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

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Ratings: 342
Reviews: 76
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 12.74%
Wants: 16
Gots: 37 | 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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Ratings: 342 | Reviews: 76
Photo of brew3crew
4.16/5  rDev +12.7%
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

Photo of Urbancaver
3.51/5  rDev -4.9%
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

Photo of northaustin
3.1/5  rDev -16%
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.

Photo of jabergess
3.8/5  rDev +3%
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.

Photo of megahurts4
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nola Hopitoulas IPA on cask

Appearance: honey colored, small head, and some good lacing.

Smell: flowery hops, grapefruit, and some malts.

Taste: strong hops, grapefruit, and some malts.

Mouthfeel: medium and no carbonation.

Overall:
This is very nice. It is interesting and flavorful. It is one to try on cask.

Photo of Redrover
4/5  rDev +8.4%
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 bigrzman
4.04/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

Photo of seedsofchaos
3.51/5  rDev -4.9%
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!

Photo of emerge077
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to MasterSki for sharing the growler!
Review from notes...

Pours into a mini-pint glass with random downward streaks of lace and a finger of foam that fades to a fine, wispy skim. High clarity orange color. A large cluster of bubbles is nested on the surface.

Pleasant hoppy aroma, softly floral, a little herbal and woody, with some backing citrus rind. Flavor is similar with a fairly mellow character, clear notes of citrus peel and floral hops. Drying, almost tacky feel in the aftertaste. Medium carbonation, soft feel. Refreshing and drinkable, bitterness is not too aggressive, so its approachable and sessionable.

Photo of MasterSki
3.93/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The third in a series of four growlers from NewGeneric. Served in my NotLA pint-shaped taster glass.

A - A finger of soapy foam that leaves some spotty lacing behind while dissipating to a thin cap. Golden transparent body that isn't all the different looking from the Blonde Ale.

S - Grassy, floral, and slightly catty hop character. Some spicy grain malt and a bit of sugar cookie in the backbone. Definitely East Coast balance here.

T - The taste is a bit nicer, as the bitterness creeps up and complements the light citrus and floral hop character. Again, it's balanced by a sugary pale malt backbone. No obvious alcohol.

M - Light carbonation tingle, sticky enamel coating finish and residual feel. Medium body. Quite pleasant and appropriate for an IPA.

D - It's easy to drink, although the bitterness is of the sneaky variety. I'd have it again if it was my local brew, but it doesn't do enough to stand out in a crowded field.

Photo of theghost3
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I got a growler fill of this at the Avenue Pub.

Poured a light, transparent copper with a 1-finger beige/light yellow head.

Smell is subtle--piney, slight citrus hops with some caramel malts. Taste is bitter piney hops, there's a slight orange flavor with a metallic aftertaste. Mouthfeel is light, very carbonated; acidic.

This is fairly drinkable. Lots of carbonation; mainly piney hops. I wish the flavor was a bit more floral and citrusy.

Photo of OzarkElmo
4.42/5  rDev +19.8%
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!

Photo of pjwin
2.1/5  rDev -43.1%
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.

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.23/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

RJT

Photo of BayouBengal1537
3.93/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at The Tap Room in Covington, La
Poured a golden copper color, excellent appearance, not much retention but had great lacing.
Smell was piney hops and hints of citrus
Taste was stronger piney hops, hints of orange, citrus, and roasted malt
Mouthfeel was great, medium
Drinkability was outstanding, could easily put down a few pints, which I did.

Overall, enjoyed this beer very much. A great IPA by NOLA, this beer makes me proud that this quality of a beer is brewed locally.

Photo of jbreer1
4.6/5  rDev +24.7%
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.

Photo of EgadBananas
3.57/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Barley Oak.

Golden copper color, with a generous eggshell white head, about a fingers worth. Laces well.

Smelled crisp, with some floral hop bitterness, and hints of citrus.

Some bitter hops, but not overwhelming. That earthy citrus that came through in the nose.

Crisp, and well carbonated. Medium bodied, and a decent feel.

Drinkability is fairly high, it's tasty, and good ABV.

This is a good IPA, but there are many others that are much better...like the Stone IPA that they had on tap as well, which costs $1 less...

Photo of Ek0nomik
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of jizdepski
3.95/5  rDev +7%
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.

Photo of cvfish
4.6/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - This ber poured a pale golden color that produced a fluffy white head that had good retention and laced the side of the glass very nicely

S - The aromas produced by this beer had a slight pale malts aroma which was quickly overtaken by mix of citrus and piney hops

T - The taste of this beer is up with the great IPAs, Two Hearted, Masala Mama, and Blind Pig, pale malts with a great mix of orange, grapefruit, and piney hops

M - The mouthfeel of this beer had a medium body with a medium body with a light to moderate amount of carbonation

D - This is another great offering by NOLA, a great crafted beer by a beer master mind, I cannot wait til this beer is in bottles

Photo of Mistofminn
3.6/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this 1 L swing top bottle/growler in a trade with BA jstassi. Thanks for the chance, Joey!

Pours a clear golden amber color, no cloudiness or haziness. Has a huge tan head that is very chunky and leaves tons of lacing. Lively carbonation rounds out the look.

The nose is pretty fresh hops, mostly floral but a bit of earthy hops. Pretty good smelling, but nothing world class. I'm impressed.

The taste, unfortunately, isn't as good as the nose. The hops are much more muted, and the malt backbone comes through much much more. There is also an unpleasant plastic or rubber taste, not sure if it picked that up in transit or if it was intended. It's good tasting, but nothing great.

Mouthfeel is medium to light. The lively carbonatio settles down and gives a nice bubbly mouthfeel, nothing too sharp. Pretty refreshing.

Drinkability is ok. If it tasted more like it smelled it would be fantastic.

Overall, not a bad beer. I know absolutely nothing about NOLA, so I can't say anything about their brewery or brewing practices. This is a good beer, but with a few tweeks it could be fantastic.

Photo of ShrLSU
4.8/5  rDev +30.1%
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....

Photo of kensuthe
4.77/5  rDev +29.3%
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.

Photo of Beerbuddha
4.11/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving Type was a growler purchased by my wife in New Orleans at Avenue Pub and brought to me here in Florida.

Appearance- The beer pours an amber gold color with a nice head which disapates quickly. A sticky, spider web like lacing was present.

Smell- The aroma was a bit lacking. Nice subtle hints of piney hops. Could have been because it was poured from a growler.

Taste- HUGE hops flavors. The bitterness attacks my tongue and doesn't let go. I get a nice slight hint of citrus in the front that lets go into HOPS!

Mouthfeel- Medium body with nice carbonation(even after being in a growler).

Drinkability- Fantastic and very drinkable IPA. This one is on the upper end of IPAs in terms of its hoppiness. Too bad it won't be year round.

Photo of Lldeegan
4.2/5  rDev +13.8%
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!

Hopitoulas IPA from New Orleans Lager & Ale Brewing Company (NOLA)
83 out of 100 based on 342 ratings.