Nimbus Nut Brown Ale - Nimbus Brewing Company

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Nimbus Nut Brown AleNimbus Nut Brown Ale

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Ratings: 109
Reviews: 65
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 13.65%
Wants: 1
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
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Arizona, United States

Style | ABV
English Brown Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: mzwolinski on 11-23-2002

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Ratings: 109 | Reviews: 65
Photo of dbossman
3.57/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown with a thin, tan head with minimal retention; lacing is average

S: Nutty and grainy qualities dominate; a subtle brown sugary quality persisits as well; fairly tame and subtle aromas overall

T: Nutty maltiness upfront with a bit of caramel sweetness underneath; a touch watery

F: Fairly thin though mouth feel is decent on back end

D: A drinkable and sessionable brown--though the thinness becomes slightly wearing

Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.47/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up while I was on the road this past summer. Like a lot of the other beers I got, I never had this before nor had I ever tried anything brewed in the Grand Canyon State. I expected this to be a pretty typical Brown Ale along the likes of Newcastle or Brooklyn's Brown and sure enough, that's pretty much what this was. The taste wasn't quite what I expected, but there wasn't anything wrong with this beer nevertheless!

This had a decent pour to it - brown, moderate head and lacing, and a nutty aroma to it. The mouthfeel was thin but there was a background flavor of licorice and the carbonation of root beer. The Brown Ales that I've had before never really had that much foam when I swished them around but this was different. Needless to say, it was pretty light and went down easily, with only the slight burnt-like aftertaste remaining. Whether this is a good or a bad trait is up to the person drinking this beer.

Of course, this has "session" written all over it. I'm not sure if I'd down more than one or two in a sitting on purpose but during the summer, there was a time where I just cracked a few open after a long day on the road. This won't win any awards but I'm glad I bought it. It's good to have a beer from a neck of the woods that doesn't produce much and it rounded out my summer portfolio quite nicely. Worth a shot for someone looking for a Brown with a taste that's just a bit more than plain.

Photo of arizcards
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a single back in early April from Total Wine for $1.29. Bottled in Jan 09.

Beer poured a dark brown with a nice tan head that is leaving lacing behind. Nose is toasted chocolate malts and a hint of floral hops. Taste is good, chocolate nutty malts with a dry hop finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and decently smooth. Drinkability is good. I could see this being a tailgate brew for the upcoming season!

Photo of armock
3.03/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to NitroGen for sending this one my way.

A - Poured a nice brown color with a small tan head that leaves lacing behind

S - Has a light aroma some nuttiness and spice on top of the malt

T - I'm getting some nutty flavor and roasted malt taste it finishes off a little weird with an almost ashy taste

M - This beer has a thin watery body with medium carbonation to it

D - To me this was an average at best beer there wasn't really anything wrong with it there just wasn't anything that made it better than any other brown ale.

Photo of thirdeye11
3.62/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into Duvel tulip. This beer pours very little head, but some lacing. Nice medium brown color. Smells sweet and somewhat nutty. Taste follows the nose. The lingering sweetness on the mouth is amazing and I really like it. Carbonation isn't perfect, but great for the style. Overall one of the better brown ales I've had. Incidentally it's a style I've always wanted to like, but had very few great ones. Could drink a few of these no problem!

Photo of AccidentalKate
3.62/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look: A Nice solid look, heavy on the head however, but with a nice cola coloring. A friend said it looked like a root beer.

Smell: Full bodied, with strong spiciness. A slight bit of hops, balanced nicely with the grain.

Taste: A nice start, with a deep rich taste. But it gives away quickly to be a watery finish. Nice start, average finish. The start makes it better than average.

Mouthfeel: Nice. Pops on the tongue, but it also fades away with the water.

Drinkability: This beer reminds me of a student who has great intelligence who sort of gives up early. So much potential here but the weak finish diminishes a really nice start.

Photo of jwc215
3.92/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to jcwattsrugger for bringing this back from AZ for me!

Pours medium-to-dark brown with rubyish highlights. A very thin tan head soon becomes a thin wisp and some bubbles, but lacing does stick.

The smell is of cocoa, light roast, citrusy bitterness, pretty spicy, with slight nuttiness.

