10 Blocks South - NoDa Brewing Company
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4/5 rDev +6.1%
On tap @ NoDa Brewing Company (Charlotte, NC) on 3/11/12. Served in a pint glass.
Pours a clear copper, with a ½ finger of foamy bright-white head. This retains with some frothy edges, leaving back thick and sticky swathes of lacing down the sides of the glass. This has a solid rich look to it. The aroma smells fresh, floral, and citric, with some additional notes of leafy spice mixed in. Firm malt backing of caramel and bread really gives this some heft in the nose.
The taste is fairly assertive with the hops, as green bitter citrus, pine, and spice all linger on the tongue. The sweet grainy malts here really have a presence and like the nose, add some definite heft to the overall flavor profile. The mouthfeel has a solid medium bodied feel to it, with a prickly and firm carbonation that blows up in the mouth. It’s got a decent flow to it but the overall weightiness of the malt profile makes sure that you take your time with the glass, as this feels a bit bigger than 5.5%.
This was billed as an XPA at the brewery and that feel about right here, with the assertive and crisp hop profile of an APA but with a jacked up malt presence that gave this some density in the mouth. I wouldn’t quite call this a quencher but it’s definitely good for what it is.
03-15-2012 17:00:52 | More by Kegatron
3.98/5 rDev +5.6%
Served from tap into a NoDa shaker at the source. Poured red-orange with a minimal off-white head. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, pine, pine hop, floral, and floral hop. The flavor was of sweet malt, pine, pine hop, floral, and resin. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a fairly decent brew. I was surprised based on the other NoDa brews I’ve had as this one was very pine forward. The floral notes were a nice way to balance this one out. Despite this pine forwardness of this brew, it was still quite drinkable and enjoyable. Another solid brew from NoDa.
02-10-2012 00:45:24 | More by thagr81us
3.73/5 rDev -1.1%
On tap in the brewery tap room, served in a pint glass.
Pours a clear amber/orange-ish color with a medium sized white head. The head recedes fairly quickly, and leaves behind a decent amount of lacing.
The nose is all hops. Mainly citrusy, I believe they have Centennial, Cascade, Columbus and Chinook hops. Very clean and straight forward, really quite nice. The malt presence is just enough to add a bit of sweetness to the aroma
The taste follows the nose in nearly every aspect. Heavy on grapefruit, and orange zest with just a hint of lemon. The malts slightly sweet with notes of caramel, and a lightly bready profile. Medium bodied and moderately carbonated. Very easy to drink.
Overall this is a decent pale ale that is easy to drink.
12-28-2011 16:20:36 | More by CBlack85
4.03/5 rDev +6.9%
On draft at Carolina Ale House, Charlotte, NC.
Poured a medium brass hue with a one finger frothy white head. There was very good retention and sticky lacing.
The smell featured heavy piney hops and a light caramel.
The taste was totally hop driven with an assault of pine and citrus.
The mouthfeel was a touch thin with a nice residual spiciness.
Overall a tasty hop forward ale.
11-11-2012 18:43:11 | More by plaid75
4.15/5 rDev +10.1%
Pours a big three plus finger head of eggshell white, very airy and whipped up, dimples some as it dissolves off, good mixture of small and moderate bubble sizes, lacing sticks in thicker streaks, retention overall is very good. Very clear brownish amber colored liquid, metallic orange rims, on the whole darker than one might expect. The nose spreads out casually, emphasizes tangerine, orange, pink grapefruit citrus while not getting that sweet, touch of honeyed bread, more fresh flowers and cocoa and then ripe peach, apricot fruit, strong grassy and piney hops for spine while staying mellow. Close to full-bodied, fluffy without being too soft, here the hops really cut right into the middle of things, herbaceous and almost close to tree bark and earth. The cocoa to mocha percolates underneath the tangerine, orange citrus, the latter sweet but not sugary. Steady peach, apple, apricot fruit supports well. The carbonation is maybe a bit heavy handed, could pull back some. More dough and pastry flakes than bread or pretzel dough. Light saltiness. Bright finish that extends things nicely. Pushing from APA into IPA territory but stays within bounds. Has personality.
05-14-2012 00:17:24 | More by farrago
10 Blocks South from NoDa Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 23 ratings.