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

Altstadt Lager

Judges Rating:
84
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
19 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

With the style described as 'Premium German Lager', the closest BJCP2015 style sounds like German Helles Exportbier (style 5C), so evaluated it as such (and after evaluating, this still seems like the closest style). Pours a very clear yellowish deep straw color with a small head of tiny white... Read More

Cappuccino Stout

Cappuccino Stout by Lagunitas Brewing Co.
Judges Rating:
86
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

This beer was evaluated as BJCP 2015 style 30A (Spice/Herb/Vegetable Beer) with Coffee as the Spice, and the base style of 16B Oatmeal Stout (after the first taste). The beer pours a very deep mahogany with reddish highlights and a large tan head of tiny bubbles that has great head retention and... Read More

Judges Rating:
87
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Cream ales are the ale version of light American lagers. This beer is refreshing and thirst quenching – just the thing for a hot summer day. A little deeper gold than most cream ales, this beer also has some light fruity apricot notes in the flavor and hints of corn (reminds me of Bugles) in the... Read More

Unfiltered Wheat Beer

Boulevard Brewing Unfiltered Wheat beer
Judges Rating:
91
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Pours with a very inviting cloudy yellowish color and a large white poofy head. The aroma is of bready wheat with a touch of bread crust and a pleasant grainy character.  Some background notes of river rock minerality, fresh hay, and a bit of fresh ground black pepper.

The flavor echoes... Read More

Miami Weiss

Miami Weiss by M.I.A. Beer Co.
Judges Rating:
80
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
18 / 24
Flavor:
33 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

Miami Weisse was evaluated as a German Wheat Beer (BJCP 2015 Style 10A, Weissbier, also known as a Hefeweizen).  Pours a very hazy yellowish gold with a big poofy white head of small bubbles which dissipates very quickly leaving no Belgian lace. The aroma is a very strong overripe banana with a... Read More

Angel City IPA

Angel City IPA Beer
Judges Rating:
92
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

This beer pours a beautiful deep gold with a huge fluffy ivory head that hangs around for a long time and leaves rings of lace on the sides of the glass.  A background malt aroma of fresh baked bread and bread crusts supports a substantial tropical fruit hop presence in the aroma with a bit of... Read More

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