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Pale Ale - Napa Smith Brewery

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76
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79 Ratings
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Ratings: 79
Reviews: 53
rAvg: 3.25
pDev: 15.38%
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:
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(Beer added by: aforbes10 on 11-29-2008)
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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
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?

Beerandraiderfan, Mar 21, 2012
Photo of soju6
3.6/5  rDev +10.8%

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.

soju6, Mar 21, 2012
Photo of damngoode
3.25/5  rDev 0%

damngoode, Mar 17, 2012
Photo of Rocketman8911
3/5  rDev -7.7%

Rocketman8911, Mar 05, 2012
Photo of buckyp
3.5/5  rDev +7.7%

buckyp, Feb 02, 2012
Photo of Amp
2.5/5  rDev -23.1%

Amp, Jan 20, 2012
Photo of GilGarp
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.

GilGarp, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of ATPete
3/5  rDev -7.7%

ATPete, Jan 13, 2012
Photo of Grebdioz
3/5  rDev -7.7%

Grebdioz, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of dowen44
3.5/5  rDev +7.7%

dowen44, Dec 19, 2011
Photo of ROGUE16
3/5  rDev -7.7%

ROGUE16, Dec 07, 2011
Photo of MammothBrew
3.68/5  rDev +13.2%

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.

MammothBrew, Oct 24, 2011
Photo of Offa
3.2/5  rDev -1.5%

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.

Offa, Oct 17, 2011
Photo of DoubleJ
3.1/5  rDev -4.6%

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.

DoubleJ, Sep 30, 2011
Photo of beerthulhu
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.

beerthulhu, Sep 01, 2011
Photo of SFLpunk
1.9/5  rDev -41.5%

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.

SFLpunk, Aug 27, 2011
Photo of Brad007
3.83/5  rDev +17.8%

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.

Brad007, Aug 14, 2011
Photo of zeff80
3.55/5  rDev +9.2%

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.

zeff80, Aug 08, 2011
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.68/5  rDev +13.2%

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.

ChainGangGuy, Jun 18, 2011
Photo of david18
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.

david18, May 09, 2011
Photo of Duff27
2.85/5  rDev -12.3%

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.

Duff27, Apr 26, 2011
Photo of GarthDanielson
3.53/5  rDev +8.6%

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.

GarthDanielson, Mar 26, 2011
Photo of morimech
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.

morimech, Feb 08, 2011
Photo of taylocd
2.9/5  rDev -10.8%

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.

taylocd, Feb 06, 2011
Photo of tapman
3.03/5  rDev -6.8%

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.

tapman, Jan 20, 2011
Pale Ale from Napa Smith Brewery
76 out of 100 based on 79 ratings.