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Pale Ale - Napa Smith Brewery

Pale AlePale Ale

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75 Ratings
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Ratings: 75
Reviews: 53
rAvg: 3.25
pDev: 15.69%


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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PorterLambic

Florida

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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UCLABrewN84

California

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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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

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
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mactrail

California

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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rarbring

Sweden

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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DocJitsu

California

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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Samp01

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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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

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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soju6

Missouri

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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GilGarp

Colorado

2.83/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2012 01:36:19 | More by GilGarp
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MammothBrew

Illinois

3.68/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into my trusty tulip.

A: Pours a clear light orange color with an eggshell white head that measures one finger. It quickly subsides into spotty bubbly patches.

S: Seems faint to me. I pretty much get notes of citrus, grassy hops, and light malt.

T: Better than I had expected, yet somewhat subtle. Citrusy and grassy with light malt.

M: Light body with low carbonation, pretty watery. VERY light resin coats the mouth. That's the best thing about the mouthfeel and still pretty weak.

O: This isn't wonderful or exceptional but I don't think this is a drainpour like someone had stated. I'd have no problem drinking this on a hot summer day or at a cookout. It's actually somewhat quenching. Also, I have no regrets paying $1 for this bottle.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2011 21:14:47 | More by MammothBrew
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Offa

California

3.2/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is a fairly basic but solid, easy-drinking beer and definitely better than Napa Smith's Amber and Red Ales.

Pale amber, it has a medium off-white head soon thinning to a ring and a few wisps.

Aroma is the weakest point, being mostly old metal pipes with hints of canned tuna and old grain at first, before developing hints of cracker and apples that then dominate even though very light.

Taste is simple but much better, being light grain and apple, light grassy-peppery hop bitterness with balancing grain-apple sweetness. It is well balanced and solid, stays enjoyable, but it is a simple, light, basic, and fairly one-dimensional beer. Feel is good, solid with nice liveliness.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2011 21:08:13 | More by Offa
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DoubleJ

California

3.1/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

It's a pale ale from the land of wine. On to the beer:

Dullish washed out orange with grapefruit skin hues. It seems a little hazy in the body. The foam on top does some clinging to the glass and retention is fine. The nose has some intersting aspects...well, it's a little different per style. Nonetheless, it does seem disjointed at points. It's earthy with moderate herbal and a small kick of diacetyl.

Its flavor intensity is rather low, and coupled with the sparkling bubbly, seems more like a sparkling ale than a pale ale. Earthy, toasty, and buttery tones run together, herbal as well. Crisp carbonation adds a refreshing factor to a beer that is otherwise indifferent.

Not exactly good nor bad, though given that's been my expectation of Napa Smith, I'm not really heartbroken. Good thing this pale ale came in a 12 ounce bottle.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2011 06:42:56 | More by DoubleJ
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

2.93/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2011 22:54:18 | More by beerthulhu
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SFLpunk

Vermont

1.9/5  rDev -41.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

12oz brown glass pry-top bottle. No date, odd since it's coming through an ABI house...

Pours a mellow, hazy orange with very thin, quickly fading head. Nose smells like sulfur and burnt orange peel... I don't really want to taste this, but here goes...

Paper thin, watery mouthfeel. Sulfur continues on the palate with lime/lemon essence and cereal grain flavors.

THIS IS A DRAIN POUR. Wow, what a TERRIBLE beer. I'd say it might be an off bottle, but who knows?! since there's no dating on it. I'm just going to assume it's terrible and rate it as such. (Date your beers and maybe I'll give you a second chance!!!)

Avoid.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2011 06:26:02 | More by SFLpunk
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Brad007

Vermont

3.83/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pale, golden color with a one-finger head into my glass. Never seen this brewery before. Regardless, it looks about right for the style.

Grassy hops followed by sweet malt with a buttery touch. Hops aren't overpowering. Very basic.

Drinks very good with a crisp hop bite followed by malt that isn't as sweet as I thought. Again, a beer that is elegant in its' simplicity.

The malt finishes sweet with just a bit of grassy hop character. Not bad. A little dry.

Well, it's simple, it's drinkable and the ABV isn't too shabby either. Sounds like a good beer for a midsummer's lazy afternoon.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2011 00:43:16 | More by Brad007
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zeff80

Missouri

3.55/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a clear, golden orange color with a one-finger, white head of bubbly foam. It left some minimal lacing on the glass.

