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Nomad - Great Divide Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
82
good

433 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 433
Reviews: 144
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 11.57%
Wants: 16
Gots: 17 | 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 JohnGalt1
3.41/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pretty much polished golden... perhaps a slight haze... short lived sudsy off-white head... spotty lacing.

Smells bitter.. pale malt huskiness sorta destroys what little floral hoppiness there is.

Sharp bitterness and a lighter than expected floral hoppiness... pale malts stick around mid palate only long enough to get us back to the bitter bite... Lingering bitterness on the finish seems out of place.. almost a minerally element.

Palate and carbonation are pretty much perfect.

Overall, this is pretty good, but it needs to be dialed in... aromas and flavors seem a little muddy.

3.5/3.5/3.25/3.75/3.5

JohnGalt1, Jan 18, 2014
Photo of rolltide8425
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

rolltide8425, Feb 13, 2013
Photo of harpus
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

harpus, Aug 01, 2013
Photo of scruffwhor
4.28/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great, clear, pale hay and yelow sunshine color. Good bubbling and an aesome head, thick foam. and even some lacing.

Clean, earthy, grassy hops, and light toasted cracker and unmalted grain. Smells like refreshment.

Crisp, refreshing, and well carbonated, cleansing palate through and through. Hoppy, earthy, and crackley. Lightly toasted malt, and unmalted barley flavor. This beer is one of the best czech pilsners I've ever had. Will buy again and recommend!

scruffwhor, May 25, 2012
Photo of xnicknj
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

xnicknj, Jan 28, 2014
Photo of flagmantho
3.33/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a Pilsner glass. Bottled on December 29, 2011, so it's quite fresh.

Appearance: yellow-golden hue with crystal clarity and a good effervescence. Head poured 3+ fingers of frothy white foam despite a pretty ginger pour.

Smell: sweet malt aroma with a touch of grain and a touch of noble hops present. I like it.

Taste: sweet malt flavor with a very slight amount of corn. I don't know if they used corn in the brewing of this, but it certainly tastes like it to me. Bitterness is moderate and quite balanced; hop flavor is quite good. But that corn just gets to me in a bad way.

Mouthfeel: medium body with quite a lot of carbonation. Creamy and fulfilling, especially for the style.

Overall: this beer has quite a few good points, and I guess the corn character isn't a total dealbreaker. Not bad.

flagmantho, Jan 25, 2012
Photo of Bitterbill
3.66/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled on...err...the black patch has naught on it.

It's a light golden colour with a small and fast receding head of foam that does stick around for the entire session. Speaking of sticking around...there's lacing.

The smell as a crisp Pils hop nose with some notes of grain and corn.

The taste displays a fairly crisp hop character, stronger with graininess, and a bit of corn and almost a horse blanket kind of taste. The hops seem to be subdued. Usual or the norm? I don't know.

Spot on with the mouthfeel for the style, it's easy drinking though a bit on the dull side. Well, not THAT dull.

I like.

Bitterbill, Mar 18, 2013
Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pilsner glass. Had a pale color and a clear texture. There was an inch of creamy, fairly long-lasting head. Excellent lacing.

S: A lot of hops in the aroma, along with a hint of citrus, too.

T: Tasted of bitter hops, along with some malt, citrus (a little lemon), and slight tinge of grain in the finish. A vibrant, straightforward flavor.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: Nothing overly groundbreaking here, but still a simple, enjoyable pilsner.

avalon07, Apr 02, 2012
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.

WoodBrew, Mar 28, 2014
Photo of Cynic-ale
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Cynic-ale, Jul 29, 2013
Photo of DrDemento456
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Never really an impressive color a bright pee colored yellow with an impressive 1/2 inch of sticky foam. Worth a 3.5

S - Smells of light Saaz hops giving it a better bitter tone across those typical pilsner malts.

T - Quite smooth and balanced with hops and malts. Really find no fault in this take of the style. Smooth and drink able.

M - Light obviously but good.

Overall worth a second look but really not my first choice. These guys get props since even the best brewery can overlook a good pilsner.

DrDemento456, Mar 09, 2012
Photo of DefenCorps
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 24 Jan 2012, in my Great Divide tulip. Another drabmuh!

