Amber Ale | Napa Smith Brewery

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80
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Amber AleAmber Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Napa Smith Brewery
California, United States
napasmithbrewery.com

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.75%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by aforbes10 on 12-01-2008

BEER STATS
Ratings:
83
Reviews:
31
Avg:
3.41
pDev:
14.96%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
5
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 83 |  Reviews: 31
Photo of jaydoc
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.08/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear dark copper with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, and some caramel aromas. Taste is much the same with a sweet malt flavor on the finish. There is a mild hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty average beer aroma and flavor wise but it's pretty drinkable for what it is.

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Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev +17.3%

Photo of zeff80
3.82/5  rDev +12%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a murky amber color with a one-finger, short lived off-white head of foam. It left little to no lacing.

S - It smelled malty and bready with a subtle floral aroma.

T - It tasted malty and bready with a sharp bitter spicy bite. Some mild caramel flavors, too.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry, clean finish.

O - This is a pretty tasty amber ale. Another solid offering from Napa Smith.

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.6/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a burnt copper with a trace of head the quickly evaporates without any lacing. Malty bread aroma... similar taste very sweet. Fresh and well-bodied.

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Photo of Jason
3.54/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Spritzy lacing crackles away to a thin ring on the glass, brassy amber color is bright and clear. Malty aroma with some suggestions of toasted bread, marshmallow or fruit taffy, faint caramel and a little grassy. Smooth and slick medium body. Mild hopping lets the malt grab hold of the taste buds hard with a toasted grainy flavor throughout, hint of caramel and some shortbread in the back. Hops do go a little herbal in the semi-dry finish.

A stand up Amber Ale, nothing crazy as it stays focused on showing off the malt ... good balance here as well.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.16/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Eh. Too malty with a sticky sweet tone. I almost want to say this crosses into brown ale territory ever so slightly. Bottom line is that it just doesn't work. It's drinkable, yes. But there is no style or grace...or interesting character. Could be more rounded.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.1/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass, the beer is a slightly hazed rose-copper coloring with a chunky, off-white head that settles into a slight film across the top of the brew. Caramelly malt smells, with sour notes overriding. Smells watery, if that is possible. The beer has a roasted caramel malt flavor initially, with a slight hopping sneaking in the back door. Also some smokey flavor characteristics. The beer is slightly oily and slick, and it brings about a quick finish with a minimal sour malt aftertaste. Easy drinker, but not overly impressive by any means. I've had better Ambers, by far.

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Photo of liamt07
3.82/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by Cory (beergeeks.ca), 5.9%ABV into a tulip. 12oz bottle.

Poured a reddish brown with a tan head, that only leaves a collar behind. Sparse lacing. Nose has prominent tootsie roll characteristics, caramel, chocolate and a light peripheral citrus. Taste is of grainy bread, tootsie rolls again, caramel and a fairly prominent candy apple flavour in the finish. Medium light mouthfeel, with an awkward bitterness in the finish. Medium low carbonation as well. A surprisingly tasty amber, although I'm not really sure when this was bottled. Certainly surprising.

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Photo of wrightst
4/5  rDev +17.3%

Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Hazy amber with a 2” cream colored clingy foam cap. S: Hop aromas, melon, citrus, grass, light malt. T: Toffee and caramel, bitter citrus rind hop accent. F: Medium body, medium carbonation. O: A refreshing amber with big character.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Photo of avalon07
3.58/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an amber color and a clear consistency. There was an inch and a half of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A decent aroma of hops, malt, and some caramel.

T: Basically, this beer smelled like it tasted: An average amount of hops, caramel, and a nice amount of malt. A little on the thin side in the finish, but a likeable enough flavor.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: Not a bad beer, but certainly predictable. Drinkable enough.

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Photo of Hellpop65
3.75/5  rDev +10%

Photo of KarlHungus
3.85/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a clear amber color. The head is half an inch in height, and recedes quickly into minimal lacing. The aroma is of caramel, light toffee, and cream. The taste is of caramel and toffee with much more depth than found in the aroma. The finish is clean with virtually no aftertaste which is a shame. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation, and a smooth texture. Overall, this is a nice amber ale. I wouldn't object to drinking this again.

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Photo of dertyd
2/5  rDev -41.3%

Photo of Zazzi82
3.77/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jame515
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Photo of gford217
3.21/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle courtesy of jh1982 poured into a tulip.

Pours a dark clear amber with a healthy off-white head that recedes to a small cap and leaves light traces of lacing.

The aroma is very light with some sweet malts dominating with hints of light fruit and some earthy hops, though the hops are really faint.

The taste is a mixture of biscuity malts, caramel sweetness and a faint dry hoppiness in the finish.

The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with soft carbonation and very sweet and sticky overall.

This is a fairly drinkable amber that doesn't have much complexity as its dominated by the sweetness of the caramel malts. One dimensional but OK.

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Photo of buckyp
3/5  rDev -12%

Photo of mhaugo
2/5  rDev -41.3%

Photo of Spaceman_Jer
3.67/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Beginner2
3.67/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Had fresh at the brewery's taproom in a flight of five.
It was the best of the flight, so I bought a 22 ounce bottle and this I review with clear palate.
For a brewery that focusses more on getting the hops right than making the malt bill balance, they have made a very nice amber.

Pretty amber. Undistinguished nose.
Sweet, but not too sweet and, yet, slightly dry in the finish. Hard to do, but easy to enjoy. And I did.

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Photo of bcsbeer
3/5  rDev -12%

Photo of ste5venla
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

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Amber Ale from Napa Smith Brewery
3.41 out of 5 based on 83 ratings.
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