Humulo Nimbus - Sound Brewery

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Ratings: 144
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 10.07%
Wants: 11
Gots: 18 | FT: 1
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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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Photo of oberon
4.06/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.04/5  rDev -49.9%
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.

Photo of biboergosum
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Photo of repkovalev
4.72/5  rDev +16%
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.

Photo of dirtylou
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
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

Photo of Rutager
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.28/5  rDev -19.4%
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.


Photo of LiquidAmber
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of FondueVoodoo
3.97/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of CameronMcDonald
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Guys...this beer is extraordinary. Like wow. Super enjoyable IIPA. I get really exited when I smell the yeasty dankness and intense fruity hops over a strong malt backbone. I don't know what else to say. I got the last 3/4 a growler full from Chuck's Hop shop and damn, amazing

Photo of cbutova
3.73/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of MBrausen
4.02/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Dougofthefuture for holding this tasting!

Poured from a bomber to a snifter.

A. Thick creamy heady, 1 finger head with great retention and nice lacing.

S. Smell was sweet candy, fruity with pomegranate and a slight tartness. Very floral with a decent amount of pine.

T. A bitter/sweet start with tart fruit, almost like mixing pomegranate and grape fruit, slight cherries, and a sweet finish. Very malty.

M. Thick and very chewy for a DIPA. A little bready. Medium-heavy body, with a smooth dry finish.

O. A good overall beer. A little too bitter for what I like. Very tart and very thick. Thick is something I would normally ask in a Belgian, but not so much in an IPA. It had a more than needed maltness. Good beer, and I suggest trying it if it's around, but I wouldn't go out of my way to find it.

Photo of Braz
4.16/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From total wine. Looks good. Deep to dark reddish mahogany color. Light white head that dissipates to a small smattering of tiny bubbles in the center. Aromatics of pine and citrus and malts. Very rich and heavy taste. This one came to party! Sweetness and hop resin up front. This heavily swirls around the mouth. The feel disappears quickly but hop bitterness remains prominently after. Very good. Mouthfeel with help from the carbonation creates something you could almost chew, and definitely savor.

Photo of rand
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 22 oz bomber to tulip glass

An interesting IIPA...not sure I've come across one quite like it. Definitely more malty than the examples from So Cal, but it doesn't have that cloying cling that many huge IPA's impart between sips. The malt-backbone is big, but it's in-line with the floral hops, and forms a perfect caramel flavor.

Photo of LouZ
3.2/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

I was not able to discern any aroma from this draft pour. It had decent head, but just no scent whatsoever. Taste was definitely more malty than hoppy, but the balance was done well enough where you could get both. But definitely more malty than I like my IPA's. Feel was medium-bodied and easy drinking. Overall, a drinkable beer with decent flavor.

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle opened on 2-9-12.

A - Pours a dark cloudy orange with a tan head that fades slowly.

S - Orange citrus, sweet carmel, some slight pine.

T - Piney and bitter with a sweet orange finish.

D - Silky on the tongue, bitter finish. Good carbonation and an average body.

O - Very nice, better than expected. Solid brew.

Photo of draheim
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz ("bottled" field left conspicuously blank) into a tulip. Pours a glowing orange amber w/ a thick beig head, plenty of sticky lacing. Some slow lazy carb rises from the bottom of the glass.

Aroma is lots of tropical grapefruit rind, tangerine, pine. Sticky & citrusy, smells great.

Taste is a blend of sticky caramel and dry pale malts, copious NW hops, and warming booze. A little more caramel than I prefer, and the booze is pretty dominant especially as it warms.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, a little chewy, but also somehow dry.

Overall I liked this DIPA but didn't love it. Still an enjoyable beer from a local brewery I'll look for in the future.

Photo of superspak
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating but was purchased recently. Pours lightly hazy orange amber color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of huge mango, orange, grapefruit, pineapple, tangerine, passion fruit, caramel, floral, and light herbal. Fantastic aromas with huge tropical fruit notes; it is unlike any other DIPA I have had in the past. Big hop sweetness; but it is so inviting even without the pine resin I am so used to having in an IPA. Taste of big orange, pineapple, mango, caramel, pine, grapefruit, passion fruit, tangerine, orange rind, floral, honey, and herbal spiciness. Nice amount of spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of tropical fruits, citrus, citrus rind, pine, caramel, floral, herbal, and grass on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic hop complexity and malt balance; zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a fairly creamy, slick, and crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic DIPA. Huge hop complexity and balance; very smooth and easy to sip on. This was truly unique as a DIPA, and highly enjoyable.

Photo of mactrail
3.25/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Cloudy amber orange in the Crooked Line tulip. The foam is attractive, lots of bubbles, and the spritzy mouthfeel give it a youthful feel. The aroma is something like mango nectar.

