Nimbus Rillito Red Ale | Nimbus Brewing Company

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Nimbus Rillito Red AleNimbus Rillito Red Ale

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Nimbus Brewing Company
Arizona, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 41 | Ratings: 93
Photo of tucson_brewson
3.8/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass.

A: Pours a deep copper red, thick two-finger foam due to quick pour, but settles over time. Visible carbonation.
S: Cherry, apple, toasted malt, Tucson water!
T: A typical red ale (to me), more caramel maltiness than hops, very fruity, and that bitter something in the Tucson water supply that gives these Nimbus brews a unique dry, finishing flavor (not bad, but nothing refined)
M: Lighter-medium bodied, very drinkable, carbonation not overpowering
O: I used to get the Brown Ale and Monkeyshine a lot, but the Red Ale is a good go-to for something more balanced and pairs well with a lot of different foods. I'm partial to local brews, and as far as Nimbus goes, this is my favorite.

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Photo of chinchill
1.47/5  rDev -55.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.25

Recently purchased 12 oz bottle.

Like other beers from this lousy brewery, this one gushed out of the pint glass with just a small pour. The aroma is bad and the flavor worse. Incompetently crafted and highly likely to be infected. I have had had 4-5 other bad beers from the brewery, from multiple sources on different occasions. Moreover, both of the other two people I know who have had a Nimbus have had similar poor experiences, also ending with a drain pour. I can now put this on my small list of never again breweries and urge anyone reading this to do the same.


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Photo of metter98
3.23/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A: The beer is hazy amber orange in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation along with some particles resting at the bottom of the glass. It poured with a two finger high beige head that died down, leaving a thin head covering the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of doughy and earthy yeast are present in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste doesn't have very strong flavors and mostly consists of yeast.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and a little thin on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer doesn't offer much in the way of malts or hops in the smell or the taste. I'm not sure if the beer I had was aged a bit, but if this was the case I wouldn’t expect that the malt flavors would disappear.

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Photo of Minkybut
3.46/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I poured thi beer into my tumbler at 45 degrees. The beer had no head what so ever. Bout as flat a beer look as I ever did see. The color was like diarrhea water. Cloudy looking ugly beer. However the smell was good and kinda nutty. Taste was also a little nutty and pretty darn good. Might just have got a old one. I will try this beer again.

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Photo of Wallagm
3.7/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The Nimbus had a nose of apple juice. Nice appearance with copper/red coloration. Longer tongue-coating finish and good taste. Similar to wheat beer with raspberry overtones. No defined strong taste. Overall, it was a pretty good beer. I would drink it again.

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Photo of Uncle_Jimmy
3.36/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance- hazy red orange 1.5 fingers of fine yellowish foam it sticks around a bit and leaves light lacing.

Aroma- not terribly floral- like most reds, some watermelon apple bubblegum a slight plastic.

Taste- some sweetness in the front in and slightly fruity. followed by a dry grainy finish with a hint of butterscotch. hops arent too pronounced but have a bit of a resiny quality. as it warms get almost fruit juice ish.

Mouthfeel medium bodied but dry ( sweetness is percieved in aroma mostly)

Overall- i think i kind of dig Red Seal of the reds I have tried. this one aint bad, it may get some Belgian drinkers into the red game ( esthers fruityness not too Hoppy)

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a murky light copper with a foamy orange-tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots and streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Small particles of sediment are seen floating around in the beer after the pour. Smell is toasted malt, caramel, and some herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with a medium herbal hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an average beer with a pretty good aroma but the taste doesn't match up.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.12/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle - $1.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out an reddish-tan, lightly hazed body with a smallish, brief, whitish head.

Smell: Toasty malts with a touch of biscuit present and sweetish caramel-scented notes with fruity hints of fresh citrus and apple butter.

Taste: A pleasant toasty maltiness with a soft caramel sweetness well-incorporated within. Modest esters. Zesty but not overly robust orange, grapefruit citrus character. Faint spiciness. Moderately bitter. Remains malty with a rebound of sweetness holding until the relatively crisp finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation.

Overall: I dug it. A tasty, malt-forward red ale.

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Photo of sethwooten
3.93/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer was surprising to me. It didn't taste at all what I imagined it would taste like. It pours a copper/rust color with a fairly white head. It's a very fruity red ale, almost an ipa taste. It sits extremely well in my palate and goes down easy. Im not a very big fan of some IPA's or what i consider "hoppy" beers, but this one isn't bad! The aroma is fruity to me, that's not a bad thing, just not my cup of tea. I would drink it again if i had a choice between this or natty light

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.48/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pretty clear copper with a fairly thick pale golden-tan head. Malty aroma has hints of grass and cloves. Flavor has a malty core with grassy, clove and hoppy undertones, a little bitterness. Texture has smooth, average body but a good amount of tingle and fizz. Don’t monkey around, give it a try.

