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Nomad - Great Divide Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
82
good

485 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 485
Reviews: 149
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 11.6%
Wants: 15
Gots: 34 | 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:
Beer added by: Domingo on 12-30-2011

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Ratings: 485 | Reviews: 149
Photo of krome
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of thecheapies
3.59/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nomad looks a shimmering gold with a warm yellow glow. The head settles too easily in a disappointing fashion. Crops of translucent white bubbles populate the rim walls with a few mutinous clusters islanding on the surface.

Smells of herbal hops and lightly steely grains with grassy notes proper, but not boisterous. Strangely enough, a fermented note of apricot rind and white cherry almost tries to make itself known. A little convoluted, as far as the malts want to press forward.

Sweeter and fruitier than most pilsners go, so I get that this isn't of the German ilk. The flavors are actually quite hoppy for the style, and I realize that the unfamiliar fruit notes I was whiffing in the nose are actually citrusy hops with notes of orange and grapefruit. The hay-like grassiness is welcoming and very familiar to me. Steely vibes aforementioned are relieved by hoppiness and good ol' Euro malt character. Lagered with a wee bit of extra wort sugars than needed, but the candid crispness is here. It's flavorful, I can say that, for sure.

A little oily. A little too swishy for what would have been a satisfying medium body. But, a high-powered effervescence propels the feel into pleasing territory. Rather this than most.

A Czech Pils all the same, but aside from a confusing aromatic experience, one can get in-tune with this Great Divide seasonal. A strange choice for a colder season brew, but it has its charm if you have the patience to discover it for yourself.

Photo of shelby415
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of harrymel
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

29DEC11

Pours a yellow ale with a finger of fine whites - typical. Smells Grainy, corny, some grassy hops. Nice enough.

Flavor follows suite with a crisp, corny profile with some spice to it. Good Czech Pilsner. Clean and sharp carbonation with low body to it.

Nice call, good retreat from the normal winter release. Will enjoy again.

Photo of ste5venla
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of Lovely85
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of wedge
3.62/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled On: DEC 12 2011

Pale yellow with a little bit of chill haze and a pure white head. Spicy, Saaz-y aroma...flowery and biscuity with a subtle, but noticeable corn element. Pretty tasty and drinkable; they have the crisp, refreshing quality down. Dry, snappy noble hop flavor over a mild pale malt base. I wish the malts came through more, as they are pretty much buried under the grassy hops. Not bad at all though as an easy-drinker, and a pretty good stab at the style. Light and crisp. I could pound a couple more of these...

Photo of Morey
4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with "DEC 15 2011" stamped on the lower right hand corner of the label. I tip my glass in the direction of Colorado. Thanks for dating Great Divide!

Pours an extremely pale yellow color with brilliant clarity. Plenty of carbonation bubbles floating up toward a white colored head that has settled to thin layer after several minutes. Pretty good head retention on this Pils.

Smells of fresh grains, hops, and soft malts.

Taste: Picks up right were the aroma left off. Super balanced between the hops, grain, and the malt bill. Hop-carbonation bite is definitely on the front end. The finish is crisp and clean with the malts showing up and rounding things out and the very end.

Thin mouthfeel with spot on carbonation. It's not fizzy, but it provides that initial crisp bite that you expect from a good Pils.

An above average Pils overall.

Morey's Bottom Line: Because I'm a big fan of hops, I still prefer Prima, but this is right up there with Stoudt's Pils. I really hope that this beer is available around Erie this summer. I would have made this a spring/summer seasonal, but I also couldn't resist picking up this fresh bottle.

Photo of Jspriest
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Fettpopps
3/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of Chaney
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled on January 6, 2012.

I poured this into a FFF shaped glass.

A: Poured a clear, very light yellow color, with a foamy, pure white head that had tremendous retention.

S: Lots of bready, yeasty aroma on this... somewhat sweet (honey-like) and hoppy as well.

T: Bitter and dry on the end, with a sweet profile that was somewhat muted compared to the aroma.

M: I could have used a bit more spritz on the carbonation side, but that's just the way I like this style. The mild bitterness slows down the drinkability, but not by much. The lacing was car wash stuff.

O: This glide down very smooth, isn't too sweet, and has lots of flavor. Good stuff!

Photo of buckyp
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of Nichols33
3/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of Fatehunter
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%

Pours a half finger on a clear light straw colored body.
The aroma has a good dry grain smell.
The taste starts with a nice dry bitterness, slight honey sweet in the middle, finishes with a long pine bitter note. Good profile.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation but fizzy.
Enjoyable.

Photo of bumchilly25
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of KVNBGRY
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of beerpadawan
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of micromaniac129
4.3/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours like sunshine with brilliant clarity. A tall white head sits on top, billowing and fluffy and soapy. Not very dense. Carbs are light under the white head. This baby has summer lounging all over it. Aroma is pleasent also with Saaz coming to the spicy forfront. Lots of malts balances the hop well. Smells very clean too. Good tasting with the beer being crisp and hoppy and a biscuit finish.
Smooth and clean and balanced perfectly. This is a well made beer and it tastes like it.

Photo of arizcards
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

Photo of Beaver13
2.08/5  rDev -42.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12oz bottle, bottled on 1/12/12. Pours a clear yellow with a fluffy white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet corny malts and some metallic, floral noble hops.

The flavor is sweet grainy malts with some vegetal notes. There's a good amount of bitterness in the finish from the noble hops. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and a little watery.

Overall, decent hops but very vegetal and sweet.

Photo of RedneckBeerz
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of MattyG85
4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams "Perfect Pint" glass. Bottling date of Dec 27, 2012.

Appearance: Pours a bright and clear yellowish golden orange with a lot of rising bubbles. Solid three fingers of white head with good retention. Leaves a good amount of lacing around the glass.

Smell: A crisp, grainy, and hoppy classic Pilsener aroma. Wheat grains and pale malts upfront with good hints of biscuit, hay, yeast, and toast. Solid hop presence with hints of herbal, earthy, and floral hops. Good hints of grass and citrus lemon and orange. Also a little herbal spicing. A nice balance of bready malts and spicy hops. Pretty traditional Pils aroma.

Taste: Follows the nose well, a bready and nicely hopped classic Pilsener taste. Big bready malt taste upfront with notes of wheat grains, biscuit, hay, yeast, and toast. Good Saaz hop balance with notes of grass and floral, earthy hops. Citrus taste of lemon and a little orange. Fairly spicy and musty tasting. A typical Pilsener taste that is well balanced. Pretty good.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Nicely crisp, dry, and smooth.

Overall: A pretty solid Pilsener. Its what you expect from the style. Solid balance.

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of cliff1066
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Chugs13
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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Nomad from Great Divide Brewing Company
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