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

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BA SCORE
87
very good

122 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 122
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 9.23%


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

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: EgadBananas on 09-22-2012)
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rudzud

Massachusetts

3.3/5  rDev -15.4%
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.

Serving type: can

06-15-2013 00:38:23 | More by rudzud
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MCain04

Illinois

3.49/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

Serving type: can

07-30-2013 12:39:04 | More by MCain04
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champ103

Texas

3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Avenue Pub

A: Pours a perfectly clear dark copper color. A towering white head forms with excellent retention and lace.
S: Bitter pine up front that dominates until this warms up a little. Grassy, juicy citrus aromas.
T: Follows the nose with bitter pine and resin. Grassy citrus hops come out next. A lingering bitterness lasts forever.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. I wish this was a bit more crisp and clean. Very dry though. Even with the high alcohol and bitter finish, this is still enjoyable to drink.

A nice DIPA. Similar to Saint Arnold's Endeavor, but less fruity and juicy flavors. I would really like some more fruity flavors to come out and maybe help with the bitterness. Though still a nice DIPA to sip on.

Serving type: on-tap

11-30-2012 03:20:11 | More by champ103
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bmwats

Louisiana

3.66/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

Serving type: can

09-27-2013 03:18:08 | More by bmwats
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ZethOfTheNorth

Louisiana

3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Finally a big beer from NOLA. Tap only for now, and a growler ran me almost $20 at the Avenue Pub in New Orleans.

A: Deep, glowing copper. Some visible carbonation. A thin head after a strong pour with chunky bubbles popping actively.

S: Wonderfully juicy citrus smell accompanied by some light bubblegummy smells. Most impressive part of the beer.

T: Not as sweet or rich as the nose leads you to believe. Quite balanced for a DIPA and decently layered complexity. It starts with an unfortunate wateriness, gets juicy and slightly earthy, and ends with a slow but long hop burn. It's more pleasant than explosive and a little lacking in richness.

M: A strike here for a surprisingly thin body.

O: This is the first DIPA in Louisiana I know will be extremely fresh on consumption, so there's that. But the mouthfeel is clearly imperfect and the taste disappoints somewhat after the nose. Finally, the price point is cause for balking. NOLA is a small brewery and Hopzilla just debuted last week, but this is an average DIPA priced like a premium one right now.

Serving type: growler

09-29-2012 13:26:39 | More by ZethOfTheNorth
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Badger72

Louisiana

3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-03-2013 14:09:17 | More by Badger72
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JMScowcroft

Vermont

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Serving type: can

06-20-2013 12:22:33 | More by JMScowcroft
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JamesStreet

Louisiana

3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | 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

Serving type: can

07-09-2013 14:28:22 | More by JamesStreet
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acevenom

Louisiana

3.94/5  rDev +1%
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.

Serving type: can

06-06-2013 00:42:27 | More by acevenom
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thagr81us

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-31-2012 13:43:03 | More by thagr81us
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a0lbudman

Alabama

4.11/5  rDev +5.4%
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

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2014 01:53:03 | More by a0lbudman
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TrappistJohnMD

Mississippi

4.15/5  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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-17-2013 17:01:51 | More by TrappistJohnMD
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Mikecap

Louisiana

4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
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!

Serving type: can

06-07-2013 15:12:49 | More by Mikecap
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EgadBananas

Louisiana

4.28/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at home. Tapped 9/22, kegged 9/14.

Nice translucent dark amber colour. Three finger cream coloured head. Left lots of lace.

The aroma is floral, citrus hop notes with pine and sweet malts and a hint of alcohol.

Big bitterness, Caramel, citrus hops, pine resins and a hint of heat.

Nice full body, rich and creamy, clean and smooth.

Overall a wonder IIPA

Serving type: on-tap

09-22-2012 21:47:57 | More by EgadBananas
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RonaldTheriot

Louisiana

4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

RJT

Serving type: can

06-11-2013 12:40:46 | More by RonaldTheriot
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Immortale25

North Carolina

4.51/5  rDev +15.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-02-2013 20:26:57 | More by Immortale25
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MrWendal

Louisiana

4.64/5  rDev +19%
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).

Serving type: can

09-04-2013 18:21:57 | More by MrWendal
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JISurfer

South Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had this before it was officially released, at the brewery. This honestly reminded me of Pliny. Yes, you probably think I'm off my rocker after that statement. The floral hopiness was strong, fresh, and crisp, but didn't have a lingering bitter aftertaste that ruins it for me. It went down very smooth, the alcohol quickly snuck up on me, especially in that hot NOLA summer heat. I could seriously drink this all day, every day. I thought NOLA did a great job with this offering, only wish it was available where I live.

Serving type: on-tap

11-01-2012 03:53:24 | More by JISurfer
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JerryOdom

Louisiana

5/5  rDev +28.2%
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.

Serving type: can

07-04-2013 01:50:38 | More by JerryOdom
Mechahopzilla from New Orleans Lager & Ale Brewing Company (NOLA)
87 out of 100 based on 122 ratings.