Mecha | 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 | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by EgadBananas on 09-22-2012

BEER STATS
Reviews:
33
Ratings:
328
Avg:
3.91
pDev:
37.08%
 
 
Wants:
16
Gots:
54
For Trade:
4
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Reviews: 33 | Ratings: 328
Photo of Billolick
3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
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

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Photo of tone77
3.67/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

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Photo of rudzud
3.33/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received this as an extra in a trade. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a crystal clear golden hue with a nice one finger off white head that leaves some sticky lacing and a thin blanket.

S - Ah, the aroma of not fresh DIPA! Heh, spoiled by the fresh DIPAs, this smells like, when fresh, it was excellent. Now though, now it is mostly sweet malts. Flashes of the hops that once were, centennial and citra mostly, Sweet grapefruit, bready crackers.

T - Ah, darn. Super, super sweet malts and very generic bitter finish. Light grapefruit. Again, flashes of what it deliciousness once was. The flashes of what it once were though come through though, which is why I have to give it a 3 and not a 2.5 or so.

M - Mouthfeel is on par for the style. Alcohol hidden nicely.

O - Overall, this beer at one point was probably quite delicious. Now though, its a malt bomb. Unfortunate.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.52/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Avenue Pub New Orleans. Served in a cask glass.

A- Pours a medium amber color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that retains very well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a full sheet of surface foam. Sudsy, resilient lacing clings to the glass.

S- Sweet cereal grain malt aroma with citrusy, resinous hops pushing up against the caramel notes. Absolutely lovely.

T- The hops clamp down hard with a solid twang of grassiness but then turn to tropical fruit sweetness with notes of pineapple, mango and candied orange. But, with all this hop craziness going on, the malt is still there to throw in a good balance of hearty bread.

M- Very sharp with a slight alcohol bite. Medium carbonation and a fullish body.

O- Wow. If this had as high of an ABV as Terrapin's Hopzilla, it'd kick the shit out of it. Sorry to compare two beers just based on the name but that's what happens when you semi-copy someone's trademark. Still, this is one excellent DIPA that doesn't just seem like Hopitoulas X2. NOLA's got a real winner here.

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Photo of tigg924
3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of jmdrpi
4/5  rDev +2.3%

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

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Photo of champ103
3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Avenue Pub

A: Pours a perfectly clear dark copper color. A towering white head forms with excellent retention and lace.
S: Bitter pine up front that dominates until this warms up a little. Grassy, juicy citrus aromas.
T: Follows the nose with bitter pine and resin. Grassy citrus hops come out next. A lingering bitterness lasts forever.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. I wish this was a bit more crisp and clean. Very dry though. Even with the high alcohol and bitter finish, this is still enjoyable to drink.

A nice DIPA. Similar to Saint Arnold's Endeavor, but less fruity and juicy flavors. I would really like some more fruity flavors to come out and maybe help with the bitterness. Though still a nice DIPA to sip on.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
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.)
4/4.25/4/3.5/3.75
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!

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Photo of FLima
4.16/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

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Photo of thagr81us
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one at the source while visiting New Orleans for Cantillon Zwanze Day! Served from tap into a NOLA shaker. Poured red-orange with a minimal off-white head. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, citrus, earth, citrus hop, earth hop, and spice. The flavor was of sweet malt, citrus, citrus hop, spice, spicy hop, and earth. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a good brew. The citrus note going on here was really nice and inviting. On top of this I really enjoyed the spicy notes going on when mixed with the citrus as it added a nice touch of balance while still being interesting. A pretty well done brew that I would love to have again in my own area.

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Photo of EgadBananas
4.23/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at home. Tapped 9/22, kegged 9/14.

Nice translucent dark amber colour. Three finger cream coloured head. Left lots of lace.

The aroma is floral, citrus hop notes with pine and sweet malts and a hint of alcohol.

Big bitterness, Caramel, citrus hops, pine resins and a hint of heat.

Nice full body, rich and creamy, clean and smooth.

Overall a wonder IIPA

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.34/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

NOLA MechaHopzilla has a medium-to-thick, cream colored head, a semi-clear, orange appearance, with lots of bubble streams (etched glass), and minimal lacing. The aroma is full- strong, pungent hop oil and citrus peel, with a shade of background breadiness. Taste is of hop oil, slight pine, bitterness, and citrus peel. Sweet bread balances out the hop attack. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy, and NOLA MechaHopzilla finishes puckering, rich, and delicious. Overall, this is a most excellent beer.

