Nimbus Pale Ale | Nimbus Brewing Company

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Nimbus Pale AleNimbus Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Nimbus Brewing Company
Arizona, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 70 | Ratings: 142
Photo of HamdenHector
3.56/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: slight haze; copper colored; 1 finger ivory head that receded to a thick collar; very nice lacing;

S: floral, earthy, a little sweet malt;

T: follows the nose from start to finish; mild bitterness at the end;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: hops aren't as forward as I expect with an APA; flavor is a little boring;

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Photo of ordybill
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass.
Aroma- Has a nice malt and hops smell
Appearance- this is a murky amber colored brew with a small off-white head.
Taste- Has a yeast flavor and malt mixture, not bad.
Palate- This is a medium bodied brew with moderate carbonation.
Overall- Not a bad beer, slightly above average. I would drink this again.

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Photo of Tone
3.97/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, amber color. 1/3 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of alcohol, sweet malt, citrus hops, floral notes, hint of grass, and strong yeast. Fits the style of an American Pale Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of strong yeast, alcohol, sweet malt, citrus hops, floral notes, and hint of pine. Overall, good appearance, aroma, body, and blend.

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Photo of chinchill
2.78/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Review based on two 12 oz bottles which had come from the distriibutor (GA) in April 2014. Sampled about 1 week apart starting just a few days later that same month (April). Bottle shows date of Feb. 2014.

Durable bone-colored head over an amber body.

Fruity aroma with an off-note. Likewise, the flavor, though partly pleasing, is rather odd with a mildly tart note of lemons and unripe apricots. Second bottle may have been a bit better but stil wierd, with a surprising and unmistakable tartness. Ratings remained nearly unchanged.

O: infected bottle? Doesn't bear the common characterisitcs. Suspicious looking spotty sediment on the bottom of the bottle.

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Photo of joe1510
3.72/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz Stubby

A big thanks goes out to my pops for thinking of me while out in Arizona and grabbing me a few beers. A handsome beer in the pint glass. Brilliantly clear, highly polished copper glows with the surrounding light. A few points of carbonation burst in packs and slowly run to the surface. An eggshell white head, a little dirty, forms with no problems and shows impressive staying power. Lacing covers every surface as I drink. Looks delicious.

The nose is citrus driven, soft and candy like. White sugar muddled orange and grapefruit along with a healthy dose of orange peel is the centerpiece. A little buttery biscuit pale malts lay down the base. This is an appetizing smelling pale ale in the vein of the balanced variety, which for some reason I don't drink that often anymore.

This IPA is all about balance and drinkability. Buttery biscuit maltiness and white bread make for the malt base. The hop profile is classic Pacific Northwest. Sweetened orange and grapefruit, same as in the nose, are in the forefront but there's also a touch of pithiness. As this one warms there's a very mild buttery character I could do without but it's minor.

Nimbus nailed the mouthfeel. The body has medium weight and a nice velvety feel. Carbonation is soft and complimentary while the bitterness grows as I drink. It's no palate crusher but it runs just shy of moderate with a drying finish. The drinkability is up there.

This is an all around enjoyable, easy going IPA. Simple and straightforward. Something to be drank while grilling, hiking, or golfing. I wouldn't seek this out but I certainly wouldn't turn it down. Highly quaffable.

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Photo of Minkybut
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I poured this beer into my tumbler at 45 degrees. The beer was a strawberry (sorta) blond looking more blond I guess hard to describe. Head on this one did not last as long as it looked like it was when I first poured it. Beer smelled kinda neutral far as beer goes, I guess had sorta a fresh smell. The beer was slightly hoppy just about right for me that does not like a hop bomb. Good beer, I will drink this again.

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Photo of ckollias
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed this beer on tap at Nimbus Brewery.

A: Pours a golden hue with a thin white head that ends in a solid persistent lace.

S: Malty lager aroma.

T: Equal malty and hoppy flavors mixed together.

M: Medium carbonation and medium body.

O: Just an ok pale ale.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.9/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

Appearance: Pours out a hazy, pale copper-hued body with a small-sized, everso off-white head. A few stray pencil points of lace on the descent.

Smell: Slender pale malts with a mild aroma akin to damp, crustless bread. Faint, vague sweetness in the background. The citrus notes aren't particular powerful, but agreeable.

