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Cool Brew - Napa Smith Brewery

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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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cmonfradi

West Virginia

4/5  rDev +15.9%

04-30-2012 02:07:42 | More by cmonfradi
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JupiterJesus

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2012 23:46:51 | More by JupiterJesus
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2012 07:31:16 | More by RblWthACoz
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avalon07

South Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2012 14:16:06 | More by avalon07
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Ghizmo

Maryland

3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

04-03-2012 20:56:08 | More by Ghizmo
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2012 03:36:18 | More by ChainGangGuy
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dominic4beer

California

3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

03-24-2012 17:33:36 | More by dominic4beer
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damngoode

Indiana

3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

03-17-2012 02:37:16 | More by damngoode
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coldriver

Texas

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2011 19:12:51 | More by coldriver
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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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DrewShal9

Massachusetts

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2011 07:33:07 | More by DrewShal9
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Tilley4

Tennessee

3.68/5  rDev +6.7%
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...

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2011 14:40:29 | More by Tilley4
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Seanibus

California

4/5  rDev +15.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2011 21:13:36 | More by Seanibus
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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +13%
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

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2011 06:43:09 | More by tempest
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thekoz

California

3.55/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2010 06:11:59 | More by thekoz
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DaveHS

California

3.9/5  rDev +13%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2010 01:11:50 | More by DaveHS
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

4/5  rDev +15.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2010 08:05:34 | More by Georgiabeer
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Cool Brew from Napa Smith Brewery
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