Nimbus Rillito Red Ale - Nimbus Brewing Company
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Reviews by TheLongBeachBum:
2.6/5 rDev -20.7%
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: Im not too big on Reds to start with, but aside from that and with an open mind, I cant 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.
Serving type: bottle
12-26-2006 02:44:03 | More by TheLongBeachBum
More User Reviews:
3.23/5 rDev -1.5%
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.
Serving type: bottle
12-14-2013 01:32:08 | More by metter98
3.49/5 rDev +6.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
I poured thi beer into my tumbler at 45 degrees. The beer had no head what so ever. Bout as flat a beer look as I ever did see. The color was like diarrhea water. Cloudy looking ugly beer. However the smell was good and kinda nutty. Taste was also a little nutty and pretty darn good. Might just have got a old one. I will try this beer again.
Serving type: bottle
10-30-2013 18:27:50 | More by Minkybut
Nimbus Rillito Red Ale from Nimbus Brewing Company
76 out of 100 based on 82 ratings.