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Nimbus Nut Brown Ale - Nimbus Brewing Company

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Nimbus Nut Brown AleNimbus Nut Brown Ale

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BA SCORE
81
good

104 Ratings
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Ratings: 104
Reviews: 65
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 14.25%
Wants: 1
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Nimbus Brewing Company visit their website
Arizona, United States

Style | ABV
English Brown Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: mzwolinski on 11-23-2002)
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bertram

Illinois

4/5  rDev +11.7%

12-30-2011 02:52:16 | More by bertram
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dlepeau

Arizona

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

11-28-2011 22:31:52 | More by dlepeau
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ccrida

Oregon

2.35/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured into a tall tumbler, Nimbus Nut Brown Ale is brown with a tan head that leaves foamy lace.

Smell is lightly toasted malt, a bit sweet, caramel.

Taste is malty, a bit sweet, but it's mostly killed by the diacetyl, loads of butterscotch. It's rather phenolic as well, plastic. A little cocoa.

Mouthfeel is a bit watery, light bodied.

Drinkability isn't too high. Not impressed. I bought this at a Scottsdale Bevmo just a few days ago and am still in town, so while it maybe a bad bottle/batch, it's representative of what their local audience would be drinking.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2011 07:51:25 | More by ccrida
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mikereaser

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was reviewed blind as part of the Blind Beer BIF #5

an extra blind from Phelps for a few broken bottles last round.

The bottle cap says Nimbus Brewing Company

A - Pours a clear brown with ruby highlights when held up to the light. There is an inch of tan foam that quickly faded to a layer of fine bubbles leaving some good lacing down the glass.

S - I'm picking up some slight caramel malts and a bit of spiciness. Not alot of aroma going on here

T - But then it hits you...big malty taste, nice sweetness with molasses, some coffee and brown sugar. The aroma leaves no hint of whats to come. It all finishes with a faint bitterness.

M - smooth and creamy mouthfeel, it seems to fill up your mouth and coat your throat like a delicious cough syrup.

D - This is very enjoyable and pretty drinkable. I really am enjoying this one and am guessing that I won't be able to easily get more.

4/3/4.5/4/4

pulling off the brown paper bag to reveal Nimbus Old Monkey Shine English Brown Ale
I really like this beer. Thank you to Phelps for the chance to try it.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2011 04:23:12 | More by mikereaser
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mmciz

Oregon

3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Where did the "Nut Brown Ale" title come from? My bottle, like the one pictured, has no "nut" in it. An error from the original poster or has the name been changed by this Tucson brewer?

Anyway, on to the notes.... I have fond memories of drinking these at a buddy's wedding. Didn't disappoint this time, either. Purchased in a short, squat bottle from Total Wine on Camelback and the 51 and poured into a beer clean pint glass.

A: Pours a medium-dark brown with a very thin and quickly fading head. Pretty dark for the style but not overly so.

S: Brown sugar sweetness and leather.

Taste: Bitter and nutty, like the skin of a walnut. A little bit of overripe cherry on the finish.

M: My bottle is just a little flatter than I might hope.

D: Session-ready, for sure.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2011 05:14:37 | More by mmciz
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drpimento

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Man, this is solid good beer. Totally on the mark for style and session to boot. Poured with a nice sized foamy, frothy, cream colored head that lasts quite a while and lots of lace. Color is a clear, dark walnut. Aroma is nut oil, malt, cocoa, and a little bittersweet. Flavor is exactly the same only jacked up. Body and carbonation are excellent and perfect for the style. Session beer for sure.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2010 07:35:30 | More by drpimento
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Naugros

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I came to Arizona seeking some great beer from many states on the left side of the country, only expecting to try Arizona beers from two of the brew pubs. But I found this beer as well and, drawn in by the whimsical and slightly disturbing label, decided to try it. I'm glad I did.

The beer is certainly brown, I'll give them that. There's an off-white head with little retention but it does leave some pretty lacing.

The smell is of toasted bread and there are some spicy hop notes in there, but I can't place the spices. Maybe the spice is more phenolic than hoppy but I'm pretty sure it's hops.

The taste outstrips the smell, which I find odd since it usually goes the other way. I must say that I was surprised and in a good way. Brown bread with dark fruit, it's malty but not in a sweet way. It's nicely dry, but the finish has some phenols in it which dropped the score a wee bit. So I guess I was wrong in the smell as to where the spice came from. Still, the hops are present in the taste, but more floral than spicy.

My first venture into Arizonan beers is promising. I hope the rest of the beer here can measure up or even surpass this.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2010 14:36:35 | More by Naugros
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Dieffenbach

Arizona

3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Generally poor head and lacing. Deep brown with reddish undertones. Clear body.

Smell: Roasted malt and molasses.

Taste: Moderate sweetness without much in the way of acidity or bitterness. Average duration.

Mouthfeel: Light body, creamy texture with soft carbonation. Very refreshing for a beer of this color.

Drinkability: One of the best American Brown Ales I have tasted. Balanced, easy to drink, light enough to have a few. If you like Brown Ale, you will like this. Not complex; making it easily forgotten...

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2010 23:57:50 | More by Dieffenbach
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Nerudamann

Oregon

3.98/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look - Nice and dark. Unable to see through it in the light. Only a little bit of foam.

Smell - Malty, slight molasses aroma. Hopped up a little too for spice affect maybe? Not picking up much of a nut or grain.

Taste - Wonderfully malty, but with a sweeter balance. No bitterness at all. Molasses is still present, with a little more of a roasted coffee bean taste. Not bad at all for the low abv.

Mouthfeel - Very good balance, slightly watery texture with a creamy aftertaste.

Drinkability - This might be one of the finer American-brewed English Brown Ales I've tried. Good balance all around. I would probably not drink this too often only to be able to savor it better when I do.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2010 05:34:05 | More by Nerudamann
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dbossman

Nebraska

3.58/5  rDev 0%
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

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2010 02:33:01 | More by dbossman
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JerzDevl2000

New Jersey

3.48/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2009 03:59:02 | More by JerzDevl2000
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arizcards

Arizona

3.83/5  rDev +7%
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!

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2009 23:21:47 | More by arizcards
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armock

New York

3.03/5  rDev -15.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2009 19:19:20 | More by armock
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thirdeye11

Texas

3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
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!

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2009 05:47:35 | More by thirdeye11
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AccidentalKate

Washington

3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2009 14:24:26 | More by AccidentalKate
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jwc215

Wisconsin

3.93/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2009 22:51:15 | More by jwc215
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Imstillthegman

Delaware

3.05/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2008 18:44:21 | More by Imstillthegman
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tayner

Arizona

3.13/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2008 23:58:20 | More by tayner
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flexabull

California

3.48/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2007 23:43:43 | More by flexabull
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NCSUdo

Massachusetts

2.23/5  rDev -37.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2007 23:50:10 | More by NCSUdo
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msubulldog25

Oregon

3/5  rDev -16.2%
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...

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2007 19:52:12 | More by msubulldog25
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DoubleJ

California

3.3/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2007 03:33:20 | More by DoubleJ
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3.3/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2007 20:33:09 | More by
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DogFood11

California

3.13/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2007 01:36:28 | More by DogFood11
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orfeu

New Mexico

3.78/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-09-2007 05:15:02 | More by orfeu
Nimbus Nut Brown Ale from Nimbus Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 104 ratings.