Taste: Soft pale maltiness with a thin sliver of crisped grains. Drizzle of house-made golden syrup for a noted sweetness. Hop flavors of lemon and white grapefruit, lightly pithy, though not overly bitter. Drying, citrusy, but, again, not particularly bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation.

Overall: While I enjoyed it, those looking for the hop character and bitterness to give you what for may be disappointed. I appreciate the relatively low ABV's for the Nimbus beers thus far.

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Photo of Gatch
4.08/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap @ Nimbus American Bistro & Brewery in Scottsdale, AZ.

A: Hazy golden-yellow with a thick, fluffy, off-white head. Vibrant beer.

S: Good balance of citrusy American hops.

T: Citrusy, hoppy deliciousness. Like biting into a grapefruit. Perfect dryness. Great with spicy food.

M: Insanely drinkable. So smooth.

O: An awesome Pale Ale.

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Photo of Phelps
3.21/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed in a taster glass at the Tucson brewpub. This pale’s been hopped four times with a combination of Cascade and Columbus.

Soft and spicy nose, with grass, lime and orange peel. Smooth caramel and big biscuits on the malt side.

The flavor steps up the malt. Biscuits, raw sugar, orange peel, some grass. Bitterness slides in after the swallow. Clean and crisp.

The body’s a notch under medium-light, with moderate electric carbonation that tingles the tongue. Mild fizz.

Nimbus’ pale isn’t bad. A little dull, perhaps, but a step above Sierra Nevada Pale Ale in complexity.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
3.41/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass at the Arizona Inn. An American style pale ale, this brew is hopped four times using plentiful quantities of Cascade and Columbus hops. The flavor is balanced by a subtle maltiness obtained from five varieties of malted barley and a slight fruitiness, to produce a classic beer in the style of the Pacific Northwest. A clean crisp ale with distinctive hop aroma. Classic beer from Tucson!

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Photo of Murrhey
3.43/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at the Sky Bar in Tucson, AZ.

A- Finger width tan head. Darker, nut-brown color. Little carbonation, considerable sticky lacing.

S- Dark malts, dark fruits and some definite bittering hops.

T- Good balance of hops and malt.

M- Full bodied, but with minimal carbonation.

O- Reviewed live, and harder to judge than I might have preferred considering how crowded the bar was, but I liked it.

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Photo of ZenAgnostic
3.49/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into wine glass. No date.

Appearance - Cloudy amber body. Offwhite one finger head with high stick and low to moderate retention.

Smell - Alcohol. Wet grassy hops. Mild.

Taste - Very acidic. Astringent grassy hops. Moderate hop presence.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied. Creaminess from the head.

Overall Drinkability - Middle of the road pale ale. Despite its bold character, it doesn't offer anything special.

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Photo of ccrida
4/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tall tumbler, Nimbus Pale Ale is a hazy auburn with a burnt white head that leaves scattered lace.

Smell is sweet cereals grains, some brightness from the hops, a little fruity.

Taste is quite nice. It's on the sweet side, from the malt as much as the fruitiness of the hops, which provide a balance with the bitterness. A little over-ripe on the citrus flavors.

Mouthfeel is dry, some oiliness from the hops, medium light bodied.

Drinkability is good, a solid pale ale, hop forward, just a little dirty with the sweetness.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.68/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 2/7/2010. Bottle thanks to daknole. Bottled on 12/2008. Pours a slight hazy light orange with a small white head. Aroma of diacetyl, sweet caramel, light floral hops, Flavor of bready/wheat malt, diacetyl, nice Pacific NW hops in the finish. It has an English IPA feel to it. Despite the age, this is pretty tasty actually. Rather enjoyable!

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Photo of Nerudamann
3.37/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Look - Hazy golden hue to the color. Good two fingers worth of foam. Good Carbonation

Smell - Earthy, somewhat zesty floral smell.

Taste - Earthy taste that was in the smell is in the taste. Fairly hoppy and bitter. I personally can't taste much past the hops, maybe just a slight sweetness that's trying to balance out the hops.

Mouthfeel - A tad on the creamier side of the texture.

