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

Hopitoulas IPAHopitoulas IPA

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Ratings: 191
Reviews: 61
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 13.37%

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)
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Photo of BayouBengal1537


3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at The Tap Room in Covington, La
Poured a golden copper color, excellent appearance, not much retention but had great lacing.
Smell was piney hops and hints of citrus
Taste was stronger piney hops, hints of orange, citrus, and roasted malt
Mouthfeel was great, medium
Drinkability was outstanding, could easily put down a few pints, which I did.

Overall, enjoyed this beer very much. A great IPA by NOLA, this beer makes me proud that this quality of a beer is brewed locally.

Serving type: on-tap

12-05-2009 17:30:04 | More by BayouBengal1537
Photo of jbreer1


4.63/5  rDev +23.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-26-2009 14:52:43 | More by jbreer1
Photo of EgadBananas


3.55/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Barley Oak.

Golden copper color, with a generous eggshell white head, about a fingers worth. Laces well.

Smelled crisp, with some floral hop bitterness, and hints of citrus.

Some bitter hops, but not overwhelming. That earthy citrus that came through in the nose.

Crisp, and well carbonated. Medium bodied, and a decent feel.

Drinkability is fairly high, it's tasty, and good ABV.

This is a good IPA, but there are many others that are much better...like the Stone IPA that they had on tap as well, which costs $1 less...

Serving type: on-tap

11-21-2009 17:47:18 | More by EgadBananas
Photo of Ek0nomik


3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured In: Pint Glass
Had At: The Avenue Pub (New Orleans, LA)

Stopped at the Avenue Pub during my visit to New Orleans. Picked up a burger and fries and watched the New Orleans football game. Man, the people here sure love football. It's pretty funny to watch these guys/gals.

Appearance: Pours a nice copper and golden color with a finger of head. Slightly effervescent, and there is a generous amount of lacing on the side of my glass.

Smell: The nose picks up hops with a good malt backbone. The hop profile is earthy, revealing some pine and grass. It's also got a citrus component to it, revealing some grapefruit and orange. A very nice smelling beer.

Taste: The palate just isn't quite as good as the nose. The hops are there for sure, but it's muted. The first flavor is caramel malt, followed by the hop flavors listed in the nose. The aftertaste is more earthy than citrusy, and I am partial to the grapefruit flavor that lingers in the mouth.

Mouthfeel: A medium bodied beer, well carbonated.

Drinkability: This was a good beer, but it was forgettable. It isn't something that I'll actively seek out.

Serving type: on-tap

11-17-2009 22:22:34 | More by Ek0nomik
Photo of jizdepski


3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

has an attractive golden copper appearance and a nice white collar. not much retention, but good lacing. smells of mainly piney hops, with some lemon rind-like citrus, and a light roasted smell. tastes quite hoppy up front, piney bitter hops with some floral, and more malty in the middle than expected. malts are definitely roasty giving it an interesting quality for an ipa. hops again for a crisp bitter finish. not a complete hop bomb, but still very good for an american ipa. has a medium mouthfeel, with a hop-complementing carbonation bite. drinkability is fine. definitely recommended for anyone who likes american ipas.

Serving type: on-tap

11-14-2009 19:15:47 | More by jizdepski
Photo of Mistofminn


3.55/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this 1 L swing top bottle/growler in a trade with BA jstassi. Thanks for the chance, Joey!

Pours a clear golden amber color, no cloudiness or haziness. Has a huge tan head that is very chunky and leaves tons of lacing. Lively carbonation rounds out the look.

The nose is pretty fresh hops, mostly floral but a bit of earthy hops. Pretty good smelling, but nothing world class. I'm impressed.

The taste, unfortunately, isn't as good as the nose. The hops are much more muted, and the malt backbone comes through much much more. There is also an unpleasant plastic or rubber taste, not sure if it picked that up in transit or if it was intended. It's good tasting, but nothing great.

Mouthfeel is medium to light. The lively carbonatio settles down and gives a nice bubbly mouthfeel, nothing too sharp. Pretty refreshing.

Drinkability is ok. If it tasted more like it smelled it would be fantastic.

Overall, not a bad beer. I know absolutely nothing about NOLA, so I can't say anything about their brewery or brewing practices. This is a good beer, but with a few tweeks it could be fantastic.

Serving type: growler

10-26-2009 18:46:11 | More by Mistofminn
Photo of ShrLSU


4.83/5  rDev +29.1%
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....

Serving type: on-tap

10-14-2009 18:59:04 | More by ShrLSU
Photo of kensuthe


4.8/5  rDev +28.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-12-2009 17:39:59 | More by kensuthe
Photo of Beerbuddha


4.15/5  rDev +11%
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.

Serving type: growler

10-12-2009 17:14:25 | More by Beerbuddha
Photo of Lldeegan


4.22/5  rDev +12.8%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

10-11-2009 22:17:30 | More by Lldeegan
Photo of Vengeance526


4.43/5  rDev +18.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-11-2009 01:31:35 | More by Vengeance526
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Hopitoulas IPA from New Orleans Lager & Ale Brewing Company (NOLA)
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