This next beer is one picked up a while back. I shared this with my wife and we both enjoyed it. This is the second Pike Brewing beer for the Leapbeer journey. They call it their “Golden Artisan Ale”, which is inspired the alt and Kolsch style beers of Northern Germany, mixed with the golden blonde ales of Belgium. Their website has great information as well. While the main page (http://www.pikebrewing.com/beers_PikeNaughtyNellie.shtml ) has a small blurb they also have a link to a ‘info sheet’ (http://www.pikebrewing.com/beers/pike_naughty_nellie_product_sheet.pdf) with a great breakdown of the beer. It has the malt varieties as Organic Pale, Munich, Carastan & Aromatic, and the Hops as Centennial and Cascade.
I poured us both a glass and prepared to enjoy. This beer did not disappoint. Named for Nellie Curtis, former madam of the Lasalle Hotel in Seattle, this naughty little minx is a tasty beer for sure. It smells mild, of malts and beer, but the flavour has a fruity quality to it. The fruitiness reminded me of under ripe pineapple. And besides being rated at 24 IBU’s this beers bitterness really sticks with you. We both enjoyed our glass of this beer I’d describe as a blonde golden ale with a hoppy kick.
Leapbeer #172 is Naughty Nellie Golden Artisan Ale by Pike Brewing Company of Seattle Washington
I have had some request to do more food pairings with my reviews, which I am trying to coordinate. Alas most of my tastings are done at night well after eating, so I can’t give notes on how it went. Thankfully the Pike Brewing people describe the flavour profile like this “Crisp and refreshing with mild fruity esters and soft malt charachter yet beautifully balanced, like a shardonnay or sauvignon blanc. Superb with salads, sandwiches and snacks.” (from their info sheet)
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