Clear golden yellow with a dense, fluffy, white head with excellent retention and nice lacing, this looks the part of a nice pils. The nose has a nice, big, spicy Saaz hop character, clean, zesty, zippy and lemony with a touch of earth. Swirling the glass, though, does bring a little bit of corn to go with the rather doughy. There *is* something off here, though, lending a mildly metallic and solvent character (stressed yeast?). If I don't think about it too much, though, this beer is pretty good.

On the palate, it's overhopped for the style, lending a prominent bitterness, earthy and lemony with some zest with not enough of a hop flavor. The mid-palate has the malt profile, not as doughy as the nose would suggest. The overhopped nature doesn't help either. A touch of sweetness, mildly corn-like, right before the strong, bitter finish. Light in body with crisp carbonation, this is quite refreshing on the palate. The flaws of the nose aren't as apparent on the palate, with the metallic character not quite noticeable. Not quite true to style (too crisp, too hopped) this is still quite enjoyable, I can see myself drinking this again.

DefenCorps, Mar 24, 2012
Photo of bsuedekum
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

bsuedekum, Oct 02, 2013
Photo of Haybeerman
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Haybeerman, Feb 06, 2013
Photo of spinrsx
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz Bottle received in trade with cfrancis - thanks!

Appearance - Clear yellow colour with a small size fizzy white coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there isn't much lacing.

Smell - Corn, breads/grains, hops

Taste & Mouth - There is a below average amount of carbonation and I can taste corn, hops, and bread/grains. There are also some grassy/herbal notes and a touch of apple juice. It ends with a faint hop aftertaste.

Overall – Seems like a pretty bang on example of the style. I wouldn't mind a little more hop bite, but solid nonetheless.

spinrsx, Dec 18, 2013
Photo of Duff27
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Duff27, Feb 27, 2014
Photo of barnzy78
3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, pours pale golden yellow with a nice fluffy white head that holds good retention and leaves all kinds of sticky lacing down the entire glass. Aromas are pilsner malt, grassy, and citrusy. Tastes are pilsner malt, grainy, lemon grass, herbal hop, and slightly nutty. Mouth-feel is creamy and smooth with a fairly sharp hop bite on the finish, but still goes down smooth and clean; easy to drink. Overall, nice take on the style. Better than expected.

barnzy78, Mar 12, 2012
Photo of Brenden
4.15/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A winter pils? I don't see why not...

Poured into my pokal, Nomad immediately develops a thick, creamy pillow of pure white head over a clear brew precisely the elegant golden color I expect from a good pils. As it drops, the heavy island of foam that never dies spiderwebs heavy lacing to the very bottom of the glass.
Floral and unoffensively sulfuric notes along with grassiness speaks unquestionably of a healthy dose of Saaz hops. The aroma offers good balance with crisp dry malts as well. This beer is benchmark for the style and hoppier to boot.
A little more cracker, grain and biscuit showing off the malts come through in the flavor. Floral hops never fade. The grassy element pulls through and develops a ghost of a hay-like quality in the finish. While tasty and flavorful, it comes just short of what thr aroma boasts.
To style, Nomad is exactly as light as it should be and shows off some depth. It's plenty crisp and even has some smoothness. It's on the next level if not for just a bit of slickness.

Brenden, Jan 23, 2012
Photo of KevinGordon
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

KevinGordon, Jan 14, 2013
Photo of ZEB89
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

ZEB89, Aug 23, 2014
Photo of Griffith
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Griffith, Feb 19, 2014
Photo of pathman
4/5  rDev +10.2%

pathman, Jul 14, 2013
Photo of ArrogantB
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought a sixer because I am trying to broaden my palate when it comes to lagers and pils seems to be a style I like. I don;t really have a frame of reference in regards to Czech or German pils so I can't say which one this is more like. It was bright yellow, fizzy (the horrors), and looked good. Aroma was a bit of minerals and smelled decent. Flavor was crisp, mineral, nice lager flavor. I really need to buy more lagers so I can describe the flavors better, they seem so much more subtle than ales.

ArrogantB, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of KarlHungus
4/5  rDev +10.2%

KarlHungus, Apr 20, 2014
Photo of AngusOg
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

AngusOg, May 28, 2014
Nomad from Great Divide Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 433 ratings.