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Mecha - New Orleans Lager & Ale Brewing Company (NOLA)

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Reviews: 29
Hads: 290
Avg: 3.92
pDev: 37.76%
Wants: 12
Gots: 42 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
New Orleans Lager & Ale Brewing Company (NOLA) visit their website
Louisiana, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.80% ABV

Availability: Summer

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Beer added by: EgadBananas on 09-22-2012

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Reviews: 29 | Hads: 290
Photo of Jamie_Newman
4.32/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Fluffy off white head. Orange/gold body with lots of lacing. The smell is a lot of citrus and a little bit of pine. You can definitely taste the 8.8%. I don't know the ibu's but I would guess around 70. Mouthfeel is medium with a dry finish. Acceptional DIPA.

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Photo of Gregaroo
3.51/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Howlin' Wolf in between Tab/Anders show and Voodoo Dead. Great night! Nice, sharp double IPA from NOLA. Served in a flimsy plastic cup. All else awesome.

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Photo of tigg924
3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Taste is citrus and floral hops with toffee, cake batter, and a touch of pine at the end. The bitterness is light compared to others in this style. However, the mouthfeel does become more bitter and dry as the beer warms. Overall I really enjoyed this one. Maybe not the hoppiest of double IPAs, but the flavor is interesting.

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Photo of ilikebeer03
3.69/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: pours a cloudy orange with a nice head that leaves good lacing. good retention.

S: soft citrus hops with more malt than I expected for a double ipa

T: taste good. citrusy hops. orange, pine with a malt backbone to balance. piney hops linger on the palate.

M: crisp, good carbonation.

O: i was hoping for a bit better, but certainly not a bad beer.

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Photo of tone77
3.67/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a dark golden/orange color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is piney, some citrus. Taste is hoppy, pine, bitter, some citrus, just a touch of alcohol. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid and enjoyable beer.

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Photo of jeremiahoden
1.25/5  rDev -68.1%

Worst DIPA ive ever had!!!!!!! Thats why Indiana's 100th ranked beer is as high as Louisiana #1. With that said everything from Great Raft Brewing in Shreveport destroys this beer!

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Photo of FLima
4.16/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had it fresh in the brewery.
Amber color with a thick off-white head with great retention.
Nice aroma with very present predominant notes of pine and some grapefruit.
Balanced hop flavor with predominant citrus notes of grapefruit and pine. Also, lots of spices, toasted and caramel malts, tangerines and mango.
Dry aftertaste with a long lasting bitterness.
Medium to full body with mild carbonation. Alcohol of 8.8% abv is superbly well hidden.
What a great double IPA, not overly sweet as most unfortunately are, and very hop forward without sharp edges. Also, assertive and not tiresome. Best matrix point for a hophead: away from sweet overweighed bodies that hides the holly plant.

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Photo of jmdrpi
4/5  rDev +2%

Served on draft in a shaker pint glass.

Dark amber in color, off white head. Hoppy aroma - mix of pine and citrus, a little conflicted. Enough caramel malt to balance out the bitterness in the taste. Hoppy aftertaste. Medium body and carbonation.

Overall I prefered their smaller IPA

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Photo of jdcollens
3.72/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bought a 4-pack of tall boys when I was visiting friends and family in New Orleans. Finally getting around to posting some reviews. Poured into a Terrapin snifter/tulip (doesn't flare out at the lip like a tulip, but isn't nearly as large as a traditional snifter and has more of a tulip shape otherwise).

A: Nice, hazy, light copper color with a solid 1.5-2 fingers' worth of head that sticks around for a while.

S: I'm a huge fan of citrusy, grapefruit-y hop scents and this certainly has that. I can't rate it much higher, though, because I'm also getting some off-notes in all 4 of my cans. Nothing major, just a little hint of a funk that wouldn't be out of place in a saison but really doesn't work too well with an IPA. Also some very mild piney resin notes.

T: Hmmmm. The grapefruit is a lot more present in the smell than in the taste. While it's still there, this one has much more of the piney flavor up front. The smell is more pleasing than the taste with this one. I also get a hint of a metallic taste on the finish, sort of like the smell you get on your hands after handling some old tin cans. It wouldn't be so bad if the finish weren't so long, but it's the note that stands out most upon exhaling. It lingered for a good 20 minutes after I finished this one.

M: Nothing stands out here, which is good for the style. Too thin and you've got no body, no finish. Too thick and it destroys your taste buds. This floats in the middle quite well, though it may be a bit too carbonated for my personal tastes.

O: This is a solid brew, but I'm not sure I'd go out of my way to seek it out again. Nothing to turn your nose up at, but I can think of at least 5 or 6 very widely available DIPAs I'd rather have. I was glad I got to try a solid DIPA from my hometown and will likely give it another try next time I'm in town, especially if it's on tap.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
3.79/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bright glowing hazy orange body, topped by a level four fingers of oatmeal colored floppy bubbles. Tight drippy lace coats the glass.

