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Discussion in 'South-Atlantic' started by humuloner22, Oct 16, 2014.
The aroma was off slightly, but it tasted fine. Hopefully you just got a bad 4 pack.
Had one from 4/28 about a week ago and the nose is definitely back up to snuff. Much more pungent and fumy than the crappy one I had back in March. The bitter and sweet flavors were also married a lot better. Reminded me more of the awesome Hop Drops I remember drinking about a year ago. Let's hope they can keep it up.
Just had some with a date of 5/25 i think. Awful. I think I previously had the 4/28 and was amazing. Really disappointing.
Contact the brewery. They are making it right.
No longer ISO of HDR...so inconsistent, had a mid Feb batch, turrible, then had an end of March batch, not bad...but I'm not asking any of my NC trading partners to send me anymore of it...what it used to be a year ago, was awesome, it is a shell of it's former self.
I bought some of the 5/25 batch and it honestly sucks. I mean what the hell is going on here? Had no dry hop flavor, very bitter, & bland. I'd love to know if anyone knows why this beer is so bad now. Went from world class to pass.
It's been a month or so, and that batch, actually two sucked. I'd never guess there was Citra in it, the fruity notes were gone. It wasn't even average, one batch I poured out. To be fair NoDa made it right , but it's a shell from a year ago, for $13 bucks it's a big risk.
Here is GBR for a can dated 4/9/15:
Drank one last night canned towards the end of May and it's still one of the best IPA's I've had.
Just had one sunday, awesome. Up there with the select few for me
First one I had I found fairly well balanced, had it for the second time just after drinking an Other Half Mosaic, and as a result of drinking it second, the HD&R tasted like a grassy malt bomb (dated within 3 weeks, so that wasn't it). Was a great reminder that a little palate cleansing can go a long way, and also learned to START with HD&R if I am drinking more than a few IPAs or DIPAs.
Drank my first one after drinking a growler of Mexi Cake so my taste buds were all off. Opened what looked like a 5/20/15 can last night. Wasn't what I remember from a year ago. In fact it wasn't even very good at all. The aftertaste was a hoppy bitter but also had this chemical like bitterness with it.
I wish I remembered the canning date, but I had the same chemical taste. The first two cans were not good at all, exactly like you describe (about 2 weeks old). But the last two cans from the same 4 pk were very good when I opened them days later (which was about 20-22 days after canning I think). Maybe the 20 days is the sweet spot. No clue, but I'm just not comfortable buying more than a 4 pk every once in awhile for research.
Yea luckily I only bought two 4 packs of it so don't really care that much. Hopefully the other one is better.
For what it's worth, Chad (their head brewer) say that he prefers them at three weeks after packaging.
Pffff what does he know.
I prefer them after 3-4 weeks as well.
Agreed. While it wouldn't use the adjective "awful" there's no doubt they're having some real consistency issues here. I'm done buying this beer for a while.
Had one on tap at the ballpark in downtown Charlotte (pic related, but not HDR) last week. Thought it was still delicious.
I don't think there has ever been any issues with the keg offerings. Appears to be a canning issue. The good news is that in a few months they will have their own brand new fanning line in the new location and will move away from the mobile aching unit they use now.
I am thoroughly enjoying some cans from 6/25.
7/2/15 is muy bueno.
Bought a 4 pack and have had 2. 6/25 I think, from the brewery. They taste fantastic. Glad I took the chance after a while of only getting it on draft.
7/28 batch bought from Trader Joe's at Mallard Creek is off. Not sure if it is the room temp storage. 2nd time I've been burned. Glad I only bought on 4 pack.
hop drop is so over rated
enough donating your $ to noda for subpar beer
support the other breweries around clt
I would suggest only drinking it on draft at this point. I haven't had a good can in a while. Not sure what the hell is happening during the packaging process, but the canned version is a completely different beer lately. I hope their new canning line will resolve these issues.
I was told that it was fermentation incompletion. I believe that they may have been rushing things at one point. Anyway, with all of the really cool beers everywhere, I really don't care about HD'nR. They've had their run.
Birdsong Jalapeno pale is damn good!
Coco Loco hasn't lost that loving feeling...yet.
That doesn't really make sense to me unless the draft version is fermented separately from the canned batches. I assume they all come from the same place, but you never know. The draft has stayed spot on and I drink it often. Cans have been weird for a while.
I was told that by a source that would know. I didn't try draft versus can versions, but I do know that they were sensitive to criticism and made changes.
The 8/10 batch is good, but not as good as I remember the last batch I had being. It doesn't have quite as much bite.
I hate to beat a dead horse, and I hate to talk negative towards any beer or brewery, but YES this beer is not even a shadow of it's former self. I have not had this beer in months, after drinking it through its initial draft offering and cans up to and after the Gold Medal win. I bought a 4 pack last weekend while visiting Charlotte and was disappointed.
This beer is not a batch by batch hit or miss anymore, it's a fundamental change in the beer. Unfortunate, but understandable, anyone who has been drinking this beer longer than 2 years knows that for a fact.
Had a can with a date of 12/10/15 last night. Was decent but it's just obvious they're having trouble dialing in the recipe to where it used to be. This time, the bitterness lingered too long, the aroma was ok but definitely didn't pop like it should and there was a soily undertone that was kind of pleasant but not present in the original cans I remember being so great a year and a half ago. Hopefully they can keep tweaking the recipe and experimenting until it becomes something as good or maybe even better than it used to be but, until they accomplish that, I won't be spending any money on Hop Drop when there are great and reliable IPAs like Jade, Scythe and Pernicious on the market.
I have some from that batch as well, drank the first at only a day old, so probably the freshest IPA I have ever had. I have tasted better batches before, but there always seems to be some variation each time I get some (which is every few months). I am not a fan of Scythe, but yeah, def a couple of notches below Jade and Pernicious right now.
The December batches are horrible
But hoppy holidays was amazing
I thought it was decent too. I'd pick Scythe over it any day though. Hopefully they'll get it back to what it once was.
I had a four pack dated 11/28 that was excellent. But the 12/8 four pack I have now is the worst I've ever had. Straight up bitter.
We been discussing this for over a year on this forum, so what is the problem with the beer not being more consistent or overall better? I have purchased cans recently and have had the beer on draft at the new taphouse within the past 30 days. I desperately want to love this beer, and the 16 ounce canned packaging, but I just haven't enjoyed it recently. The issues seems to be with this beer specifically, as I believe all their others have remained on-point.
My biggest assumption is the decline has been a result of the transition of being a tap-room only joint to distribution, expanding, and greater demand. I can respect that.
Their new tap-room/brewery is freaking awesome by the way. LOTS of space, good variety of beers on tap. A really good space for socializing and beer drinking. Their Woody&Wilox IPA has always been one of my personal favorites.
Not true. HDnR is just the only one that gets talked about here.
I haven't had a REALLY bad HDnR in a few months. There was a period about a year ago where they had major diacetyl issues, then there was a period a few months ago where it pretty consistently tasted like wet cardboard and it seemed like the cans disappeared for a while. The last few times I've had it, it's been drinkable but definitely inconsistent.