Hop, Drop 'n Roll - NoDa Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,599
Reviews: 207
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 9.05%
Wants: 283
Gots: 330 | FT: 29
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North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: syrupjoe on 12-02-2011

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Photo of Evahflow
4.06/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured froma 16 oz can into a tulip glass

A- Pours a darker honey orange color. About a finger of white head. Decent lacing.

S- Get some grapefruit, lemon zest and pine. Sweet malty smell as well. For being touted as one of the new big boys on the IPA block the smell doesn't match up with some of the other champs.

T- I can see why this beer stands out. You get a big grapefruit zest, lemon zest upfront then a sweet malt taste, some pine and a sweet bitterness to end it. Reminds me a bit of Sculpin as its very different than most IPA's. Curious as to what their malt bill is for this. Very drinkable.

M- Pretty thin body, not watery but not thick either. I'd say lower side of medium. Good bitterness but nothing outstanding.

O- I've been hearing about this beer a lot and for good reason. I think this is a very solid IPA and does enough to seperate itself from the pack. I just don't think its in contention with the Heady Toppers of the world just yet. If you can get it enjoy it. I liked this beer a lot and would like to have it available here regularly but it's not a world beater by any means. I would list it in the 2nd teir of very good IPA's, not quite great.

Photo of farrago
4.45/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Modest off-white head, somewhere around a finger’s worth, dissolves away fairly swiftly, the lacing too is spotty with slightly under average stickiness. The liquid is gauzy if not close to cloudy, arguably as close to a reddish amber as true orange hue, there’s a few lazy bubbles visible, tend to be on the fat side. Robust nose filled with pink grapefruit, tangerine citrus, ripe apricot, peach, pineapple fruit, honey, chocolate powder, the pine sap is sticky and glues the freshly mown grass to your nostrils, hot tar, black pepper, metal shavings, its pungency is not all sweetness. Full-bodied and a touch heavy, the carbonation makes a decent stab at getting things swirling but it has its work cut out for it. Very piney and herbaceous, that tarry earthiness adds to its bite. The grapefruit and orange citrus here tends more towards bitterness. Still, no lack of cocoa malts, honey and caramel flavors. Tropical nature to the fruit, pineapple, guava, papaya in addition to the peach, apricot base. Serious amount of dry residue left during the finish, tends to dampen the exuberance of the sweeter elements. Overall, it smells and tastes wonderful, perhaps would benefit from adding greater cleansing freshness to the mouth feel.

Photo of Boski
4.47/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a one day old 16oz can into a pint glass.

A: Rich golden/tangerine orange color. Nice half finger head that dissipates slowly and lingers nicely. Decent lacing.

S: Very pungent citrus notes. Grapefruit. Skunky funky. Big, beautiful bouquet in this one.

T: Aggressively bitter up front. Gives way to fresh, potent, ripe citrus. Grapefruit. Orange. Even some pine. Dank. A lot going on... In a good way.

M: Medium bodied. Palate shocking, but still able to find the proper layers of flavor. Bitterness lingers on the tongue for a while

O: This one lives up to the hype. Excellent IPA... Especially if you are a fan of a pretty aggressive, candied bitter one over a juicy citrus bomb. Citrus is present, but just one of the many elements going on in this beast. Very well done NoDa... One of the many great NC breweries making big waves.

Photo of jnewton
4.23/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Color: tawny gold
Decent carbonation and a head that lasts a few minutes. Nice lacing.
Smell: crisp, honey-sweet, mild hoppy tang
Taste: starts sweet, then the bitter hoppy flavor rolls in to balance the sweet
Mouthfeel: nicely coats the tongue. Slight back-of-the throat hoppy itch-burn.
Very drinkable.

Photo of Zach136
3.94/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Canned 1/7, enjoyed 1/23. Updated bits and pieces from a canned on 5/25, enjoyed 6/12.

Appearance: Muddy, burnt honey body, with an OK head and lacing.

Aroma: Medium intensity citrus and pine. Hints of caramel.

Flavor: Medium+ intensity apparent hop bitterness. Medium intensity hop flavors of pine and grass. Malt backbone is present in toasty-caramelly qualities. I'm getting a hint of spice and dryness I'm used to getting in rye IPAs. I wouldn't be surprised to learn there was a hint of rye there.

