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RATINGS: 27   MEAN: 2.93/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.89/5   EST. CALORIES: 126   ABV: 4.2%
The historical A-1 brand has returned. During the 1940s and ’50s, Arizona Brewing Company’s A-1 beer was the most popular brew in the Grand Canyon State. Today’s revival is more of an European-style pilsner.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Sledutah (7021) - Utah, USA - DEC 4, 2010
On tap at Nimbus brewing
Appearance: Clear yellow with a small white head and good lacing
Aroma: Malts and grains
Taste: Light malts, grainy with some light hops
A nice clean pilsner, easy drinkability.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
IrishBoy (4103) - Bakersfield, California, USA - DEC 3, 2010
12oz bottle from cbkschubert. Nose is grainy malt with hints of floral hops. Lightly hazy gold with a medium offwhite head. Flavor is prppery, light maltiness, and hints of background bitter.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Padron4KM (799) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - NOV 19, 2010
12 oz bottle. Hazy dark gold with an off white head above lively carbonation.
Sour bready malt aroma, cereal grain and spicy hops. Flavor is pretty non-descript. Grainy mostly, a little spicyness.
Finish is a touch dry.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
FlacoAlto (4152) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - OCT 14, 2010
A solid pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces a fat-two-finger thick, pale, off-white colored head. The beer is a deep gold, almost copper color and shows a hazy, dark gold color when held up to the light. The aroma smells of spicy hops, with perhaps a touch of lemon zest, sweet grainy, almost corn like malt and has a touch of cracker like grain to it. The corn-like note in the nose gets more pronounced the more I smell this beer, and, while it is not bad, it is a touch off-putting.

Crisp and cool as this first hits my tongue, this is straight from my food fridge so it is a bit colder than my typical beer. The finish really reminds me of the macro-stuff I drank too much of at an early age; slightly metallic, very grassy and with a not very pleasant finish. This is certainly a good remake of a long dead macro-lager. I thought I heard this was an all malt formulation, so it is impressive that Nimbus got this to taste so much like a adjunct laden cheap macro. Much kudos for hitting that bench mark, but this unfortunately means this beer is definitely not my cup of tea. Too grassy, with a definite DMS edge to it that becomes too dominant in the finish along with the metallic hops. There is a soft bitterness here, but it really could use quite a bit more. Light bodied and for that reason it is pretty drinkable, though the flavor seems to get in the way of this.

Not really very good, and definitely the worst beer that Nimbus makes, but I also get the feeling that this is pretty close to the dead-macro beer that they were trying to clone, but I still have to ask why?

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rusty (1545) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - SEP 16, 2010
Bottle. Slightly hazed yellow orange brown dirty water with a small white head. Aroma is malt, hops, grain. Flavor is malt, touch of hops, watery and easy to drink. Simple straight forward and refreshing. Good lawnmower beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
dionysus (1485) - Arizona, USA - SEP 11, 2010
Bottle pours pale gold with a white head. I basically brought this home out of sheer curiosity. If this is a true representation of what was being made back then, not too shabby. But by today’s standards, this really doesn’t have a whole hell of a lot going on. Easy drinking on a hot summer day or when you are in need of a retro flashback.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
cbkschubert (2901) - BFE, Arizona, USA - AUG 21, 2010
12 oz. bottle from Beverage House in Sierra Vista - I actually had this beer on draught at the Nimbus Bistro a few months ago. The bottled version is pretty much the same. Has a very slight hazy to its golden color. Thin white head and very little lacing. Aroma and flavor is light grain and herbal hops. It’s not sweet or soapy. Medium body. It doesn’t have a lot going on, but there are no obvious flaws. Worth a try

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