The taste is of cocoa/chocolate with some roast. Roastiness is porterish. Balancing citric/spicy hops would put it more into American Brown Ale, IMO. It has some nuttiness. It has a bittersweet finish.

The body is on light-side of medium-bodied with laid-back carbonation.

An enjoyable, easy-drinking brown ale. Nicely balanced, though not overly complex or rich. It has a nice aftertaste, to boot.

Photo of Imstillthegman
3.06/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Finally getting around to reviewing this one.

Pours a dark brown with cola colored edges. Almost two fingers of light tan head. Nice polka dot lacing.

The aroma is light...hard to get a lot out of it. I get a hint of nuts, some grain, and some caramel, but not much else.

The flavor is fairly light, as well. Same tastes as what I smelled with a touch more sweetness. Slightly nutty and a faint taste of caramel, but toasted malts are the main draw.

Mouthfeel is lighter than what I expect from a brown ale. Almost too thin, imo. Not a bad drinker, but not something I would search out again. Just my $.02.

Photo of tayner
3.13/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle

poured brown with a large head, nice lacing

smelled of a nutty malt, not much hops

tastes of nutty malts as well, slight earthy hop to finish, but all flavors are subtle.

thin

would make a decent lawnmower beer for a brown ale, nothing spectacular but drinkable.

Photo of flexabull
3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Beer pours a clear dark brown/copper color with a slight white head.

Aromas are nutty, roasted malts, toasted bread and cedar like spice.

Taste is light, with some classic brown ale flavors. Nutty, woody, with some creamy and sweet malts. Finish is crisp, but a bit fading.

Mouthfeel is average at best, feels somewhat thin in the mouth.

Drinkability is pretty good. Fairly tasty beer, but kind of uninteresting. Just lacking in mouthfeel and needs a bit more flavors to be better in my opinion. Still it's tasty enough, and very easy to sip.

Photo of NCSUdo
2.3/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12 oz, screw off bottle, via tayner

A: Deep brown with some hints of ruby around bottom, under a small, bubbly white head. Hints of lace and retention.

S: Cocoa powder, a little sour-like character, some roasted malt and nut character.

T: Some cocoa powder again, the slightest sour fruit character that throws it of and should not be there, some sweet maltiness and a little hint of roasted malt in the finish.

M/D: Really thin on the palate, much different than I expected. Hardly any carbonation. The mouthfeel is really a low point on this one, just doesn't feel like much it there. Drinkability isn't bad, but I don't think I would be reaching in the cooler for more.

Photo of msubulldog25
3.07/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My 12 oz. bottle is called simply "Brown Ale" and the photo matches the one above...guess I can assume the "Nut" part of the name was dropped??? Picked this up on a recent visit to Tucson for $1.50 at AJ's, my first taste from Nimbus (or from the state of AZ for that matter). The "July" spot is notched along the left side of the label, meaning this is somewhere around 5 months old.

It's got quite an interesting label: a stylized, yet cartoonish, Classical Roman scene of a 'David'-esque figure (with chimpanzee head? and a halo?) being waited upon by a surrounding cadre of servants. ABV listed at 5.0%. Anyone know why the 'N' in "Nimbus" is curiously reversed?

A: Not a very dark brown, more a caramel/cola brown. Held to light this shows a fair amount of haze and plenty of rising carbonation. Head is minimal, maybe a 1/4" of creamy white (at best), that drops to a thin film a clingy ring of soap suds.

S: Nice aroma of roasted malts, lots of cocoa and a lighter, sweetened coffee. A little toffee and a faint nuttiness.

T: Really heavy on the roasting; tangy, acrid coffee beans followed by a lingering citrus pith. Seemed rather metallic/mineral-laden up front, even a bit of a detergent off-taste, then the dark bittering followed. Earthy graininess in the long finish, retaining just a bit of sweetness. Not very good...

M: Slick across the tongue, nothing grabs until that roasted bitterness hits the back. Carbonation is non-apparent, malts stick a little on the lips, body is light-medium. Finish is a lasting bitter chalkiness.

D: Not a very good version of the style on first inspection. Maybe having this fresh from the tap, or at least a bit newer bottle, might change my opinion. I'd give it another try, I suppose...

