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

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Hopitoulas IPAHopitoulas IPA

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Reviews: 74
Hads: 362
Avg: 3.77
pDev: 27.85%
Wants: 17
Gots: 42 | FT: 2
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:
Beer added by: Vengeance526 on 10-11-2009

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.
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Photo of ShrLSU
4.8/5  rDev +27.3%
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....

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Photo of kensuthe
4.77/5  rDev +26.5%
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.

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Photo of jbreer1
4.6/5  rDev +22%
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.

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Photo of cvfish
4.6/5  rDev +22%
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

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Photo of OzarkElmo
4.42/5  rDev +17.2%
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!

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Photo of Vengeance526
4.4/5  rDev +16.7%
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.

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Photo of jsapunor
4.33/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Nathan the bartender at Evangeline in NOLA made the recommendation and so I tried this on draft first and then from the can the next day at Napoleon House. Draft is the better of the two. Big piney aroma promising a full blown west coast hop assault is followed by a silky soft full bodied mouth feel. The flavor is a pretty well balanced malt/hops combination, of course, favoring the hops. The taste begins with wet hops. It starts to fade and then returns with a vengeance leaving a long lasting hop experience. This is a very good IPA which matches up well with its west coast competition. Not as subtle as Sculpin but not as brutal as a DIPA., If you like your IPA's on the brawny side this one is for you.

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Photo of peteboiler
4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I am not sure why the 83 rating. To each their own. This is one of my favorite IPA's right now. Definitely in my top 10. Great balance and tastes amazing.

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Photo of JMScowcroft
4.24/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

NOLA - Hopitoulas IPA

Look - Poured into a Craftgeer snifter, this brew pours slightly hazy caramel amber almost slightly red with a full foamy head that dissipates quickly, retains some, and leaves lots of lacing.

Smell - Caramel bready malt and resin pine and citrus hops. The citrus is more tart than sour, but not necessarily straight lemon, can't put my finger on it.

Taste - Rich bready malt intro and a definite tart citrus hop comes in after, then fades into a piney bitter, again I cannot place the specific citrus flavor, almost zesty as one reviewer mentioned.

Mouthfeel - Rests slight bitter pine but mostly fades rather quickly. Medium-bodied, low booziness, good drinkability.

Overall - Solid brew, like their take on this style. Tart citrus and pine bitter with a rich bready malt backbone. Would recommend for those who want a punchier AIPA but maybe not a full-blown DIPA.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.23/5  rDev +12.2%
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.


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Photo of acevenom
4.23/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

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Photo of Lldeegan
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Avenue.
Poured a nice, bright golden color with a nice, white head that recedes a bit after it settles. Leaves a bit of lace on the glass.
Nice floral and piney hop aroma, a hint of citrus.
This is a pretty bold pine flavor. I really enjoyed the taste, mostly piney hop, with a bitter finish. Hints of citrus played a minor role to the pine.
It has a nice light to medium body. Pretty crisp as it leaves the palate.
This is a very drinkable beer, like the Blonde and the Brown. NOLA has succeeded again!

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Photo of AdamBear
4.19/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-light amber with a creamy white head

S-smells strong of fresh hops and grapefruit. this smells amazing.

T-comes in with a very bitter taste of creamy hops and a touch of grapefruit along with other tropical fruits. the fruits taste lasts awhile. the after-taste is grainy with the fruits with some bitterness. the initial hit was very good but the overall taste seems a bit dulled. very tasty nonetheless

M-dry medium carbonation with a semi dry finish

O-this is quite a tasty IPA. the flavors were great but they weren't too strong. tho that may have helped make me drink this quite quickly. its definitely something i'd get again and recommend to hopheads.

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Photo of thehoppylady
4.18/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

One of my all-time fav Southern breweries. Hopitoulas, pronounced hop-a-choo-las, after a street in NOLA. This is a super good West Coast style India Pale Ale that combines six malts and six hops with additional dry hopping for three weeks. Hints of pine and citrus with a powerful, yet balanced hoppy flavor.

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Photo of brew3crew
4.16/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks for the growler newgeneric!

A-redish, transparent, amber hue, little lace
S-more malt than hops. Hops hit the nose second, rather than first
T-tastes aLot like it smells. Very light on the hops, bit they are still there
M-medium body, lightly carbonated and smooth
D-very drinkable, almost danergous

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Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.12/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by 2/8/13. Poured from a can into a snifter. Off-white head. Moderate retention. Clear, sticky lacing. Aroma is very nice, hoppy pine and grassy goodness dominates. Taste is slightly sweet but very nicely bittered with grapefruity goodness. Packing a nice hop punch, this can delivers.

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Photo of JayS2629
4.12/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a hazy gold with a huge thick white head, slow fade and nice walls of lace.

