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Humulo Nimbus - Sound Brewery

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Ratings: 105
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 10.78%
Wants: 10
Gots: 7 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Sound Brewery visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: dirtylou on 10-15-2011)
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Reviews by TommyLiam:
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4/5  rDev -2%

08-25-2013 20:10:53 | More by TommyLiam
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Photo of oberon

North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev -0.7%

A perfect pour into an oversized wine glass with rich deep amber body a tightly formed thick white head, I could not find any reason to not give a perfect score.Tropical fruity hops in the nose with a little boozy and caramel sweetness,overripe mango and pineapple on the palate with again some sweetish booze,the malt base is quite dry underneath the hops and sweet booze.A nice DIPA,one of the best pours for me... ever.

12-25-2011 21:00:33 | More by oberon
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

04-13-2014 19:42:27 | More by SuperbikeShaun
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New York

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

06-05-2012 01:32:58 | More by mjtiernan
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

02-23-2014 23:16:03 | More by Seattle_Suds
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4/5  rDev -2%

06-09-2014 20:34:05 | More by HoppySeb
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2/5  rDev -51%

Poured out a light brown and auburn color, looks a little like homebrew with its lacking head formation and whatnot. Diacetyl and caramel aroma. Like you just got one of those big tubs of popcorn with the divider and you chose to smell the caramel corn one first instead of the regular or cheese version of popcorn.

Taste was more diacetyl, a chore to drink. You can tell the malt bill on this is substantial at least. Hopping has been obliterated perception wise by the off flavors. This one was pretty pungnet.

Split 5 ways around a poker game couldn't result in this one being finished. Something went wrong. Would try again, but not if compromised like this one was.

03-11-2013 16:29:08 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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4/5  rDev -2%

01-13-2013 00:02:45 | More by kevwcamp
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev -2%

05-05-2013 22:29:49 | More by JasonSiedman
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Alberta (Canada)

4.19/5  rDev +2.7%

22oz bottle, a surprise find on today's bottleshop shelves in Alberta. Points ahead of time for the name - it reminds me of a certain Futurama space captain.

This beer pours a clear, glassy medium copper amber hue, with two pudgy fingers of puffy, silken foamy ecru head, which leaves broad swaths of fuzzy, patchy lace around the glass as it lazily slinks away.

It smells of sweet, dense, creamy caramel, rainbow sherbet, soft pine resin, touches of sticky, melting toffee, and a bit of biscuity dryness. The taste is more semi-sweet, biscuity caramel malt, orange cream, further tropical fruit, leafy pine needles, and a hint of perfume in its simmering booze warmth. All very indicative of big, brash west-coast hops that have met their match.

The carbonation is quite sedate, doing well by its innocuous support, the body medium-heavy in weight, fairly smooth amongst the pins and pricks of the swirling hops, and equally creamy. It finishes well off-dry, as the heady hops continue to play the victim card.

A pretty decent and enjoyable DIPA, the two main players battling it out in a sublime war of attrition, so as the elevated ABV just has to sit back and ply its trade in the shadows, which is bully by me. Worth a go for yer average hop-head, even with the ~10 dollar import pricing.

05-05-2013 03:26:52 | More by biboergosum
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4.73/5  rDev +15.9%

I've only had this in bottles, and let me say that in general, I prefer beers that have had at least a bit of natural aging a bottle in as opposed to kegged beers. I could be fooling mylself, but I believe even a few months lends so much to flavor development. The warmer this one gets the more complexity is revealed in the flavor. I typically take one out of the fridge and let it warm up for 20 minutes. I pour into a Unibroue tulip glass and let the remainder of the 22oz bottle warm up on the counter.

The color is a lovely red, brown and gold mix. It convey's depth. Nice pour and a decent head. Moderately carbonated. I like to pour is slow and keep the head to a minimum.

Smell is robust. Slight twinge of citrus, sugar, malts. It floats through your nose and gives you a "oooo" reaction. Slight tone of booziness.

Taste is complex. Very well thought out hop characteristics . Complimentary malt profile. Citrus blends, floral overtones, moderately piney and grounded earthy flavor.

Rich. Delightful to swirl around your mouth and contemplate the flavors. The warmer it gets, the better. Small sips moved around the mouth result in a dance of perfectly-combined caramel and malts with salivating and fresh northwest and citrus-characteristic hops Wow.

One of the best Double (or Triple) IPA's available. Period. I've had Young and Elder Plineys, and while those are excellent beers, they are not the only examples to measure this style to. They are all uniquely different, yet share many characteristics. Humulo Nimbus is NOT a typical west coast DIPA, though it's built up to and beyond standards. To my knowledge, this is only available on the west coast (WA - Seattle, bits of OR and a sliver of CA, if any). This is the real deal. It's suburb with food, and is savory all by itself. There is so much going on with this IPA, and it is all in perfect balance.

