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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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Texasfan549

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

07-20-2013 12:56:08 | More by Texasfan549
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kylehay2004

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

06-23-2014 02:26:53 | More by kylehay2004
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emerge077

Illinois

3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Serving type: growler

03-28-2010 01:57:10 | More by emerge077
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MasterSki

Illinois

3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another 1L growler supplied by NewGeneric - thanks man. Served in my NotLA pint taster glass.

A - Transparent chestnut brown body, with two fingers of light tan foam that dissipates to a ring and some light haze. Not much in the way of lacing. Some visible bubbles rise through the body.

S - Light roasted malt, molasses, and a touch of nuttiness. Fairly muted, but not unpleasant.

T - The taste is quite nutty, with a light yeasty finish. There's also some light toasted grain, and a bit of sweet maltiness. I like the taste better than the smell.

M - More crisp and zesty carbonation than the blonde - actually borders on harsh for me. Light-medium body that is definitely style-appropriate.

D - Very drinkable at 3.9%, but not super-interesting. If I were in Louisiana I'd stick to the Blonde I think. This was actually the growler that kicked last at a party I held recently.

Serving type: growler

03-27-2010 17:52:06 | More by MasterSki
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DrJay

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +3%

05-10-2013 02:16:35 | More by DrJay
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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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claspada

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

09-09-2013 16:38:56 | More by claspada
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vfgccp

New York

2.5/5  rDev -31.3%

07-26-2013 04:51:13 | More by vfgccp
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champ103

Texas

2.17/5  rDev -40.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-15-2011 02:07:53 | More by champ103
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drpimento

Wisconsin

3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Not a bad brown, but nothing special. Served with a nice creamy, fine, light tan head and some lace. Color was a clear dark, garnet brown. Traditonal nut brown flavor witha bit of dark, ripe fruit and a bit of acid. Body was a tad thin and carbonation was a little fizzy. Roasty, slightly sweet finish of medium length.

Serving type: on-tap

06-29-2010 19:14:30 | More by drpimento
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rudzud

Massachusetts

3.1/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

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.

Serving type: can

08-21-2013 03:54:41 | More by rudzud
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EgadBananas

Louisiana

3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
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?!

Serving type: can

05-16-2012 03:13:56 | More by EgadBananas
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Griffith

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

01-27-2014 02:08:01 | More by Griffith
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tigg924

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-29-2011 14:26:31 | More by tigg924
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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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Gagnonsux

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

04-28-2013 22:11:47 | More by Gagnonsux
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jmdrpi

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

10-03-2013 16:25:34 | More by jmdrpi
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crobinso

Colorado

2.75/5  rDev -24.5%

07-18-2012 23:07:46 | More by crobinso
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DrinkSlurm

Connecticut

3.89/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-15-2013 00:51:31 | More by DrinkSlurm
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WDJersey

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

05-18-2013 01:54:55 | More by WDJersey
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duff247

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

06-24-2012 16:18:15 | More by duff247
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jheezee

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

08-04-2013 19:14:51 | More by jheezee
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Immortale25

North Carolina

3.64/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: can

09-20-2013 01:49:26 | More by Immortale25
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DonFrap

Massachusetts

2.5/5  rDev -31.3%

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

Texas

3/5  rDev -17.6%

10-25-2013 00:41:57 | More by Dicers
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NOLA Brown Ale from New Orleans Lager & Ale Brewing Company (NOLA)
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