Amber Ale | Napa Smith Brewery

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Amber AleAmber Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Napa Smith Brewery
California, United States | website

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.75%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by aforbes10 on 12-01-2008

BEER STATS
Reviews:
30
Ratings:
79
Avg:
3.41
pDev:
24.34%
 
 
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Reviews: 30 | Ratings: 79
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 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 DrunkinYogi
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 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 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 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 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 Offa
2.54/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

This seems mostly like a standard West-US "amber" ale but a bit richer than many, better than some, worse than some. The richness in this case mostly just makes it heavy and hard to drink, though, because the character is basic and one-dimensional.

Red amber, it has a medium off-white ehad steadily shrinking to a thin wispy foam and ring, leaving a little weak lace.

The aroma is very malty but also extremely flowery-perfumy. It's caramelly with grapefruit zest, orange flower, orange zest, and dust. It has a typical West Coast amber ale quality but stronger and more perfumy, in fact too perfumy, and dusty, so that in the end I find it unpleasant and off-putting for me.

The taste is similar in overall character, but much better than the aroma. It's mostly malty and sweet with very, very light hop bite. It tastes rather caramelly with mostly sweet orange and candied grapferuit zest. The body is rather thick and full for the style. Overall, its character is quite simple and rather one-dimensional, a bit bland and, sweet and perfumy. The flavour/character it has is strong and holds up well and along with the rich feel this somewhat makes up for the simple, one-dimensional character with strength of flavour, yet this only goes so far.

In the end, it's simple, uninteresting, yet rich and heavy, not a very good combination. It's too simple and one-dimensional to be a great heavier-duty beer, yet it's too strong in alcohol and in its rich, heavy body to be a great session beer. It gets tiresome very quickly, so I don't want to drink much of it, yet it doesn't give me enough satisfaction for drinking so little. It gets really boring really fast.

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

Out of a bottle that I scored for only a buck ($3.99 for a four-pack!) this beer was a clear copper color with some amber highlights that appeared in the light. The khaki-colored head retained itself as a skim and left spots of lacing around my glass. The aroma was of fresh bread, pale malt, caramel malt and a little toffee. The flavors were quite enjoyable to my palate; I tasted a blend of bready malt, caramel, toffee sweetness and just a touch of hops at the end which provided a clean finish .The body was medium, the carbonation average and the mouthfeel smooth.

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Photo of bump8628
3.45/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A clean American Amber without a lot of malt depth, just a solid caramel backbone and hints of spicy, herbal hops here and there. Finish is somewhat dry with the balance slanted towards the malt. Not a lot going on here, but I could toss a couple back without too much thought.

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Photo of ocelot2500
3.18/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy light amber color with a frothy white head that leaves a solid amount of lacing.

Smells of forward caramel malts.

Tastes of mostly malt with a slight hop finish. Malt has bread notes along with some sweet caramel. This fades into an herbal hop character that adds a minor amount of bitterness. Finishes dry. Seems a bit bland overall, could use some boosting from any of the components.

Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth amount of carbonation.

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Photo of aforbes10
3.56/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

My second beer from this new brewery. Pours a nice bloods red, with a touch of brown highlights, and a small little ring of white head around the edge of the glass. Laces wetly. Smells of caramel malt, English hops. Flavor is biscuity, sweet and malty. A touch of grassy hop. Malt lingers well. Medium bodied, a bit watery maybe. Drinks well, which is this beer's primary asset...its easy to quaff and doesn't get boring or unpleasant. Well crafted.

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Photo of jtierney89
2.5/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a deep copper/bright orange hue with some haze and lots of visible carbonation and a thin lace of off white head. Smells of toffee, caramel, and a dark fruit bowl. Tootsie roll like on the nose. Floral hop presence hidden beneath it all.

Medium body that thins out a little on the finish. Good carbonation. Flavors are weaker than the nose. Some toffee flavors and dark fruit jam, good balance from a mild hop presence. Beer doesn't hold up as well as it should but its not bad.

