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

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

Marionberry Braggot

Rogue beer marionberry braggot
Judges Rating:
88
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

Pours a very deep, reddish mahogany with a small head of fine, light-tan bubbles that is persistent. As a braggot (which is a mead, but blended about half with a beer) there is a light honey note in the aroma (with floral and orange) along with a lot of raspberries and some blackberry. The... Read More

Judges Rating:
86
Appearance:
4 / 6
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

It's hard to pour a glass of this beer -- a very big ivory-colored poofy head appears after pouring and a fairly big 'pffft' sound is heard when opened. The initial aromas are of freshly baked bread, earthy, a slight note of apricot, with wet hay and other funky notes -- very Brett-like -- like... Read More

Judges Rating:
86
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

Evaluated as a BJCP2015 Style 29A (Fruit Beer), with the underlying style of 'Black Ale' for which BJCP2015 doesn't have a category, but it sounds like American Black Ale (Style 72 in the GABF2017 guidelines).  The beer pours a deep ruby red tinted dark mahogany with a huge poofy head of tiny... Read More

Altstadt Kölsch

Altstadt Kölsch
Judges Rating:
88
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

This beer was evaluated as a Kölsch (BJCP Style 5B). Pours a very slight hazy light yellowish gold with a large poofy white head of small bubbles that slowly fades to a quarter-inch disk of foam. The aroma initially is fairly grainy malt with a moderate black pepper spice character, hints of... Read More

Calm Before The Storm

Calm Before The Storm Ballast Point Beer
Judges Rating:
92
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

In evaluating this beer, I was only told that it was a “flavored Cream Ale.” This helps by identifying the perceived flavors and aromas and being able to compare them to what the brewer intended.

The malt is a background canvas of slightly grainy but indistinct breadiness. The initial... Read More

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