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Cool Brew - Napa Smith Brewery

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42 Ratings
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Ratings: 42
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 14.49%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Napa Smith Brewery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Georgiabeer on 07-24-2010)
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Reviews by Shibbykaiyai:
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Shibbykaiyai

Michigan

4.43/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I am a fan of their organic IPA, so when I saw this at my local beverage shop, I figured I would give it a shot. $4.99 for a bomber, decent deal about the same price as their organic IPA at my hippie co-cop.

A very mild IPA, it goes down nicely with the slight IPA kick at the end. Not as potent as other IPA's, but still a good option in the field. I am not familiar with a hop ale as this kinda just seemed like a milder IPA, but if I can find more of these, I would gladly pick it up.

As for this brew, a nice quality brew, goes down easy and not too strong on the aftertaste. Good quality brew.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2011 19:09:28 | More by Shibbykaiyai
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Fitzpat4

California

3/5  rDev -13%

07-16-2014 21:16:02 | More by Fitzpat4
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cdog707yo

California

4.25/5  rDev +23.2%

07-14-2014 21:14:28 | More by cdog707yo
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KevMo84

California

2.5/5  rDev -27.5%

06-06-2014 06:21:31 | More by KevMo84
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kylehay2004

Florida

3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

06-01-2014 20:11:59 | More by kylehay2004
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ISmith87

Arizona

3.24/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A - 3.75 - Nice murky orange color that has a great white had that sticks and leaves sparse lacing.
S - 3.75 - Right away you notice a floral, earthy, hop presence. The citrus/grapefruit notes aren't there. Not sure how I feel about this...
T - 3.0 - Bummer. Same floral/earthy hop notes. Bready malts. Not bitter at all, but then again that's how it was supposed to taste. These are the kinds of beers that make me understand why some people say they "don't like IPAs".
M - 3.0 - light-medium. Earthy/floral mouthfeel, like eating a flower. Aftertaste is floral notes.
O - 3.25 - "It is what it is", "they can't all be winners can they?", "nobody's perfect" are all phrases that come to mind with this beer. I'm surprised they brewed this specifically to not be bitter, but didn't worry about clarity at all. It seems like those are two conflicting concepts in the beer world.

However, I feel like I should add that it's not a "bad" beer. It was obviously brewed well, with balance and without excess adjuncts/corn sugar. I've had beers that were supposed to be bitter that were far shittier than this.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2014 04:32:53 | More by ISmith87
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MattSlem

California

3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

12-24-2013 06:49:48 | More by MattSlem
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MarvinSnyder

West Virginia

3.84/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 fl.oz. bottle poured into a Samuel Smith pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a murky honey-orange with a generous fingernail head that dissipates somewhat after the initial pour. The head is almost beige in color.

Smell: The nose is subtle but delicious! Floral notes with hops, grass, citrus (especially grapefruit and lemon).Perhaps a little sweet biscuit/malt appears.

Taste: Grapefruit, hops, grass, lemon, and malty biscuits are here. Acidic, but delicately balanced by the somewhat sweet biscuit flavor. Maybe a little alcohol present in the finish (needs more!).

Mouthfeel: Smooth, but dry over the palate. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Really balanced for an IPA in my opinion. Some may say that the flavor never really develops because this beer's flavor becomes too neutral. An odd beer with odd characteristics which sort of endears it to me. A beer of the month club selection.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2013 18:13:13 | More by MarvinSnyder
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sevenshubby

California

4.5/5  rDev +30.4%

06-26-2013 19:00:39 | More by sevenshubby
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ste5venla

California

3/5  rDev -13%

06-20-2013 19:01:44 | More by ste5venla
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Fatehunter

Oregon

3.08/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured a finger and half of head on a hazy, medium straw colored body.
The aroma had the mildest citrus and pine smells.
The taste had a watery-mild bitterness to it with a sweet note at the end. Meh.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation.
It does not have anything really going for it. It's not bad, but it has no real flavor or smell to it.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2013 21:22:29 | More by Fatehunter
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prock180

Arizona

3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

05-13-2013 23:47:33 | More by prock180
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Danno48

West Virginia

3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

04-15-2013 02:26:07 | More by Danno48
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.3/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy honey orange with a foamy beige head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. A foamy curtain of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, and citrus zest. Taste is much the same with a slightly tart flavor and acidic quality on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty average beer with a slightly odd flavor that lessens the drinkability for me.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2012 03:53:15 | More by UCLABrewN84
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Backlash209

California

2.75/5  rDev -20.3%

10-12-2012 01:25:47 | More by Backlash209
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UnderPressure

South Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden orange. Decent lacing. Pretty standard looking IPA.

Awesome hoppy floral aroma.

Great, great flavor. There's a toasty, biscuity flavor upfront. Not intensely bitter. Plenty of hops.

Medium bodied. Soft bitterness. Nice mouthfeel.

