Two Louisiana IPAs Ranked in the Top 50 Nationwide by Paste Magazine

NOLA Moon Shoes

NOLA Brewing & Parish Brewing IPAs Make it in the Top 50 in the Country

By Alexis Dickie, Brew Bus Staff
July 10, 2018

India Pale Ales, or IPAs, are increasingly all the buzz in the craft beer industry.

Year after year IPAs are ranked as the most consumed beer in the country and breweries are paying attention. Brewers around the nation are making all kinds of different variations of this ever-so-popular beer.

The New England style ‘haze’ has been the focus most recently, but West Coast style IPAs or “traditional IPAs” are still being cranked out as well.

Paste Magazine explains, “Every time we do this, it seems like the previous mark will be impossible to surpass. Each time, we’re wrong.

The main reason why is the enduring, seemingly ever-strengthening popularity of India Pale Ale with American drinkers.

As the beer geek market has matured, IPA has changed and matured along with it, branching off into numerous offshoots like capillaries splitting from an artery.”

Paste did a blind tasting of 324 IPAs and ranked them all accordingly. Louisiana had two beers represented in the top 50: NOLA Brewing‘s Moon Shoes came in at number 47 and Parish Brewing‘s Double Dry Hopped Bloom came in at number 5.

NOLA Brewing’s Moon Shoes

First released in late April 2018, Moon Shoes was an instant success.

It was one of the specialty releases in NOLA’s small batch IPA series that was tested in 2017 with pilot batches and now has been rolled out into regular releases that sell-out almost instantly.

These releases also included Flippy Floppy, No Strings Attached, and Spud Heavy. You can expect a new IPA from NOLA every “month-ish” for the foreseeable future.

NOLA Brewing Moon Shoes

Photo from NOLA Brewing

From Paste Magazine:

47. NOLA Brewing Moon Shoes
City: New Orleans, LA
ABV: 7%
The verdict: In terms of profound takeaways I can list after this blind tasting, the most prominent one is this: A great NE-IPA can come from just about anywhere these days.

Yes, it’s equally true that terrible hazy IPAs can also come from any brewery, but just because you might not think of a brewery as an NE-IPA powerhouse ‘ala Tree House or Trillium, that doesn’t mean they haven’t recently discovered the magic formula.

Some of them definitely have, and this beer from NOLA is the perfect example. They’re by no means a brewery we usually associate with hazy hop bombs, but this beer was a (shockingly) pleasant surprise.

Big, sweet citrus is assertive on the palate, followed by moderate grassiness that morphs into a second wave of peach and pineapple fruitiness and a long, green finish. Juicy and assertive, but still fairly approachable, it inspired the following note from one taster: “It has the viscosity of a Russian imperial stout. If you’re doing beer as juice, this is it.”

Parish Brewing DDH Bloom

When you think of IPAs in Louisiana, you think of Parish Brewing. They have made some of the state’s best IPAs year after year, and they are only getting better. Bloom was originally released in 2016 as a spring seasonal and has returned each year since. 2018 was the first time Parish released a double dry hopped version of the already popular beer.

DDH Bloom

Photo from Paste Magazine

From Paste Magazine:

5. Parish Brewing Co. DDH Bloom IPA
City: Broussard, LA
ABV: 6.7%
The verdict: And just in case you thought we didn’t like anything with “DDH” in the title, here’s one that we all loved … unsurprisingly from Parish, who were just outside the top 10 in our blind tasting of 176 DIPAs, and again in the top percentiles of our tasting of 151 pale ales. They’ve been right on the cusp for a while, but it was the DDH Bloom that put them over the top.

This is the kind of beer that makes it clear why Parish beers are so sought-after in the Southeast, and also justifies the NE-IPA style itself on many levels—it’s as beautiful in terms of textures as it is in flavors.

DDH Bloom is a true juice bomb, hitting hard with impressions of orange, pineapple and peach nectar, before segueing into some seriously dank notes as well, all complemented by a wonderfully smooth, creamy, soft texture that is inviting rather than abrasive.

From one score sheet: “Dank, citrusy, peachy and sweet. Intense, huge flavors.” From another: “This one has ALL the fruits, plus plenty of dank.” It highlights the best aspects of a DDH hop rate while avoiding the most common pitfalls of being overly vegetal or gritty. This is a beautiful beer.

We are excited to see what these two breweries continue to produce!

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