Mouthfeel: Lingering hop bitterness, and again an almost rye-esque drying quality.

Overall: A good IPA, totally overrated and hyped IMO.

Photo of lewzer99
3.78/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: It pours a ruby orange with an off white head and visible carbonation.
S: There's orange citrus with a boozy hint at the end
T: it's crazy complex, orange, floral herbal hop, and a bitters itchy finish.
M: crisp, medium bodied
O: tasty and interesting. Even though it's not what I normally look for in an IPA, I still like it a lot.

Photo of woodychandler
4.44/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Friends down in North CANolina sent me this CAN to further The CANQuest (TM) and I am deeply thankful!

From the CAN: "Proudly Brewed & C[AN]ned by NoDa Brewing Company, Charlotte, NC."; "Recycle, Reduce, Reuse."; "Our West Coast style IPA hits you with a ton of juicy hop flavor that shines out from a substantial and complex malt backbone. We use Citra, Amarillo, Centennial, Warrior and Chinook in 10 separate additions to provide the intense hop blast found within this [CAN]!"

The Crack! was a welcome sound, but given that this was a tallboy CAN, I went with a gentle Glug since I was curious to try all of those hops and I did not want to take a chance on an overflow. I still managed to get a finger of foamy, tawny head with decent retention. Color was an oh-so-slightly-hazy golden-yellow (SRM = > 7, < 9), but although I did not mind it as filtration strips flavor, the Golden Boys eschewed it, leaving me to my own devices. Clarity is overrated! Nose was magnificent, but I leaned in and really got a snootful of hops. If they could make this scent into air freshener, I would be a happy man! Earthy, pine, grass, grapefruit, peach and just a hint of caramel malt were what I could parse from this melange. My mouth was watering like one of Pavlov's dogs at the ringing of a bell and I could not wait any longer. Mouthfeel was medium and the hops hit like a charging rhino, assaulting my tongue like the first wave of soldiers hitting the beach at Normandy. If Ethelred was the Unready, then my tongue was a close second! I know that some would say that this is unbalanced and I am not going to argue that point, but the hops flavors were riotous. It almost seems cliche, but this was everything that each hops variety could impart, rolled into one big hops blast. Pine and grapefruit were the prevalent flavors, but there was an earthy note that ran through it all. The finish was gaspingly dry and now I could taste the cooling peach and caramel flavors noted on the nose. This was a beer that was truly th sum of its parts and then some. Nice lacing formed in my glass as I CANtemplated just how many of these I would want or would drink at 7.2% ABV. Hmmm.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.95/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thanks to jmgrub for sharing this one at Retsinis' tasting.

Pours a murky honey orange with a foamy beige head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, citrus zest, and slight herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest and grapefruit juice flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a nice citrus forward hop presence all around.

Photo of buschbeer
4.2/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16 FL. OZ. can
Served in a teku glass

A - It is amber and cloudy. The two inches of beige head leave rings around the glass with each drink.

S - I smell citrus and resin.

T - There is plenty of flavor. It is citrus up front with a pine finish. It is in the west coast vein.

M - Medium

O - This beer is loaded with flavor. It will not leave your palate bored.

Photo of ThickNStout
4.29/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

16oz can from bcrossan (thank you). Canned 4/1/14. Served in a goblet.

Pours amber gold with two and a half fingers of ecrue head. A nice layer of head persists and leaves large sheets of lace.

Huge aroma of fresh oranges followed by lemon peel, grapefruit and a nice sugary sweetness.

Bittersweet blast of citrusy hop flavors. Oranges, grapefruit, lemon zest, pine resin, hints of peach, mildly earthy bark, biscuity malt, pepper, vague mint and a little sting of alcohol. Bitter but not brutally so. A well rounded flavor trip with the hops in the driver's seat.

Oily slick medium body with tingly sharp carbonation. Grapefruit rind, orange peel and slight pine linger in the drawn out finish.

A well made bitter citrusy IPA. I may not hunt for more but given the opportunity I'd be glad to drink/buy some.

