Sydney’s North Shore is becoming a bit of a mecca for American inspired beers, not least because of Nomad’s recent collaborations with US brewers.
Nomad aimed for a crisp and refreshing pilsner and that’s exactly what they’ve delivered.
There’s maybe a touch more hop character than you’d expect from the traditional style but this works deliciously. And heck, it’s definitely in keeping with the American love of hops.
In the glass it pours a crystal clear pale straw colour. There’s some solid carbonation and it fizzes up to form a thin bubbly head of pure, brilliant white. It looks incredible.
The hop aromas spark up out of the glass as it fizzles. It packs a spicy punch right on the nose.
The taste it unrelenting in its bitterness. It’s refreshing with a crisp, dry finish but they’ve had some hops go into this brew and they’ve left their mark.
However, the hops left their mark in more ways than one. Collaborations can unearth all sorts of challenges which weren’t necessarily an issue before.
What became evident in the brewing of this beer was that Nomad’s system is not set up to handle the process Victory uses for Prima Pils. That is, the use of whole hop flowers. It caused a fair amount of clogging and some frustration.
Luckily, it turned out great in the end and the beer really shows off the full flavour of the Aussie hops.
Nomad’s Secunda Pils is best enjoyed in a tall, elegant pilsner glass. It will look amazing, making the clarity of the liquid pop. Filled up to the top, that pure white head will fizzle and spark to life.
Pilsners are very versatile and could equally be enjoyed responsibly as a bit of a session beer or paired with a range of food.
The hop character in this pilsner and the crisp dry finish would make it perfect for a fresh green salad with an added kick such as chorizo, or spicy prawns.
From: Brookvale, NSW
Beer style: Pilsner
Pair with: Spicy prawn salad
Have you tried Nomad Secunda Pils? Leave a comment if you managed to get hold of it and let me know what you thought.