1. Rating beers by attributes (look, smell, taste, feel, overall) is back! Read the latest update ...
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Hopitoulas IPA - New Orleans Lager & Ale Brewing Company (NOLA)

Not Rated.
Hopitoulas IPAHopitoulas IPA

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
84
good

248 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 248
Reviews: 64
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 13.48%
Wants: 13
Gots: 15 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
New Orleans Lager & Ale Brewing Company (NOLA) visit their website
Louisiana, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This 6.0% ABV ale is a West Coast style India Pale Ale that combines 6 malts and 6 hops with additional dry hopping for three weeks. It takes about a month and a half to make each batch and we think it is worth the wait. Hints of pine and citrus with a powerful, yet balanced hoppy flavor, Hopitoulas packs a punch that you won’t forget.

(Beer added by: Vengeance526 on 10-11-2009)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 248 | Reviews: 64 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of clintplp
5/5  rDev +34.8%

clintplp, Aug 17, 2014
Photo of nolanstout
5/5  rDev +34.8%

nolanstout, Feb 01, 2012
Photo of avenuepub
5/5  rDev +34.8%

avenuepub, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of hpthebull
5/5  rDev +34.8%

hpthebull, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of ShrLSU
4.83/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had a slim keg of this for consumption at my house...

Pours a nice gold color with some haziness and nice sticky lacing on the edges.

The smell is well balanced blends of hops. Nice citrus flavors and a slight touch of piney hops. Nothing overpowering but you get the point its an IPA.

This taste incredibly refreshing and crisp. The citrus hops really shine but do not overpower your mouth. Some IPA's really go crazy but this has some great balance to it. It's got a little bite as you would expect but so relaxed overall.

Overall this is highly drinkable. We had no problem annihilating our slim keg quickly. I was really looking forward to this beers release. It's so simple but so good. I'm not sure what the abv is but i could crush a nice number of pints in a row. Finally I have a go-to IPA in the south. If only this were bottled....

ShrLSU, Oct 14, 2009
Photo of kensuthe
4.8/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours a rich gold amber color with a white, lacy head. Nice, easy level of carbonation.

Smell: A nice, full (but not overpowering) aroma of hops with hints of citrus, which hints at exactly what's coming once you take a taste.

Taste & Mouthfeel: A solid, strong hop taste leads to a less powerful but still enjoyably crisp taste of bitter citrus, and finishes with a bitter hoppiness with even lighter citrus tones. The carbonation was mild, but enjoyable. The finish was smooth for the bitter taste.

Drinkability: The great mix of flavors with the nice carbonation and mouthfeel make for a very enjoyable drink. This is highly sessionable, although once I started sessioning I found that smaller pours to keep the beer cool in the glass brought out the flavors more than larger pours that began to warm by the bottom of the glass.

If you've tried and tried and just don't like hops, though, this is not for you. Try the NOLA Blonde, which is also excellent.

Hopitoulas is currently draft-only, as are all of NOLA's offerings, so we'll need to see if these beers translate well to bottling eventually. In the meantime, get yourself a pint or two from the tap and enjoy the experience.

kensuthe, Oct 12, 2009
Photo of jbreer1
4.63/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Great brewery. As far as I know this is their seasonal, but I hope they'd make it a year-round product. Very hoppy IPA, which typically the local beer here in New Orleans is not. The Brewery is located on the street of Chopitoulas, if anyone was curious about the name. Beer is Pronounced: Hop-eh-tool-us.

jbreer1, Nov 26, 2009
Photo of cvfish
4.6/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - This ber poured a pale golden color that produced a fluffy white head that had good retention and laced the side of the glass very nicely

S - The aromas produced by this beer had a slight pale malts aroma which was quickly overtaken by mix of citrus and piney hops

T - The taste of this beer is up with the great IPAs, Two Hearted, Masala Mama, and Blind Pig, pale malts with a great mix of orange, grapefruit, and piney hops

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

D - This is another great offering by NOLA, a great crafted beer by a beer master mind, I cannot wait til this beer is in bottles

cvfish, Nov 01, 2009
Photo of Travis1221
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

Travis1221, Jul 26, 2013
Photo of zekeman17
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

zekeman17, Jun 19, 2013
Photo of Dooleymon
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

Dooleymon, Mar 04, 2013
Photo of FriedGold2112
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

FriedGold2112, Apr 30, 2012
Photo of LSUPT
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

LSUPT, Dec 28, 2011
Photo of Vengeance526
4.43/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a medium orange amber color with a 2-finger slightly off-white head that retains nicely throughout and leaves a moderate amount of lacing.

Aroma of piney hops with light citrus notes in the back.

Taste starts off with some fruity notes (pineapple?) and quickly gives way to hints of grapefruit with a sharp taste of pine in the finish.

Meidum body and appropiate carbonation. I was very excited to try this and was not disappointed. This one came off very refreshing and is one of the easiest drinking IPAs I have seen. I definitely plan on drinking as much of this as I can while it's around.

Vengeance526, Oct 11, 2009
Photo of OzarkElmo
4.43/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Draft at The Avenue Pub in New Orleans February 10, 2009. Pours a light orange/amber with slight haze. Moderate white head with lacing remaining through finish. Citrus and pine aroma - really nice smelling IPA. Very well balanced with malt & hops, with good dry finish of the style. A very good IPA offering - this one is a winner for NOLA - cheers!

OzarkElmo, Feb 15, 2010
Photo of acevenom
4.28/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a nonic pint glass at The Chimes on Highland in Baton Rouge. The beer appeared copper with a thin white head. There were plentiful visible tiny bubbles in the beer. Plenty of lacing was left on the side of the glass during consumption. The aroma was malty with earthy hops. The taste followed the nose with those earthy hop flavors and bready and mildly sweet malts. There was some nice hop bitterness in the background that stuck around in the aftertaste. The body is medium with moderate carbonation. The finish clings tot he mouth. This is an excellent beer.

acevenom, Sep 15, 2012
Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

NOLA Hopitoulas has a small head and dark amber/reddish appearance with minimal carbonation. It is pretty clear. Aroma is nutty and fresh. This IPA has a moderate hop character, but is defined by its smoothness. Mouthfeel is medium. Overall, I found this one to be outstanding and refreshing.

RJT

RonaldTheriot, Jan 01, 2010
Photo of ninaturner
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

ninaturner, Oct 07, 2013
Photo of KatyC
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

KatyC, Jan 22, 2013
Photo of JRod1969
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

JRod1969, Oct 21, 2012
Photo of jaswilson2
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

jaswilson2, Jul 12, 2014
Photo of wyatt
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

wyatt, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of jacobdensford
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

jacobdensford, Jul 27, 2012
Photo of ascags
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

ascags, May 10, 2014
Photo of wesley777
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

wesley777, Jul 09, 2014
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Hopitoulas IPA from New Orleans Lager & Ale Brewing Company (NOLA)
84 out of 100 based on 248 ratings.