Aroma is oranges, lemons, and pine. Inviting but could a tad more oomph.

Big sweet malt foundation. Burst of fruit. Huge bitter bite. Sense of bigness in all things. Abrasive, in a good way.

Full and tingly mouthfeel.

Not a DIPA you drink in a hurry. Definitely worth a try if you're visiting Big Easy.

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Photo of a0lbudman
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-slightly hazy with an off white head that lingers and leaves a lace
S-hoppy with a pine aroma that has a good citrus background
T-strong hops with a grapefruit taste that stays with you til the end
M-medium body and high carbonation
O-very balanced beer that did not overpower you with any one taste

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Photo of bmwats
3.66/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16 oz can into a footed tulip.

A: Dark golden hue. Pours a half finger, bubbly, white head. Settles quickly. Fair spiderweb lacing.

S: Pine resin and grapefruit with a little tropical fruit... mango maybe.

T: Piney and bitter with a bit of a woody tone. Grapefruit citrus.

M: Crisp, bitter throughout, with a dry finish. High alcohol is a little deceiving.

D: Character will dictate a sipping experience.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Decent head and some fair lacing. Nose pine and grapefruit. Woody character, bitter pine, and grapefruit citrus. Overall, this is a good quaff.

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Photo of MrWendal
4.62/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance : orange / golden color. I nice glow.

Smell : hops, tropical fruit

Taste: The taste follows the smell. I really pick up pineapple after the initial hop bite.

Mouthfeel : To me, it's just right. Not too sticky, not too carbonated

Overall : I really love this beer. I can drink it anytime, though not more than two (maybe three).

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Photo of MCain04
3.52/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Received as a generous extra from a PALMEJ1 trade, thanks bro. 16 oz can with no freshness date.

Pours a dark orange-amber-ruby color with a cloudy body. Head is about 1.5 fingers straight from the can. Average lacing and retention.

Not a ton on the nose, some juicy orange, pineapple, citrus scents, with malty sweetness.

Surprisingly bitter right up from and carries throughout the beer. Not a lot of hop flavoring to speak of. A touch of malty sweetness. The bitterness really overpowers everything and leaves a stale aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is a tad thin for the average DIPA and carbonation a touch low. Averagely dry finish, more of the tongue-numbing bitterness than dryness.

Overall, I can't say I was a huge fan of this. Maybe it was old and lost a lot of its hop flavoring. An interesting brew from a brewery I haven't had before, but probably wouldn't try this again unless I knew it was super fresh, and then only to compare to this experience.

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Photo of JamesStreet
3.87/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - nice looking beer

S - piney, hoppy dominant

T - really nice combo of hops. Liked caramel-like taste under all the hoppiness. Really get that Columbus hops taste in there

M - medium feel, med carb

O - sorry, not enough time for thorough review (i will revisit and re-review when time permits) but Nola did it right on this one. Not my fave style, but this is nice

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Photo of JerryOdom
5/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

For me this is the perfect American IPA. I'm a big fan of malt and have become a big fan of American hops. I know most like a big extremely hop forward beer but this gives you the best of both worlds. Huge malt backbone and huge hop aroma, taste and bitter. It's a great beer.

Appearance is a golden amber with a slight haze

Aroma coming right out of the can just screams hops with big pine and some citra coming through.

Taste is surprisingly malty. Good amount of crystal in this thing. Lots of pine hop character and citrus character.

Mouthfeel is wonderful. Very chewy, very resinous and some lingering bitterness.

Overall this is a perfect American beer for me. I love it. I don't know much about the NOLA brewery other than they're putting out great product.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.52/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Avenue Pub New Orleans. Served in a cask glass.

A- Pours a medium amber color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that retains very well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a full sheet of surface foam. Sudsy, resilient lacing clings to the glass.

S- Sweet cereal grain malt aroma with citrusy, resinous hops pushing up against the caramel notes. Absolutely lovely.

T- The hops clamp down hard with a solid twang of grassiness but then turn to tropical fruit sweetness with notes of pineapple, mango and candied orange. But, with all this hop craziness going on, the malt is still there to throw in a good balance of hearty bread.

M- Very sharp with a slight alcohol bite. Medium carbonation and a fullish body.

O- Wow. If this had as high of an ABV as Terrapin's Hopzilla, it'd kick the shit out of it. Sorry to compare two beers just based on the name but that's what happens when you semi-copy someone's trademark. Still, this is one excellent DIPA that doesn't just seem like Hopitoulas X2. NOLA's got a real winner here.

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Photo of JMScowcroft
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

NOLA - Mechahopzilla

Look - Poured into Dogfish Head IPA glass this came out a hazy deep copper amber with a massive soapy head that leaves lots of lacing.

