperial IPA

Upslope Beer Imperial IPA
Judges Rating:
93
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

This Double IPA pours a slightly hazy, deep gold with a moderate head of persistent, tiny, cream-colored bubbles – looks very inviting! The first sniff is a delicious combination of bread crusts, crackers, grapefruit and tangerine, with a background of honeydew melon with more pine tree notes as... Read More

Blueberry Cream Ale

Blueberry Cream Ale by Garage Brewing Co.
Judges Rating:
83
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
18 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

Evaluated as BJCP 2015 style 29A (Fruit Beer) with the base style of 1C (Cream Ale). Pours a very clear deep gold with a large poofy ivory colored head that persists for a long time. A very light blueberry aroma to start with light bread dough, like a lightly fruited blueberry muffin. Just a... Read More

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