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Hop, Drop 'n Roll - NoDa Brewing Company

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Reviews: 190
Hads: 1,732
Avg: 4.23
pDev: 28.37%
Wants: 312
Gots: 377 | FT: 30
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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 JMUbrewz
4.36/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bought a can at Hops Burger Bar in Greensboro, NC for $5.50. Poured into a shaker pint. Expectations are very high.

The beer pours a nice golden color with an orange hue.

It smells like a citrusy hop explosion. Grapefruit and orange are dominant in the aroma.

Disappointed with the flavor. It's definitely hoppy, but there is a significant caramel malt flavor going on in the background, which isn't really a desirable quality in a West Coast IPA for me. It's a little buttery too, so I checked the date on the bottom of the can. Almost 2 months old. Some beers fade quicker than others (for example, Schlafly TIPA is amazing, but only good for a month or so), and I'm thinking this is one of them. It appears that this beer is already past its prime. While pretty tasty, this was disappointing and it's difficult to look past the faults, even when there are still some pretty good things going for this beer.

Carb and everything else was perfectly fine with this beer. The flavor was obviously suffering from rapidly fading hops and possibly diacetyl given the buttery notes. I'll try again, but won't be ordering another can from a bar unless I can check the date first.

EDIT: I had a 9 day old can of this at the Charlotte airport. This, as predicted, was so much better than the 60ish day old can I had previously. The hop flavor was bright and at the forefront. It actually tastes like a west coast IPA, with tons of grapefruit and citrus. Very well done, and I'm editing my rating accordingly.

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Photo of mr-jj
4.54/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to renagawam for this beer. Poured into an IPA glass from a 16 oz can. Date on can is 10/27/14.

Color is gold with a massive white head. Excellent retention and lacing. Smell is grapefruit and lemon and the infamous "cat pee" with some grassy hops and a bit of malt sweetness. Flavor is similar to the nose. Lots of bitter grapefruit rind with just a touch of malt. Finish is crisp, dry and bitter. It lingers just long enough to make you want the next sip. Body is medium with a lot of carbonation and hop resins.

Overall, a great IPA. Definitely more in the style of a DIPA with a big hop presence. But that's what I like, so I'm not complaining.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

16oz can, bottled 10/07/2014, poured into a tulip

A- pours a clear golden-orange color with a two-finger creamy white head that retains nicely long after the pour leaving some sticky lace behind

S- lots of bready & doughy malt aroma with some caramel notes. The hop bill gives aromas of fresh but grass, pine and a hint of citrus fruit, pineapple & mango. The malt actually overpowers the aroma, surprisingly

T- a plethora of hop flavor hist the tongue immediately that starts with tropical fruity notes of pineapple, mango and passionfruit. Quickly following notes of pine, earth, floral and grassy hops kick in. Fresh, leafy hops linger on the palate long after comsumption

M- medium body with moderate-low carbonation leads to a creamy mouthfeel and a crisp, dry finish, highly drinkable

O- based on the aroma, I was afraid that this was going to be too sweet and malty, but it was the opposite. The hops are definitely showcased on the flavor, and done so brilliantly. I'll definitely be picking up more next time I'm driving through NC.

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Photo of Brewndruid
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

Poured from the can, Brewery fresh!
Disclaimer, I am not a hophead, and certainly not a west coast hophead by any extent of the imagination.
Nice color, copper and gold, gold edges. Good head and head retention. Aroma of bittering stuck me as being slihghlty pungent, resinous, maybe ever so slightly piney. That led into the wonderful floral citrusy arma of he Citra and Amarillo hops. Thankfully hopping was very balanced.
mouthfeel was medium light. bitterness was sharp and pervasive but well balanced with a slight caramel sweetness left in the finish. I have to go at this one a few more times to see if it changes for me, as some do. This is a well made beer, but probably not my thing.

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Photo of RichardMNixon
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

Blows Sculpin away, definitely belongs among the top IPAs and DIPAs.

Orange body with thin white head. Smell has a touch of caramel but reeks of tropical fruit and orange juice. All the flavor you expect from the nose with a balancing but notointrusive sweetness. Bitterness hits heavy in the middle but fades by the end. Drinks very smooth but multiples would definitely wear on the palate. This is pilgrimage worthy.

