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RATINGS: 77   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.33/5   IBU: 81   EST. CALORIES: 264   ABV: 8.8%
For some people, hops belong on the basketball court and IBUs should run like shoe sizes. This beer is not for those people. This oneís 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 thatís not for the faint of heart.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Panzuriel (1698) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - APR 30, 2016
Location: 16 oz can purchased at Sidneyís Wine Cellar Appearance: Darker Amber hazy brew with a fluffy off white head of smaller bubbles Nose: resinous hops forward with medium roasted spicy malt behind. Taste: more of the same on the nose with a touch of sweetness and citrus hops. Body: Lively carbonation. Medium body Parting thoughts: A very nice IIPA from a can. I wish I didnít have to travel to nola to get it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
oldrtybastrd (4337) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - APR 10, 2016
Pours a deep dark orangish amber color. Aromas of big hop action, sweet malts, and more hops. Flavor has some bready maltsy tastes with nice grapefruit and floral hop taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
DialSquare (3975) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 2, 2016
16oz can from Joshís friend: copper pour, white head. aroma of earthy, pale malt, citrus. tastes are grapefruit, zesty, resiny, sweet syrupy citrus, pine. pretty even mix of bitter and sweet. like this.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
djd07 (7908) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 13, 2016
On tap at the brewery. Pours a clear orange with medium frothy white head that lasts. The aroma is fruity hop and dank. Medium mouth, juicy hop, tropical fruit with a resin finish, very nice.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 10/20
ttroha (489) - Americus, Georgia, USA - JAN 19, 2016
Draft at a restaurant. Pours a hazy copper color with white head. Aroma of grapefruit, orange, and other citrus fruits. Tastes of malt, hoppy, and lots of citrus. Not too bitter. Lots of hops though. I thought it was a good imperial IPA.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Chad9976 (1583) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 13, 2015
Youíd think an imperial IPA would be pretty foolproof by this point, but I still try examples every once in a while that are only okay at best. Case in point: NOLA Brewingís ďMecha.Ē Thereís definitely a strong presence of hops here, but not much in the way of distinctive and interesting taste. Maybe itís just an old can, but Iím not really impressed with this brew.

I poured a 16oz can into a wine glass. There was no freshness date and it cost $3.49 ($0.22 per ounce).

Appearance: Rusty orange/tan sierra color; body is extremely hazy. Pours to a thumb-width, tan, foamy head which laces and retains fairly well.

Smell: Surprisingly malty with strong caramel and butterscotch presence. Some lemon lollipop, too (which makes me think itís old beer).

Taste: Iím inclined to believe Mecha is actually a very good DIPA when fresh, but this serving has all the indicators of age. Still, what separates good beer from bad beer is the ability to still taste good even with a reasonable amount of age on it. The base palette is actually reminiscent of an English barleywine: caramel, treacle, butterscotch and perhaps even a hint of chocolate somewhere in the aftertaste (Iíve actually detected this characteristic in other brews of the style Ė I think it might be from slightly toasted malts). As for hops, well, itís definitely bitter enough but rather lacking in actual flavor. Only faint citrus and dank resiny notes. Otherwise, itís an astringent dry, almost sharp/biting sensation. Alcohol is present, but doesnít completely upstage the palette. Overall, itís the kind of strong IPA hopheads can take or leave.

Drinkability: At 8.8% ABV, NOLA Mecha is a pretty strong beer to be sure. That alcohol does make itself known in the flavor and in the delivery in the form of warmth. The mouthfeel and body definitely feel like a strong brew, though. Itís thick, chewy and syrupy. I will say itís at least comfortable in the mouth and smooth going down. The hops and alcohol linger and dry out the tongue. Not sure why this comes in 16oz cans; 12 ounces is all Iíd need.

RATING: 5/10

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
George999 (335) - Colorado, USA - OCT 21, 2015
From the tap the color is light orange with the aroma being hoppy and bright, the taste is hoppy a little grapefruit notes, and a malty sweet finish. The mouthfeel is medium.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
argo0 (12774) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 17, 2015
16oz bottle. Medium off-white head atop murky amber body. Aroma is moderately sweet, pine, some lemon, grapefruit. Taste is sweet, pine, some alcohol, light lemon. Medium-full body, some resin.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
G_Ram9 (88) - - JUN 27, 2015
This hop-monster is an American Imperial IPA posting 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 palette. Hop heads, this one's for you!. With love, brewed in New Orleans. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JoeMcPhee (9169) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 20, 2015
Pale amber pour. The aroma is quite pony. Lots of sweet malt as well along with a touch of sweet fruit. Malt bit too sweet for my tastes. Thereís a little bit of grassiness in here as well. Decent but I like a much dryer beer.

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