Nelson Crowle

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BJCP National Beer/Mead/Cider Judge

Nelson has been judging and rating beers (around 19,000) 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 150 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

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

Mango Hefeweizen

Mango Hefeweizen by Garage Brewing Co.
Judges Rating:
90
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Evaluated as a BCJP 2015 style 29A (Fruit Beer) with the underlying style of 10A (Weissbier). Pours a cloudy light gold with a slight pinkish tint, and with a large light cream colored head that stays around for a long time and leaves small rings of Belgian lace. Big mango nose with moderate... Read More

Twenty Five

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

This beer features lots of complexity in the aroma: cookie dough, vanilla, wood, slight caramel, slight chocolate, nuttiness, some roast, and a bit of orange all make an appearance. Its appearance is deep brown with a slight reddish tint, but very clear, and it also has a nice, light tan head of... 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

Judges Rating:
82
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
34 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
15 / 20

Evaluated as BJCP 2015 Style 29B (Fruit and Spice Beer) with Strawberry and Ginger, with the base style of 18A, American Blonde Ale.  Pours an almost clear gold with a large white poofy head of small bubbles that hangs around and leaves Belgian lacing on the side of the glass. The initial aroma... Read More

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