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Jam Session - NoDa Brewing Company

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Jam SessionJam Session

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very good

42 Reviews
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Reviews: 42
Hads: 411
Avg: 3.87
pDev: 30.75%
Wants: 18
Gots: 79 | 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

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Beer added by: Daktah on 02-28-2013

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Reviews: 42 | Hads: 411
Photo of Taps86
4.93/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

By far one of the best Pale Ale Craft Brews I have ever had.Highly Recommend this Pale Ale. From the appearance to the taste you just can't find any better. Up until a couple weeks ago I was only able to find this beer in North Carolina. The NoDA Brewing company is starting to expand outside of the North Carolina territory and into South Carolina. I will always try to have a 1/2b of this in the kegerator at all times.

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Photo of Brandi123P
4.64/5  rDev +19.9%
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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Photo of beerdown77
4.54/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I don't regard B/A scores as absolute truth, but when I see a new beer that I want to try and 500 people have rated it in the high 70s to low 80s, it factors into my decision. That being said, I feel that the current score of 85 for this beer is a little misleading. Don't mistake this beer for just a decent pale ale. I think time will prove this beer is worthy of a 90-92 rating.

Appearance--The darker hue to this pale ale increases its crowd pleasing ability. It's not just for hop seakers.

Smell--positives here, but not the gusto behind this beer. You get an expected balance of hops with some true to appearance malt.

Taste--The taste is everything you hope the name suggests. Sure, if you want to be blown away by hops, the "Hop, Drop 'n Roll" is there waiting for you. Sessionability is the name of the game here. You get enough hops, then the relief of a full flavored and well rounded beer.

Mouthfeel--Sessionability here as well, but not overly thin.

Overall--I could try to describe exactly what hops and malt tastes like, but in all honesty, you need not tax yourself with the chore of decoding nuance in this brew. It is the sum of all its parts that entices subsequent sips. The roundedness of this beer makes the second one just as tasty as the first.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
4.24/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A 16oz can pored into a NoDa pint glass canned on 4.27.15

L - Cloudy, unfiltered, copper with 2 fingers of head and sticky lace left all over the glass. Impressive

S - Huge citrus nose, IPA like. Centennial shining through. Barley malts provide a nice balance to the nose

T - Perfectly lighted hopped and good balance of citrus hops and malt backbone. This is a very tasty light pale ale

F - Medium carbonation. Slick

O - One of the tastier pale ale's, with a great aroma and appearance. A+ for drinkability. Definitely pick this up if you can find it..

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Photo of farrago
4.18/5  rDev +8%
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.

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Photo of tillmac62
4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber pour with a light red hue. Nice head and lacing. Nose is citrus hops, grapefruit and tangerine. Light medium bodied with normal carbonation. Smooth, but light, mouthfeel. A very nice balance of hop flavor and bitterness against biscuit and a touch of tartness describes this well crafted ale. The flavor profile leans to hop flavor, mostly grapefruit, against a laid back slight bitterness and tartness. Not a flavor bomb, but well balanced and tasty. Almost crisp finish where some pine hop flavor comes through and grapefruit lingers. My first NoDa offering...exceptional.

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Photo of Tucquan
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

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Photo of zookerman182
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

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Photo of humuloner22
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

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Photo of twage04
4.07/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Taste is of grapefruits and some herbal zest. Malt is appropriate and overall the beer is balanced and pleasant. Nothing really out of the ordinary but overall a good APA.

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Photo of Daktah
4.06/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

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Photo of Axnjxn
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

on tap at beer study in chapel hill

pours a dark copper color with a nice head. the nose is big and fruity with some good hop character is there. the taste is very pronounced for a session beer, more hops than most pales, but still a good amount of malts. tad of bitterness on the end. medium bodied with medium/low carbonation.

overall solid and an above average pale. good for a summer day. exceptional for a session beer.

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Photo of oberon
4/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of Immortale25
4/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of jman42
4/5  rDev +3.4%

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

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Photo of surfcaster
4/5  rDev +3.4%

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.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +3.4%
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!

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Photo of stakem
4/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.99/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of brentk56
3.96/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: For some reason the bartender though that he was supposed to fill it to the rim so the amber colored liquid arrived headless and a good shake after a few sips generated very little foam

Smell: Graham cracker and toffee, with some citrus and pine

Taste: The graham cracker and toffee malt flavors arrive first, with tangerine and pine making a quick transition in the middle; the finish leans to the hops though the malt balances out the bitterness

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with low to moderate carbonation

Overall: A decent pale ale, though I would prefer a bit more of an advantage given to the hops

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Photo of wedge
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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Photo of jpro
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16oz can from Salud into a mug...

A: Orange-gold; light cream, one-finger head; spotty lace / minimal retention; bright.

S: Orange peel; hard candy / sugary; bready; light buttery / toffee notes.

T: Citrus hop flavor; light pine; bready / light crusty malts.

M: Medium body; high carbonation.

O: A pretty good pale ale.

*from notes 12.3.13

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Photo of hotpauko
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Photo of tastybeer
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Photo of do_ob
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pint can into a snifter. Cloudy golden in color with a fluffy 2 finger head of foam. Nice floral notes, citrus, and some hops on the nose. Light weight, and pleasantly smooth mouthfeel. Quite flavorful for a "session" beer. Slightly more hop-forward than some APAs, which was nice.

Overall, a nice, sessionable light beer. Would be great for mowing the lawn.

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Jam Session from NoDa Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 42 ratings.