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Photo of hustlesworth
2.99/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- clear rusty amber, fizzy beige head. foam settles fast to a thin film.

S- sweet caramel malty nose, spicy and floral with hints of cinnamon and pepper.

T- toasty and sweet, nutty, with only a small amount of earthy hop flavor. decent, and fresh, but boring.

MF- smooth and slightly drying. delicate carbonation.

D- there are distinct similarities between all of the napa smith beers i've tried. it's not bad by any means, but a bit of diversity would help immensely.

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Photo of MisterClean
4.35/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On site with Don.

A - Pours a nice red color, with a 2-fingered head. Dissipates moderately.

S - Caramel, honey, and light hop bitterness.

T - Very similar. Feeling like a good session beer so far.

M - Full bodied and well balanced. Nice how the caramel and honey add sweetness and are followed up by some hop bitterness.

D - Really drinkable and a good session beer. This should be a standard for session ambers.

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Photo of BucBasil
3.33/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured on tap at The Federal in North Hollywood, CA.

A: The beer is a dark hazy brownish orange with a light tan head.

S: Strong fruity character with some spices underneath. Almost vinous. Malt lies faint in the background.

T: Light fruits and a caramel note most noticeable. Finishes fruity again with a slight herbal note, some bitterness and some spices.

O: Interesting beer, but a bit much after a little while. Probably won't revisit.

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Photo of Samp01
3/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear ruby amber with a off-white head and some lacing. Aroma and Taste of Caramel malt, yeast, with some fruity notes and moderate hops. Palate is a light to medium body with mild carbonation. Finish is caramel malt, yeast with some light hops and a bit of lingering nutty flavor. Aroma and taste seem a bit light and quickly dissipates. Overall an ok drinkable brew nothing outstanding about this ale.

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Photo of berkey
3.78/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very clean and lucid amber color. Forms a good head with mediocre retention but lacing is very nice.

A little thin on the aroma with yeast and some caramel malt being the main things I'm picking up. Some leafy, grassy, hops in there but it takes a big whiff to pick them out.

Very clean on the palate with more caramel and some roasty malt on the aftertaste. Tastes like a slightly subdued Anderson Valley Boont Amber. Sweetens up slightly as it warms but not much. As in the aroma, not much in the hop department. Lacking on the complexity for my tastes but just barely enough to keep me engaged and push up the aready high drinkability.

Overall well constructed but a little too mellow for my expectations of the style. Still good enough that I'll probably give other offerings from this brewer a chance in the future.

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Photo of smibroncos
3.17/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A. Poured an almost cola color with a short tan diminishing head.No lacing on the glass.

S. Sweet malt, caramel, leaves.

T. Sweet and malty, brown sugar, alcohol. No bitterness, mostly sweet malt.

M. medium bodied soft carbonation lasting sweetness on the tongue.

D. A little too sweet for me.I waited patiently for the bitter finnish but it never came.

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Photo of karait95
3.2/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Nice and very well done brown - reddish color that shows a medium body, the beer is cloudy not transparent at all and the head is not to big it is small and dissipates somehow fast leaving almost non traces and non layer on top, carbonation is poor but the color of the head is a light brown with small bubbles.

S: Balanced aroma between barley and hops as an amber some little toasted malts can be sensed.

T: Taste is not great it sadly it is the poorest quality of the beer, even at the beginning it is balanced but then some rare flavor can be felt a little acid.

M: The feeling is not bad, it has a good ending even when start it is a little acid and with some bittersweetness.

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Photo of T100Mark
3.99/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 22 ounce bomber poured into a shaker pint glass. Cool label.

Appearance - Rusty copper color. Murky. Nice tan head. Good lacing.

Smell - Malt. Earthy. A touch sweet.

Taste - Malty. Herbal. A touch sweet. A touch bitter.

Mouth - Syrupy. Nice.

Overall - A very nice Amber ale. Reminiscent of a British bitter.

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