Photo of DoubleJ
3.35/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Totally different beat of a label, showcased with people and a background from the Classical era. From it's 12 ounce bottle, poured into a pint, on to the beer:

Dark brown in appearance with a big foamy head, this beer looks good in the glass. The aroma is of mocha, rubber, and toffee. The taste is mostly espresso-like; freshly ground coffee beans, phenolic (band aids), and roasted flavors, which linger on the tongue. It's not the way I prefer my brown ales, but it's workable.

Photo of
3.35/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle

Hazy, very dark brown. Large, light tan creamy head. Darkest brown ale I believe I have ever seen. Deep copper & red tones also present.

Smells of molasses. Dark fruits - faintly. Touch of coffee. Roses. All in all, very sweet aroma.

Taste turns 180 degrees. Roast & coffee notes most apparent. Much more bitter than sweet. Citrus flavor which lingers well into the aftertaste. Much sharper than you would expect from a brown.

Medium - light body. Medium - light carbonation. Fairly dry.

An interesting brown, and given my fixation on hops, I liked it. However, not very true to style.

Photo of DogFood11
3.16/5  rDev -12%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz brown bottle with no freshness dating of any kind. Poured into a stemmed pils glass it formed an eggshell white head that falls to an outer ring. A deep ruby red around the edges and brown in the core.

Fairly strong smell of toasted malts and a touch of chocolate. This didn't translate all that well as the taste was rather mild in comparison. A moderate level of bitterness balances this out nicely. Slightly astringent as it warms up and the finish is watered and lifeless.

Notes: So-so. I think its below average overall but I certainly wouldn't turn a nose up to this.

Photo of orfeu
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On-tap at No Anchovies in Tucson. Poured into a chilled glass (boo!) with only the thinnest of ecru foam skimming the top of a dark chestnut brew with russett highlights. What aromas I do pick up are somewhat underwhelming: slight walnut skin scent with earthy-mineral hop notes. The taste is a bit more interesting: biscuity grain and mild toasted nut flavors fill out the first half of the sip with an earth-inflected pine needle hoppiness wrapping things up. Nothing too spectacular or complex. A bit watery, too, likely due to the rather thin mouthfeel. In any case, better than inoffensive, and readily quaffable to boot. A decent offering (read: hoppy enough for the style) for chasing down slices of pizza.

Photo of blitz134
3.67/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Clear dark caramel with dark amber highlights. Thin off-white head on the pour that reduced to nearly nothing, but left this strange spotty bubble patch in the center of the glass. Unusual head remnants...but I digress. Pretty big penalty for no head retention on this low abv brew, everything else is okay though.

Very chocolaty and toffee-like in the aroma. More so that I usually associate with a brown ale, but I like this as most browns seem to offer light, slightly sweet aromas. But this one is a touch sweet too, but there is just more too it. Has a bit of hazlenut to it and some light floral hopping.

Flavor doesn't follow through as strongly as the aroma though, but it is sitll pretty good. Mainly the chocolate flavors aren't as dominant. There is more of a caramel maltiness with evident nutty flavors over the top. Earthy bitterness finishes things off after the swallow.

Mouthfeel is kinda thin, but not too far from the typical of the style that I have run across so far. Carbonation, while not too strong, offers a refreshing crispness.

Good drinkability. Definately an easy drinking brown ale that actually has some flavor compared to others in its class. Goes down easy, too.

Photo of Wasatch
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to bennetj17 for this one.

Pours a dark brown color, nice carbonation, huge creamy tan head, lots of lacing throughout the drink. The nose is slight roasted malts, slight hops, and caramel. The taste is malty, and slightly bitter, the finish is dry. Medium body. Drinkable, a nice nut brown ale from Nimbus (my first).

Photo of Sammy
3.4/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A fine brown, creamy and licorice aroma and taste, I think Solomon420 sent this hitchiker, but I stand to be corrected. A bit of creaminess on chocolate brown colour. A tad aggressive carbonation, altogether serviceable but just another brown, I wonder why.

Photo of Oxymoron
3.79/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A big thanks to Solomon420 on this trade. The pour is a mostly hazy with a brown color and definite amber/red highlights. A decent head that does dissipate over time as well as the lacing.

