Humulo Nimbus | Sound Brewery

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Humulo NimbusHumulo Nimbus

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Sound Brewery
Washington, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by dirtylou on 10-15-2011

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Photo of jwc215
4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle:

Pours slightly hazed copper-tinted orange/amber with a lasting creamy head. Lacing sticks.

The smell is of a burst of fresh tropical fruits with a piney spice touch. Some grain mixes in.

The taste is of tropical fruits (mango/papaya, with a touch of banana) and some citrus (orange) and a touch of pine. Caramelized grain balances it. Bitter-leaning finish. Alcohol well-hidden.

Silky. A very approachable DIPA. Smooth. Tropical fruit notes from the hops stand out and linger. Sweet malt balances the bitterness while keeping it bitter-leaning. A very nice DIPA.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
1.81/5  rDev -53.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

A darker color for a dipa, came in light brown, no head. Caramel popcorn aroma, uh oh.

Fuck, more diacetyl. Can't get hops, malt bill is deft. I see good scores for this beer, but damn, I must have had a beat down bottle or something. Very obvious D infection on this one.

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Photo of hreb
3.97/5  rDev +1%
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 mabermud
4.19/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: Deep amber and hazy body. Off-white head that is full, sticky, and creamy looking.
Smell: Malt backbone. Blend of sweet malt, pine, and citrus. Floral notes.
Taste: The taste follows the smell, plus throw in a handful of sweet bread, not much, just enough to make this unique, and some tropical fruit. Excellent blend of malt and hops. Short-medium finish.
Feel: Low-medium carbonation. On the heavier side of medium. Creamy-ish. Very agreeable feel on the tongue and in the mouth. Clean.

Overall - Underrated. Dangerously drinkable for an imperial IPA. Rarely do I enjoy IPAs with a malty backbone. Nicely done.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a murky orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus fruit, citrus zest, tropical fruit, and earthy hop aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest, grapefruit juice, and tropical fruit flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with a great mix of citrus and tropical hop characteristics all around.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of LouZ
3.2/5  rDev -18.6%
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.

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Photo of rand
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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Photo of pkalix
4.6/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

wow. awesome flavor. nice malt, nice hop bitterness. more of a Midwest/east coast DIPA than a "west coast"..... which is my preference.... cant wait to try more from these guys!

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Photo of BeerHewitt
4/5  rDev +1.8%

A bottle shipped from Washington. Could see this at 4.25+ fresher easily. Amazing balance with the malt and bittering hops. The bitterness is satisfying as a hop head, but not overwhelming as I want another right now. Definately leaves you with that dryness that makes you want another beer. Clean, non-lingering malt presence, not syrupy like a lot of DIPA are getting.

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Photo of CameronMcDonald
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

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

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Photo of emmanuale
4.52/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I'm so pleased to have lived long enough to experience the Golden Age of IPA. Not only is the explosion of IPA's newer than the Internet, but just try and find a virus! The many makers of this blessed concoction all know one thing: mediocrity will result in the same fate as the Commodore and Adam Computers from the 80's. Pfft! History.

You've tasted know. You'll soon ask a friend "hey, whatever happened to that Goose Hollow IPA?" "It sucked, remember?" "Oh, yeah."

Humulo Nimbus has as good a chance as any to survive this era of new IPA's arriving almost daily. It's strong in all the essential departments, but it is greater than the sum of those parts. Let's analogy...hmmm....okay! When 4-part voices ring perfectly in music, an overtone is created, a "5th voice" if you will. Nobody is singing it, but you can hear it, an octave above the tonic, hovering overhead. Humulo Nimbus has one hell of an overtone.

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Photo of Braz
4.16/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

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Photo of mactrail
3.25/5  rDev -17.3%
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.

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Photo of FondueVoodoo
3.97/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of Rutager
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
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 repkovalev
4.72/5  rDev +20.1%
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 wordemupg
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
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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Photo of biboergosum
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
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 beertunes
3.57/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served in tulip. Poured a lightly cloudy amber color with 3/4 of an inch of off-white head that had very good retention an lacing.

The aroma was a bold blast of piney hops, with some citrus and floral back notes. There was just a bit of malt providing base notes. On the palate, the beer wasn't as bold as the aroma led me to expect, there was plenty of pine hops, with citrus kicking to help, but the flavors were much more subdued than the scent. Just a slight bit of malt sweetness was apparent at the back of the tongue.

The body was very nice, smooth and even, but did have just a slightly sticky-sweet finish. Drinkability was very good, I'll certainly have this one again. Overall, another solid, enjoyable, and worthy of your time.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.04/5  rDev -48.1%
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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Photo of superspak
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

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Photo of corby112
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Draft at Brouwers Cafe in Seattle, WA.

Pours a dark ruby color with golden orange/amber edges and a one finger white head that slowly fades into
a thick, lasting ring.  The glass is left coated with chunks of lacing.

Dank, resinous hop aroma with lots of floral, grassy pine notes which are countered by tropical and citrus fruit.  Very floral with sweet grapefruit, orange peel, pineapple and mango.  Very juicy and sweet balancing the earthier notes. Pale malt backbone with hints of biscuit and graham cracker.

Medium bodied with a dry, bitter hop presence up front that lingers over the sweet tropical fruit notes and malt backbone  into a dry, slightly boozy finish.  Very dank and resinous up front with an earthy bitterness that's countered by hints of grapefruit, pineapple and orange peel.  Sweetness for balance but bitterness dominates throughout.  Slight booze toward finish but has a decently masked ABV.  Hints of caramel malt and toffee giving just enough sweetness for balance.

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Photo of snaotheus
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a large mug

Pours a cloudy orange with a nice pale head. Smell is piney hops with a hint of grapefruit.

Taste is dominated by bitter hops with a slight sweet taste, totally bitter hoppy aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is slightly gritty, a little thick. Overall, solid beer.

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Photo of draheim
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.28/5  rDev -16.5%
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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