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Nelson Crowle

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BJCP National Beer/Mead/Cider Judge

Nelson has been judging and rating beers (over 20,000) for 30 years and is always interested in trying beers he hasn’t had before. A homebrewer for 40 years, Nelson has brewed all 154 sub-styles from the BJCP 2021 guidelines, 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

Island Vibes

Island Vibes, Coronado Brewing Co.
Judges Rating:
91
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Island Vibes by Coronado Brewing Co. is described as a Passion Fruit Sour, so I evaluated it as BJCP 2015 style 28C (Wild Specialty Beer), but also could be classified as a (non-BJCP) Florida Weisse. The beer pours a slightly hazy light straw color with a small head of tiny white bubbles that... Read More

pFriem Japanese Lager

pFriem Japanese Lager

Japanese Lager, pFriem Family Brewers
Description 

pFriem Japanese Lager smells like a beautiful floral bouquet. With aromas of shiso plum, fresh bread and violet, and sparkling notes of jasmine rice and fresh green tea, it smells like flowers and drinks like beer.

Beverage Profile
ABV: 
5.0%
IBUs: 
15
Served at: 
40 - 45º F
Malts: 
CMC Superior Pilsen, Weyermann Pilsner, Rice Solids, CaraFoam
Hops: 
Perle, Saaz, Celeia

 

 


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Judges Rating:
94
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

pFriem Japanese Lager by pFriem Family Brewers was evaluated as a BJCP2015 2A International Pale Lager, with the consideration that Japanese Lagers typically are made with rice to add alcohol and lighten the body. Pours a clear yellowish light straw with a huge poofy white head of tiny bubbles... Read More

Blood Orange Saison

Upslope Beer Blood Orange Saison
Judges Rating:
87
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

A large, almost-white, fluffy head of tiny bubbles fades to a finger of head on top of a slightly hazy, light gold liquid. The aroma brings both orange character as well as a complex array of grainy bread crust, light floral, and bubblegum with moderate wet hay saison funkiness. The first taste... Read More

Alluvium Pilsner

Alluvium Pilsner

California
United States
Alluvium Pilsner, Seismic Brewing Co.
Description 

After a full-day brewing beer, this pilsner is the go-to beer for most on our team. Alluvium is made with European-style malt which is sustainably grown and malted right here in California. Mirroring the ancient floor malting techniques of the best and oldest German breweries, this Pilsner gets nearly 100% of its malt from Admiral Maltings located in nearby Alameda, CA. Generously hopped, Alluvium is aromatically imbued with spicy noble hops and a pleasantly bitter finish. This beer is as local as it gets going from farm to fermenter in less than 150 miles! Prost!

Beverage Profile
ABV: 
5.0%
IBUs: 
45
Served at: 
45º F
Malts: 
Admiral Maltings Feldblume, Flaked Barley
Hops: 
Spalt Select, Hallertau Mittelfrüh

 

 


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Judges Rating:
92
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Alluvium Pilsner by Seismic Brewing Co. was evaluated as a BJCP 2021 Category 5D, German Pils. The beer pours a brilliantly clear light straw color with a fairly large poofy head of tiny white bubbles that fades slowly.  The beer is pretty and effervescent with continuous rising bubbles. The... Read More

Beard Beer

Rogue Beard Beer
Judges Rating:
84
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

This beer pours an almost clear gold with a big poofy head of tiny cream-colored bubbles that stick around for a while and leave a little lace. The initial aroma is light cotton candy, light pineapple notes, a little bit of juicy fruit and bubble gum along with a little bit of apple cider. There... Read More

Apex

Bear Republic Apex IPA beer
Judges Rating:
95
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
39 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

This beer pours a hazy deep gold with an orange tint and a big, mousse-like, ivory head of small bubbles. The head sticks around for a long time and leaves Belgian lace on the sides of the glass. There is a substantial grainy and bready malt backbone in the nose, but the star of the show is the... Read More

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