Organic IPA - Napa Smith Brewery
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Reviews by whatthehull:
3.9/5 rDev +14.4%
Tasted April 29th 2011 (from notes)
Poured into a La Chouffe tulip
A - cloudy copper/amber. One finger off white head and a bit of lacing
S - sweet yeast, floral, citrus and topical hops. Orange, mildy toasted malt. Grassy. This smells awesome
T - toasted malt, very bittersweet hops. Sweet yeast, alcohol, orange, pineapple grapefruit and flowers. Sweet, yet balanced
M - slightly chewy, medium acidity, long finish. Very hoppy and malty
D - drinks very malty but balanced. If you like nothing but hops, move on!
Final thought - looking at the bottle, looks like it wouldn't be good. But, tastes very nice. Well balanced. Not a great price though
05-03-2011 03:07:21 | More by whatthehull
More User Reviews:
3.58/5 rDev +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.
01-25-2012 01:06:20 | More by oberon
3.5/5 rDev +2.6%
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.
05-05-2011 01:58:11 | More by Beaver13
1.73/5 rDev -49.3%
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.
12-30-2010 22:59:44 | More by Doomcifer
3.6/5 rDev +5.6%
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
12-31-2010 22:32:27 | More by Billolick
3.43/5 rDev +0.6%
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.
04-13-2012 23:49:54 | More by JupiterJesus
2.15/5 rDev -37%
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.
04-09-2011 22:10:32 | More by Beerandraiderfan
3.68/5 rDev +7.9%
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.
05-15-2012 03:37:52 | More by WVbeergeek
3.95/5 rDev +15.8%
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.
09-27-2010 23:09:02 | More by glid02
3.53/5 rDev +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.
06-15-2011 21:53:16 | More by rhoadsrage
3.1/5 rDev -9.1%
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.
08-26-2011 00:02:50 | More by LXIXME
3.08/5 rDev -9.7%
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.
07-14-2011 23:29:40 | More by jbphoto88
3.48/5 rDev +2.1%
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.
05-13-2012 05:50:43 | More by biboergosum
3.68/5 rDev +7.9%
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.
05-26-2012 03:18:25 | More by cjgator3
3.63/5 rDev +6.5%
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.
09-12-2012 03:03:44 | More by RickS95
Organic IPA from Napa Smith Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 227 ratings.