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NOLA Brown Ale - New Orleans Lager & Ale Brewing Company (NOLA)

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NOLA Brown AleNOLA Brown Ale

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82
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159 Ratings
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Ratings: 159
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 13.54%
Wants: 8
Gots: 9 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
New Orleans Lager & Ale Brewing Company (NOLA) visit their website
Louisiana, United States

Style | ABV
English Dark Mild Ale |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: cvfish on 03-07-2009

NOLA Brown Ale was one of our first two flagship ales. This brewery favorite is a light-bodied, full flavored English dark mild ale with notes of chocolate, coffee, caramel, and nuts. High malt flavor and low hops, this is a great session beer with a 4.0% ABV and smooth finish.
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Ratings: 159 | Reviews: 48
Reviews by TeeCee:
Photo of TeeCee
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of tigg924
3.23/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of secondtooth
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours from the can a muddy, murky brownish amber, with a fair head of fine off-white bubbles. Lace seems spotty and light.

Nose is a dirty, earthy mix of malts — a tad sweet with a tinge of citrus underneath. I get some roasty chocolate malts, and some sweetness.

Flavors are light and almost lacking. I get a slight nuttiness and roasty element on the palate, but the light body is deceiving. There’s enough taste here to remain drinkable and sessionable. This one is faithful to the classic English brown ale style, and pretty decent.

Photo of beveritt
2.38/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of tone77
3.59/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a very dark brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is malty, sweet, some chocolate. Taste is bready, malts, nutty, easy drinking. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer.

Photo of goochpunch
2.61/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

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.

Photo of emerge077
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of theghost3
3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Beejay
3.18/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of EgadBananas
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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?!

Photo of Immortale25
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

RJT

Photo of angrybabboon
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Consumed 4/13/12

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.

Photo of BayouBengal1537
3.97/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured at the Barley Oak in Mandeville, La overlooking the lakefront. Beautiful.
A - Very dark, can't see through it at all. Poured with very little head that quickly dissipated into nothing. Didn't leave very much lacing either.
S - Roasted malts aroma, some chocolate and nutty notes compliment
T - Mainly toasted malts, hints of caramel and chocolate, nutty notes as well
M - Medium body, medium carbonation
D - Very good American Brown Ale, this would be my go-to beer when i'm in the mood for this style. It is on the lighter side but that is quite all right when you are drinking in this hot Louisiana weather.

Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from tap intp pint at The Pickle in shreveport, LA. Pours a deep brown with just a bit of foamy head. Nice sweet nutty malty aroma, with slight hop presence. Taste is very nutty, malty, sweet, but mild. Really well balanced and nice sweet malty flavors. I really enjoy the nutty malts in this. Its a super smooth brew with great body...very well balanced. Nice.

Photo of MrHassellYaHurd
4.35/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured a nice brown with garnet highlights and a thin, creamy, off-white head.

Smells of slightly roasty malts and of sweet toffee.

The taste reflects the nose pretty well, with a faint hint of cocoa.

The mouthfeel was very light, but lends itself to a top-notch session brew.

Photo of hunthearin
4.06/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark Brown, Chestnut

S - Light Malt

T - Sweet and Malty, Lighter than Newcastle

M - Very Crisp, biting

I would definitely have this beer again - it was served up with a spicy plate of Red Beans and Rice. This beer would be great for any spicy dish.

Photo of JayS2629
4.12/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with creamy tan head that fades fast into a ring. Leaves nice lacing.

The aroma has dark chocolate, coffee notes, licorice, and dark fruit. Low hops.

Nice balance of dark fruit, chocolate and coffee with a good toasted backbone.

Medium body, porter-like

Very interesting and dark version of a brown.

Photo of boss302
3.09/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nola brown ale, draft

A Big thick rocky head, deep ruby red color when held to the light. A nice looking beer.

S A slight hop aroma, but you really have to try. I don't really smell anything else in this beer. With the big head, I expected lots of aromatics, but was disappointed.

