Nimbus Old Monkeyshine

From Nimbus Brewing – Our Old Monkeyshine is an exceptional example of a true,traditional style English Pub beer. Nimbus Old Monkeyshine is medium bodied and possesses a distinct, dark roasted flavor.

Nimbus Brewing – Nimbus Old Monkey Shine – 12 oz. bottle poured into a goblet. 8.2% abv. Purchased at Total Wine in Phoenix, AZ

Appearance: Pours a midnight ruby with a khaki pin stripe.

Aroma: Apples and red apple skin and alcohol.

Taste: Red apple skins, finishes with bitter hops.

Mouthfeel: Watery, big time.

Overall: A lousy beer. I’m hoping it was a bad bottle, and not what the beer was supposed to be. Also, maybe I’m sensitive, but the bottle with the monkey squashing a water melon was a bit bizarre to me.


  1. says

    I live in Phoenix and while I wouldn’t go as far as to say that this beer is “lousy”, it’s far from great or one of the “Top 50 Beers in America”… I probably have close to that many American currently in my fridge that I’d rate higher and like Dan said, not a rare beer. It’s available year round at pretty much every store that sells beer in Arizona.

    As for best Arizona beers, I’d go with Four Peaks Hop Knot and it’s uncommon, double, seasonal variety, Double Knot. Their Papago Brewing in Scottsdale also makes some damn fine beers, but aside from one of them, they’re only available on tap. El Robusto and Elsie’s stand out a little to me, but they have some great seasonals and one-time beers as well.

  2. Jim Buysse says

    I spend four months in Arizona in the winter and I would definitely rate this beer as the best readily available beer brewed in Arizona. I wish I could get it here in Minnesota.

  3. Danny Fullpint says

    1. Who rated it one of America’s Top 50 beers?

    2. The beer is not rare.

    3. The bottle I had was watery.

  4. Jim Clavin says

    Interesting that you made fun of this particular beer as it was just rated one of America’s Top 50 Beers in America and the best beer made in Arizona by a panel of real beer experts that know beers (quite apparently as you do not by your rating of this beer)from the June 2011 edition of Food and Wine magazine. Do you understand beer styles at all? This is an excellent example of an English Strong Style Beer and is suppose to have a medium body and lightly hopped. Far from watery or bitter hops. Learn something about rare beers before you comment on true quality beers.

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