Pale Ale | Napa Smith Brewery

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Pale AlePale Ale

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Napa Smith Brewery
California, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.25%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by aforbes10 on 11-29-2008

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Ratings: 87 |  Reviews: 56
Reviews by DocJitsu:
Photo of DocJitsu
3.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden wheat color. No head, but that's the way the waitress poured it. Very grainy and butterscotch aroma. Very nice mouthfeel--slick and wet. Butterscotch flavor that is balanced with a barely noticeable hop. In fact, without making a special effort to look for the hop, you'll miss it. A little under-hopped for an APA. IBUs might be at the APA level, but the aggressive grain bill disallows the hops to express themselves.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
4.5/5  rDev +38.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance - This is a majestic hazy orange in color with a nice, white head that fluffed up beautifully.

Smell - The grain bill comes over immaculately at the nose. It is rich and shows great depth without being overly sweet or corny. The hops are mild and almost European. I enjoyed the delicate take on the hops but oh my God this grainy malt base is amazing and probably one of the best that I've ever smelled.

Taste - This grain takes everything that I've ever complained about American grain and turned it around. It is rich, luscious, sharp grain without being harsh, and shows a depth of flavor that I've never tasted before. This truly is an amazing ale.

Mouthfeel - This is in between light and medium-bodied with very mild carbonation and no bitter bite. If you're looking for a classic baby IPA from this pale ale then you will be sorely disappointed, but if you want balance, creaminess, and a terrific mouthfeel than this can't be beat.

Drinkability - This beer really defines this category. You just can't stop drinking it until it's gone.

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Photo of Imaster
4.25/5  rDev +30.8%

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.31/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours out looking pretty much like BMC with a tan and thinner head. Aroma was just totally devoid of dry hopping. These dudes brag on being traditional, not over the top or whatnot, but they just seem to make that old guy homebrew mild shit. To their credit, I've never encountered any off flavors, but the aroma for a CA pale ale being "grainy" is disappointing.

A light graininess with mild bitterness. A mild ride, like walking down a .5% grade hill. But sometimes you just wanna walk with the wind at your back and not put much, if anything into your experience that day, might as well just chill and let the day take you where it may, thats kind of this beer. Carbonation seems on the high side. Something has to have life in this beer am I right? Doesn't have that wet heavy wood malt bill at least that many traditional English styles do, so that has me even further confused if they were going for traditional, why is this so highly carbonated and light bodied?

And why is this beer so expensive relatively speaking?

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Photo of GilGarp
2.86/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle served cold into a pint glass.

Napa Smith's Pale Ale is a light golden color with good clarity and creamy head. Sme lacing is left behind as it settles.

Aroma is mild and more sweet than hoppy.

Flavor is a strange combination of vegetables, honey, and pine. It's not at all what I was expecting and is not very good for that matter.

Mouthfeel is light in body and well carbonated. Too sweet for a pale ale.

Overall a really disappointing pale ale. I'm glad I only bought one.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of russpowell
3.36/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

New addition to the state, picked this up at Mid Town in Tulsa

Pours an effervescent bronze with 3 fingers of ivory colored head. Fantastic lacing & average head retention

S: Light floral hops

T: Breadyness, citrus & floral hops up front. Flinty dryness & biscuitty malt dominate as this warms, plus a touch of toffee & a kiss of grassy & herbal hops. Finishes slightly grainy, dry, lemony & a with a whisper of DMS

MF: Medium bodied, well balanced, aggressively carbonated, tone that down a bit, gets a bit prickly. Thins out as this warms

Easy drinking APA, not blowing me away, started falling apart a bit at the end, detracted from MF, drinakability & flavor. Napa Smith; you were so close...

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Photo of DOCRW
3.49/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of morimech
3.2/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Clear golden color with a large head that had excellant retention. The head eventually settles to a thick cap. Moderate amount of lacing is left on the glass.

Does not smell like a typical APA. Has the hop aroma of the European variety. Spicy, grassy, and herbal. A little bit of dry malt as well. I like this so far.

The taste does not do as well. Just too much caramel malt. And no beer that brings that variety out in the flavor more than anything else scores very well with me. The hops bring a herbal and grassy flavor.

Lighter body and a nice lively carbonation. I enjoy it that way when the ABV and bitterness is low.

The thing about this beer that really bothered me was the pricing and packaging. It was $6.99 for a 4-pack of 12oz bottles. If we were to expand this price to a 6-pack, it would cost $10.50. That is Stone IPA prices. Too much money for this low ABV beer. I will not be buying any beer from this brewery again at this price.

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Photo of Samp01
3/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy golden amber with a small short lived white head. Aroma and Taste of biscuit malt, yeast, some fruity notes with some citrusy hops. Palate is a medium body with moderate carbonation. Finish is sweet caramel and biscuit malt. Yeast, some fruity notes ending with some citrus hops for balance. Overall an average pale ale.

