Nelson Crowle

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Beer & Mead 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

Grunion Pale Ale

Ballast Point Grunion Pale Ale
Judges Rating:
94
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

This pale ale has a lot going on – in a good way! It pours a beautiful, brilliantly clear deep gold with a big, mousy light cream-colored head. The aroma has lots of tropical fruit from kiwi to mango and also a spicy grainy rye breadiness. The first sip is piney and resinous followed by some... Read More

Pace Car Racer

Bear Republic Pace Car Racer Beer IPA
Judges Rating:
95
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
39 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

An infusion of citrus grapefruit and tangerine comes across as almost tropical with both a white-bread breadiness and bread crust in the aroma - very inviting. The beer pours a slightly hazy (maybe dry-hopped?) light gold, with a medium size head of small white bubbles - and the head hangs... Read More

Grapefruit Sculpin

Grapefruit Sculpin Ballast Point Beer
Judges Rating:
95
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
39 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

This IPA pours a brilliant, beautiful gold color with a medium-sized head of small, cream-colored bubbles that fades fairly quickly. The initial aroma is of very smooth grapefruit pulp, with notes of bread crust, toast, grass and background tangerine. The flavor brings out both grapefruit pulp (... Read More

Higher Math

Dogfish Head Higher Math Beer
Judges Rating:
90
Appearance:
4 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Pours a fairly thick and viscous hazy, light copper and struggles to create any head beyond a thin, light tan layer of tiny bubbles that has very little retention – possibly from the high alcohol content. Initial aroma is very light sweet chocolate and a very low cherry with moderate sweet... Read More

Mach 10

Bear republic beer mach 10 double ipa
Judges Rating:
96
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
39 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

A big cream-colored head of small bubbles sits atop a slightly hazy, deep burnished gold liquid that looks very inviting. The aroma is of grapefruit with background notes of resinous, piney, spicy and earthy characters, but not just from the hops. There's also a nice balance of bread crust and... Read More

Habanero Sculpin

Habanero Sculpin Ballast Point Beer
Judges Rating:
96
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
39 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

This beer pours a beautiful, brilliant, deep gold, and a large head of tiny ivory-colored bubbles hangs around for a long time. The aroma brings out bread crusts, some toasty notes, as well as grapefruit juice and an eye-watering chili pepper heat (in a good way!). The flavor echoes the crusty... Read More

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