Organic IPA - Napa Smith Brewery

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Organic IPAOrganic IPA

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Ratings: 248
Reviews: 117
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 18.95%
Wants: 3
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
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California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: DousedInStout on 03-09-2010

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Reviews by IPA1978:
Photo of IPA1978
3.01/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

A. Deep hazy copper with average head and lacing.

S. Sweet malt, fruity, herbal, sour funkiness.

T. Sweet caramel malt, granny smith and citrus like hops, some dark herbal earthy bitterness. Finishes with a weird funky dirty sock, bad parmesan flavor. If it weren't for the weird finish this would be a good beer.

M. Good carb, medium to heavy body.

O. This beer is good up front but once it gets to the back of your taste buds the funky cheese ruins every thing.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.58/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another left coast brewery new to my area.Poured into a standard pint glass a hazed dirty mix of brown and burnt orange,a nicely formed half finger white head atop.Caramel and nutty malts mixed with leafy somewhat raw herbal hops,also the hops provide some earthiness as well.Again the hop profile on the palate have a raw "green" quality to them,herbal and grassy notes mixed with nutty biscuit malt.This isnt horrible but the it might need to be rounded a little around the edges.

Photo of Beaver13
3.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. Pours a hazy golden amber with a medium creamy white head that goes to a thin film that laces the glass some.

The aroma is some grains and wort, and caramel/toffee/butterscotch malts with some tropical fruity hops.

The flavor is butterscotch malts and grains with a decent amount of tropical fruity bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, there's a lot of diacetyl here, but it seems to go OK with the beer.

Photo of Doomcifer
1.83/5  rDev -46.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Pours a cloudy, orange color with floaties, and a nice off white head...retains well. Smells of citrus and sweet malt. Tastes....weird. Lemon, slightly tart, pepper, biscuity, with a slightly bitter finish. Something about the flavor is extremely off-putting. Slightly dry in the mouth. I'm not a big fan of this IPA at all. My first drainpour in a while.

Photo of Billolick
3.62/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber bottle fom State Line in MD. Pours cloudy lite tangarine, minor off white head, that leaves just a touch of fine lace.

Grapefruit/resiny hop infused nose.

More grapefruit on the tongue, as well as some tea and herbal notes.

On the light side carbonation wise for my liking.

Eh, not too bad, nothing special, too much tea for my taste buds

Photo of JupiterJesus
3.41/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Relatively light body, but sweet and malty (I'm thinking Munich malt). Reminds me a bit of Union Jack but with way different hops. The malt is a bit sweet and in your face but lacks complexity.

As for the hops, they're pretty unique. I'm not sure in a good way. The bitterness is pretty harsh, with a bite in the sides of your jaw. Fruity and piney - makes me think of columbus and chinook, maybe citra and/or simcoe.

Aroma on the weaker side.

Overall, this beer is sweet and bitter, but the two don't balance each other out. The various elements that make this beer don't seem to combine into a cohesive whole. It ends up being more of a sipper with complex hops that you have plenty of time to think about, because it isn't that drinkable.

More like a very dry DIPA.

Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Prima. L: Hazy copper with a 1” cream colored foam collar. S: fruit and bread T: Hop driven with citrusy hop bitterness but well balanced by the malt. F: Creamy, medium body, just under medium carbonation. O: I was happy to find this at Prima. It goes very well with a cob salad.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.17/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Orange color, looks like it might be hoppy, excited. Hmmm. No hoppy aroma. Grain. Butter.

Taste, woodsy, buttery. No hops, bitterness should be paired with hops. Tastes like an old uk pale ale. Just kind of bland, notes of off taste and fusel alcohol. You need hops to make an ipa. Period. Sugar and malt don't do it. While the brewery likes to brag about finding balance and not smacking you in the face with hops, I find this to be a weak cop out for a far below average beer in style.

Call it an altbier already.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.68/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a copper pale color with a bright slightly off white head, thick creamy head left in layers. Aroma has a citrus, floral hop nose, even keeled not super hoppy, but a nice malt balance. Hoppy floral notes, earthy citrus tones matched with this biscuit malt/caramel combo. Moderate bitterness, pine, citrus, and earthy notes. A nice mix of caramel malt balance and hps. Mouthfeel has moderate carbonation with a touch of oiy hop oils. Overall a very drinkable organic hoppy IPA, I like it what more can I say about it.

Photo of glid02
3.95/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Octane in Atlanta.

Pours an almost opaque orange-copper color with a one-finger white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of smooth pale malts with solid amounts of earthy and citrus hops. As the beer warms the citrus hops fade, allowing the earthy and slightly leafy hop aromas more room to breathe.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Pale malt flavors with slight amounts of darker caramel malt flavors kick things off. Joining in shortly thereafter are good amounts of citrus hop flavors that fade out a bit midway through the sip. Earthy and mildly bitter hop flavors take over and the bitterness intensifies through to the ending.

