Nomad - Great Divide Brewing Company
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3.68/5 rDev +1.1%
Served from a 12 ounce bottle into a snifter. At the time of this review, this beer is #22 on the "Top Beers - Czech Pilsener" list on beeradvocate.com.
Beer is yellow and clear with a big white head of small bubbles, nice retention, some lacing, moderate carbonation.
Aroma is yeasty and weak, mild throughout but nice.
Beer is medium to light in body, a little sweet and grain on the finish, a mild bitterness and hop presence, It is OK but not great, I do enjoy it though. I may have it again.
04-09-2012 19:30:28 | More by drabmuh
3.55/5 rDev -2.5%
Nomad pours a light straw color. It’s crystal clear. Backlighting gives it a bit of a gold look. A modest, soft white head caps it. It rises to just over a finger in height. Retention was definitely short. Lacing was light and very spotty. It’s not bad for the style. Not bad at all.
The nose is pretty good. Pilsner malt is definitely in the house. It smells a little sweet. There’s a mix of earthy, grainy, and grassy scents. Hops are noted, but smell subtle. They’re grassy and smell like noble hops. Light lemon and spicy notes round it out. Alcohol is buried. I’m not getting any at all. Smells pretty good. It could use a little more strength in the aromatics department. Pretty good though.
The flavor keeps the pace. The flavor kicks off with a pilsner malt and white pepper flavors. The spicy flavor is aggressive and intense. Maybe a little too intense. Hops are flavorful and play their role well. They are earthy and grassy. Definitely noble. The play pretty well with the spicy notes, but do not overpower them. Secondary flavors of yeast and grain are subtle, but are noted throughout. Alcohol isn’t noticeable at all. Finishes yeasty, hoppy, and spicy.
Nomad has a lighter body. Carbonation is active and gives it a nice, crisp bite. It has a nice feel. It goes down very easy. It’s somewhat difficult not to chug it.
Nomad is a pretty decent Czech Pilsner. The only slight change I’d suggest is to tone down the spiciness a little. It is quite intense and seems to mask or overpower some of the other flavors (pilsner malt, yeast, and hops primarily). It would probably be a little more enjoyable if those other elements were given more room to shine. Still a pretty good beer though. Worth checking out.
04-08-2012 02:53:41 | More by prototypic
4/5 rDev +9.9%
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.
04-02-2012 12:11:00 | More by avalon07
3.83/5 rDev +5.2%
Poured into a standard pint glass. The beer is a slightly hazy golden color. A bright white fizzy head sits on top, but dissipates to a wisp. Random sticky lacing persists. The beer smells sweet, lemony, and grassy. The beer tastes herbal. There is a hint of grass and bitter hops to finish. The mouthfeel is medium to light bodied.
Overall, not a bad summer beer. But there is a bitterness in there that sticks to you after a few beers. Not a great session brew.
04-01-2012 00:10:37 | More by JuicesFlowing
3.03/5 rDev -16.8%
Poured from bottle to tulip:
Not real exciting to look at... pours a clear gold with a finger of white head if you force it. Beading is decent. Nose is pretty clean. Some soft, sweet malts. Sort of a stale hop presence. The taste is pretty much all malt with some abstractly bitter hops. Light caramel, some cereal... hops catch up in the end with some herbal Earl Gray. Not too bad. Easy to drink. Quite unexciting though.
03-28-2012 02:14:14 | More by yamar68
3.98/5 rDev +9.3%
A pretty, yellow-gold body. Cloudy, with a fluffy egg-white head up top. Excellent head retention. This one's a keeper.
Lemon & salt in the nose. Grassy pilsner aroma. Citrus acidity. Dry biscuits with a clean nuttiness.
Fresh hoppiness up front with light malts, roasted almonds, herbal hops flavor (leafy), and a smooth back end.
03-25-2012 01:16:26 | More by DerekP
3.58/5 rDev -1.6%
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.
03-24-2012 00:56:11 | More by DefenCorps
3.55/5 rDev -2.5%
Goldish yellow body with good clarity. Forms a rocky finger high head which hold for a minutes before subsiding into a cap of white with good coverage. Flecks of suds on the glass.
Straw and bready malts with a bit of honey oat cereal and lemon pith thrown in the mix.
Cracker thin malts with some honey sweetness. Works well as hops add a straw and lemon note, a bit of carried on spiciness with a metallic finish along with a pleasant bitter layer.
Average pilsner body, average carbonation here. A bit of drying and soapiness on the palate to go with that metallic twinge.
Decent pils with good flavor,attractive set up with the malt bill though hop presence could be tightened up some. Not sure what that metallic taste is on the finish but it does fade rather quickly.
03-22-2012 03:04:06 | More by rawfish
3.9/5 rDev +7.1%
Picked up a single at Total Wine in late January for $1.99. Bottled on 12-12-2011.
Beer poured pale gold with a solid white head on the intial pour.
Nose is grainy and biscuity.
Taste is a wonderful balance between biscuity grains and Saaz hops. Somewhat peppery. Has a nice little addictive edge to it. Finish is clean.
Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, moderately carbonated, and very crisp.
Overall this is a really really good Pils. For this being 3+ months old the hop bite is still excellent for the style. I will have to find this for the first of the season tailgate when it is 105 degrees!
