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Organic IPA - Napa Smith Brewery

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241 Ratings
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Ratings: 241
Reviews: 115
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 19.3%
Wants: 3
Gots: 14 | 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:
Beer added by: DousedInStout on 03-09-2010

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Photo of flagmantho
3.7/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: nice orange hue with an attractive haze. Head poured two thick fingers of frothy ivory foam. Good stuff.

Smell: aroma is quite malty with some piney, resiney hops filling out the nose. It's somewhere between an IPA and an American strong ale, but it works for me.

Taste: I'm not enamored of the flavor. There are lots of good elements here: a sweet malt, some floral hop flavors, some dusty yeast character and a pretty bold bitterness toward the end. Unfortunately, the overall effect is of a messy beer which isn't unappealing, per se, but just isn't a great beer.

Mouthfeel: good body with a good level of carbonation. This beer is nice and creamy, especially for a stronger IPA. I like it.

Overall: this beer has a lot of potential, but in my mind it's a bit of a hot mess. Not bad, though, and I would like to sample other beers in Napa Smith's line.

Photo of jsurfs82
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of rmehughes
2.75/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of Martstar
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Lantern
3/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of Grebdioz
3/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of 11millsown113
4/5  rDev +17%

Photo of ladilasvegas
1/5  rDev -70.8%

Photo of david131
3.61/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours an ever so slightly hazed orange liquid with a few streams of rising carbonation. The head is initially massive but settles to a thin covering and leaves some nice lacing.

S- Orange rind, caramel, and fresh cut grass.

T- Orange rind, caramel, grass, and a slight flowery aspect. A bit on the sweet side.

M- A nice smooth body with a bitter, oily finish.

O- A pretty standard take on the style. The alcohol is pretty well hidden. Not bad by any means, but not all that memorable.

Photo of dowen44
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of rjvanston
4/5  rDev +17%

Photo of delzer13
4/5  rDev +17%

Photo of ROGUE16
4/5  rDev +17%

Photo of ChirpinBird
2.61/5  rDev -23.7%
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.

Photo of barnzy78
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of JAHMUR
3/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of brandoman63
3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of Another6Pack
3/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of zdk9
3.82/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a cloudy orange with a quarter inch of head and dots of lacing.

S- Caramel, wood dust. Soft fruitiness, like pears or ripe red delicious apples, or sweet wild strawberries. Orange juice.

T- Caramel apples, grapefruit pith, lime zest, pine needles.

M- Very bitter especially on the sides of my mouth. Too bitter for my taste for the amount of hop taste in the beer.

O- A very carmely and somewhat fruity while surprisingly bitter beer. Not my favorite IPA but an ok one to boot.

Photo of hopsolutely
3.17/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A bright orange colour with a haziness that floats near the surface. Mouthfeel is slightly oily, but carbonation level is decent.

Aroma is predominantly grains, with a touch of silage and a hint of citrus notes in the background. The taste is not terribly well balanced. It has a caramelized malt sweetness at the beginning, west-coast hops in the middle and ends with a bitter finish - all of which sound ideal - but for me they just don't work together.

Overall an odd beer that I probably won't purchase again.

Photo of jpro
4.23/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of WickedSluggy
3.76/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Photo of Kromes
3.28/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: A hazy copper with a thin line of bubbles.

S: A big toasted malt and caramel aroma, but way too sweet smelling. Also has a citrus smell to it.

T: Lots of toasted malt and caramel flavors with a citrus flavor.

M: Medium body with medium carbonation. Leaves the mouth a little dry.

O: A very odd tasting IPA. I can't tell if it's cloying or not, but being on the border isn't good either. Lots of toasted malt flavor in the beer, but too much for my tastes.

Photo of Shibbykaiyai
4.08/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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...

Photo of BierFan
4.36/5  rDev +27.5%
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.

Organic IPA from Napa Smith Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 241 ratings.