Amber Ale - Napa Smith Brewery

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BA SCORE
79
okay

75 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 75
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 15.16%
Wants: 2
Gots: 3 | 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:
Beer added by: aforbes10 on 12-01-2008

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Ratings: 75 | Reviews: 28
Photo of Offa
2.54/5  rDev -25.9%
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.

Photo of MisterClean
4.35/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On site with Don.

A - Pours a nice red color, with a 2-fingered head. Dissipates moderately.

S - Caramel, honey, and light hop bitterness.

T - Very similar. Feeling like a good session beer so far.

M - Full bodied and well balanced. Nice how the caramel and honey add sweetness and are followed up by some hop bitterness.

D - Really drinkable and a good session beer. This should be a standard for session ambers.

Photo of aforbes10
3.56/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

My second beer from this new brewery. Pours a nice bloods red, with a touch of brown highlights, and a small little ring of white head around the edge of the glass. Laces wetly. Smells of caramel malt, English hops. Flavor is biscuity, sweet and malty. A touch of grassy hop. Malt lingers well. Medium bodied, a bit watery maybe. Drinks well, which is this beer's primary asset...its easy to quaff and doesn't get boring or unpleasant. Well crafted.

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Amber Ale from Napa Smith Brewery
79 out of 100 based on 75 ratings.