Serious fruity flavors with bitter overtones. Toast and sweet malt. Papaya is the flavor that stands out, that aromatic mellow taste. Passion fruit and burnt challah bread. Sharp finish with a hot alcohol tang. Sugary and murky with a dank, herbal taste. Plenty of alcohol makes this a fair late-night tipple. A fruity stew.

Is this really two years old? I don't find any reference to the brewing dates on this stuff. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Bottleworks in Seattle.

Photo of harrymel
4.56/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

You know, you'd think with all the money put into this fancy ass bottle, they'd think to toss a date of some sort, hell a fucking code would be nice. Instead, there is a well designed, elegantly labeled bottle of androgyny aged ale.

Pours a coppered amber with a finger of light caramel foam that falls to a sheet of the same. Smells of resin, tropical fruits, pine and hints of sweet malts. I can't tell you how fresh this is, but this is as close to the nose of Heady Topper as I can recall, with just a hint more sweetness. Outstanding nose. Fairly strong malt backbone with good aggressive hops. Wow, I'm really, really enjoying this beer. Medium on light syrup body with moderate carb and semi dry finish. To be honest, this is the best DIPA I've had this year. Absolutely exceeded and blew away my expectations. I will be purchasing many more of these.

Photo of Chico1985
3.73/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An extra from ArchEenemyBrew, who has provided me with many beers from breweries I've never heard of. Thanks! Bomber split 3 ways.

Pours a dark amber-ish color, off-white head retains good with some lace, lots of carbonation bubbles.

Big tropical hops upon first whiffs but is replaced with lots of malt soon after, earthiness and sorta big alcohol.

Big sticky candy caramel malts, toffee malts, with a variety of hops buried underneath - earthy, grapefruit, some citrus and pineapple going on. Quite bitter and sweet.

Mouthfeel is fine, I would prefer the malts toned down though.

Pretty much drinks like a barleywine, but one with some nice hop variety to boot. Not your average DIPA but quite enjoyable.

Photo of flagmantho
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: hazy orange hue with two fingers of frothy ivory foam. Nice.

Smell: sweet malt aroma with a nice earthy hop character. On top of everything is a big yogurt-like or creamy aroma which adds a very interesting character here. I like it, but it is admittedly weird. It is unlike anything else I've smelled in a beer.

Taste: very nice, smooth citrusy and earthy hop flavor atop a sweet malt and a more subtle version of the yogurt/cream aroma character. Bizarre, but good.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a very smooth creaminess, especially good for an IPA.

Overall: this is a bizarre beer, what with the dairy-like character. I am always willing to award points for weirdness and uniqueness, when those flavors work out for the good. Here, it works well with the citrus elements of the hops. I don't know how this one will stand up to a session, but for one bottle it's quite good.

Photo of hwwty4
3.55/5  rDev -12.8%
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.

Photo of waltersrj
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pour: Deep, Golden orange with a frothy and creamy looking white head. The head sticks around the rim of the glass.

Nose: Fresh orange zest, pine, some pineapple, and a great rich, caramel malt.

Taste: Big hits of pine, orange zest, and pineapple here and a great caramel backing.

Mouthfeel: Thick and creamy, maybe a tad too thick but still great.

Overall: It really reminds me of Wisdom Seeker but doesn't quite have it as well put together. Really great stuff here!
I'd buy it again or at least send it out as a great extra to a hophead!

Photo of wordemupg
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

650ml bottle poured into tulip 14/5/13

A clear copper liquid and I'm finding it hard to believe just how many tiny bubbles they fit into one glass. not surprising that the 2 fingers of cream colored foam has excellent retention slowly falling to a thick film, a little strange that it leaves no lace until it falls to that film but leaves 5 thick distinct rings after it dose, looks great

S smells like a West Coast DIPA alright , piney as all hell with a big tropical nose, tangerine, lemon, and pineapple with some hard toffee and more pine and citrus, its stereotypical but its one of those stereotypes that's OK to use because its so true, a little booze as it warms but mellow for 8.5%

T some lime rind and more booze then I could smell but still fairly well concealed, its a slightly toned down version of the nose with somehow even more pine but slightly less tropical notes and the hard toffees softened up a bit

M the bubbles are bigger then the pin pricks I could see in the glass but there's still plenty of them, somewhat creamy after a syrupy entry, sticky on the lips with some lemon and lime rind lingering with some chewed pin needle

O started off world class with a sexy as hell nose and look but finished off as merely great, I could and will probably but another bomber even though its nearly 10$

I sometimes feel like a broken record reviewing West Coast DIPA's, pine, tropical toffee, ect... ect... but sometimes I like repeats and I like what I like and I like this..

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Humulo Nimbus from Sound Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 144 ratings.