Jam Session | NoDa Brewing Company

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Jam SessionJam Session

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NoDa Brewing Company
North Carolina, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of SixpackSlim
3.08/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Good easy drinking smooth beer. Very difficult to rate after you have had the Noda hop drop n roll.... which is excellent ! PA vs. an IPA not fare I guess . Worth trying

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Photo of Dragginballs76
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours copper color with thick soapy white head that lasts a god bit, excellent lacing all around the glass.

Aroma - Aroma lots of malts and green tea, mild hop notes and hints of floral.

Taste - Biscuit and malts, barley, light hops and little floral taste.

Feel - Light bodied well carbonated clean crisp.

Overall - A very good pale ale nice flavor and very clean taste.

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Photo of OldManMetal
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This pale ale is deep gold, medium-hazy and effervescent; its giant, pebbly ivory-colored head shows moderate retention and leaves good, sticky slabs and caverns of lacing. The nose is a disappointingly light blend of powdery bitter citrus and toasty malt, with hints of spicy florals and light alcohol overtones. The palate is more assertive than the nose, but not assertive enough for the flavors to rise above the hop bitterness. Up front, the palate leads with a thinnish, somewhat grassy bitter citrus flavor; mid-palate the hop character broadens a bit, showing hints of the florals from the nose and a bit of pine and IPA soapiness, and the bready, very slightly caramelish malt foundation vies in vain for attention. The finish is a good hit of bitter pine, and ends quite dry; the linger is a quite assertive grassy pine bitterness that lasts for quite awhile. Mouthfeel is on point for the light body, and is quite astringent, and the texture is medium-creamy and quite prickly from the aggressive carbonation. (16 oz can, 8 days after pkg)

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Photo of Guituneit
3.43/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4.25

Slid up to the bar rather late at night after a bad flight to start a worse business trip. Asked for something refreshing and local to make me feel better. Jam Session filled the bill. Light, citrus but not biting. Hopped just enough to be noticed. NC breweries seem to like carbonation, so this had a tongue tingle, but it didn't get in the way. Very nice, would be great summer day on the porch beer.

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Photo of SSIangler
4.29/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This beer is overshadowed by hop drop n roll the No Da signature IPA
Jam Session is perfect for the summer as I sat in downtown Charlotte and tried my first one, I was overtaken by its easiness. Give it a try you will not be disappointed

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Photo of mothmanscott
3.62/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear pale amber producing 2 fingers of somewhat lasting, foamy, off-white head that leaves streaks & wisps of clumpy lacing & a beautiful surface cap. Effervesce streams up from the goblet stem almost until to the last sip. Aroma is subdued citrus with faint hints of grass & pine hops, overwritten by hints of caramel & spun sugar. Taste is thin grapefruit, tangerine & a little tropical fruit balanced with a semisweet caramel malt quantity that intensifies in sweetness as the brew warms. Finishes clean, dry & lightly bitter with some pine hints. Aftertaste is caramel & pine bitteness. Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied with nice carbonation, a little creamy, wet & juicy with some prickliness in the finish & some astringency in the aftertaste.

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Photo of twage04
4.07/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Taste is of grapefruits and some herbal zest. Malt is appropriate and overall the beer is balanced and pleasant. Nothing really out of the ordinary but overall a good APA.

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Photo of BigGold
3.72/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

First had this beer, my first from NoDa, poured from a pint can into a hotel water glass. This is a beautiful, sessionable but more than tasty American Pale Ale.

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Photo of jlindros
3.64/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Beerness for this beer. Yay cans, 6/09/15.

Pours a mild fizzy foamy whispy head that fades at a med pace, little lacing, hazy very hazy blond orange color.

Nose is interesting, not bad, not sure what rudzud was getting from this, I do get a little herbal tea and iced tea hops, but not a lot, some citrus zest like a lemon/lime zest, some orange tangerine notes, a fresh wort and toasty grainy malt, some pink grapefruit in the background, hint of a coppery grainy malt.

Taste is a bit less of goodness, more of that herbal tea and iced tea notes, not a ton again but enough, some spicy earthy hops, fairly herbal tea eventually, hints of citrus zest, a little tangy zest, a little orange juice but more like old orange juice like way past it's prime, and a little papery pulp flavor. A hint of pink grapefruit way in the background, with more toasty reddish grainy malts coming through, hint crackery and doughy. Finish brings more tea, grapefruit rind, bitter rind with a little earthy spicy hop note lingering, and fairly dry.

