Hop, Drop 'n Roll - NoDa Brewing Company

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Reviews: 180
Hads: 1,654
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 9.05%
Wants: 293
Gots: 342 | 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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Reviews: 180 | Hads: 1,654
Photo of potion
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

fresh, canned less than two weeks ago

a - clear amber, finger of fluffy white head
s - very sweet malts are most prominent, piny hops
t - sweet malts, graham cracker, lots of pine, grapefruit, and papaya
m - good mild carbonation and medium bitterness, very smooth/creamy
o - great, perfect, could keep drinking and drinking (325 characters)

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

Deep amber color, 1 finger of fluffy off white head, solid lacing

Aroma takes in a fair amount of malt with a good dose of piney hops in there.

Truth in advertising on the can about the hefty malt bill, and that hits your palate first with a sweetness that is promptly countered by a bitter dose of piney and dank hops.

Medium to heavy mouthfeel, suitable carbonation, oily.

HD&R tested my limits with a sturdier malt factor than I typically enjoy, but won my respect with the intense hop whallop that counteracts it. Worth trying. (535 characters)

Photo of Apellonious
4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16 oz can poured into a Guinesses pint glass.

A - Clear reddish orange with a one and half finger head that moves to a thick lace.

S - Hoptoria. What does that even mean? I don't know. But hops dominate the nose. More towards the onion and sea salt side versus the floral variety.

T - Some citrus, more onion/sea salt, but then a malt/bread like presence comes in for balance, followed by a bitter finish.

M - Carbonation below average, creamy mouthfeel.

O - The closest comparison I can think of is Heady with little less dirt/pine and a slightly creamier/less carbonation moutfeel. The fact that it is fresh and local is a great bonus. (645 characters)

Photo of magicstop
4.83/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Currently my favorite IPA by a long shot, and unfortunately as difficult to find, due to its popularity. Repeated trips to the brewery as well as local haunts come up short. News of a shop getting in a supply means lines and rapidly sold out inventories. I love this beer, but I hope the hype around it settles down somewhat soon . . .

On to the beer, it truly is a fabulous, well-balanced IPA. There are imperial/double IPAs that I might prefer in a head-to-head competition, but in terms of a solid, standard IPA, this has few or no peers.

It pours a beautiful bronze/amber color with an almost-white head that has decent staying power. Truth be told, I'm always so eager to get to this beer that I don't usually admire the head for long.

The smell wafting up from this beer is as delectable as the beer itself, and fairly true to the flavor profile. This beer presents with a great aroma, full of the citrus and floral notes that set this beer off, as well as the piney undertones that round the hop bill out so well. I would say that the aroma isn't quite as pronounced as some IPAs, but what is present is quite enticing.

Oh the taste . . . I almost don't want to bother with words, here. If you haven't had this beer, you must. If you have, you know. Hop Drop & Roll excels at capturing, to my tastes, a perfectly harmonized IPA balance between complex, yet unified hop characteristics and a supportive, but not distracting malt bill. If you like your IPAs on the dry side, favoring west coast hops, but also an east coast sensibility, this IPA will knock your socks off. After having over-indulged in Lagunitas for the past several months, this beer is the perfect refresher . . . not an over-sweet bone in its beautiful body. The perfect balance of hops to malt. Refreshing, crisp, complex, yet smooth . . . it's a hop bomb that oozes style and sensibility.

The mouthfeel is pleasing . . . on the heavier side of medium, with enough chew to it to hold up to extended trips on your palate. Smoothly exits the mouth with a coating of hops that begs for yet another sip.

I love IPAs, and the diversity of them that exists . . . Hop Drop & Roll is challenging that second part, though, as I've been feeling very spoiled and very in the mood for it all the time. Perhaps my infatuation will wane over time, but the current difficulty in sourcing this heavenly brew has me pining away for the time being. If you're lucky enough to spot this on tap or resting in its distinctive chartreuse can, grab it, and call me while you're at it! (2,543 characters)

Photo of zhivago373
4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured from month old can to pint glass.

pours a rather clear amber color. big soapy head that dissipates slowly. lingers on glass and top of beer.

