Guest Review: Hop, Drop ‘n Roll

Name: Hop, Drop ‘n Roll
Brewery: NoDa Brewing Company
Country of Origin: United States
City & State: Charlotte, NC
Style: American IPA
Alcohol Content (ABV): 7.2%

No real back story is needed on this one, but I shall anyway. It was a fantastic IPA  here in NC, then the 2013 World Beer Cup rolled around. It sold really well, and actually the #1 account for NoDa (primarily from this beer) was 2.5 hours NE in Chapel Hill. Up until this, I would just walk into Beer Study, and this beer would be waiting on draft every time.

Nose: Dominating pine resin. Just a no prisoners kind of mentality. I do get a secondary jolt of powdery malt and oranges mixed with some lemons, but its a resin bomb. Label says Citra, Amarillo, Centennial, Warrior, and Chinook are used. I can see that, I can just smell the kettle hopping, and I like it.

Flavor: The hop profile is perfect (and I’ll get to that shortly), but the malt bill is really what I like. Its not this uber-clean, light bodied beer that allows the hops to shine;  it’s used another piece of the puzzle. That glorious resinous pine sap flavor is front and center with bitter orange peel lemon zest really adding its own thing, but it all really pings back off of the malt. It’s so sticky that the fruit almost feels like a preserve or jam. The more I drink, the more orange marmalade I get.

All of the huge flavors are in balance too; that’s what’s almost mind-boggling about this beer. How can something be so hop-forward (almost tastes like hop tea), yet still have the malt be a driving force in the beer? It just doesn’t compute. The scary part is that I have yet to find the ABV in this beer.

Mouthfeel: Let’s not kid ourselves, it’s an IPA. It’s so hoppy that it feels dry and puckering. Think of like a super tart, puckeringly dry English cider. Recently I got the joy of tasting Iduna Cru from the The Wild Beer Co. Wild Beer is a wild-yeast exclusive brewery out of England. This one had apple juice added to a saison base fermented with 100% Brett. Of course I let it sit for a month or two, then opened it. It wasn’t acidic, but it was so dry that it was puckering like an Oud Beersel Oude Geuze or Hanssens Oudbeitje (personal favorite). This has that idea. The insane amount of hops just feel dry on the tongue and linger for a while.

It won a gold for a reason, people.

Aftertaste: Yes, it’s hoppy, but the malt bill is what drives the finish. It feel sticky, powdery, and sweet. It’s actually a welcome thing after how dry the initial taste is. It really gives it a semblance of balance that is nice.

What I actually love, is that all I can taste is whole leaf Citra, Centennial, and Warrior (and by that I mean a lot of the high Alpha-acid content of this one). Once the malt fades, it’s all hops. Centennial extract and Citra dry hopping come to mind as I continue to drink.

Rating: 4.9

Final Thoughts: I’ve loved this beer for a few years, and I took a mini hiatus from it. I kept drinking other shelf beers, then I found this joy on the shelf canned on 1/6. It just drinks so well, yet hides the ABV. It’s a perfect example of the style for 99% of the craft beer world; I just like a TOUCH more fruit in my IPA. Other than that, it’s perfect.

I think I shall have a sour tonight then go to bed.

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