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

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BEER INFO

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

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.

Added by Vengeance526 on 10-11-2009

BEER STATS
Ratings:
432
Reviews:
81
Avg:
3.78
pDev:
12.17%
 
 
Wants:
16
Gots:
70
For Trade:
2
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -27.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -14%

Photo of Knapp85
3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Bulbman for sending this one up north to me. The beer poured out as a really nice copper color. The head comes and goes within a few minutes. There is a light amount of lacing. and not much retention. The smell of the beer has some subtle pine and citrus notes along with a malt sweetness. The taste of the beer has more pine and a dry malt finish to it. The mouthfeel of the beer is medium bodied with a decent carbonation. Overall it's a pretty good beer. Not the best IPA I've had but it was nice to try.

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Photo of emerge077
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to MasterSki for sharing the growler!
Review from notes...

Pours into a mini-pint glass with random downward streaks of lace and a finger of foam that fades to a fine, wispy skim. High clarity orange color. A large cluster of bubbles is nested on the surface.

Pleasant hoppy aroma, softly floral, a little herbal and woody, with some backing citrus rind. Flavor is similar with a fairly mellow character, clear notes of citrus peel and floral hops. Drying, almost tacky feel in the aftertaste. Medium carbonation, soft feel. Refreshing and drinkable, bitterness is not too aggressive, so its approachable and sessionable.

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3.55/5  rDev -6.1%
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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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

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3.18/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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4.8/5  rDev +27%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
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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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

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3/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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3/5  rDev -20.6%

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3.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The third in a series of four growlers from NewGeneric. Served in my NotLA pint-shaped taster glass.

A - A finger of soapy foam that leaves some spotty lacing behind while dissipating to a thin cap. Golden transparent body that isn't all the different looking from the Blonde Ale.

S - Grassy, floral, and slightly catty hop character. Some spicy grain malt and a bit of sugar cookie in the backbone. Definitely East Coast balance here.

T - The taste is a bit nicer, as the bitterness creeps up and complements the light citrus and floral hop character. Again, it's balanced by a sugary pale malt backbone. No obvious alcohol.

M - Light carbonation tingle, sticky enamel coating finish and residual feel. Medium body. Quite pleasant and appropriate for an IPA.

D - It's easy to drink, although the bitterness is of the sneaky variety. I'd have it again if it was my local brew, but it doesn't do enough to stand out in a crowded field.

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Hopitoulas IPA from New Orleans Lager & Ale Brewing Company (NOLA)
3.78 out of 5 based on 432 ratings.
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