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

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Ratings: 138
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 13.15%
Wants: 8
Gots: 4 | 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:
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.

(Beer added by: cvfish on 03-07-2009)
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Reviews by masonacoats:
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4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

09-05-2012 18:40:41 | More by masonacoats
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

04-07-2013 17:36:41 | More by tbryan5
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3/5  rDev -17.8%

03-25-2013 03:31:24 | More by SmellsofMahagony
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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

03-03-2013 23:48:45 | More by TimoP
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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
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3/5  rDev -17.8%

08-19-2012 00:59:17 | More by jmbraxton
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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

08-24-2013 15:07:28 | More by JamesStreet
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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

04-14-2014 04:26:06 | More by javlin624
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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

01-27-2014 02:08:01 | More by Griffith
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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

04-20-2012 04:13:05 | More by Riverared
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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

07-22-2014 18:31:57 | More by tetu
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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

08-04-2013 19:14:51 | More by jheezee
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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
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3/5  rDev -17.8%

08-12-2014 05:14:22 | More by atlbravsrno1
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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
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District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

03-09-2014 16:59:46 | More by apasternak
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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
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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
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

10-07-2013 04:25:09 | More by Jlog7910
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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
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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
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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
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

08-27-2014 18:33:12 | More by CraigTravor
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North Carolina

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