NOLA Brown Ale - New Orleans Lager & Ale Brewing Company (NOLA)
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Reviews by JerryOdom:
4.45/5 rDev +22.3%
My little bro handed me one of these and I had it straight out the can without giving much thought up front. I double take looked at the can at that point and thought man this is pretty darn good beer. So I picked up a sixer and now we're doing an evaluation in a pint glass.
Pours nice with a lot of carbonation for the style. Actually not a terrible thing since if the beer is cold you just let it sit a while to warm up to proper drinking temperature. The off white head is thick for the first several minutes then settles to a nice 1/8 an inch. It's a coffee like brown with some red to it. It's definitely to style in appearance.
Flavor is really nice and tasty. Lots of chocolate, coffee, slightly sweet caramel and nutty flavor. Slightly dry finish with a bit of roast in the end. Just enough bitterness to balance. Very drinkable.
Mouthfeel is appropriately light and carbonation starts a little high which to me is clever since if you let it sit to raise the temperature it becomes right. Lightly astringent.
Overall a great beer. Probably my favorite beer in this category out of our great state. Will definitely pick it up often and really gives me a good opinion of NOLA. Cheers!
05-26-2012 01:38:06 | More by JerryOdom
More User Reviews:
3.25/5 rDev -10.7%
Had on tap at the Avenue Pub poured into a pint glass
Appearance: 1/2 inch head, hazy, dark reddish-brown in color
Smell: leather and caramel
Taste: brown sugar, toasted malt, and leather
Mouthfeel: medium body, sweet with a bitter backbone, moderate carbonation
Overall: This is not a bad beer, but it really did not stick out much either. I could session, but after being blown away by Flambeau Red, this was a let down. I will pass on this in the future and get the red.
03-29-2011 14:26:31 | More by tigg924
2.4/5 rDev -34.1%
Presentation: Had on tap recently at Hopjacks. Arrives in a Shaker pint glass.
Appearance: Absolutely no head whatsoever. None. Beer itself is dark brown, looks like a glass of flat Coke.
Smell: No smell, even as it warms up.
Taste: Slight smell of caramel malt upfront with hints of molasses. Undertones of licorice, tobacco and coffee. Biscuity malt with some toffee flavors lingers. Some band-aid phenols.
Mouthfeel: Carbonation level is lower than it should be for this beer. Body is good.
Drinkability: Saw this one on the menu and thought I would give it a try. Drinkable, but it tastes like someone's second or third attempt at homebrewing. Pass.
Note on 11/9/10: I received an e-mail from the brewery concerning this review. They stated that it sounded like a an issue with the carbonation level of the beer and invited me to try some directly from the brewery next time I am in the area. Props to them for pro-active customer service. I will definitely try some more of their beer next time I am down south.
06-19-2010 01:04:45 | More by beveritt
3.68/5 rDev +1.1%
Quick review - I HAD to review this. Well, that's a joke. I should have reviewed this months ago. This Brown is like a stout light. If I were a big stout fan, I would probably rate this as the #1 summer beer. Unfortunately, I'm not a stout fan.
Color - very dark in the bar light. Reddish at the edges, a deep red. The pour left almost an inch of head that dissipated to maybe 1/8" with some tight lacing.
Smell - rich, chocolaty stoutness. I poured some in a separate cup to swirl and smell and I get a fruity, lightly raisiny smell.
Taste - I get a slight stoutness that I understand now that I've had this beer on a heavier nitrogen mix. I get a very dry, chocolaty taste here. No hops that I can discern other than whatever's used for bitterness. Maybe a bit of coffee there too.
Mouthfeel - surprisingly thin. I get some bubbles if I swish it, but the CO2 is not that noticeable in a normal sip.
You could session this beer. It comes across that light.
07-18-2009 13:21:08 | More by TeeCee
2.55/5 rDev -29.9%
Pours a ruby-tinged brown with a very thin head. Smells like caramel, toast and chocolate. Smell a bit of gummy bears in there too. Flavor is up front pale malts with a smack of the dark malts thrown in the mix (toast and chocolate). Hop presence is very subdued. Finishes with an interesting tartness, but way too much jelly in the finish. Jelly kills it. Is this made by Saint Arnold??? Mouthfeel could be fuller and with more subdued carb. Overall, this can be pounded at this abv, but it's lacking finesse all around. Too much jelly flavor. Weird.
