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Hop, Drop 'n RollHop, Drop 'n Roll

Brewed by:
NoDa Brewing Company
North Carolina, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of RKB2
4.21/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Got luck and found some in Greensboro, NC. It lived up to the hype I had heard and am now looking to try the rest of their beers. Hope their ramp up in product happen quickly for better distribution and the quality I tasted with Hop, Drop & Roll continues!

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Photo of MadScientist
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A hazy, glowing light copper color with an orange hue. An aggressive pour produces a good head stand of rock to creamy off-white bubbles. The foam has a lasting head retention and leaves a light lacing on the glass.

A strong hops aroma, smelling of citrus, orange, pineapple and a bit of resinous pine. There is a fairly strong herbal and grass dry hopped aroma in there along with a mostly clean malt sweetness with notes of caramel. There is a slight alcohol sweetness as well.

An aggressive hops bitterness with lots of citrus hops flavor dominate. The hops bring strong flavors of pineapple, orange and a bit of orange peel along with a bit of pine and moderately-strong herbal flavors. There is a moderately-light sweetness that is mostly malt along with some alcohol towards the dry finish. There is a lingering hops bitterness with a citrus aftertaste.

A medium bodied beer with a moderate creaminess and a medium-strong level of carbonation.

A remarkable IPA, the hops really shine in this beer with a depth of American Citrus hop aromas and flavors dominating. The bitterness is solid but balanced making for an awesome beer.

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Photo of DIM
3.68/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

canned less than 3 weeks ago.

a: Hazy coppery golden color; poured with large, semi sticky white head.

s: Sugar cookies and toffee with hop aromas of mint and citrus peel.

t: Bit of a let down given the hop bill. Sharp, almost charred toffee and some sugar cookie sweetness are what I noticed most. Some hop resin and citrus peel towards the finish. There was a very appealing lingering bitterness.

m: Heavy for an IPA.

o: Fresh can, good reviews, I hoped for more.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.41/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A - Golden copper, slight hazing, with a significant head that reduces to a film over the top and lacing.

S - Pine and grapefruit, slight malt sweetness, floral and grass notes, with a hint of spice.

T - Fruit is front, resolving into a cracker malt that mixes with honey and grassy elements. Satisfying and rich, but also smooth and easy to drink.

M - Crisp, clean, and only a slight bittering end. About perfect.

O - Lovely East Coast IPA, with delicious malt backbone that offers more than simple bread or cracker elements alone. I cannot get this one at home, but will look for it when I get the chance.

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Photo of MWilcox20
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was really surprised with this one. The hops are so present and well balanced. I got more of the piney hop flavor than citrus or grapefruit which is my preferred style. This one shouldn't be missed and is a must if you are in the Charlotte area. I need to load up on these next time I'm up there.

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Photo of mabermud
4.39/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a standard pint glass. This IPA appears a deep golden/orange. The slightly off white, one inch head, with fine froth, appears puffy and soft. The lacing is sticky and the head is persistent. Nice design and artwork on can.

The smell and taste are of sweet, rich, overripe fruit, hops, piney, and some citrus zest in the background. It is smooth, but I would like more pop.

The mouthfeel is substantial and very well done. It does an excellent job making its mark. The beer feels fine in my mouth and the carbonation is sufficiently noticeable. Very good mouthfeel.

Overall, this IPA is impressive. It should be able to stand with some of the better known IPAs around the country, and get mixed up with some of the top West Coast IPAs.

