NoDa Brewing‘s Hop Drop ‘N Roll IPA took home the gold this year at the World Beer Cup (2014) for the American-style IPA category, which may be the most hotly contested and entered of the categories. This win will definitely put the small Charlotte, North Carolina brewery on the national map.
NoDa Brewing started out as a home brewing operation that began winning home brew competitions. Eventually this lead to them gaining space in the fashionable North Davidson St area of Charlotte. Now, they’re World Beer Cup winners.
Appearance: Gold-orange, tan head, good retention.
Aroma: Grassy, pine, orange/citrus zest, caramel.
Taste: Light caramel, grass, pine, citrus notes. Mild but lingering bitterness.
Overall Impression: This is a very nice IPA. It’s got a solid malt profile that balances nicely with the hops without overshadowing it. It definitely is a prime example of an an American-style IPA with its mix of pine and citrus hop notes. It will definitely meet your IPA needs.
Availability: North Carolina.
Note: This was sent to me as an extra in a beer trade.