smells of pungent hops, pine, citrus, cannabis, grapefruits: an amazing, amazing smelling beer for sure! almost all the major hop notes are there, supported by a sweet malt background. probably smells better from can rather than glass. just awesome.

tastes of the same hop aromas: pungent hops, pine, citrus, herbal notes, fruity sweetness, slight caramel malts with a dry finish. super tasty, and with a pretty *normal* mouthfeel (not too thick, not too thin), the drinkability is supreme.

overall an outstanding IPA. i love the hops here (they use Citra, Amarillo, Warrior, and Chinook if i recall): all the major notes are there! and with the great drinkability, this beer goes down so easily. certainly not the be-all, end-all of IPAs, but definitely worth seeking out. (925 characters)

Photo of Delraypete
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Saw some guys drinking a tall boy I didn't recognize from across the sushi bar at the Charlotte airport. Asked what it was and the bartender sang its high praises. I'd never heard of the brewery. Gave it a try and wow, what a beer. Amazing hop flavor straight out of the can. Easily a all-time top 10 IPA for me. (312 characters)

Photo of Shaken9
4.69/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Excellent beer!

Appearance is deep golden, large pillowy head, a little cloudy.
Smells is pine resin, grapefruit, orange, tropical fruit with some dank Mosaic-like notes some malt makes it through.
Taste is full on bitter with a malty backbone, all the flavors that you get in the nose
Mouthfeel is medium body and finishes dry.

Outstanding if you can get it! (361 characters)

Photo of cosmicevan
4.3/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Canned a few days ago, generously shared by my first trade partner, portable. Ripped one open warm the day Doug gave them to me for maximum freshness, now for a closer look. Enjoyed from a beer hunter taster glass

a - brew poured a classic IPA orange brown with a frothy full and foamy off white head that had great staying power and coated the glass with lace.

s - ah yes. Sticky sweat piny resinous hop but heavy handed with citric and tropical fruit notes. Boy oh boy, that smells fantastic.

t - as the nose suggested, buckle up. Here is a bonafide west coast IPA from nc! Lacking a bit of the fruitiness in the nose the thick resinous hop slams you in the face like a good west coast IPA ought to.

m - a bit chewy, not for the faint of heart. Coats me in bitterness on the finish.

o - overall, there ya have it, a west coast IPA brewed in NC. Go figure. Nicely done. Super excited to have sampled this one so fresh. (924 characters)

Photo of patre_tim
4/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Copper filtered with lots of fine whirl winds of bubbles rising in the glass, 2 fingers of yellowish head.

S: Tropical fruits, candied pineapple, canned pineapple, catnip, herbal, sweet and fruity.

T: Candied pineapple, tropical fruit, catnip, herbal, big bitter end. Onion, garlic.

M: Thick syrupy and resinous body, medium carbonation.

O: Really well done IPA, I got this one at Earth Fare in Charlotte, NC July 9th, 2014. My first from NoDa. Excited to find a second Charlotte Brewery I’m pumped about. (514 characters)

Photo of ThirstySpence
4.9/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

As the gold medal shows, this beer is fantastic. Great citrus notes don't overly dry out the beer. It's sure to please any hop-head. I just hope all of the Brewhaha over the gold medal doesn't create any quality/quantity issues. Congrats to all of you guys down at NoDa (269 characters)

Photo of Frank_TX
4.47/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed a can of the Hop Drop n Roll in Charlotte at the US National Whitewater Center. The IPA was great after a long day of rafting and being outdoors. This excellent American IPA is easily enjoyed straight from the can and is not too heavy for a hot summer day in the South. Wish I could have visited the brewery while in Charlotte. Hopefully NoDa Brewery will increase distribution to the Hampton Roads area. (412 characters)

Photo of RKB2
4.21/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Got luck and found some in Greensboro, NC. It lived up to the hype I had heard and am now looking to try the rest of their beers. Hope their ramp up in product happen quickly for better distribution and the quality I tasted with Hop, Drop & Roll continues! (256 characters)

Photo of MadScientist
4.75/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A hazy, glowing light copper color with an orange hue. An aggressive pour produces a good head stand of rock to creamy off-white bubbles. The foam has a lasting head retention and leaves a light lacing on the glass.