03-21-2012 00:09:37 | More by arizcards
4.23/5 rDev +16.2%
Time to try GD's Nomad Pils. Poured from bottle dated 1/6/2012 to a flute the beer pours a crystal clear straw yellow with a nice 2 finger white bubbly head, good retention and lacing. Looks inviting. The nose is a blend of pilsner malt, earthy hops, and a bit floral. The flavor builds on the nose for a nice flavor: pilsner malt base from which the earthy hops lay a mild bitterness, lemon and honey sweetness provide a hint of sweetness to balance. Very nice. Finishes with a mild bitterness and lingering lemon sweetness. Better than anticipated. Lighter end of medium bodied with good carbonation. Overall, this was a treat if a surpise. Not my favorite style though this is a beer I could drink a lot of from brewery that I think could do better. This is a step in the right direction! Recommended.
03-20-2012 02:32:26 | More by hopfacebrew
4.35/5 rDev +19.5%
Appearance - very, very nice looking pilsner. Yellow and clear with a really nice head for a pilsner about 1 finger but retention is good.
Smell - Mostly malt here and not much else I'm picking up
Taste - Great pilsner, with a fine malt balanced finished by a kick of crisp noble hops. Only thing not giving me a 5 rating on taste is the aftertaste lingers a little too long for me but its very minor flaw to this beer.
Mouthfeel - The richest, creamiest beer I think I've sampled under 6% ABV
Overall - a very fulfilling pilsner to me. Loved this one quite much.
03-19-2012 23:06:21 | More by bubseymour
3.98/5 rDev +9.3%
A nice aggressive pilsner with just a slightly rough edge to it. Plenty bitter with grass, citrus pith, and lemon zest hop flavors that hit the palate dead on. Malt is lean, letting the hops shine. Properly dry, which is critical. Another good effort by Great Divide.
03-19-2012 17:52:58 | More by bump8628
3.1/5 rDev -14.8%
12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a generic pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California.
A: Pours a half finger head of mild thickness, bad cream, and abysmal retention. Colour is a clear yellow. Standard for the style.
Sm: Straw, clean barley, and strange hints of peppers (?). No real floral presence. A mild strength aroma.
T: Clean full-bodied barley with straw notes and maybe clean malts. Very simple and boring. No hops come through. Some cream. Balanced but dull and bland. Built okay. Nothing unique or special here.
Mf: Smooth and wet, suiting the flavours okay. A bit overcarbonated. Too thick.
Dr: Drinkable but unremarkable. I wouldn't have it again, not even on-draught unless little else was available. Fairly priced but boring. The cream could use some amping up. Standard fare for a pilsner.
03-19-2012 06:13:10 | More by kojevergas
4.48/5 rDev +23.1%
Bottled on Dec 29 2011, shame Missouri whole salers for holding on to this for so long before releasing this to store shelves...
Pours an efferersvescent straw color with 2+ fingers of pearl colored head. Good head retention & lacing
S: Soapy & grassy hops, grainyness & perfumy hops as well
T: Follows the nose, slight sulphury notes, some lemony hop notes mix with mown hay, & honey malt up front. More soapyness as this warms, along with grainy/cereal sweetness. Finishes crisp, with lemon & honey malt/grainy sweetness, pretty dry as well
MF: Medium bodied, crisp carbonation & great balance
Great pils! I hope I can find this fresher, but this 2 month+ old pils is damn tasty& easy to session on...
03-18-2012 20:30:24 | More by russpowell
3.78/5 rDev +3.8%
A - Pours out a clear golden color with visible carbonation. Head is gone pretty quickly and lacing is splotchy. Although there is nice thin layer of constant foam.
S - The nose is very grainy and very floral. Lemongrass and hay come to mind. Very earthy in general.
T - Sweet with lots of grain in the taste. Also getting lemon, flowers, and a mild hop bitterness in the finish.
M - Medium bodied with low carbonation. Mouth feel is smooth enough and goes down nicely.
O - Very enjoyable. If you dig earthy and natural tasting beers then this is a good choice.
03-18-2012 14:34:08 | More by depechemode1983
3.88/5 rDev +6.6%
A ~ Pours bright gold with straw legs & a cap of smooth white head that does not cease. Carbonation is fine & uniformly rising to the top throughout the drink.
S ~ Saaz aroma with a twinge lemon zest followed by proofed dough. Tons wet grassyness & wildflowers...Club Soda
T ~ Saaz by the bucketload on a bed of honey & toast. . .White pepper & crackery malt. . .Faint oats & bergamot. . .Very grassy.
On warming it becomes breadier with more lawnmower clipping grassyness melded through.
M ~ Carbonation is spot on. Hops are earthy & spicy with a crisp finish. Very floral. Loses sharpness on warming.
D ~ I think this is a very well executed Pils that, while being a tad "green," is very balanced. Supreme American flair, but with a focused Idea in mind
03-16-2012 21:10:55 | More by chocosushi
3.9/5 rDev +7.1%
Pours a big fluffy 2 finger pasty white fluffy head fades at a med pace with nice sticky lacing, crystal clear pale straw color beer.
Nose has a nice pilsner aroma, cracked straw, soft pilsner malts with a hint of soft complex almost decoction, soft lager fruits and crispness, very slight hints of noble grass hops.
Taste is nice, lots of cracked straw and toasty pilsner malts, malty, juicy fruity lager is there but light with a nice crispness, plenty of grassy slight spicy noble hops being a light bitterness at first that builds a bit. Complex malts that give the feel and softness of layers of decoction but not quite there. Finish gets a bit more bitter and spicy hops, not quite dry and crisp and slightly sweet and sticky.
Mouth is lighter bodied, decent carb.
Overall nicely done but not perfected, could use some drying on the finish, the hops get a bit overly on the finish but not too much, a nice perception of soft and complex decoction like makes, and nice toasty cracked straw pilsner malts. Tasty and drinkable.
03-16-2012 11:51:44 | More by jlindros
Nomad from Great Divide Brewing Company
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