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Nimbus Rillito Red Ale - Nimbus Brewing Company

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Nimbus Rillito Red AleNimbus Rillito Red Ale

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Ratings: 82
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 3.28
pDev: 15.85%
Wants: 0
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Nimbus Brewing Company visit their website
Arizona, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: beerguy101 on 09-06-2003)
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Reviews by Nerudamann:
Photo of Nerudamann


3.58/5  rDev +9.1%

Look - fair, light amber is color. Two fingers worth of foam that dissipated quickly. Decent, albeit slow carbonation.

Smell - Slightly malty and fruity, but not terribly strong on either. Maybe a tinge of hoppiness in there too. Fruitiness may come from something of a kiwi-like character.

Taste - Definitely a little more hoppy/bitter flavor than I was expecting. Almost has a lighter IPA type of taste due to the hoppiness.

Mouthfeel - Slightly more watery than creamy in texture.

Drinkability - Not too bad as far as complexity goes. Good beer to relax with on a late summer night like this. Would be a great general beer to have in the fridge!

09-22-2010 07:06:34 | More by Nerudamann
More User Reviews:
Photo of SmellsofMahagony


2.75/5  rDev -16.2%

12-02-2013 05:25:38 | More by SmellsofMahagony
Photo of warriorsoul


3.15/5  rDev -4%

This is the only Red Ale I find in the database...no "Rillito" found on the bottle...thanks to bennetj17 for this one.
A semi-hazy amber red amber with a half a finger of white head...most fades to a thin layer and leaves behind some thin, yet very tight lacing.
Very nice in the nose for the style...a generous dose of fruity hops and sweet caramel malt.
Taste is less enjoyable...dated, so it is fresh. Almost 29 IBU's per their website, but not bitter at all...actually, sort of flat tasting.
The malt is less sweet than I'd expect too...a watered-down flavor comes to mind.
Mouthfeel is thin and the carbonation is pretty low.
I could drink this, but not really enjoying it. This could be a decent gateway beer to get folks away from the BMC products, but would not impress someone looking for a stand out brew...IMO of course.

06-27-2006 23:42:30 | More by warriorsoul
Photo of LXIXME

New Mexico

3.25/5  rDev -0.9%

02-07-2014 00:24:17 | More by LXIXME
Photo of ExpendableCrewman


2.75/5  rDev -16.2%

11-22-2013 22:04:31 | More by ExpendableCrewman
Photo of Bcant


3.03/5  rDev -7.6%

A Pours a hazy red/orange with a rocky white head.
S Malt nose, some strawberries and raisons, also slight citrus hop notes.
T Slightly sour, raisons and butterscotch, finishes dry with citrus.
M/D Chewy, slightly sharp, not as drinkable as a beer this style and abv should be.

01-22-2006 04:13:11 | More by Bcant
Photo of jheezee


3.25/5  rDev -0.9%

11-03-2013 23:21:17 | More by jheezee
Photo of bditty187


3.13/5  rDev -4.6%

Hazy, coppery-amber gold in hue, the shading shows more depth than a typical Red Ale, which is a positive. Off-white foam, at the apex the head was two fingers tall but the bubbles quickly faded to a thin cap. Disappointing. The subsequent lacing was widespread and disorganized. I like the appearance, sometimes “simple” is agreeable.

The nose is quite pleasant; it seems like an ESB mixed with an APA and Red Ale. I detect some citrusy hops upfront with grapefruit hints, melon and orange fruitiness in the middle, caramel malts at the end. I am happy the nose is not too clean. In fact, I’d call the nose organized confusion. Clearly, this beer is in the realm of a Red Ale. Plus the aromas are agreeable. Moderate potency, inviting.

While the messiness of the nose was charming the same cannot be said about the palate. I found it malty sweet but in a vague, disorganized fashion. Prickly hops, moderate bitterness which I like, hints of citrus zest, pine bark, and flowers. It is somewhat earthy, too. Juicy finish, malty sweet, fruity… the aftertaste is the same. The malt profile is not pronounced enough for the style, it is plenty hoppy though (and tasty in spots). Overall, I’m just not digging this beer. It is not flawed or off, it is just not matching my tastebuds. Not everything can be a homerun.

Medium-light in body, thin, low (flat) carbonation, the mouthfeel is a tad sluggish which hampers the palate. I’d like more zip.