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Photo of Brdlist
4.68/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Local, so I'll try to be unbiased,

Had on tap and in can

A - Pours an hazy ochre with a crisp acidic head

S - Citrus and pine notes, not overwhelming on the nose

T - Excellent! A refreshing IPA that doesn't wreck your palate or your balance - at ~7% it's perfectly well balance

M - Very crisp and slightly bitter leaves a resin aftertaste

O - An excellent beer and very grateful it's right down the street. I have always been jealous of folks who happen to live in Munster, Guerneville or Greensboro, VT and even though NoDa has a long way to go to get there, it's nice to taste just a little bit of that with HDnR

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Photo of Ndsnead
4.56/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A bit sweet with some citrus hints. Entirely delicious. I could drink this refreshing IPA all day long. NoDa has the best beers in Charlotte by far, so if you are in Charlotte, be sure to swing by NoDa brew! Hop drop also comes in pint cans, so you can bring some home to enjoy, which I did, of course!

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Photo of Cubatobaco
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a DFH tulip from a pint can that was canned 5-5-14

I'm looking forward to this and hope that it lives up to the hype! Thanks, Mark!

A - Hazy, golden amber in color with a minimal amount of carbonation showing. Sticky lacing that leaves a splotchiness on the side of the glass above the 1/4" head and ring that is left behind after the pour.

S - Big, citrus nose predominately a large dose of grapefruit (rind). Resin with pine, on the back end with loads of hop pellets and hints of malt. Beer may be too cold to get all it has to offer, but it has a wonderful aroma nonetheless.

T - Bitter hops and pine up front followed by a bitterness/flavors of grapefruit, orange peel, and lemon zest. Gives off a sweet malt profile that is pleasant.

M - Medium-bodied with a viscous feel. Frothy and creamy that leaves an oily presence on the palate that turns dry (odd right?). A perfect balance of bitterness and sweetness!

O - I'd have to say that this lives up to the hype. I mean it has it's own characteristics and it doesn't try to mimics a lot of other IPA's. A solid offering that I would keep around the house if I lived by the brewery. Heck of a beer!

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Photo of jegross2
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing Hop, Drop 'N Roll from NoDa Brewing Company out of Charlotte, North Carolina.

Score: 95

16 oz can served in a Mikkeller & Friends stemmed taster and enjoyed on 05/21/14. Review is from iPhone notes.

Appearance: Pours a golden amber color with three fingers of foamy sea-foam head that slowly recedes to a thin layer. Okay lacing, solid retention and good cling. 4/5

Smell: Primarily grapefruit and piney hops. Nice fruitiness and grassy character. 4.5/5

Taste: Resinous pine, grapefruit, lemon and a little spice. A light dose of sweet caramel malt as well. 4.5/5

Mouthfeel: Light plus bodied, appropriate carbonation. Oily mouthfeel. Nice bitter bite. 4.5/5

Overall: An IPA lover's IPA. With a good bitter bite and tons of pine and grapefruit, this is everything you want in your hoppy beers.

Cost: $11.99 for a four pack of 16 oz cans.

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Photo of barczar
3.9/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a fairly clear deep copper with a frothy cream head that slowly dissipates leaving moderate lacing.

Resin, sweet caramel malt, sharp citrus, cannabis, and pine form the aroma. Onion lingers in the background. Pretty dank.

Flavor reveals a slightly sweet body of caramel malt, underneath of which lies resiny, grassy hops, which finish fairly bitter and piney. There's a bit of grapefruit throughout, along with peach.

Body is moderate, with carbonation a touch high, accentuating the bitterness.

Good malt and hop flavoring, fairly complex, but the bitterness is a little too harsh and overwhelming for my tastes.

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Photo of Sludgeman
4.31/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Received as gift from Mark Rodda. In a can. Bottled on 4/28/14. Poured into a nonic pint glass.

This is a beautiful beer with a great aroma. Good bitterness from beginning to end. A very good IPA but at 7.2% ABV comes off more as an imperial. Very drinkable. 4.25

A – Pours a clear golden with a two-finger white rocky frothy head, good lacing, good show in the glass. 4.5

S – Beautiful aroma with apricot, grapefruit, orange blossom and sweetness. 4.75

T – A balanced beer with good maltiness and an herbal bitterness in the finish. 4.25

MF – Medium body with a semi-dry finish. Under carbonated. Sort of a flat mouth feel. Smooth yet a lasting bitterness on the palate but not a biting finish. 3.5

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Photo of maximum12
3.15/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to LGB362 for a couple of these cans: one went down during our last poker session, this one is for the review. 16 oz. lime green can.

