Jam Session - NoDa Brewing Company

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86
very good

380 Ratings
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Ratings: 380
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 9.66%
Wants: 16
Gots: 72 | 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: 380 | Reviews: 42
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 brentk56
3.96/5  rDev +3.4%
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

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Axnjxn
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.

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 BeerDawgs
4.24/5  rDev +10.7%
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..

Photo of jpro
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
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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