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Jam Session - NoDa Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

367 Ratings
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Ratings: 367
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 9.92%
Wants: 14
Gots: 70 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
NoDa Brewing Company visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Daktah on 02-28-2013

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Ratings: 367 | Reviews: 40
Photo of smakawhat
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the can into a nonic pint glass. Canned April 27th 2015.

Two finger fluffy white head, slightly yellow to orange picking up some of the body color, with minimal staying power. Body color is tangerine orange, to a nice pale amber, minimal carbonation, and pretty basic.

Aroma has some mild biscuit notes, and toasty malt qualities, minimal hop front, but a lingering pine and herbal bitterness sort of hints and permeates the surface but very small.

Surprising take on a pale ale. Juiced a little hop front, but also light and wet slightly for a pale ale. Most noticeable caramel forward but just slight and not sugary. Good balance of hop and malt qualities, but lacking a little depth perhaps angling some sort of session quality which seems not quite correct at even 5%. Slight interesting airy hop and sweetness, even a bit of malt chewy character but not quite enough.

Even as a pale ale comes off just slightly better than average.

Photo of NYR94
4.11/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Excellent hoppy smell and a great taste to match. This Pale should be on your list to try for all of your outdoor parties this summer.

Photo of Treyliff
3.56/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

16oz can poured into an oversized wine glass

A- pours a slightly hazy deep orange color with a small foamy white head that retains nicely after the pour

S- citrusy hops with some grass and mint leaf notes, very clean malt undertones

T- subtle citrusy hops up front, fresh grass and mint, clean but slightly sweet malty finish

M- medium body with moderate-low carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and a crisp finish

O- nice easy drinking pale ale, light and easy to drink

Photo of Big_V
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sessionable smooth well done APA. Could knock down a few of these on a hot day.

Photo of StanleysCup
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Savored during a layover at CLT. Great head and snappy, resiny hop essence - almost IPA-like. Carbonation was a bit lie but the foam cup I had to pour it in May have had something to do with that.

Photo of hotpauko
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Another good offering from Noda. This is definitely a sessionable beer (great for a hot summer day) but only if you like hops and a fruity floral taste. Smell and taste of citrus is strong throughout. The malt only slightly offsets the hops and brings sweetness with it, but the hops is never too strong anyway. Very easy drinking, settles nicely on in the mouth.

Photo of Dwkasper
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Easy easy drinking sessionable beer

Photo of Swettenham_Shire
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Delicious brew from NoDa; fruity hop aroma and taste, minimal bitterness

Photo of jman42
4/5  rDev +4.4%

A = Beautiful deep orange color, but slightly hazy. Nice white head that only had a moderate duration. Nice lacing.

S = Best part. Nice and hoppy - smells like I crushed some hops fresh out of my garden between my fingers.

T = Tastes almost as good as it smells.

M = Nice mouthfeel. Creamy. Just a slightly tart aftertaste.

O = Pretty good beer. Very drinkable if having a few. Buy again

Photo of CaptCleveland
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Nice fresh hops as extra from great BA trader dailyminefield. Yellow can, red lettering, date stamped on bottom 9/8/2014.

Honey-orange, slightly hazy elixir poured into SA glass. One finger, white foam head quickly resolves into thin rim. Scant lacing.

There is a nice citrus aroma of oranges and zest that is muted by the malt sweetness. Too bad.

The malt sweetness is pervasive and really overwhelms any hop flavor.

Medium body. Sticky sweet.

This is not a bad brew, just not my idea of an APA. If you want an APA with a whiff of hops this is the one.

Photo of Immortale25
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Dogfish Spiegelau glass. Bottom of can says 09/08/2014.

A- Pours a dark amber color with a 1/2 inch light tan head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of surface foam. Resilient lacing leaves a thick solid ring behind.

S- Sweet, bready malt aroma with a subtle hop fume.

T- Lightly toasty malt comes together with some balancing hop bitterness to make a very drinkable pale. Slightly sweet.

M- Crisp with a faint hop bite. Medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the lighter side.

O- Living up to the name, this is quite the sessionable pale ale while also having some nice flavors.

Photo of BucannonXC5
3.87/5  rDev +1%

Type: 16-oz. can
Glass: Firestone restaurant pint glass
From: Total Wine & More in Ballantyne (Charlotte), N.C.
Price: $2.49
Purchased: Sept. 9, 2014
Consumed: Sept. 14, 2014
Misc.: Born on Sept. 2, 2014

Poured a honey, golden, straw hazy color with two fingers of khaki-white frothy head. Uneven, layered spots of average-to-above average foamy lacing. Above average retention on the top all the way down. (Sight - 3.75)

Smelled spicy Simcoe hops, grapefruit, Citra hops, floral hops, Centennial hops, orange rind, caramel, buttery grass and light butterscotch. (Smell - 4.25)

Tasted a bit toned down than the nose, but still very good. First thing I noticed was Citra hops and floral hops with a long, bitter finish on the tongue. Also got spicy Simcoe, light grapefruit, orange rind, grassy hops, honey wheat, buttery caramel malts, a bit boozier than the 5.10% ABV, onions, vegetables and tangerine juice. (Taste - 3.88)

Light body. Oily-to-thin texture. Average carbonation. Long, bitter finish. (Feel - 3.38)

This beer had its moments, but it was a bit unbalanced overall in my opinion. The lingering bitter vegetable aftertaste was just too much. (Overall - 3.75)

3.87 | 87 | B+

Photo of surfcaster
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Really great tasting full flavored "sessionable" alternative to the big brother Hop Drop.
The tall boy cans are great for the beach/pool and he lower alcohol welcomed when you're going to be out all day.