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Photo of joe1510
4.26/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

16oz Can
$12.99 4-Pack
Common Market, Midwood - Charlotte

Hop, Drop 'n Roll is a cloudy coppered beauty. There is a touch of suspended haze but gold highlights manage to run along the glass. The dirty white foam is incredibly dense and sticky leaving behind mountainous lace lines that will have to be scrubbed. That foam sticks around forever.

The generous hopping leaves a big, bold nose on this guy. It's huge in its earthy dankness Big notes of forest and resinous weed get things going while every other aspect is simply a compliment. There's bold notes of orange peel, definite tangerines, and orange pith as well.The base is pale but has a welcomed sugary aspect to it that reminds me of jam and sugar cookies. Mouthwatering to say the least.

The flavor profile doesn't stray far from the nose. It's rich in orange pithiness, jam, and peel but what's really in your face is that dankness I mentioned above. It's resinous and bold with a wave of tangerines and ruby grapefruit. There is just enough sugar present to keep this from having hop overload but no more. This is a damn good IPA.

The body is moderate in weight with a carbonation that's lively and easily breaks up any left over sweetness. The bitterness is bold and brash leaving burnt up tastebuds in its wake., A Sahara-like dryness only accentuates the bitterness. Drinkability is ridiculous.

Hop, Drop 'n Roll is a gem of a beer from the folks at NoDa. It's bold, delicous, bitter, and mean. A certain favorite of mine from the Carolinas. NoDa hit a homerun with this beer.

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Photo of Fieldzy27
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

poured from a 16oz can into a pint glass less than a month old.

Appearance: a light caramel color with tangerine peeking through when held to the light, light khaki head with good retention and big bubbles holding fast. The beer has some haze to it ,clarity is actually low but cloudiness isn't really a fault though it would look a little better with it. All and all though that's nit picking its a beautiful beer.

Aroma:Pine resin and evergreen notes, some earthiness peeks through, citrus notes include orange and tangerine also caramelized sugar and sweet bread. Lots of aroma going on and a bit of complexity for an IPA. Much more than just hop water here im assuming. great balance of sweet and malty with stand out hop character. Excellent.

Taste: Bitterness is paramount here, pink grapefruit dominates although in most beers where its a flavor that brings grapefruit to mind this beer tastes the most like a actual out of any i've ever had. There's more as well though pine resin and and a musty dankness that's backed up by sweet caramel and malty bread notes. The hoppy character of the beer is strong in the aroma taste and bitterness , the malt takes a secondary roll but its no slouch standing up just enough to be noticed but not ever eclipsing the hops. A wonderful tasting IPA without being overbearing. Im impressed.

Mouthfeel: Zesty carbonation, slight oily/resin character on pallet with a drying after taste. Body is full enough to be exciting but not thick. Well done again.

Overall, an excellent beer, a wonderful hop profile using some of the best hops in use in the US right now. Put together extremely well without a flaw in sight. Hop heads rejoice and those who just want a flavorful ipa to sip on daily this fits the bill as well. Medal deserved.

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4.62/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Looks just as pretty as can be sitting in the glass with a deep amber toned body. The head stands at about two fingers and was easily achieved with a strong pour. Off white rocky foam bubbles fade in a few minutes. Waves of scattered lace is left behind. Nose is absolutely lushes with vibrant tones of creamy pine and citrus marmalade along with orange lollipop to boot. As I sip on this one I get layer after layer of intense and distinct hop flavors. At first you get a sweetness up front, then that yields to piney prickly dryness on the back side. This carries a very attractive bitter feel to the mouthfeel that stays with this brew as you drink. This beer is exceptionally dynamic in character. This brew is well worth the accolades it has received.

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Photo of daveg36
4/5  rDev -5.4%

The nose of this is great, VERY pungent grapefruit. This is a good beer, no mistaking that, but the issue I have is the drinkability, it's just not very high for me with this beer. The word I'm looking for is sharp, it's too sharp on the palatte for me.

The nose, as alluded to earlier, is awesome. It's only .2% stronger than Sculpin, yet just very bitter, and unbalanced in the finish for me. I have a hard time believing this is only 7.2 ABV. Actually, Stone's Enjoy by is more balanced at 9.4%. It really seems they are targeting Topper and Pliny with this. It's so much more DIPA than IPA. Don't let the ABV and advertising fool you.

