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Hop Cakes - NoDa Brewing Company

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88
very good

13 Reviews
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Reviews: 13
Hads: 117
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 2.2%
Wants: 60
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
NoDa Brewing Company visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Bung on 03-03-2013

NoDa Brewing will release four-pack cans of Hop Cakes, a double IPA brewed with maple syrup, at the taproom this Monday, Feb. 9. The cans will be distributed around town starting the next day, but if you want to try it on tap head to the brewery this Friday, Feb. 6 (kegs, too, will make their way to area bars next week). This beer first appeared as a small-batch NoDable beer almost three years ago when head brewer Chad Henderson interrupted a lumberjack convention to tell them about the beer. The brewery has since brewed larger amounts and had it on tap at the brewery, though not often. This will be the first time they have packaged the beer. This is the second in the brewery’s line of specialty cans. The first, Hoppy Holidays, was released last December. Though it was distributed to many bottle shops around town, Hoppy Holidays didn’t last long on the shelves. At more than 3,000 four-packs, Hop Cakes will be much more plentiful than Hoppy Holidays. Still, it’s limited. I’d recommend trying to find it sooner rather than later, as it’s sure to sell like — well, you know.
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Reviews: 13 | Hads: 117
Reviews by oberon:
Photo of oberon
4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours into a tulip glass a duller medium golden with a thinner but lacey white head atop.Herbal and oeverripe tropical fruit -like hops dominate the nose with not any maple syrup notes the hops were large and in charge though.Big hops with note being overly sweet on the palate wich was great,tropical fruits with a touch of herb with only light sugary sweetness and alcohol,not getting the maple syrup though,maybe a hint in the back end.Love this beer,anytime you can find a DIPA that's not saturated in caramel/sugary sweetness it's a good thing,really like this beer. (571 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of Apellonious
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a growler poured into a tulip glass.

A - Pours a mainly clear with a touch of hazy ruby orange. One finger head that dissipated quickly.

S - Hops, front and center. A smidge of alcohol. Grapefruit/citrus.

T- Again, the hops dominate, and they are of the resinous, dank variety. Slight sea salt/onion, but not in a bad way. There is some malt/sugar sweetness, but you don't pick up much of the syrup until it gets warm. Butter.

M - Carbonation is mid-level, not sticky as you would expect, the feel is pretty crisp and clean and easy for a 10%er.

O - A solid DIPA, the only wish would be more of the syrup notes in the taste. The hops here (like the Hop Drop) are stellar. If I had to guess, I would say that the syrup primarily added the ability to get to a higher heat %, and throw in a touch of color and a little warmth. (849 characters)

Photo of MaybeSoMaybeNot
4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hotpauko
4.01/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap at Michael Alexanders in Charlotte. Big double with big hop flavor. Yes this is close to pumped up HDR. You can pull out similar hop flavor if you know HDR well enough, just a little bolder and not as crisp and clean. Smell is boozy and hits your mouth initially boozy, then mellows. Mouthfeel is smooth with an easy bite for such a high ABV. Sweetness is noticeable start to finish. Well made, great hop mix like HDR. I think I'd like to see a bit more malt backbone and less sweetness but this is Hop Cakes!!! (518 characters)

Photo of Mantooth
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of williamjbauer
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Shawner
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of twowheelssoar
4.51/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of tdm168
4.04/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of dailyminefield
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of aleckpa
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of tiamat8086
4.29/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of robgage
3.77/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bisonfort
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

At craft beer factory tasting (29 characters)

Photo of Bieniek30
3.79/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Bunuelian
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Hopportunistic
4.49/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TheSamKuehn
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bung
4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tap at Revolution. Standard bright gold pour, thin layer of white head laces nicely.

Aroma, big floral and citrus hops. Faint bread or more biscuit in the background.

Taste, citrus, especially grapefruit. Pine is pretty light. Faint malty background. Tastes more like a straight ipa, a very nice ipa though.

Maybe medium bodied, very easy drinking. For the size this is insanely easy to drink, little alcohol presence.
Brewed with maple syrup, not sure what it did other than give some color. This is a real nice ipa in a dipa name. (542 characters)

Photo of dvmin98
4.29/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This must be a revamped recipe because I've had this in the past and it was underwhelming. This years is very hoppy with mild maple flavors. One possible answer is I drank something that was literally canned yesterday, so its ultra fresh. Nice job. Seek if you can (267 characters)

Photo of tarheels4life23
4.29/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of diamondlie
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of KevinGordon
4.5/5  rDev +10%

Photo of n2185
3.37/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: Pours a murky honey color with a finger of beige head that fades into a thin ring with a little lacing.

S: Maple syrup, caramel malts, and some light tropical hop aromas like pineapple, melon, and apricots.

T: Maple syrup and caramel up front with sweet melon flavors followed by a resinous pine kick and finish that is both sweet and bitter.

M: Medium body with lowish carbonation, this beer is sticky sweet but avoids being watery.

O: An interesting and decent beer, overall. I love maple syrup and was excited for this, but the maple adds so much sweetness that it's reminiscent of countless IPAs that are past their prime. (639 characters)

Photo of BeerBuzzGuy
4.49/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow. Didn't taste the syrup as much as I thought I would. Went down a lot smoother than a 10.2 % should (103 characters)

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Hop Cakes from NoDa Brewing Company
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