Mouthfeel is OK. It's got a nice thickness however the carbonation is on the harsh side.

Drinkability is good. I finished my glass without any problems and could have another.

Overall I enjoyed this beer better than their amber as it seemed much crisper. The hop flavors aren't as robust as I'd like but it's an easy-drinking beer for the style. Worth a shot.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.53/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a nonic)

A- This beer pours a dark orange body that is pretty hazy with a very thick bubbly cream head of light tan that sticks to the sides with the first few sips. There is a gentle carbonation of big bubbles that glide to the surface.

S- The fresh lightly toasted malt aroma has some notes of dried leaves. The aroma has some nice malt but no hops noted.

T- The dry lightly toasted malt flavor leads to a soft citrus hop flavor that takes on a bigger orange woody flavor and a bitter hop bite in the finish. The finish has some grainy flavors with the bitterness.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a flat almost watery texture and a tight little fizz hint in the finish. There is no alcohol heat noticed.

O- This beer has lots of big orange flavors in the hops but the over all hop flavor is very soft. The malt dominates this beer with a very fresh malt in the nose but a stale mealy malt character in the taste. It makes it just a bit odd.

Photo of LXIXME
3.11/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

If you pour this beer from about an inch above the glass gives you a big off white head that slowly finds it way into a relatively decent lacing above a clear honey golden colored beer.

Light orange peels above a light toasted caramel sweet malt aroma with some earthy accents.

The taste of this beer has a lot more roasted caramel malts than I was expecting, the malt taste is about equal to that of the citrus/orange peel earthy hops.

The aftertaste shows more of a slight bitter hops dry than the taste would have you think is coming.

A pretty good beer but I don't know if this is what I want of an IPA, maybe a hybrid or Oktoberfest style beer.

Photo of jbphoto88
3.08/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

An ok looking IPA. It's got a great copper rust orange to it but the head is a little soapy looking and fades fast. The body is clear but does have a touch of the hazy to it.

The nose is not very compelling. There is a very earthy grain scent to it and rough hop twang. It smells a little rough if you ask me, almost like an over steeped hop bitterness has taken over.

The taste is a slight improvement but not by much. The earthy nose follows through in the taste but has a slight malt sweetness to it. Think over brewed tea that has developed a bitterness and is cut by a sugar cube. The hops taste weak and disorderly except for their bitter finish that saves the day.

Nice light feel to it even though it's a medium bodied beer. The carbonation works well with the prickly hop pinch. Despite the nefarious flavor I really enjoy the finish. That's where the flavors come out to shine and linger but not enough to bring it above average. This one is a pass in my book, there are much better IPA's, hell even better pale ales then this.

Photo of biboergosum
3.48/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle, from the Foodland grocery store that keeps all the ABC convenience marts around Waikiki honest, I guess.

This beer pours a somewhat cloudy, dark golden apricot hue, with two fingers of loose foamy ecru head, which leaves a pockmarked wall of lace around the glass as it steadily abates.

It smells of fairly prominent caramel malt, some middling citrus and floral hop notes, and a strange menthol edginess. The taste is a whole lot more bitter - the source spread out amongst the citrus, herbal, and leafy hop locals - though the result is still kind of unfocused. A bready, somewhat crisp malt holds up the other side of the bargain, and the elevated booze does us the favour of staying in the shadows.

The bubbles are a bit prickly, but limited in that regard, so ok overall, the body an agreeable medium weight, a slight tacky sensation spoiling any visions of pure smoothness grandeur. It finishes still adequately bitter from the right sources, but with an overarching pithiness, right where a nice, tight crispness would really hit the spot.

I don't know what it is about organic renditions of IPAs, but they, including this one, usually get the hops right, and don't dick around with malt, leaving it to be, but somehow it all comes off as, well, stilted. I'm still grooving on the hops, but the loose, flat joie de vivre just drains too much of my enjoyment from the whole deal.

Photo of cjgator3
3.65/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle

A- Pours a slightly hazed amber color with an off-white head.

S- The aroma is malt and fresh aromatic hops.

T- The taste is a lot of malty sweetness up front with a dose of citrusy hop bitterness in the finish. This is a very balanced IPA with the malty sweetness and bitter hops playing a near equal role.

M- The mouthfeel is light bodied with a good amount of carbonation. 

O- Overall, not a horrible IPA but not in my top tier either. 

Photo of RickS95
3.65/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It's a sharp looking IPA. A bit dark for the style, between medium brown and mahogany. Fairly cloudy. The head is classic IPA--sticky, lots of retention, craterous.

It's got the smell down as well. Biscuity, malty, crackerlike smell smeared with citrus and hoppy resin.

The taste is strange for an IPA. Like leather. Very floral finish with some berry taste.

It doesn't have the bitterness I looked for and expected from an IPA. Very dry finish, but again, not terribly hoppy. A slight sweetness in the finish.