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Photo of charlzm
3.05/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Consumed June 23rd, 2012. Poured into a standard pint glass.

The color is a hazy copper/caramel. A cream colored head less than a finger high forms from a moderate pour. Minimal sheeting.

Aroma is a balance between sweet grapefruit and caramel malt.

Flavor is dominated by malt. Caramel malts open up with bready and slight toffee components. There's an odd note, verging on cardboard, lurking in there as well. Bitterness is on the low end of moderate with just a thin, indistinct note lingering on the palate after each sip. Increases a great deal as the beer warms up, however.

Carbonation is good and the beer is medium bodied.

Not world class, but certainly gets the job done.

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Photo of ccrida
3/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a tall tumbler, Rillito is a hazy auburn with an off-white head that leaves scattered lace.

Smell is sweet cereals grains, a little fruity.

Taste is on the sweet side, fruity. I've had their pils, pale and now amber, and there's all very similarly sweet, the difference being the hops of the pale and the crystal tea flavor here in the amber. I'm starting to wonder if these are even whole grain or actually extract brews!

Mouthfeel is dryish, medium light bodied.

Drinkability is fine, a sweeter, generic amber, forgettable.

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Photo of Lucklys
3.65/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Being titled a red ale, I expected nothing short of a red coloration and this Nimbus brew did not disappoint. Freshly poured into my snifter glass, it glowed a wondrous copper red/brown and looked thicker than it was. The head was definitely lacking, barely building before breaking up, and there was no lacing to speak of. My first shock was the amalgamation of scents emanating from the beer. It's an oddly pleasant mixture of malt, sour cherry, yeasty dough, and maybe something citrus...grapefruit perhaps.

Where I was completely assuming that this ale would be thick in my mouth, what with all the different smells, my second shock was due in large part to the fact that the liquid was practically water-like in texture. Very thin, very watery, yet it still managed to maintain all of the flavors of the malt, cherry, dough, and grapefruit. The only problem with all of these flavors being thrown together on my tongue, was that each one wanted to overpower the others, rather than compliment it, and I ended up with a horrible sour-fruit aftertaste that lingered for a long while after each sip. I found that the dryness of the beer helped keep the aftertaste from dissipating. Also, with very low carbonation, it was just like drinking really strong fermented fruit flavored water.

Now, despite the first half of the bottle being somewhat of a mess, the second half somehow managed to taste a little better. I'm hoping this is because I was learning to enjoy the multitude of flavors rather than just making myself believe the little bit of alcohol was helping me tolerate it. Either way, I can't honestly say that I didn't enjoy the rest of the drink once I became accustomed to the strong flavors and watery texture.

This ale best represents late fall here in Arizona, when the temperature starts to dip below 80º and the air isn't quite so dry. A good cookout with lots of brats and sauerkraut, maybe a little mustard, would be the perfect accompaniment to the overwhelming sour sweetness present in the drink.

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Photo of Nerudamann
3.57/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Look - fair, light amber is color. Two fingers worth of foam that dissipated quickly. Decent, albeit slow carbonation.

Smell - Slightly malty and fruity, but not terribly strong on either. Maybe a tinge of hoppiness in there too. Fruitiness may come from something of a kiwi-like character.

Taste - Definitely a little more hoppy/bitter flavor than I was expecting. Almost has a lighter IPA type of taste due to the hoppiness.

Mouthfeel - Slightly more watery than creamy in texture.

Drinkability - Not too bad as far as complexity goes. Good beer to relax with on a late summer night like this. Would be a great general beer to have in the fridge!

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Photo of BretSikkink
3.3/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fairly red color, some brown-amber notes. A little hazy, with a white top. Nil lacing and stickage. Not too great. Nose is caramelized malt with a backup of floral hops, but neither are very strong. A little pizza dough note as well.

The flavor is malty, with the slightest hint towards a roast. Hops are buried really deep, if they're present at all. The first sip was a little too "rotten fruit" for me, and it never quite went away. Too much for a light-bodied brew IMO.

I wasn't enamored of this one, but for darker fruit flavor in a fairly light-bodied package, this could be for you.

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Photo of femALEist
4/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rillito Red Ale- Had on draft. It pours a beautiful copper red with a hint of brown to it. It smelled like ripe cherries, caramel malts, cereal and some pine. It tasted a bit light, but with some molasses notes, grass, pine, cherries, and very malt driven. It seemed pretty interesting for a light beer. It had a good malt flavor with some hops to balance it out a bit. Very session-able if you are looking for something light with some flavor.