Pour is a pleasant young orange IPA. Carbonated. Nose is mild orange, candied sugar. Smells more like pop - or soda, as you have it - than beer.

Hop, Drop 'n Roll gives off the same impression the second time around: too sweet. That candied orange sugar with corn syrup just won't stop: it runs the taste buds down & stickies them up. After the invert sugar blitz comes a modicum of conifer bitterness that tastes & feels secondary & doesn't meld real well; the hops give the dominant orange a bit of a medicinal taste, maybe a touch dank. Half the can is fine: my wife is enjoying the other half more than I am.

This one just doesn't finger my joy buzzer. Too much sweetness for an IPA, too gentle & loving. Decent enough.

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Photo of Evahflow
4.06/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured froma 16 oz can into a tulip glass

A- Pours a darker honey orange color. About a finger of white head. Decent lacing.

S- Get some grapefruit, lemon zest and pine. Sweet malty smell as well. For being touted as one of the new big boys on the IPA block the smell doesn't match up with some of the other champs.

T- I can see why this beer stands out. You get a big grapefruit zest, lemon zest upfront then a sweet malt taste, some pine and a sweet bitterness to end it. Reminds me a bit of Sculpin as its very different than most IPA's. Curious as to what their malt bill is for this. Very drinkable.

M- Pretty thin body, not watery but not thick either. I'd say lower side of medium. Good bitterness but nothing outstanding.

O- I've been hearing about this beer a lot and for good reason. I think this is a very solid IPA and does enough to seperate itself from the pack. I just don't think its in contention with the Heady Toppers of the world just yet. If you can get it enjoy it. I liked this beer a lot and would like to have it available here regularly but it's not a world beater by any means. I would list it in the 2nd teir of very good IPA's, not quite great.

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Photo of farrago
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Modest off-white head, somewhere around a finger’s worth, dissolves away fairly swiftly, the lacing too is spotty with slightly under average stickiness. The liquid is gauzy if not close to cloudy, arguably as close to a reddish amber as true orange hue, there’s a few lazy bubbles visible, tend to be on the fat side. Robust nose filled with pink grapefruit, tangerine citrus, ripe apricot, peach, pineapple fruit, honey, chocolate powder, the pine sap is sticky and glues the freshly mown grass to your nostrils, hot tar, black pepper, metal shavings, its pungency is not all sweetness. Full-bodied and a touch heavy, the carbonation makes a decent stab at getting things swirling but it has its work cut out for it. Very piney and herbaceous, that tarry earthiness adds to its bite. The grapefruit and orange citrus here tends more towards bitterness. Still, no lack of cocoa malts, honey and caramel flavors. Tropical nature to the fruit, pineapple, guava, papaya in addition to the peach, apricot base. Serious amount of dry residue left during the finish, tends to dampen the exuberance of the sweeter elements. Overall, it smells and tastes wonderful, perhaps would benefit from adding greater cleansing freshness to the mouth feel.

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Photo of Boski
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a one day old 16oz can into a pint glass.

A: Rich golden/tangerine orange color. Nice half finger head that dissipates slowly and lingers nicely. Decent lacing.

S: Very pungent citrus notes. Grapefruit. Skunky funky. Big, beautiful bouquet in this one.

T: Aggressively bitter up front. Gives way to fresh, potent, ripe citrus. Grapefruit. Orange. Even some pine. Dank. A lot going on... In a good way.

M: Medium bodied. Palate shocking, but still able to find the proper layers of flavor. Bitterness lingers on the tongue for a while

O: This one lives up to the hype. Excellent IPA... Especially if you are a fan of a pretty aggressive, candied bitter one over a juicy citrus bomb. Citrus is present, but just one of the many elements going on in this beast. Very well done NoDa... One of the many great NC breweries making big waves.

