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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:
#1,969
Reviews:
30
Ratings:
193
pDev:
8.61%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
63
Gots:
34
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4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Knapp85
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of emerge077
3.98/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thanks Wil for this one!
Pours a bright saturated golden orange. Thin layer of foam and a halo of spotty lace. Hoppy aroma with a light maple essence, thankfully not sweet. Very resiny and bitter with a load of hops, and some booze on the back end. Maple adds an interesting twist of natural woody flavor, not the caramelized sugars of maple syrup. Aftertaste is a little bit harsh, the 10.2 abv bleeds through. Overall it was unique and interesting to try, but could be a little smoother.

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Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a very modest head though it leaves a surprising amount of splashy lace

Smell: Piney hops buttressed by a hint of caramel

Taste: Caramel with a hint of maple in the backbone; by mid-palate, the piney hops grow bold and pithy bringing bitterness to the finish; in the aftertaste, the sweeter tones linger

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: When I heard this had maple syrup, I was a bit concerned but the maple is very subtle here; just a well-brewed DIPA

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.34/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a clear amber-ish copper in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising quickly from the bottom of the glass and moderate honey orange + golden yellow highlights. The beer has a two finger tall dense foamy beige head that slowly reduces to a couple of small to medium sized patches of medium thick film surrounded by a thin film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of tropical/pineapple, citrus/grapefruit, and herbal hops over the top of light to moderate aromas of biscuit and caramel malts with a moderate amount of sweetness.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of biscuit and cereal grain malts with a hint of caramel malts and a slightly stronger than moderate amount of sweetness from the maple syrup (with a hint of maple flavor). That is followed by moderate to strong flavors of tropical/pineapple (overripe), citrus/grapefruit, and herbal hops which contribute a moderate to strong amount of bitterness which fades away fairly slowly.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly chewy with a light amount of dryness in the finish.

O: Very enjoyable and has a lot of the aspects that I love about Hop, Drop, 'n Roll - the biscuit/cereal grain maltiness with a moderate amount of sweetness and big hop flavors with aggressive bitterness. Easy to drink with well hidden alcohol. Glad I was able to snag a can this year, I would gladly have another if I had the chance.

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4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
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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3.61/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jgunther71
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BEER88
4.54/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of WoodBrew
4.07/5  rDev -2.6%
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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4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of thatoneguymike
3.79/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tdm168
4.04/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of dvmin98
4.29/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This must be a revamped recipe because I've had this in the past and it was underwhelming. This years is very hoppy with mild maple flavors. One possible answer is I drank something that was literally canned yesterday, so its ultra fresh. Nice job. Seek if you can

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2.75/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

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

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

Photo of Stinger80OH
4.01/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jschott75
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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 Immortale25
4.34/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Funky Buddha Brewery snifter. Bottom of can says 02/09/2015.

A- Pours a dark amber color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a small side patch of bubbly surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a thin jagged ring behind.

S- Has that cereal grain sweetness that I like so much about Hop Drop coupled with the maple syrup sweetness. The hops meld in with this sweetness seamlessly.

T- Maple and cereal grain sweetness at first, then the hop bitterness slowly creeps in and then you're left with a bready aftertaste. At first I can't believe this is actually 10% ABV but after a few sips right in a row I taste the booze. Still, incredibly smooth and enjoyable.

M- Oily and slick with medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the fuller side.

O- So glad I was able to snag a can of this since it's a unique and super tasty take on the Double IPA style.

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Hop Cakes from NoDa Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.18 out of 5 with 193 ratings
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