New Orleans Lager & Ale Brewing Company (NOLA)

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IPA - Imperial
Ranked #3,975
Ranked #19,074
3.88 | pDev: 11.86%
New Orleans Lager & Ale Brewing Company (NOLA)
Louisiana, United States
Very Good
Notes: For some people, hops belong on the basketball court and IBUs should run like shoe sizes. This beer is not for those people. This one’s for the hop hungry. This is our monster, hoppy and heady. Formerly known as Mecha Hopzilla, this is an American Imperial IPA with a unique combination of four different hops and a half-pound-per-barrel, dry-hop process resulting in a powerful flavor that’s not for the faint of heart.

81 IBUs
Reviews: 40 | Ratings: 361 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

3.86/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Tonight, I am CANcentrating on The CANQuest's (tm) problem children. They are those beers who do not know how to behave in (especially) warm/hot weather & decide to test the limits of their aluminum CANtainer. If I CAN identify them in time, I will move them up in the queue of the backlog & throw them into the reefer in the hopes of salvaging it. Other times, I only hear a metallic "TING!" followed by a gushing explosion. 8={} In those cases, the CAN is dumped, rinsed & placed in The CANQuest (tm) Bag o' Shame to be displayed whenever I go for a lecture.

From the CAN: "This 'Hop Monster' is an American Imperial IPA boasting Bravo, Columbus, Centennial and Citra Hops. Beware of Mecha's powerful flavor and its attack of half pound per barrel dry-hop aroma. Not for the faint of heart or palate. Hop heads, this one's for you! Brewed with love, brewed in New Orleans."; "'Laissez la bonne bière versez' (Let the good beer pour)".

I had a little trouble with getting the vent to Crack! open, but I am an old hand at this sort of thing with many tricks up my sleeve. Once it had been acCANplished, I went with an extra-gentle, extra-slow C-Line Glug so as not to rouse any flocculate. So many times, when a beer is over-hopped, as this one may have been, the dry hops will settle out as powder & I wanted to let them lie in state. There was a good deal of foaming, but it settled into two-plus fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, tawny head with excellent retention, leaving a LOT of lacing behind in its wake. Color was an oh-so-faintly-hazy Amber to Deep-Amber/Light-Copper (SRM = > 13, < 17). Nose was pungent with hops, overlaying a caramel malt backbone underneath. Mmm. Mouthfeel was big and full, as is usually the case with the style. The taste was extremely bitter, really loaded with hops, enough to make even my hophead eyes water in response! Once I got past the initial shock, awe & burn, a minty coolness beCAN to take 'hold, followed by a wash of sweet caramel. Phew! My real bugaboo here was that it was impossible to parse one hops variety from another in the general mélange. I love hops, but I would prefer a little more differentiation in my beer. Finish was hot, dry, bitter, just a real hop monster. Haha.

Aug 07, 2019
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

a sturdy and well made double ipa here, honey colored with a faint actually honey character to it, heady and mostly clear, with a ton of hop bitterness, oiliness, fruitiness, and dankness, the full spectrum, and in an appreciably west coast fashion, i dug this one, but could not have a ton of it, its a bit sweet, awfully bitter, and not overly subtle on its alcoholic prowess, it was an easy pint, not necessarily a slow sipper, but a ton of this would ruin a man. hard to place the hops with all the bitterness and countering juiciness here, its both worlds, and while i think more classic northwestern types on the back end, the aroma has me more on a citra and new school, even australian track, tough to place but really complete and delicious, with some stone and tropical fruit, cannabis, and overall intensity. smooth and fuller bodied, well carbonated, sticky even in its dryness, pretty awesome feel here. in a recent extended session of beers from these guys, this was probably my favorite, or darn near it. classic approach, bold and big, i liked this a lot.

Nov 21, 2017
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smcolw from Massachusetts

3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Darker golden color. Clear. Plenty of streaky lace from the smaller head.

Mild but well-balanced nose.

Brief malt that succumbs to the strong hop bitterness. Long, bitter finish and aftertaste. Good carbonation with a lighter body. Not extreme but definitely hoppier thank most.

Nov 01, 2017
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TX-Badger from Texas

4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear coppery amber color with off-white head. Pine, citrus, caramel, and some grass on the nose; follows onto the palate. Full bodied. Finishes with a lot of pine and citrus.

