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NOLA Brown Ale | New Orleans Lager & Ale Brewing Company (NOLA)

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3.6/5
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177 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
New Orleans Lager & Ale Brewing Company (NOLA)
Louisiana, United States
nolabrewing.com

Style: English Dark Mild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
NOLA Brown Ale was one of our first two flagship ales. This brewery favorite is a light-bodied, full flavored English dark mild ale with notes of chocolate, coffee, caramel, and nuts. High malt flavor and low hops, this is a great session beer with a 4.0% ABV and smooth finish.

Added by cvfish on 03-07-2009

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#36,741
Reviews:
48
Ratings:
177
pDev:
13.33%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
10
Gots:
18
Trade:
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2/5  rDev -44.4%

Photo of champ103
2.2/5  rDev -38.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

On tap at Walk On's in Lafayette.

A: Pours a light brown, more of a reddish color. A tiny bubbly beige head forms, but recedes to nothing in a second. No lace either.
S: Right up front is buttery diacetyl. Some sweet malt and caramel, but that is it.
T: Again, big on the diacetyl. Buttery malt that tastes kind of dirty. Lightly sweet.
M/D: A light body that is under carbonated and thin. I did not really care to finish the pint, and nothing I want to come back to.

I have had two excellent beers from NOLA, but this is a major let down. Not something I would recommend.

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Photo of Basoos1
2.25/5  rDev -37.5%

Photo of beveritt
2.38/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Presentation: Had on tap recently at Hopjacks. Arrives in a Shaker pint glass.

Appearance: Absolutely no head whatsoever. None. Beer itself is dark brown, looks like a glass of flat Coke.

Smell: No smell, even as it warms up.

Taste: Slight smell of caramel malt upfront with hints of molasses. Undertones of licorice, tobacco and coffee. Biscuity malt with some toffee flavors lingers. Some band-aid phenols.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation level is lower than it should be for this beer. Body is good.

Drinkability: Saw this one on the menu and thought I would give it a try. Drinkable, but it tastes like someone's second or third attempt at homebrewing. Pass.

Note on 11/9/10: I received an e-mail from the brewery concerning this review. They stated that it sounded like a an issue with the carbonation level of the beer and invited me to try some directly from the brewery next time I am in the area. Props to them for pro-active customer service. I will definitely try some more of their beer next time I am down south.

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2.5/5  rDev -30.6%

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2.5/5  rDev -30.6%

Photo of goochpunch
2.61/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a ruby-tinged brown with a very thin head. Smells like caramel, toast and chocolate. Smell a bit of gummy bears in there too. Flavor is up front pale malts with a smack of the dark malts thrown in the mix (toast and chocolate). Hop presence is very subdued. Finishes with an interesting tartness, but way too much jelly in the finish. Jelly kills it. Is this made by Saint Arnold??? Mouthfeel could be fuller and with more subdued carb. Overall, this can be pounded at this abv, but it's lacking finesse all around. Too much jelly flavor. Weird.

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2.75/5  rDev -23.6%

Photo of AnthemOfTheSun
2.75/5  rDev -23.6%

Photo of Bishop_Collar
2.81/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Beer had a dark brown appearance with a quarter inch of light tan head with some retention. Beer turned an amber color when held up to light. Did have nice lacing and appeared to have good carbonation.

Smell: Picked up a pretty consistent roasted malt aroma with some chocolate notes.

Taste: Roasted malt flavor with some caramel notes. Not much depth or complexity. One note flavor.

Mouthfeel: Although it had good carbonation, it had a flat finish. Mouthfeel was thin and watery.

Overall: I have enjoyed two other beers from NOLA (Blonde Ale Hurricane Saison), but this one is a miss. Not very noteworthy.

For my complete review, see my blog http://thebishopscollar.blogspot.com/2012/08/nola-brown-ale.html

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Photo of Loveyourbeer
2.9/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of jmbraxton
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of atlbravsrno1
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of Canada_Dan
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of Karibourgeois
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of JoeyBrightside
3/5  rDev -16.7%

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3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of TexAggie011
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of Dicers
3/5  rDev -16.7%

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3/5  rDev -16.7%

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3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of Tayloraphilips
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of BRBrewBro
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of Tigerbrau
3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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NOLA Brown Ale from New Orleans Lager & Ale Brewing Company (NOLA)
Beer rating: 3.6 out of 5 with 177 ratings
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