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

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BA SCORE
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229 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 229
Reviews: 64
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 13.44%
Wants: 10
Gots: 12 | 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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FriedGold2112


4.5/5  rDev +21%

04-30-2012 03:41:51 | More by FriedGold2112
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rondufresne

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

04-28-2012 01:06:42 | More by rondufresne
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BlueFeetAndBeer

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

04-24-2012 13:18:04 | More by BlueFeetAndBeer
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Mora2000

Texas

4/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

Serving type: growler

04-10-2012 01:31:57 | More by Mora2000
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Reaper16

Alabama

3/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-05-2012 04:21:32 | More by Reaper16
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rfgetz

New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-12-2012 17:25:03 | More by rfgetz
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plumlmr

Alabama

3/5  rDev -19.4%

02-25-2012 15:56:21 | More by plumlmr
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freduardo

Alabama

4/5  rDev +7.5%

02-15-2012 04:36:49 | More by freduardo
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nolanstout

Louisiana

5/5  rDev +34.4%

02-01-2012 08:07:15 | More by nolanstout
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Ajlvt

Washington

4/5  rDev +7.5%

01-01-2012 23:47:52 | More by Ajlvt
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LSUPT

California

4.5/5  rDev +21%

12-28-2011 22:34:09 | More by LSUPT
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avenuepub

Louisiana

5/5  rDev +34.4%

11-28-2011 14:01:03 | More by avenuepub
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cvm4

Mississippi

3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served on tap at The Chimes

A - Cloudy gold in color. One finger head with a good amount of lacing.

S - On the nose I pick up citrus notes (lemon & grapefruit) with a hint of pine.

T - It hits you with the citrus at first and develops into a pine taste with a slightly hoppy/bitter finish.

M - medium body, somewhat higher carbonation. Easy drinker, not syrupy or overbearing.

O - A solid offering from NOLA brewing. A tasty IPA that doesn't overpower your senses or leave you underwhelmed.

Serving type: on-tap

11-28-2011 12:04:42 | More by cvm4
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koolk

Australia

4/5  rDev +7.5%

11-27-2011 03:01:19 | More by koolk
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hpthebull

California

5/5  rDev +34.4%

11-20-2011 00:32:02 | More by hpthebull
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MemphisKev

Tennessee

4/5  rDev +7.5%

11-16-2011 03:15:41 | More by MemphisKev
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msubulldog25

Oregon

4/5  rDev +7.5%

11-16-2011 00:28:29 | More by msubulldog25
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wyatt

Louisiana

4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

11-14-2011 17:45:25 | More by wyatt
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brewskifan55

Mississippi

3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap at the NOLA brewery in a pint glass

Appearance: orange/yellow with a thick, 1.5 finger head

Smell: Hoppy, citrus, floral

Taste: Wow. This one's hoppy as hell but smooth at the same time. I guess the malts bring it down a notch. Didn't take my head off like a Ruination.

Mouthfeel: medium with good carbonation

Overall: OK, first I'm not a hophead, but they were giving out free samples, and I'm reviewing, so I say, hell, just a few ounces. Then I'm impressed. Then I'm enjoying more. Then, the brewer says, hey, I mix mine with Smoky Mary for a Smoky Hops. And that was even better. If you like IPA's, Hopitoulas delivers in a bigass truck.

Serving type: on-tap

10-10-2011 00:22:59 | More by brewskifan55
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tempest

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-06-2011 03:31:47 | More by tempest
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JayS2629

Alabama

4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a hazy gold with a huge thick white head, slow fade and nice walls of lace.

The aroma is a beautiful boquet of light lemon citrus, orange peel, and grapefruit zest. Pine notes linger with some floral notes. Toasty background.

Nice toasted malt and caramel sweet touch with citrus rind, fresh oranges, and lemon pepper. Tart notes fade into pine and leather with a dry finish.

Very interesting and complex blend of flavors and how they roll on the tounge.

Very good beer. Aggressive, but nice sipper.

Serving type: on-tap

09-16-2011 01:58:23 | More by JayS2629
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Beerenauslese

California

4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Body is clear gold with a moderate head leaving some lacing.
Smells of malt and citrus hops.
taste follows the nose, mildly sweet malt with grapefruit rind hops. Lightly bitter finish.
Body is light, refreshingly crisp carbonation, almost creamy.

This is a very drinkable IPA at 6.5%, with plenty of flavor.

Serving type: on-tap

08-29-2011 06:20:52 | More by Beerenauslese
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JoEBoBpr

Missouri

3.05/5  rDev -18%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-24-2011 02:17:54 | More by JoEBoBpr
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AdamBear

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-light amber with a creamy white head

S-smells strong of fresh hops and grapefruit. this smells amazing.

T-comes in with a very bitter taste of creamy hops and a touch of grapefruit along with other tropical fruits. the fruits taste lasts awhile. the after-taste is grainy with the fruits with some bitterness. the initial hit was very good but the overall taste seems a bit dulled. very tasty nonetheless

M-dry medium carbonation with a semi dry finish

O-this is quite a tasty IPA. the flavors were great but they weren't too strong. tho that may have helped make me drink this quite quickly. its definitely something i'd get again and recommend to hopheads.

Serving type: on-tap

08-04-2011 23:18:09 | More by AdamBear
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Francepants06

Louisiana

3.4/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-04-2011 02:00:04 | More by Francepants06
Hopitoulas IPA from New Orleans Lager & Ale Brewing Company (NOLA)
84 out of 100 based on 229 ratings.