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Jam Session - NoDa Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

367 Ratings
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85
very good

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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
Reviews by SportsandJorts:
Photo of SportsandJorts
3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: a light yellowish orange color. Good clarity but not much of a head

Smell: citrusy and slightly spicy hops. Some slight malt character

Taste: opens up with a citrusy and spicy hop flavor. Transitions into a toasty malt backbone

Mouthfeel: nice and lighter body but a overly strong bitterness. Good drinkablitly for the bitterness

Overall: a good session pale ale. Full of flavor and tasty. Only dislike is the over powering bitterness.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16oz can into an imperial pint glass a clear deep golden with a full one finger white head atop that lasted for the duration.Aromas of Amarillo hops abound,leafy,with some sweet onion and aspirin,wich I tend to like,caramel malts show thru more as I drink more.Hops dominate the palate up front with leafy and grassy notes dominating,the aspirin notes also come into play,a biscuity maltiness holds true to the finish but the hops are the show.I really like this pale,the hop profile is fantastic and the alcohol is low so I can drink the four pack without a problem.Solid.

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 tastybeer
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Amber gold, crispy clear color with a nice lacy white head. Aroma is bright, fruity, and happy. Cereal grains, citrus, tropical, grassy hop. Taste is refreshing and pleasantly hoppy. This is a very easy to enjoy beer. Flavors are flowery peach, apricot, apple, pine cones, grapefruit zest, all mixed really well together. Finishes with brisk carbonation and tingly hop dryness.

Photo of dirtylou
3.32/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

16oz can

Quite dark for a "session pale" - very bready with notes of spiced dough and rye. Rather dull hop profile and lacking characteristics I would like to see in a 'session'. One of these was enough - not a beer to revisit in the future.

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 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 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 wedge
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crystal clear solid gold under a low, sudsy head. Scarce, stringy lacing. Slightly rich malts lurk beneath the familiar scent of Simcoe and an otherwise spicy, leafy, fruity hoppiness. Very mellow aromatics overall, though. Bitter hoppy flavor transitioning to a fresh grainy finish. Green, pine resiny Simcoe, floral, and a little juicy citrus. Some biscuity malt. Brisk, medium-light bodied, and quite drinkable. Tasty and balanced...I wouldn't mind seeing more of this around the Triangle.

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 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 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 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 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 Daktah
4.06/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the brewery shortly after the release. Poured a light, bright orange with a solid amount of puffy white foam. Nose was great - lots of citrus and a more subtle pine smell. Taste was more of the same, with citrus leading the way and then a more muted and floral taste smoothing things out a bit. Medium to light mouth feel and carbonation, right where I expected it to be. Overall a very solid and easy drinking beer. Tons of flavor and character for a 5.1% beer, or really for any beer. Great addition to the NoDa lineup.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.99/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a crystal clear copper in color with minimal amounts of active visible carbonation rising slowly from the bottom of the glass and some orange highlights. The beer has a two finger tall dense foamy off-white head that slowly reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of tropical/mango, floral, and pine/resin hops over the top of lightly toasted caramel malts.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of lightly toasted malts with a light to moderate amount of caramel sweetness. There are moderate flavors of floral, tropical/mango, and citrus/tangerine hops along with just a touch of pine/resin hops. Light to moderate amounts of bitterness which fades relatively quickly.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Hints of dryness in the finish.

O: Very enjoyable and easy to drink - quite sessionable as the name implies. Nice hop flavors and aromas without being overpowering or too aggressive. Definitely one that I will be grabbing again.

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 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 GarthDanielson
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured on-tap at the brewery and served in a shaker pint, the beer is a clear, vibrant, golden coloring with a minimal, white, frothy head. Good looking beer. Nose of subtle tropical fruit and bitter hops, but very mild throughout. Flavors are floral hop forward, with subtle bitter and resin notes on a light, tangy caramel backbone. Light, effervescent body with a tangy and resinous aftertaste. Clean, crisp finish, making this an overall very easy drinker.

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

Watch out beer world! The new look of Pale Ale is here! No longer are we relegated to the grapefruit-only flavor of Cascade and Centennial- but these newer hops are stepping out of Imperial IPAs and finding comfort in simply pure American Pale.

The ale opens with the bright honey-amber color with smidgens of copper and orange. Its mild haze is a testament to the beer's largely unfettered character. A fluffy white head builds an arid column of foam that shows persistent staying power and laces the glass with well defined rings at each drink.

Bright and juicy aromatics abound with a plethora of fruit flavor- red grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, mango, and something lemony all frame a melody of tropical and citrus fruit. Even the backbone of caramel, cookie, toast and honey seem to give the fruit flavors a plumper or riper effect. The hop's herbal grassiness offers up a hint of chive heading into that first taste.

Similarly in taste, its the bright sweetness from malt that seem to add a fructose lift to the hoppy flavors. Seemingly bursting with fruit juice and tropical punch is almost "cream sickle" until the earthy bitterness reminds me of the beer underneath. Herbal with freshly mulled grasses, the ale trends more bitter than sweet with a taste of pine needles and sappy resinous flavors to close.

Medium bodied, the ale retains a light malt sweetness and its dissolved creaminess until late in the taste when the beer dries suddenly and leads to an even-keel balance with light warmth and slight grassy astringency.

NoDa is showing that uniqueness of Three Floyds Zombie Dust and Schlafly's Tasmanian IPA aren't all that unique- that this complex and insatiable taste can now be found beer world wide!

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 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 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 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 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.