Thursday, January 3rd 2013
(NOLA Brewing Company)
Hopitoulas IPA takes its name from New Orleans' Tchoupitoulas Street (CHOP-it-TOO-luhs), where NOLA Brewing Company is located. The can design features an image of the Big Easy's skyline and some great intricate artwork on both the front and reverse. This is NOLA's first 16 oz. can and one of their most popular draft offerings. Cheers!
From the NOLA site:
"Hopitoulas was the third addition to our year-round beer portfolio. This 6.5% 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."
Here we go...
Pour - a great looking amber, dark honey color with a solid inch of off-white head. Looks like a clean pour with spot on carbonation.
Aroma - very piney along with some tropical fruits (pineapple and mango) as well as lemon and grapefruit citrus aroms. Very aromatic with a touch of sweetness and malty, toasty notes.
Taste - rather light on the palate as soon as it hits the tongue, definite flavors of pine and grapefruit with a solid and sweet malt backbone. The tropical notes are definitely there and combine well with the sweetness of the malt. Not a hop bomb by any means and quite easy drinking - found myself at the bottom of this glass quite quickly and was wishing I had a few more cans in the fridge...
Overall - a great candidate for anyone who like hops but doesn't need them at an overwhelming level. Hopitoulas IPA is a very balanced beer with great piney notes along with a solid malt base. Well done NOLA!
Note - if you look closely at the reverse of the Hopitoulas IPA can you'll see the phrase, "Laissez la bonne biere verser", which is French for "Let the good beer pour".
Posted by Russ
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