Tuesday, May 6, 2014

NoDa Hop, Drop ’n Roll IPA


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Chad9976 (1093) - Albany, New York, USA - MAY 6, 2014
I poured a 16oz can into a tulip glass. It was canned on 4/21/14 and was given to me by a friend in North Carolina (thanks, Dan!).

Appearance: Hazy, translucent shade of dark orange/light brown. Pours to a large, white, frothy/creamy head which retains and laces well.

Smell: Intense hop aroma, especially orange juice concentrate and dank resin. Sweet, fruity, flowery.

Taste: NoDa Hop, Drop ’n Roll IPA just won a gold medal at the 2014 World Beer Cup for best IPA. While I wouldn’t call it the best in the world, I can see why it’d score so high. It’s an interesting blend of traditional West Coast IPA plus the newly emergent New England style (but without all the spicy/herbal component). Though the dank piney/resiny character might be consider East Coast style – so really it’s a great hybrid of various styles.

Right away my tongue is inundated with sweet orange juice flavor, almost like a concentrate. Sweet, but not rich or cloying – akin to orange sherbet ice cream. At the same time there’s a sticky resin character at the base which provides dank bitterness. On the back end the flavor becomes a bit more piney and earthy, though the orange flavor never completely fades. A bit of astringency emerges and some dry bitterness finishes up the palette, with just a hint of spice. So as you can tell, it’s quite complex and consistently flavorful. I can’t quite consider it World Class, but it’s definitely an excellent brew.

Drinkability: While this beer might be pretty big, it’s certainly efficient and remarkably easy to get down. The mouthfeel is thick, calm and smooth which makes drinking it no problem at all. Though bitter, it’s not ridiculously bitter (but I’m not sure it’s for beginners). At 7.2% ABV NoDa Hop, Drop ’n Roll IPA is full-bodied for sure, though it makes complete use of its body. Alcohol also plays a minor role as there is some warmth, but it’s tame. 
Grade: 9/10