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Nimbus Nut Brown Ale | Nimbus Brewing Company

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Nimbus Nut Brown AleNimbus Nut Brown Ale

Brewed by:
Nimbus Brewing Company
Arizona, United States | website

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by mzwolinski on 11-23-2002

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Reviews: 65 | Ratings: 112
Photo of gpcollen1
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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Photo of goodbyeohio
4.24/5  rDev +16.8%
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.

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Photo of Vancer
4.07/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

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Photo of Solomon420
4/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

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Photo of Jredner
3.97/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

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Photo of bditty187
2.68/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

The liquid seems to be clear, tan-brown in hue with a coppery highlight, I like the color. Rocky, massive beige head; there is easily three fingers of foam at the zenith. The bubbles quickly faded to a chunky cap and then a soapy collar, which is par for the course. There was some subsequent spotty lacing, disorganized… I’m indifferent. Overall, I like how this beer looks even though it is nothing special.

Faint aromas, clean malty smells represent notes of caramel, nuts, and charred chocolate. No fruitiness. No hops. The nose says nothing but the absolute basics of the style. I love Brown Ales but this one doesn’t give me much motivation to take a sip. It is simplistic… no, it is boring. Nevertheless, here goes…

The palate is harsh. There are plenty of nutty notes with charred chocolate, astringent qualities. It is vaguely fruity at the back. No sign of hops. The aftertaste is lovely, a toasted maltiness lingers a long while. I love Brown Ales and when I find a great one I rejoice but when I find a dud, I cry a little inside. I am tearing up here. There just isn’t anything going on with this beer. It is nothing more than a shell of what it is suppose to be (or could be). Bummer.

Light in body, low (flat) carbonation, the mouthfeel is very thin which only hurts the palate. It is clear this beer needs more malt, lots more malt. More malt plus some hops and this beer could be a winner. As it is, I’m calling it a dud.

I can’t call this beer drinkable. I don’t want to beat a dead horse but this is a lousy beer. I have little desire to finish my glass. I’d rather have a Third Stone Brown (or dozens of other Brown Ales). Nevertheless, thank you Aunt Kathy and Uncle Rick for shipping this sample to me all the way from AZ.

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Photo of tonistruth
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- dark brown (no light during through this thing) fluffy tan head between 1/4" &1/2". Same color lace on the glass.

S- Roasted malts make up majprity of the scent with supoort from faint hints of grain.

T- Grainy immediately but quickly settles with roasted malt and even some hops can be tasted. Roasted malt aftertaste as well, yummy. The taste only gets better as the brew warms.

M- on the thin side, not dry can be coarse, carbontion can be felt as well.

D- I really enjoyed the combo of the hop & roasted malt flavors. this is an experience that i recommend. A good brown ale, wont knock your socks off, but definetly worth a try. I'll be seeing this brew again.

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Photo of JISurfer
3.46/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Well, appearance was the best catagory for this guy. What sold me, was the awesome head that appeared, plus the nice dark amber body. The head though, was truely magnificent. I had it in the fridge and let it warm up a few minutes, so that helped it florish a little. Great retention and super thick fluffy head. Smell was nice too. Had elements of fruits, roasted malts, and a sort of granola thing going on. I guess you could say it had a smell of sweet feed, which is awesome. Taste was ok, but nothing too exciting. Just your average Nut Brown. That's not a bad thing I guess, so it could have been worse. Overall a nice brew from AZ.

Big thanks to Jess for bringing me back this one from her trip to compete in the Women's World Championships of the Highland Games.

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Photo of UberWasser
4.05/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz brown bottle, no freshness date, served in a 16oz mug

Pours black with hints of dark shining through on the edges of the glass. Very little head when poured gently. Light carbonation. What foam that is present is a light tan. Lacing sticks to the glass nicely.

Smells great, with lots of smokiness, some coffee and hints of dark chocolate. Smells like a good cup of coffee with some powdered chocolate stirred in.

Taste is strong with a smoked taste up front. It slithers down the tongue and some sweetness comes out with the smoked bitterness reappearing on the swallow. The aftertaste is full of smoke and quite dry. Reminds me of the aftertaste of a good cigar. Mouthfeel is rather silky but lacks depth, thanks to the thin carbonation. Mouthfeel seems better when from the tap. Perhaps it's a thin bottle.

*Edit* 2/16/06 - Having had the privelage to try Alaskan's Smoked Porter, I couldn't help but realize a similarity...and a rather distinct one...between the great smoke flavors that dominate both that beer and this one. So if you're looking for that particular taste, and both are available to you, but you would like to be able to spend a bit less, pick up a six pack of this if instead of a bomber of Alaskan (though Alaskan is still the more complex and interesting of the two).