S - It smelled floral with citrus and pine notes. Some caramel sweetness in the nose, too

T - It tasted fairly spicy with sweet caramel flavor. There was a nice maltiness, too.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light to medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is a pretty nice APA. Solid but not spectacular.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2011 02:17:11 | More by zeff80
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.68/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle - $2.09 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a hazy, burnished orange body with a goodly-sized, white head. Pleasant-looking laceworks on the way down.

Smell: Sweetish, caramel-scented nose with some pale malts yielding minor hints of bread and even less toast. Mild earthen hop note throughout.

Taste: Pale and sweet caramel maltiness with a scant toasty breadiness. Lightly earthy, very lightly citrusy hops with a somewhat restrained bitterness to it. Spreading, but still fairly mild graininess on the latter half. Sweetish, somewhat fruity finish hinting at dried apricot.

Mouthfeel: Falls just ever so shy of being medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall: A basic, light, easy-drinking American Pale Ale. Not particularly memorable (except for being the first Napa Smith beer that didn't want me to race towards the nearest sink), but it works.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2011 19:05:28 | More by ChainGangGuy
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Duff27

Illinois

2.85/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- pours a good inch thick white fizzy head. Beer is a hazy light orange color. Decent head retention and lacing.

S- Smell is fruity...citrus, lemons.

T- Not too big of a hop presence. Grassy. Hints of caramel malt. Thirst quenching if nothing else.

M- Carbonation is good. Feels nice in the mouth.

D/O- Not a lot of stuff going on to me. No bottling date so who the hell knows how old this is. After reviewing this I checked others reviews and I'm right in line with the nothing sticks out as good or bad, just kinda there.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2011 03:11:31 | More by Duff27
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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

3.53/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass, the beer is a slightly hazy, pale golden coloring with a rosey tint to it. Pours with a considerably thick, dense, white, bubbly head. Aromas of hops and citrus, but both mild and balanced. Also some juniper essence to the nose. The beer has an initial bouquet of flowery flavors riding lightly on the hoppy foundation. On subsequent tasting, the hops continue to reveal themselves, as well as a light peppery spicing and some citrus highlights. The beer is extremely light bodied, with a medium feel to it. The aftertaste is the slightest hint of hops and a little bit of citrus. Slightly lingering finish, but very pleasant to drink. Weak on the hops flavors when compared to other Pales, but being not overpowering makes this an easy beer to pair with almost anything.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2011 02:27:06 | More by GarthDanielson
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morimech

Minnesota

3.15/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2011 22:41:57 | More by morimech
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taylocd

Alabama

2.9/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This one was a new selection at my local shop, so I picked up a pack this afternoon.

Poured from 12-ounce bottle into pint tumbler. Bottle had no date code or bottled on date that I could find.

A - hazy golden ale with only a hint of pale peach to be seen; "exceptional" retention of the robust white head and thick lacing; bubbling continued for quite a long time after the pour

S - faint and almost nonexistent grapefruit smell

T - There was very little to judge by the way of flavor, which should be bad, but the brew did not have any thing particularly bad about it - it was simply bland. There a slight metallic and bitter finish. If the bitterness had been more pronounced, I'd have rated this one higher. If the metallic flavor had been more pronounced, I'd have rated it much lower.

M - The carbonation suited the beer well and gave it a nice texture

D - This was an easy drinker, but I downgraded it a bit for the lack of flavorful punch.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2011 02:30:20 | More by taylocd
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tapman

Illinois

3.03/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A tawny, orange color and pours clear enough to read through, though there is a small ring of sediment around the bottom of the bottle. That's a high-flocullating bottling strain they got there. Head is white, pours 1 finger and settles down to a modest lace.

Pale malt/grainy aroma with notes of earthy hops.

Same as the nose, but with a very clean finish and a very low bitterness. A little biscuit in there as well.

A little thin.

I think that this is the most average pale ale I have ever had. Not bad, not great, just average.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2011 04:38:08 | More by tapman
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Gobzilla

California

3.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a translucent golden orange in color with yellow highlights that had a thin bubbly head and left a little lacing sticking to the glass.

S: the aroma was composed of mostly malts but did have very little citrus, spice, and faint booze.

T: the taste had very little hop character as well but stil had citrus spice accents but had lots of sweetness from the malts.

M: the brew was medium was medium in body with a low amount of carbonation which had a sweet, citrusy, and malty finish.

D: just a decent pale ale that was not so tasty but drank like a session beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2011 18:17:48 | More by Gobzilla
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ocelot2500

Arizona

3.48/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2011 02:12:37 | More by ocelot2500
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Pale Ale from Napa Smith Brewery
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