T A little malty sweetness at first, then fades to a salty taste. I know that doesn't seem right, but that's what I taste. Very little hop flavor. No one flavor stands out, it lacks the deep malty complexity that I expect in a brown ale. No off flavors, so there's nothing wrong with the brewing practices, it just lacks character.

M Thin not much body, lacks a co2 bite even though it had a very nice head.

O I'ts an OK beer. To be honest I don't really don't see the appeal of this particular beer. I don't think I'll be having another.

Photo of Beerbuddha
4.5/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - This beer came to me a nice medium brown with a huge tan head. Lacing present throughout.

Smell - Huge malty aroma with hints of chocolate and nuts.

Taste - Different than other Brown Ales that I've had. This one had a huge maltiness accompanied by wonderful hints of chocolate.

Mouthfeel - Medium body with medium carbonation.

Overall- Finally a wonderful beer to replace the boring Abita. This beer along with their Blonde has become my everyday beer when I go to bars.

Photo of champ103
2.2/5  rDev -39.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

On tap at Walk On's in Lafayette.

A: Pours a light brown, more of a reddish color. A tiny bubbly beige head forms, but recedes to nothing in a second. No lace either.
S: Right up front is buttery diacetyl. Some sweet malt and caramel, but that is it.
T: Again, big on the diacetyl. Buttery malt that tastes kind of dirty. Lightly sweet.
M/D: A light body that is under carbonated and thin. I did not really care to finish the pint, and nothing I want to come back to.

I have had two excellent beers from NOLA, but this is a major let down. Not something I would recommend.

Photo of Mikecap
3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. can poured into a 16 oz. Founders snifter.

Appearance; Pours a deep brown with a nice fluffy khaki head that fades quickly. Splotchy lacing remains as I drink the beer.

Smell: Some coffee and roast, hints of chocolate, and also a surprising amount of hops and pine. A good deal of earthiness for a brown ale.

Taste: Chocolate malt, some roast, coffee and some pine come in. Notes of grass and a bit of nuttiness as well.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with solid carbonation and a nice creamy mouthfeel. Not too thin but very easy drinking.

Overall: A quite enjoyable session-brown ale from NOLA. A good beer to have around and something I will keep in my fridge for sure.

Photo of Hopswagger
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

P:  Dark brown with deep amber highlights topped with a tower of tan rootbeer head.  Decent bubble activity with foamy lacing and a dissipated milky layer of head on top. 

S:  Super sweet roasted malts, molasses, coffee, chocolate sour dough and caramel.  

T/M:  Roasted malts and chocolate deliver a strong first impression.  Moderate carbonation on a watered dairy sweet and creamy feel.  Taste seems somewhat watered down.  Finishes with coffee and subtle bittersweet cocoa. 

O:  Not a huge fan on brown ales but it was good.  The sweet dairy taste was almost upsetting.  The beer has great flavor for a session beer and has good drink ability. 

Photo of JordonHoltzman
4.12/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance- dark brown, tan head

smell- great smell, i get chocolate and caramel aromas

taste- i get a smooth, not strong chocolate taste

mouthfeel- not carbonated, kind of oily

drinkability- overall its a good beer, would have again.

This is a brand new brewery, not sold by bottle yet, and is only sold in New Orleans. and its the only brewery currently located in the city limits of New Orleans. Its a brewery that represents the rebuilding of the city, and the movement to make the Big Easy the beer capital of the South once again!

Photo of BeerAndBourbon
4.32/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A. Clear brown with orange and amber. It pours with a thin cream colored head.

S. Vanilla with cream and roasted malt. Some light caramel, too.

T. Similiar to taste, but a bit muted.

M. A bit thin with bright creamy carbonation.

D. Supremely drinkable. I'd finish a growler of this.

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NOLA Brown Ale from New Orleans Lager & Ale Brewing Company (NOLA)
82 out of 100 based on 159 ratings.