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

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Reviews: 73
Hads: 343
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 5.79%
Wants: 16
Gots: 38 | 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 KickbacksSteve
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by 2/8/13. Poured from a can into a snifter. Off-white head. Moderate retention. Clear, sticky lacing. Aroma is very nice, hoppy pine and grassy goodness dominates. Taste is slightly sweet but very nicely bittered with grapefruity goodness. Packing a nice hop punch, this can delivers. (290 characters)

Photo of ZethOfTheNorth
3.47/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a wine glass from a 16 oz can. Tallboy 4-packs are $8.99 in New Orleans. NOLA began canning this about two months ago. Something incomprehensible printed on the bottom of the can; if it's a date, it's worthless.

A: Less copper depth that with the usual IPA. Thin head that fades fast. Very little lacing.

S: Slight bubblegum sweetness and a whiff of citrus. Not huge, but nice.

T: Uncomplex, easy-drinking IPA. It's strongly bitter, dominated by grapefruit pith. Kind of a palate wrecker.

M: Lighter than some. Nice carbonation.

O: This is the most variable beer I've experienced, both on draft and in cans. A can from about a month back was gorgeous, had me buzzing that Hopitoulas stood up with the big guys. But this 4-pack has been unspectacular, but solid. (780 characters)

Photo of deebo
3.26/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Again on tap at huck Finns. A pint for a buck-I'm in!

A-burnt orange in color and cloudy with a short but sturdy head-decent lacing

S-hops hit me first-grassy floral and slightly earthy carried with a nice whiff of caramel malt

T- very similar to the nose. You get whiffs of hops with plenty of toasty sweet malt that finishes distinctively grassy and slightly bitter

M-nice mouthfeel. Good malt backbone for a 6% beer. Moderate carbonation carries the hops in nicely

O-A solid ipa. I like the body. The hops are a bit on the grassy side but this a solid IPA (563 characters)

Photo of champ103
4.02/5  rDev +5.8%
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. (674 characters)

Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
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... (363 characters)

Photo of acevenom
4.23/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (571 characters)

Photo of jmdrpi
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
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 (261 characters)

Photo of charlzm
2.31/5  rDev -39.2%
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. (532 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +5.3%
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. (432 characters)

Photo of Reaper16
3/5  rDev -21.1%
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. (1,576 characters)

Photo of rfgetz
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
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. (426 characters)

Photo of cvm4
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (496 characters)

Photo of brewskifan55
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
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. (660 characters)

Photo of tempest
4/5  rDev +5.3%
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. (297 characters)

Photo of JayS2629
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
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. (512 characters)

Photo of Beerenauslese
4/5  rDev +5.3%
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. (312 characters)

Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.06/5  rDev -19.5%
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. (574 characters)

Photo of AdamBear
4.19/5  rDev +10.3%
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. (664 characters)

Photo of Francepants06
3.45/5  rDev -9.2%
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. (417 characters)

Photo of BretSikkink
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
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. (843 characters)

Photo of tigg924
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
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. (438 characters)

Photo of BeerAndBourbon
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A. Pours clear orange/amber with thin white head.

S. Caramel with a floral hoppiness.

T. Piney with some caramel that leads to a good bitterness on the tail end.

M. Medium mouthfeel with creamy carbonation.

D. A fairly good rendition of an ipa with a decent hoppiness. (272 characters)

Photo of brew3crew
4.16/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks for the growler newgeneric!

A-redish, transparent, amber hue, little lace
S-more malt than hops. Hops hit the nose second, rather than first
T-tastes aLot like it smells. Very light on the hops, bit they are still there
M-medium body, lightly carbonated and smooth
D-very drinkable, almost danergous (307 characters)

Photo of Urbancaver
3.51/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful amber with reddish hues. Not much hed but we.l carbonated. Smells non descript. There is a bit of hops on the nose. Mostly citrus and grapefruit but very subtle. Tastes malty and hoppy. Mostly malty. The hops have faded a bit (age??) and left the beer a bit lackng. Overall a very good mouthfeel and fairly drinkable but not the best beer every (362 characters)

Photo of northaustin
3.1/5  rDev -18.4%
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. (772 characters)

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Hopitoulas IPA from New Orleans Lager & Ale Brewing Company (NOLA)
85 out of 100 based on 73 ratings.