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

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Hopitoulas IPAHopitoulas IPA

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

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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Photo of Boto
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
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!

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Photo of Buck89
3.77/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of johnnyd10vt
3.56/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

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Photo of fortozs
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.74/5  rDev -0.8%
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

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

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Photo of peteboiler
4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
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.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
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).

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Photo of thehoppylady
4.18/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

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Photo of jsapunor
4.33/5  rDev +14.9%
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.

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Photo of zeronumber
4.01/5  rDev +6.4%
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?

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Photo of tone77
3.44/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.45/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

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Photo of Tuck_leepulin
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16oz can with an indiscernible canned on date on the bottom. Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy copper with 1/2 finger of head

Smell: Fruity and herbal hop aroma with some citrus

Taste: Hop flavor is bright in tone with some herbal notes

Mouthfeel: Medium with a sticky/resin feel in the finish

Overall: I wish I could know how fresh this is, but for what its worth, a solid IPA.

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Photo of FLima
3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Had it fresh in the brewery.
Clear amber color with a thick head with short retention but leaving some laces.
Light aroma of papaya, American yeast and caramel malts.
Increasingly hoppy flavor but not aggressive flavor with notes of papaya, pineapple, spices and tutti-frutti. Quite dry and bitter aftertaste.
Medium body with mild carbonation.
Very well balanced IPA though a bit too neutral. I preferred their other brews.
Ap.3,5 Ar.3,5 Sab.3,5 Sens.3,5 Cj.3,5

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Photo of socon67
3.84/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A - Dark amber pour with a crème colored foam that is high and clingy. Minimal lacing, and slight carbonation.

S - Some bready yeast notes, an earthy hop aroma, and some lemongrass hit the nose. This smells like a rustic IPA.

T - Some citrus notes in the initial sip. There is some mild malt flavors before the finish. The tongue gets hit with a raspy bitterness that compliments this beer.

M - Easy drinking IPA. This is preferred for someone who likes an earthy feel to the style.

O - First try from NOLA and this is a brewery I'd look to try again. A solid offering with a distinctive twist.

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Photo of StarofSahara
4.11/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Was thrown one of these by a friend while I was on my balcony. Alright alright alright. This is beer that knows how to party. I would not want to lose this in 10 days. There may be a time to kill, but it ain't when you kicking one of these. I was on the phone with a wedding planner, having thirteen conversations about the same thing, when I realized I was on my tiptoes, a very clear case of failure to launch. So what did I do? I yell two for the money, this ain't fools gold! I took a seat in my favorite chair, wondering if there was a Lincoln lawyer who could track down my ghosts of girlfriends past. Maybe a true detective instead? I bet his name would be Bernie or Killer Joe.
I was also in Amistad

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Photo of RonfromJersey
3.71/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Golden body, hazy, topped by four billowing fingers of rocky off-white foam. Little drips of lace cats the glass.

Aroma of grassy hay, and a supporting current of citrus.

Sweet squishy malt beginning. Juicy fruit. Mild bitterness, not a definitive bite. Fruity finish.

Smooth, bubbly but not prickly medium mouthfeel.

Solid IPA, definitely one to seek out when in Louisianna.

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Photo of Mikecap
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a medium amber with a nice two finger off-white head with solid lacing on the glass.

Smell: Good mix of citrus fruit and piney hops, I like what I'm getting here. A bit of lemon and some solid west coast hops.

Taste: Similar to the nose with pine and a bit of grapefruit and lemon, what I'd expect from an IPA. Some grassy notes as well. A tinge of caramel as well.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and smooth and definitely not a pounder. A good feel for an IPA, not overly bitter but good.

Overall: A pretty solid IPA from NOLA. I don't like it as much as Mechahopzilla, but its definitely a good beer that I could drink more of.

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Photo of JMScowcroft
4.24/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

NOLA - Hopitoulas IPA

Look - Poured into a Craftgeer snifter, this brew pours slightly hazy caramel amber almost slightly red with a full foamy head that dissipates quickly, retains some, and leaves lots of lacing.

Smell - Caramel bready malt and resin pine and citrus hops. The citrus is more tart than sour, but not necessarily straight lemon, can't put my finger on it.

