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


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RATINGS: 99   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.08/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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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.

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MrJamesMcEwan (244) - SCOTLAND - FEB 15, 2014
UPDATED: MAR 26, 2015 "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.

HenrikSoegaard (14176) - 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.

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)

ianwelby (1392) - 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 there’s not a great deal of aftertaste but it’s definitely growing on me as I go along.

allmyvinyl (10625) - 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 didn’t really enjoy this.

chrisv10 (17466) - 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.

Palme (4811) - 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. It’s thin and almost watery on the mouthfeel with a below average carbonation level. It’s 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

jmgreenuk (9457) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - 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, it’s not bad at all. Don’t be tempted to serve it too cool. The flavours in this one only developed after it warmed up a little in the Malaysian heat

JohnCook101 (535) - - 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.

Theydon_Bois (19541) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, 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.

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