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Nomad - Great Divide Brewing Company

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468 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 468
Reviews: 147
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 11.85%
Wants: 15
Gots: 26 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Great Divide Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Czech Pilsener |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Domingo on 12-30-2011)
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Photo of WoodBrew
3.44/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

The Nomad is a solid offering from Great Divide. The beer poured a clear crisp yellow with thin white head that is leaving a spotty lace. The scent has some grain and biscuit flare. The taste is slightly sharp and grain and alcohol definitely present. The mouthfeel is lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall the beer is solid and worth a try for those that enjoy pilsners.

Photo of BobN
3.44/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Presentation - bottle, poured into crystal Czech beer stein.

A - Wonderful clarity, golden straw. Nice 2 finger head white/off white which dissipates into a nice lacing which persists during drinking.

S - Some bread, little citrus.

T - Mineral, chalk and grasses and bitter. Mineral aspects dissipate a bit as the beer warms during drinking.

O - A mineral and chalk taste is not my favorite, so this is a bit of a drawback for me. Other elements of the beer are good. It's a good representation of the style.

Photo of tone77
3.45/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer #2 on a great divide sampler night. Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has bright yellow color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, some malts, sweetness. Taste is smooth and refreshing. Malts, grains, grassy hops at the finish. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a good session beer.

Photo of cbutova
3.45/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Crystal clear pale straw colored body. Frothy white head forms to a nice size and retains well. A few small patches of lace.

S- Floral hops, yeast bread and a light malt mix to the aroma. Not all that strong.

T- Hop forward with floral, earthy, straw and spicy noble hops being the primary flavor. This is balanced with light biscuit malt sweets, lager yeast notes, bread and some fruit hints.

MF- Creamy light end body with high foamy carbonation. Finishes with a sharp bitterness.

Solid American made pilsener with pretty nice hop use.

Photo of allforbetterbeer
3.45/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer looks fantastic. The body is a beautiful polished-gold that is crystal clear full of tiny rising bubbles. The head is bone white and fluffy and falls to a creamy layer on the surface that lasts forever.

On the nose the noble hops and sweet light grains work well in tandem, providing some sweet corn, earthy, and light sulfur notes.

The flavor has all the right components. There is an initial spicy zest from the hops, a bright bitterness that is unfortunately offset by a sweet note, and an aftertaste with crackery light toasty malts. The malts could be cleaner and more defined with greater clarity, and the sweetness could be toned down. The thirst-quenching ability of this beer is slightly impaired by the above mentioned deviations from tradition.

All in all this is still quite good, and I would be proud to have brewed it. However my experience of Great Divide has never been anything less than stellar, so I was hoping for a world class pils. This doesn't strike me as world class (which would be a feat indeed), but it is altogether worthy of the glass of any beer advocate.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.45/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 1/6/12.

Pours a clear light yellow with a 1 inch foamy white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Thin foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt/grain, grassy/herbal notes, and a hint of skunk. Taste is of toasty malt/grain and big earthy, grassy, and herbal flavors. There is a somewhat assertive level of bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good pilsner but the skunky aroma I am getting is not too pleasant.

Photo of Lordquackingstic
3.45/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into an DFH IPA glass.

A: Honey-straw yellow with a very big and sticky white head. Tons of little bubbles dancing around inside the glass.

S: Herbal, green tea, slightly sweet.

T: Floral hops, bits of sweet grains, slight honey tones.

M: Very light and very carbonated. Not as crisp as I'd like it to be, which takes away from how refreshing I was hoping it would be. Light herbal notes linger long after the sip.

O: This is a pretty solid pilsner, but it's nothing spectacular. Would definitely like it to be a bit more crisp and refreshing for hot summer days, but otherwise it's pretty good. Not worth the price at $2.50 a single though.

Photo of smcolw
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Relatively clear with neutral golden color. Modest head that leaves some spotty lace.

Mild of aroma of fresh hop and sweet malt. I may be thrown off by the strong smell beer brewing in the background.

Thin bodied and slightly sour are my first impressions which misses the typical expectations of the style. Lip smackingly dry. Short aftertaste of neutral hop.


Retried it in Boston on tap. This time, closer to style but there's more skunkiness to the smell.

Photo of grittybrews
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a brilliant straw yellow with a finger of bright white head. Fresh aroma of grain and grass.

Moderate carbonation and a smooth mouthfeel. Caramel and corn malt up front with hints of lemon and grass on the tail end.

This one started off promising but I didn't quite enjoy the balance of flavors. Solid brew but I could have used a little more hops to balance.

Photo of TheBigE5
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Bright gold with a finger of white head that sticks around

S - Floral and grassy. Little bit of fruit.

T - Bread and yeast comes through pretty clearly. Saaz hops in the finish.

M - Lightly carbonated and a little buttery

O - As described, it is well balanced. Good pilsener, i really enjoy the finish.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

new one from great divide. pours a very standard pilsner looking straw pale yellow with a fine 1 inch white head. smells quite malty and earthy for a pilsner. flavor agrees. this is a slightly bigger beer than most traditional czech pilsners. im picking up grassy and even rye notes in the flavor. mouthfeel is crisp and clean, with good carbonation and a light (but not too light) body. decent beer for the drinkers of lighter beers

Photo of Nerudamann
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pilsner glass.

Look – light golden color, clear, with good carbonation and about three fingers’ worth of off-white colored foam that dissipates somewhat slowly.

Smell – typical near-cereal type of smell that comes from a pilsner. Malts seem more prevalent than the hops. Almost seems to have a syrup like quality to the aroma.

Taste – much like the smell, there’s the typical bitter bite of a pilsner, but there’s also a sweetness that creeps in toward the middle, but it’s not enough to balance out the bitterness in the finish. One also notices a muskiness in the middle that also persists in the finish/aftertaste.

Mouthfeel – pretty well balanced, not seeming to lean more toward the watery or creamy sides.

Overall – not extremely interesting, but not dull and not bad-tasting either.

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Nomad from Great Divide Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 468 ratings.