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Photo of beerthulhu
2.91/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pumpkin orange when backlighted, shows a good clarity and strong sense of effervesce of macro-bubbles within. The head is frothy, slight on size and retention leaving a short lacing behind. For aroma there is not much to speak of in terms of complexity and strength. More English style which is what im guessing they were shooting for. Floral scents mixing with a light dried orange skin aroma. Overall weak.(guess im wrong this is labeled an apa)

T: For flavor there is a bit of spiciness, fruggles fruity with some tropical fruit notes. Definitely seems to be leaning more towards the English variety pale,hop wise but with an American malt base of toasted grain base rather a biscuity backing. Seems to have a bit of influence from both sides of the pond but really doesn’t grasp a clean defining flavor and seems more confused. Nice level of maltiness but overall a middle of the road flavor.

M: Light boded but with some malty tones. Quiet carbonation, spicy with dry toasty afterthoughts.

O: Wish I had better regards for this but this is at best a middle of the road, ho-hum beer that doesn’t want to stand out, rather hide in the back of the room hoping not be called upon. Does the minimal to get by on, rather unexciting and cant recommend a 6 pack for the pale ale enthusiasts.

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Photo of Segelstrom
3.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of ocelot2500
3.48/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy, slightly orange, golden color with a frothy white head that leaves a good amount of lacing.

Smells of grassy and citric notes.

Tastes of good amount of hops with a solid amount of malts. Hops are grassy, lemony, and spicy. Pale malts abound and add some biscuity notes as well some sugars. Touches of caramel malt are also noticeable. Fairly balanced overall.

Mouthfeel is medium with a crisp amount of carbonation.

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Photo of bcm119
3.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pilsner colored with a fine white head that leaves a slight lace. Metallic, lemony aroma. Tight, minerally pale malt flavors, with a hint of crisp hop bitterness for balance. Finishes clean and leaves a nice grassy bitterness. More reminiscent of a pils than an American pale. Some pleasant malt flavors, but overall lacking much character, and under-hopped for the style. Nevertheless this is refreshing and wouldn't make a bad summer lawn mowing beer.

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Photo of theopholis
2.76/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance- Body is aclear light golden amber with a impressively frothy white head. Very little head retention, but leaves a ice lacing.

Smell- pale malt aroma with some decent earthy hops too. Hints of toastiness and caramel.

Taste- Decent malty sweetness with some minor hops flavor. Not nearly hoppy enough to be considered a pale ale.

Mouthfeel- light and drying on the cheeks with light carbonation.

Drinkability- Not objectionable tastes, but was nowhere robust enough to be considered a pale ale.

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Photo of jaydoc
3/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of Geoffq
3.96/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Nice pale ale easy to drink not too strong

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Photo of JTahoe
3.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A - Clear gold with copious tiny bubble action and a dense off-white two-finger head leaving nice sticky lace fairly generously around the glass.

S - A pretty good dose of barley and an earthy grassiness with a whiff of citrusy lemon peel.

T - Biscuit grain flavors are prevalent with pale malt verging on caramel, and smooth, fresh, grassy hops, with just a trace of citrus.

M - A lad light, but with a smooth creamy feel and moderate-light carbonation.

D - Drinkable and pleasant, though this one isn't going to drive you crazy with desire or hit you over the head. It is a subtle yet very solid and well made brew. It doesn't bear much resemblance to most APAs, but it seems to me that they are going for a very traditional approach.

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Photo of endincolorado
4.17/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy, pale amber color with a foamy white head and decent lace.

Fragrant, crisp, floral hoppy aromas that remind me of fresh apples. Pale malt is also evident.

Refreshing balance of crackery pale malt, crisp grain, and a focused hop character.

Light-medium body. Satisfying, with nice carbonation.

A fine drinker all around. Fairly impressed by my first sample of Napa Smith's beers.

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Photo of Fitzpat4
3/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of cdog707yo
3.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of david18
3/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had a sixteen ounce draft of this at the Burger Bar in Macy's in San Francisco's Union Square. Overall this was a pretty unimpressive beer that didn't stand out in any way for me.

Appearance is a golden/orange, very cloudy with a weak head.

Smell is of citrus and slight malt but, again, not too outstanding.

Flavor was a little bland. It had all of the elements that a balance beer should have but not very strong in any of them.

Overall, this was not a great beer but I think i'd try it again to give it another chance.

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Photo of Zorro
3.12/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear golden to light amber colored ale with a small white head.

Smell is light and freshly hoped. Very perfumed and flowery smelling and not a typical west coast hops truck run over. Light caramel and vanilla scent One hard to identify scent here smells like bitter orange.

Starts out dry and lager like with a mild bitter snap. Mild hop perfume only not much more than a mild cracker malt otherwise. Really light in the flavor department.

Mouthfeel is light.

Pretty drinkable mostly because this is light and light flavored. Worth a try but not really all that great.

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Photo of jtd335
3.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of TheDeuce
3.17/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Napa Smith Organic a bottle

Appearance-light orange to gold color, medium sized white head, ok carbonation,

Smell-light grass with a hop background, an interesting hop blend, light alcohol as well.

Taste/Mouthfeel-hoppier side of Pale Ales, though actually a lighter consistency than expected. Light to medium mouthfeel, ok smoothness, malt is there but relegated to the background, flavors match up.

Drinkability-a light yet hoppy pale ale.

Overall-decent APA, on the hoppy and light side, not the most complex beer but it works for what it is.

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