NOLA Brown Ale - New Orleans Lager & Ale Brewing Company (NOLA)
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Reviews by acevenom:
3.43/5 rDev -6%
Poured into a glass mug. Pours dark brown with a fluffy tan head that retains well, but there isn't much lacing. There appears to be plenty of carbonation. There's an aroma of dark roasted malts and chocolate. The taste is fairly mild. There are flavors of dark roasted malt, bitter chocolate, and slightly nutty. It has a pleasant sweet flavor. The aftertaste is not strong. The mouthfeel is light, clean, and slightly creamy. It's very easy to gulp. Overall, this is a good beer. It's easily sessionable and I could see myself knocking back a few pints of this.
03-25-2012 00:42:06 | More by acevenom
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3.25/5 rDev -11%
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 -34.2%
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 +0.8%
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 -30.1%
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 -1.4%
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.
03-28-2010 01:57:10 | More by emerge077
3.98/5 rDev +9%
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 -13.7%
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 +2.2%
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 -0.3%
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 +6.8%
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
NOLA Brown Ale from New Orleans Lager & Ale Brewing Company (NOLA)
83 out of 100 based on 138 ratings.