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Photo of jnewton
4.23/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Color: tawny gold
Decent carbonation and a head that lasts a few minutes. Nice lacing.
Smell: crisp, honey-sweet, mild hoppy tang
Taste: starts sweet, then the bitter hoppy flavor rolls in to balance the sweet
Mouthfeel: nicely coats the tongue. Slight back-of-the throat hoppy itch-burn.
Very drinkable.

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Photo of Zach136
3.94/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Canned 1/7, enjoyed 1/23. Updated bits and pieces from a canned on 5/25, enjoyed 6/12.

Appearance: Muddy, burnt honey body, with an OK head and lacing.

Aroma: Medium intensity citrus and pine. Hints of caramel.

Flavor: Medium+ intensity apparent hop bitterness. Medium intensity hop flavors of pine and grass. Malt backbone is present in toasty-caramelly qualities. I'm getting a hint of spice and dryness I'm used to getting in rye IPAs. I wouldn't be surprised to learn there was a hint of rye there.

Mouthfeel: Lingering hop bitterness, and again an almost rye-esque drying quality.

Overall: A good IPA, totally overrated and hyped IMO.

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Photo of lewzer99
3.78/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: It pours a ruby orange with an off white head and visible carbonation.
S: There's orange citrus with a boozy hint at the end
T: it's crazy complex, orange, floral herbal hop, and a bitters itchy finish.
M: crisp, medium bodied
O: tasty and interesting. Even though it's not what I normally look for in an IPA, I still like it a lot.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.44/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Friends down in North CANolina sent me this CAN to further The CANQuest (TM) and I am deeply thankful!

From the CAN: "Proudly Brewed & C[AN]ned by NoDa Brewing Company, Charlotte, NC."; "Recycle, Reduce, Reuse."; "Our West Coast style IPA hits you with a ton of juicy hop flavor that shines out from a substantial and complex malt backbone. We use Citra, Amarillo, Centennial, Warrior and Chinook in 10 separate additions to provide the intense hop blast found within this [CAN]!"

The Crack! was a welcome sound, but given that this was a tallboy CAN, I went with a gentle Glug since I was curious to try all of those hops and I did not want to take a chance on an overflow. I still managed to get a finger of foamy, tawny head with decent retention. Color was an oh-so-slightly-hazy golden-yellow (SRM = > 7, < 9), but although I did not mind it as filtration strips flavor, the Golden Boys eschewed it, leaving me to my own devices. Clarity is overrated! Nose was magnificent, but I leaned in and really got a snootful of hops. If they could make this scent into air freshener, I would be a happy man! Earthy, pine, grass, grapefruit, peach and just a hint of caramel malt were what I could parse from this melange. My mouth was watering like one of Pavlov's dogs at the ringing of a bell and I could not wait any longer. Mouthfeel was medium and the hops hit like a charging rhino, assaulting my tongue like the first wave of soldiers hitting the beach at Normandy. If Ethelred was the Unready, then my tongue was a close second! I know that some would say that this is unbalanced and I am not going to argue that point, but the hops flavors were riotous. It almost seems cliche, but this was everything that each hops variety could impart, rolled into one big hops blast. Pine and grapefruit were the prevalent flavors, but there was an earthy note that ran through it all. The finish was gaspingly dry and now I could taste the cooling peach and caramel flavors noted on the nose. This was a beer that was truly th sum of its parts and then some. Nice lacing formed in my glass as I CANtemplated just how many of these I would want or would drink at 7.2% ABV. Hmmm.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.95/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thanks to jmgrub for sharing this one at Retsinis' tasting.

Pours a murky honey orange with a foamy beige head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, citrus zest, and slight herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest and grapefruit juice flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a nice citrus forward hop presence all around.

