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Pale Ale - Napa Smith Brewery

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Ratings: 76
Reviews: 53
rAvg: 3.25
pDev: 15.69%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Napa Smith Brewery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.25% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: aforbes10 on 11-29-2008)
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Reviews by BuckeyeNation:
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3.9/5  rDev +20%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale tangerine with pale amber highlights and one especially vigorous bubble stream in the exact center of the glass. The alabaster colored crown has plenty of character. It's firmly creamy, a bit rocky, and is doing a fine job laying down lace. A solid start.

The aroma is pleasant enough, though it could be bolder. Pale Ale doesn't smell much like the stated style thanks to the use of European hops. Grassy and spicy don't work as well as citrus fruity when it comes to APAs. To be fair, a modest amount of citrus zestiness is noted.

Napa Smith Pale Ale is not a classic American pale ale circa 2009-2010. It takes more of an old school approach and tastes like the style might have tasted years ago. It doesn't use the usual hop varieties and it isn't anywhere close to over-the-top. Oh yeah, it's pretty good beer and is obviously well-crafted.

The malt side of the seesaw tastes exactly like the malt bill says it will... almost exclusively pale with a hint of caramel. The hoppiness (est. 30 IBUs) tastes fresh and bright and tight. The key to the whole shootin' match is a perfect combination of grassy-herbal-spicy Euro nobles and white grapefruit zesty Americans. There's excellent sweet-bitter balance as well.

While the mouthfeel could be a little bigger, there's no faulting its light creaminess or its exceptionally well-calibrated carbonation. This brewer knows his stuff, there's no doubt about that.

If you have any interest whatsoever in a well-crafted Anglo-American pale ale that won't blow your head off with alpha acids, but delivers excellent flavor and drinkability, then locate a bottle of Napa Smith Pale Ale, crack the crown and enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2010 13:48:49 | More by BuckeyeNation
More User Reviews:
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3.25/5  rDev 0%

06-20-2014 02:33:05 | More by Necronomad
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2.5/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Pours a brown just the light side of medium with orange highlights. Head is small and short-lived, off-white in color. No lace. Weirdly, there is some sediment in the bottle while there is no indication of bottle conditioning mentioned anywhere.
Smell is a bit funky, malt, light hops, maybe some light fruits. Balance is decent and the funky side is not off-putting, just odd in a pale ale. Smell is reminiscent of a saison.
Taste is malt, funk, hops, and nothing else. The funk outweighs the rest slightly but not enough to make it undrinkable. If this were labeled a saison, I could believe it. It wouldn't be a very good one, but it seems closer than calling it a pale ale. There are notes of medicine and green wood in the aftertaste.
The body is fairly weak, not even reaching to medium. Carbonation is a little low but not outside the expected range. As it warms a harshness creeps in, exacerbating the medicinal and wood notes. Drink faster!
There really isn't much to recommend this one. Sorry, folks.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2014 03:12:32 | More by PorterLambic
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3/5  rDev -7.7%

12-21-2013 20:13:40 | More by jaydoc
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3.25/5  rDev 0%

12-21-2013 02:41:36 | More by Pog-Mo-Thoin
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4.25/5  rDev +30.8%

09-13-2013 20:09:21 | More by Imaster
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2.5/5  rDev -23.1%

08-01-2013 02:36:44 | More by Rick778
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3.25/5  rDev 0%

07-08-2013 13:20:35 | More by WoodBrew
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3.25/5  rDev 0%

06-30-2013 14:21:08 | More by Segelstrom
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3.5/5  rDev +7.7%

06-26-2013 19:02:25 | More by sevenshubby
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2/5  rDev -38.5%

06-22-2013 21:36:40 | More by khargro2
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3.5/5  rDev +7.7%

03-19-2013 13:28:48 | More by grahamboudreaux
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4/5  rDev +23.1%

11-22-2012 23:17:10 | More by t0rin0
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2.68/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a murky orange with a foamy orange-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, a can of mixed nuts, and some very mild herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with an earthy and nutty flavor on the finish. There is a very mild hop bitterness that quickly fades with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty poor example of a pale ale and I don't know if it's and old bottle but it sure tastes that way.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2012 05:58:50 | More by UCLABrewN84
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3.5/5  rDev +7.7%

