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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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 htomsirveaux
3.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle tried 12 Sep 2008.

Small thin white head. Medium carbonation. Deep golden color, clear. Aroma is malty, lightly hopped, some salt in background. Malty sweet to start with a light hop presence in the finish. Light body. Light alcohol.

Not bad but nothing to make it stand out either.

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Photo of MisterClean
2.81/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

On site with Don.

A - Pours golden with a 2 fingered head. Dissipates fast and leaves a light lacing.

S - Not much there. Nothing very discernible. This is the first time I cannot discern anything aside from pale malts of some sort.

T - Again, shocked. No difference in taste. It's just a standard malt affair.

M - Full-bodied.

D - Not much hops for a pale ale. No distinct flavors either. Nothing exciting.

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Photo of stewart124
3.92/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden yellow with little bits of white lacing around the glass.

The smell is of subtle fruits and a grassy/earthy aroma. There is not quite the hop presence that I had anticipated. The smell is pleasant but just not exactly what I expected out of California.

Taste is sweet with a slight biscuity note. It has a medium mouthfeel and is on the chewy side. Leaves a nice malty character on the palate. Quite tasty. I'm almost thinking that this brewer went with just 2-row malt for the grain bill. Maybe a little Munich but the caramel seems to be omitted.

I could put down a number of these. It is quite drinkable and leaves a nice bit of citrus on the tongue. Very, very subtle but it's there.

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Photo of RunDWP
2.99/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Picked this up a bottle in Napa Valley in a grocery store in St. Helena during a wine tasting trip. Kind of curious to see what kind of brew would be produced in the middle of wine country. Opening the bottle unleashed a nice orange citrus and floral aroma. The brew was a light orange color, and the white fizzy head quickly dissipated in the tulip. There was hardly any malt for a pale ale, and no real balance to the light citrus and floral hops. The lack of malt made for a rather watery unsubstantial brew, and sorry to say, was a bit of a disappointment.

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Photo of aforbes10
3.77/5  rDev +16%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I saw a PBS show about beer in California a couple of nights ago and they did a feature on this new brewery. The brewmaster is formerly from New Albion and Mendecino, so that's quite a pedigree. We went out and bought the Pale Ale and Amber today, but the wheat was sold out so ill try that later.

Pours a golden orange, clear with a short head that falls off fast. Laces spottily. Mild grassy hop and green apple nose. Smells quite mild, sweet and fresh, citrusy hops. Flavor is a bit watery at first, with only a hint of apple sweetness and nondescript malt, but quickly a nice fresh hop builds, along with a refreshing bitterness. Hop flavor sticks around well, and is a nice orange-y citrus hop with just a touch of spice. Mouthfeel is appropriate for the style. Drinks well, refreshing and tasty without being too aggressive. This would be a good session beer. I don't like the label, too anonymous amongst the myriad craft beers available, but thats a complaint others may debate. Not bad.

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Pale Ale from Napa Smith Brewery
3.25 out of 5 based on 86 ratings.
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