“Wander no longer, there is finally is your true Northern Michigan Hard Cider, Nomad. North Peak’s Nomad is a Dry Hard Cider with a fresh cut apple aroma and dry finish with subtle tartness. Nomad is the perfect combination of craft and nature. Multiple apple varieties round out a mouthful of fresh apples and crisp nose that is remarkably refreshing. It is brewed in Traverse City, MI, on Old Mission Peninsula using locally grown apples”
This beer, ahem hard cider, has a great smell – like you are walking through a drunken apple orchard. I love apple cider, I’m not sure if those outside of the Midwest get a steady flow of apple cider every fall like we do here but this little treat brings me right into the fall season – even though it’s the middle of June.
The taste is not as sweet as you would expect and dry as some champagnes can be, with that carbonated mouth feel. I know it says dry on the bottle and I should have expected it but it really is dry. This cider isn’t a thirst quencher but it surely is a pallet pleaser. I’m going to have to go back to the champagne reference because it has similar characteristics in the mouth feel and taste. I’ve had a few hard ciders before but this is my first “dry” cider so it is hard to compare to the others. The most noticeable difference, outside of the dryness, is the lack of sweetness.
I like this cider but not sure if I can get over the dry taste, it almost reminds me of the red apples that leave you with a dryness that almost sucks the sweetness of the apple right out of your mouth. Which, is my least favorite apple. Therefore, I’m going to give this cider 2.5 out of 5 bananas. What is your take on this hard cider?