A strong hops aroma, smelling of citrus, orange, pineapple and a bit of resinous pine. There is a fairly strong herbal and grass dry hopped aroma in there along with a mostly clean malt sweetness with notes of caramel. There is a slight alcohol sweetness as well.

An aggressive hops bitterness with lots of citrus hops flavor dominate. The hops bring strong flavors of pineapple, orange and a bit of orange peel along with a bit of pine and moderately-strong herbal flavors. There is a moderately-light sweetness that is mostly malt along with some alcohol towards the dry finish. There is a lingering hops bitterness with a citrus aftertaste.

A medium bodied beer with a moderate creaminess and a medium-strong level of carbonation.

A remarkable IPA, the hops really shine in this beer with a depth of American Citrus hop aromas and flavors dominating. The bitterness is solid but balanced making for an awesome beer. (1,141 characters)

Photo of DIM
3.68/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

canned less than 3 weeks ago.

a: Hazy coppery golden color; poured with large, semi sticky white head.

s: Sugar cookies and toffee with hop aromas of mint and citrus peel.

t: Bit of a let down given the hop bill. Sharp, almost charred toffee and some sugar cookie sweetness are what I noticed most. Some hop resin and citrus peel towards the finish. There was a very appealing lingering bitterness.

m: Heavy for an IPA.

o: Fresh can, good reviews, I hoped for more. (471 characters)

Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.41/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A - Golden copper, slight hazing, with a significant head that reduces to a film over the top and lacing.

S - Pine and grapefruit, slight malt sweetness, floral and grass notes, with a hint of spice.

T - Fruit is front, resolving into a cracker malt that mixes with honey and grassy elements. Satisfying and rich, but also smooth and easy to drink.

M - Crisp, clean, and only a slight bittering end. About perfect.

O - Lovely East Coast IPA, with delicious malt backbone that offers more than simple bread or cracker elements alone. I cannot get this one at home, but will look for it when I get the chance. (611 characters)

Photo of MWilcox20
4.3/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was really surprised with this one. The hops are so present and well balanced. I got more of the piney hop flavor than citrus or grapefruit which is my preferred style. This one shouldn't be missed and is a must if you are in the Charlotte area. I need to load up on these next time I'm up there. (298 characters)

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

Poured into a standard pint glass. This IPA appears a deep golden/orange. The slightly off white, one inch head, with fine froth, appears puffy and soft. The lacing is sticky and the head is persistent. Nice design and artwork on can.

The smell and taste are of sweet, rich, overripe fruit, hops, piney, and some citrus zest in the background. It is smooth, but I would like more pop.

The mouthfeel is substantial and very well done. It does an excellent job making its mark. The beer feels fine in my mouth and the carbonation is sufficiently noticeable. Very good mouthfeel.

Overall, this IPA is impressive. It should be able to stand with some of the better known IPAs around the country, and get mixed up with some of the top West Coast IPAs. (749 characters)

Photo of Brdlist
4.68/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Local, so I'll try to be unbiased,

Had on tap and in can

A - Pours an hazy ochre with a crisp acidic head

S - Citrus and pine notes, not overwhelming on the nose

T - Excellent! A refreshing IPA that doesn't wreck your palate or your balance - at ~7% it's perfectly well balance

M - Very crisp and slightly bitter leaves a resin aftertaste

O - An excellent beer and very grateful it's right down the street. I have always been jealous of folks who happen to live in Munster, Guerneville or Greensboro, VT and even though NoDa has a long way to go to get there, it's nice to taste just a little bit of that with HDnR (621 characters)

Photo of Ndsnead
4.56/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A bit sweet with some citrus hints. Entirely delicious. I could drink this refreshing IPA all day long. NoDa has the best beers in Charlotte by far, so if you are in Charlotte, be sure to swing by NoDa brew! Hop drop also comes in pint cans, so you can bring some home to enjoy, which I did, of course! (302 characters)

Photo of Cubatobaco
4.3/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a DFH tulip from a pint can that was canned 5-5-14

I'm looking forward to this and hope that it lives up to the hype! Thanks, Mark!

A - Hazy, golden amber in color with a minimal amount of carbonation showing. Sticky lacing that leaves a splotchiness on the side of the glass above the 1/4" head and ring that is left behind after the pour.

