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Hop Cakes | NoDa Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
NoDa Brewing Company
North Carolina, United States
nodabrewing.com

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by Bung on 03-03-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,089
Reviews:
30
Ratings:
194
pDev:
8.63%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
62
Gots:
34
Trade:
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Ratings: 194 |  Reviews: 30
Reviews by oberon:
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4.24/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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Photo of Apellonious
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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2.75/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

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4.24/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.31/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hotpauko
4.01/5  rDev -3.8%
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!!!

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4.34/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.51/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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4.04/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of WoodBrew
4.07/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I'm trying this at my Bestie's in Charlotte. It poured a clear golden with white head that is leaving a spotty lace. The scent had hints of maple and hop bitterness. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink. There was a slight maple syrup sweetness. The mouthfeel is fuller in body with good carbonation. Overall it was a solid beer.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of tiamat8086
4.29/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Kegatron
3.61/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of robgage
3.77/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bisonfort
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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3.79/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.49/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Hop Cakes from NoDa Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.17 out of 5 with 194 ratings
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