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Amber Ale - Napa Smith Brewery

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BA SCORE
78
okay

67 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 67
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 15.59%
Wants: 2
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Napa Smith Brewery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  5.75% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: aforbes10 on 12-01-2008)
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t0rin0

California

4/5  rDev +17.6%

11-22-2012 23:14:40 | More by t0rin0
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.08/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear dark copper with a foamy khaki 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, grain, and some caramel aromas. Taste is much the same with a sweet malt flavor on the finish. There is a mild hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty average beer aroma and flavor wise but it's pretty drinkable for what it is.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2012 06:44:04 | More by UCLABrewN84
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jaydoc

Kansas

3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

12-21-2013 20:12:35 | More by jaydoc
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zeff80

Missouri

3.85/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a murky amber color with a one-finger, short lived off-white head of foam. It left little to no lacing.

S - It smelled malty and bready with a subtle floral aroma.

T - It tasted malty and bready with a sharp bitter spicy bite. Some mild caramel flavors, too.

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

O - This is a pretty tasty amber ale. Another solid offering from Napa Smith.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2011 19:09:38 | More by zeff80
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.15/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Eh. Too malty with a sticky sweet tone. I almost want to say this crosses into brown ale territory ever so slightly. Bottom line is that it just doesn't work. It's drinkable, yes. But there is no style or grace...or interesting character. Could be more rounded.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2012 21:16:38 | More by RblWthACoz
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Jason

Massachusetts

3.53/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Spritzy lacing crackles away to a thin ring on the glass, brassy amber color is bright and clear. Malty aroma with some suggestions of toasted bread, marshmallow or fruit taffy, faint caramel and a little grassy. Smooth and slick medium body. Mild hopping lets the malt grab hold of the taste buds hard with a toasted grainy flavor throughout, hint of caramel and some shortbread in the back. Hops do go a little herbal in the semi-dry finish.

A stand up Amber Ale, nothing crazy as it stays focused on showing off the malt ... good balance here as well.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2009 03:54:52 | More by Jason
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liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by Cory (beergeeks.ca), 5.9%ABV into a tulip. 12oz bottle.

Poured a reddish brown with a tan head, that only leaves a collar behind. Sparse lacing. Nose has prominent tootsie roll characteristics, caramel, chocolate and a light peripheral citrus. Taste is of grainy bread, tootsie rolls again, caramel and a fairly prominent candy apple flavour in the finish. Medium light mouthfeel, with an awkward bitterness in the finish. Medium low carbonation as well. A surprisingly tasty amber, although I'm not really sure when this was bottled. Certainly surprising.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2012 18:32:28 | More by liamt07
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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

3.15/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass, the beer is a slightly hazed rose-copper coloring with a chunky, off-white head that settles into a slight film across the top of the brew. Caramelly malt smells, with sour notes overriding. Smells watery, if that is possible. The beer has a roasted caramel malt flavor initially, with a slight hopping sneaking in the back door. Also some smokey flavor characteristics. The beer is slightly oily and slick, and it brings about a quick finish with a minimal sour malt aftertaste. Easy drinker, but not overly impressive by any means. I've had better Ambers, by far.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2011 03:16:43 | More by GarthDanielson
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avalon07

South Carolina

3.58/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an amber color and a clear consistency. There was an inch and a half of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A decent aroma of hops, malt, and some caramel.

T: Basically, this beer smelled like it tasted: An average amount of hops, caramel, and a nice amount of malt. A little on the thin side in the finish, but a likeable enough flavor.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: Not a bad beer, but certainly predictable. Drinkable enough.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2012 12:02:10 | More by avalon07
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Evil_Pidde

Sweden

3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

10-08-2013 17:21:17 | More by Evil_Pidde
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gford217

Georgia

3.2/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle courtesy of jh1982 poured into a tulip.

Pours a dark clear amber with a healthy off-white head that recedes to a small cap and leaves light traces of lacing.

The aroma is very light with some sweet malts dominating with hints of light fruit and some earthy hops, though the hops are really faint.

The taste is a mixture of biscuity malts, caramel sweetness and a faint dry hoppiness in the finish.

