Savvy1982 (1705) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 6, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Nimbus. Pours clear reddish-amber, thin to medium off-white head, solid lacing. Nose is creamy, dusty, light hop aromas, Flavours of light creamy-coffee notes, red fruit, light hop spice and bitterness. Nice for a red ale.
lucklys (62) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - FEB 13, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Being titled a red ale, I expected nothing short of a red coloration and this Nimbus brew did not disappoint. Freshly poured into my snifter glass, it glowed a wondrous copper red/brown and looked thicker than it was. The head was definitely lacking, barely building before breaking up, and there was no lacing to speak of. My first shock was the amalgamation of scents emanating from the beer. Itís an oddly pleasant mixture of malt, sour cherry, yeasty dough, and maybe something citrus...grapefruit perhaps. ---
Where I was completely assuming that this ale would be thick in my mouth, what with all the different smells, my second shock was due in large part to the fact that the liquid was practically water-like in texture. Very thin, very watery, yet it still managed to maintain all of the flavors of the malt, cherry, dough, and grapefruit. The only problem with all of these flavors being thrown together on my tongue, was that each one wanted to overpower the others, rather than compliment it, and I ended up with a horrible sour-fruit aftertaste that lingered for a long while after each sip. I found that the dryness of the beer helped keep the aftertaste from dissipating. Also, with very low carbonation, it was just like drinking really strong fermented fruit flavored water. ---
Now, despite the first half of the bottle being somewhat of a mess, the second half somehow managed to taste a little better. Iím hoping this is because I was learning to enjoy the multitude of flavors rather than just making myself believe the little bit of alcohol was helping me tolerate it. Either way, I canít honestly say that I didnít enjoy the rest of the drink once I became accustomed to the strong flavors and watery texture. ---
This ale best represents late fall here in Arizona, when the temperature starts to dip below 80ļ and the air isnít quite so dry. A good cookout with lots of brats and sauerkraut, maybe a little mustard, would be the perfect accompaniment to the overwhelming sour sweetness present in the drink.
alexanderj (3193) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - JAN 1, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap; poured a rich amber color. Aroma was weak, but flavor was spot on. Citrus, fruit, caramel, earth and bread. Better than expected.
Sledutah (3624) - Utah, USA - DEC 4, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Nimbus
Appearance: Clear amber with small white head and good lacing
Aroma: Toasted malts and fruit
Taste: Malts and fruit
A decent Amber
bhensonb (9811) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 21, 2010
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Liz. Pours darkish amber with a foamy off-white head. Aroma of roast malt with something like herb. Med body; foamy, sharp carb. Flavor is roast malt, and something thatís bitter. Iíd say this is more dry and bitter than not. Tho some sweet malt seems to creep back in the finish. Arguably crisp.
beersearcher (2162) - Glendale, California, USA - OCT 2, 2010
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours orange/red. Woodsy hop aroma. Really carbonated. Lots of bubbles. Those bubble attack the roof of the mouth. A little antiseptic hop bitterness. Very British in style.
Travlr (9808) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 24, 2010
2.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft sample at the brewpub. Amber, thick white head. Not much aroma to speak of. Taste is plain bitterness, not much else. My least favorite of the 6 we sampled that day.
crajun (803) - , Texas, USA - APR 13, 2010
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
had at restraunt in phx; notes say over carbonated/over hopped. not bitter. drinkable; nothing above average.
GKillian (525) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - APR 7, 2010
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Poured a hazy amber with a tan head and some lacing. Aromas of malt and citrus (orange?). Smooth taste with a bitter finish. A tad thin. Overall not a bad amber ale, but not among the better ones Iíve had.
j12601 (6403) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - MAR 20, 2010
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle. Pours a hazy orange brown with a creamy beige head. Lots of grain and cardboard. Sweet, weird fruit and rubber. Iím not sure if the sweetness corresponds to the strawberry on the label, but itís somewhat unsettling. Finishes up with an acrid vegetal bitterness and more of that strange almost strawberry sweetness.