Organic IPA
Napa Smith Brewery

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American IPA
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3.49 | pDev: 18.62%
Napa Smith Brewery
California, United States
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Reviews: 117 | Ratings: 261
Photo of rodbeermunch
2.18/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Solid orange appearance looking like some good west coast ipas out there, 1/2" white head. Aroma lacked hops. In fact, it was a questionable development of buttery grain and bitterness to it.

Taste was more of the same, buttery malt lacking hops. Alcohol really pronounced. Look its fine if you want to stress balance in an ipa, but at least, shit man, make it decent and not questionable in terms of its amount of diacetyl rolling around.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.93/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This IPA is way better than the ratings.
To understand why, see the detailed review from BeerChitect. (my Like.)
The review from my malt-biased palate is Napa Smith does well with this IPA. It sells hops like its brethren, but doesn't go crazy when delivering. I tasted what malt is supposed to do; create subtle fruity flavors that tease the buds.

Had this IPA transferring in SF airport's Napa Farms Market, with the clever slug of "farm to flight."

History lesson. Napa's brewmaster is one of the founders of the craft beer movement. Started at New Albion almost contiguous with Anchor. (New Albion didn't have the cash to expand and went under, leaving Anchor the longest-standing.) He then went to Mendocino, later bought by a wine/spirits distributor; indicating the craft movement's early adulthood. And he now keeps producing beers at Napa Smith, figuring out how hops goes with food (which in my book, is not easy.) In my book, this man has settled all three frontiers.

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Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Prima. L: Hazy copper with a 1” cream colored foam collar. S: fruit and bread T: Hop driven with citrusy hop bitterness but well balanced by the malt. F: Creamy, medium body, just under medium carbonation. O: I was happy to find this at Prima. It goes very well with a cob salad.

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Photo of Immortale25
2.45/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Poured into a Haw River Farmhouse Ales teku glass. No freshness date.

A- Pours a medium reddish amber color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a tiny center patch of sheer surface foam. Sudsy, semi-resilient lacing.

S- Soapy aroma with a light hop presence and bready malt.

T- More of that soapy quality and then this really unpleasant bitterness starts to sink its teeth in and won't let go. More bready malt presence with minimal sweetness. All the flavors are so separated and clash with each other.

M- Very bitey and a bit oily with medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the fuller side.

O- Crap. Just total crap. Whoever tasted this after it was brewed and said "Hey, this stuff is great! Let's put it in a bottle and try to sell it!" Doesn't know a good beer from a hole in the ground. Sorry to be so harsh, but this just is not good. So glad I got it for free so I can put the rest of it where it belongs: down the drain.

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Photo of Beer_Loving_Brandon
4.47/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I accidentally got this beer as a rogue member of a 4pk of Hopageddon. not sure how it got mixed in... Normally I intentionally avoid anything with an "organic" moniker due to the associations with social groups/political factions that I don't really like.

Let me begin the actual review by saying that I really like Hopageddon. It is easily one of the best tasting beers I drink. It is just a little more expensive than I like. Normally a 4pk of Hopageddon is around $12 where I can find it. Is it worth it? Yes.

So the Organic IPA is great. It is smooth, it tastes good, and it smells terrific. If you like hop-forward IPAs I would venture to say that you would like this beer. It is not as hop-forward as Hopageddon...almost seems like a smoother or "light" version. The taste does a great job of masking the alcohol content, which frankly is not that high anyways.

I recommend it to anyone that likes IPAs. You won't be disappointed.

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Photo of ZMWTally
4.75/5  rDev +36.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This one just tastes great. If you are looking for a California west coast bitterness weaponized IPA, look elsewhere. This is just a good, solid, delicious IPA.

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Photo of Bezy901
4.75/5  rDev +36.1%

Hands down one of the best IPAs I've had. The floral and citrus notes explode! I was surprised how clean the taste was with such a cloudy pour. Wonderful flavor! Sweet, hoppy, & a bit of a floral note. Clean finish.

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Photo of KajII
3.37/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

[Suggested Glassware: Tulip Glass]

The pour was a murky medium apricot orange brown with an average (1-2 finger) off white creamy head that was mostly lasting, diminishing down to a thin film and small collar with fair spotty lacing.

The aroma was of a light biscuit malt, spruce and pine hops and a soapy yeast with notes of caramel, citrus (grapefruit), and a slight fruity ester (peaches and pears).

Taste was mildly malty sweet with a touch of caramel in the beginning, progressing with a mild fruitiness along with a nice hoppy bitterness and a citrus peel bite right at the end. The flavor lasted an average duration after the swallow, with a somewhat pronounced bitter citrusy taste left to linger.

Mouthfeel was just below medium in body with a lightly dry texture and a medium carbonation.

