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Hop Cakes - NoDa Brewing Company

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Ratings: 60
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 8.14%
Wants: 33
Gots: 10 | 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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Ratings: 60 | Reviews: 19 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by oberon:
Photo of oberon
4.24/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Apellonious
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Photo of Mantooth
4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of tdm168
4.04/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of dailyminefield
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of aleckpa
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of robgage
3.77/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bung
4.06/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

Photo of dvmin98
4.29/5  rDev -0.2%
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

Photo of tarheels4life23
4.29/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of KevinGordon
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of n2185
3.37/5  rDev -21.6%
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.

Photo of BeerBuzzGuy
4.49/5  rDev +4.4%
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

Photo of LeeWill
4.68/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Hopped up Hop Drop, but the smoothness is the star of this 10% IPA. The maple syrup is subtle.

Photo of Immortale25
4.34/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Funky Buddha Brewery snifter. Bottom of can says 02/09/2015.

A- Pours a dark amber color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a small side patch of bubbly surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a thin jagged ring behind.

S- Has that cereal grain sweetness that I like so much about Hop Drop coupled with the maple syrup sweetness. The hops meld in with this sweetness seamlessly.

T- Maple and cereal grain sweetness at first, then the hop bitterness slowly creeps in and then you're left with a bready aftertaste. At first I can't believe this is actually 10% ABV but after a few sips right in a row I taste the booze. Still, incredibly smooth and enjoyable.

M- Oily and slick with medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the fuller side.

O- So glad I was able to snag a can of this since it's a unique and super tasty take on the Double IPA style.

Photo of rlee1390
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The blend of citrus and maple works very well. Nice hop bite and bitterness. The balance is really well, rather dank.

Photo of Bluescooter
4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of Dominic_Decoco
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Yellolab2010
4.23/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of KevinZ2301
4.85/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

Hop Drop on steroids. I wish the maple syrup came through more, but this is a solid, smooth 10+% ABV that hides the alcohol very well. Another winner from NoDa.

Photo of speakdf0
3.91/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jbriggs7
4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of Daktah
4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured bright gold with about of finger of white head and good lacing. Smell is great out of the gate - lots of citrus and sweetness with a touch of more earthy notes. Fantastic smell, but nothing to signal syrup. Taste was exactly what I expected after that nose - citrus, a touch of pine, some tropical fruit as well. Still no syrup. Light bodied for a DIPA, but that's where the beer style for this one gets a little confusing. I taste nowhere near 10.0% in this this one. I would peg this as a great IPA with around 7.5% or 8.0% alcohol. Very easy drinking and much lighter than I expected - DIPA made with maple syrup painted a much darker, slow-drinking picture for me.

Great beer that I hope becomes a regular rotating/seasonal offering.

Photo of HopDropTheElder
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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