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

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Ratings: 290
Reviews: 69
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 12.9%
Wants: 12
Gots: 21 | 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:
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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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of CraigTravor
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Redrover
4/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.23/5  rDev +13.7%
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.


Photo of RedneckBeerz
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of RonfromJersey
3.71/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Photo of Zach136
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of BretSikkink
3.88/5  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.

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of JRod1969
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of charlzm
2.31/5  rDev -37.9%
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.

Photo of DIPAFAN
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.06/5  rDev -17.7%
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.

Photo of BeerBucks
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of bmwats
3.82/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

Hopitoulas IPA from New Orleans Lager & Ale Brewing Company (NOLA)
84 out of 100 based on 290 ratings.