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

Pistolero Porter

Pistolero Porter by Payette Brewing Co.
Judges Rating:
85
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

Pours an almost clear deep mahogany brown and a large tan head of tiny bubbles - very visually appealing. The head hangs around for a while leaving a bit of Belgian lace. All kinds of things going on in the aroma here - it's bready, a bit grainy, there are black raisins and toffee with some... 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

Chipotle Ale

Rogue beer Chipotle Ale
Judges Rating:
87
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

Lots of toasty bread crusts, a light smoky character and a bunch of nuttiness presents itself in the aroma. Almost brilliantly clear and a beautiful deep amber with a nice large beige head that is persistent and leaves some lace. More black pepper and spicy notes in the aroma. The taste echoes... Read More

Old Town Honey Wheat

Judges Rating:
83
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
18 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

Old Town Honey Wheat was evaluated as a Standard American Beer (BJCP 2015 Style 1D, American Wheat Beer).  Initial whiffs of tart sourness are a bit of a surprise, but the beer is a clear deep gold with a large white head of small bubbles - the head dissipates quickly. A background note of honey... Read More

Cherry Wheat

Cherry Wheat by Sierra Blanca Brewing Co.
Judges Rating:
85
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

Evaluated as BJCP 2015 style 29A (Fruit Beer) with a base style of American Wheat (BJCP 2015 style 1D). 

This fruit beer pours with a huge, billowing beige head of tiny bubbles with a slight orangish tint. The head is persistent and fades slowly, leaving Belgian lace on the side of the... Read More

Texas Lager

Texas Lager, Community Beer Co.
Judges Rating:
82
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
19 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

Texas Lager by Community Beer Co.is being evaluated as BJCP Style 1B (American Lager). Pours a very clear very light straw with a large head of medium-sized bubbles that quickly fades to a layer of medium and large bubbles (not the fine bubbles typical of the style). The aroma is a very light... Read More

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