Mouth is a bit thin and watery, decent fluffy carb.

Overall not too bad, nothing like rudzud's experience but decent nonetheless, many of the hops seem old or muted but brought a bit of their profiles out, malts were quite meh, overall a so-so beer.

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Photo of rudzud
2.96/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Received as an extra in a trade. Poured into my Duvel tulip. Can is roughly one month old.

A - Pours a hazy golden hue with a thin one finger white head that fades to leave thin wisps and a light white halo.

S - Aromas of loads of malts, minimal hops, light tea like notes.

T - Taste is similar to the nose. LOTS of malts, crackery grains, little bit of toasted malts, very very light earthy/tea hops. Light bitter finish.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, a little crisp.

O - Overall this beer was incredibly confusing. For being only a month old this really should not be a malt bomb, but, unfortunately it is.

Serving Type: Can

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Photo of do_ob
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pint can into a snifter. Cloudy golden in color with a fluffy 2 finger head of foam. Nice floral notes, citrus, and some hops on the nose. Light weight, and pleasantly smooth mouthfeel. Quite flavorful for a "session" beer. Slightly more hop-forward than some APAs, which was nice.

Overall, a nice, sessionable light beer. Would be great for mowing the lawn.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
4.24/5  rDev +9.8%
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..

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Photo of smakawhat
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.56/5  rDev -7.8%
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

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Photo of StanleysCup
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Savored during a layover at CLT. Great head and snappy, resiny hop essence - almost IPA-like. Carbonation was a bit lie but the foam cup I had to pour it in May have had something to do with that.

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Photo of hotpauko
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Another good offering from Noda. This is definitely a sessionable beer (great for a hot summer day) but only if you like hops and a fruity floral taste. Smell and taste of citrus is strong throughout. The malt only slightly offsets the hops and brings sweetness with it, but the hops is never too strong anyway. Very easy drinking, settles nicely on in the mouth.

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Photo of jman42
4/5  rDev +3.6%

A = Beautiful deep orange color, but slightly hazy. Nice white head that only had a moderate duration. Nice lacing.

S = Best part. Nice and hoppy - smells like I crushed some hops fresh out of my garden between my fingers.

T = Tastes almost as good as it smells.

M = Nice mouthfeel. Creamy. Just a slightly tart aftertaste.

O = Pretty good beer. Very drinkable if having a few. Buy again

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Photo of CaptCleveland
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Nice fresh hops as extra from great BA trader dailyminefield. Yellow can, red lettering, date stamped on bottom 9/8/2014.

Honey-orange, slightly hazy elixir poured into SA glass. One finger, white foam head quickly resolves into thin rim. Scant lacing.

There is a nice citrus aroma of oranges and zest that is muted by the malt sweetness. Too bad.

The malt sweetness is pervasive and really overwhelms any hop flavor.

Medium body. Sticky sweet.

This is not a bad brew, just not my idea of an APA. If you want an APA with a whiff of hops this is the one.

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Photo of Immortale25
4/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.82/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

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 - 3.75)

Light body. Oily-to-thin texture. Average carbonation. Long, bitter finish. (Feel - 3.25)

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)

3.82 | 86 | B+

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Photo of surfcaster
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Really great tasting full flavored "sessionable" alternative to the big brother Hop Drop.
The tall boy cans are great for the beach/pool and he lower alcohol welcomed when you're going to be out all day.

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Photo of Tucquan
4.21/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | 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 2016-04-18 from a fresh can in Pineville, NC.

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 flesh and caramel sweetness before the significant hop flavor/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. I do so every time I visit Charlotte, NC. Close to my ideal of an APA. Really good stuff.

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Photo of zookerman182
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance is a hazy orange color with a one finger white head.
Aroma is nice. Tropical, juicy, not too potent.
Taste follows the nose but comes off a little watery. This beer is one notch below being really good. It is what it says it is, a session beer. As they did a great job with the flavors in this one. Well balanced.
Mouthfeel is medium. Not much lingering bitterness but it does cost your mouth nicely.
Overall I enjoyed this beer and if they sold it here in Alabama and I was going to spend the day outside I would love a four pack.

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Photo of farrago
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

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Photo of maximum12
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

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