Taste - Rich bready malt intro and a definite tart citrus hop comes in after, then fades into a piney bitter, again I cannot place the specific citrus flavor, almost zesty as one reviewer mentioned.

Mouthfeel - Rests slight bitter pine but mostly fades rather quickly. Medium-bodied, low booziness, good drinkability.

Overall - Solid brew, like their take on this style. Tart citrus and pine bitter with a rich bready malt backbone. Would recommend for those who want a punchier AIPA but maybe not a full-blown DIPA.

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Photo of mjryan
3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Was in NO recently and had the chance to drink a few pints of this fine IPA. Brought a four pack home. Looks really nice, hazy amber with a firm head. Nose is a subtle blend of caramel, biscuit and floral hops. A bit mellow for an IPA but pleasant none the less. Tastes great. Fresh lightly toasted bread from the malt, a touch of caramel as well. Hops bring a touch of orange zest, some grapefruit, cut grass and hay. Long, drying pithy bitterness. Quite pronounced. I dig this beer, and I'm sad this is my last can.

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Photo of One2Remeber
2.9/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

A: Brightly clear, vibrant light reddish orange body. Frothy, big bubbly, dirty white head.

S: Light caramel sweetness, orange/citrus hops are muted at best (no BoD). Distinct mineral/metal smell.

T: Rich caramel malt sweetness, hints of grainy bread, followed by a mineral, watery taste. Big metallic finish that lingers.

M: Medium-full body. Heavy bitterness, hops linger and CO2 bites.

O: Received from a friend that visited NO. Have to assume this can is old as hops are present but weak. Would try again but this attempt failed.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.06/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Dogfish Spiegelau glass. No freshness date.

A- Pours a medium amber color with a 3/4 inch beige head that retains quite well before decaying to an 1/8 inch head. Sticky cobwebs of lacing adhere nicely to the glass.

S- Dank, musty hop aroma that's more piney and earthy than citrusy. Toasty malt in the back. Somewhat effervescent.

T- The toasted malt is surprisingly the first flavor to hit, then the hops come in with a solid bite. Well-balanced with the alcohol not being overly noticeable. There's a slight metallic taste I chalk up to the variety of hops used, apparently six different varietals. The bitterness doesn't linger long which is fine.

M- Tight but smooth and semi-dry. Medium carbonation and a body that leans toward the fuller side.

O- A very drinkable and flavorful IPA from this small regional brewery. Looking forward to trying more of their beers.

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Photo of mjc3151
2.87/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Large amount of head. Very clear, you can see the bubble moving upward through the beer.

S - smells of hop bitterness

T - I mainly get lots of bitterness. A little bit of hop flavor, but mainly just hop bitterness. A little too bitter for me.

M - creamy mouthfeel partly due to the head, medium carbonation

O - too bitter, not enough of a balance of taste to warrant a repurchase.

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Photo of bmwats
3.82/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16 oz can into a standard pint.

A: Dark amber hue. Pours about a 2 finger, frothy, white head. Settles slowly and unevenly, leaving dry, sticky residue behind as it does. Fair spider web lacing. Head renews with each pour.

S: Sourdough bread, pine, freshly cut grass, and some Italian spice.

T: Really piney hop, accentuated with a woody tone, some clove, a little orange and lemon rind, and just a hint of indistinct sweetness to top it off.

M: Full body. Crisp character with a punchy hop. Bitter palette lingers throughout. Dry, bitter finish.

D: Sip and enjoy. The bitter palette will dictate it.

Atmosphere is really solid. Great, dark hue, giant frothy head, and some decent spider web lacing. Nose is sourdough, with clove and oregano, grass, all on a big piney plate. Flavor is woody and piney with some nice savory spice and a little sweet accent. Overall, this is a really good quaff.

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Photo of brentk56
3.55/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Arrives at the bar with an amber color capped by an inch of foam that does a nice job lacing the pint glass

Smell: Reasonably hoppy, though the malts are not shy; a bit of caramel and some pine, though both aspects are understated

Taste: Biscuity and caramel malts, up front, with some piney hops arriving, in the middle; some mint and aspirin flavors, in the finish, though the overall effect is not overly bitter

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A little too malt forward for the style though this is about as good as it gets for an IPA in this part of the country

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