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

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Hopitoulas IPAHopitoulas IPA

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74 Reviews
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Reviews: 74
Hads: 362
Avg: 3.77
pDev: 27.85%
Wants: 17
Gots: 42 | FT: 2
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:
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 TrappistJohnMD
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served at Jacque Imo's in New Orleans.

Golden color with off-white head that lingers pretty well.

Smell is malty with citrus hop pungency. Musty smell.

Taste is caramel, malt, and mild hoppy citrus. Grapefruit and orange presence. Good.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with lots of carbonation.

Overall this is good and definitely worth a try.

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Photo of mjc3151
2.87/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Large amount of head. Very clear, you can see the bubble moving upward through the beer.

S - smells of hop bitterness

T - I mainly get lots of bitterness. A little bit of hop flavor, but mainly just hop bitterness. A little too bitter for me.

M - creamy mouthfeel partly due to the head, medium carbonation

O - too bitter, not enough of a balance of taste to warrant a repurchase.

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Photo of northaustin
3.1/5  rDev -17.8%
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.

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Photo of Ek0nomik
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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Photo of mjryan
3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Was in NO recently and had the chance to drink a few pints of this fine IPA. Brought a four pack home. Looks really nice, hazy amber with a firm head. Nose is a subtle blend of caramel, biscuit and floral hops. A bit mellow for an IPA but pleasant none the less. Tastes great. Fresh lightly toasted bread from the malt, a touch of caramel as well. Hops bring a touch of orange zest, some grapefruit, cut grass and hay. Long, drying pithy bitterness. Quite pronounced. I dig this beer, and I'm sad this is my last can.

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Photo of ShrLSU
4.8/5  rDev +27.3%
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....

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Photo of Lldeegan
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
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!

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Photo of One2Remeber
2.9/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

A: Brightly clear, vibrant light reddish orange body. Frothy, big bubbly, dirty white head.

S: Light caramel sweetness, orange/citrus hops are muted at best (no BoD). Distinct mineral/metal smell.

T: Rich caramel malt sweetness, hints of grainy bread, followed by a mineral, watery taste. Big metallic finish that lingers.

M: Medium-full body. Heavy bitterness, hops linger and CO2 bites.

O: Received from a friend that visited NO. Have to assume this can is old as hops are present but weak. Would try again but this attempt failed.

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Photo of zbkai189
3.32/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a soapy whitish head that recedes quickly. Brew is medium copper colored with moderate carbonation.

S - Strong grapefruit. Some pine. Some alcohol.

T - Grapefruit hits you first and stays awhile. Good bitterness.

M - Tingly and a little bubbly for my taste.

O - Decent. My first experience with NOLA Brewing Co. Will try a different brew next time, though.

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Photo of bigrzman
4.04/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

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Photo of OzarkElmo
4.42/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Draft at The Avenue Pub in New Orleans February 10, 2009. Pours a light orange/amber with slight haze. Moderate white head with lacing remaining through finish. Citrus and pine aroma - really nice smelling IPA. Very well balanced with malt & hops, with good dry finish of the style. A very good IPA offering - this one is a winner for NOLA - cheers!

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Photo of seedsofchaos
3.51/5  rDev -6.9%
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!

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Photo of jabergess
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of Francepants06
3.45/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

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Photo of jsapunor
4.33/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Nathan the bartender at Evangeline in NOLA made the recommendation and so I tried this on draft first and then from the can the next day at Napoleon House. Draft is the better of the two. Big piney aroma promising a full blown west coast hop assault is followed by a silky soft full bodied mouth feel. The flavor is a pretty well balanced malt/hops combination, of course, favoring the hops. The taste begins with wet hops. It starts to fade and then returns with a vengeance leaving a long lasting hop experience. This is a very good IPA which matches up well with its west coast competition. Not as subtle as Sculpin but not as brutal as a DIPA., If you like your IPA's on the brawny side this one is for you.

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Photo of jizdepski
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

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Photo of davecavemaster
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This beer is a New Orleans brewery called NOLA Brewing company. It is a 6.5% ABV "West Coast style India Pale Ale," made with six malts and six different hops.

The beer pours a slightly hazy copper color, with an off white foam head that is pillowy at first, and then breaks down. Good lacing on the glass that hangs around as you savor the brew.

I got a really nice nose of grapefruit and pine. Not as powerful as some IPAs, but very pleasant.

Really like the taste of this beer. You get a lot of the citrus and pine flavors, but there is a definite malty taste as well. More malty than most IPAs I have had, but it doesn't overpower the bitterness of the hops. You still get a nice lingering bitterness throughout the taste. Lots more hops in the taste than in the nose.

Good mouthfeel. The bitterness sticks to the sides of your mouth, and the beer has a moderate carbonation.

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Photo of thehoppylady
4.18/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

One of my all-time fav Southern breweries. Hopitoulas, pronounced hop-a-choo-las, after a street in NOLA. This is a super good West Coast style India Pale Ale that combines six malts and six hops with additional dry hopping for three weeks. Hints of pine and citrus with a powerful, yet balanced hoppy flavor.

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Photo of zeronumber
4.01/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

nawleens makes good everything, and a good IPA. this one is dark gold and flavor sits nicely in the mouth. the afternotes are stimulating and show the complexity of the brew and the time they take to brew it. i love a lot of other IPAs more but this one smacks of Big Easy , easiness. Great pairing for crawdads or your favorite entoufee!

yall come back now , y'hear?

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Photo of kensuthe
4.77/5  rDev +26.5%
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.

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Photo of StarofSahara
4.11/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Was thrown one of these by a friend while I was on my balcony. Alright alright alright. This is beer that knows how to party. I would not want to lose this in 10 days. There may be a time to kill, but it ain't when you kicking one of these. I was on the phone with a wedding planner, having thirteen conversations about the same thing, when I realized I was on my tiptoes, a very clear case of failure to launch. So what did I do? I yell two for the money, this ain't fools gold! I took a seat in my favorite chair, wondering if there was a Lincoln lawyer who could track down my ghosts of girlfriends past. Maybe a true detective instead? I bet his name would be Bernie or Killer Joe.
I was also in Amistad

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Photo of peteboiler
4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I am not sure why the 83 rating. To each their own. This is one of my favorite IPA's right now. Definitely in my top 10. Great balance and tastes amazing.

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Photo of jbreer1
4.6/5  rDev +22%
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.

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Photo of pjwin
2.1/5  rDev -44.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Flavor was very watery with no malty, sweet taste.

I hope that I got a bad batch or my growler messed with it. It tasted like it went flat right from the get-go.

Heard it was good straight from the tank though and forced carbed with CO2.

I just wasn't impressed by this beer, but it has a great name.

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Hopitoulas IPA from New Orleans Lager & Ale Brewing Company (NOLA)
85 out of 100 based on 74 ratings.