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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

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

East Brother Festbier

East Brother Festbier, East Brother Beer Co.
Judges Rating:
96
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
39 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

East Brother Festbier by East Brother Beer Co. was evaluated as a BJCP 2015 4B Festbier. Pours a brilliant very deep gold with a medium-sized head of tiny white bubbles that fades fairly quickly but returns when swirled. With such a brilliant clarity the beer shows a beautiful upward cascade of... Read More

Angel City Berliner

Angel City Berliner Weisse Beer
Judges Rating:
91
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Berliner Weisse, Napoleon’s “Champagne Of The North,” is a very refreshing light sour wheat beer. This example is very cloudy and has a huge white head that stays around forever. The aroma is of doughy bread with a bit of lemon, with some hay in the background and a light lactic sourness.

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XXOLO Aureo Cerveza

XXOLO Aureo Cerveza

California
United States
XXOLO Aureo Cerveza, Garage Brewing Co.
Description 

XXOLO Lager - inspired by Latin American traditional preferences - is light, crisp, and refreshing. Motueka Hops were chosen for their exciting notes. Numerous high quality malts, including Maris Otter, which adds a rich biscuity-like flavor, and flaked corn maize, which lightens the body, also add a slightly smoother character.

Beverage Profile
ABV: 
5.8%
Malts: 
Maris Otter
Hops: 
Motueka

 

 


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

XXOLO Aureo Cerveza by Garage Brewing Co. was evaluated as an International Pale Lager (BJCP2015 substyle 2A). The beer pours a very clear yellowish light straw with a large white head of small and medium-sized bubbles that quickly dissipates. The aroma is a light bready with just a hint of... Read More

Guanabara

Cervejaria Colorado Guanabara Imperial Stout Beer
Judges Rating:
83
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
19 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

Pours with a big poofy head of light tan bubbles that hangs around for a long time, and leaves slight Belgian lacing. The color is a very pretty, deep reddish-copper, and the beer is very clear. Initial aromas are of a fairly harsh alcohol character along with some coffee notes, toffee and lots... Read More

Cerveza Toña

Cerveza Toña

Cerveza Toña, Compañía Cervecera de Nicaragua
Description 

For consumers seeking authentic cultural drinking experiences, Cerveza Toña is a smooth, refreshing lager from Nicaragua, a land of pristine beauty that’s rich in natural resources, authenticity, and adventure. Made with 100% natural ingredients and a commitment to sustainability, it is easy to see why Cerveza Toña is Central America’s number one-selling beer. Since 1976, Cerveza Toña has been brewed using pure water sourced from the Southern Basin of Xolotlan Lake. The beer is a highly drinkable lager with 4.6% ABV and that is pale golden in color with a light, frothy head. Cerveza Toña features an impeccably smooth light malt flavor with a nicely balanced bitterness from the use of light hops.

Beverage Profile
ABV: 
4.6%

 

 


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

Cerveza Toña by Compañía Cervecera de Nicaragua was evaluated as an International Pale Lager per the 2021 BJCP Style Guidelines (2A). 

The beer pours a brilliantly clear yellowish light gold with a large white head of tiny bubbles. The head dissipates fairly slowly; swirling brings back a... Read More

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