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Amber Ale | Napa Smith Brewery

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Amber AleAmber Ale

Brewed by:
Napa Smith Brewery
California, United States

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

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Photo of bradybeer
2.81/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark red-brown with little hop aroma. Initial sip picks up a candy sweetness-and the finish is smooth, but lacks any hop character in the taste. Too sweet and could use some hops to balance the malty sweetness. Low carbonation level lends itself to a smooth finish. Because I find it too sweet I can't rate the drinkability very high. This beer is not unlike their red ale.

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Photo of berkey
3.78/5  rDev +10.5%
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 xhcadamx
4.42/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - typical amber with a hint towards brown. Nice white foam head settled to a ring around the beer.

S - English hops and American hops. Carmel malt and biscuit

T - Carmel malt and biscuit mixed harmoniously with the English and American hops.

M - Somewhere between thin and medium.

D - A perfect session beer. I am really impressed with the balance of this beer.

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Photo of Offa
2.54/5  rDev -25.7%
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 MisterClean
4.35/5  rDev +27.2%
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 aforbes10
3.56/5  rDev +4.1%
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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Amber Ale from Napa Smith Brewery
3.42 out of 5 based on 80 ratings.
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