This week is a short week at work for me; I’m taking Friday off to go to Martha’s Vineyard for a long weekend. The week is flying by, and I’m looking forward to some more awesome summer weather over the weekend. We have had RIDICULOUSLY good weekends the last 6 weeks or so…not a drop of rain. It looks like this weekend will be the same.
Tonight I’m chilling out watching a movie and drinking a can (or two) of NoDa Hop Drop and Roll. My mom brought this back from North Carolina for me. If it sounds familiar, it might be because it was reviewed back in March by long-time reader and personal friend of mine, Ken.
Although it’s labeled as an American IPA, you might as well call it an Imperial IPA. I say this because of the 7.2% ABV and the intense hoppiness. I concur with Ken’s thoughts on this: it has a strong malt backbone, which makes a valiant attempt at balancing out the stupid amount of hops in the beer. The flavor profile includes a vast variety of hoppy twists including nectarine, peach, more citrus, pine and flowers. Surprisingly, it doesn’t come off as overdone or too complex; the flavors mix and mash very well and leaving you wanting another sip.
Make no mistake, Hop Drop and Roll is an “expert’s beer”. That is, if you’re new to craft beer, or you don’t like bitterness, steer clear! If you’re a hop-head, I recommend you get on a plane for North Carolina right now. I do recommend letting the beer warm up a bit, as the malts really come forward and help balance things out.