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 Kölsch 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 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JohnCook101 (251) - - FEB 1, 2013
500ml bottle. Cloudy golden with a good head. Very light aroma with not much to speak of. Light apple flavours, a touch of grassiness and just a mild note of toast and malt. Moderate bitter finish. Pleasant but not exceptional for this kind of beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theydon_Bois (6994) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - DEC 23, 2012
Bottle on the train from Edinburgh - 08/12/12. Clear pale golden with a decent frothy off white head. Nose is citrus, pale malt, a touch plasticy. Taste comprises pale malt, citrus tones, bitter orange, mandarin, touch of caramel, lemon, touch of sour/tarteness creeping in. Medium bodied, soft carbonation, bitter finish. Decent enough drop.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
MichaelAwesome (2982) - Wanne-Eickel, GERMANY - DEC 9, 2012
Bottle shared with McTapps. Just a simple, average and very uninspiring ale.Some hops in the aroma and a mildly bitter aftertaste. Will not try this one again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
McTapps (2980) - Ruhrgebiet, GERMANY - DEC 8, 2012
Bottle shared with MichaelBruch. Light golden taste with steady head. Taste of warm grass, sun, mild fruits, porridge made with water and cereals. Easy to drink.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Idiosynkrasie (3239) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - NOV 12, 2012
500ml bottle. Slightly cloudy golden colour with small, unstable, frothy, white head. Citrusy aroma has resemblances to a Belgian Wit, backgroundish hints of peach. Taste is citrusy, pale malty, minimally sweet hints of peach, fairly lasting, herbal, bitter hoppy finish. Light body, slightly watery.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
zacgillbanks (1853) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - NOV 1, 2012
Bottle from Trembling Madness, York. A cloudy yellow beer with a lemon citrus fruity flavour followed by a sweet notes, biscuit, then bitter finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Arve_Christian (2736) - Oslo, NORWAY - SEP 30, 2012
On bottle at Bonnie Prince Club, Zurich. Pale golden color, good foam. Aromas of malt, dried fruit & some general fruitiness. Medium body & complexity. Good bitterness, ok balance Enjoyable

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
larsga (5962) - Oslo, NORWAY - SEP 16, 2012
Biggish offwhite head. Hazy paleish yellow body with light carbonation. Floral gooseberry aroma with citric notes. Dry-sweetish gooseberry and biscuits taste with citric floral notes. Mid-bodied. Mild, soft, mealy mouthfeel. Dryish floral lemon zest aftertaste with grassy herbal notes. Nice and highly drinkable. Nicely filled out and mellowed by not being filtered. (0.5l bottle, wine monopoly, Vika, Oslo.)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AshtonMcCobb (2117) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 15, 2012
50cl bottle from Gordon and MacPhail, Elgin. Pours a cloudy golden with steady bubbles and a good head. The nose has grapefruit and a gentle oatmeal note. The taste is more of the oatcakes and grapefruit. The palate is light to medium in body and texture with a thirst-quenching and balanced finish. Overall, I enjoyed this though I was slightly biased because I had an incredible thirst so the hoppiness hit the mark.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
BlackHaddock (3183) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - MAY 1, 2012
Brown 500ml bottle, best before Feb 2010, drank Mar 09. Poured into a pint sized vase shaped glass. Looked like a good pilsner, but with a bigger head. A deep golden yellow colour, with bubbles rising up to the well formed and impressive head. Very little aroma for me, not even any hop esters or malts. The label claims three different types of hops are used, obviously none of them are for aroma, they don’t name them. The hops don’t come into the taste much either, there is a hint of citrus fruits and the beer is fairly dry and crisp, but not hoppy in any shape or form, unless my tastebuds have left me again. Drinkable and un-offensive, is about the best I can say about it. No heavy body or richness to it, just a warm day beer. It wasn’t as good as it looked.

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