RJT

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Photo of JamesStreet
3.87/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - nice looking beer

S - piney, hoppy dominant

T - really nice combo of hops. Liked caramel-like taste under all the hoppiness. Really get that Columbus hops taste in there

M - medium feel, med carb

O - sorry, not enough time for thorough review (i will revisit and re-review when time permits) but Nola did it right on this one. Not my fave style, but this is nice

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Photo of RonfromJersey
3.79/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

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Photo of richj1970
3.79/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

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Photo of ilikebeer03
3.69/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

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Photo of JISurfer
4.72/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had this before it was officially released, at the brewery. This honestly reminded me of Pliny. Yes, you probably think I'm off my rocker after that statement. The floral hopiness was strong, fresh, and crisp, but didn't have a lingering bitter aftertaste that ruins it for me. It went down very smooth, the alcohol quickly snuck up on me, especially in that hot NOLA summer heat. I could seriously drink this all day, every day. I thought NOLA did a great job with this offering, only wish it was available where I live.

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Photo of bmwats
3.66/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

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Photo of Mikecap
4.19/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a hazy deep amber with a nice foamy whitish head that fades to a great deal of splotchy lace.

S: Definite citrus with grapefruit, peach and mango coming to mind. Also hit with a nice dose of pine and earth and some caramel malt.

T: Up front citrus with beautiful orange, tangerine, and grapefruit. The hops and bitterness come through with some great resinous flavor.

M: Medium bodied and creamy with solid hop bitterness for a DIPA. Alcohol well masked by the hops.

O: I really dig this beer and it is a standard in my lineup. Freshness is key and I will say it is better on tap, but I love these tallboys just as much!

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Photo of Hop_God
3.52/5  rDev -10%
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

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Photo of JMScowcroft
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

NOLA - Mechahopzilla

Look - Poured into Dogfish Head IPA glass this came out a hazy deep copper amber with a massive soapy head that leaves lots of lacing.

Smell - Sweet caramel malt and faint fruity citrus hops.

Taste - Caramel malt is deep deep underneath, hops are a tinny citrus creeper that finishes pine and a burnt sugar malt.

Mouthfeel - Sits pine bitter and slightly malt sticky. Slightly boozy (warming) but good drinkability. Medium-bodied.

Overall - Decent brew, not amazing but more good than bad. The blending is all over the place, a kick to the face for sure. Worth a shot if you want pine/grassy hops and a rich malt bomb to go with it.

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Photo of ZethOfTheNorth
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Finally a big beer from NOLA. Tap only for now, and a growler ran me almost $20 at the Avenue Pub in New Orleans.

A: Deep, glowing copper. Some visible carbonation. A thin head after a strong pour with chunky bubbles popping actively.

S: Wonderfully juicy citrus smell accompanied by some light bubblegummy smells. Most impressive part of the beer.

T: Not as sweet or rich as the nose leads you to believe. Quite balanced for a DIPA and decently layered complexity. It starts with an unfortunate wateriness, gets juicy and slightly earthy, and ends with a slow but long hop burn. It's more pleasant than explosive and a little lacking in richness.

M: A strike here for a surprisingly thin body.

O: This is the first DIPA in Louisiana I know will be extremely fresh on consumption, so there's that. But the mouthfeel is clearly imperfect and the taste disappoints somewhat after the nose. Finally, the price point is cause for balking. NOLA is a small brewery and Hopzilla just debuted last week, but this is an average DIPA priced like a premium one right now.

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Photo of Gregaroo
3.51/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

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Photo of jeremiahoden
1.25/5  rDev -68%

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!

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Photo of acevenom
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from one of the new pint cans into a snifter glass. The beer pours clear dark copper with a small, white head that doesn't hang around very long. There's a nice breadiness and sweetness in the aroma, but the hops aren't as forward in the smell. I pick up some of the citrus and pine, but it's clear this should be enjoyed very fresh. There's a nice breadiness and sweetness in the aroma, but the hops aren't as forward in the smell. I pick up some of the citrus and pine, but it's clear this should be enjoyed very fresh. The body is medium with moderate carbonation. The finish is dry and there is lingering bitterness in the aftertaste. This is a very good beer that doesn't quite cross over into excellent.

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