Nomad Myrtle’s Summer Fling is a beer designed for summer but well worth drinking into Autumn. It’s light-bodied, low in alcohol and showcases refreshing Lemon Myrtle.
The beer pours a crystal clear, pale straw colour with tiny white bubbles forming a short-lived head.
It kicks off with a big Belgian yeast hit on the nose, showing off a fair dose of bubblegum and a pinch of white pepper.
Native Lemon Myrtle has been added to this beer and a subtle lemon aroma comes through beneath the yeast esters. It’s much less subtle on the first sip, delivering a citric bite that tingles the tastebuds and makes your mouth water for more.
Distinct Yet Balanced Components
The combination of pale and wheat malts is perfect for a beer like this. Nomad have taken a light touch with the grain bill in order to hit the very low levels of alcohol. The use of wheat in particular means the base of this beer still possesses some character. You can definitely tell it’s in there.
The Belgian yeast character remains obvious throughout and plays off against the Lemon Myrtle, with neither becoming the dominant characteristic but both seeming well rounded and balanced. The bubblegum notes fill your nostrils on every sip and add another dimension to the overall taste of the beer.
I first tried this at the Nomad tasting room on a stinking hot day but also picked up a bottle as the days started to cool. To me, both the Lemon Myrtle and yeast character came through stronger and more full-flavoured from the bottle, as compared to the keg.
A Refreshing Session Beer
It’s designed as a summer beer. And with an ABV of just 2.8% it’s perfect for a long summer session.
The carbonation is low which is spot on for a beer of which you could drink a few pints. The pale liquid sits fairly still in the glass with just a few bubbles making their way to the top, where the head is limited to just a few white bubbles around the edge of the glass.
It’s a very refreshing beer that could be enjoyed with or without food. If you were going to pair it, perhaps complementing it with additional lemon flavours, such as salmon poached with lemon, on a green salad, or a dessert such as a traditional lemon cheesecake.
Myrtle forms part of Nomad’s limited release series but it’s worth so much more than just a summer fling.
From: Brookvale, NSW
Beer style: Summer ale
Pair with: Salmon poached with lemon, on a green salad
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