Jul 31, 2017
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Boto from Connecticut

3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16oz can: this one pours a hazy orangish golden color. There was a small off white head that leaves some lacing. Good nose! Almost old school by today’s standards, as mainly pine and grapefruit hop notes. Perhaps some lemon too. the taste is good too. Lots of hops, and a big bitter bite. The malt sweetness is hiding in the background. Pine, grapefruit and lemon hop flavors. A decent beer!

May 18, 2017
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macrosmatic from Florida

3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed from notes. Poured from a 16 oz. can into a Fat Head's pint glass.

A: Fairly dark gold, hazy, with good visible carbonation. Forms a half-finger of off-white head with good retention for a hoppy beer.

S: Resin, biscuit malts, and mild grapefruit rind. A pretty tame aroma for a DIPA, but not bad.

T: Juicy grapefruit, some resinous pine. A nice biscuit malt adds some sweetness without any particular caramel flavor. The malts diminish under the hop bitterness at and after the swallow, and you're left with more grapefruit rind and resin flavors.

M: Average body and good carbonation. The alcohol flavors are low, though the listed ABV is also low for style.

O: Despite the claims on the label, this is pretty tame in the world of DIPAs. It's not bad, and decently balanced, but nothing I'd seek out again.

Feb 17, 2017
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amorpork from Florida

1.14/5  rDev -70.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Brutally terrible. The yeast must have turned because it's not even drinkable. Bought at Orlando ABC near Corrine. Dumped the last three from the 4. I cannot even describe the taste but it was not what they were shooting for.

Dec 09, 2016
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richj1970 from Alabama

3.79/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 16 oz can dated 8/31/16 so assuming it's a best by date. Since this is my first beer from NOLA, I'm not sure how they date.

A: Burnt orange with a 1-2 finger white head with decent retention and lacing.

S: Aromas are fairly light but picking up on some citrus with tangerine and oranges.

T: Tangerine, orange zest, and grapefruit mixed with biscuit malts. More malt forward than I was expecting, but maybe it's just an older can.

M: Medium body with light to average carbonation.

O: Easy drinking and enjoyable DIPA, and one I would revisit especially with a fresh batch.

Jun 27, 2016
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Billolick from New York

3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 0z can with "best by" dating

Pours medium amber and clouded, nice fine sheeting all the way to the top of the glass.

Dank hop nose

Hop bomb alert, we are talkin heavy pine and dense citrus notes all over this one.

Rich and thicker body wise..Overall an enjoyable and body flavorful and robustly hopped creation. Quite enjoyable, hop heads rejoice

Apr 11, 2016
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AgentMunky from New York

3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served on tap at The Three Legged Dog. (In a plastic cup.)
Good head. Hazy-opaque brown.
Grapefruit and candied pineapple.
A fie on these tap lines, but it's alright. Malty, musky, and muted-sweet. Some citrus. Some hops. Some earthiness.
Surprisingly drinkable. I like it!

Dec 30, 2015
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Hop_God from California

3.52/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: straw yellow thick white head

S: some bitter pine, little hops

T: underwhelming flavor, some bitterness, hop water in a sense

F: crisp and clean, bitter finish

O: dont go looking for this

Nov 17, 2015
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Jamie_Newman from Louisiana

4.32/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Fluffy off white head. Orange/gold body with lots of lacing. The smell is a lot of citrus and a little bit of pine. You can definitely taste the 8.8%. I don't know the ibu's but I would guess around 70. Mouthfeel is medium with a dry finish. Acceptional DIPA.

Oct 08, 2015
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Gregaroo from Pennsylvania

3.51/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Howlin' Wolf in between Tab/Anders show and Voodoo Dead. Great night! Nice, sharp double IPA from NOLA. Served in a flimsy plastic cup. All else awesome.

May 02, 2015
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tigg924 from Massachusetts

3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Taste is citrus and floral hops with toffee, cake batter, and a touch of pine at the end. The bitterness is light compared to others in this style. However, the mouthfeel does become more bitter and dry as the beer warms. Overall I really enjoyed this one. Maybe not the hoppiest of double IPAs, but the flavor is interesting.

Apr 27, 2015
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ilikebeer03 from Texas

3.69/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: pours a cloudy orange with a nice head that leaves good lacing. good retention.