05-15-2013 06:38:34 | More by repkovalev
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Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

05-08-2014 13:08:24 | More by Sammy
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4.13/5  rDev +1.2%

on-tap, Hale's Ales

74 ibu's

appearance: served in an unbranded tulip, glowing orange-amber body, full fluffy white head with creamy lacing

smell: tropical fruits, ruby red grapefruit, mango

taste: really a nice DIPA - lots of lush hop flavor - mango, pineapple, grapefruit, tropical fruit and tangerine. Sweet caramel malt backbone buried beneath. impressive.

mouthfeel: medium oily body

overall: impressed

10-15-2011 22:00:32 | More by dirtylou
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

05-17-2013 03:14:25 | More by jmccraney
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

10-04-2012 17:49:26 | More by FalconA
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

03-04-2012 02:01:04 | More by cannabanaceae
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

05-11-2013 01:52:19 | More by ScottieD
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British Columbia (Canada)

4.29/5  rDev +5.1%

Appearance. Pours a deep, hazy amber-orange with almost two fingers of thick off-white head that leaves some nice bands of lace behind.

Smell. Sweet malts and brown sugar (almost candy like), with nice bright citrusy hops, mixed tropical fruits and a little bit of fresh pine needles. (Edit: Just read that someone else said "sherbert". Hell yes, nailed it. Definitely there.)

Taste. Rich and creamy caramel candy and lightly toasted grainy malts, oranges, tropical fruits and some bitter pine sap and citrus rinds in the finish.

Mouthfeel. Fairly full body with medium-low carbonation. Very rich feeling for an IPA but not really sticky.

Overall. Very nice stuff here. Not exactly one for a hot summer day, but maybe dessert for a hop head.

06-28-2013 22:02:58 | More by Rutager
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4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

01-14-2013 00:21:12 | More by Hopmodium
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3.25/5  rDev -20.3%

Purchased this one tonight at Bier Thirty for about $8ish.. Cool new brewery, thanks Chris.

The head is a meringue with bit of yellow/tan... great retention and lacing... the brew is perfectly clear light amber.

Nose is more malty than I like normally, but it smells very fresh and that is a huge bonus... grapefruit zest.. maybe some citrus flowers.. a tad too much pale malt.. even toast and light caramel though.

Flavor is again very malty for what I prefer... seems thick with sugars and on the palate... slick hoppiness... a bit oily.. the hops really don't come out swinging until late on the palate and the finish...

Way too much body is accentuated by a light carbonation..

Too thick .... something on the mash side needs to be dialed down and I think then a bit more bittering hops and this is a winner.

I will definitely buy this brew again on later batches... a little work will go a long way to put this up there with the big boys.


03-29-2012 06:02:08 | More by JohnGalt1
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a dark coppery orange amber with a one finger off-white fine head that continues to build. Looks great! Nice aroma of herbal and piney hops, light citrus and fruit aroma reminiscent of a barley wine. Nice integrated fruit, citrus, sweet malt and hops. Citrus and pine hop finish. Medium bodied with some creaminess. Really nicely done, exceptionally well blended flavors.

02-08-2012 04:14:50 | More by LiquidAmber
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

08-10-2014 08:38:08 | More by jorgerod99
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British Columbia (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev -2.5%

A: Pours a deep amber colour with light tan head which dissapates leaving some lacing along the sides of the glass.

S: Sweet candied malts upfront along with tropical musky fruit and hints of wet earth. Grape skins and citrus fruits in the background. Slight notes of dankness that reminds me of wet dog.

T: Caramel malts at the outset followed by hops of musky tropical fruit, citrus and dank wet earth. Finishes with a slight bitterness and alcohol burn.

M: Moderate body and low carbonation give this a slightly cremy mouthfeel.

O: This was quite different than other DIPAs I've had in the past and was more reminicent of some American barleywines I've had (other than the alcohol burn). Much more malt forward this beer would work best as an after dinner sipper.

10-14-2013 02:43:51 | More by FondueVoodoo
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4/5  rDev -2%

08-30-2013 17:34:52 | More by Birdlegs
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3.7/5  rDev -9.3%

Shared by Chico1985 generously. Reviewed from notes.

A- Ruby red body with a big frothy, off-white head. Great size and nice retention. Eventually it is a nice bubbly, creamy cloud leaving thick lace on the glass.

S- Started off with pungent tropical citrus hops but they fade a bit into pine and a huge caramel malt body comes through.

T- A big change from the initial aroma. BIG malty caramel hint makes up most of the beer with the hops serving to try to balance this out. Hops lend mango, citrus zest, pine and floral hop notes.

MF- Highly carbonated, silky and moderately thick body. Finishes with a nice clean bitterness and caramel sweets. Creamy.

More like a well-hopped Barleywine IMO, reminds me of Avery Hog Heaven, a good thing. Huge caramel presence with the hops coming in second. Not really the modern IIPA.

12-23-2011 15:41:07 | More by cbutova
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Humulo Nimbus from Sound Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 105 ratings.