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Photo of buschbeer
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16 FL. OZ. can
Served in a teku glass

A - It is amber and cloudy. The two inches of beige head leave rings around the glass with each drink.

S - I smell citrus and resin.

T - There is plenty of flavor. It is citrus up front with a pine finish. It is in the west coast vein.

M - Medium

O - This beer is loaded with flavor. It will not leave your palate bored.

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Photo of ThickNStout
4.29/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

16oz can from bcrossan (thank you). Canned 4/1/14. Served in a goblet.

Pours amber gold with two and a half fingers of ecrue head. A nice layer of head persists and leaves large sheets of lace.

Huge aroma of fresh oranges followed by lemon peel, grapefruit and a nice sugary sweetness.

Bittersweet blast of citrusy hop flavors. Oranges, grapefruit, lemon zest, pine resin, hints of peach, mildly earthy bark, biscuity malt, pepper, vague mint and a little sting of alcohol. Bitter but not brutally so. A well rounded flavor trip with the hops in the driver's seat.

Oily slick medium body with tingly sharp carbonation. Grapefruit rind, orange peel and slight pine linger in the drawn out finish.

A well made bitter citrusy IPA. I may not hunt for more but given the opportunity I'd be glad to drink/buy some.

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Photo of Terp96
4.39/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a can into my Duvel tulip glass. The nose on this beer is amazing. Grassy, pungent hops all over the place. Deep orange appearance. Hazy. Taste is phenomenal. Citrusy hops throughout. One of the grassiest IPAs I have ever had. Very unique. A lot of bitterness but very balanced. One of the drier finishes around. Would be very difficult to make a night with several of these but a fantastic IPA. One if my "go to's". Well done.

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Photo of dave39
4.91/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

First off, as I have been on here for several months, I have noticed that some of the rankings are an absolute joke. For example, to preface, I'm not a Stone hater. Their latest Enjoy By IPA is probably the best beer I have ever had, but when it comes to the Stone IPA, the Go To, and some other offerings, I don't get it. Some of the Stone beers are rated WAY too high. To segue, this beer specifically is absolutely a top 50 beer, and an incredible IPA. It blows Stone's base model IPA completely out of the water, yet look at the rankings. It just doesn't make sense. Also, does Beer Advocate not even recognize the World Beer Cup? I ask because this beer won the Gold Medal there earlier this year... This is a top 50 beer. Anyway, enough of my rant.

Went to Noda Brewery and got 2 four packs (all they would allow me to purchase). Canned on July 28th. Consumed August 1st through the 7th. *Note* this beer is now harder to get then the Alchemist or Pliny. Why? Two reasons: One, there actually is a shortage of citra hops, which the Hop, Drop, uses in 10 separate additions.. Two, this beer won the GOLD medal at the World Beer Cup in Denver, Colorado earlier this year, beating out over 200 American IPA entries, so it is in high demand.

Anyway, this brew is pretty spectacular. It is a classic "alcohol hidden sleeper" that you need to watch while drinking. It's best enjoyed one or two pints max in a sitting, and fridge the rest to be enjoyed another day. You don't want to be having 3 pints of this in a session because that 7.2 ABV is every bit of 7.2%.

Popping the top, the smell is absolutely heavenly. Many pungent citrus notes and very inviting. I could sit there and just smell it for 10 minutes. In the top 2 of the best noses of any beer I have ever had. Grapefruit is so pungent.

*As I alluded to earlier, this is pretty sharp for a single IPA. It leans more towards a DIPA. It is not a session brew- you cannot have more than 2 pints of this and not start to feel a little woozy. Somehow, again this is a single, and very different than the Sculpin IPA (with similar ABV), because I can actually have several of those, and not get knocked on my rear. Drink accordingly.

If you are in Charlotte for any reason and you love IPA's, you should be arrested for not checking this brewery out and getting you some Hop, Drop.

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Hop, Drop 'n Roll from NoDa Brewing Company
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