Cool Brew - Napa Smith Brewery
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Reviews by UnderPressure:
4.43/5 rDev +28.4%
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.
09-23-2012 17:14:05 | More by UnderPressure
More User Reviews:
2.88/5 rDev -16.5%
Flavors are extremely bready malt, a hint of sweetness and lots of papaya and mango. A hint of pine or spruce, maybe. I know I've read people mention stuff like 'papaya' and other weird descriptors when reviewing beer, but this is the first time it really hit me in the face. The bready mango (mango sandwich?) is kind of an aquired taste. It tastes better than it smells.
In response to other reviews that claim this isn't hoppy enough, this is as hoppy as any IPA I've had - but it's all in the dry hop, so it lacks the face-punching intensity of a typical west coast brew. I don't consider this a negative, as this very quality is advertised right on the back of the bottle.
More drinkable than their organic IPA, but only if you degas it a little and let it warm up. Probably better on draft.
04-18-2012 23:46:51 | More by JupiterJesus
3.9/5 rDev +13%
Well made single dimensional brews that come off the canvas with flavor that hits just a bit plain. Enjoyable one dimensional is better than nothing at all, but I understand this beer this is a drinkable version of a lightly hopped Northern Californian IPA. Pours a pale slightly hazed golden copper hue with a light white head forming fine with even speckled lace. Aroma has a combination of floral and citrus qualities that really work for this beer. Flavor has nothing overbearing a bit of tea leaf and citrus qualities come together to forma a hop palate, a nice bready yeast ridden malty character is pale biscuit malts, with a slightly earthy yeast charater coming through. Very nice balance, body is light to medium with even carbonation in each sip, a beer that will do very well in the good ol' Dubya Vee.
05-15-2012 01:17:05 | More by WVbeergeek
3.5/5 rDev +1.4%
A: dark orange with a white had that leaves a thin lace
S: grapefruit and a smell that I can't seen to figure out yet it is slightly sweet and very floral
T: grapefruit transitioning into a sweet caramel that leaves a drying bitterness
M: seltzer like bubbles. Thinner body
O: not a bad brew but something I wouldn't go hunting or out of my way to get. Worth a shot though.
09-23-2011 07:33:07 | More by DrewShal9
2.58/5 rDev -25.2%
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.
05-21-2012 04:17:11 | More by cjgator3
3.9/5 rDev +13%
Not your typical IPA, but you could call it a great hoppy amber with a very fruity, floral melon ball hop character. Maybe it's bitter like an East Coast IPA, but the moutfeel doesn't stand up to most California IPAs. Still, there was a bit of balance with bready, toasted
04-17-2011 06:43:09 | More by tempest
3.08/5 rDev -10.7%
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.
06-15-2013 21:22:29 | More by Fatehunter
2.5/5 rDev -27.5%
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..
08-19-2012 06:31:27 | More by HalfFull
3.9/5 rDev +13%
A-Pours a hazy, rusty, copper orange with a quarter inch of eggshell white head. Leaves substantial lacing.
S-Grassy, floral hops (I'm guessing Saaz (?) and soft, grainy malts.
T-This is, to date, the best beer I've had from Napa Smith. Simple and approachable, but with the body that so many of their other beers have lacked. They have gone out of their way to use less bitter hop varietals, and it makes for a refreshing change of pace. Light, grainy, and thirst quenching with just a touch of grassy bitterness in the back palate. Would be good on a hot day.
M-Light to medium bodied with a fairly abrupt finish.
D- I wouldn't go out of my way for this one, but it's nice enough.
09-18-2010 01:11:50 | More by DaveHS
3.53/5 rDev +2.3%
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.
06-17-2012 17:58:13 | More by rarbring
3.58/5 rDev +3.8%
A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a yellow color and a clear texture. There was an inch of foamy, somewhat long-lasting head. Good lacing.
S: A decent amount of hops in the aroma, with a grainy smell as well.
T: Tasted of hops, malt, a little citrus (grapefruit), a breadiness, and grain. A pretty good flavor, but it seemed to be lacking in the hops department - at least for an IPA.
M: A good amount of carbonation with a smooth finish. Light- to medium-bodied.
O: An alright IPA that isn't terrible, but doesn't measure up to the great beers of the style.
04-13-2012 14:16:06 | More by avalon07
2.9/5 rDev -15.9%
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.
06-28-2012 05:49:17 | More by kojevergas
3.24/5 rDev -6.1%
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.
03-07-2014 04:32:53 | More by ISmith87
3.15/5 rDev -8.7%
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.
08-18-2012 04:23:51 | More by mactrail
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