Nomad Supersonic DIPA is the brewery’s first anniversary beer. Many happy returns.
But doesn’t it feel like Nomad has been around much longer? It must be the impact they’ve made on the Sydney craft beer scene, particularly on the North Shore.
Happy Birthday, Nomad
Either way, they’ve turned one year old and, of course, they felt compelled to mark the occasion.
And that’s where Supersonic DIPA comes in. It’s a pepped up version of their Jet Lag IPA.
Firstly, the bottle (or tap decal if you’ve found it by the keg)… Alex Latham has done it again with some brilliant artwork. It’s becoming a bit of a theme for these Nomad special releases. It’s very nice.
A Balanced Double IPA
But what about the liquid itself? Well, fans of double IPAs are often numbers people, so let’s start there. 8.5% ABV and 70 IBU. It’s pretty much bang on what you’d expect.
The bitterness comes in nice and balanced which is a major plus as far as I’m concerned. Double IPAs are so frequently ruined by a complete disregard for balance but thankfully Nomad haven’t gone over the top with the bitterness in this beer.
There’s still a palatable malt base in there, with a touch of boozy sweetness underlying the natural hop bitterness. While there’s definitely some bite to the beer the mouthfeel isn’t overly chewy.
Some Supersonic Changes
The difference between this and Jet Lag IPA? Things have been pretty much doubled. But that’s not the most interesting part. Nomad have switched up the yeast strain in Supersonic. Turning to an American yeast to emulate that clean, West Coast style of IPA which seems to be getting increasingly popular in the Australian market.
You’ll be glad to know though, that they’ve retained the Aussie hops which gives it a familiar fruitiness and not too much pine as in some US styles.
They also “double” dry hopped the beer so it packs a powerful aroma. And it’s all the better for it in my opinion.
In the glass, it’s a solid gold with some slight amber undertones. The head froths up to a towering off-white heap and then descends back down.
The flavours from Jetlag are in there, including the distinctive finger lime which stands out immensely. There’s a blend of other citrus flavours, including grapefruit which makes up the rest of the flavour profile.
For a style which can sometimes be a challenge for drinkers, this double IPA goes down pretty easily. If you’re going to match it with something, maybe lean towards some spicy Taiwanese chicken. Otherwise, grab a glass and sup away, enjoying every drop.
As with all hop forward beers, this is best enjoyed fresh. It’s a limited release so if you get hold of some, drink it as soon as possible.
From: Brookvale, NSW
Beer style: Double IPA
Pair with: Spicy Taiwanese chicken
Did you manage to get hold of Nomad Supersonic Double IPA? Leave a comment and let me know your thoughts on the beer.