S: soft citrus hops with more malt than I expected for a double ipa

T: taste good. citrusy hops. orange, pine with a malt backbone to balance. piney hops linger on the palate.

M: crisp, good carbonation.

O: i was hoping for a bit better, but certainly not a bad beer.

Feb 04, 2015
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.67/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a dark golden/orange color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is piney, some citrus. Taste is hoppy, pine, bitter, some citrus, just a touch of alcohol. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid and enjoyable beer.

Jan 14, 2015
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jeremiahoden from Indiana

1.25/5  rDev -67.8%

Worst DIPA ive ever had!!!!!!! Thats why Indiana's 100th ranked beer is as high as Louisiana #1. With that said everything from Great Raft Brewing in Shreveport destroys this beer!

Oct 31, 2014
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FLima from Brazil

4.16/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had it fresh in the brewery.
Amber color with a thick off-white head with great retention.
Nice aroma with very present predominant notes of pine and some grapefruit.
Balanced hop flavor with predominant citrus notes of grapefruit and pine. Also, lots of spices, toasted and caramel malts, tangerines and mango.
Dry aftertaste with a long lasting bitterness.
Medium to full body with mild carbonation. Alcohol of 8.8% abv is superbly well hidden.
What a great double IPA, not overly sweet as most unfortunately are, and very hop forward without sharp edges. Also, assertive and not tiresome. Best matrix point for a hophead: away from sweet overweighed bodies that hides the holly plant.

Sep 19, 2014
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jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +3.1%

Served on draft in a shaker pint glass.

Dark amber in color, off white head. Hoppy aroma - mix of pine and citrus, a little conflicted. Enough caramel malt to balance out the bitterness in the taste. Hoppy aftertaste. Medium body and carbonation.

Overall I prefered their smaller IPA

Sep 11, 2014
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jdcollens from New York

3.72/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bought a 4-pack of tall boys when I was visiting friends and family in New Orleans. Finally getting around to posting some reviews. Poured into a Terrapin snifter/tulip (doesn't flare out at the lip like a tulip, but isn't nearly as large as a traditional snifter and has more of a tulip shape otherwise).

A: Nice, hazy, light copper color with a solid 1.5-2 fingers' worth of head that sticks around for a while.

S: I'm a huge fan of citrusy, grapefruit-y hop scents and this certainly has that. I can't rate it much higher, though, because I'm also getting some off-notes in all 4 of my cans. Nothing major, just a little hint of a funk that wouldn't be out of place in a saison but really doesn't work too well with an IPA. Also some very mild piney resin notes.

T: Hmmmm. The grapefruit is a lot more present in the smell than in the taste. While it's still there, this one has much more of the piney flavor up front. The smell is more pleasing than the taste with this one. I also get a hint of a metallic taste on the finish, sort of like the smell you get on your hands after handling some old tin cans. It wouldn't be so bad if the finish weren't so long, but it's the note that stands out most upon exhaling. It lingered for a good 20 minutes after I finished this one.

M: Nothing stands out here, which is good for the style. Too thin and you've got no body, no finish. Too thick and it destroys your taste buds. This floats in the middle quite well, though it may be a bit too carbonated for my personal tastes.

O: This is a solid brew, but I'm not sure I'd go out of my way to seek it out again. Nothing to turn your nose up at, but I can think of at least 5 or 6 very widely available DIPAs I'd rather have. I was glad I got to try a solid DIPA from my hometown and will likely give it another try next time I'm in town, especially if it's on tap.

Jun 07, 2014
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RonfromJersey from New Jersey

3.79/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bright glowing hazy orange body, topped by a level four fingers of oatmeal colored floppy bubbles. Tight drippy lace coats the glass.

Aroma is oranges, lemons, and pine. Inviting but could a tad more oomph.

Big sweet malt foundation. Burst of fruit. Huge bitter bite. Sense of bigness in all things. Abrasive, in a good way.

Full and tingly mouthfeel.

Not a DIPA you drink in a hurry. Definitely worth a try if you're visiting Big Easy.

May 20, 2014
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a0lbudman from Alabama

4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
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

Feb 20, 2014
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bmwats from Louisiana

3.66/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

Sep 27, 2013
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MrWendal from Louisiana

4.62/5  rDev +19.1%
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).

Sep 04, 2013
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MCain04 from Texas

3.52/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

Jul 30, 2013
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Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 361 ratings