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

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IPA - American
Ranked #6,254
Ranked #37,659
3.72 | pDev: 12.1%
New Orleans Lager & Ale Brewing Company (NOLA)
Louisiana, United States
Hopitoulas IPAHopitoulas IPA
Notes: 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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hoptheology from South Dakota

2.61/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 2

16 oz can purchased at Martin's in NOLA, $1.99 / can, best by 5/21/21 into Boiler snifter.

Caramel-blonde with a creamy white cap of a stable 1 finger. Lacing in generous amounts.

Aroma consists of caramel toast and lawnmower bag; hints of onion powder, caramel roll, and citrus peel.

Flavor is what I imagine hoppy caramel paper would taste like. It's like licking the underside of parchment baking paper where caramel-something used to be. There's a little bit of pine or grass, and a touch of onion, but it's mostly caramel paper. There is not enough hop action here to really claim IPA - it's super muted. It's a newspaper beer.

Feel is pleasantly resinous and semi-creamy with no alcohol heat and a smoothness to it that I feel is really helpful to this beer - though not helpful enough.

Overall, it's a dumper, don't visit this one unless you're a fan of papery caramel beers. One of the least enjoyable IPAs I've brought back.

This is for people who drink Diet Fanta.

Price paid : $1.99
Would buy again : no and no

Apr 05, 2021
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.1/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Another amber colored ipa with 1/3" off white head. Gives off mild rind and pine aromas, mild amounts of Cascade and/or Centennial. Three weeks is a weird way to describe your dry hopping, usually brewers mention the type of hops and amount, not the time. One hop cone for three weeks is meaningless.

Taste is largely the same pine and rind combo that has been done a million times, but you also get an excessive amount of crystal malt to actually make this worse than the same beer you've had a million times. I think this could easily be classified as an amber ale. Kind of has that step dad appeal of maltiness and bitterness but little flavor. Wouldn't say it had off flavors, rather the recipe itself is just one that I suspect is lacking. You don't need 6 malts and 6 hops for an ipa, that just muddles as a trash bag concept.

I haven't had a lot of beer out of Louisiana, but damn I hope the ipas are generally better than this.

Aug 27, 2020
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Jugs_McGhee from Colorado

2.88/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

$6 USD for a 20oz pint at the Crown and Anchor in New Orleans, LA.

6.5% ABV.

Hop profile is lackluster. Floral notes (probably Cascade), muted grapefruit. Subdued pine needles. Pale malts give it its backbone. Finishes bitter.

A very forgettable IPA. I'd sooner buy a cheaper widely distributed expression of the style like Lagunitas IPA, which is far better to boot. I wouldn't buy this again, but it's decent.


Sep 11, 2019
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ONUMello from Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16oz can poured into a pint glass
A: Light burnt orange, 1/2 finger head
S: Mango, pineapple, tangerine, a hint of pine
T: Matches the nose though a touch on the sweet side
M: Medium-bodied, butter/sweet
O: A decent ipa but there are far better out there

Mar 21, 2019
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Vegasindependentbeerscene from Maryland

3.52/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tapped at howlin wolf den in the warehouse district New Orleans Louisiana.
Tastes like candy. Wish I remember the name of the beer i had last night, it was much tastier.
One and done

Mar 10, 2019
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detgfrsh from Texas

3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap. Amber color with white head. Piney hop smell. Medium feel. Tastes like it smells: pine and citrus hop flavors. Enjoyable, but middle-of-the-pack for IPAs.

Jan 25, 2019
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EMV from Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a tallboy can into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Slightly hazed golden amber pour with 2 fingers of fluffy white head. Great retention and lacing.

S: Citrus and pine hops mixed with sweet malts.

T.F: Sweet toasted grains up front. Citrus and tangerine hops... pine and resin in the background. Nice bitterness mid-swig to balance things out. Medium to light bodied... more pine and citrus at the finish.

O: A nice everyday kind of IPA. Solid flavor... well balanced... clean and drinkable. Light enough to be sessionable. 2nd beer I've had from NOLA and both have been solid.

Nov 07, 2018
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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

3.67/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewery.

A - Clear copper amber color with frothy white sticky lacing.

S - Toasted caramel malt and light citrus.

T - Biscuity toasted grain, cereal graininess, is sweet up front and ends with a lingering, piney finish.

M - Big medium body, with lots of carbonation and sharp pricklies.,

O - Nicely balanced.

