Organic IPA
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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 by tjsmith910:
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 BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Always eager to try American style IPA's, I am hopeful about this Cali-hopi-beer. But I have learned the negative conotations to the otherwise farmer's-market friendly 'Organic' tag on products that typically means that I can expect to pay more for a product that might not taste as good. Happy to say, this beer delivers on it's promise of quality.

A copper colored beer pours into the snifter with a heavy haze. Froathy off-white foam forms on the beer, retains very well, and laces as expected from a hop heavy beer. A good look although the haze seems a bit excessive.

Juicy hop flavors of citrus and tropical fruits set the stage for a zesty and sharp aroma. Graham cracker-like maltiness offers support for the hops without competing for attention. Low on esters an with no phenolics, this beer is quite clean and pure.

Delicious flavors of fresh ruby red grapefuits intertwine with pineapple, appricot, and mango fruit flavors- all hop driven. Shying away from harsher grassy flavors, this beer displays great hop character in taste while contributing the classic resiny bitterness that separates good IPA's from great ones. Again, the graham cracker malts support the hops well while adding complexity and support but not an attempt to balance- this is a showcase for hop flavor at its best.

Creamy early, the beer has a froathy and malty start. But as the carbonation subsides, the growing acidity and bitterness soon dominate the mouthfeel and lead to a long clean citrus peel flavor and sprucy bitterness.

Definately a much better beer for which I gave credit, this beer has a fresh and vibrant citrus hop character with sharp and clean bitterness. Clean and crisp throughout. Delicious and a joy to drink.

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Photo of BEER88
3.3/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Brent
3.11/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The brewery website gives no clue to the type of hops used in this beer (the website doesn't even have it listed!), but I would be curious to learn as the hops had more a a tea flavor than any other I've encountered. This can sometimes be a good thing, such as when they lend a floral, Earl Grey note, but here it was very much English Breakfast Tea, and not a good match at all with the beer. The ABV is surprising, however, as the beer gives no indication of that strenght.

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Photo of Teodor
3.85/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of oberon
3.58/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another left coast brewery new to my area.Poured into a standard pint glass a hazed dirty mix of brown and burnt orange,a nicely formed half finger white head atop.Caramel and nutty malts mixed with leafy somewhat raw herbal hops,also the hops provide some earthiness as well.Again the hop profile on the palate have a raw "green" quality to them,herbal and grassy notes mixed with nutty biscuit malt.This isnt horrible but the it might need to be rounded a little around the edges.

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Photo of GlennWB
4.43/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice hazy copper color ipa. Hoppy with nice citris. On tap at Henleys Augustine.

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

Pours a copper pale color with a bright slightly off white head, thick creamy head left in layers. Aroma has a citrus, floral hop nose, even keeled not super hoppy, but a nice malt balance. Hoppy floral notes, earthy citrus tones matched with this biscuit malt/caramel combo. Moderate bitterness, pine, citrus, and earthy notes. A nice mix of caramel malt balance and hps. Mouthfeel has moderate carbonation with a touch of oiy hop oils. Overall a very drinkable organic hoppy IPA, I like it what more can I say about it.

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Photo of ThisSeasonsWaifu
3/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Beaver13
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. Pours a hazy golden amber with a medium creamy white head that goes to a thin film that laces the glass some.

The aroma is some grains and wort, and caramel/toffee/butterscotch malts with some tropical fruity hops.

The flavor is butterscotch malts and grains with a decent amount of tropical fruity bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, there's a lot of diacetyl here, but it seems to go OK with the beer.

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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 Luigi
3.78/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a hazy orange with a healthy 3 finger head. Head retention stays around the glass is a sticky lace.

The aroma is light, sweet, but not as strong on the hops as I expected. However, there is a good hint of bitter hops but the malts do a great job balancing.

The taste reminds me more of a pale ale more the IPA. The hops are not as dominate as I would expected from a west coast IPA. But at the same time I rather enjoy the balance of the sweeter malts.

This is a IPA for the hotter months. Lighter body, crisp finish from the hops.

I do not know if the I would buy this IPA on a regular unless they started selling it in a 6 pack instead of 4. Over all a great summer IPA.

