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

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BA SCORE
82
good

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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Bishop_Collar

Louisiana

2.78/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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

Serving type: can

08-07-2012 11:27:23 | More by Bishop_Collar
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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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duff247

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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

South Carolina

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

P:  Dark brown with deep amber highlights topped with a tower of tan rootbeer head.  Decent bubble activity with foamy lacing and a dissipated milky layer of head on top. 

S:  Super sweet roasted malts, molasses, coffee, chocolate sour dough and caramel.  

T/M:  Roasted malts and chocolate deliver a strong first impression.  Moderate carbonation on a watered dairy sweet and creamy feel.  Taste seems somewhat watered down.  Finishes with coffee and subtle bittersweet cocoa. 

O:  Not a huge fan on brown ales but it was good.  The sweet dairy taste was almost upsetting.  The beer has great flavor for a session beer and has good drink ability. 

Serving type: can

05-30-2012 23:00:50 | More by Hopswagger
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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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dmorgan310

Panama

4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

05-23-2012 14:34:10 | More by dmorgan310
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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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FriedGold2112


4/5  rDev +9.9%

04-30-2012 03:43:33 | More by FriedGold2112
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beaulabauve

Louisiana

4/5  rDev +9.9%

04-29-2012 20:52:21 | More by beaulabauve
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Riverared

Alabama

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

04-20-2012 04:13:05 | More by Riverared
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angrybabboon

Rhode Island

3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Consumed 4/13/12

Appearance: Mostly clear, light brown color with a decent beige head that fades to a respectable ring

Smell: A solid brown ale - roasted malts, slightly nutty, toasted dark bread and some bread crust - some molasses - some mild sweetness - overall, on the mild side, but I think that is the point

Taste: Mild, but good - a decent malt profile, slightly roasted, slightly toasted, toffee, bread crust, nuts, and a touch of chocolate - bitterness is pretty nonexistent - some kind of vegetal off-flavor

Mouthfeel: Light body, lots of carbonation (maybe a little too much), extremely drinkable

Overall: Unique, worth a try

This is my first English Dark Mild Ale, but I think a label like "American Mild Brown" would be more fitting. It's like a brown ale, just lighter. There are some weird things in the flavor, but ultimately this is good. This is designed to be a session beer, and it definitely serves that purpose. For that, it gets a bump in its overall score.

Serving type: can

04-13-2012 05:10:46 | More by angrybabboon
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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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acevenom

Louisiana

3.43/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: can

03-25-2012 00:42:06 | More by acevenom
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StaveHooks

Oklahoma

3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Wife brought this one back from New Orleans.
12oz. can poured into a DFH shaped pint glass.

A - Pours a dark clear hazel color with 2 fingers of firm tan head. Decent retention with little to no lacing.

S - Roasted grain and sunflower seeds, nutty wheat bread, sweet dairy, toasted caramel.

T - Follows the nose with less sweetness. Toasted grain, nutty, brown bread crust, subtle sweetness around the edges, has an acidic bite towards the finish.

M - Light body, moderate carbonation, creamy feel.

A very well rounded beer. Gives a nice aftertaste of toasted bread and hints of cocoa. Goes down easy with plenty of flavor. You could put a few of these away.

Serving type: can

03-23-2012 20:37:05 | More by StaveHooks
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wyatt

Louisiana

4/5  rDev +9.9%

03-12-2012 05:21:47 | More by wyatt
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hpthebull

California

3.75/5  rDev +3%

02-27-2012 02:44:25 | More by hpthebull
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nolanstout

Louisiana

4/5  rDev +9.9%

02-01-2012 08:15:08 | More by nolanstout
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edwardkersh

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

01-18-2012 16:47:11 | More by edwardkersh
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Stoffel

Texas

4/5  rDev +9.9%

01-06-2012 03:08:19 | More by Stoffel
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animal69

Louisiana

3.75/5  rDev +3%

01-02-2012 07:38:06 | More by animal69
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TexAggie011

Texas

3/5  rDev -17.6%

12-26-2011 04:59:52 | More by TexAggie011
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avenuepub

Louisiana

4/5  rDev +9.9%

11-28-2011 14:01:29 | More by avenuepub
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LSUPT

California

4/5  rDev +9.9%

11-18-2011 01:04:50 | More by LSUPT
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brewskifan55

Mississippi

3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at the NOLA brewery in a pint glass

Appearance: Cola brown; 2 finger head with good lacing

Smell: malty with a hint of chocolate

Taste: Toffee, caramel, roast pecans with a dry, licorice finish.

Mouthfeel: A bit on the light side (almost watery).

Overall: A rich brown ale in the English tradition. The porter-like finish kind of threw me off. Still glad I tried it.

UPDATE 4/20/12 Poured from a can into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass
A: same as above
S: Heavy on the coffee with a malt backup. Woody
T: Coffee forward with malts, caramel and pecans. A dry, mocha finish. Rich, robust.
M: Medium, creamy; medium carbonation
O: Pretty damn good out of the can. Really different from the tap.

Serving type: on-tap

10-09-2011 23:59:14 | More by brewskifan55
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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
NOLA Brown Ale from New Orleans Lager & Ale Brewing Company (NOLA)
82 out of 100 based on 129 ratings.