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

Boo Koo

Boo Koo by Mother Earth Brew Co.
Judges Rating:
90
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Evaluated as BJCP2015 style 21A (American IPA).  Pours a clear deep gold with a moderate size ivory head of small and medium bubbles.  The head dissipates fairly quickly fading to a thin layer of bubbles atop the beer.  Bubbles continue to rise fairly fast.  A light fresh baked bread greets the... Read More

Sin Tax

Sin Tax by Mother Earth Brew Co.
Judges Rating:
93
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Evaluated as BJCP2015 style 30A (Spice/Herb/Vegetable beer, specifically including nuts), with a base style of 20C (Imperial Stout).  Pours a very deep dark mahogany with ruby red highlights, and a large tan head of tiny bubbles (almost looks like nitro).  The head fades to a thin layer quickly... Read More

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

Evaluated as a Spice/Herb/Vegetable Beer (BJCP2015 30A) with the underlying style of British Brown Ale (BJCP2015 13B). Pours an almost clear deep brown with a moussy light tan head of tiny bubbles that is persistent and leaves light Belgian lace on the glass. Hazelnut comes across nicely in the... Read More

Tourist Trappe

Tourist Trappe by M.I.A. Beer Co.
Judges Rating:
83
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
15 / 20

Tourist Trappe was evaluated as a Trappist Ale (BJCP 2015 Style 26C, Belgian Tripel).  Lemony citrus notes on the nose are inviting, with hints of mango and Juicy Fruit. Light floral hops complement the very light bready note in the aroma. Pours a slightly hazy light gold with a small white head... Read More

Hatch Chile IPA

Hatch Chile IPA by Garage Brewing Co.
Judges Rating:
86
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

This beer was evaluated as BJCP 2015 style 30 (Spiced Beer - BJCP treats chili peppers as a spice, not a fruit), with the underlying style of 21A (American IPA). A large white head, sitting on top of an almost clear medium gold beer, has small bubbles that break down into some larger bubbles,... 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

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