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

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129 Ratings
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Ratings: 129
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 13.46%
Wants: 7
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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brew3crew

Ohio

5/5  rDev +37.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Newgeneric with the growler. What a guy!

A-dark amber hue. Little bit of red
S-some coffee tones. Roasted malt
T-tastes a lot like it smells. Wonderful. Please come to cincinnati!
M-medium bodied and oh so smooth. Love this stuff
D-very drinkable. Went back for more soon after. Very nice session beer!

Serving type: growler

01-31-2011 03:19:11 | More by brew3crew
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cvfish

Louisiana

4.65/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - This beer poured a beautiful mahogany brown color that produced a light tan head that had good retention and left a great lacing on the side of the glass

S - The aromas produced by this beer were great malts, a nutty characteristic that reminds me of pecans, and a little smoke

T - The taste of this Brown Ale by far makes this my favorite one, combines the tastes of the South and the style together nicelt, very malty, nutty (again pecans, I don't know if they use them but I taste them), and a smokey/roasted finish

M - The mouthfeel of this beer had a medium body with a light amount of carbonation

D - Call me a homer, but look at my Abita reviews before you do, this beer was fantastic. The taste was great, a well crafted and flavorable Brown Ale that will become a staple in my draft diet, until they release the bottles.

Serving type: on-tap

03-07-2009 00:31:10 | More by cvfish
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Beerbuddha

Louisiana

4.5/5  rDev +23.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-09-2009 23:36:56 | More by Beerbuddha
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Domeshot14

California

4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

09-06-2012 19:37:12 | More by Domeshot14
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masonacoats

Louisiana

4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

09-05-2012 18:40:41 | More by masonacoats
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JerryOdom

Louisiana

4.45/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

Serving type: can

05-26-2012 01:38:06 | More by JerryOdom
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MrHassellYaHurd

Louisiana

4.38/5  rDev +20.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-31-2010 19:05:08 | More by MrHassellYaHurd
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ColdPoncho

Ohio

4.33/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - lovely translucent brown that shows very pretty red light through it. Small white head thins to a narrow uniform ring and leaves some charming lacing.

S - Great roasted coffee notes and some black licorice. It's really a fantastic smelling beer.

T - a very good coffee flavor, some very crisp and clean malt background. A light hop profile backs this all in a very good balance.

M - It's very pleasant and light, and while not the big bodied beer that I might prefer, it's still quite nice.

D - come on...3.9% alcohol. Its amazingly drinkable. Tasty and light.

Serving type: growler

01-31-2011 03:44:08 | More by ColdPoncho
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BeerAndBourbon

Ohio

4.3/5  rDev +18.1%
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.

Serving type: growler

01-31-2011 03:41:59 | More by BeerAndBourbon
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Jablonski

Louisiana

4.3/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: deep brown color, lasting chocolate colred head

S: roasted malts, light nutty aroma, and some chocolate

T: It has nice malty-nutty taste through out with chocolate in the background. Pleasant roasted aftertaste.

M: This is the consistancy Abita should strive for on their beers--a heavy body with average carbonation.

D: I could've had several of these beers if I had time to be their longer. Great effort, as I couldn't ask for more from a local brewer.

Serving type: on-tap

06-19-2009 02:35:58 | More by Jablonski
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HeadyTheElder

Louisiana

4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

07-06-2013 23:45:06 | More by HeadyTheElder
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earthling64

Louisiana

4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

03-28-2012 23:31:31 | More by earthling64
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Robyn

South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

07-24-2014 02:03:52 | More by Robyn
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dmorgan310

Panama

4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

05-23-2012 14:34:10 | More by dmorgan310
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ahommell

Mississippi

4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

07-09-2013 22:30:30 | More by ahommell
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Urbancaver

Ohio

4.2/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a reddish brown with very little head. not much head but a bit. Kinda looks like coke almost. Smells very good. A very nice smelling beer. Lots of roasted malts on the nose. Tastes great. Lots of roasted malts. A bit smokey. Great mouthfeel and highly drinkable. A solid Brown Ale for sure. First time this dark of a beer has been such a sessionable beer!