The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with soft carbonation and very sweet and sticky overall.

This is a fairly drinkable amber that doesn't have much complexity as its dominated by the sweetness of the caramel malts. One dimensional but OK.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2009 02:36:30 | More by gford217
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KarlHungus

Minnesota

3.88/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a clear amber color. The head is half an inch in height, and recedes quickly into minimal lacing. The aroma is of caramel, light toffee, and cream. The taste is of caramel and toffee with much more depth than found in the aroma. The finish is clean with virtually no aftertaste which is a shame. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation, and a smooth texture. Overall, this is a nice amber ale. I wouldn't object to drinking this again.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2011 23:25:03 | More by KarlHungus
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mhaugo

California

2/5  rDev -41.2%

12-11-2011 21:37:32 | More by mhaugo
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ste5venla

California

3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

06-20-2013 19:00:17 | More by ste5venla
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buckyp

South Carolina

3/5  rDev -11.8%

04-01-2012 21:50:01 | More by buckyp
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KevMo84

California

3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

06-06-2014 06:19:46 | More by KevMo84
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thekevlarkid

Maryland

3.88/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Out of a bottle that I scored for only a buck ($3.99 for a four-pack!) this beer was a clear copper color with some amber highlights that appeared in the light. The khaki-colored head retained itself as a skim and left spots of lacing around my glass. The aroma was of fresh bread, pale malt, caramel malt and a little toffee. The flavors were quite enjoyable to my palate; I tasted a blend of bready malt, caramel, toffee sweetness and just a touch of hops at the end which provided a clean finish .The body was medium, the carbonation average and the mouthfeel smooth.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2011 01:48:45 | More by thekevlarkid
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Offa

California

2.6/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

This seems mostly like a standard West-US "amber" ale but a bit richer than many, better than some, worse than some. The richness in this case mostly just makes it heavy and hard to drink, though, because the character is basic and one-dimensional.

Red amber, it has a medium off-white ehad steadily shrinking to a thin wispy foam and ring, leaving a little weak lace.

The aroma is very malty but also extremely flowery-perfumy. It's caramelly with grapefruit zest, orange flower, orange zest, and dust. It has a typical West Coast amber ale quality but stronger and more perfumy, in fact too perfumy, and dusty, so that in the end I find it unpleasant and off-putting for me.

The taste is similar in overall character, but much better than the aroma. It's mostly malty and sweet with very, very light hop bite. It tastes rather caramelly with mostly sweet orange and candied grapferuit zest. The body is rather thick and full for the style. Overall, its character is quite simple and rather one-dimensional, a bit bland and, sweet and perfumy. The flavour/character it has is strong and holds up well and along with the rich feel this somewhat makes up for the simple, one-dimensional character with strength of flavour, yet this only goes so far.

In the end, it's simple, uninteresting, yet rich and heavy, not a very good combination. It's too simple and one-dimensional to be a great heavier-duty beer, yet it's too strong in alcohol and in its rich, heavy body to be a great session beer. It gets tiresome very quickly, so I don't want to drink much of it, yet it doesn't give me enough satisfaction for drinking so little. It gets really boring really fast.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2009 17:54:39 | More by Offa
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Jame515

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

09-28-2013 03:53:27 | More by Jame515
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RoryOMoore

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

08-21-2012 02:19:32 | More by RoryOMoore
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LJWalker

Alabama

3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

04-07-2012 23:59:09 | More by LJWalker
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bcsbeer

Florida

3/5  rDev -11.8%

08-31-2013 06:19:40 | More by bcsbeer
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bump8628

Oklahoma

3.48/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A clean American Amber without a lot of malt depth, just a solid caramel backbone and hints of spicy, herbal hops here and there. Finish is somewhat dry with the balance slanted towards the malt. Not a lot going on here, but I could toss a couple back without too much thought.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2010 20:53:44 | More by bump8628
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pin

Australia

3/5  rDev -11.8%

06-08-2012 03:58:42 | More by pin
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grahamboudreaux

Tennessee

3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

12-20-2012 07:28:01 | More by grahamboudreaux
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Amber Ale from Napa Smith Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 67 ratings.