06-30-2013 07:25:34 | More by goochpunch
3.6/5 rDev -1.1%
Thanks to MasterSki for sharing the growler!
Review from notes...
Clear copper, creamy tan foam. It's froth leaves a scalloped ring of lacing all around. Decent retention, it holds an unbroken skim of foam for the duration of the glass.
Fairly nutty, mild tobacco leaf dryness, husky malts. Somewhat crisp with a slight bite. Ample carbonation, almost a touch too much for a Mild Ale. Still, it's a simple yet refreshing beverage that I enjoyed drinking.
03-28-2010 01:57:10 | More by emerge077
3.98/5 rDev +9.3%
According to NOLA, this is actually an English Brown Ale, so I'll review it as such.
Pours a dark brown with a 1-finger tan head that sticks around for a while. Minimal lacing.
The scent is toasty malts with caramel. Taste is chocolate, toasted malts, and slightly woody. The mouthfeel is crisp yet oily. Not very thick.
This is a nice beer that could pair well with anything from barbeque and fried food to sushi.
As a side note, I had this at Lager's in Metairie & it was closer to what other reviewers describe. When I had it at the Barley Oak it wasn't even like the same beer, so something's wrong over there.
04-29-2009 03:23:30 | More by theghost3
3.15/5 rDev -13.5%
A: Dark brown in color with a soft dense tan head.
S: There is a nice grain and flour smell. Slightly bready with a touch of toffee.
T: Nice grain flavor, with some burnt bread and toffee. There is a touch of sharpness in the finish.
M: Fairly light in body with tingling carbonation. I think part of the bite that I am getting is carbonic.
O: Overall not bad, but nothing amazing. Love gravity, some nice dark malt character, although I wish there was a little more flavor.
05-20-2013 01:37:20 | More by Beejay
3.73/5 rDev +2.5%
Pours a dark brown, with a tan colored head. Aroma of light chocolate, roasted malts and a faint bit of coffee. The taste was lightly sweet, with some chocolate and a bit of nuttiness. The feel is light, slightly crisp, with a mild creamy note. Drinkability is great and yay portability!
...Where's the Hopitoulas, Nola?!
05-16-2012 03:13:56 | More by EgadBananas
3.64/5 rDev 0%
Poured into a Ninkasi Brewing pint glass. Bottom of can says Best By: 11/09/13
A- Pours a dark brown color with a 1/2 inch dark tan head that retains a bit before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of surface foam. Non-resilient lacing slides quickly down the glass.
S- Semi-sweet malty aroma brings notes of caramel and nuts.
T- Toasty malt, some milk chocolate sweetness and more nuttiness. Almost too easy to drink but that's expected from the ABV. Minimal hop bitterness.
M- A bit crisp and somewhat viscous. Medium carbonation and a fullish body.
O- A pretty flavorful malty session beer. In some circles, it's referred to as the "slow down brown" due to the low amount of alcohol.
09-20-2013 01:49:26 | More by Immortale25
3.9/5 rDev +7.1%
NOLA Brown Ale has a thin, but creamy head and is very dark red in color. Carbonation is minimal. This ale is surprisingly mild and bitterness is slight. Mouthfeel is light and rather watery. This was served very fresh on tap at the NOLA brewery and was delicious.
01-01-2010 13:56:09 | More by RonaldTheriot
3.73/5 rDev +2.5%
Appearance: Mostly clear, light brown color with a decent beige head that fades to a respectable ring
Smell: A solid brown ale - roasted malts, slightly nutty, toasted dark bread and some bread crust - some molasses - some mild sweetness - overall, on the mild side, but I think that is the point
Taste: Mild, but good - a decent malt profile, slightly roasted, slightly toasted, toffee, bread crust, nuts, and a touch of chocolate - bitterness is pretty nonexistent - some kind of vegetal off-flavor
Mouthfeel: Light body, lots of carbonation (maybe a little too much), extremely drinkable
Overall: Unique, worth a try
This is my first English Dark Mild Ale, but I think a label like "American Mild Brown" would be more fitting. It's like a brown ale, just lighter. There are some weird things in the flavor, but ultimately this is good. This is designed to be a session beer, and it definitely serves that purpose. For that, it gets a bump in its overall score.
04-13-2012 05:10:46 | More by angrybabboon
NOLA Brown Ale from New Orleans Lager & Ale Brewing Company (NOLA)
82 out of 100 based on 136 ratings.