ABV: 7.2 IBU: 81
NoDa Brewing Company Hop, Drop ‘n Roll
What the brewers say
“2014 World Beer Cup Gold Award Winner, American-Style IPA. Crisp, mouthwatering, American citrus hops dominate. The rich golden color comes from a blend of English and American base malts accented with Vienna and wheat malt.”
What our panel thought
Aroma: “A touch of sulfur with biscuit notes. Hops notes of garlic and bit of onion. Banana, spring onion, grapefruit, orange, and pine.”
Flavor: “Big bitterness up front with a dry astringent note that stops just short of harsh. As it starts to warm the harshness subsides and a touch of grain sweetness comes out. Lovely creamy mouthfeel. This beer has a nice balance between the sweetness of the fruity hops notes and its bitterness. Pine, some grassy character, grapefruit, and lemon are present.”
Overall: “The harshness from the bitterness lingers into the aftertaste and detracts a bit from the overall. A little sweetness would help balance the earthy notes. It’s a bitter IPA that isn’t ashamed of being so, but not so bitter as to turn off more delicate palates. Clean, citrusy, fruity, and herbal, this is a nice take on the style. Enjoyable.”
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