The nose is noticeable with a malty punch. It smells as if it was made with only roasted malt. Some bready feel to it as well as a strong remnant of unmalted barley.

The taste continues with more of a grainy taste and a continuing roasted malted flavors. A rather woody and slightly nutty savor that comes out more as it warms. There is a sweetness that comes out that is more of a maple flavor then say a brown sugar. There is a light chalky finish that leaves a dry feeling at the end.

The body is closer to a full feeling. The dryness and the lower carbonation accentuate the chalky finish. Very easy to drink and a great beer for those who like the full malty flavor. Thanks Solomon!

Photo of gpcollen1
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky brown into my Imperial Pint glass leaving a nice ½ head, which disappears into light skim within 2 minutes or so. It has a nice, light roasted nutty aroma. I think it's like roasted chestnuts a bit, like when you get the very first little hint of it in the air on a NYC street corner.

Initially I was not impressed – but I am not one to give up – and I just don’t drain pour. Maybe it was as it warmed a bit more or maybe I drank too much coffee today and my mouth had to changes gears, but about 1/3 to ½ way through, I began to appreciate the nice light nutty flavor. It is a bit thin but imparts and light dry bitterness on the finish – the hops slowly creeping in there.

Not too bad a brew. Could sit around and quaff a few here and there.

Photo of goodbyeohio
4.24/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

love the bottle art and have absolutely no idea whats going on with the jesus de milo monkey. hop arizona nonsense. cool.

pours a real reddish shade of orange, not quite brown. head appears, then disappears, and a solid thin ring remains floating around an island of haze. some bubbles pop up here and there and new englandy hills of lace show waves from tumbler shaking.

extremely nutty nose, bordering on sweet potato and wood varnish. sweet and pungent, malty with a weird woody smoke. really something different, and i can appreciate it as long as it doesn't taste like sour vegetables.

naah, this is a decent brown. lots of bitterness thanks to a healthy profile of low key hops. you can feel it, and despite the lighter body here, the maple syruppy, nutty malt flavors arrive in the finish. boy, this sure is one light, easy drinking beer. i really wish it was a bit thicker- the flavors being prominent in something so low gravity holds high hopes for an imperial version of same. that would be a beer worth seeking out, alright. hell, this beer is one i wouldn't pass up again.

the more i drink it, the more the hops emerge in the finish.. they start to approach esb level, and i'm liking that. this is a new twist on the brown that combines traditional brown, esb, and west coast pale ale. good way to kick off my new relationship with the nimbus brewery.

Photo of Vancer
4.07/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Solid performer from the southwest. A clear oak brown greeted me, and I noticed that this bad boy was topped with a ivory head – that died just a bit too quickly.

Nutty and woody aroma, followed by a chocolate cinnamon bun quaff. Sharp almond nuts undertones. This brew was very soft and velvety to quaff, a smooth and satisfying libation.

Thanks to Solomon420 for the desert treat.

Photo of Solomon420
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I used to visit this brewery all the time whilst in college at The University of Arizona (Go Wildcats!). But we mainly only ever drank the Oatmeal Stout via tap. Overall this is a tasty beer. I usually dont drink a lot of brown ales but this one I like. I bought a mixed 6 pack of Nimbus beers at the local shop and I am glad I did.

A: well its a brown ale and it was brown in colour :) Well it was not totally brown as its hue also exhibited reddish tints to it, mahogany really. The head was nice but not too big as I poured it a bit slower than usual, which kept that at bay.

S: nice smelling with some smoke/roasted aromas mixed with hops.

T: well this is always the most important, the taste. It was easy to drink and had a nice pallate of flavours. I could not really dedicate one particular flavor to the profile, but it was tasty none the less. It went down easily and left little or no harsh aftertaste.

I am really glad I chose to keep an open mind when drinking this beer as I enjoyed it very much.

Photo of Jredner
3.97/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Has a fairly strong roasted coffe aroma that smells more like a porter than a brown ale. Deep brown with a fast fading head tan head. Roasted malts and mild coffee notes affirm the poterish feel of the beer. A pleasant beer that actually is more flavorful than most brown ales. I’d gladly have another.

Nimbus Nut Brown Ale from Nimbus Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 109 ratings.