Photo of Tucquan
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had this on 2014-08-17 at the brewery. Had this a few more times since; most recently on 2015-03-25.

A - Pretty clear golden- orange with a 1.5-finger head and nice lace.

S - Dank with a little pine. Orange. Smells like a fresh hop bud crushed between your fingers.

T - Hop bud forward, cracker, grapefruit, aspirin, then some orange and caramel sweetness before the significantly bitter, lingering finish. Quite tasty and refreshing.

M - Light-medium body and medium-high carbonation. On the crisp side.

O - An aggressively hopped APA for sure. Much more so than a Sierra Nevada Pale Ale but still has a nice balance. Worth seeking out.

Photo of zookerman182
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance is a hazy orange color with a one finger white head.
Aroma is nice. Tropical, juicy, not too potent.
Taste follows the nose but comes off a little watery. This beer is one notch below being really good. It is what it says it is, a session beer. As they did a great job with the flavors in this one. Well balanced.
Mouthfeel is medium. Not much lingering bitterness but it does cost your mouth nicely.
Overall I enjoyed this beer and if they sold it here in Alabama and I was going to spend the day outside I would love a four pack.

Photo of farrago
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Moderate head, under a finger of off-white color, full mix of bubble sizes, below average retention, not much lacing either, more random than a direct result of glass swirling. The liquid is a mildly bronzed orange with more red than yellow mixed in, good clarity yet without many bubbles to see. The nose has a powerful floral lift, honeyed with sweet orange, tangerine citrus, just lacks the herbaceous bite to come off as an IPA, there’s a malty caramel streak in there too but sort of lost in the shuffle, peach and pineapple fruit scents, overall pungency is impressive. Full-bodied, ever so slightly heavy and slow to move. The level of carbonation is acceptable, not obtrusive. However, probably could help make it a little easier to pound were it stronger. More noticeable malts here, cocoa, mocha and toffee frame the attack, arguably even before the tangelo and lime citrus pounce. Likewise, more grass, black tea leaf, and pine, albeit these smooth out by the finish. Clean, with a certain metallic edge to it. More gusto to it than many in its category, the kind of beer you may think is just alright at first but then you notice you put down 3-4 of them without blinking. Wins you over slowly but surely.

Photo of maximum12
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to LGB362 for a couple cans of this brew, one of which came with me to an evening of poker a while back. Survivor for the review. 16 oz. can that you could use as a bright yellow emergency marker.

Pour is orange & the carbonation moves from evident to mild fairly quickly. Nose beckons: nice crop-duster of citrus, grassy knoll, & bits of caramel. Like.

Jam Session feels like a session ale to my big-beer-fatigued palate. Light caramel waltzes with a really nice floral print & looking at the can, I almost feel like I'm part of the Roaring Twenties (no idea why). Breadiness as it warms detracts from my retro-enjoyment, but the grassy/bitter hops ratchets my glass back to half-full. Pine bitterness swells as it warms. Swiggable: but don't big-boy cans reduce the effectiveness of the whole 'session' thing? Philosophically speaking, 'course.

Approached with a raised eyebrow after the letdown of Hop/Drop, this easily outpaced both my expectations & that other brew. Nothing to post home about, but a good, solid pale ale.

Photo of humuloner22
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was not sure what to expect from this beer. I purchased it on an impulse. It was recently released at a local store and I like to support breweries from my home state. I was impressed.

Appearance: Golden bronze, some head, but it settled to a thin lacy layer after a while.

Smell: Really nice, very pungent in a good way. This is classified as a Pale Ale but I have had IPA's with less of a bouquet. I was impressed. It had a nice piney citrus fruit profile, reminiscent of a California style IPA.

Taste: Smell was very indicative of the taste. Very flavorful for a "session" beer. It was a nice beer and I was impressed by the amount of flavor this one had.

Overall: A really nice beer. A bit too pricey for a four pack. But I like the fact that it was canned. I wish more breweries canned beers. It truly does preserve the taste, if done correctly. And you can store them much more easily.

Photo of metter98
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear light amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a short off white head. It poured with a short white head that died down, leaving a patch of bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of citrusy hops are present in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of orange citrus along with a light to moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and a little crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very easy to drink and is perfectly sessionable. It isn't over the top in terms of hops but has nice orangey flavors.

Photo of homebrew311
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden with white head, moderate retention, and heavy lacing. Nose is hoppy and biscuity. Notes of grass, pine, lemon, cracker, and bread all come through on the nose. The hops aren't too pungent as the allow that bready malt backbone peak through significantly. Taste is a well balanced assault of grassy hops and bready malts. The bitterness is mild, I get some caramel malt tones in the back. Mouthfeel is light and easy drinking. Overall, a very crushable pale ale.

