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Organic IPA - Napa Smith Brewery

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Organic IPAOrganic IPA

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Ratings: 219
Reviews: 109
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 19.41%
Wants: 3
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Napa Smith Brewery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: DousedInStout on 03-09-2010)
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Photo of dertyd


1/5  rDev -70.6%

06-02-2013 04:19:01 | More by dertyd
Photo of ladilasvegas


1/5  rDev -70.6%

12-22-2011 23:06:11 | More by ladilasvegas
Photo of DrinkHardly


1.4/5  rDev -58.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

I had this beer on tap a couple weeks ago. It's the worst tasting beer I've ever had. Have you ever bought a brand new inflatable raft, inflated it with your breath and then accidentally inhaled some of the air from the raft? Well, this beer tastes like the air from the inside of that inflatable raft. A new-plastic taste. This is the most honest way I can possibly describe my experience with this beer.

I find it hard to believe this beer went through a proper brewing procedure, but instead, I'm completely convinced it was manufactured by a toy company.
This drink tastes like a burning tire rolling away from a car explosion. Beware.

I understand how our taste buds differ among all appreciators of brews. But I passed this drink to the 4 or 5 people at my table and everybody gave this one a thumbs-down.
This is my first review of a beer on this awesome website. I promise I will follow this negative review with 10 positive reviews of delicious brew that I have had the honor of devouring! I'm not a hater. Cheers!

Serving type: on-tap

05-09-2011 05:01:52 | More by DrinkHardly
Photo of largadeer


1.5/5  rDev -55.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

12 oz bottle with no freshness date.

Muddy, almost opaque light brown. Pours with a fleeting white head.

Smells strongly of acetaldehyde. There's slight earthy hoppiness beyond that, faint tropical fruit and a lot of toasted/caramel malt.

The palate is heavy on brown sugar, biscuit and granny smith apple. The hop profile is earthy with hints of tropical fruit. Ultimately it's a heavy, malty and earthy beer, far from quaffable. The malt profile is oddly dominant, and there's a ton of residual sugar here. The finish is moderately bitter, though it's balanced to an extreme by the caramel malt.

Even looking past the off flavors produced by fermentation, this is a poorly formulated IPA with a malt bill that verges on a brown ale, horrible attenuation for the style and a barely present hop aroma. I don't take much joy in trashing beers, but this is quite bad.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2011 06:36:31 | More by largadeer
Photo of PDXHops

South Carolina

1.7/5  rDev -50%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. Somewhat hazy copper body topped with a modest-sized head that retains pretty well. Some soapy lacing up top.

As this is a new offering from my local beer shop, I can only assume it's fresh (in absence of bottle dating). However, hop aromas are in short supply. Smells chiefly of caramel and brown sugar with an indeterminate woodsy undertone. Some citrusy notes float in and out.

In a blind test, I'd never had guessed IPA with this one. An awkward blend of earthy hops, a raw woody bite, buttery caramel and malt sweetness. A splash of vanilla and more than a splash of harsh booziness. Weird lingering flavor that's somewhat remiscent of the lemon/pepper stuff you'd find on the spice aisle. I'm confused, and would possibly be offended if I'd bought more than a single of this.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2011 00:55:34 | More by PDXHops
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Rhode Island

1.73/5  rDev -49.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2010 22:59:44 | More by Doomcifer
Photo of dhvnu


1.75/5  rDev -48.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Poor beer ! I was looking forward to having a good organic IPA, therefore, even without checking reviews I poured this one as soon as my friends brought me this from Indiana.Looks were a little deceiving, Orange-brownish color that made it look like a good DIPA, but when it gets to the nose all the points started flying out. Faintly floral , with even faintly citrus. Taste is bad, little or NO hoppiness,off-setting sweetness, out of all water-down taste of one of those Adjunct beers .Be it organic or not, it should not be this far from other IPAs. Sorry Napa Smith !

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2011 00:38:23 | More by dhvnu
Photo of Bushwood


1.75/5  rDev -48.5%

04-16-2014 16:52:37 | More by Bushwood
Photo of mwar


1.75/5  rDev -48.5%

11-27-2012 04:12:47 | More by mwar
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1.75/5  rDev -48.5%

01-09-2013 18:18:08 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
Photo of antisocialist


1.84/5  rDev -45.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

I like big beers and I also I like IPAs. This was a tremendous (and pricey) disappointement. This stuff tastes like what I imagine gerbil food to taste like. The grassy aroma is not much better. If you have other options (including water), I recommend you consider them.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2013 04:48:04 | More by antisocialist
Photo of flayedandskinned


2/5  rDev -41.2%

07-01-2013 04:31:21 | More by flayedandskinned
Photo of PhawkYu

New Jersey

2/5  rDev -41.2%

09-11-2013 16:56:22 | More by PhawkYu
Photo of Beerandraiderfan


2.15/5  rDev -36.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2011 22:10:32 | More by Beerandraiderfan
Photo of Thorpe429


2.15/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Bottle courtesy of JohnCoctosin. Served in a tulip.

Pours a clear dark orange color with a moderate off-white head that is fairly fizzy but sticks around for awhile, leaving behind some spotty lacing. The nose is malt with some very faint citrus character; mostly bread, though. The flavor is all bread and no hops, with a bit of oxidation there as well. Body is medium and chewy without any bitterness. Not a fan.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2011 22:32:47 | More by Thorpe429
Photo of ktrillionaire


2.17/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Never heard of this brewery. Suddenly it is all over Florida? Strange.

