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


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RATINGS: 65   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.09/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
Cask: Regular.
NOTE: Only ratings for the cask version here. The bottled version is pasteurised and has a spearate entry.
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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MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 8, 2007
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Gravicask @ Planet Thanet. My first real shocker of what was an excellent festival. Butter, eggs, sulphur and diacetyl. Only vaguely hoppy. Pretty rank.

Maria (10211) - Thisted, DENMARK - MAR 11, 2007
Golden, with a nice head. The aroma is fruity, citrussy and the flavour is crisp and fresh with notes of fruit, caramel. But as soon as it got a bit warmer, the magic was gone. The fruit became a bit boring (a bit like apple juice) and the citrus became a bit harsh, so I recommend that this is cold, when you drink it.

larsga (7668) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 5, 2006
Thin white head; faintly hazy pale orange body. Faint sweetish aroma. Light watery taste of apple with dry resiny finish. Subtle citrusy flavours. Strange mouthfeel. It’s decent, but nothing great. (0.5pt on cask.)

OlMalteserHead (21) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - NOV 18, 2006
A lovely sweet candylike aroma, the bottled beer from Morrisons, pours with an amber-blonde body, and has a heavy taste flavoured with a light hop and a powerful caramelised fruit finish, and slight bitter aftertaste.

dolemike1 (1289) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 16, 2006
This beer smelled like the discharge from a sewage treatment plant, which pretty much kills any chance at having a decent rating.

RichardGretton (4794) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - MAY 14, 2006
[email protected] Beer Festival, 2006. Golden syrupy beer with a fruity and glazed syrupy aroma and a nicely dry and fruity syrupy flavour. Overall a nice fruity beer.

maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - MAY 13, 2006
Cask conditoned - gravity dispense - Rugby BF. A slightly hazy golden coloured beer. The aroma is intersting and quite nice with lots of orange notes but there is a little apple skin smell, which come s through in horrifying ways with a real cider like taste. Seems wheaty and there is no indication of anything Kölsch like. Very misguided.

SilkTork (5881) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, ENGLAND - APR 29, 2006
Dover Beer Fest. Dry pale ale with a delicate perfume. Quite nice Golden Summer Ale.

caesar (7332) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - APR 7, 2006
Cask, Guildford Arms, Edinburgh. Aroma of english hops. Bitter taste, soft and creamy texture. Nice beer.

chriso (7536) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 28, 2006
Cask (gravity dispense) at White Cliffs Festival 2006. Atlas seem to specialise in pale beers in an avowedly continental style. Well, I have to say I didn’t see the Kolsch likeness here really. Golden colour. Nice flowery, hoppy aroma with some tropical fruit notes. More fruity and less hoppy on the palate, but the flavours are rather less intense than the aroma. Clean and fresh, but perhaps could be a little crisper in the mouthfeel. The overall impression is of a falling away after the aroma. A decent beer nonetheless.

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