Overall, a very drinkable, interesting brown ale. It's better on tap, but I have yet to take notes while visiting the brewery, so this review is from the bottle. Whatever the vessel, though, I like this beer.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
3.33/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

When I was in Tempa AZ, I had a conversation with a fellow BA about brown ale. This one pours with a standard dark brown color and a rim of khaki collar. Scents are a bit of roasted malts and some caramel.

First swigs: Some caramel and roased malt. Almost burnt. Leafy and balanced. Nothing crazy going on. Just standard brown. Sugary sweet root beer.

Medium body. Buttery oily feel with standard middle carbonation.

Last swigs: so-so. A good ole brown. At best, a new brown to add to the roster.

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Photo of DFN
3.87/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I moved to Tucson earlier this year, and picked up a six-pack of Nimbus Nut Brown Ale because the wiggy artwork on the carrier caught my eye, and I noticed that it's a local brew. Whenever possible, I like to support local micro-breweries, and so I bought this beer. Glad I did; it's a winner!

As stated, it's a nut-brown ale, with just a hint of coppery red. Pours out smoothly, and produces a tan head about 1.5 inches high. Smell and taste are rich and slightly fruity. It's a bit thick and rich for long sessions, but certainly worthy of an occasional quaff. I'll be buying this again, although not on a regular basis.

Update, June 2009: I still like this beer, but now buy the Nimbus Monkeyshine more frequently.

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Photo of OldSock
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – 12 oz bottle obtained in a trade with Gueuzedude. Poured into my snifter, it has a white two and a half finger head. The beer itself is dark brown with a ruby hue when held to the light. Nice rings of lacing and acceptable head retention.

Smell – An unusual smell that I was not expecting. Fruity and floral more than anything, but there is an aroma I just don’t recognize. There is also some bitter coffee in the aroma.

Taste – The flavor is similar to the smell, but with a lightly toasted aspect. Sweet, but balanced by some earthy hops and some roasted grains.

Mouthfeel – Medium body with medium carbonation.

Drinkability & Notes – A solid brown ale, personally I prefer my browns more to the nut end than the ester end. But, definitely a drinkable version.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.76/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great label art! Thanks to Gueuzedude for the sample.

Boy beer. Initially poured all foam. Excessive head, but wonderful amber of red, clear. Great color.
Fairly deep malt character pushing chocolate in the aroma. Also a light fruity quality.
Malt dominates the flavor, but character is fairly subtle. Slight roast, moderately dry with very little bitterness. Nice flavor profile.
Nice feel. Moderate carbonation and fine, which adds some fullness.
This is a nice solidly flavored beer. Not sure what's up with the excessive carbonation.

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Photo of battlekow
4.42/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A deep, dark brown with a tan head and some lacing. Wow, this beer smells great, distinctly of chocolate and coffee grounds. Taste is more of the same, an excellent roasted bitterness with some chocolatey sweetness to balance it out. I've been extremely impressed with the two Nimbus beers I've had. The Brown Ale is almost robust enough to be a porter. I really wish I had more than one bottle of this.

Many thanks to Gueuzedude for this beer.

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Photo of shippos
4.13/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

courtesy of my secret santa Gueuzedude,

poured a frothy tan colored pillowing head with a nice clear brown color. excellent sweet roasted/toasted grainy nuttiness, caramelly and a bit chocolatly and bready also. Decent amount of hops at first in the taste followed a very balanced and drinkable mouthfeel. decent hop character throughout this brown mostly in the taste and not in the aroma. a very nice a respectable offering here, excellent job imo.
thanks for chance Gueuzedude.

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Photo of Padron4KM
3.13/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I'm surprised I have never tried this beer before, I've seen it around but never picked it up. I think I even missed their booth at the AZ Beerfest.
Pours dark brown with a large tan head. Nice lacing.

Aroma is sweet and malty, with a faint scent of hops.

flavor is roasty,light coffee, light chocolate, light bitter.

Highly quaffable. I think I'll be trying more of their beers in the neer future.

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Photo of HighCarbDiet
4.38/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I really like this beer. I had it first from a bottle at Brooklyn Pizza in Tucson, but finally got it on tap at the source.

The color is a quite dark brown, maybe a bit garnet. It was kind of dark in the brewery. Like most of their beers, nice head.

Smell is pleasant and slightly nutty.

A nutty, roasted caramel flavor balances a mild bitterness and subdued hop bite.

Very very drinkable. Goes well with a variety of food (Mexican, pizza, burgers). I think this is a good "gateway" beer for your macro friends.

