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

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Ratings: 137
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 13.19%
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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2.17/5  rDev -40.4%

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.

06-15-2011 02:07:53 | More by champ103
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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
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2.5/5  rDev -31.3%

09-17-2012 02:47:18 | More by DonFrap
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New York

2.5/5  rDev -31.3%

07-26-2013 04:51:13 | More by vfgccp
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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
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2.75/5  rDev -24.5%

07-18-2012 23:07:46 | More by crobinso
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South Dakota

2.75/5  rDev -24.5%

12-22-2013 06:40:33 | More by AnthemOfTheSun
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2.78/5  rDev -23.6%

Appearance: Beer had a dark brown appearance with a quarter inch of light tan head with some retention. Beer turned an amber color when held up to light. Did have nice lacing and appeared to have good carbonation.

Smell: Picked up a pretty consistent roasted malt aroma with some chocolate notes.

Taste: Roasted malt flavor with some caramel notes. Not much depth or complexity. One note flavor.

Mouthfeel: Although it had good carbonation, it had a flat finish. Mouthfeel was thin and watery.

Overall: I have enjoyed two other beers from NOLA (Blonde Ale Hurricane Saison), but this one is a miss. Not very noteworthy.

For my complete review, see my blog http://thebishopscollar.blogspot.com/2012/08/nola-brown-ale.html

08-07-2012 11:27:23 | More by Bishop_Collar
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3/5  rDev -17.6%

03-25-2013 03:31:24 | More by SmellsofMahagony
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3/5  rDev -17.6%

08-19-2012 00:59:17 | More by jmbraxton
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3/5  rDev -17.6%

08-12-2014 05:14:22 | More by atlbravsrno1
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3/5  rDev -17.6%

03-09-2014 13:56:33 | More by Karibourgeois
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3/5  rDev -17.6%

09-13-2013 22:10:12 | More by JoeyBrightside
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3/5  rDev -17.6%

08-14-2012 01:13:51 | More by ms11781
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3/5  rDev -17.6%

12-26-2011 04:59:52 | More by TexAggie011
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3/5  rDev -17.6%

10-25-2013 00:41:57 | More by Dicers
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3/5  rDev -17.6%

06-30-2013 20:37:44 | More by wiltznucs
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3/5  rDev -17.6%

07-06-2014 18:43:54 | More by msumike89
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3/5  rDev -17.6%

06-23-2014 00:34:09 | More by Tayloraphilips
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3/5  rDev -17.6%

08-12-2013 18:56:27 | More by BRBrewBro
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3/5  rDev -17.6%

A: The beer looked rather good, a clear yellowish amber color. Rather appealing.

S: The scent was rather malty compared to other amber brews.

T: Very malty with little detection of any hops character. It tasted almost like a beer version of ovaltine, believe it or not.

M: Crisp, thin compared to usual amber brews.

D: Good but could have been a bit more bitter, it tasted rather average.

04-25-2010 19:10:19 | More by Valdus
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3.08/5  rDev -15.4%

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.

06-16-2010 01:48:00 | More by boss302
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3.1/5  rDev -14.8%

Received this can as an extra in a trade a while back, Poured into a Duvel tulip.

A- Pours a nice light chestnut brown hue with a good two finger rocky white head that fades to leave a thin halo and light clouding. Starts great, ends mediocre.

S - Fairly standard aromas, light cardboardy malts, faint sweetness, gentle toast and roast. 100% English here.

T - Taste is thin watery malts, light sweetness, roasted/toasted malts, pretty straightforward. Too bad really, just an average english ale really.

M - Mouthfeel is on the thinner side, its poundable of course, doesnt mean its enjoyable.

O - Overall, pretty average english ale here. Not much going for it truthfully.

08-21-2013 03:54:41 | More by rudzud
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3.1/5  rDev -14.8%

12 oz. can from a sixer bought at Rouse's, New Orleans, for $8.29. Poured hard and down the middle into a wine glass.

A: Aggressive pour yields a fluffy two-finger head with enduring retention. Lacing is weak. Very dark brown color with some lighter caramel colors showing at the bottom of the glass. Classic brown look.

S: Sweet-smelling and surprisingly big for a 4% beer. Some chocolate and coffee and roasted nuts. There's also something earthy and musty in there... almost moldy.

T: A bright, pleasant burst of the coffee, followed by a dominant roasted malt -- maybe overly aggressive here. Then a third wave with a watery sensation and that weird dank taste. I've experienced this every time I've had NOLA Brown.

M: Quite light and slightly more carbonated than the average brown. The wateriness is killing this beer -- and probably ensuring it sits at 4%.

O: NOLA Brown is clearly NOLA's answer to Abita Amber, another local session dark. It has a nice initial punch of flavor for a session beer, but the feel and back-end taste are clearly off.

09-10-2012 13:36:32 | More by ZethOfTheNorth
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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
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NOLA Brown Ale from New Orleans Lager & Ale Brewing Company (NOLA)
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