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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:
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(Beer added by: Georgiabeer on 07-24-2010)
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Photo of prock180
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

prock180, May 13, 2013
Photo of Danno48
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Danno48, Apr 15, 2013
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 Backlash209
2.75/5  rDev -20.3%

Backlash209, Oct 12, 2012
Photo of UnderPressure
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.

UnderPressure, Sep 23, 2012
Photo of BeerCigar
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

BeerCigar, Sep 06, 2012
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 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 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 aztraz
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

aztraz, Jul 01, 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.

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kojevergas, Jun 28, 2012
Photo of rarbring
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.

rarbring, Jun 17, 2012
Photo of CP20
3/5  rDev -13%

CP20, Jun 12, 2012
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 WVbeergeek
3.9/5  rDev +13%
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.

WVbeergeek, May 15, 2012
Photo of cmonfradi
4/5  rDev +15.9%

cmonfradi, Apr 30, 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 18, 2012
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.58/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

RblWthACoz, Apr 14, 2012
Photo of avalon07
3.58/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

avalon07, Apr 13, 2012
Photo of Ghizmo
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

Ghizmo, Apr 03, 2012
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 dominic4beer
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

dominic4beer, Mar 24, 2012
Photo of damngoode
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

damngoode, Mar 17, 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 Shibbykaiyai
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.

Shibbykaiyai, Nov 08, 2011
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Cool Brew from Napa Smith Brewery
80 out of 100 based on 42 ratings.