A - Brassy golden-amber hue, very rich looking, capped with a decent off-white head and depositing some lace. It is all downhill from here...

S - Smells like overripe citrus, rotting grass in the lawnmower bag, and a sourdough maltiness. Not very good.

T - Not very good. The nose plus a tad of redeeming mineral nuance. Still, not very good. The caramel-sourdough impression of the malt is bad, but the awkward clash of the poorly-melded hop bouquet with said maltiness takes the cake (and in this case, the cake may as well be a urinal cake.)

M - Somewhat oily, fairly big; it wouldn't be bad if the beer were any good.

D - Napa Smith, I may give you one more shot (against my better judgment), but I will not partake in this sub-mediocrity again.

Serving type: on-tap

10-30-2010 20:20:39 | More by ktrillionaire
Photo of bigrzman


2.17/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured out with a pinkish oranage color and a two finger white head. Smells very lemony and with some malt notes. Very lemony taste with a soured malt that is unpleasant. To much cascade hopss combined with a bad grain bill. Dude I love IPAs but this is bad. Mouthfeel is sour and astringent. I will not have another.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2010 21:27:11 | More by bigrzman
Photo of seagullbeer


2.23/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

A- cloudy brown, looks sorta like a fresh unfiltered apple juice, pours tall head that falls fast

S- apricots, fig newtons

T- bitter but not hoppy and bright that i like in ipas. has a bit of a syrupy caramel flavor. as i sip it i really enjoy it but the after taste isn't my favorite.

M- light on the front end heavy in the butt

O- okay beer but it is kinda pricey and comes in a four pack. not the complexity i want in an ipa. too heavy on the malt and caramel for my taste

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2013 23:48:11 | More by seagullbeer
Photo of Shrews629


2.23/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Appearance - Very cloudy apple juice color. Off white head with decent size and retention. Left some pretty good lacing. Burnt orange and yellow highlights around the bottoms and sides.

Smell - Some organic, earthy, peat type of aromas. Some peach aromas. This beer may be past its prime. Getting some butter and some sour notes.

Taste - The taste provided a very earthy hop bitterness. Buttery and almost "cracker" like. A touch of alcohol flavoring. Sour tasting.

Mouthfeel - Medium mouthfeel. Almost chewy. Mostly smooth. Left a bit on the palate. Provided some decent warmth.

Drinkability - Not my favorite brew. It was drinkable, but I don't want another. Probably past its due date. I'm tired of getting bad beers with no dates on them.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2011 17:30:06 | More by Shrews629
Photo of KarlHungus


2.33/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This beer pours a cloudy orange-amber color. The head is one inch of rocky eggshell white foam that recedes slowly into a firm cap of lacing. The aroma has faint hints of citrus and pine needles, but they are very hard to detect. The taste is of sweet malt, with come citrus hop flavor, but no bitterness. This is the sweetest beer I've tasted that called itself an IPA. The mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with low carbonation, and an annoyingly cloying texture. Overall, this is a bad beer that I will not drink again. I'm not sure what style this beer would fit under, but it certainly is not an IPA.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2011 23:07:48 | More by KarlHungus
Photo of FalconA


2.5/5  rDev -26.5%

01-06-2012 18:26:58 | More by FalconA
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2.55/5  rDev -25%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

The color is a deep copper hue with a one finger head after the pour and a film of foam that lasts throughout all twelve ounces.

The aroma is a mix of lime and orange peels with unripened exotic fruit like guava, pineapple, and papaya. No malt aromas noted.

The taste starts with a tart exotic fruit, picked from the tree far too early. The alchol adds a spicey splash. to the middle and lingers as a sharp, faintly metallic feeling on the back of the tongue. The middel also has a little citric bitterness noted as well. I can't really pick out any flavors that would come from the malt.

This is a one sided, super tangy IPA that I will not buy again.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2010 19:47:53 | More by scruffwhor
Photo of ChirpinBird


2.55/5  rDev -25%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I did not enjoy this beer at all. The taste at first is extremely sweet and fruity, like having a hard candy in your mouth. It makes the aftertaste thick and gummy. Overpowering to the bitter, hoppy taste that I need from an IPA. I was disappointed with this and would probably not drink it again. It tastes like someone put a Jolly Rancher in my beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2011 01:06:04 | More by ChirpinBird
Photo of tjsmith910


2.7/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.5

cloudy hazy orangeish color with thick 2 and a half finger head. had a grapefruit taste and harshness in it. real hoppy and strong. taste was good in general but left a ranging and deep after taste. still interesting beer though. flavorful as any thing of this style that is out there.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2012 01:40:59 | More by tjsmith910
Photo of sweethome


2.73/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Disappointing - my second beer from this brewery. Selling it in 4 packs here in Chicago. I got from a store selling singles so cut my losses.

Pour is deep golden and a nice lace of head. Nose has a suspicious sour note (simlar to my experience with the Red Ale). Same sour bite. This is a big beer - alcohol present, but the backing of sourness/tart is just not right. Maybe if you did it with one style - but it is a theme. I thought it could be the yeast choice...no - there is an infection issue here.

An overpriced beer that lacks quality but wants to sell for big price based on using Napa in name. Sad. Bad.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2010 04:17:27 | More by sweethome
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Organic IPA from Napa Smith Brewery
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