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

Hopitoulas IPAHopitoulas IPA

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BA SCORE
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192 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 192
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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brentk56

North Carolina

3.54/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Arrives at the bar with an amber color capped by an inch of foam that does a nice job lacing the pint glass

Smell: Reasonably hoppy, though the malts are not shy; a bit of caramel and some pine, though both aspects are understated

Taste: Biscuity and caramel malts, up front, with some piney hops arriving, in the middle; some mint and aspirin flavors, in the finish, though the overall effect is not overly bitter

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A little too malt forward for the style though this is about as good as it gets for an IPA in this part of the country

Serving type: on-tap

03-18-2013 01:15:00 | More by brentk56
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thagr81us

South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed this one while out sightseeing in New Orleans! Served from tap into a nonic. Poured golden yellow with a two finger off-white head that subsided to one finger slowly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, fruit, fruit hop, earth, earth hop, and subtle spice. The flavor was of sweet malt, earth, earth hop, spice, and spicy hop. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. This beer really had a lot of potential to be great if the earthiness would have been toned back some. The fruit aspect going on here was quite enjoyable, but the earthiness just cut right into this and stopped it in its tracks. Really a shame if I am honest. Worth trying at least once to judge for yourself.

Serving type: on-tap

01-04-2013 16:28:03 | More by thagr81us
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deebo

Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Again on tap at huck Finns. A pint for a buck-I'm in!

A-burnt orange in color and cloudy with a short but sturdy head-decent lacing

S-hops hit me first-grassy floral and slightly earthy carried with a nice whiff of caramel malt

T- very similar to the nose. You get whiffs of hops with plenty of toasty sweet malt that finishes distinctively grassy and slightly bitter

M-nice mouthfeel. Good malt backbone for a 6% beer. Moderate carbonation carries the hops in nicely

O-A solid ipa. I like the body. The hops are a bit on the grassy side but this a solid IPA

Serving type: on-tap

10-31-2012 00:03:28 | More by deebo
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champ103

Texas

4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-07-2012 00:10:01 | More by champ103
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DrinkSlurm

Connecticut

3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from tap at Lagers in Metarie, LA. Poured into pint glass. Pours a orange/copper straw color; some slight head and lacing. Smells of very mellow hops, some pine and sweet malt. Taste is very malty for an IPA, sweet malts, some bittering pine hop flavors as well. Its a very drinkable and tastey IPA, but not spectacular. Best IPA from Louisiana probably...

Serving type: on-tap

10-03-2012 03:45:46 | More by DrinkSlurm
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acevenom

Louisiana

4.28/5  rDev +14.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-15-2012 18:36:34 | More by acevenom
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jmdrpi

Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

served from the tap at the Avenue Pub, in a pint glass.

Appears clear amber color, with white head. smells of grassy hops, slightly floral. tastes of biscuity malt, earthy hop flavor. Medium body, fairly smooth carbonation.

Overall - balanced well, nice IPA

Serving type: on-tap

09-05-2012 04:02:10 | More by jmdrpi
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charlzm

California

2.28/5  rDev -39%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-21-2012 04:31:54 | More by charlzm
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Reaper16

Alabama

3/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-05-2012 04:21:32 | More by Reaper16
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rfgetz

New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clean golden amber, moderate cap of head with some sticky rings. Taste leads with a blend of piney, grassy and citrus hops, malt backbone is minimal and lightly sweet. Taste follows scent, hop note of pine and citrus clouded by a touch of grassiness not preferred in the style, malt backbone is light but provides some faint sweetness. Medium bodied, lightly bubbly. A solid IPA but not quite West Coast as advertised.

Serving type: on-tap

03-12-2012 17:25:03 | More by rfgetz
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cvm4

Mississippi

3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served on tap at The Chimes

A - Cloudy gold in color. One finger head with a good amount of lacing.

S - On the nose I pick up citrus notes (lemon & grapefruit) with a hint of pine.

T - It hits you with the citrus at first and develops into a pine taste with a slightly hoppy/bitter finish.

M - medium body, somewhat higher carbonation. Easy drinker, not syrupy or overbearing.