Drinkability - Bitterness and aftertaste is a bit much for me to stand, as far as being about to come back to this one time and again...although not bad in and of itself. Very bitter APA.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.95/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Live on iPhone. Pours a pale gold with some head and lace. Smells of pale malt , grain and slightly citric herbal hop. Well rounded bitterness, slight grapefruit and rind flavor but not over the top. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and slightly creamy. Good drinkability. Would buy by the 6pack.

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Photo of pixieskid
3.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I have had this beer many times, tap, growler, bottle; finally thought I would post a review.
This beer will always have a special place in my heart because it was "the" beer that got me into the world of craft beer.

Pours a bright golden color with just the right amount of frothy head.

Smell is mild, with notes of piney hops and grain.

Nice mouth feel with distinct piney hop notes and a nice crispness about it.

Finishes with a clean bitterness.

Overall, nothing extraordinary, but an easy drinking pale that is worth it if you are in the area.

Recently all of the Nimbus beers have been tasting better, probably due to a new head brewer that was formerly employed at Abita Brewing.

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Photo of goatgoat
2.61/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Dating system on the bottle is unclear. There's a full 12 months and 3 years printed but not way of determining anything there.

Poured into a pint, pours clear sunflower yellow. Little white head, no lace. (But I share the pint glass with dirty hippies) Aroma is sweet, grainy and bready. Butter comes in as it warms. Little in the way of hop aroma. Taste is grainy, moderate bitterness and a slight astringency in the finish. Again butter comes in as it warms. Medium body.

I can't take a APA with a buttery note.

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Photo of ocelot2500
2.67/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear pale yellow color with little to no white head with little lacing to speak of.

Smells of light pale malts and citrus hops.

Tastes of bitterness on top of some pale malt sweetness. Hops are bitter, but there is little hop flavor. A little citrus makes an appearance, but this beer seems pretty bland. Pale malts are evident with some grain sweetness.

Mouthfeel is light and thin.

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Photo of kpoole25
3.07/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle to glass, from 'beers of the world' pack. First beer I've had made in Tucson AZ. Pours light brown but got almost no head, maybe a half inch. Fairly typical American hop smell, and fairly typical pale ale flavors, combination of sweet malt and sharp, aromatic hops. Good balance though. I thought it was decent but nothing to seek out.

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Photo of danetrain0101
3.76/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As far as pale ales go, this is a great one. It has that distinct pale ale taste and kick with a great touch done by the brewer.

The beer pours great. A nice tall head with a color of dark gold. Any darker and it wouldn't look like an ale! It is definitely a very esthetically appealing drink.

The aroma is that of a very flavorful brew. It has distinct citrus hints with a light grainy malt smell. A nice scent that I couldn't resist.

The taste was not disappointing. It was definitely a Pale Ale, but not as sharp as one would find in a Sierra Nevada. It has a nice heavy feel with a slight hint of citrus. The taste it leaves in your mouth makes you crave another sip. With the combination of exceptional taste and high alcohol content, this drink could leave you on your back in no time!

It has a nice velvet feel one would only find in a great crafted beer. It definitely adds to its drinkability, which is grand. If you where to pear this with a great meal you might find your self finishing the brew before the steak!

Serving type: bottle

Definitely a Solid 4!

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Photo of woodychandler
2.9/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Arrived with a finger's worth of bone-white head with decent retention. Color was a slightly hazy golden yellow. Nose was lightly hoppy. Mouthfeel was medium with a mildly hoppy bite on the tongue. Finish lingered with a nice bitterness. I just think that there are better interpretations of the style to be had.

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Photo of tpd975
3.63/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to smellsofstout for this one.

A: Pours a nice light yellow hue with a nice tall foamy head. Nice spotty lace noted as well.

S: Nice pale ale aroma. Light grainy malts with a big blast of citrus.

T: Solid in the flavor dept as well. Nice light malts, with a light breadiness to them. An ample dose of citrus hops round things out.

M: On the lighter side of medium, crisp.

D: Not bad, a pretty nice ramped up pale ale.

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Photo of htomsirveaux
3.03/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle tried 30 May 2008.

Medium sized yellow white head. Moderate carbonation. Very light peachy color, hazy. Smells like orange peel and tomato leaves. Citric zinginess to start, light malt. Pithiness through the middle. Some bitter cucumber. Moderate body and alcohol.

Overall pretty average, nothing special.

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