S - Big, citrus nose predominately a large dose of grapefruit (rind). Resin with pine, on the back end with loads of hop pellets and hints of malt. Beer may be too cold to get all it has to offer, but it has a wonderful aroma nonetheless.

T - Bitter hops and pine up front followed by a bitterness/flavors of grapefruit, orange peel, and lemon zest. Gives off a sweet malt profile that is pleasant.

M - Medium-bodied with a viscous feel. Frothy and creamy that leaves an oily presence on the palate that turns dry (odd right?). A perfect balance of bitterness and sweetness!

O - I'd have to say that this lives up to the hype. I mean it has it's own characteristics and it doesn't try to mimics a lot of other IPA's. A solid offering that I would keep around the house if I lived by the brewery. Heck of a beer! (1,173 characters)

Photo of jegross2
4.47/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing Hop, Drop 'N Roll from NoDa Brewing Company out of Charlotte, North Carolina.

Score: 95

16 oz can served in a Mikkeller & Friends stemmed taster and enjoyed on 05/21/14. Review is from iPhone notes.

Appearance: Pours a golden amber color with three fingers of foamy sea-foam head that slowly recedes to a thin layer. Okay lacing, solid retention and good cling. 4/5

Smell: Primarily grapefruit and piney hops. Nice fruitiness and grassy character. 4.5/5

Taste: Resinous pine, grapefruit, lemon and a little spice. A light dose of sweet caramel malt as well. 4.5/5

Mouthfeel: Light plus bodied, appropriate carbonation. Oily mouthfeel. Nice bitter bite. 4.5/5

Overall: An IPA lover's IPA. With a good bitter bite and tons of pine and grapefruit, this is everything you want in your hoppy beers.

Cost: $11.99 for a four pack of 16 oz cans. (855 characters)

Photo of barczar
3.9/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a fairly clear deep copper with a frothy cream head that slowly dissipates leaving moderate lacing.

Resin, sweet caramel malt, sharp citrus, cannabis, and pine form the aroma. Onion lingers in the background. Pretty dank.

Flavor reveals a slightly sweet body of caramel malt, underneath of which lies resiny, grassy hops, which finish fairly bitter and piney. There's a bit of grapefruit throughout, along with peach.

Body is moderate, with carbonation a touch high, accentuating the bitterness.

Good malt and hop flavoring, fairly complex, but the bitterness is a little too harsh and overwhelming for my tastes. (623 characters)

Photo of Sludgeman
4.31/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Received as gift from Mark Rodda. In a can. Bottled on 4/28/14. Poured into a nonic pint glass.

This is a beautiful beer with a great aroma. Good bitterness from beginning to end. A very good IPA but at 7.2% ABV comes off more as an imperial. Very drinkable. 4.25

A – Pours a clear golden with a two-finger white rocky frothy head, good lacing, good show in the glass. 4.5

S – Beautiful aroma with apricot, grapefruit, orange blossom and sweetness. 4.75

T – A balanced beer with good maltiness and an herbal bitterness in the finish. 4.25

MF – Medium body with a semi-dry finish. Under carbonated. Sort of a flat mouth feel. Smooth yet a lasting bitterness on the palate but not a biting finish. 3.5 (712 characters)

Photo of maximum12
3.15/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to LGB362 for a couple of these cans: one went down during our last poker session, this one is for the review. 16 oz. lime green can.

Pour is a pleasant young orange IPA. Carbonated. Nose is mild orange, candied sugar. Smells more like pop - or soda, as you have it - than beer.

Hop, Drop 'n Roll gives off the same impression the second time around: too sweet. That candied orange sugar with corn syrup just won't stop: it runs the taste buds down & stickies them up. After the invert sugar blitz comes a modicum of conifer bitterness that tastes & feels secondary & doesn't meld real well; the hops give the dominant orange a bit of a medicinal taste, maybe a touch dank. Half the can is fine: my wife is enjoying the other half more than I am.

This one just doesn't finger my joy buzzer. Too much sweetness for an IPA, too gentle & loving. Decent enough. (870 characters)

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. (1,178 characters)

Hop, Drop 'n Roll from NoDa Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 180 ratings.