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Hop, Drop 'n Roll - NoDa Brewing Company

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Reviews: 188
Hads: 1,695
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 9.56%
Wants: 310
Gots: 355 | FT: 31
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NoDa Brewing Company visit their website
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 KVNBGRY
4.31/5  rDev +0.5%
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! (639 characters)

Photo of Dope
4.27/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (1,006 characters)

Photo of brother_kenneth
4.45/5  rDev +3.7%
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. (622 characters)

Photo of king75
4.07/5  rDev -5.1%
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. (1,286 characters)

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.14/5  rDev -3.5%
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. (1,516 characters)

Photo of DeFaz
4.05/5  rDev -5.6%
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. (408 characters)

Photo of Benjacolvin
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fantastic brew from NODA in Charlotte NC. Citrus, piney, floral, great hoppy character. Straightforward style with tamed malts and boosted hops, floral head and softer mouth feel. Starting to find in cans and tap all across the state of NC. And at 7.2% this makes for a solid can on the river! Definitely recommend hop drop & roll and most of what NOdA puts out. (363 characters)

Photo of jlindros
4.19/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Yay tall boy cans, thanks to Beerness for this one.

Pours a nice creamy 1 finger head that fades semi slowly with nice soapy lacing, hazy amber orange color.

Nose pretty nice, good citrus and mild tropical fruit but less than I expected, hint of Clementine and tangerines, little fluffy meringue like malts with orange cream, hint of oily resinous musty, fairly fruity.

Taste is good but not crazy, mild citrus floral, hint of orange peel zest and candied orange peel, light fluffy malt and meringue like again, decent balance at first, little fruity bubblegum, and pretty fruity overall. Finish gets dry and very bitter, spicy chewy very bitter hop finish, long too.

Mouth is med bod fluffy meringue like, nice carb.

Overall very nice. Decent hops that I thought would be more tropical fruits, but still nice, and long bitter nice finish. (848 characters)

Photo of rudzud
4.19/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to JLindros for sharing.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip state nice hazy honey hue with a thin blanket that fades to leave light blanket.

S - Aromas of light dank hops, pine, citrus, resinous, light alcohol and faint malts. Very pleasant.

T - Taste is nice and bitter, creamy pine, light malts. Pretty straight forward here with nice lingering bitter.

M - Mouthfeel is nice and easy drinking.

O - Overall this beer was tasty, glad to try. (457 characters)

Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.51/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Tall boy can into pint at the Charlotte airport. Nice golden slight brown copper color. Not much head but sticky lacing. Huge hop aromas. ..pine and citrus bomb. Taste is nearly flawless. ..smooth wonderful base malt hint of nuttiness with a massive hop burst. So smooth its scary. This is one he'll of an IPA! One of the best I've ever had. (341 characters)

Photo of JiveBro
4.99/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Let's just say that when my fridge doesn't have any Hop Drop and Roll in it I get very uncomfortable, from the time that you crack a can until the last sip this beer is fantastic and just spot on. I absolutely love this beverage, well done NoDa Brewing Company. (261 characters)

Photo of Floater
4.89/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I had it for the first time was at the Charlotte airport on draft. Since then I have had HD&R in can it was just as good. I just love this beer it is exactly what an IPA should be. I just wish I could get it here in Dayton Ohio. When I am traveling I always ask. I highly recommend this beer. (292 characters)

Photo of resbum
4.99/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I live in Ohio and we have some great beers here and nearby Michigan.
HD&R! there is nothing that smells like it!
The taste is exactly what I think an IPA is supposed to taste like.
It always delivers.

It is just as good in a can or in the taproom. (251 characters)

Photo of watermelon
4.09/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

16oz can poured into a tulip glass.

A: Murky brown orange with a two finger toffee head. Tons of lacing.

S: Grapefruit hops, along with dank scents.

T: Fair amount of malt as well as citrus hops.

M: Medium body and carbonation. Slightly astringent and very bitter.

O: Not my favorite IPA but defiantly up there. Probably the best NC IPA ive had. (353 characters)

Photo of pmarlowe
4.28/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tulip glass.

A: Pours a darkish golden color with two fingers of fluffy, yellowish-cream colored head. Superb retention and clarity, with intricate lace covering most of the glass.

S: A pungent aroma of—on the one hand—light caramel and crystal malt, and—on the other hand—piney, dank hops, with a hint of orange and mango.

T: Moderate resiny pine hops, which linger on the palate, complemented with light-to-moderate bitterness, through the longish finish. Some pale-ish malt, tangerine and orange pith. Rounded out with mild sweetness.

M: Medium-light body and light carbonation.

O: A very well put-together IPA, very good flavors and fairly drinkable. (669 characters)

Photo of Immortale25
4.7/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Had on-tap at Appalachian Vintner Asheville. Served in a Sierra Nevada pint.

A- Pours a light amber color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that retains very well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a full sheet of surface foam. Frothy resilient lacing slides slowly down the glass.

S- Super fresh smelling vegetal hops with just enough cereal grain sweetness to deliver that awesome IPA smell that reminds me of hops in the boil when home brewing. Marvelous.

T- Taste offers much of the same with a clean but powerful shot of earthy hop bitterness. Delectably drinkable with the bitterness at a near-perfect level: not too heavy but still assertive. Great hop burps.

M- A bit sharp and oily with medium carbonation and a lightish body.

O- A damn fine IPA. Now I see what all the hoopla's about. Will be sure to try more offerings from these guys when possible. (889 characters)

Photo of Craigory
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Canned 08/18/2014. Thanks to @bsyoung!

