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Humulo Nimbus - Sound Brewery

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36 Reviews
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Reviews: 36
Hads: 152
Avg: 3.97
pDev: 21.16%
Wants: 15
Gots: 18 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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Washington, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: dirtylou on 10-15-2011

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Reviews: 36 | Hads: 152
Reviews by hwwty4:
Photo of hwwty4
3.55/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to jconrick for this one.

Poured a capped double deuce into my Tripel Karmeliet tulip. This beer pours a deep caramelized sugar with a massive 4 inch head that leaves sticky lacing down the entirety of the glass. Every sip I take leaves another ring or lacing. Perfect lacing. The aroma was pouring out of the glass as I was letting it warm. First aroma reminded me of pineapple upside down cake. Candied tropical fruits. Pineapple and mango. Caramelized sugar with just a hint of grapefruit at the tail end. The flavor is surprisingly piney for how tropical the aroma is. Not saying that tangerine and pineapple are very prevalent. The hop combination makes for a interesting profile. My biggest issue is that there is almost a burnt sugar flavor that dominates the tail end of the flavor profile. Just a bit off putting. The mouthfeel is average. I really wish it finished a bit drier. Overall this is a good DIPA. I'm really glad I got the opportunity to try it.

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Photo of oberon
4.06/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of SuperbikeShaun
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of jamesmk48
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mjtiernan
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of Seattle_Suds
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of HoppySeb
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.04/5  rDev -48.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

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.

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of JMS1512
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JasonSiedman
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of biboergosum
4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of repkovalev
4.72/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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.

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Photo of Sammy
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of hreb
3.97/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle poured into pint glass. Beer pours extremely cloudy and dark in color for an IPA. Oh wait, haha, Humulo Nimbus, I get it! As the brew settles it is actually on more on the paler orange side, with a large pillowy head. Big, sweet, tropical fruit aroma. I really get mango and passionfruit in the nose here. Flavor is juicy and lush as well, with a secondary rush of alpha bitterness. Chewing this beer across my palate it never gets dry, even though it is aggressively bitter. At this point I guess it's pretty hard to push the boundaries of Double IPA, but this one is definitely not traditional.

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

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

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of FalconA
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of ScottieD
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of Boozecamel
3.81/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Rutager
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of Hopmodium
4.75/5  rDev +19.6%

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.28/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.


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Humulo Nimbus from Sound Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 36 ratings.