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

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255 Ratings
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Ratings: 255
Reviews: 65
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 13.48%
Wants: 13
Gots: 16 | FT: 1
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 brentk56
3.54/5  rDev -4.6%
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

brentk56, Mar 18, 2013
Photo of Texasfan549
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Texasfan549, Jul 18, 2013
Photo of kjkinsey
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

kjkinsey, Aug 31, 2014
Photo of GRG1313
2.75/5  rDev -25.9%

GRG1313, Apr 06, 2013
Photo of kylehay2004
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

kylehay2004, Jun 23, 2014
Photo of Knapp85
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Knapp85, Jan 19, 2013
Photo of emerge077
4/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

emerge077, Mar 28, 2010
Photo of nickfl
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

nickfl, Mar 30, 2013
Photo of MasterSki
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

MasterSki, Mar 27, 2010
Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Mora2000, Apr 10, 2012
Photo of tempest
4/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

tempest, Oct 06, 2011
Photo of Gonzoillini
3/5  rDev -19.1%

Gonzoillini, Nov 13, 2013
Photo of dmorgan310
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

dmorgan310, May 23, 2012
Photo of rolltide8425
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

rolltide8425, Jul 23, 2012
Photo of tobelerone
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

tobelerone, Jan 08, 2013
Photo of KAF
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

KAF, Aug 06, 2014
Photo of vfgccp
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

vfgccp, Jul 25, 2013
Photo of thagr81us
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

thagr81us, Jan 04, 2013
Photo of claspada
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

claspada, Sep 06, 2013
Photo of champ103
4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

champ103, Oct 07, 2012
Photo of IPAchris
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

IPAchris, Jul 05, 2014
Photo of rfgetz
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

rfgetz, Mar 12, 2012
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3.2/5  rDev -13.7%

jophish17, Sep 06, 2014
Photo of EgadBananas
3.55/5  rDev -4.3%
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...

EgadBananas, Nov 21, 2009
Photo of mhaugo
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

mhaugo, Dec 17, 2012
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Hopitoulas IPA from New Orleans Lager & Ale Brewing Company (NOLA)
84 out of 100 based on 255 ratings.