This is not a sessionable IPA, like Two Hearted or Sculpin. A decent beer, but in very small doses, such as one can. Too bitter for me for any more than 1 can. It's really in your face. There is nothing on the fence with this. Forewarning: This is not a good introductory IPA to get you into the style, if you have never had an IPA before.. Also, If you do not like IPA's, you will really dislike this. Some IPA's can attract other's who favor other styles because of their subtlety, but this is not subtle.

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Photo of HopBomb515
4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Deep orange color with small white head that fades fast but leaves great lacing. Big tropical and citrus fruit and resinous hop aroma. Touch of caramel sweetness from the malt up front fades to citrus notes of mostly grapefruit, touch of mango and a bitter resinous finish. Creamy feel with lower carbonation and a medium body. Strong IPA with big citrus flavor. Glad I had the chance to try this.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%

From 10/28/14 notes. 16 oz. can poured into a tulip.

Pours a murky brownish yellow color with one finger of fluffy off white head and moderate carbonation evident. Pine hops, fruity malts, citrus hops, resin, and grapefruit. Taste has a little bit of a bitter bite. Medium body and low carbonation with a light bitter bite.

Overall a good beer, but a little maltier than I was expecting...not a hop bomb. Lots of pine to it and some light bitterness, worth checking out.

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Photo of Dad_of_Rad
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Obtained in trade from BA Mike from Colorado. Can dated 9/9/14 poured into a Harpoon snifter.

A: Cloudy, medium carbonation, pretty lacing as it moves down the glass. Copper color. The cloudiness brings score down for me.
A: Tropical fruit, dank, juicy.
T: Malty up front with that fruit juiciness that finishes with bitter grapefruit pith. Aggressively bitter cold but mellows a tad as it warms.
F: Super dry, almost moisture sucking. Sticks to the tongue. I like dry beers but this one might be a little too dry for the style.
O: Enjoyable but I wouldn't rate it as high as others have. The aroma and flavor are very good but the look and finish bring it down a notch for me.

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Photo of humuloner22
4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Okay, I stirred up a mess in the message boards. I drank one batch too cold. I purchased another batch drank it warmer. That is what needs to be done for me anyway. This IS a good beer but I still don't think its the best beer I have ever had. I love the fact its from NC and its readily available now anyway. I still maintain that the first batch I tried was a bit off. The newer batch dated from October is a lot better.

Color: Darker than most IPA's that I have had. Its a very pretty amber color.

Smell: Hops, but you know, I can definitely see where people get the description as "buttery". It has a very strong buttery popcorn aroma to me.

Taste: Drink this at about 60 degrees, if you drink it straight out of the fridge or really fresh its a beer that will wreck your palate. Bitterness dominates, but as it warms you get the malty smoothness comes on. It has a really strong hops character but I will still maintain that this beer does not balance as well as others, but maybe that is why its a gold metal winner, it definitely stands out in the crowd, but I am not certain that is always a good thing. Its a solid beer but not as good others to me. I guess I am a pedestrian when it comes to drinking outside the norm IPA's.

Overall: I love that my state has got some of the much needed hype in regard to beers, we are as good as California, Colorado or Vermont! This to me just isn't as good as other beers made in my state. Its good, but not as good, to me as others think it is. Final verdict.

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Photo of JWU
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

16oz. can, poured a bit into a glass for appearance by drank the rest from the can, Heady Topper style.

A- a clear copper the leans more on the orange side. Off white head, with pretty fantastic lacing.

S- orange zest and orange juice, with some grapefruit, pine, and a hint of a grassy note. Some lightly caramel malts are detectable.

T- BIG whack of bitterness. Lots of orange zest. Some crackery and very light caramel notes are there. Grassy and a hint of pint on the finish. Bitterness never really lets up, and is likely my only fault with the beer, could use just a *touch* less bitterness. A hint of a strawberry is on the backend as well, very unique.

M- Dry. Quite Dry. Maybe a touch too dry. Medium with amble carbonation.

O- Easy to see why it earned that gold medal. Very well done.

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Photo of SLewis
3.79/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Canned three days before popping the top.

