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Cool Brew - Napa Smith Brewery

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Ratings: 44
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 15.84%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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Napa Smith Brewery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Summer

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Beer added by: Georgiabeer on 07-24-2010

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Photo of sevenshubby
4.5/5  rDev +32%

Photo of Shibbykaiyai
4.42/5  rDev +29.6%
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.

Photo of UnderPressure
4.37/5  rDev +28.2%
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.

Photo of cdog707yo
4.25/5  rDev +24.6%

Photo of cmonfradi
4/5  rDev +17.3%

Photo of Seanibus
4/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty tasty - nice, pungent IPA from a brewery that usually seems a bit restrained.

Pours Golden with a very slight haze and huge streamers of carbonation, leading to a large, sticky, lacy head. The aroma leaps out of the bottle even before the pour - citrusy, grapefruity and strong. The flavor is powerfully hoppy, with lemon, grapefruit and apricot with a potent herby top note, like rosemary. The mouthfeel is prickly to the point of a burn and the bitterness lies high on the back of the mouth, with a sharp, cider-vinegar sting to it.

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.98/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Summer Seasonal dry-hopped IPA, perfect for grilling. Pours amber with a fairly decent, dense, off-white head that sticks around for awhile. Smells of earthy hops and has a very slightly acrid smell of grain underneath- not enough to ruin it, but a slight blemish. The taste is mellow, not too sweet, and evinces a very nice hop character that showcases some pine and earth. Quite smooth, but the hops, although mellow, have nice length and offer a nice counterpoint the very nicely integrated malt. Not as in-your-face as it could be, hop-wise, but the lack of spiciness in the hop profile instead makes this easily quaffable and a balanced, appealing package. Nice brew.

Photo of tempest
3.9/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.88/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of DaveHS
3.88/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of MarvinSnyder
3.85/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

Photo of dominic4beer
3.75/5  rDev +10%

Photo of Tilley4
3.7/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

My first offering from these guys...

Faint citrusy grapefruit aromas and maybe a little orange as well... A bit flowery as well... Not bad aroma-wise but not pungent either...

Very refreshing taste although unspectacular... Lightly hopped malts showcase here with neither winning... Fairly balanced if a bit thin...

This would make a good light lawnmower brew but the ABV could hinder too many...

Photo of avalon07
3.58/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.58/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer started off pretty good, but got a bit too tangy and malty sweet not too far into things. Still drinkable, yes. But not really bringing the character that so many others in the style do. Especially compared to many of those that are brewed around here. Not the worst ever, but isn't bringing the IPA-ness. If ya know what I mean. Mediocre.

Photo of thekoz
3.56/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First off I love the Napa Smith labels. They are classy. Though, I am not too excited about the name of this beer.

The beer is a nice amber color with an off white head. The head retention was minimal, but this is OK with me on an IPA. The beer has a nice hoppy aroma, though there is no brewed on date so it's hard to know how much this has diminished over time.

The beer is nicely balanced, probably more minimal on the IBU side than many IPAs. Some citrus flavors, perhaps cascade, centennial, or amarillo hops?

Good carbonation levels for this beer. Drier than some IPAs I have had, which in my book is good. For a beer that bills itself as a summer beer, it needs to be light and not heavy. Can certainly see how this brew could go well with many heavier foods, really cutting through the flavors but not weighing you down as you have a few pints.

All around a decent, drinkable IPA.

Photo of rarbring
3.53/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

Photo of DrewShal9
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of MattSlem
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of Danno48
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of kylehay2004
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of Alpha309
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.46/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.35/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Photo of ISmith87
3.28/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

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Cool Brew from Napa Smith Brewery
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