Nelson Crowle

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BJCP National Beer/Mead/Cider Judge

Nelson has been judging and rating beers (around 19,000) 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 150 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

Hatch Chile IPA

Hatch Chile IPA by Garage Brewing Co.
Judges Rating:
86
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

This beer was evaluated as BJCP 2015 style 30 (Spiced Beer - BJCP treats chili peppers as a spice, not a fruit), with the underlying style of 21A (American IPA). A large white head, sitting on top of an almost clear medium gold beer, has small bubbles that break down into some larger bubbles,... Read More

Sriracha HOT Stout

Rogue beer sriracha hot stout
Judges Rating:
87
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

This beer pours an almost-black color with reddish highlights and is topped by a large, tan head of fairly large bubbles that sticks around for a while. The aroma is chocolaty with some earthy and bread crust notes. The first taste brings sweet chocolate, cocoa, some coffee and an earthy... Read More

Boo Koo

Boo Koo Mother Earth Brew Co.
Judges Rating:
90
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Evaluated as BJCP2015 style 21A (American IPA).  Pours a clear deep gold with a moderate size ivory head of small and medium bubbles.  The head dissipates fairly quickly fading to a thin layer of bubbles atop the beer.  Bubbles continue to rise fairly fast.  A light fresh baked bread greets the... Read More

Call Me Ginger

Call Me Ginger by Mother Earth Brewing Co.
Judges Rating:
90
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Evaluated as a BJCP2015 style Fruit And Spice beer (29B).  Pours an almost clear very light yellowish gold with a big poofy white head of small bubbles that slowly fades to a quarter inch layer, leaving some Belgian lace on the glass. The aroma comes across with medium low ginger and medium low... Read More

Holidale

Breckenridge Holidale Beer 2015
Judges Rating:
93
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

Sporting brilliant clarity and a beautiful, light copper color, Holidale 2015 also features a nice, large head of tiny, light tan bubbles that looks very inviting. The initial aroma is fairly light with bready, floral notes and just a slight hint of bourbon. The first sip of this beer brings out... Read More

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

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