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

Dorado Double IPA

Dorado Double IPA
Judges Rating:
93
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

This is one huge hoppy knock-your-socks-off double IPA that will melt the enamel off your teeth!  Both aroma and flavor are very spicy with loads of black pepper. There is a light grainy malt backbone – slightly toasty, with a little bit of bread crusts, but the star of the show is the hop... Read More

Modus Mandarina

Modus Mandarina Ska Beer
Judges Rating:
89
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

This beer pours a very pretty deep amber with a nice fluffy beige head that sticks around and produces a pleasant Belgian lacing on the sides of the glass. The first impression when raising this beer to your nose is of an orange grove -- a big orange juice and zest character, as well as an... Read More

Mega Mix

Mega Mix by M.I.A. Beer Co.
Judges Rating:
87
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

Mega Mix was evaluated as a Pale Amercan Ale (BJCP 2015 Style 18B, American Pale Ale).  As poured, this beer is slightly hazy with a pretty deep gold color, and a small head of tiny white bubbles that persisted as a thin layer, with more bubbles when the beer is swirled. The aroma is of grainy... Read More

Double Aught

Bear Republic Double Aught Pilsner Beer
Judges Rating:
89
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Initial notes of floral noble hops are moderately low and a slightly grassy character is supported by a fairly light malt backbone that is bready with honey-like overtones. This beer pours a slightly hazy, light-yellowish gold color with a small white head of fine bubbles that dissipates quickly... Read More

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

Evaluated as a BJCP 2015 29A Fruit Beer (Strawberry declared) with the underlying style of a somewhat hybrid 'imperial' 10A Weissbier (being declared as a Doppelweizen or Double Hefeweizen). Pours with a large ivory colored head of small and medium bubbles. The head is not as tight as a typical... Read More

Sticky Hands

Block 15 Brewing Sticky Hands IPA Beer
Judges Rating:
87
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

This beer pours a slightly hazy gold color with a big poofy head of fine, ivory-colored bubbles that sticks around for quite a while. Sniffing across the top of the glass brings up a strong grapefruit aroma and then some bread, crackers and bread crusts along with some piney hops. The flavor is... Read More

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