Poured into a Unibroue tulip glass.

A: Pours a deep orange body with slight chill haze, forming thick, off-white head that eventually recedes to a light cap. Leaves plenty of legs and a bit of splotchy lacing.

S: Huge hop aroma right from the opening of the can, including notes of pineapple, resin, fresh leafy hops, and a bit of dankness. Each sniff demands another, longer one.

T: Leafy bitterness, tropical fruit (pineapple), light malt sweetness, giving way to a lingering hop bitterness. Great, cohesive complexity.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation, with a little alcohol warming.

O: HDNR is completely deserving of its GABF gold medal. Best IPA in the southeast region, and a go-to when I can get it. (758 characters)

Photo of koutkid41
4.4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark orange color. Hazy with really noticeable sediment

S: Pungent mango and candied fruit, light caramel sweetness with a hint of pine.

T: Fruity, mostly mango with some resinous pine notes. Moderate bitterness, through the longish finish. Mild sweetness but works.

O: Really love the candy like aroma and flavor with the pine undertones. (345 characters)

Photo of zeledonia
4.13/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to n2185 for the can. Tasted 10 January 2014.

Pours a mostly clear orangey amber. The top of the can is near 100% clear, but the bottom has a hefty amount of sediment. One finger of off-white head, okay retention, decent lacing.

Smell is a fantastic burst of citrusy hops, with tropical fruits, sweet malts, and a soft bitterness lurking in the background. Fantastic.

Taste is half really nice clean citrusy IPA, half kapow of chalky bitter. It's the astringent bitterness that really gets me, like someone's dropping some kind of drying powder on my tongue. I know some people like that element, but I don't. It's a tribute to the other side of the beer that I still rate it this highly.

Feel is medium-bodied, a touch sticky, and there's that powerful drying aspect again. But it keeps feeling dryer and dryer.

A really solid IPA, with excellent citrus and tropical fruit character. Wish I knew what causes the chalky bitter flavor, as it's one thing that brings a lot of IPAs down for me. (1,003 characters)

Photo of JohnMays
5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I don't usually go all-fives on a beer, but this one nails it at every level. It deserves it's status in the top 50 IPA's in America and I'm glad I can get this beer anytime I want it here in Charlotte. This should be a whale to those in other parts of the country where this beer isn't distributed. (299 characters)

Photo of tillmac62
4.6/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a medium amber with a more than ample head and lacing. Big nose of citrus hops, mostly grapefruit, against a slight sweet malt background with a touch of pine hops. Medium bodied with a nice slick mouthfeel. Normal carbonation level. The taste is an exceptional balance of citrus hop flavor over malt sweetness. Bitterness is mild, which accentuates the remarkable flavor of this ale. Smooth finish of grapefruit and malt sweetness with slight tartness and bitterness that lingers. To call this one outstanding, is an understatement. By far the best IPA I have ever had. In a side by side with Founder's Harvest Ale, NoDa wins by 0.11. It is more flavor intensive and has a slightly thinner body. Both are predominately grapefruit oriented flavor profiles, but Hop Drop is a tad drier and that helps the hop flavor overcome the slight malt sweetness in Founders. Both are exceptional and display the brewer's art at it's best. (932 characters)

Photo of MacQ32
4.65/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A - pours an incredibly hazy golden amber color, nearly zero light gets through this thing. Half a finger of tan head, OK retention, very very thin outer ring remains 5 minutes later. Looks very similar to a heady, and that's a good thing to me!

S - amazing west coast juicy citrus fruits, mango, pineapple, light grapefruit, more pineapple, Slightly resinous, smells absolutely fantastic!

T - Really nice slightly resinous dry hops up front with little tropical fruit sweetness coming through, would definitely like more of this, gotta be 40 degrees, I'll see what happens when it warms up a bit. Still very good dry /hoppy IPA. As I go the sweet mango/pineapple flavors really start to show, really awesome.

M - medium/lighter bodied with nice carbonation and great drink ability.

O - Top 5 south Atlantic IPA with ease (825 characters)

Photo of beer2day
4.56/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Orange gold color, hazy, with 1-finger of cream colored head. Laces in light bunches.

Nose is a bag full of hops. Tropical fruit, oranges, light hop esters. Really well done.

Taste mimics the nose. Tropical fruit with orange behind that. Herbal and pine hops are there too. Just a smorgasbord of hop flavors. Finishes dry, even in the presence of all that fruit.

Body stands up to the rich hop flavor.

Overall, probably the best readily available IPA in NC. Seek it out. (477 characters)

Photo of coriswrasse
4.61/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

shared on christmas day. poured from can into two half pint standards. taste and smell are amazing. pours a cloudy haze with some residuals visible in the beer. excellent carbonation. piney taste that lasts into the back end. would definitely buy again and highly recommend to any hop head. super awesome! (305 characters)

Photo of tastybeer
4.47/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Woody amber color with some stagnant suspended specs floating about. Aroma at first is very soft. Then expands to a juicy-fragrant-floral-citrus-lightly piney extravaganza. Sweet peaches, apple, smooth orange, tea, passionfruit, white bread and caramel malt. This beer does taste pretty fantastic. Very pleasant fruit and flowers. Simple yet deep flavors. Body is medium-full with a nice slick slightly syrupy texture. Excellent stuff. (435 characters)

Hop, Drop 'n Roll from NoDa Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 188 ratings.