Beer of the Moment: Nomad Supersonic DIPA

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I must say I am a bit of a sucker for a double IPA. Whilst I love a good balanced beer sometimes we all need an over the top, alcoholic hop bomb which blows us away. It’s always important to make sure that you don’t plan on sampling any more beers after this because usually they are wasted (as are you).

I recently had the opportunity to try the Nomad Supersonic DIPA. This was a beer fresh in the fridges of Cellarbrations Stafford so I thought I would snap one up in the hope it was super fresh and super hoppy.

Nomad Brewing Co is relatively new to the scene having brewed their first beer in August 2014. Nomad Brewing is a joint venture between one of Italy’s leading craft brewers Birra Del Borgo and a beer importer, Experience It and is based in the northern suburbs of Sydney.

So how did I feel about the beer? Sadly, very disappointed. The first thing I noticed was that there was very little hop nose on this beer, in fact, literally none. I really can’t say if the bottle is old but I suspect it is not. They really need to consider dialling up the hops on this one.

The appearance was a dark orange with a little haze. I read after I poured the beer that it was bottle conditioned so this may explain the haze as I poured without concern for this assuming it wasn’t. The first sip I had knocked me back a little in how alcoholic the beer tasted. Whilst I acknowledge the 8.5% is quite a bill the alcohol taste should not have been as sharp. I suspect it was young which is good, but still no hop character.

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I tasted a strong, sticky full body and would have preferred to see a dryer beer to achieve the high alcohol. The description on the bottle described it as ‘double dry hopped’ which makes me wonder what the single dry hop tastes like. All in all I wasn’t blown away by this beer and gave it a 2.5 stars on Untappd. I’m hopeful that this is perhaps a bad batch but won’t be rushing out to buy anymore Nomad anytime soon.

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