The aroma is a beautiful boquet of light lemon citrus, orange peel, and grapefruit zest. Pine notes linger with some floral notes. Toasty background.

Nice toasted malt and caramel sweet touch with citrus rind, fresh oranges, and lemon pepper. Tart notes fade into pine and leather with a dry finish.

Very interesting and complex blend of flavors and how they roll on the tounge.

Very good beer. Aggressive, but nice sipper.

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Photo of Beerbuddha
4.11/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving Type was a growler purchased by my wife in New Orleans at Avenue Pub and brought to me here in Florida.

Appearance- The beer pours an amber gold color with a nice head which disapates quickly. A sticky, spider web like lacing was present.

Smell- The aroma was a bit lacking. Nice subtle hints of piney hops. Could have been because it was poured from a growler.

Taste- HUGE hops flavors. The bitterness attacks my tongue and doesn't let go. I get a nice slight hint of citrus in the front that lets go into HOPS!

Mouthfeel- Medium body with nice carbonation(even after being in a growler).

Drinkability- Fantastic and very drinkable IPA. This one is on the upper end of IPAs in terms of its hoppiness. Too bad it won't be year round.

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Photo of StarofSahara
4.11/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Was thrown one of these by a friend while I was on my balcony. Alright alright alright. This is beer that knows how to party. I would not want to lose this in 10 days. There may be a time to kill, but it ain't when you kicking one of these. I was on the phone with a wedding planner, having thirteen conversations about the same thing, when I realized I was on my tiptoes, a very clear case of failure to launch. So what did I do? I yell two for the money, this ain't fools gold! I took a seat in my favorite chair, wondering if there was a Lincoln lawyer who could track down my ghosts of girlfriends past. Maybe a true detective instead? I bet his name would be Bernie or Killer Joe.
I was also in Amistad

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Photo of Immortale25
4.06/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Dogfish Spiegelau glass. No freshness date.

A- Pours a medium amber color with a 3/4 inch beige head that retains quite well before decaying to an 1/8 inch head. Sticky cobwebs of lacing adhere nicely to the glass.

S- Dank, musty hop aroma that's more piney and earthy than citrusy. Toasty malt in the back. Somewhat effervescent.

T- The toasted malt is surprisingly the first flavor to hit, then the hops come in with a solid bite. Well-balanced with the alcohol not being overly noticeable. There's a slight metallic taste I chalk up to the variety of hops used, apparently six different varietals. The bitterness doesn't linger long which is fine.

M- Tight but smooth and semi-dry. Medium carbonation and a body that leans toward the fuller side.

O- A very drinkable and flavorful IPA from this small regional brewery. Looking forward to trying more of their beers.

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Photo of bigrzman
4.04/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The first thing is not the appearance but the smell. Baaam, citrus hops right to th face and palate! Pours out amber with a good head that laces the glass. Carbonation is just right and light to style. Tastes lemony and a rich toasted malt. Body is thin however but is very drinkable. This is a pretty good beer that beats out a lot of those West Coast smug beers.

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Photo of champ103
4.02/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This seems to be getting more popular all the time. Which is great. I first had it at dba, then again at Three Muses, and a bunch of different places in NO.

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden/orange color. A small white head forms and recedes to leave some lace.
S: Floral, grassy, citrus hops. Well balanced with caramel malt. Very simple, but enjoyable.
T: Follows the nose. Citrus and grassy hops. A bit more pine resiny hops than the nose. Again very well balanced with the caramel malt.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. Just a bit thin IMO. So easy to drink. All day with this one.

Just simple, and I like it. Perfect while walking around Frenchman St or the Quarter.

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Photo of zeronumber
4.01/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

nawleens makes good everything, and a good IPA. this one is dark gold and flavor sits nicely in the mouth. the afternotes are stimulating and show the complexity of the brew and the time they take to brew it. i love a lot of other IPAs more but this one smacks of Big Easy , easiness. Great pairing for crawdads or your favorite entoufee!

yall come back now , y'hear?

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a growler filled at the Avenue Pub. The beer pours an orange-amber color with a large white head. The aroma has a nice amount of bread and toffee, with some strong pine notes added in. The flavor is more hoppy than the aroma. I get quite a bit of pine and orange citrus, with some grass also thrown in. The bready malt keeps the bitterness fairly low and allows the hop flavor to shine. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of tempest
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a few pints around New Orleans, easily one of the best beers in town. I loved the contrast of fruity, floral hops up front, with a rich, deep grapefruit and pine finish. Mixed in for balance was a healthy share of bready, toffee malt to balance out the bitterness. Overall, a damned tasty IPA.

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Hopitoulas IPA from New Orleans Lager & Ale Brewing Company (NOLA)
85 out of 100 based on 74 ratings.