Overall I found this to be a very tasty and well balanced IPA. It possessed a very nice sweet fruity flavor and a somewhat bold citrusy bitterness which balanced each other out superbly, thus concealing the slightly high ABV completely...

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Photo of jadpsu
3.41/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very hazy, murky orange/peach with an off white abundant sticky, clinging head.
Aroma; Get a lot of stringent hops and a combination of grapefruit and orange rinds, along with alcohol.
Taste; More malts than expected but sharp tangy hops still more prominent. I do get some caramel maltiness.
After taste is dry and warming.
Interesting, not to bad at all. A beer that would complement a full meal, but probably not a hot sweat thirst quencher.

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Photo of Portertime
3.06/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Appearance: I am serving this well chilled in my Strongbow tumbler. It pours a rich pinesap color with a nice tight head. The brew stays hazy as I hold it up to the light.

Smell: big grapefruit notes with some hints of butterscotch and faint pine resin. It is actually very similar to a barleywine.

Taste: sweet candied dark fruit seems to dominate with piney and floral hops. The taste is good but unbalanced. The hops seem to be all over the place. The finish is dry with faint hop oils.

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Photo of antisocialist
1.9/5  rDev -45.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

I like big beers and I also I like IPAs. This was a tremendous (and pricey) disappointement. This stuff tastes like what I imagine gerbil food to taste like. The grassy aroma is not much better. If you have other options (including water), I recommend you consider them.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.77/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

not saying this is world class or anything, but I am surprised to see it rated so low here. its actually a pretty darn good ipa. it pours a really hazy faded brass color, with an inch or just less of stable white head. I smell more bitter hops than anything, centennial or cascade or something else west coast and big, without being overly sticky and dank. there is a mild pale granular aroma as well. big hop flavors all the way through, but never falling out of balance. I think what maybe people don't like about this beer is all its yeast. it has a bit of sediment left in suspension, and it does impart some bready characteristics that might be unfamiliar to some. to me, I really enjoy the yeast in here, it reminds me of more of the Belgian style india pale ales, and it helps the finish be interesting without being just a straight hop bomb. medium body, very very brightly carbonated, and a balanced bitter aftertaste. its a well crafted beer overall, and my first from this brewery. I appreciate that its organic, and will look forward to trying some of their other stuff.

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Photo of IPA1978
3.01/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

A. Deep hazy copper with average head and lacing.

S. Sweet malt, fruity, herbal, sour funkiness.

T. Sweet caramel malt, granny smith and citrus like hops, some dark herbal earthy bitterness. Finishes with a weird funky dirty sock, bad parmesan flavor. If it weren't for the weird finish this would be a good beer.

M. Good carb, medium to heavy body.

O. This beer is good up front but once it gets to the back of your taste buds the funky cheese ruins every thing.

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Photo of seagullbeer
2.35/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

A- cloudy brown, looks sorta like a fresh unfiltered apple juice, pours tall head that falls fast

S- apricots, fig newtons

T- bitter but not hoppy and bright that i like in ipas. has a bit of a syrupy caramel flavor. as i sip it i really enjoy it but the after taste isn't my favorite.

M- light on the front end heavy in the butt

O- okay beer but it is kinda pricey and comes in a four pack. not the complexity i want in an ipa. too heavy on the malt and caramel for my taste

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Photo of radknee
4.33/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This be my 1st review. Felt compelled to speak up since the beer only makes a 78 and I think it rates 85-90. Not savvy in all the lingo but here goes.

Pours a deep-orange copper with noticeable sediment. Head is moderate.

Smell is unique in my experience -- most prominent is SWEET CARAMEL, and fruity hops.

Taste matches smell with a sweet, creamy, delicious party in my mouth :-) Like other full-bodied beers I've had, it's like a meal-in-a-glass. Usually don't experience this kind of body with less than 9-10% alc.

Finishes with caramel stuck to the top of the palette, and a slightly bitter, grapefruity finish.

This is the BEST ORGANIC I've experienced -- and makes it onto my favorite beer list as well. It's unlike most IPAs I've had as hops aren't as in-your-face.

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Photo of smcolw
3.84/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Large, dense head. It recedes very slowly with plenty of peaks and chunky bits on the glass--plenty of blanket lace. The liquid is quite cloudy with an orange, dirty amber color.

Lots of caramel malt aroma. There's some floral hop, but it's in the background.

The hop is far more pronounced in the taste. Some definitive alcohol warmth on tongue up front. The finish is quite bitter like chewing a grapefruit rind. Average body but the carbonation is low, making it richer than expected.

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Photo of Jree261
3.68/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Foggy copper to brown, I love the color of this beer.

Smell: Dense malted aroma, nutty

Taste: Scorched earth finish, nuts, blue cheeses. The scorched finish is the longest lasting impression of the flavor. Overall, not bad, not great either.

Mouthfeel: Satisfying full body with a medium length finish. Nice warmth because of the 7.1% ABV level.

