Hopitoulas IPA - New Orleans Lager & Ale Brewing Company (NOLA)
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4.03/5 rDev +8.6%
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.
10-07-2012 00:10:01 | More by champ103
3.58/5 rDev -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...
10-03-2012 03:45:46 | More by DrinkSlurm
4.28/5 rDev +15.4%
Served in a nonic pint glass at The Chimes on Highland in Baton Rouge. The beer appeared copper with a thin white head. There were plentiful visible tiny bubbles in the beer. Plenty of lacing was left on the side of the glass during consumption. The aroma was malty with earthy hops. The taste followed the nose with those earthy hop flavors and bready and mildly sweet malts. There was some nice hop bitterness in the background that stuck around in the aftertaste. The body is medium with moderate carbonation. The finish clings tot he mouth. This is an excellent beer.
09-15-2012 18:36:34 | More by acevenom
3.73/5 rDev +0.5%
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
09-05-2012 04:02:10 | More by jmdrpi
2.28/5 rDev -38.5%
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.
06-21-2012 04:31:54 | More by charlzm
4/5 rDev +7.8%
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.
04-10-2012 01:31:57 | More by Mora2000
3/5 rDev -19.1%
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.
04-05-2012 04:21:32 | More by Reaper16
3.9/5 rDev +5.1%
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.
03-12-2012 17:25:03 | More by rfgetz
Hopitoulas IPA from New Orleans Lager & Ale Brewing Company (NOLA)
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