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

Ginger Big Eye

Ginger Big Eye Beer Ballast Point IPA
Judges Rating:
85
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
34 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

This beer pours a brilliant, deep gold color with a large, cream-colored head of tiny bubbles that persists the whole time. The initial aroma is piney, with malt notes that are like toasty bread crusts. A mild ginger aroma and slight notes of garlic (probably a hop characteristic), along with... Read More

Bock Bock

Shmaltz Brewing Bock Bock beer
Judges Rating:
83
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
19 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

Pours a slightly hazy reddish light copper with a medium-sized, ivory head of small bubbles that fades slowly. Complex aromas include caramel, nutty, golden raisins, rich toasty and toffee malt with low floral hops. Moderate alcohol presence with slight fusel higher alcohols, a touch of molasses... Read More

Buenos Tiempos

Buenos Tiempos, Belching Beaver Brewery
Judges Rating:
88
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Buenos Tiempos by Belching Beaver Brewery a Mexican Lager and is being evaluated as a BJCP 2015 style 2A International Pale Lager. It pours with a big poofy (but fairly loose) white head that quickly fades to a small cordon ring at the edge of the glass. The beer is slightly hazy and a very... Read More

Zoetzuur

Zoetzuur
Judges Rating:
80
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
18 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
15 / 20

Upon pouring, a good-sized beige head of small bubbles quickly fades, topping a hazy, copper-colored liquid. The aroma has slight bready notes, a background tartness and a fairly light combination of fruity esters including plums, cherries and orange zest. The typical Flanders Red has a complex... Read More

Stone Smoked Porter

Smoked Porter
Judges Rating:
89
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Poured into a snifter, this beer is a bold, blackish, deep mahogany with slight reddish highlights and a large, fluffy, light tan head.  Bready and toasty malt balances with grassy, floral, and tangerine notes in the aroma, with a background hint of smoke and sweet chocolate. Both the smoke and... Read More

Payette Oktoberfest

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

This beer pours a beautiful brilliantly clear deep gold - almost light amber with the orangish tint that is typical of a Marzen. A medium head of tiny ivory-colored white bubbles fades slowly leaving a little Belgian lace. The initial aroma is bready with moderate toasty notes and just a bit of... Read More

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