Beer of the Week – NOLA Brown

NOLA Brown Ale

In the spirit of October and Octoberfest, we thought we’d stick with local brews and those whose characters evoke feelings of fall and cool, crisp Louisiana evenings.

We live in Louisiana. We like dark beer. This English style mild brown ale has a rich dark color with an aroma of chocolate, coffee, and caramel. There was a time when all ales were brown to some degree or another; as pale ales and pale lagers proliferated, brown ales became associated with particular styles like mild, or nut brown ale. American craft brewers have put their own spin on brown ales, as usual, increasing the hop load and ABV. NOLA Brown is firmly in the English mild/nut brown tradition. You’d never think it to look at the beautiful dark brown color, but this beer is very light in body and very quaffable.

Malt is the primary flavor, and it is actually pretty chocolatey but not bitterly so.  The mouth-feel has a pleasantly velvety feel – it has flavor yet remains subtle with high drinkability. Overall a great beer. Probably my favorite beer in this category out of our great state. Really gives me a good opinion of NOLA. Cheers!


Joel is a local beer enthusiast, home brewer, member of the American Homebrewers Association®, The Louisiana Craft Brewers Guild and is a Cicerone® Program Certified Beer Server

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