I just can’t get into this beer. The more I sip the sweeter it gets… plus it is a little too fruity for me. While not a bad beer or a flawed beer I just can’t drink this happily. At best I’d call it “okay.” Nevertheless, thank you Aunt Kathy and Uncle Rick for shipping this sample to me all the way from AZ. Regardless of my 2 cents, I’d still say this beer is worth a try.

05-30-2006 14:19:35 | More by bditty187
Photo of CharlesDarwin

Rhode Island

3.18/5  rDev -3%

12 Oz Bottle via footy. Caramel and candied orange aroma, sedate, slick and slippery. Pours a heavily hazed orange, with gold fringes, and a slimy grease ring of white. Flavor holds some flaccid hop character, rising with some Amarillo, then kumquat and tangerine. Light Asian pear. Malt runs in the generic line, bits of honey comb, bread and biscuit. There's a marked feeling of thinness in the middle of the beer. Towards the back end, a more acerbic and planty hop figure. Some unique off-notes arising from yeast character, bits of aged fruit, plant parts and savory components. Mediocre.

08-07-2008 21:21:33 | More by CharlesDarwin
Photo of GFish


3.25/5  rDev -0.9%

12-07-2013 22:36:50 | More by GFish
Photo of dexterk1


3.25/5  rDev -0.9%

10-27-2013 18:53:42 | More by dexterk1
Photo of Jredner


4/5  rDev +22%

Very aromatic malt and hop with the hops making the whole thing mildly citrusy. Amber color with a nice fluffy white head. Toned down malt/bread flavors with ample hop citrus and bitter notes. Nicely done ale from what i am coming to think is a very underrated brewery.

06-30-2006 00:32:37 | More by Jredner
Photo of AZYescas


3.25/5  rDev -0.9%

11-21-2013 23:46:31 | More by AZYescas
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3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

06-23-2014 00:44:50 | More by mrcraft
Photo of metter98

New York

3.23/5  rDev -1.5%

A: The beer is hazy amber orange in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation along with some particles resting at the bottom of the glass. It poured with a two finger high beige head that died down, leaving a thin head covering the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of doughy and earthy yeast are present in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste doesn't have very strong flavors and mostly consists of yeast.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and a little thin on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer doesn't offer much in the way of malts or hops in the smell or the taste. I'm not sure if the beer I had was aged a bit, but if this was the case I wouldn’t expect that the malt flavors would disappear.

12-14-2013 01:32:08 | More by metter98
Photo of Gusler


3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

The beer as it pours from the tap a nice translucent amber color with a moderate sized tan head that is spumous in texture, the lace a fine sealing sheet upon the glass. Nose is fresh and crisp with a pleasing to the senses malt sweetness, the start has a decent malt profile and is also sweet to the taste, top is middling in its feel. Finish has a moderate acidity with hops delectable in their spiciness, droughty aftertaste, and another fine Arizona summer beer.

03-29-2004 16:18:31 | More by Gusler
Photo of chosenone23


4/5  rDev +22%

07-07-2014 20:33:49 | More by chosenone23
Photo of SalukiAlum


2.75/5  rDev -16.2%

01-08-2014 02:36:43 | More by SalukiAlum
Photo of mpalestino


3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

12-01-2013 01:08:29 | More by mpalestino
Photo of HellkatSally


3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

08-28-2013 23:45:16 | More by HellkatSally
Photo of deaconblues78


3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

12-01-2013 20:29:51 | More by deaconblues78
Photo of EdelweissDad


3.25/5  rDev -0.9%

12-29-2013 03:07:24 | More by EdelweissDad
Photo of TeachChefs


3.75/5  rDev +14.3%

10-29-2013 03:03:12 | More by TeachChefs
Photo of charlzm


3.05/5  rDev -7%

Consumed June 23rd, 2012. Poured into a standard pint glass.

The color is a hazy copper/caramel. A cream colored head less than a finger high forms from a moderate pour. Minimal sheeting.

Aroma is a balance between sweet grapefruit and caramel malt.

Flavor is dominated by malt. Caramel malts open up with bready and slight toffee components. There's an odd note, verging on cardboard, lurking in there as well. Bitterness is on the low end of moderate with just a thin, indistinct note lingering on the palate after each sip. Increases a great deal as the beer warms up, however.

Carbonation is good and the beer is medium bodied.

Not world class, but certainly gets the job done.

06-23-2012 19:56:50 | More by charlzm
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3/5  rDev -8.5%

07-08-2013 23:59:14 | More by Brookebby
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Nimbus Rillito Red Ale from Nimbus Brewing Company
76 out of 100 based on 82 ratings.