Appearance: Nice Golden color. Cloudy
Smell: Hops. Pine and Grapefruit
Taste: Like the smell. Very hop forward with a bready malt presence coming in on the back. Not well balanced, with the hops being overbearing. Mouthfeel is full and drinks like a much bigger beer than it is.

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Photo of RaulMondesi
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

We got a pretty good one here, my peeps.

Smells like that girl you love to remember, but should forget - because like this tall can, it will disappear eventually.

Taste is wonderful and pops with exotic juices like Tupac's morning smoothie, while along with that is a mellow malt that pretty much chills hard like your girlfriends's little sister sitting on the coach who was just stood up for prom.

Now, this isn't the best of the best. There is a lil syrup (just a bit) in the end. And overall, the IPA flavor profile isn't top of the heap. Still, we still have a pretty doggone good one right here, my peeps.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.34/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16oz can. Dated 9/9/2014, poured into a teku glass 10/10/2014.

A- Hazy, darker caramel brown body. Two finger offwhite head that is quite thick and recedes into a thick, substantial collar that sticks around for a while. Rings of lacing complete the picture. [4]

S- Grapefruit, passion fruit, orange, caramel, hop resin. Very fruity in the aroma, brings out a bit more of the malt sweetness manifesting as toffee, adding to its overall complexity as it warms. [4.25]

F- Toffee, citrus, grapefruit, a bit of pine. Very, very aggressively hopped and quite bitter, complex and not one-note in any way. Nice caramel, toffee malt backbone balances things out, even gives a slight hint of a barleywine caramel-forward sweetness. Pine and grapefruit skin on the finish. [4.5]

M- Medium bodied, nicely carbonated, palate-wrecking pine and citrus skin bitterness throughout. Resinous at first, gets drier as it warms up, very smooth and substantial. Very enjoyable to drink. [4.25]

O- Definitely helluva hopped up- bursting with fruity hop flavours with a nice strong malt backbone that's enough to add plenty of sweetness to balance out the bitterness. This is a very good hoppy, bitter, resinous beer that is also easy to drink. [4.25]

Final score: 4.35

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Photo of rangerred
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

16oz can into a pint glass.

Pours a hazy deep, dark gold with a one finger thick white head. Really good staying power for the head with decent lacing as well.

Aroma just explodes with tropical fruit in a huge way. You can tell right away this is one serious IPA and it is everything you would expect in the style.

The flavor doesn't disappoint either. Loads of tropical fruit that was present in the aroma along with a decent touch of pine as well. High bitterness that lingers for a long time after the rest of the flavors fade. Just a little sweetness.

Overall, a truly outstanding IPA and one of the better ones out there. Can be hard to find but it is available in the Asheville area so you can find it beyond Charlotte. I'll need to stock up next time I make a trip over the mountains.

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Photo of macrosmatic
4.31/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to dogdoc for sending this one! Reviewed from notes. Poured from 16 oz. can into an Upland pint glass.

A: Pours a hazy copper, with a one-finger white head and good visible carbonation.

S: Citrus, primarily grapefruit, lightly toasted bready malts with just a touch of toffee sweetness. Some resinous hops, and a bit of tropical fruits and grassiness.

T: Bright grapefruit, citrus rind, resinous sap, bready malts, and a touch of toffee adds sweetness to the flavors. Finishes with a lingering grapefruit rind flavor and bitterness.

M: Medium body, good carbonation sensation. The alcohol presence is mild but noticeable.

O: Pretty darn good beer. Seems to set up similar to the more familiar (to me) Jai Alai, although this particular can didn't have quite the citrus punch that the best cans of Jai Alai do. But a very good beer, and one that I would look forward to having again.

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Photo of djgustafson
4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16 oz can into glass. Canned 2/14, drank 2/16. 4-pack purchased for $11.99.

L- Pours a somewhat cloudy golden orange with a moderately thick white head. Retention and lacing are solid.

S- Hugely dank aroma of pine and orange rind. Somewhat earthy.

T- Immediately punches you in the face with hops. Juicy orange/grapefruit followed by a lingering pine taste. A little biscuity malt tries to sneak through but is crushed by those hops. Extremely bitter, but not unpleasantly so. Each sip leaves me wanting another.