Photo of Terp96
4.39/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a can into my Duvel tulip glass. The nose on this beer is amazing. Grassy, pungent hops all over the place. Deep orange appearance. Hazy. Taste is phenomenal. Citrusy hops throughout. One of the grassiest IPAs I have ever had. Very unique. A lot of bitterness but very balanced. One of the drier finishes around. Would be very difficult to make a night with several of these but a fantastic IPA. One if my "go to's". Well done.

Photo of dave39
4.91/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

First off, as I have been on here for several months, I have noticed that some of the rankings are an absolute joke. For example, to preface, I'm not a Stone hater. Their latest Enjoy By IPA is probably the best beer I have ever had, but when it comes to the Stone IPA, the Go To, and some other offerings, I don't get it. Some of the Stone beers are rated WAY too high. To segue, this beer specifically is absolutely a top 50 beer, and an incredible IPA. It blows Stone's base model IPA completely out of the water, yet look at the rankings. It just doesn't make sense. Also, does Beer Advocate not even recognize the World Beer Cup? I ask because this beer won the Gold Medal there earlier this year... This is a top 50 beer. Anyway, enough of my rant.

Went to Noda Brewery and got 2 four packs (all they would allow me to purchase). Canned on July 28th. Consumed August 1st through the 7th. *Note* this beer is now harder to get then the Alchemist or Pliny. Why? Two reasons: One, there actually is a shortage of citra hops, which the Hop, Drop, uses in 10 separate additions.. Two, this beer won the GOLD medal at the World Beer Cup in Denver, Colorado earlier this year, beating out over 200 American IPA entries, so it is in high demand.

Anyway, this brew is pretty spectacular. It is a classic "alcohol hidden sleeper" that you need to watch while drinking. It's best enjoyed one or two pints max in a sitting, and fridge the rest to be enjoyed another day. You don't want to be having 3 pints of this in a session because that 7.2 ABV is every bit of 7.2%.

Popping the top, the smell is absolutely heavenly. Many pungent citrus notes and very inviting. I could sit there and just smell it for 10 minutes. In the top 2 of the best noses of any beer I have ever had. Grapefruit is so pungent.

*As I alluded to earlier, this is pretty sharp for a single IPA. It leans more towards a DIPA. It is not a session brew- you cannot have more than 2 pints of this and not start to feel a little woozy. Somehow, again this is a single, and very different than the Sculpin IPA (with similar ABV), because I can actually have several of those, and not get knocked on my rear. Drink accordingly.

If you are in Charlotte for any reason and you love IPA's, you should be arrested for not checking this brewery out and getting you some Hop, Drop.

Photo of gueuzedreg
3.85/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A- Translucent light golden honey, medium lacing with terrific legs!

S- Nice organic pine smell to this; pretty one-dimentional in this, but done well

T- Kinda everyday west coast IPA

M- nothing special here, not creamy or anything crazy; kinda thin and medium-medium/a lot of carb

O- Good rep of West Coast IPA (not sure if this is the intention; or if I have totally misrep this beer

Photo of chippo33
1.5/5  rDev -65.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

ugly malty beer that tastes like cardboard from a 2 week old locally bought can.

Photo of Bosoxfan20
4.14/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- Hazy, murky deep gold. Almost copper really. White head of 1 finger. Decent lacing.

S- Pineapple, mango, and grapefruit from the start. Aroma is moderately tempered in power, but oh so pleasant. Doughy malt base complements the juicy aspects well.

T- Hops galore. They are a kicking from the start and fight to the finish with each sip. Just enough of a biscuity, caramel base to make an attempt at balance. The hop profile seems to work really well with the Amarillo taking the lead.

M- Fuller side of mid body. Low carbonation. Has some creamy feel to it. No alcohol. Bitter, dry finish.

O- Very pleased with this one. All the qualities you look for in the style- hops lead the way and highlight each sip, not quite balanced, complex, and bone dry.

Photo of stakem
3.95/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanks Kegatron for sharing this pounder can with me. Pours a pale copper color with slight haze. Decent off-white cap with typical retaining powers.

The smell is primarily compromised of citrus hoppiness with a bit of rindy quality. Little to no malt and alcohol inclusion. Overall nice.

