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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

Cali Creamin’ Vanilla Cream Ale

Cali Creamin’ Vanilla Cream Ale

California
United States
Cali Creamin’ Vanilla Cream Ale Mother Earth Brew Co.
Description 

Our flagship offering is golden to pale in color, with low bitterness, medium body, and a white head. Our Cream Ale has redefined the category and made a classic style cool again. We use a bit of Madagascar Vanilla Bean to give it that “Cream Soda” kick. This beer finishes dry despite a subtle perceived sweetness from the Vanilla. Great any time of year.

Beverage Profile
ABV: 
5.00%
IBUs: 
18
Served at: 
45-50º
Malts: 
Pale 2-Row, Light Crystal, Flaked Corn, Dextrin, Honey Malt, Flaked Oats and Acidulated
Hops: 
Warrior

 

 


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Judges Rating:
87
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Evaluated as BJCP2015 style 31A (Spice/Herb/Vegetable beer) with the base style of 1C (Cream Ale).  Pours a clear burnished deep gold with a medium size white head of small bubbles that quickly fades to a ring.  A small amount of carbonation continues to rise from the nucleation ring in the... Read More

Barrel-Aged Legion

Barrel-Aged Legion, Community Beer Co.
Judges Rating:
95
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

Barrel-Aged Legion by Community Beer Co. was evaluated as BJCP 2015 style 20C - Imperial Stout, also noting that the beer is barrel-aged. A hard pour produced a very small tan head of tiny bubbles that quickly disappears (but the bubbles probably disperse due to the high alcohol destroying the... Read More

Stargazer Black IPA

Stargazer Black IPA

Stargazer Black IPA, Land-Grant Brewing Co.
Description 

Land-Grant Brewing Company to honor astronaut and Columbus resident, Dr. Kathryn D. Sullivan, as well as the 30th Anniversary of the Hubble Space Telescope, with its sixth annual Space-Grant Black IPA release, Stargazer.
The beer itself varies slightly from year’s past in its notable addition of Crimson Cup Kenya Kanake coffee: “We do a small coffee version of our Space Grant IPA series every year, and they always are a brewer’s favorite, so we were really looking forward to being able to do the whole batch with coffee this time around,” said Dan Shaffer, Head Brewer at Land-Grant Brewing Company. “ Brandon and Joe at Crimson Cup led us through a line up of really stellar and interesting coffees, but we all agreed the tropical, lime and caramel notes from the Kanake were made for an IPA. The combination of Citra, Cashmere and Sabro hops has tangerine, tropical, melon, and coconut aromas that meld with the coffee. The process has really influenced my idea of what coffee is and how it can be utilized to enhance a beer.”

Beverage Profile
ABV: 
7.8%
IBUs: 
40
Served at: 
45º F
Malts: 
Craft Master Two-Row Blend, Midnight Wheat
Hops: 
Chinook, Cashmere, Citra, Cryo-Sabro

 

 


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Judges Rating:
90
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Stargazer Black IPA by Land-Grant Brewing Co. was judged as a BJCP 2015 style 30A Spice/Herb/Vegetable Beer with the underlying base style of 21B Specialty IPA (sub-sub style of Black IPA). As such, the 21B Black IPA should be identifiable with coffee added. This beer pours an opaque very deep... Read More

DirtWolf

Victory Dirtwolf Double IPA
Judges Rating:
95
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
39 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

Pouring a brilliantly clear gold with a nice poofy head of tiny ivory bubbles, the initial aroma is grassy with some pine notes, grapefruit, and a bit of bready character to hold up the substantial hops. The first sip brings piney and grassy hops up front, light stone fruit and gooseberry mid-... Read More

All of the Otter Reindeer

All of the Otter Reindeer

Georgia
United States
All of the Otter Reindeer, Pontoon Brewing
Description 

This winter Amber Ale features bold caramel and toffee notes with a medium malty backbone. The touch of nutmeg is the perfect addition to glide you through the winter season. All of the Otter reindeer will be sure to go down in history.

Beverage Profile
ABV: 
6.0%
Served at: 
45º - 50º F

 

 


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Judges Rating:
91
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

All Of The Otter Reindeer by Pontoon Brewing was evaluated as a BJCP 2015 style 30C, Winter Seasonal Beer. The beer pours a very clear, almost brilliant, light copper with a large poofy light tan head of tiny bubbles. Moderately high toasted bread crusts dominate the aroma with indistinct hints... Read More

Watermelon Dorado

Watermelon Dorado Ballast Point Beer Double IPA
Judges Rating:
94
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
39 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

This brilliantly clear, deep golden beer displays a frothy, cream-colored head of tiny bubbles that is very inviting. The aroma is fairly complex with grainy bread dough, a touch of clover honey, some interesting lemon and melon hops, and as expected, watermelon characteristics. The first sip... Read More

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