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Jam Session | NoDa Brewing Company

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Jam SessionJam Session

Brewed by:
NoDa Brewing Company
North Carolina, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Reviews: 46 | Ratings: 458
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 Goblinmunkey7
3.06/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to pgh_penguins for the can.

Appearance: Burnt orange. Head is small and off-white with decent retention. Leaves a small cap with sporadic bubbles for the duration. Moderate carbonation on the pour. Some darker golds at the edges when held to direct light.

Smell: Toasted bread. Lightly caramelized malts. Bready. Some pithy bitterness. Hops run a touch herbal with some floral and citrus elements. Cooked. Slightly sweet in balance with the light roasted/toasted malts and the clean hops. A touch nutty with some grass and a bit of husk and cereal grains. A touch of pine needle and some vague tropical fruit (peach and mango). Really soft yeast adds a bit more dimension.

Taste: More of that toasted malt. Vague backing nuttiness. Toasted grain, some wheat husk, and hay. A touch of cereal grain and a mildly earthy hop presence. A very vague touch of pine needle bitterness coupled with some grapefruit flesh and a mild pithy finish. Malts are lightly sweet offering up some cooked sugars. A bit of a raw grain underneath. Very well balanced. Yeast adds a touch of fruity esters and a soft finish to the whole thing. A touch of pale malt thrown in the background as well. Bready.

Mouthfeel: Medium bordering on light body with a moderate, slightly bubbly, carbonation. Clean and a touch crisp on the finish.

Overall: Better than a jam band.

A solid drinking pale ale. No frills and not a lot to write home about, but that's ok here.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.32/5  rDev -14%
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 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 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 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 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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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 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 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 GarthDanielson
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
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 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 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 woodychandler
3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Man, friends down in North CANolina sent me this CAN to further The CANQuest (TM), but the chick on the label looks unCANnily like my ex-Old Lady and it's kinda freakin' me out.

From the CAN: "Proudly Brewed & C[AN]ned by NoDa Brewing Company, Charlotte, NC."; "Recycle, Reduce, Reuse."; "Prepare to get your Jam on! Our sessionable pale ale offers you amazing hop and malt character without sacrificing drinkability. The combination of English and Ameri[CAN] malts balance bright hop notes from Centennial, Simcoe and Amarillo, all without wrecking your palate."

I disagree with calling any beer = or > 5.0 % ABV "sessionable", but that is a debate for a different venue.

I could not wait to Crack! this open and see what lay in wait for me. I had been cautioned to employ a gentle Glug and so I did, but I still got a finger of foamy, tawny head with decent retention. Color was a deep-amber (SRM = > 13, < 17), approaching copper and with NE-quality clarity. No wonder they chose this broad t be the model - her hair color nearly matched the beer's! The nose was really earthy - grassy, minty, some toasted malt notes, all adding up to the scent of a meadow in the late-spring/early-summer. Mouthfeel was on the thin side and the taste was more tea-like than anything else. If you have never made hops tea, it is very mellow and relaxing and this was quite reminiscent of its flavor. It was kind of a blend of grassiness and mintiness, but very mellow. All of a sudden, I was feeling sleepy. Finish was semi-dry, refreshing, but not sustaining for a self-avowed hophead such as myself. Not bad, per se, but lacking a certain Oomph that would get me to make a return trip.

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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 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 CHADMC3
3.84/5  rDev -0.5%
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 homebrew311
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden with white head, moderate retention, and heavy lacing. Nose is hoppy and biscuity. Notes of grass, pine, lemon, cracker, and bread all come through on the nose. The hops aren't too pungent as the allow that bready malt backbone peak through significantly. Taste is a well balanced assault of grassy hops and bready malts. The bitterness is mild, I get some caramel malt tones in the back. Mouthfeel is light and easy drinking. Overall, a very crushable pale ale.

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Photo of metter98
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear light amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a short off white head. It poured with a short white head that died down, leaving a patch of bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of citrusy hops are present in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of orange citrus along with a light to moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and a little crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very easy to drink and is perfectly sessionable. It isn't over the top in terms of hops but has nice orangey flavors.

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Photo of SportsandJorts
3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
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 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 tastybeer
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
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 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 jpro
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
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 wedge
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
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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