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Photo of grynder33
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a strange sour intial smell to it, one I wouldn't associate with a dark brew. That disappeared and gave way to a soft chocolate aroma. First taste was cocoaish and roasted malt, very nice texture, seemed to want to go dry, but a little sweetness emerged with each sip, like there might be honey in it.I'll buy it again.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer smells like a roasty porter. It is dark brown in color, with notes of deep red when it is held up to the light, quite clear as well. It is topped by a cream to tan head. This beer tastes very malty up front (roasted malt flavors), and finishes with a bit of harsh roast malt graininess / astringency. I've always felt that this nut brown was a bit out of balance, perhaps it would be a bit better as a light porter. This is a light bodied example, though it does have a solid malt mouth feel to it. No real detectable hop presence, which is fine. If you like your brown ales with a fairly strong roast character then this is the beer for you.

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Photo of beerguy101
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown color, medium white foamy head. Aroma is nutty and sweet. Medium bodied nut brown ale. Roasted malts are nutty and sweet, touch of fruit. Hops are slightly spicy. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is crisp and clean. Aftertaste is slightly bitter

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Photo of jcalabre
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Originally sampled on 16 May 2003. Nimbus Nut Brown Ale has a nice roasty/toasty aroma with an opaque brown color and a large tan head. The flavor is lightly with a very pleasant nutty taste. It has a a edium body. This is a quite drinkable beer. thanks beerguy101

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Photo of TXHops
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ahh Nimbus. The people with probably the worst brewery web site ever (as of the time of the review at least)…

Nimbus Brown Ale really actually looks brown. So many brown ales look black, or even reddish in normal light. Of course, a bright light can tease some red through the dark body, but ambient room lighting reveals a truly brown beer, juxtaposed aesthetically well below a tan head that fades a little faster than I would have hoped. A moderate aroma of dry, chocolate malts and highly roasted coffee beans sets the stage for a roast-fest, which is exactly what this beer offers. I drank a lot of this beer while on my recent Tucson visit and I was impressed with the roastiness I got. It’s not so much chewy, or sweet, or toasty, or even burnt, like a Dry Stout. This one is just roasty. It tastes like the skin on a well roasted marshmallow—the kind that DIDN’T catch on fire. The chocolate malt in the aroma becomes increasingly pronounced as the beer warms. The flavor driven by this particular ingredient expands right along with the rising temperatures, lending the characteristic earthy dryness. Slowly, the dryness becomes pretty intense, even as the sweetness builds the closer to room temp the liquid gets. The hops are very understated—sweetness mitigators only.

I’m all for brown ales. In fact, I think they’re an under-appreciate style that I wish brewers would put more effort into, as opposed to brewing one because they think they should. However, this brown ale is not in the style that I really like: it was not quite sweet enough, and the apparently high % of chocolate malt in the grist created a fairly overwhelming presence in the finished beer. In fact the dry earthiness began to border on metallic. Still, this was a good beer. If I were of the ilk that craved chocolate malt earthiness, I would actively search this beer out. It’s not flawed, it’s just not my style. Therefore, I won’t penalize it sharply it for it’s chosen flavor characteristics, which I personally believe lend a slight harshness to the overall character of the beer.

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Photo of Gusler
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear dark brown, the head is light chocolate, frothy, long lasting, with decent lace. Nose is nutty sweet, malt, caramel, the front is sweet, and the top is middling in its feel. Finish is moderately carbonated, somewhat dry, well hopped, and a quite drinkable beer. A middle of the road "Nut Brown", drinkable and worth a try but may be a bit too sweet for many as it was for me.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I don't normally remark on the packaging, but it appears that they have their own unique shaped bottle with an "nb" raised in several places around the neck. Very distinct with a nice label as well! A slightly hazy, deep russett body is topped by a full, big-bubbled foamy head that holds exceptionally well and leaves nice lace throughout the glass. The aroma is perfumy - floral but also soapy - over a mildly nutty malt. The body is medium/light but a somewhat aggressive carbonation foams up in the mouth giving it a larger impression. The flavor is softly malty with some light caramel and chocolate, as well as a good amount of grassy and earthy hop flavor. It finishes dry with some astringency and a lingering earthy hop flavor - and another touch of the soapiness initially found in the aroma! Personally, I also found the full level of carbonation a bit unsettling as it masked some of the subtler malt flavors, and I couldn't really enjoy the beer until it settled down a bit. Not really worth the effort although the label was nice!

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Photo of mzwolinski
4.22/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown in color with a two finger, creamy head which persists all the way down, leaving a nice lace along the glass. Bit of sediment at bottom of bottle. Aroma is intensely nutty, with just a bit of caramel. Mouth is malty and sweet. Fairly well-carbonated and gives the impression of being medium bodied, though it becomes more full as the beer warms and the carbonation settles. Slightly dry finish and subtly hopped, with a very pleasant nutty aftertaste.

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