Overall: Average, a nice drinking beer. Not overpowering or very complex. I think it would pair well with spicy foods and nutty or blue cheeses. I would steer someone who was looking to get into I.P.A.s as a beginner toward this beer.

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Photo of drpimento
3.51/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Not bad; not great. Poured at a good temperature with a nice, thick, creamy, foamy, cream colored head that slowly settled and some lace. Color is a clear medium amber with many tiny bubble trails. Aroma is hop, caramel malt. Flavor's like nose, plus a little fruit, slight carbonic tang, mostly bittersweet. Body is full and carbonation is liight resulting in an overall soft effect. Cascade is one of my favorite hops anymore and wish they would've used another. Finish is like flavor, fairly long, and all considered, I'd go with one of many other IPAs if available.

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Photo of RickS95
3.65/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It's a sharp looking IPA. A bit dark for the style, between medium brown and mahogany. Fairly cloudy. The head is classic IPA--sticky, lots of retention, craterous.

It's got the smell down as well. Biscuity, malty, crackerlike smell smeared with citrus and hoppy resin.

The taste is strange for an IPA. Like leather. Very floral finish with some berry taste.

It doesn't have the bitterness I looked for and expected from an IPA. Very dry finish, but again, not terribly hoppy. A slight sweetness in the finish.

Pretty good beer and fairly easy to drink. Good alcohol and easy drinking make for a pretty good beer. Some minor flaws in my eyes, but not a bad beer.

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Photo of TrappistJohnMD
3.71/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dirty amber color in Teku glass. Good lacing and fair head formation.

Smell is heavy with hop citrus and floral notes.

Taste was much more subdued than the smell. Tangerine and pine are present. Sweet malt is present up front. Mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied. Lots of carbonation.

Overall this was a average to good IPA.

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Photo of stakem
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into a snifter. The brew appears a clouded orange amber color with a creamy off-white head. As the cap fades, it leaves some patches of lace sticking to the glass.

The aroma has a bit of orange rinds coupled with grapefruit. A bit herbal ans includes some mineral aspect that swirls out. Across the back is some maltiness that is stuck between caramel, toffee and toasty. Overall not bad.

The taste has a bit of mineral inclusion upfront. Hops are present with a fruity flavor that is rindy and filled with pulpy flavoring. There is a chessy aspect running throughout that plays a decent part in blending the hops into the toasty malt flavoring. At times the malt inclusion is toasty to the point of being bready. The alcohol is noticeable with a bit of dirty melon aspect not too far off from canteloupe.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. This isnt really a good take on the style. The alcohol is bold and fruity and there is a bit too much focus on the malt. Perhaps this is just a dated bottle but I cant tell since there is no sign of freshness indication.

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Photo of rarbring
3.35/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The brew is clouded amber, has an off-white uneven head that leaves some lacing and has some curtains.

The smell is pine and pine apple, oatmeal.

Tasting initially bread and toffee, then pine resin, some mango and peach, grape-fruit peel.

Medium carbonation, small bubbles, oily and smooth, a big body and dry finish.

A decent but not extra ordinary AIPA.

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Photo of mactrail
3.3/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear amber, on the dark side. Decent head and a medium body. It does taste like cedar, reminiscent of cigar boxes. Aroma of apricots and apple cider.

Moderately bitter, in an earthy sort of way. Rather sweet with a lingering maltiness. Kind of murky overall. Quite woody. It is a peculiar flavor, and an outlier on the IPA chart for sure. The hops remind me of some fruity English variety, but the malt has been stewed with something like lentils. It's quite drinkable, just odd.

Really an interesting beer. Conforms to many of the "organic" beers I've had, though better than those awful Eel River beers, made with some kind of toasted dirt. From the 22 oz bottle.

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Photo of tjsmith910
2.7/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.5

cloudy hazy orangeish color with thick 2 and a half finger head. had a grapefruit taste and harshness in it. real hoppy and strong. taste was good in general but left a ranging and deep after taste. still interesting beer though. flavorful as any thing of this style that is out there.

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Photo of beertunes
3.05/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Another brew in the dreaded 22oz format. Poured into 10oz goblet. Poured a hazy orange-yellow color with just a thin cap of just off-white head that had low retention and lacing.

The aroma was mostly pine hops, with some citrus notes, and some mellow malts in the background. A bit more of the malts come through in the taste, but this is still mostly a a pine and citrus forward brew.

The body was a bit fuller than average for the style, which I liked, and the beer did suffer slightly from a bit of a sticky finish. Drinkability was good, if typical, for the style. Overall, a nice, average IPA that I'd have again if I see it on tap or in a 12oz format. I can't see justifying buying another 22 of this, for myself. Probably worth a shot if you see it.

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Organic IPA from Napa Smith Brewery
Beer rating: 80 out of 100 with 261 ratings