O - A solid offering from NOLA brewing. A tasty IPA that doesn't overpower your senses or leave you underwhelmed.

Serving type: on-tap

11-28-2011 12:04:42 | More by cvm4
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brewskifan55

Mississippi

3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap at the NOLA brewery in a pint glass

Appearance: orange/yellow with a thick, 1.5 finger head

Smell: Hoppy, citrus, floral

Taste: Wow. This one's hoppy as hell but smooth at the same time. I guess the malts bring it down a notch. Didn't take my head off like a Ruination.

Mouthfeel: medium with good carbonation

Overall: OK, first I'm not a hophead, but they were giving out free samples, and I'm reviewing, so I say, hell, just a few ounces. Then I'm impressed. Then I'm enjoying more. Then, the brewer says, hey, I mix mine with Smoky Mary for a Smoky Hops. And that was even better. If you like IPA's, Hopitoulas delivers in a bigass truck.

Serving type: on-tap

10-10-2011 00:22:59 | More by brewskifan55
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tempest

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-06-2011 03:31:47 | More by tempest
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JayS2629

Alabama

4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-16-2011 01:58:23 | More by JayS2629
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Beerenauslese

California

4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Body is clear gold with a moderate head leaving some lacing.
Smells of malt and citrus hops.
taste follows the nose, mildly sweet malt with grapefruit rind hops. Lightly bitter finish.
Body is light, refreshingly crisp carbonation, almost creamy.

This is a very drinkable IPA at 6.5%, with plenty of flavor.

Serving type: on-tap

08-29-2011 06:20:52 | More by Beerenauslese
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JoEBoBpr

Missouri

3.05/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours a nice amber slightly copper beer with some nice frothy bubbles coming up the glass. The head is about 2 inches tall and a bit ecru.

S - Aroma is bland. Slight malt notes and a bit of the hop character but nothing to really write home about. Quite disappointing.

T & M - Taste starts off similar to the nose. Quite mild with some soft malt sweetness and some slight bread notes. This is followed by some slight hop citrus notes and some pine that doesn't last long at all. Very underwhelming flavors.

O - Very disappointing and bland.

Serving type: on-tap

08-24-2011 02:17:54 | More by JoEBoBpr
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AdamBear

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +11%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-04-2011 23:18:09 | More by AdamBear
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Francepants06

Louisiana

3.4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured in a 24oz hefeweizen glass

The appearance an orange to dark orange in color, a medium size white head which dissipated slowly.

I smelled some hop and floral notes.
I tasted a little bit of caramel with bitter hops, and a bit of floral notes with it. It was light but very bitter hoppy, I'm more of the flavor and aroma hop kind of guy when it comes to this style. Not a bad beer and it was at a decent price.

Serving type: on-tap

07-04-2011 02:00:04 | More by Francepants06
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BretSikkink

Mexico

3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden body with some orange highlighting. Head is white and a little soapy, but is sticking pretty well. Little lacing on the glass. Aromas are on the mild side for an IPA, with some lemongrass, hay, magnolia flower, and cracked pepper. Malts present with some faint spiciness and shortbread.

Bittering enters the picture here; the malts are again quite pale, with hints of spiced bread or cake. Hops add a floral component, along with some pepper, grass, and citric peel. Light heat from alcohol, but carbonation comes up to steal that prickle. Sticky finish on the medium body. Easy drinking in the heat.

I looked for this one in New Orleans bars. It should be more prevalent, as the local IPA of note, but NOLA has a ways to go in terms of being a craft beer town. Not sure I would seek out a bottle, but finding a cold draft was nice.

Serving type: on-tap

06-16-2011 17:01:12 | More by BretSikkink
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tigg924

Massachusetts

3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass at Avenue pub

Appearance: 1/ inch head, orange-brown in color, clear, moderate carbonation

Smell: pine and floral hops

Taste: big dose of pine hops with some caramel taste to smooth things out

Mouthfeel: light bodied, sweet start with a bitter middle and a finish, moderate carbonation

Overall: A good piney and hoppy IPA. A beer that I could have several of and enjoy. Nothing mid blowing but a solid beer.

