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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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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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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

06-24-2012 16:18:15 | More by duff247
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2.5/5  rDev -31.5%

09-17-2012 02:47:18 | More by DonFrap
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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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3/5  rDev -17.8%

08-12-2014 05:14:22 | More by atlbravsrno1
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

04-08-2014 00:46:15 | More by Zach136
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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

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

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

10-19-2012 03:39:52 | More by JRod1969
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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

10-26-2013 00:09:19 | More by nlmartin
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

04-07-2013 17:36:41 | More by tbryan5
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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

03-03-2013 23:48:45 | More by TimoP
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

08-27-2014 18:33:12 | More by CraigTravor
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New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

02-18-2013 20:21:19 | More by DIPAFAN
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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

03-06-2014 20:42:17 | More by brandon911
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3/5  rDev -17.8%

08-14-2012 01:13:51 | More by ms11781
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South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

05-29-2013 03:13:43 | More by JISurfer
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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

09-29-2012 23:38:40 | More by sd123
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4.2/5  rDev +15.1%

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!

01-31-2011 03:17:39 | More by Urbancaver
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3.88/5  rDev +6.3%

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.

03-23-2012 20:37:05 | More by StaveHooks
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3/5  rDev -17.8%

03-25-2013 03:31:24 | More by SmellsofMahagony
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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

11-11-2013 03:56:33 | More by jschott75
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4.1/5  rDev +12.3%

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.

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

3.73/5  rDev +2.2%

12 oz. can poured into a 16 oz. Founders snifter.

Appearance; Pours a deep brown with a nice fluffy khaki head that fades quickly. Splotchy lacing remains as I drink the beer.

Smell: Some coffee and roast, hints of chocolate, and also a surprising amount of hops and pine. A good deal of earthiness for a brown ale.

Taste: Chocolate malt, some roast, coffee and some pine come in. Notes of grass and a bit of nuttiness as well.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with solid carbonation and a nice creamy mouthfeel. Not too thin but very easy drinking.

Overall: A quite enjoyable session-brown ale from NOLA. A good beer to have around and something I will keep in my fridge for sure.

10-18-2013 16:44:54 | More by Mikecap
NOLA Brown Ale from New Orleans Lager & Ale Brewing Company (NOLA)
83 out of 100 based on 138 ratings.