Dec 09, 2017
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smcolw from Massachusetts

4.04/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Solidly amber with the mildest of hazes. Small but lasting head which leaves some 3-D ring lace behind after each sip.

The smell leans to the malt although the peppery hop is more than just in the background.

The flavor leans to the hop, but this is after a nice initial malt start. The hop is the finish and the aftertaste with a bit of harshness biting into the back of the throat. Rich body and moderate carbonation. Overall, a worthwhile hoppy pale ale offering.

Oct 30, 2017
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Nicolaiw from Denmark

3.25/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours clear golden / amber with off white head.
Aroma is malt, little pine, overripe stone fruits.
Taste is same as the aroma very malty but with great hoppy finish.

Oct 17, 2017
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ovaltine from Indiana

4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper color, very clear, light tan head. Aromas are heavy pine and some citrus, with some caramalt, too.

Taste is lots of pine, but the citrus really comes forward, and then the malty backbone kicks in to balance this and make it a joy to drink on a steamy NOLA afternoon.

Jun 15, 2017
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dacrza1 from New Jersey

3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

DATE: May 29th, 2017... OCCASION: Day two of the Quiz Bowl tournament, and we struggled against some strong competition... that calls for a strong beer...GLASSWARE: nondescript pint... brown amber body that releases little effervescence, but lifts dirty white head into arcs of lacing... medium-bodied, crunchy in the teeth, and formidable at 6.5%... chewy, worthwhile... on first sniff, mango and grapefruit combine with rye bread; thick and doughy, though the spicy hoppiness bites back... pepper, pine and resin in equal amounts--quite inviting... peach, mango and grapefruit make for a pleasant, worthwhile IPA that balances its bread malts in equal measure... love the name, having walked its somewhat altered street name twice now... a bit dry, as the glass drains...

Jun 03, 2017
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JDFish from Ohio

3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A pleasant surprise on my Hop escapade trip to New Orleans. Went very well with Oysters and Crawfish. The other local brews weren't as good as this. A nice citrusy flavor that went down easy and great with food. Didn't blow me away, but tasty none the less.

May 01, 2017
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Boto from Connecticut

3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can. This one pours a cloudy, orange hued golden color. There was a small off white head that left minimal lacing. Lighter aroma. Some pine, citrus and earthy notes. The taste is good. Not much bitterness. Pine, citrus, earthy hops. Faint flavor of roasted malts. Good!

Apr 23, 2017
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Buck89 from Tennessee

3.77/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a mug. A clear amber-orange color with a frothy white head. Nice lacing in the glass. Good aromas of orange, grapefruit and some pine. A bit of caramel too. The taste was in line with a west coast IPA with firm bitterness, citrus and pine and some dank elements. The malt was there and a bit sweet. Dry finish.

Jan 22, 2017
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johnnyd10vt from Oklahoma

3.56/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very subtle for an IPA not hoppy like a west coast IPA. Beautiful color, almost as dark as an amber, a lovely shade of orange. Very light white head that laces but not much. The smell is hops, but not overwhelming. Likewise the taste is subtle, not as bitter or hoppy as most American IPAs. Very drinkable.

Jul 16, 2016
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fortozs from Mississippi

3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a can with a burnt orange to amber color. Thick head with crisp bubbles. Head diminishes to soapy consistency. Not much lacing. Light bodied. Plenty of hops. Tastes piney with hints of lemon. A tad on the sweet side. Not much bitterness. Still, overall a good balance and a pleasure to drink. Makes for a good summer beer.

Jun 06, 2016
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Jadjunk from Georgia

3.74/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

"Hopitoulas is the product of our Brewmaster Peter "Hopzilla" Caddoo's 30 plus years of brewing experience and overall love for IPA's. Created at our Tchoupitoulas Street Brewery, our dry-hopped India Pale Ale was hand crafted with six malts and six hops to accentuate aromas of citrus and pine. We think you'll taste the passion and dedication that has gone into this brew. Brewed with love, brewed in New Orleans." Brewed in the style of an American IPA, available in 16 oz. cans and on year-round draft.

Poured from a 16 oz. can to a tulip pint glass.

