Friday, July 5, 2013

Nimbus Brewing Company Dirty Güera Blonde Ale

Hello beer lovers and welcome to another edition of the NorCal Beer Blog's brew review.

Tonight’s featured beer is Nimbus Brewing Company Dirty Güera Blonde Ale. I was gifted a few beers from Arizona and since I found Nimbus Brewing Company’s Old Monkey Shine to be stellar I looked forward to trying this one.

From the Nimbus Brewing Company website: “”Balance” is the key description for this smooth and refreshing Southwestern-style Blonde Ale.  Nimbus Blonde is brewed with the finest domestic pale malts and world-class Cara-Pils and Munich malts.  Our use of select Perle and German Hallertau hops lends to the beer’s pleasant floral nose: low in fruitiness and mild in ester production.  This combination produces a light, clean, and crisp balance between malts and hops.  Out Blonde’s subtle sweet undertones are derived from pure mesquite-flavored “killer-bee” honey that is harvested from hives in Bisbee, Arizona.

Nimbus Blonde is not heavy, nor too sweet.  It’s a tasty beer that is bright and golden with delicate flavor characteristics.  And at 3.5% alcohol by volume, Nimbus Blonde is an easy-drinking pint at any time of day or night.”
Let’s get started!
Appearance: Pours golden with a creamy white head and spotty lacing.
Aroma: Citrus and floral hops, clean pale malts, toasted grains, sweet caramel and a touch of honey.
Taste: Pale malts, citrus, honey, toasted grains and caramel.  Quite malty and sweet, but crisp and clean.
Overall: Nimbus Brewing Company Dirty Güera Blonde Ale is solid.  Well balanced and very easy to drink, at 4% ABV (the website said 3.5%, but my bottle said 4%) I’d gladly drink a few of these.  It is a bit sweet so I’m not sure how easily I would session this, but if it were able to be sourced locally I’d probably pick it up from time to time.


Mark Harvey

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