Smell - Sweet caramel malt and faint fruity citrus hops.

Taste - Caramel malt is deep deep underneath, hops are a tinny citrus creeper that finishes pine and a burnt sugar malt.

Mouthfeel - Sits pine bitter and slightly malt sticky. Slightly boozy (warming) but good drinkability. Medium-bodied.

Overall - Decent brew, not amazing but more good than bad. The blending is all over the place, a kick to the face for sure. Worth a shot if you want pine/grassy hops and a rich malt bomb to go with it.

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Photo of TrappistJohnMD
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served on-tap at the Avenue Pub in New Orleans.

Served in Nonic pint. Amber color with thick white head.

Smell is very fruity. Lot of hoppy citrus.

Taste is sweet malts with lots of pineapple citrus. Sweeter citrus hoppiness than other DIPAs. Good bitterness.

Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied. Nicely carbonated.

Overall this was excellent. I really like the fruitiness of this beer. Will definitely try this one again.

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Photo of rudzud
3.33/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received this as an extra in a trade. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a crystal clear golden hue with a nice one finger off white head that leaves some sticky lacing and a thin blanket.

S - Ah, the aroma of not fresh DIPA! Heh, spoiled by the fresh DIPAs, this smells like, when fresh, it was excellent. Now though, now it is mostly sweet malts. Flashes of the hops that once were, centennial and citra mostly, Sweet grapefruit, bready crackers.

T - Ah, darn. Super, super sweet malts and very generic bitter finish. Light grapefruit. Again, flashes of what it deliciousness once was. The flashes of what it once were though come through though, which is why I have to give it a 3 and not a 2.5 or so.

M - Mouthfeel is on par for the style. Alcohol hidden nicely.

O - Overall, this beer at one point was probably quite delicious. Now though, its a malt bomb. Unfortunate.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.34/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

NOLA MechaHopzilla has a medium-to-thick, cream colored head, a semi-clear, orange appearance, with lots of bubble streams (etched glass), and minimal lacing. The aroma is full- strong, pungent hop oil and citrus peel, with a shade of background breadiness. Taste is of hop oil, slight pine, bitterness, and citrus peel. Sweet bread balances out the hop attack. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy, and NOLA MechaHopzilla finishes puckering, rich, and delicious. Overall, this is a most excellent beer.


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Photo of Mikecap
4.19/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a hazy deep amber with a nice foamy whitish head that fades to a great deal of splotchy lace.

S: Definite citrus with grapefruit, peach and mango coming to mind. Also hit with a nice dose of pine and earth and some caramel malt.

T: Up front citrus with beautiful orange, tangerine, and grapefruit. The hops and bitterness come through with some great resinous flavor.

M: Medium bodied and creamy with solid hop bitterness for a DIPA. Alcohol well masked by the hops.

O: I really dig this beer and it is a standard in my lineup. Freshness is key and I will say it is better on tap, but I love these tallboys just as much!

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Photo of acevenom
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from one of the new pint cans into a snifter glass. The beer pours clear dark copper with a small, white head that doesn't hang around very long. There's a nice breadiness and sweetness in the aroma, but the hops aren't as forward in the smell. I pick up some of the citrus and pine, but it's clear this should be enjoyed very fresh. There's a nice breadiness and sweetness in the aroma, but the hops aren't as forward in the smell. I pick up some of the citrus and pine, but it's clear this should be enjoyed very fresh. The body is medium with moderate carbonation. The finish is dry and there is lingering bitterness in the aftertaste. This is a very good beer that doesn't quite cross over into excellent.

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Photo of Badger72
3.76/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Dark copper color
S: Strong smell of pine and hops
T: The hop flavor is intense. Also a hint of pine.
M/D: Medium carbonation. Very dry and it almost makes you thirsty as you drink it. The taste of the beer doesn't leave very quickly so I would suggest not eating anything with this beer because you won't be able to taste it.

Overall I am not a big fan of this beer because it seems like they just made it super hoppy just so they could call it mechahopzilla. Not a sessionable beer at all and I couldn't drink more than one because the hop taste is so intense. Definitely better DIPA's out there so I wouldn't waste my time with this one again.

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Photo of thagr81us
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one at the source while visiting New Orleans for Cantillon Zwanze Day! Served from tap into a NOLA shaker. Poured red-orange with a minimal off-white head. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, citrus, earth, citrus hop, earth hop, and spice. The flavor was of sweet malt, citrus, citrus hop, spice, spicy hop, and earth. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a good brew. The citrus note going on here was really nice and inviting. On top of this I really enjoyed the spicy notes going on when mixed with the citrus as it added a nice touch of balance while still being interesting. A pretty well done brew that I would love to have again in my own area.

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Mecha from New Orleans Lager & Ale Brewing Company (NOLA)
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