Serving type: growler

01-31-2011 03:17:39 | More by Urbancaver
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hunthearin

Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-12-2010 07:00:14 | More by hunthearin
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JayS2629

Alabama

4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-16-2011 01:42:59 | More by JayS2629
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JordonHoltzman

New York

4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

04-19-2009 18:32:57 | More by JordonHoltzman
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vasu

Louisiana

4.08/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Deep dark brown that straddles the line between a traditional brown ale and a stout or porter. Head pours tan and large with a frothy, slightly chunky texture before settling smaller and tighter with small, close together bubbles. Excellent fizzy lacing that clings to the side of the glass and slowly slides down.

Smell: Smells of deep roasted malts, and subtle notes of roasted nuts.

Taste: Deep very roasted malt note with excellent backup notes from nuts, dark chocolate and very subtle hints of coffee. Slight salinity and roasted malt flavor lingers really well.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied. Initial mouthfeel and swallow is smooth, leaving a dryish finish, especially for a brown.

Drinkability/Overall: An excellent brown ale that's slightly atypical for the style. It's lighter in body and alcohol compared to most brown ales, yet has richer, more roasted malt flavors that linger and remain more pronounced than the roasted nut flavors. It's very sessionable because of the body and alcohol, yet doesn't taste like a "session beer." Overall, it's an excellent brown ale for rich, buttery New Orleans food and the hot, humid, sticky climate of the region. I could drink this all day and not get bogged down, despite the excellent, rich flavor.

Serving type: on-tap

03-14-2009 21:37:45 | More by vasu
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msubulldog25

Oregon

4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On this all-too-brief visit to Slidell for a family celebration (dad's birthday #80), we gathered for one final dinner at Mandina's (on E. Gause). Good food, entertaining service, fun family time...and a chance to try one of the new breweries in the area. Had a (frosted) pint of what they referred to colloquially as 'NOLA Dark' pre-dinner, then another with that tasty redfish meuniere filet.

A: Quite dark with an underlying ruby-redness. Heady 1-finger tuft of off-white foam, good retention. Bands of lace that seemed to drift away while I wasn't looking. Tried to find carbonation rising in the darkness, but couldn't see through and didn't want to 'overdo it' in front of my family... ;-)

S: Big 'grain' aroma, toasted and husky...a latent smokiness that hints at nutshells. Enticing and forthright.

T: As nice as this smells, flavor is better: wonderful dark roast, wheat crust with a gentle sweetness. Nutty roast is a firm blend of earthiness, medium chocolate and coffee grounds, not acrid whatsoever.

M: Decent carbonation, crisp yet smooth and, well, 'mild'. Probably 'medium' bodied for the style but lighter feeling overall. Some lasting bitterness as a pleasing leave-behind.

D: If I lived in the area, I could drink this ALL THE TIME. Excellent flavor and über-sessionable strength. Honestly thought this was a 'bigger' dark lager (schwarzbier or similar); what a surprise! The type of beer I thoroughly enjoyed, my sometimes-finicky beer-loving wife approved of, and my beer-novice brother proclaimed as 'REALLY good' (a night after he'd completely rejected my similar choice from Abita). I'd say NOLA has a winner with this one.

Serving type: on-tap

01-17-2010 04:02:58 | More by msubulldog25
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kevo237

Louisiana

4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at a local restaurant. Beer kept a good head and was dark brown, naturally. Looked like a coke. Smell was typical of the style. So typical that I can't even really remember what the aroma was like. Nothing stood out here.

This beer tasted like the crust from a pie my grandmother used to make. I enjoyed this quite a bit. I didn't think the sweetness was a negative aspect at all. The mouthfeel was good to go along with the sweetness. It was sweet, but not cloyingly sweet. It finished dry and quickly enough to not cause aversion.

Serving type: on-tap

07-04-2011 01:12:00 | More by kevo237
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tbryan5

Louisiana

4/5  rDev +9.9%

04-07-2013 17:36:41 | More by tbryan5
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Jlog7910

Louisiana

4/5  rDev +9.9%

10-07-2013 04:25:09 | More by Jlog7910
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Stoffel

Texas

4/5  rDev +9.9%

01-06-2012 03:08:19 | More by Stoffel
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NOLA Brown Ale from New Orleans Lager & Ale Brewing Company (NOLA)
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