The taste is piney hops with bitter pith and rindy fruit elements. A slight indication of grass and like the nose, little to no alcohol and maltiness.

This is a light bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. This brew has a good balance of character and is easy drinking. I would have this again.

Photo of portia99
4.21/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16oz can poured into an Idle Hands tulip. No date on the can but I am told that this can is less than 2 weeks old, so should be very fresh.

A - Pours a darker than expected, medium amber color with average clarity - just a mild haze throughout. A finger thick cap of cream colored head lingers for a minute or so and leaves a thin coat of lacing on the glass.

S - Juicy grapefruit up front and plenty of it. Mildly sweet smelling, sugary, a very faint buttery aspect, a touch herbal, some pine, followed up by more grapefruit. Definitely smells fresh - nice, inviting citrus forward IPA...so far, so good.

T - More piney than the aroma shows, sticky and resiny. Still plenty of fresh grapefruit up front with an appropriate bitterness accompanying the fleshy, pulpy fruitiness. Mild, sweet malt presence that presents a solid base below the hops.

M - Medium body with a nicely balanced mid-level carbonation somewhere between tingly and a bit foamy. Piney hops up front moving to citrus in the middle and finishing again with pine. A bit sticky with a dry, bitter finish.

O - Very good IPA...heard a number of people talk this one up, so was pretty excited to get to try this. Definitely didn't disappoint - really good, fresh citrus and pine components. Sad to see this hit the bottom of the glass. Definitely have to get more of this in the future.

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.13/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz. can poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Clear golden orange body. Small head that doesn't last. No collar or anything.

Smell - Bright citrus. Orange. Quickly gets overwhelmed by a grapefruit hop. Doughy sweet malts.

Taste - Orange hop again, but it's even more brief. Intense grapefruit and grassy hops. Caramel malt. Faint sweetness. Intense and grassy bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Slightly creamy. Very bitter. Medium carbonation.

Overall - Good stuff. First time I had it, I thought it was good without justifying the hype. Now I tend to agree.

Photo of lochef81
4.13/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Got a can of this from my beer guy following one of his other number one customer's trip ti the east coast. Can't get this in Michigan so I was quite excited to try it. This ipa pours a very handsome, hazy orange hue with a two finger white head that gives way to a nice film and silky lacing. The nose is very fruity; lots of tropical notes of mango, papaya, grapefruit, and even apricots. There is also a pine and resin dankness present in the aroma. There is a little malt but it is subtle at best. The mouthfeel is smooth and a little sticky. Very nice coating hop resin and easily sippable. The flavor is more citrus and pine than the nose. The tropical notes are lost but taken over by bitter grapefruit pith and pine resin bitterness. This is actually a good thing in my opinion as I was concerned about an overly fruity taste based upon the nose. The finish still reveals some of these tropical flavors and ends with a dry bitter bite on the tongue. Overall, this is a very good and unexpected ipa. I look forward to sampling more NoDa offerings the next time I'm in their distribution area.

Photo of KVNBGRY
4.31/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Received this can from some stranger randomly at hunahpu's day. Thanks, you!

Ap - Deep, rich amber. Sticky eggshell colored head leaves crazy lace all the way.

Ar - Classic west coast ipa aroma. All sorts of hops going on. Very subtle caramel malt.

T - Ditto. Pine, pineapple, grapefruit, a little lychee, followed by some caramel malts. (This would benefit from a lighter malt IMO.)

M - Medium bodied, sticky, nice bitterness.

O - Well done! If this wasn't a free can of beer, I MIIIIIIGHT rate it a .25 pt. lower. It's awesome, I just feel it needs a lower percentage of caramel malts. The hops they use would pop that much more!

Photo of Dope
4.27/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

No canning date that I can find.

A: Pours a clear amber with a big frothy light tan head. Head fades out at a moderate pace. Substantial heavy lacing left behind. Great retention.

S: Nice bitter grapefruit aroma. Further sniffs reveal a spicy, resinous pine backing it up. Smells pretty dry, no real malt to make note of.

T: Again with the grapefruit briefly, but there is a big, big spicy, resinous, dank pine here too. Malt is just a side note here, I get some dry breadiness briefly. Heavy, sticky dankness pervades the finish and aftertaste of this beer along with waves of bitterness. Dry and mildly bitter dankness lingers forever between sips.

