Brewed by Orkney (Sinclair Breweries)
Style: Golden Ale/Blond Ale
Stromness, Scotland


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Nimbus Strong Pale Ale (5.0% abv) resembles the famous KŲlsch beers of Cologne: pale in colour, soft in mouthfeel, but strong in alcoholic content. Our rendition has a rich, warming hop and a memorable malt character.
A small addition of around 5% malted wheat to the grist gives this beer much of its body and softness.
The aroma is of pronounced fresh-fruit hops, together with a sweet nuttiness. On the palate this beer has a verdant, almost vegetal, hop presence. Nimbus also exhibits lovely malt character of fresh bread and almonds.
This beer has understated power: delicate, complex and more-ish despite its relative alcoholic strength.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Martin243 (689) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - MAR 23, 2014
500 ml bottle from B&M. Served cold in a shaker. I suspect Orkney beers have to be at their freshest to be fully appreciated. This was well within its sell-by date, but was hazy, smelled skunky and didnít refresh. B&M have had this and the Wayfarer IPA from the same brewery on sale at 99p a bottle. I had the Wayfarer from Sainsburyís last September, and was hugely impressed. The bottles Iíve had from B&M, not so much. Both beers developed a mighty protein haze on cooling, and had an aging aroma. So, rate as I find, but suspect this might not be the brew in peak condition.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
RichTheVillan (2125) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAR 20, 2014
Bottle from B&M Bargains; clear golden pour with thin white head, lemon and skunk aroma, sweet taste with a hint of citrus but mostly weird skunkiness. Not good.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
MrJamesMcEwan (16) - SCOTLAND - FEB 15, 2014
"A blonde beer. Wheat malt, barely malt and three different hops gives a rich, soft mouthfeel and its crisp hop character. The aroma is of pronounced fresh-fruit hops, with a sweet nuttiness. The palate has a verdant, almost vegetal, hop presence. It has a malt character of fresh bread and almonds." A hoppy fruity aroma, crisp hoppy taste, rich mouthfeel, but gassy.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
HenrikSoegaard (10090) - Randers, DENMARK - DEC 14, 2013
Bottle. Creamy white good mostly lasting head. Yellow colour. Light malty and hoppy aroma. Light bitter strange flavor. Average light bitter finish. Oily palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Fishingegghead (6) - AUSTRALIA - NOV 29, 2013 does not count
Greatest draw back is lack of head and appearance when poured into glass. Lots of well bodied taste with bitterness at end (a lot like a woman)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ianwelby (331) - SCOTLAND - NOV 17, 2013
Golden beer with a thin, frothy head. It has a floral, citrus aroma and the flavour follows suit but with a hoppy hit and a light but distinct bitter, fruity twang to it aswell. It seemed a touch underwhelming at first and thereís not a great deal of aftertaste but itís definitely growing on me as I go along.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
allmyvinyl (2173) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 8, 2013
500ml bottle shared at home. Hazy golden yellow with thin white head. Aromas of cereal, brown sugar and flowery soap. Soapiness gets bigger on the aftertaste. Low carbonation. OK, but didnít really enjoy this.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
chrisv10 (9835) - DENMARK - JUL 29, 2013
Bottle as "Nimbus Blonde", 5%. Slightly hazy golden with medium white head. Aroma is malt, fruit, hop and a little citrus. Flavour is malt, fruit, hop, little citrus, little sweet, little grass and medium bitter.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Palme (2993) - Bergen, NORWAY - FEB 21, 2013
0.5l bottle shared with The Tasting Crew. This is a milky-straw yellow one, quite cloudy and it has a small light bubbly and sidesticking head. The nose has candied sugar, wheat, some yeast traces, bubblegum and some sweetness. Itís thin and almost watery on the mouthfeel with a below average carbonation level. Itís quite pungent this. Especially in the aftertaste. Starts off quite bitter, some grapefruit then it turns pungent - line the white part on the lemon zest. Not my cup of beer. 05.01.2012

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jmgreenuk (3563) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - FEB 20, 2013
Bottle at Taps Beer Bar, Kuala Lumpur. Poured a clear light straw yellow with a medium frothy white head and lots of broken lace. The aroma is fruity and floral, leading to a medium bitter, zesty, hoppy flavour with some hints of fruit and honey. As blondes go, itís not bad at all. Donít be tempted to serve it too cool. The flavours in this one only developed after it warmed up a little in the Malaysian heat

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