Pale Ale - Napa Smith Brewery
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Reviews by PorterLambic:
2.5/5 rDev -23.1%
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.
01-08-2014 03:12:32 | More by PorterLambic
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4.53/5 rDev +39.4%
Appearance - This is a majestic hazy orange in color with a nice, white head that fluffed up beautifully.
Smell - The grain bill comes over immaculately at the nose. It is rich and shows great depth without being overly sweet or corny. The hops are mild and almost European. I enjoyed the delicate take on the hops but oh my God this grainy malt base is amazing and probably one of the best that I've ever smelled.
Taste - This grain takes everything that I've ever complained about American grain and turned it around. It is rich, luscious, sharp grain without being harsh, and shows a depth of flavor that I've never tasted before. This truly is an amazing ale.
Mouthfeel - This is in between light and medium-bodied with very mild carbonation and no bitter bite. If you're looking for a classic baby IPA from this pale ale then you will be sorely disappointed, but if you want balance, creaminess, and a terrific mouthfeel than this can't be beat.
Drinkability - This beer really defines this category. You just can't stop drinking it until it's gone.
03-07-2010 04:37:42 | More by RoyalT
2.33/5 rDev -28.3%
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?
03-21-2012 02:31:54 | More by Beerandraiderfan
2.83/5 rDev -12.9%
12 oz bottle served cold into a pint glass.
Napa Smith's Pale Ale is a light golden color with good clarity and creamy head. Sme lacing is left behind as it settles.
Aroma is mild and more sweet than hoppy.
Flavor is a strange combination of vegetables, honey, and pine. It's not at all what I was expecting and is not very good for that matter.
Mouthfeel is light in body and well carbonated. Too sweet for a pale ale.
Overall a really disappointing pale ale. I'm glad I only bought one.
01-15-2012 01:36:19 | More by GilGarp
3.38/5 rDev +4%
New addition to the state, picked this up at Mid Town in Tulsa
Pours an effervescent bronze with 3 fingers of ivory colored head. Fantastic lacing & average head retention
S: Light floral hops
T: Breadyness, citrus & floral hops up front. Flinty dryness & biscuitty malt dominate as this warms, plus a touch of toffee & a kiss of grassy & herbal hops. Finishes slightly grainy, dry, lemony & a with a whisper of DMS
MF: Medium bodied, well balanced, aggressively carbonated, tone that down a bit, gets a bit prickly. Thins out as this warms
Easy drinking APA, not blowing me away, started falling apart a bit at the end, detracted from MF, drinakability & flavor. Napa Smith; you were so close...
03-23-2010 04:12:11 | More by russpowell
3.15/5 rDev -3.1%
Clear golden color with a large head that had excellant retention. The head eventually settles to a thick cap. Moderate amount of lacing is left on the glass.
Does not smell like a typical APA. Has the hop aroma of the European variety. Spicy, grassy, and herbal. A little bit of dry malt as well. I like this so far.
The taste does not do as well. Just too much caramel malt. And no beer that brings that variety out in the flavor more than anything else scores very well with me. The hops bring a herbal and grassy flavor.
Lighter body and a nice lively carbonation. I enjoy it that way when the ABV and bitterness is low.
The thing about this beer that really bothered me was the pricing and packaging. It was $6.99 for a 4-pack of 12oz bottles. If we were to expand this price to a 6-pack, it would cost $10.50. That is Stone IPA prices. Too much money for this low ABV beer. I will not be buying any beer from this brewery again at this price.
02-08-2011 22:41:57 | More by morimech
3/5 rDev -7.7%
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.
03-24-2012 23:46:53 | More by Samp01
2.93/5 rDev -9.8%
A: Pumpkin orange when backlighted, shows a good clarity and strong sense of effervesce of macro-bubbles within. The head is frothy, slight on size and retention leaving a short lacing behind. For aroma there is not much to speak of in terms of complexity and strength. More English style which is what im guessing they were shooting for. Floral scents mixing with a light dried orange skin aroma. Overall weak.(guess im wrong this is labeled an apa)
T: For flavor there is a bit of spiciness, fruggles fruity with some tropical fruit notes. Definitely seems to be leaning more towards the English variety pale,hop wise but with an American malt base of toasted grain base rather a biscuity backing. Seems to have a bit of influence from both sides of the pond but really doesn’t grasp a clean defining flavor and seems more confused. Nice level of maltiness but overall a middle of the road flavor.
M: Light boded but with some malty tones. Quiet carbonation, spicy with dry toasty afterthoughts.
O: Wish I had better regards for this but this is at best a middle of the road, ho-hum beer that doesn’t want to stand out, rather hide in the back of the room hoping not be called upon. Does the minimal to get by on, rather unexciting and cant recommend a 6 pack for the pale ale enthusiasts.
09-01-2011 22:54:18 | More by beerthulhu
3.48/5 rDev +7.1%
Pours a hazy, slightly orange, golden color with a frothy white head that leaves a good amount of lacing.
Smells of grassy and citric notes.
