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RATINGS: 81   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.34/5   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 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nearbeer (4783) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 19, 2016
Pint can. Mostly clear, orange-copper with a spongy disc of foam. Big nose of pineapple and caramel balanced by some peppery resin, lemongrass and grapefruit. Flavors of toffee, zesty orange-grapefruit, resin and biscuit. Finish has some small notes of pepper, garlic, wood and spicy leaf. Medium-heavy body has light-medium carbonation. Big beer with the necessarily big dry finish to make it very drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Carlisle (469) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 21, 2016
Draft in NOLA. Pours copper with a buck white head and substantial lacing. Pine hop aroma. Thick, biscuit malt upfront followed by pine hops. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mnurda (1239) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - MAY 5, 2016
Part of a flight at NOLA taproom. Boozy great tasting double ipa. Not my fav style but quite enjoyed it ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Itzjerm (2190) - Taft, Tennessee, USA - MAY 3, 2016
UPDATED: MAY 9, 2016 A nice hoppy beer but a basic over hopped double IPA. Citrus like. One of the better offerings though. Light nose of earth aromas. Thin lasting head. Flavors are tropical.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Panzuriel (1823) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - APR 30, 2016
Location: 16 oz can purchased at Sidney’s 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 didn’t have to travel to nola to get it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
oldrtybastrd (4951) - 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 (4208) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 2, 2016
16oz can from Josh’s 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 (9563) - 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 (496) - 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
ChadPolenz (1655) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - DEC 13, 2015
You’d 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 Brewing’s “Mecha.” There’s definitely a strong presence of hops here, but not much in the way of distinctive and interesting taste. Maybe it’s just an old can, but I’m 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 it’s old beer).

Taste: I’m 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 (I’ve actually detected this characteristic in other brews of the style – I think it might be from slightly toasted malts). As for hops, well, it’s definitely bitter enough but rather lacking in actual flavor. Only faint citrus and dank resiny notes. Otherwise, it’s an astringent dry, almost sharp/biting sensation. Alcohol is present, but doesn’t completely upstage the palette. Overall, it’s 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. It’s thick, chewy and syrupy. I will say it’s 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 I’d need.

RATING: 5/10

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