1. BeerAdvocate on your phone?! True story. Try the beta now.

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

Hopitoulas IPAHopitoulas IPA

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

191 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Reviewers
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 191 | Reviews: 61 | Show All Ratings:
Photo of brentk56
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
Photo of MasterSki
MasterSki

Illinois

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

The third in a series of four growlers from NewGeneric. Served in my NotLA pint-shaped taster glass.

A - A finger of soapy foam that leaves some spotty lacing behind while dissipating to a thin cap. Golden transparent body that isn't all the different looking from the Blonde Ale.

S - Grassy, floral, and slightly catty hop character. Some spicy grain malt and a bit of sugar cookie in the backbone. Definitely East Coast balance here.

T - The taste is a bit nicer, as the bitterness creeps up and complements the light citrus and floral hop character. Again, it's balanced by a sugary pale malt backbone. No obvious alcohol.

M - Light carbonation tingle, sticky enamel coating finish and residual feel. Medium body. Quite pleasant and appropriate for an IPA.

D - It's easy to drink, although the bitterness is of the sneaky variety. I'd have it again if it was my local brew, but it doesn't do enough to stand out in a crowded field.

Serving type: growler

03-27-2010 17:58:37 | More by MasterSki
Photo of emerge077
emerge077

Illinois

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

Thanks to MasterSki for sharing the growler!
Review from notes...

Pours into a mini-pint glass with random downward streaks of lace and a finger of foam that fades to a fine, wispy skim. High clarity orange color. A large cluster of bubbles is nested on the surface.

Pleasant hoppy aroma, softly floral, a little herbal and woody, with some backing citrus rind. Flavor is similar with a fairly mellow character, clear notes of citrus peel and floral hops. Drying, almost tacky feel in the aftertaste. Medium carbonation, soft feel. Refreshing and drinkable, bitterness is not too aggressive, so its approachable and sessionable.

Serving type: growler

03-28-2010 01:18:13 | More by emerge077
Photo of Mora2000
Mora2000

Texas

4/5  rDev +7%
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.

Serving type: growler

04-10-2012 01:31:57 | More by Mora2000
Photo of Knapp85
Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Bulbman for sending this one up north to me. The beer poured out as a really nice copper color. The head comes and goes within a few minutes. There is a light amount of lacing. and not much retention. The smell of the beer has some subtle pine and citrus notes along with a malt sweetness. The taste of the beer has more pine and a dry malt finish to it. The mouthfeel of the beer is medium bodied with a decent carbonation. Overall it's a pretty good beer. Not the best IPA I've had but it was nice to try.

Serving type: can

01-19-2013 19:32:40 | More by Knapp85
Photo of tempest
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
Photo of thagr81us
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
Photo of champ103
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
Photo of tigg924
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
Photo of rfgetz
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
Photo of Redrover
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
Photo of BretSikkink
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
Photo of EgadBananas
EgadBananas

Louisiana

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 JoEBoBpr
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
Photo of RonaldTheriot
RonaldTheriot

Louisiana

4.25/5  rDev +13.6%
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

Serving type: on-tap

01-01-2010 13:59:01 | More by RonaldTheriot
Photo of charlzm
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
Photo of bmwats
bmwats

Louisiana

3.81/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16 oz can into a standard pint.

A: Dark amber hue. Pours about a 2 finger, frothy, white head. Settles slowly and unevenly, leaving dry, sticky residue behind as it does. Fair spider web lacing. Head renews with each pour.

S: Sourdough bread, pine, freshly cut grass, and some Italian spice.

T: Really piney hop, accentuated with a woody tone, some clove, a little orange and lemon rind, and just a hint of indistinct sweetness to top it off.

M: Full body. Crisp character with a punchy hop. Bitter palette lingers throughout. Dry, bitter finish.

D: Sip and enjoy. The bitter palette will dictate it.

Atmosphere is really solid. Great, dark hue, giant frothy head, and some decent spider web lacing. Nose is sourdough, with clove and oregano, grass, all on a big piney plate. Flavor is woody and piney with some nice savory spice and a little sweet accent. Overall, this is a really good quaff.

Serving type: can

04-09-2013 03:39:13 | More by bmwats
Photo of DrinkSlurm
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
Photo of AdamBear
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
Photo of JayS2629
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
Photo of Immortale25
Immortale25

North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

Serving type: can

05-02-2013 07:15:18 | More by Immortale25
Photo of Urbancaver
Urbancaver

Ohio

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

Pours a beautiful amber with reddish hues. Not much hed but we.l carbonated. Smells non descript. There is a bit of hops on the nose. Mostly citrus and grapefruit but very subtle. Tastes malty and hoppy. Mostly malty. The hops have faded a bit (age??) and left the beer a bit lackng. Overall a very good mouthfeel and fairly drinkable but not the best beer every

Serving type: growler

01-31-2011 02:05:01 | More by Urbancaver
Photo of jmdrpi
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
Photo of Reaper16
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
Photo of brew3crew
brew3crew

Ohio

4.18/5  rDev +11.8%
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

Serving type: growler

01-31-2011 02:07:18 | More by brew3crew
« 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 191 ratings.