MechaHopzilla by Nola brewing

10547584_10101994845206180_352561156745056685_n 10552461_10101994846199190_8633115024396018513_nRating: 4.5/5

MechaHopzilla by Nola brewing is an 8.8% ABV Imperial India Pale Ale.

Label:
This “Hop Monster” is an American Imperial IPA boasting Bravo, Columbus, Centennial and Citra Hops. Beware of MechaHopzilla’s powerful flavor and it’s 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.
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I love Godzilla and all the other Kaiju monsters! This one is probably my favorite label from the beers I have received thus far in this package from my friend Aaron Mendiola of www.beermetaldude.com. I have heard of a Hopzilla beer and even tried the Dogzilla beer long ago. However, a MechaHopzilla beer, this is freaking awesome! I have no idea what to expect from this beer but since it is an IPA, I can only hope it is a monster of a hoppy beer. Thanks again Aaron and cheers brother!

Aromas:
Grassy, Piney, floral and grapefruit hops, caramel, biscuit bread, tangerine, oranges, lemon peel, tropical fruit hints like mango, papaya, prickly pears, dragon fruit, brown sugar, toffee, orange gummy bears and rye bread.

Flavors:
Grassy, piney, grapefruit, floral and citrus hops, caramel, tangerine, orange preserves on biscuit bread, tropical fruits like guava, papaya, dragon fruit, prickly pear, mango, brown sugar, toffee, orange gummy bears, bubble gum hints, lemon peel, rye bread, peach, apricot and butterscotch hints.

Aftertaste:
Caramel, grassy, pine, grapefruit and tropical hops linger. No alcohol in the taste, a moderate to sipping drinkability, medium body, medium mouth feel as well as crisp and refreshing.

Overall:
This IPA is very good. Aside from the Godzilla and Mecha Godzilla reference, this one truly does work with the caramel and malty aspect of IPAs. The balance of this works while still maintaining a caramel sweetness, the hop complexities definitely make for one really good and hoppy IPA. If you do not like malty and hoppy IPAs, then this one may not be for you. Personally, I enjoy these myself so I recommend it.

Anime Corner:
Akane Yashiro, Titanosaurus and Mecha Godzilla were used in this pairing for the obvious Mecha Godzilla reference. I tried to find something that also pairs with MechaHopzilla’s colors and in this case, it was the Mecha Gozilla III’s shoulder cannons. The fact that it comes in can also helps the pairing out so well. The bitterness is definitely represented by Mecha Gozilla’s onslaught.

Speaking of which, it turns out that Toho had sued Nola over this beer. I hope they can still use the reference because honestly, this is one bad ass monster of a beer!
http://www.fox8live.com/story/23392839/toho-sues-nola-brewing-over-mechahopzilla-beer

Sources:
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Hopitoulas IPA by Nola brewing

10606506_10101994842037530_1819378338566206446_nRating: 4/5

Hopitoulas IPA by Nola brewing is a 6.5% ABV India Pale Ale.

Label:
Houpitoulas is the product of our Brewmaster Peter ‘Hopzilla’ Caddoo’ 30 plus years of brewing experience and overall love for IPA’s. 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.
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A sweet an awesome offering from my friend Aaron at www.beermetaldude.com. This beer is the first I try from Nola brewing. I was was honored with this one and the MechaHopzilla which I will review at a later time. I wanted to start early with this one since I had not had a regular IPA since I received the awesome goods from Aaron. This is a basic IPA and from the many IPAs I have always had, I always try to put them in a category of more tropical, caramel maltiness, grassy dank or just floral and herbal. Let us see where this one goes to. Cheers!

Aromas:
Floral, grassy, pine, and grapefruit hops, sweet caramel, vanilla, honey, biscuit bread, apples, toffee, tangerine, rye bread, toffee, caramel, gummy bears, mango and brown sugar.

Flavors:
Floral, grassy, piney and grapefruit hops, caramel, tropical fruit mango, rye bread, honey, vanilla, citrus, tangerine, toffee, biscuit bread, mango, pecans and mandarin spread.

Aftertaste:
Tropical fruits, caramel, mango, rye bread, grassy and grapefruit hop lingers. No alcohol in the taste, light to medium body, easy to medium drinkability, crisp and refreshing.

Overall:
A very good IPA. This one goes along the more maltier side of IPAs. In terms of the caramel maltiness is stronger with this one than the hops yet the hoppy goodness is still there. If you love stronger dank hoppy IPAs, this may not be yours but there may be a level of appreciation if you are a not a comple hop head. Hops aren’t everything and hence the reason I love to be open minded about beers.

Anime Corner:
Vocaloid Hatsune Miku was used to pair with the label and the name of the beer. The beer almost sounds like the name of a city. In pairing with the label, I chose this one as it pairs with the city on her helmet like the bridge on the label and the name. The oval shapes and colors basically. You can also say that some of the brews tropical hints are represented in the colors of her little red friend there. Her eyes also pair well with the colors of the label too.

Sources:
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