MF- Moderate carbonation and slick mouthfeel. It coats the tongue in a good way.

O- Overall, this is an absolutely delicious IPA. It has a dank, bitter flavor that is extemely pleasant, and it's unlike any IPA I've ever had. One of my favorites.

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Photo of stouts4me
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Got this as an extra, sure glad I did!

Pours out orange just like a lot of others , normal beige frothy head.

Get a nice multiple-hop aroma, which sets you up to know this has some nice flavor,
And you get a piney, bitter, juicy, delicious burst of goodness.

Very good beer, get yourself some!

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Photo of DaveHopSculp
5/5  rDev +18.2%

This is a fantastic, yet very intense interpretation of a West Coast IPA. Hop Drop is very comparable to Stone's Enjoy By IPA, so you know it is good. The nose will give any IPA fan a massive erection as soon as that can is popped, blood should rush to the main vain rather quickly.

Hop Drop has an unbelievably juicy grapefruit nose. It tastes just as it smells and alcohol is not present here. It is so juicy.

Though I love this, I'm struggling with their claim that this is only a 7.2 ABV IPA. This is more DIPA than an IPA. I don't know, but one and a half of these knocks me on my ass more than a Stone Enjoy By at 9.4 ABV. It's amazing how I can have 3 or 4 Sculpin's or Two Hearted's at around the same ABV and not feel like I'm going to fall asleep. With that said:

Great IPA

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Photo of smack28752
4.89/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I first visited NoDa about a year ago and tried a Hop Drop. I was blown away. For me, it is just about the perfect American IPA. Great on the nose and has a terrific look to it also. It has strong citrus fruit notes, is sweet and clean but with the right amount of hop bitterness to cut through resulting in a clean dry finish.

We loaded up with cans of Hop Drop and Jam Session on the way home. This is a terrific beer but hard to find outside of the local area. Even the specialty beer stores in relatively nearby Asheville, NC do not have distribution. Also, availability even in Charlotte area is limited. I guess that is what notoriety from the GABF will so for you!

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Photo of angrybabboon
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Bilco for a surprise can of this gem

Consumed 9/11/14

A: Medium orange with a lot of honey and some tangerine around the edges, copper at its core - lightly hazy (reasonable considering the stupid amount of hops in this) - pours with a medium, white head, fades to some wisps, leaves some nice splotches of lacing

S: Gloriously hoppy - straight-up hop cones and hop pellets - deeply resinous and oily - fresh pine, a ton of citrus, and other fruit - juicy, ripe grapefruit flesh, pineapple, mango, and some other tropical aromas - very floral, herbal, with some dank qualities - not just a hop bomb, either, with some solid malts - pale and caramel, with some breadiness, light biscuit

T: Ripe grapefruit flesh, orange, and straight-up hoppy goodness - fruity and juicy, with some huge citrus and tropical notes - grapefruit, mango, pineapple - above average bitterness with some lingering pith - pine with some big herbal and floral hop flavors - pale and caramel malts - lightly toasted bread with perhaps a touch too much sweetness

M: Medium body, smooth, nice carbonation, very drinkable even with some lingering hop oils

O: This does make me want to roll on the floor

This is one of the best IPAs I've had in a while. I am truly impressed with the insane amount of hops crammed into a drinkable beer.

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Photo of SportsandJorts
3.9/5  rDev -7.8%

Appearance: pours a deep burnt orange, almost a red. a finger of a white head with an extremely strong retention and leaves a pretty strong lacing behind. hazy and nearly opaque but a little bit of brightness to it. 4.25/5

Smell: as soon as you crack the can, strong juicy hops, strong juicy citrus along with blackberries. tropical fruit and pine. malty sweetness just barely works it way through all the hops. 4.25/5

Taste: opens with hops, varieties include citrus, berries, tropical fruit, pine and maybe some floral. malts are sweet and a mix of caramel and toasted bread. comes off a bit on the grassy side. 3.75/5

Mouthfeel: good medium full feel. a touch try and some lingering bitterness. 3.75/5

Overall: I had this at the brewery about a year ago and was very surprised to see how much it blew up. Its a very good ipa, but with the market of ipas, I see it falling just short of the uppermost tier.

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Hop, Drop 'n Roll from NoDa Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 190 ratings.