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Photo of seanbhudson
2.18/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

12 ounce bottle with no date. Pours a hazy orange/copper color with a medium off-white head.
Light sour cherry and malt.
Harsh bitterness reminding me of aspirin. There are some grapefruit and malt flavors.
Medium body with dry chalky feel.
I pour this beer down the drain after a few sips. Not sure if I had a bad batch but the bitterness I got was horrible.
NOTES: BBCSD-0910-Patrick

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Photo of armock
2.58/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to NitroGen for sending this my way.

A - Poured an amber color with an off white head that fades quickly

S - Has some sweet malt scents with some tart fruit and mild hops in the nose

T - Its like a train wreck in my mouth everything thats in the smell collides in your mouth and not in a good way at all.

M - This beer has a thin watery body with medium carbonation to it

D - So far I'm not impressed with the beers from Nimbus that I've had it seems like they're trying but they're failing save your money and buy someting better to drink

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Photo of ColForbinBC
3.38/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint

Pours an orange amber with reddish highlights when held up to the sun. A fluffy, off-white cap rose to fill the pint and subsided in due time. Had to pour this one in three parts due to the quick rising cap.

Slightly musty body, caramel, cereal grains and light citrus and pine needles. A mild fruity presence as well--cherries and wild berries.

The flavors lean more towards the malt and the pine and citrus take a seat in the way back. Caramel, cereal grains, and musty (almost moldy) cherries and wild berries.

Medium bodied with good carbonation. Nothing spectacular.

Drinkability is probably the best thing this beer has going for it, unfortunately, the flavor profile is a little to muddled and lacks a true identity.

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Photo of flexabull
3.69/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a murky red color with a decent off white head.

Aromas are nice, cereal grains, and bright pine like hops.

Flavors are of cereal grains, hard candies, light sweetness, and tea like malt flavors. Fine has a light crisp mineral like hop bite.

Mouthfeel is ok, a little thin, but about right for the style.

Drinkability is pretty good. Just an above average and fairly tasty red ale that is really easy to drink. Sessionable.

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Photo of CharlesDarwin
3.16/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12 Oz Bottle via footy. Caramel and candied orange aroma, sedate, slick and slippery. Pours a heavily hazed orange, with gold fringes, and a slimy grease ring of white. Flavor holds some flaccid hop character, rising with some Amarillo, then kumquat and tangerine. Light Asian pear. Malt runs in the generic line, bits of honey comb, bread and biscuit. There's a marked feeling of thinness in the middle of the beer. Towards the back end, a more acerbic and planty hop figure. Some unique off-notes arising from yeast character, bits of aged fruit, plant parts and savory components. Mediocre.

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.18/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Park Lane Liquor in Lancaster, CA. The beer is a murky amber color with a medium and sudsy off-white head that burns off steadily. Spotty lacing. Malt and herbs in the nose with a bit of hops. Medium-bodied with malt, tart fruit and mildly bitter hops flavors. The herbal character is present in the background here as well. The finish is earthy malt with a short hoppy finish. Overall this is a decent Amber Ale, although not unique enough to feel compelled to try again.

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Photo of DFN
3.67/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nimbus Red Ale is a medium-bodied, coppery-colored ale that tastes a bit on the sweet side, almost iced-tealike. It has a "light" feel to it even though it's not officially designated as a light beer. I bought a six pack here in Tucson, Nimbus' home town, and while it's pleasant enough, I'd rank this a bit below their other beers. Carbonation is minimal, and there's not much of a head. Apearance is a bit cloudy. Worth a try if you like red ales.

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Photo of
3.85/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle.

Hazy amber/copper color. Medium sized, rocky, off-white head formed after the pour. Beer was very still -- few bubbles rising.

Interesting scents - flowery, tea, honey, and fruits - mainly cherries and berries. A very sweet smell.

Taste moves in a different direction than scent, and is more bitter than sweet. Not by much, as overall it is quite well balanced. Molasses and grasses! Biscuity. Grass really comes through mainly in the finish.

Medium in body. Low to medium carbonation. Dry.

Quite tasty. For me, best of the lighter Nimbuses (Nimbii?). Well balanced, yet nice hop flavor.

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Photo of DogFood11
1.73/5  rDev -47.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Poured into a pounder glass it forms an easily managed fizzy head. Lace is spotty. Light copper to orange body.

Along the lines of other Nimbus beers I"ve had lately it doesn't have much of an identity. Hops are evident but do little to help the overall taste. This is a mostly malt driven kind of tart red ale. Not what one would expect nor did it work out well. A bit watered wich also falls in line with the Nimbus brews I've had and not what I'm looking for. A bit of orange zest makes its way to the top and some watered down young lemon is in the aftertaste.

Notes: Pass by the whole lineup.

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