Great hoppy ale. I'll buy this again.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2012 17:14:05 | More by UnderPressure
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BeerCigar

California

3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

09-06-2012 03:21:29 | More by BeerCigar
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HalfFull

California

2.5/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Standard 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Pours a deep golden with a notable haze and offers a light cap. Moderate retention and a slightly underdone carbonation, yet showing a relentless cap and decent lace.

Aroma of caramel malt and ruddy hops.

Flavor follows the aroma with a clean character of some ruddy caramel malts. A bit at odds perhaps but a decent delivery follows. In the end the caramel is a bit overbearing to call this an IPA, particularly given the light hop presence on the aroma side of things.

Average feel, a bit sweet yet equally light in carbonation to match. Overall not something to revisit for me. A pleasant though light bitterness expands with warming but doesn't justify fighting through the sweet caramel. Next..

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2012 06:31:27 | More by HalfFull
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mactrail

Washington

3.15/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Looks quite nice in the tall wine glass. Nice amber and a head that settles down to a never-ending white cap. Also very sudsy when you sip, and makes for a pleasing mouthful.

Thickest, murkiest stew of hop flavors. Quite resiny, but as part of the indefinable flavor mess. Do they just put the spent grains with some fresh hops in a blender and strain it through some pantyhose? Rather bitter and hot on the lips. I find this hard to describe, but it less beer-like than any IPA I've ever had. It's sort of an amber mixed too much hop vines from the silo.

From the 22 oz bottle. I'm usually a big fan of Napa Smith, but they should have called this WTF.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2012 04:23:51 | More by mactrail
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Evil_Pidde

Sweden

3.48/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours hazy orange with a rather small off-white head that leaves nice lacings.

S: Floral hops dominates; elder-berries and lemons. A bit grassy and a hint of nettles. Sweet caramell malt.

T: Malt is a bit stronger and holds nice sweetness. Bitter hops and floral hops complements the malt. Again elder-berries and lemons. A bit bready.

M: Aftertaste holds bitterness for quite some time. Body is medium to full while carbonation is held back.

O: The elder-berries caught me off guard, but was actually the best part in this, rather interesting ale.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2012 19:47:59 | More by Evil_Pidde
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aztraz

Sweden

3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

07-01-2012 19:10:12 | More by aztraz
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kojevergas

Texas

2.9/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a conical Guinness pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. I forget where I acquired it, but it was probably Wally's Wine in Westwood. Expectations are average; this is me first beer from this brewery. Reviewed live. 6.5% ABV confirmed. I can't find a bottled on or best before date.

Not paired with food.

Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated. Served straight from the refrigerator and allowed to warm only slightly; I like my IPAs cold.

A: Pours a one finger beige head of decent cream, fair thickness, and above average retention. Colour is a hazy somewhat translucent dull copper. Not unique or special, but spot on for the style. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Nothing strikes me as particularly appealing.

Sm: Hops: some floral, some pine, some citrus. Maybe grapefruit. Clean malts. Cream. A slight vague buttery note. A mild strength aroma.

T: Hops are present but largely balanced, with pine, light citrus (grapefruit), and floral character. Hop bitterness does emerge slightly on the climax. Clean malts provide the foundation. Some overdone crystal malt sticks out in the third act, affecting the structural balance negatively. No yeast or alcohol comes through. Little stands out here. Simply built for the style. Not at all special or unique. Neither complex nor subtle, but certainly pleasant. I'd stop short of refreshing, but it's fairly fresh.

Mf: Coarse and dry on the climax (where the hop bitterness emerges), but smooth and wet everywhere else. Adequately thick. A touch overcarbonated.

Dr: A drinkable but forgettable IPA. There's nothing here to distinguish it from any other generic IPA. I wouldn't get it again merely for its mediocrity. Hides its ABV well.

C

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2012 05:49:17 | More by kojevergas
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rarbring

Sweden

3.53/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A hazy light amber brew, an off-white head leaving very good lacing. Some curtains.

The smell is citric, grape-fruit and orange, and some new-cut grass.

Starting with some crust from bread loafs, then bitter orange peel and lime pulp.

Medium low carbonation, soft and smooth, a moderately dry finish.

Fresh and fruity, no fuss.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2012 17:58:13 | More by rarbring
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CP20

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -13%

06-12-2012 02:02:08 | More by CP20
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cjgator3

Florida

2.58/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle

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

S- The aroma is very unique. The nose is very sweet with some malt and floral hops.

T- the taste like the aroma is sweet malt up front with a nice dose of bitter flavors in the finish from the hops. The taste is way too sweet for my liking.
 
M- The mouthfeel is somewhere between light and medium bodies with a good amount of carbonation. 

O- Overall, an interesting and unique beer but not something I would purchase again. It is a little too sweet for my tastes. The sweetness could be turned down and the hops turned up just a touch. 

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2012 04:17:11 | More by cjgator3
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