M: Nice light-medium body, smooth and dry. A bit of mouth coating resin.

O: Pretty intensely hoppy IPA that goes down surprisingly well despite a simple malt. Not too bitter but quite dry as a result. Big bold hop flavors everywhere thought. Lots and lots of spicy, resinous pine for sure, giving it a dankness that can't be understated. Very tasty.

Photo of brother_kenneth
4.45/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to my buddy Garret for this one. Somehow this beer has evaded me....until now. Hop Drop pours a really nice translucent orange. This thing is sticky and there is just the faintest amount of floaties in the glass (not quite on Heady's level). Nose is tropical fruit, sweet caramel malt, pine, and some orange/citrus. This is a big IPA! Tastes more like something I would consider to be a DIPA, personally. Massive amounts of juicy, fruity hops, as well as a nice malt backbone, and a great mouthfeel and finish (again, quite sticky). wrap things up nicely. Overall, this is damn good IPA. Yet another winner from NC.

Photo of king75
4.07/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- Hazy orange in appearance with about an inch of cream colored head with generous lacing. There are a ton of pieces of hops floating around in this beer that really hurt its overall appearance.

S- Definitely has a citrus/grapefruit note that is up front, followed by a grassy smell of a fresh cut lawn, and there is a light scent of pine and lemon present as well. Solid smelling but nothing mindblowing.

T/M- Now this is a complexity that I have not found in an IPA in quite a while! First it starts out with a smooth tangy citrus and grapefruit flavor them switches over to an almost honey like flavor then comes a bitter ending with a piney flavor. This one is brewed with a variety of different hops and as a result each variety brings a unique flavor to this IPA. This one changes as it warms up and has something for everyone who enjoys a good IPA. It's Hoppy, citrusy, and yet and a cloying sweetness of honey. The mouthfeel is exactly what one would want in an IPA light across in the beginning then punishing by slam you in the mouth with hops leaving a tangy dry sticky feel at the end.

Overall, A very good IPA its appearance and smell are the only areas that this beer is lacking. A little unbalanced (hop heavy), but a great example of the style and worth seeking out.

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.14/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to pgh_penguins for the can.

Appearance: Slightly hazed orange-copper. Head is off-white, loose, and clingy. Drops to a small clumpy cap and persistent bubbly collar in relatively short order. Notches of lacing and a moderate carbonation.

Smell: Pine needle and a ton of tropical fruit. Almost bitter aspirin push through the back. Grapefruit rind with some mango and a touch of pineapple. Assertively bitter. Juicy. Moderate malt backbone works to keep everything in check offering a sweet biscuity caramelized malt balance. Some mint in there as well. A bit of undercooked biscuit. Nicely sweet. Floral in good measure. A touch of marmalade. All seems to be in relative balance, but hops are heavy.

Taste: Pith and pine needle. Lingering bitterness coupled with a push of juicy clementine and grapefruit. Balanced malt sweetness covers up some of the bitter edge. Almost like aspirin at times. Solidly floral with some backing tropical notes. Slightly caramelized malts with a slightly bready backbone. Resin and pine. Yeast hits a touch on the back, leaving a mildly earthy powdery thing. Warming ups the bitter element a bit and lets the pine dominate. A touch of mint and did I mention pine?

Mouthfeel: Mediumish body with a moderate carbonation. Slightly dry on the finish with a juicy initial sip. Drinks so good. Slightly smooth.

Overall: DMX approves.

This is rather delightful. A ballsy West Coast style IPA with hops for days. Drinks quick. Bonus points for the stellar use of the 16oz can.

Photo of DeFaz
4.05/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Had a large can of this at the Charlotte airport (layover--Charlotte can't handle a little snow). Basically, this is a solid IPA--nice hop profile (more pine than citrus, moderately bitter) with also some malt to balance things. It's smooth, very drinkable, and quite sessionable. I'm surprised this isn't well known nationally. It's solid, but it doesn't necessarily have flavors that aren't seen elsewhere.

Hop, Drop 'n Roll from NoDa Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 1,599 ratings.