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

Paramour

Paramour
Judges Rating:
87
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Pours a slightly hazy reddish/deep copper with no carbonation or head. The meniscus is very clear, but slightly darker than the mead, possibly indicating some age. A complex bouquet of clover and vanilla with a big boost of blackberry and a bit of strawberry fruitiness makes this beverage very... Read More

Berthô

Cervejaria Colorado Berthô Beer
Judges Rating:
87
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

This slightly hazy, deep amber-colored beer with a moderately large head of tiny, light-tan bubbles has a head that retains well and fades slowly, leaving some nice Belgian lace on the glass. The aroma is nutty, toffee-like and slightly caramelly, with a background of roasty character, bread... Read More

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

22nd Anniversary Imperial IPA by Coronado Brewing Co. was evaluated as a BJCP 2015 22A (Double IPA). Pours a very hazy yellowish light gold with a large poofy white head of tiny bubbles that sticks around for a while and slowly fades. The initial aroma is tropical fruit (passion fruit and... Read More

Judges Rating:
96
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
39 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

Maple Barrel Aged Smoked Porter by pFriem Family Brewers was judged as a BJCP style 33B (Specialty Wood Aged Beer) with underlying style 32B (Specialty Smoked Beer) and a base style of American Porter (style 20A). Not too complicated, right? This beer pours an opaque very deep brown with a small... Read More

Upslope Pumpkin Ale

Upslope Beer Pumpkin Ale
Judges Rating:
85
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
18 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

A beautiful, brilliantly clear amber with a medium-sized head of tiny beige bubbles leaving a little Belgian lacing as the beer goes down. Aroma is more pumpkin pie spice than pumpkin, but some actual pumpkin notes seem to be there too. Spicy aroma notes of allspice, light cinnamon, a bit of... Read More

Silly Gose

Silly Gose, Community Beer Co.
Judges Rating:
87
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Silly Gose by Community Beer Co. was evaluated as a BJCP 2015 style 27 (Historical Beer - specifically Gose). The beer pours a hazy yellowish light gold with a big poofy head of tiny white bubbles that quickly fades to a thin layer. Initially, the aroma is quite tart with moderate earthy and... Read More

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