(Appearance) Pours a foamy frothed head of a pastel white color over a mildly hazy golden amber body with light carbonation. Retention is good and lacing is light and patchy. 3.75

(Smell) Lemony, citrusy and light tropical fruit hop notes forward, with lightly toasted caramel syrups, pale malts and light biscuit malt profile. Very enjoyable aroma with a moderate potency. 4

(Taste) Light caramel and pale malts, biscuit malts, light sweetness, mild lemon and tropical fruit notes. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick, lightly residual, clean and moderately dry. Carbonation is moderate with a medium frothiness and a full crispness. Body is medium for the style, shy of medium overall. Balance is slightly hoppy bitter over sweet. Alcohol presence is light and there are no off characters. 4

(Overall) NOLA brews a solid IPA in Hopitoulas with a delicate citrusy and tropical fruit profile and an equally solid malt backbone with a high drinkability to it. Nicely packaged in 16 oz. cans and a great fitting option for drinking in quaffable quantities. Worth a try as a solid IPA from the Louisiana craft beer scene. 3.75

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Hopitoulas IPA

Nov 05, 2015
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peteboiler from Florida

4.3/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I am not sure why the 83 rating. To each their own. This is one of my favorite IPA's right now. Definitely in my top 10. Great balance and tastes amazing.

Jul 13, 2015
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My local, in-person trader, tone77, headed Due South for a while and returned with a bunch of CANs for me in furtherance of The CANQuest (tm)! It is like a twist on the old t-shirts in that my buddy visited the south and all I got was a bunch of CANs. In this case, that's okay by me.

From the CAN: "Hopitoulas is the product of our Brewmaster Peter 'Hopzilla' Caddoo's 30 plus years of brewing experience and overall love for IPA's [sic]. Created at our Tchoupitoulas Street Brewery, our dry-hopped India Pale Ale was hand crafted with six malts and six hops to accentuate aromas of citrus and pine. We think you'll taste the passion and dedication that has gone into this brew. Brewed with love, brewed in New Orleans."; "'Laissez la bonne biere verser'".

I Crack!ed it open, getting a bit of foaming through the opening. This, combined with its potential age and the fact that it was a pounder CAN, led me to CANduct a very gentle Glug. I still got three-plus fingers of foamy, tawny with moderate retention. Color was a solid Amber (SRM = > 7, < 9) with NE-quality clarity. Nose was more malty than hoppy, but underlain with a minty, piney hoppiness. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was not pronounced in terms of its hoppiness, but it still had a nice mintiness to go along with the caramel malts. Finish was semi-dry, kind of minty and a nice addition to The CANQuest (tm).

Jun 04, 2015
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thehoppylady from Florida

4.18/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

One of my all-time fav Southern breweries. Hopitoulas, pronounced hop-a-choo-las, after a street in NOLA. This is a super good West Coast style India Pale Ale that combines six malts and six hops with additional dry hopping for three weeks. Hints of pine and citrus with a powerful, yet balanced hoppy flavor.

May 30, 2015
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jsapunor from California

4.33/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Nathan the bartender at Evangeline in NOLA made the recommendation and so I tried this on draft first and then from the can the next day at Napoleon House. Draft is the better of the two. Big piney aroma promising a full blown west coast hop assault is followed by a silky soft full bodied mouth feel. The flavor is a pretty well balanced malt/hops combination, of course, favoring the hops. The taste begins with wet hops. It starts to fade and then returns with a vengeance leaving a long lasting hop experience. This is a very good IPA which matches up well with its west coast competition. Not as subtle as Sculpin but not as brutal as a DIPA., If you like your IPA's on the brawny side this one is for you.

Mar 10, 2015
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zeronumber from Florida

4.01/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

nawleens makes good everything, and a good IPA. this one is dark gold and flavor sits nicely in the mouth. the afternotes are stimulating and show the complexity of the brew and the time they take to brew it. i love a lot of other IPAs more but this one smacks of Big Easy , easiness. Great pairing for crawdads or your favorite entoufee!

yall come back now , y'hear?

Jan 10, 2015
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.44/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a dark golden color with a 1/23 inch head. Smell is fruity, floral hops. Taste is not quite what I expect from the style. Mild hops, fruits, very mild bitterness. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a decent beer, but didn't quite satisfy my hunger for hops.

Nov 30, 2014
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secondtooth from Indiana

3.45/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Semi-cloudy amber, with some slight sediment. Maybe an older can? Big, thick head of bone-white carbonation, and a solid tree-line of lace.

Aroma: Subtle floral and pine hops. Not bad.

Flavor: Tangy, bitter, acidic hops. Very spiky and incisive on the palate, with more pine and bitter citrus grapefruit hops dominating the malt backbone.

Not a bad IPA, just not a great one.

Nov 23, 2014
Hopitoulas IPA from New Orleans Lager & Ale Brewing Company (NOLA)
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 485 ratings