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

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

Poolside Blonde

Judges Rating:
80
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
18 / 24
Flavor:
33 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

Poolside Blonde was evaluated as a Pale American Ale (BJCP 2015 Style 18A, Blonde Ale).  Pours a beautiful brilliant yellowish gold with a medium head of small and medium size bubbles that fades fairly quickly. The initial aroma is of light honey, somewhat grainy, very light bready character,... Read More

Judges Rating:
82
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
18 / 24
Flavor:
34 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

Evaluated as a BJCP 2015 style 30A Spice/Herb/Vegetable beer with the vegetable being Chili Pepper (chili pepper is treated as a culinary vegetable for BJCP categorization purposes). 

This beer pours a brilliantly clear light gold with a small head of tiny white bubbles that quickly fades... Read More

Vixnu

Cervejaria Colorado Vixnu Imperial IPA
Judges Rating:
86
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

The beer pours a hazy deep amber with a large poofy head of small beige bubbles that leaves some Belgian lacing behind. The initial aroma is of a grainy breadiness – similar to a Pilsner malt. Hop aromas abound – earthy, grassy, floral and a nice tangerine character to top. There are some... Read More

Beard Beer

Rogue Beard Beer
Judges Rating:
84
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

This beer pours an almost clear gold with a big poofy head of tiny cream-colored bubbles that stick around for a while and leave a little lace. The initial aroma is light cotton candy, light pineapple notes, a little bit of juicy fruit and bubble gum along with a little bit of apple cider. There... Read More

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