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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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86 Ratings
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Ratings: 86
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 3.26
pDev: 15.95%
Wants: 0
Gots: 4 | 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 TheLongBeachBum:
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2.6/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Presentation: Like the earlier Pale Ale, the Red Ale arrives is a short, fat, stubby 12 fluid ounce bottle with another one of those deceitful looking screw-off crown cap, which had to be destroyed by my heavy brass Samuel Smiths bottle opener. Single main obverse label looks like the one pictured on BA and has a monkey headed dancing dude amidst some flames. The crown cap has an interesting purple colored logo set onto the brass colored background, a picture of a monkeys head is surrounded by the words ‘Nimbus Brewing Company – Arizona’. No mention of the word “Rillito” on my bottle but it is listed at 5.0% ABV.

Appearance: Rustic deep copper brown with a light haze. Big frothy tanned head rises high and leaves a thick tide mark to remind you where it gets to before it slowly collapses down to a solid looking ½” thick creamy covering. Finely dissolved conditioning and a half decent appearance.

Nose: A nose that has an “all over the place” transient feel like a restless teenager. The caramel malts, grapefruit and citric twang come and go with a malt sweetness.

Taste: Like the nose, the organization here is somewhat chaotic. Sporadic sweetness turns up when it feels like it, I swear it appears at different times during different mouthfuls. Nice hop input with a sharp grapefruit taste and some citric bite. Malts are roasty-toasty, but that annoying sweetness seems to over-balance this at times. The finish has the merest hint of a sourness to it, which increased in strength as time went by, sometimes it lent itself towards the hops, at other times it just felt a little sour. An up-and-down brew that is seemingly unpredictable, even between tastes.

Mouthfeel: Decent to moderate build here, some strength and the conditioning is nicely entrenched. One of the better parts of this brew.

Drinkability: Sadly the strange nose and mixed-up eclectic tastes detract heavily from this Nimbus offering. I could have easily given up halfway through but I pushed on, not sure it was worth it though.

Overall: I’m not too big on Reds to start with, but aside from that and with an open mind, I can’t get any more excited than to say that this is just an average offering at best, in a grumpy Scrooge mood I would say that it drops below par in several areas and fails to score overall. Like the Pale Ale, I find this to be rather messy and unorganized in places.

TheLongBeachBum, Dec 26, 2006
More User Reviews:
Photo of SmellsofMahagony
2.75/5  rDev -15.6%

SmellsofMahagony, Dec 02, 2013
Photo of warriorsoul
3.15/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

warriorsoul, Jun 28, 2006
Photo of LXIXME
3.25/5  rDev -0.3%

LXIXME, Feb 07, 2014
Photo of ExpendableCrewman
2.75/5  rDev -15.6%

ExpendableCrewman, Nov 22, 2013
Photo of Bcant
3.03/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

Bcant, Jan 22, 2006
Photo of jheezee
3.25/5  rDev -0.3%

jheezee, Nov 03, 2013
Photo of bditty187
3.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

bditty187, May 30, 2006
Photo of CharlesDarwin
3.18/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 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.

CharlesDarwin, Aug 07, 2008
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3.25/5  rDev -0.3%

GFish, Dec 07, 2013
Photo of dexterk1
3.25/5  rDev -0.3%

dexterk1, Oct 27, 2013
Photo of Jredner
4/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Jredner, Jun 30, 2006
Photo of AZYescas
3.25/5  rDev -0.3%

AZYescas, Nov 21, 2013
Photo of mrcraft
3.5/5  rDev +7.4%

mrcraft, Jun 23, 2014
Photo of metter98
3.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

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.

metter98, Dec 14, 2013
Photo of Gusler
3.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Gusler, Mar 29, 2004
Photo of chosenone23
4/5  rDev +22.7%

chosenone23, Jul 07, 2014
Photo of SalukiAlum
2.75/5  rDev -15.6%

SalukiAlum, Jan 08, 2014
Photo of mpalestino
3.5/5  rDev +7.4%

mpalestino, Dec 01, 2013
Photo of oh_sacred_hops
3.12/5  rDev -4.3%

oh_sacred_hops, Sep 02, 2014
Photo of HellkatSally
3.5/5  rDev +7.4%

HellkatSally, Aug 29, 2013
Photo of deaconblues78
3.5/5  rDev +7.4%

deaconblues78, Dec 01, 2013
Photo of EdelweissDad
3.25/5  rDev -0.3%

EdelweissDad, Dec 29, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +15%

TeachChefs, Oct 29, 2013
Photo of charlzm
3.05/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

charlzm, Jun 23, 2012
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Nimbus Rillito Red Ale from Nimbus Brewing Company
76 out of 100 based on 86 ratings.