Pretty good beer and fairly easy to drink. Good alcohol and easy drinking make for a pretty good beer. Some minor flaws in my eyes, but not a bad beer.

Photo of Fatehunter
4/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass. An almost transparent amber with a half finger of head.

Smells like a pine forest, lots of pine. There's some grapefruit and lemon backing it up too. Oh and the malt makes an appearance at the end... lightly caramel smelling.

The hops come rolling in strong and then quickly fade. It was like a big splash... and then it's gone. Kinda fun. The bitterness fades to a crisp malty flavor, not sweet either. It's different and I like it.

At least moderate carbonation; fits well. Lighter body, a creaminess to it.

It's a different IPA than I'm used to, but I enjoyed it. It's not the "smash-your-face-with-hops" IPA, but a nice IPA that likes to be admired and enjoyed for its other attributes.

Photo of cjacobsen
3.84/5  rDev +12%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden straw color with a quarter inch white head.

Smells somewhat sweet with floral and earthy hints to it. Some hop notes.

Tastes sweet, malty, and the bitterness of the hops comes immediately. Tones out to a thin metallic bit though, but it's not overwhelming.

Carbonation hits quite a bit. Doesn't make this beer undrinkable though.

This is a decent brew. One of the first organic beers I've actually stood out to try. Not too shabby

Photo of jsh420
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

pours clear amber orange with a 1+ finger head that left lacing all down the glass

smells of light pine, melon hops and has some caramel biscuit malt notes

taste is very strange the first thing that came to my mind was unsweetened ice tea - it has those bitter sour tannins - then the hops and malt come through on the finish - well balanced - reminds me of an Anderson Valley IPA

mouthfeel - light body with very low carbonation almost flat and that is not what i want in IPAs i drink

drinkability is ok - would have been better if the brew had more carbonation

Photo of BierFan
4.36/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

White fluffy head and a slightly hazy amber body. The head rose to be rather large. Very floral in the nose. The lacing is ridiculous. Sides of the glass are thick with foam. It almost seems like this beer is infused with actual flowers.

It's pretty awesome stuff and at a great price for a 22 ouncer. Definitely recommended.

Photo of jfmorey
3.98/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly cloudy orange-amber with a good frothy head that has nice retention.

The taste is tart and crisp; with faint pine and grapefruit more than bitter.

It would not likely satisfy a hop head fan of this style, but it is a very drinkable pale ale.

Photo of Gouxman
3.8/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark red, copper color with an off-white head that clings nicely to the side of the glass

S: Fresh earthy hops with a hint of caramel malt. The aroma reminds of when you first add hops to a batch of homebrew.

T: A very well balanced IPA. The hops and malt work nicely together. At first taste you get a toasted caramel malt flavor with a hint of toffee. The hop bitterness comes in at the finish, but not in a big citrusy, west coast style. More of like a complementing, freshly boiled, earthy bitterness.

M: Definitely a medium-bodied IPA that sits nicely on the palate.

D: At first I was not overly impressed, but as I got deeper into the glass I realized that this beer has a nice layer of flavors.

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.38/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a medium coppery orange amber. Thin fine head that dissipates to a thin film with light lacing. Mild aroma of sweet malt, citrus and light hops. Flavor starts with sweet malt and citrus and abruptly finishes with a hop bitterness without any herbal hop characteristics and a slightly metallic aftertaste. The initial flavor is quite good and promising. I like a balancing sweet malt in my IPAs and this starts out promising it, but the finish is unbalanced, bitter without any other flavor support. Light to medium bodied. A promising IPA with a flawed hop character.

Photo of Jree261
3.68/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Foggy copper to brown, I love the color of this beer.

Smell: Dense malted aroma, nutty

Taste: Scorched earth finish, nuts, blue cheeses. The scorched finish is the longest lasting impression of the flavor. Overall, not bad, not great either.

Mouthfeel: Satisfying full body with a medium length finish. Nice warmth because of the 7.1% ABV level.

Overall: Average, a nice drinking beer. Not overpowering or very complex. I think it would pair well with spicy foods and nutty or blue cheeses. I would steer someone who was looking to get into I.P.A.s as a beginner toward this beer.

Photo of WickedSluggy
3.76/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured cold, it is amber brown with some chill haze and little foam. Not the most attractive beer on the shelf, but acceptable.

Nice fruity hops - tropical fruit beauquet with some good complexity in malty aroma.

The taste is my favorite thing about this beer. I like it and am giving it high marks here, but frankly it lacks adequate bitterness. The beer would be greatly improved by higher IBUs.

I am giving the beer an overall that is higher than any of the components - why? Because the whole is indeed greater than the sum of the parts. It's a very enjoyable beer. It would be truly excellent if it could maintain some higher alphas and clarity.

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Organic IPA from Napa Smith Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 248 ratings.