Organic IPA - Napa Smith Brewery
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4.75/5 rDev +39.3%
After trying the Lost Dog I saw this OIPA on BA and couldn't wait to try it. Had a buddy send me some bottles and I couldn't be more happy about it!
Poured a nice golden copper into a pint glass with very good head retention.
Aroma is citrus and spice, I may have been hallucinating but I think I got some honeydew?
Taste was twice as good as aroma, several flavors complementing each other.
This was arguably one of the best IPA's I've tried, great balance, not too overpowering, but enough of a kick to keep you awake.
09-24-2010 20:49:21 | More by BeerMePlze
4.38/5 rDev +28.4%
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.
10-08-2011 22:26:17 | More by BierFan
4.35/5 rDev +27.6%
This be my 1st review. Felt compelled to speak up since the beer only makes a 78 and I think it rates 85-90. Not savvy in all the lingo but here goes.
Pours a deep-orange copper with noticeable sediment. Head is moderate.
Smell is unique in my experience -- most prominent is SWEET CARAMEL, and fruity hops.
Taste matches smell with a sweet, creamy, delicious party in my mouth :-) Like other full-bodied beers I've had, it's like a meal-in-a-glass. Usually don't experience this kind of body with less than 9-10% alc.
Finishes with caramel stuck to the top of the palette, and a slightly bitter, grapefruity finish.
This is the BEST ORGANIC I've experienced -- and makes it onto my favorite beer list as well. It's unlike most IPAs I've had as hops aren't as in-your-face.
03-16-2013 02:54:14 | More by radknee
4.33/5 rDev +27%
Poured a bright, pale orange color with white head. The foam dissipates slowly with the lacing lasting all the way to the end.
The aroma is a beautiful bouquet of citrus fruits and flowers - mostly dominated by tangerines, ruby red grapefruit, a hint of fresh pine, and geraniums. This smells incredibly fresh, and with no expectations, I'm excited at the possibility of finding an unknown gem.
The taste that follows is spot on - the citrus melds well with a hint of caramel malt, and the bitterness seems perfect to me. It's crisp and snappy, but not overwhelming, and very drinkable.
Overall, a great west coast IPA, and one of the finest organic IPA's I've ever had.
03-09-2010 00:03:15 | More by DousedInStout
4.3/5 rDev +26.1%
Hazy amber color, with a medium-to-large, sudsy light tan head. Certified organic. Fresh, sharp, spicy hops aroma, with toffee and caramelly malt tones in the background. The hops provide notes of hemp and pine. Full, thick, chewy body with low CO2. Smooth, pleasant flavor. Tons of toffee/caramel malt flavors, with, of course, a lot of fresh, spicy hops. Malt predominates up front, then the hops hikes up gradually, until you have a pronounced, spicy (but not sharply bitter) hoppy finish. Oily, resinous with hops, it seems, but again - not harsh. Like the nose, the flavors are hempy and piney in character. Very fresh despite its trip from the left coast to me in Connecticut. Subtler than, say, a Dogfish Head IPA (which I should note, I love), tho similar in some respects. Rather like Dale's IPA with the darker malt profile than Dogfish Head 60 Minute. I like this beer.
12-15-2010 00:48:39 | More by Beerman3000
4.22/5 rDev +23.8%
Arrived a hazy orange-apricot color with two fingers of rich off-white head.
Aroma of pineapple, white grape, and rich earth.
The taste was quite tangy with orchard fruits, caramel malts and a hint of floral spiciness.
Medium bodied and lightly sticky with a moderate carbonation.
I really enjoyed this IPA from Napa Smith.
02-22-2011 16:57:39 | More by Monkeyknife
4.2/5 rDev +23.2%
Had on draft for happy hour at Carolina’s... served in a standard shaker pint.
A: Slightly hazed copper / orange; half-finger of cream head; nice lace sheet(s) and head retention; they don’t look much better than this! (mine doesn’t seem to be as dark as other reviewers’)
S: Big grapefruit aroma; some sweet caramel and bready malt notes, too; very fresh and bright in the hop department; a smidge dank.
T: Grapefruit and citrus rind bitter (I’d guess plenty o’ Cascade); some resin in there, too; a fair touch of malt sweetness for show.
M: Medium-bodied; moderate to high carbonation; cleanses the palate very well.
D/O: As with any big IPA, they get tough; really good, though - glad I tried it and found it on draft; had never heard of this brewery but was impressed with this beer.
10-15-2011 01:23:02 | More by jpro
4.15/5 rDev +21.7%
Comes out of the tap a slightly hazy golden with a thick, creamy, off-white, fine-bubbled head that sticks around. Strong, hoppy, evergreen aroma has a firm undertone of grapefruit. Flavor is quite hoppy and somewhat bitter, with evergreen hints and a citrus undertone that is mainly grapefruit. Tingly, lively texture makes for a very pleasing finish.
09-12-2010 21:24:08 | More by Cyberkedi
4.13/5 rDev +21.1%
Good organic IPA. I too had never heard of the brewery until I ran into the bomber bottles by mistake (missed the milk aisle, ooops).
Pours nice, good color. I have had a couple organic beers that left a lot to be desired, but I must say this was pretty good. Although other posters have not given points for organic, I do. Good beer...
10-09-2011 02:17:10 | More by Shibbykaiyai
4.05/5 rDev +18.8%
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.
02-25-2012 01:49:25 | More by Fatehunter
4.05/5 rDev +18.8%
I'm a little surprised by some of the low-scoring reviews below. This is a strongly-hopped IPA with pleasant overtones of caramel malt.
Poured from a 22 oz. bomber, hazy bright orange color and a thin persistent head.
Not much of a hop aroma but a bracing shot of malt to the nose. Pleasant balance between the two
Taste is dominated by hoppy bitterness. This is definitely the trend in IPAs, hops and more hops.
Overall, this is a very good IPA in my estimation. Not weak, not a "wallop" of hops but something between the two.
Recommended when you can grab a bottle (CA).
03-25-2012 22:17:51 | More by mttaylor1066
4.03/5 rDev +18.2%
On-tap 1/2/2011 at Doherty's East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.
A: The beer is a murky brown color, with a short dense off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.
S: The aroma contains floral hops, fruity citrus and caramelized malts.
T: The taste starts out with a nice burst of hops bitterness up front. Then some caramel and citrus sweetness comes in. The malt character is hearty and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.
M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.
D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a nice IPA to drink for a while even though there are better ones out there.
01-04-2011 14:36:53 | More by TheManiacalOne
4.03/5 rDev +18.2%
A: Nice, rich amber color with a sensible amount of head.
S: Much more subtle than I thought. The hops definitely come through, but they didn't knock me over.
T: Solid, taste of hops and oranges? Again, less hoppy than I would have thought.
M: Good, but unspectacular.
D: Extremely drinkable, particularly for the price.
12-12-2010 23:21:41 | More by IndolentReader
Organic IPA from Napa Smith Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 227 ratings.