Photo of woodychandler
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Man, friends down in North CANolina sent me this CAN to further The CANQuest (TM), but the chick on the label looks unCANnily like my ex-Old Lady and it's kinda freakin' me out.

From the CAN: "Proudly Brewed & C[AN]ned by NoDa Brewing Company, Charlotte, NC."; "Recycle, Reduce, Reuse."; "Prepare to get your Jam on! Our sessionable pale ale offers you amazing hop and malt character without sacrificing drinkability. The combination of English and Ameri[CAN] malts balance bright hop notes from Centennial, Simcoe and Amarillo, all without wrecking your palate."

I disagree with calling any beer = or > 5.0 % ABV "sessionable", but that is a debate for a different venue.

I could not wait to Crack! this open and see what lay in wait for me. I had been cautioned to employ a gentle Glug and so I did, but I still got a finger of foamy, tawny head with decent retention. Color was a deep-amber (SRM = > 13, < 17), approaching copper and with NE-quality clarity. No wonder they chose this broad t be the model - her hair color nearly matched the beer's! The nose was really earthy - grassy, minty, some toasted malt notes, all adding up to the scent of a meadow in the late-spring/early-summer. Mouthfeel was on the thin side and the taste was more tea-like than anything else. If you have never made hops tea, it is very mellow and relaxing and this was quite reminiscent of its flavor. It was kind of a blend of grassiness and mintiness, but very mellow. All of a sudden, I was feeling sleepy. Finish was semi-dry, refreshing, but not sustaining for a self-avowed hophead such as myself. Not bad, per se, but lacking a certain Oomph that would get me to make a return trip.

Photo of stakem
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Kegatron for sharing this with me. Pounder can pours a clear copper color with an off-white cap that shows decent retention and patchy lace.

The smell has almost a feel of hop dust overtop a caramel malt sweetness. Fresh, inviting and enjoyable nose on this.

The tastes echos the aroma with a lightly grassy and resinous hop aspect with slight caramel toffee malt but little contrasting sweetness.

This is a light bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. A crushable ale that I would certainly drink again.

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.06/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to pgh_penguins for the can.

Appearance: Burnt orange. Head is small and off-white with decent retention. Leaves a small cap with sporadic bubbles for the duration. Moderate carbonation on the pour. Some darker golds at the edges when held to direct light.

Smell: Toasted bread. Lightly caramelized malts. Bready. Some pithy bitterness. Hops run a touch herbal with some floral and citrus elements. Cooked. Slightly sweet in balance with the light roasted/toasted malts and the clean hops. A touch nutty with some grass and a bit of husk and cereal grains. A touch of pine needle and some vague tropical fruit (peach and mango). Really soft yeast adds a bit more dimension.

Taste: More of that toasted malt. Vague backing nuttiness. Toasted grain, some wheat husk, and hay. A touch of cereal grain and a mildly earthy hop presence. A very vague touch of pine needle bitterness coupled with some grapefruit flesh and a mild pithy finish. Malts are lightly sweet offering up some cooked sugars. A bit of a raw grain underneath. Very well balanced. Yeast adds a touch of fruity esters and a soft finish to the whole thing. A touch of pale malt thrown in the background as well. Bready.

Mouthfeel: Medium bordering on light body with a moderate, slightly bubbly, carbonation. Clean and a touch crisp on the finish.

Overall: Better than a jam band.

A solid drinking pale ale. No frills and not a lot to write home about, but that's ok here.

Photo of CHADMC3
3.84/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a burnt orange to copper through the clear orange hues as lively bubbles of carbonation dance to the top to meet the foamy, off white head. After a few minutes the head is no longer, leaving a scattered lacing about the glass.

A hoppy aromatic nose offers pine, grapefruit, peaches, and maybe even nectarine. Very fruity and piney at the same time. There maybe some earthy type malt in there as well, but verdict is still out.

Much more piney on the palate. There are still traces of citrus but not nearly as much. The malt really comes forward on the palate as well, primarily biscuit or dark bread-like.

Medium in body with a fair amount of carbonation with a chewy, piney finish that offers up some peach at the very end.

Overall a pretty darn nice APA. Certainly a touch maltier than some of its hoppier counterparts, and a really nice "drinkable" brew.

Photo of Brandi123P
4.64/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

I had my first Jam Session the other night at Cowfish in Charlotte NC. I have to admit I hate hoppy beers! I saw this and she said it was a great pale ale. I decided to give it a shot! I normally get citrus beers and have to have the bartender give me a lemon to add or a orange because the hint of citrus just does not curve me right, however with this beer! OMG! It tasted like oranges and lemons and berries. It had a hint of everything I love! It was light and smooth going in. When you swallow you start to get all the hints of citrus. This is a chick beer I have turned on 4 friends today alone! Love Love Love! I wonder if I can get at a local Charlotte Grocery store!! :D

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Jam Session from NoDa Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 367 ratings.