Hopitoulas IPA - New Orleans Lager & Ale Brewing Company (NOLA)
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2.03/5 rDev -45.3%
Flavor was very watery with no malty, sweet taste.
I hope that I got a bad batch or my growler messed with it. It tasted like it went flat right from the get-go.
Heard it was good straight from the tank though and forced carbed with CO2.
I just wasn't impressed by this beer, but it has a great name.
01-04-2010 21:45:17 | More by pjwin
2.28/5 rDev -38.5%
Poured at Jackson Brewery, New Orleans, LA into a red plastic Solo cup on May 11th, 2012. Consumed as I walked around the French Quarter.
Beer is a medium yellow with a fine, foamy, one finger, off white head.
Aroma is soapy, sort of like Samuel Adams Boston Lager sometimes smells. No hop aroma.
Flavor is strange; minty and soapy notes up front, some thin bitterness on the finish.
Overly astringent but well-carbonated, at least.
Yuck. Stay away from this one. I poured about half of it down a storm drain on Decatur Street.
06-21-2012 04:31:54 | More by charlzm
2.86/5 rDev -22.9%
A - Large amount of head. Very clear, you can see the bubble moving upward through the beer.
S - smells of hop bitterness
T - I mainly get lots of bitterness. A little bit of hop flavor, but mainly just hop bitterness. A little too bitter for me.
M - creamy mouthfeel partly due to the head, medium carbonation
O - too bitter, not enough of a balance of taste to warrant a repurchase.
04-28-2013 19:22:32 | More by mjc3151
2.88/5 rDev -22.4%
A: Brightly clear, vibrant light reddish orange body. Frothy, big bubbly, dirty white head.
S: Light caramel sweetness, orange/citrus hops are muted at best (no BoD). Distinct mineral/metal smell.
T: Rich caramel malt sweetness, hints of grainy bread, followed by a mineral, watery taste. Big metallic finish that lingers.
M: Medium-full body. Heavy bitterness, hops linger and CO2 bites.
O: Received from a friend that visited NO. Have to assume this can is old as hops are present but weak. Would try again but this attempt failed.
05-10-2013 02:51:10 | More by One2Remeber
3/5 rDev -19.1%
served on-tap @ Wilhagan's, Tuscaloosa, AL, into a pint glass
Pours a pretty typical orange-blonde color, with slightly less than one full finger of off-white head. In other words, this looks like your average IPA. No real haze to speak of, but the clarity of the body doesn't yield anything interesting. Lazy carbonation.
The aroma is also pretty average. Grass, pinecones, oranges, grapefruit. Hopitoulas doesn't achieve anything out of the ordinary, or especially well-executed. It delivers basic hop aromas in a basic way. There's some malt here too, but it's an afterthought.
The malt, as if it were mad at me for thinking it an afterthought as I smelled the beer, shows up more strongly on the palate. Caramel & biscuit malts make for a beer with an odd tang to it when tasted in combination with the [basic] hop profile. The one bit of excitement here is the flavor of cherry that shows up on the midpalate. It tastes out-of-place, but at least it breaks up the monotony a bit. There is nothing wrong with this IPA, but it doesn't excite me in any way. I've brewed better IPAs, which is not a great sign. I could justify scoring this a 2.5, but the level of hops is high enough that the beer can satisfy a hop craving in a pinch. It's just not going to be very flashy or substantial while doing so.
The mouthfeel is very much in the realm of medium-bodied. It's a bit sweet overall (with the hops masking that with bitterness, of course). Overall, this is an average IPA. I don't have a lot to say about it that's bad. It's competent, but not in any way remarkable.
04-05-2012 04:21:32 | More by Reaper16
Hopitoulas IPA from New Orleans Lager & Ale Brewing Company (NOLA)
84 out of 100 based on 240 ratings.