Hop Cakes | NoDa Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
NoDa Brewing Company
North Carolina, United States

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

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Ratings: 193 |  Reviews: 30
Photo of t2grogan
2.75/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of leroybrown10
3.27/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours clear gold with a large off-white head. Good retention and lots of sticky lacing.

Hop forward aroma. Pine and lemon. Just a hint of the maple sweetness, was expecting more. Caramel malt.

Again hop forward taste. Resinous pine in particular. Also, lemon, grapefruit, and bitter orange. Maple syrup comes through much stronger than the nose. Caramel malt that is mostly overwhelmed by the hops and syrup.

Medium body with a high degree of bitterness. Medium carbonation. Pine lingers.

An out of balance beer. Individual flavors are good but don't mix well. Maple Syrup seems more a distraction than anything.

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Photo of Guitars_and_beer
3.3/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

A little to boozy for me in the palette

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Photo of n2185
3.37/5  rDev -19.4%
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.

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Photo of BeerSamurai34
3.37/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Just a little too hoppy and boozy for me. I figured it would be a touch hard to drink at over 10% ABV, but it just wasn't enjoyable enough for me to drink the entire can. I am not a huge hop head, so that might be why I didn't love this one.

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Photo of Bammer21
3.4/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of tommy5
3.43/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of BGsWo22
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Decent but no hop drop

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Photo of BPMeyer27
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rspauldi
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Kegatron
3.61/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BMMillsy
3.64/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of NCJEFF77
3.66/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of calitrie1486
3.68/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Was a good ipa. Unbalanced and lacked the smooth finish I prefer but overall was tasty and worth a try. I wouldn't keep a 4pack around tho.

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Photo of TheDaveman77
3.69/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JohnKochanski
3.71/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Read other reviews of this and I had crack it open. Boy was I severely disappointed in this beer. aroma is very hoppy with a sweetness probably from the maple syrup. Taste there is a bitterness from the hops that really takes away from he overall flavor of this beer. Can't put a finger on the bitterness whether it's the hops and/or from citrus pith/ peel. You can definitely taste the 10.2% in this which again takes away from the overall taste of this beer. Can't say I'd have this one again.

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Photo of macrosmatic
3.73/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Big thanks to dogdoc sending this one! Reviewed from long-standing notes. Poured from the 16 oz. can into a Cigar City Brewing pint glass.

A: A nice apricot-gold, quite hazy. Capped by a thin white head that fades quickly, and an average level of visible carbonation.

S: Resin oil hops over the biscuit malts with a backer of maple syrup sweetness. Citrus hops - rinds and orange marmalade - as well, followed by some caramel malts.

T: Follows the nose. Resin and citrus hops over sweet biscuity malts with some caramel character and just a hint of maple syrup. Unfortunately, this tastes a little bit old (or oxidized?) as well. The maple is way more noticeable in the nose than on the palate. There are hints of grassy and melon hops as well. As it warms, the maple syrup shows up a little more, with a rock-candy-dipped-in-maple kinda thing going on. A modest amount of bitterness in the hang with some residual malt crystal sweetness.

M: The body is a bit on the heavy side but not objectionable. Carbonation sensation on the low side. It feels somewhat warming but is not overly hot.

O: I suspect that this can is suffering from being about 2 months old when I'm drinking it (April 2015). While not screamingly fresh, I feel like most DIPAs should be able to handle that amount of age. At any rate, I was hoping the sugars in the syrup would dry the beer out while leaving maple flavor…instead, it ends up in the sweeter spectrum of DIPAs, which aren't generally what I'm looking for. I would give a VERY fresh can another try, but as is I won't be actively seeking a second.

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Photo of Chico1985
3.74/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of beer_guy_nc
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 2dogbrew
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of JohnParadee
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of markgugs
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of newbeeraday
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Wolberjs
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of ADTaber
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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