10-31-2012 11:00:21 | More by jtd335
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New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev +7.7%

08-29-2012 22:12:55 | More by emceecue
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3/5  rDev -7.7%

08-27-2012 02:31:01 | More by beerpadawan
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2.75/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This is... Ah to hell with it. I don't know what this is. But it sure isn't a pale ale. Loads of malts. Barely any noticeable hop tones. This is my third beer from this brewery and I'm kind of bored with having to think up something to say about one of their beers. Again (I feel like I'm a broken record), drinkable, but nowhere near the style parameters. It's just a "beer." Thank goodness it was so cheap at BevMo.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2012 21:05:49 | More by RblWthACoz
Photo of mactrail


2.5/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Slight haze on the light amber brew. AVerage head with decent carbonation. Kind of fruity and herbal smell.

Flavor heads off into the cardboard territory. Some bitterness which doesn't go well with the tart taste. Faint traces of malt and suspiciously dry. "Flaccid" is the word I would pin on this. Bitterish aftertaste. More like dishwater with a squeeze of lemon. Very peculiar stuff.

From the 12 oz bottle bought at Grapevine Wine & Liquors on Monaco. Big sale item, but this is the only one of their major discount items I have had a problem with.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2012 04:42:29 | More by mactrail
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3.5/5  rDev +7.7%

04-26-2012 20:57:39 | More by countchunkula
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3.98/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The brew is foggy light amber, an off-white head leaving little lacing and rather small curtains.

Very malt dominated smells, porridge, bread, nuts, grain, honey and apricots.

Sweet honey, brown hard bread, apricots and some grape peel.

Medium high carbonation, a good body, soft and smooth, a light dry long finish.

A very good APA that nicely uses the malt.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2012 16:12:24 | More by rarbring
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3.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden wheat color. No head, but that's the way the waitress poured it. Very grainy and butterscotch aroma. Very nice mouthfeel--slick and wet. Butterscotch flavor that is balanced with a barely noticeable hop. In fact, without making a special effort to look for the hop, you'll miss it. A little under-hopped for an APA. IBUs might be at the APA level, but the aggressive grain bill disallows the hops to express themselves.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2012 02:21:28 | More by DocJitsu
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New Jersey

3/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy golden amber with a small short lived white head. Aroma and Taste of biscuit malt, yeast, some fruity notes with some citrusy hops. Palate is a medium body with moderate carbonation. Finish is sweet caramel and biscuit malt. Yeast, some fruity notes ending with some citrus hops for balance. Overall an average pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2012 23:46:53 | More by Samp01
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2.33/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours out looking pretty much like BMC with a tan and thinner head. Aroma was just totally devoid of dry hopping. These dudes brag on being traditional, not over the top or whatnot, but they just seem to make that old guy homebrew mild shit. To their credit, I've never encountered any off flavors, but the aroma for a CA pale ale being "grainy" is disappointing.

A light graininess with mild bitterness. A mild ride, like walking down a .5% grade hill. But sometimes you just wanna walk with the wind at your back and not put much, if anything into your experience that day, might as well just chill and let the day take you where it may, thats kind of this beer. Carbonation seems on the high side. Something has to have life in this beer am I right? Doesn't have that wet heavy wood malt bill at least that many traditional English styles do, so that has me even further confused if they were going for traditional, why is this so highly carbonated and light bodied?

And why is this beer so expensive relatively speaking?

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2012 02:31:54 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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3.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a copper color with a decent head that fades slowly with nice lacing.

S: Aroma of some citrus, mild caramel sweetness with a hint of spice.

T: Taste of mild caramel msweetness,some fruit and bit of spice. mild bitterness and a dry finish.

F: fairly medium body, mild crispness and smooth.

O: nothing fancy just a nice easy drinker.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2012 02:23:12 | More by soju6
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Pale Ale from Napa Smith Brewery
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