Jam Session - NoDa Brewing Company

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Reviews: 42
Hads: 404
Avg: 3.87
pDev: 30.23%
Wants: 17
Gots: 75 | FT: 6
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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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Photo of CHADMC3
3.84/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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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 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 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 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 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 dirtylou
3.32/5  rDev -14.2%
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.

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Photo of SportsandJorts
3.91/5  rDev +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.

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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 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 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 GarthDanielson
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

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