Tastes of good amount of hops with a solid amount of malts. Hops are grassy, lemony, and spicy. Pale malts abound and add some biscuity notes as well some sugars. Touches of caramel malt are also noticeable. Fairly balanced overall.
Mouthfeel is medium with a crisp amount of carbonation.
01-17-2011 02:12:37 | More by ocelot2500
3.53/5 rDev +8.6%
Pilsner colored with a fine white head that leaves a slight lace. Metallic, lemony aroma. Tight, minerally pale malt flavors, with a hint of crisp hop bitterness for balance. Finishes clean and leaves a nice grassy bitterness. More reminiscent of a pils than an American pale. Some pleasant malt flavors, but overall lacking much character, and under-hopped for the style. Nevertheless this is refreshing and wouldn't make a bad summer lawn mowing beer.
06-08-2009 02:14:04 | More by bcm119
2.73/5 rDev -16%
Appearance- Body is aclear light golden amber with a impressively frothy white head. Very little head retention, but leaves a ice lacing.
Smell- pale malt aroma with some decent earthy hops too. Hints of toastiness and caramel.
Taste- Decent malty sweetness with some minor hops flavor. Not nearly hoppy enough to be considered a pale ale.
Mouthfeel- light and drying on the cheeks with light carbonation.
Drinkability- Not objectionable tastes, but was nowhere robust enough to be considered a pale ale.
07-25-2010 04:44:23 | More by theopholis
3.44/5 rDev +5.8%
A - Clear gold with copious tiny bubble action and a dense off-white two-finger head leaving nice sticky lace fairly generously around the glass.
S - A pretty good dose of barley and an earthy grassiness with a whiff of citrusy lemon peel.
T - Biscuit grain flavors are prevalent with pale malt verging on caramel, and smooth, fresh, grassy hops, with just a trace of citrus.
M - A lad light, but with a smooth creamy feel and moderate-light carbonation.
D - Drinkable and pleasant, though this one isn't going to drive you crazy with desire or hit you over the head. It is a subtle yet very solid and well made brew. It doesn't bear much resemblance to most APAs, but it seems to me that they are going for a very traditional approach.
02-14-2010 02:55:56 | More by JTahoe
4.2/5 rDev +29.2%
Hazy, pale amber color with a foamy white head and decent lace.
Fragrant, crisp, floral hoppy aromas that remind me of fresh apples. Pale malt is also evident.
Refreshing balance of crackery pale malt, crisp grain, and a focused hop character.
Light-medium body. Satisfying, with nice carbonation.
A fine drinker all around. Fairly impressed by my first sample of Napa Smith's beers.
12-09-2009 06:05:50 | More by endincolorado
3/5 rDev -7.7%
I had a sixteen ounce draft of this at the Burger Bar in Macy's in San Francisco's Union Square. Overall this was a pretty unimpressive beer that didn't stand out in any way for me.
Appearance is a golden/orange, very cloudy with a weak head.
Smell is of citrus and slight malt but, again, not too outstanding.
Flavor was a little bland. It had all of the elements that a balance beer should have but not very strong in any of them.
Overall, this was not a great beer but I think i'd try it again to give it another chance.
05-09-2011 18:53:42 | More by david18
3.1/5 rDev -4.6%
Clear golden to light amber colored ale with a small white head.
Smell is light and freshly hoped. Very perfumed and flowery smelling and not a typical west coast hops truck run over. Light caramel and vanilla scent One hard to identify scent here smells like bitter orange.
Starts out dry and lager like with a mild bitter snap. Mild hop perfume only not much more than a mild cracker malt otherwise. Really light in the flavor department.
Mouthfeel is light.
Pretty drinkable mostly because this is light and light flavored. Worth a try but not really all that great.
11-08-2009 00:12:14 | More by Zorro
3.2/5 rDev -1.5%
Napa Smith Organic Pale...in a bottle
Appearance-light orange to gold color, medium sized white head, ok carbonation,
Smell-light grass with a hop background, an interesting hop blend, light alcohol as well.
Taste/Mouthfeel-hoppier side of Pale Ales, though actually a lighter consistency than expected. Light to medium mouthfeel, ok smoothness, malt is there but relegated to the background, flavors match up.
Drinkability-a light yet hoppy pale ale.
Overall-decent APA, on the hoppy and light side, not the most complex beer but it works for what it is.
08-24-2010 23:31:38 | More by TheDeuce
2.93/5 rDev -9.8%
Picked this up a bottle in Napa Valley in a grocery store in St. Helena during a wine tasting trip. Kind of curious to see what kind of brew would be produced in the middle of wine country. Opening the bottle unleashed a nice orange citrus and floral aroma. The brew was a light orange color, and the white fizzy head quickly dissipated in the tulip. There was hardly any malt for a pale ale, and no real balance to the light citrus and floral hops. The lack of malt made for a rather watery unsubstantial brew, and sorry to say, was a bit of a disappointment.
12-03-2008 03:41:07 | More by RunDWP
3.98/5 rDev +22.5%
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.
04-22-2012 16:12:24 | More by rarbring
Pale Ale from Napa Smith Brewery
76 out of 100 based on 79 ratings.