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

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Reviews: 73
Hads: 354
Avg: 3.77
pDev: 28.12%
Wants: 16
Gots: 40 | FT: 2
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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:
Beer added by: Vengeance526 on 10-11-2009

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.
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Photo of Knapp85
3.77/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of brentk56
3.55/5  rDev -5.8%
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

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Photo of emerge077
4/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My local, in-person trader, tone77, headed Due South for a while and returned with a bunch of CANs for me in furtherance of The CANQuest (tm)! It is like a twist on the old t-shirts in that my buddy visited the south and all I got was a bunch of CANs. In this case, that's okay by me.

From the CAN: "Hopitoulas is the product of our Brewmaster Peter 'Hopzilla' Caddoo's 30 plus years of brewing experience and overall love for IPA's [sic]. Created at our Tchoupitoulas Street Brewery, our dry-hopped India Pale Ale was hand crafted with six malts and six hops to accentuate aromas of citrus and pine. We think you'll taste the passion and dedication that has gone into this brew. Brewed with love, brewed in New Orleans."; "'Laissez la bonne biere verser'".

I Crack!ed it open, getting a bit of foaming through the opening. This, combined with its potential age and the fact that it was a pounder CAN, led me to CANduct a very gentle Glug. I still got three-plus fingers of foamy, tawny with moderate retention. Color was a solid Amber (SRM = > 7, < 9) with NE-quality clarity. Nose was more malty than hoppy, but underlain with a minty, piney hoppiness. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was not pronounced in terms of its hoppiness, but it still had a nice mintiness to go along with the caramel malts. Finish was semi-dry, kind of minty and a nice addition to The CANQuest (tm).

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Photo of tempest
4/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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Photo of tone77
3.44/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a dark golden color with a 1/23 inch head. Smell is fruity, floral hops. Taste is not quite what I expect from the style. Mild hops, fruits, very mild bitterness. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a decent beer, but didn't quite satisfy my hunger for hops.

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Photo of rfgetz
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of champ103
4.02/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.06/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

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Photo of tigg924
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
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 mind blowing but a solid beer.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
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

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Photo of FLima
3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Had it fresh in the brewery.
Clear amber color with a thick head with short retention but leaving some laces.
Light aroma of papaya, American yeast and caramel malts.
Increasingly hoppy flavor but not aggressive flavor with notes of papaya, pineapple, spices and tutti-frutti. Quite dry and bitter aftertaste.
Medium body with mild carbonation.
Very well balanced IPA though a bit too neutral. I preferred their other brews.
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Photo of EgadBananas
3.57/5  rDev -5.3%
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...

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.58/5  rDev -5%
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...

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.23/5  rDev +12.2%
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.


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Photo of Redrover
4/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
3.71/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Golden body, hazy, topped by four billowing fingers of rocky off-white foam. Little drips of lace cats the glass.

Aroma of grassy hay, and a supporting current of citrus.

Sweet squishy malt beginning. Juicy fruit. Mild bitterness, not a definitive bite. Fruity finish.

Smooth, bubbly but not prickly medium mouthfeel.

Solid IPA, definitely one to seek out when in Louisianna.

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Photo of BretSikkink
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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Photo of charlzm
2.31/5  rDev -38.7%
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.

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Photo of socon67
3.84/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A - Dark amber pour with a crème colored foam that is high and clingy. Minimal lacing, and slight carbonation.

S - Some bready yeast notes, an earthy hop aroma, and some lemongrass hit the nose. This smells like a rustic IPA.

T - Some citrus notes in the initial sip. There is some mild malt flavors before the finish. The tongue gets hit with a raspy bitterness that compliments this beer.

M - Easy drinking IPA. This is preferred for someone who likes an earthy feel to the style.

O - First try from NOLA and this is a brewery I'd look to try again. A solid offering with a distinctive twist.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.06/5  rDev -18.8%
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.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.45/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Semi-cloudy amber, with some slight sediment. Maybe an older can? Big, thick head of bone-white carbonation, and a solid tree-line of lace.

Aroma: Subtle floral and pine hops. Not bad.

Flavor: Tangy, bitter, acidic hops. Very spiky and incisive on the palate, with more pine and bitter citrus grapefruit hops dominating the malt backbone.

Not a bad IPA, just not a great one.

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