Serving type: on-tap

03-31-2011 18:01:36 | More by tigg924
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northaustin

Texas

3.13/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

serving type is the draft pack. before i start the review i must point out that this beer is horribly over-carbonated. not sure if this is a problem with the beer itself or just the draft pack but eitherway, this is absurd. close to 99 percent foam every pour for close to two weeks now.

appearance: a clear light honey color with off white head. short retention, with a very thick solid lacing.

smell: a sort of corny caramel mixing with light citrus and grassy notes.

taste: 2-row with a minimal hop flavor, that is mostly towards the end of the sip.

mouthfeel: slippery and oily.

drinkability: besides the issue with the foam, this is perhaps one of the more drinkable beers i have come across. it is refreshing and comes in a convienient package for a fair price.

Serving type: on-tap

01-18-2011 20:31:38 | More by northaustin
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jabergess

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is the second time I've had this one. Two days ago at the Avenue Pub and today at d.b.a. Color of a clover honey with a nice thick tannish head. Great lacing. The smell is grapefruity, citrus goodness. Taste is the same grapefruit hoppyness. Mouthfeel is thick and kinda sweet. I would be over the top on this one if it didn't have a bitter finish that hangs on. Not as over the top bitterness as some I've had though, that's why I give it higher marks all around.

Serving type: on-tap

12-30-2010 01:00:23 | More by jabergess
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Redrover

Illinois

4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was happy to see this at several places during my latest visit to the Big Easy. The local beer scene seems to be really improving!

I reviewed this one at the Long Bar and it was my first beer of the evening.

Served in a std pint, the beer is a nice bronze with a beige head. It has a bit of chill haze.

It has an aroma of citrus, grains and spice.

It reminds me more of an English style IPA than an American IPA. It has nicely modulated citrus-based bitterness. There are lots of caramel malts for balance with floral and wood notes in the finsih.

The mouth is solid and a bit slick. I think this a pretty good session IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

10-04-2010 20:05:30 | More by Redrover
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bigrzman

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-05-2010 19:35:33 | More by bigrzman
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seedsofchaos

Illinois

3.48/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On a recent trip to New Orleans I had this brew both on tap at the Avenue Pub (best beer bar in NOLA) and then also took home a draft pack (aka "party pig"). The draft pack is kind of fun because I can really give this beer a fair review through multiple pours of it. The draft pack is approximately a full case of beer so you do the math as to how many times I have now sipped and smelled this beer. :)

A: The head is quite healthy on this little guy. Depending on the exact pour, I typically get a two to two and a half finger head that is foamy and fluffy. As the head dissipates, it leaves a lovely lacing around the entirety of the glass. The brew itself is a golden and amber color almost reminiscent of a watered down version of their brown ale. Looks great, though, as the color also reminds me of a Stone IPA.

S: You really have to have the right pour to get the most out of the bouquet, I've found. A great pour will put out great citrusy and floral hop character. I get no pine at all, though people have described smelling it. I actually don't get much else beyond a sweet malt smell.

T: The first thing that hits your mouth is hop bitterness. It's a little choppy after that and reminds me more of an APA than a true IPA. I get a little bit of the hop character and flavor (again no pine, just citrus and floral) but then the malts and other flavors really become evident. I get shelled walnuts, a little biscuit, caramel malts, earthy undertones and just a touch of orange or some type of citrus rind. The nose and the appearance definitely get the higher marks here and, for the style, the brew's taste is just a bit off.

MF: It's medium bodied and carbonation was great... Then again it was fresh from the tap at the Avenue and practically fresh off the tap from a draft pack at my house. :)

D: Unfortunately, it's not something that I would drink every day but as for "true" drinkability, I have to give it good marks. It's ABV is higher than a standard Macro but not too high to make it unsessionable. It's not too heavy or light and, for the average beer drinker (non beer geek), it's something quite decent.

All in all, this is a great first offering of an IPA from a great craft brewery that's just putting it's roots into soil. I would have to say that the style is just a bit off and more like an APA than IPA. I think we can expect great things from NOLA as they perfect their style!

Serving type: on-tap

03-30-2010 13:27:09 | More by seedsofchaos
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Hopitoulas IPA from New Orleans Lager & Ale Brewing Company (NOLA)
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