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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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Photo of HalfFull
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..

HalfFull, Aug 19, 2012
Photo of KevMo84
2.5/5  rDev -27.5%

KevMo84, Jun 06, 2014
Photo of cjgator3
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. 

cjgator3, May 21, 2012
Photo of Backlash209
2.75/5  rDev -20.3%

Backlash209, Oct 12, 2012
Photo of JupiterJesus
2.88/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

JupiterJesus, Apr 19, 2012
Photo of kojevergas
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

kojevergas, Jun 28, 2012
Photo of ste5venla
3/5  rDev -13%

ste5venla, Jun 20, 2013
Photo of Fitzpat4
3/5  rDev -13%

Fitzpat4, Jul 16, 2014
Photo of CP20
3/5  rDev -13%

CP20, Jun 12, 2012
Photo of Fatehunter
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.

Fatehunter, Jun 15, 2013
Photo of mactrail
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.

mactrail, Aug 18, 2012
Photo of coldriver
3.15/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber poured into Sam Adams glass. Exploded forth from the opened bottle - fortunately I was fairly close to the sink - what a mess. Deep amber and cloudy. Aroma is subdued, not really getting much from the hops, smells more like an amber than an IPA. Taste is pretty light for an IPA, and not very distinctive. Leaves kind of a unpleasant aftertaste and doesn't seem all that well balanced. Overall I'm not impressed - it was cheap though. Would not have it again.

coldriver, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of ISmith87
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.

ISmith87, Mar 07, 2014
Photo of aztraz
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

aztraz, Jul 01, 2012
Photo of BeerCigar
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

BeerCigar, Sep 06, 2012
Photo of Ghizmo
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

Ghizmo, Apr 03, 2012
Photo of damngoode
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

damngoode, Mar 17, 2012
Photo of prock180
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

prock180, May 14, 2013
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle - $2.09 at Total Wine & More in Atlanta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a clear (though an initial chill haze), golden body with a frothy, white head that settles though never entirely dissipates.

Smell: Modest pale base malts with mild-mannered notes of biscuit and cracker with hoppy hints of lemon, grapefruit, and hewn grasses.

Taste: Sweetish pale malts with some accents of biscuits and waterlogged crackers with a little edge of caramel to it. Dried lemon rind, slightly grassy, slightly earthy hops with sufficient bitterness to balance things out. Becomes just a little bit astringent as you hit the dry, relatively crisp finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: A Cool Brew? Well, it's just OK.

ChainGangGuy, Apr 02, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
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.

UCLABrewN84, Oct 23, 2012
Photo of Evil_Pidde
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.

Evil_Pidde, Jul 18, 2012
Photo of DrewShal9
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

DrewShal9, Sep 23, 2011
Photo of MattSlem
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

MattSlem, Dec 24, 2013
Photo of Danno48
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Danno48, Apr 15, 2013
Photo of kylehay2004
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

kylehay2004, Jun 01, 2014
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Cool Brew from Napa Smith Brewery
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