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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 Billolick
3.62/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber bottle fom State Line in MD. Pours cloudy lite tangarine, minor off white head, that leaves just a touch of fine lace.

Grapefruit/resiny hop infused nose.

More grapefruit on the tongue, as well as some tea and herbal notes.

On the light side carbonation wise for my liking.

Eh, not too bad, nothing special, too much tea for my taste buds

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Photo of bark
3.7/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The colour is amber with a tint of red, the liquid gos some chill haze. The two finger head sinks down to a thin off-white lid, leaving some lacing.

The smell is smooth with sweet citric notes, a fine bitterness and a some fresh herbs. Hints of brick dust, golden syrup and alcohol. The bitterness grows when the beer gets temperated.

The taste is bitter, as expected. Smooth citric flavours, hints of apricots and pineapple. Hints of ceder wood and white grapes. The sweetness balances the bitterness very well. The bitterness grows, then slowly fades in the aftertaste leaving room for a somewhat earthy sweetness, hints of toffee and lemon eclairs.

The carbonation is medium strong, the small bubbles are smooth. The liquid quite sticky.

A fine AIPA, no more no less.

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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 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 azdback
3.64/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very classy label on a brown bomber. Poured into a pilsner glass. A little hyper carbonation on the pour. Light orange color almost unfiltered look. Head is (like I said large) but it didn't take long for it to calm down. Light tan with pits and valleys. Lace it great.

Smell is quite earthy. Malty. Belgium yeast smell. Hop might be from across the pond.

Malty taste, earthy, grassy notes. No citrus hop punch (but it doesn't claim to have it either). Maybe a bit of blood orange at the very end?? As it warms it is getting a bit hoppier. I can't judge this on what I prefer, that would be unfair. I am changing my original score from 3 to 3.5 because of this.

Mouthfeel is almost spot on. Crisp and light. Carbonation not over the top like the pour.

I have taken about 30 minutes to write this review and the bottle is almost gone. So it is very easy to drink. Not at all over powering on the hop end or the alcohol.

Overall I must say this is the best "organic" beer I have had. I do have 2 more "organic's" to review so we'll see. This is worth buying if you get the chance, especially at the price.

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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 rhoadsrage
3.53/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a nonic)

A- This beer pours a dark orange body that is pretty hazy with a very thick bubbly cream head of light tan that sticks to the sides with the first few sips. There is a gentle carbonation of big bubbles that glide to the surface.

S- The fresh lightly toasted malt aroma has some notes of dried leaves. The aroma has some nice malt but no hops noted.

T- The dry lightly toasted malt flavor leads to a soft citrus hop flavor that takes on a bigger orange woody flavor and a bitter hop bite in the finish. The finish has some grainy flavors with the bitterness.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a flat almost watery texture and a tight little fizz hint in the finish. There is no alcohol heat noticed.

O- This beer has lots of big orange flavors in the hops but the over all hop flavor is very soft. The malt dominates this beer with a very fresh malt in the nose but a stale mealy malt character in the taste. It makes it just a bit odd.

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Photo of sweethome
2.76/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Disappointing - my second beer from this brewery. Selling it in 4 packs here in Chicago. I got from a store selling singles so cut my losses.

Pour is deep golden and a nice lace of head. Nose has a suspicious sour note (simlar to my experience with the Red Ale). Same sour bite. This is a big beer - alcohol present, but the backing of sourness/tart is just not right. Maybe if you did it with one style - but it is a theme. I thought it could be the yeast - there is an infection issue here.

An overpriced beer that lacks quality but wants to sell for big price based on using Napa in name. Sad. Bad.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.02/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle - $2.79 at Hop City in Atlanta, Georgia.

Appearance: A gusher upon carefully opening, we're left with a clouded, darkened amber body with, despite the initial active, mess-making carbonation, only a very thin, whitish head.

Smell: Earthy, woodsy nose with some notes of oven-toasted biscuit tops, dried grasses for fodder, pithy citrus peels, and vague, ill-defined spices.

Taste: NAPAIPA tastes heavily of lightly toasted biscuits in the fore, with a brushing of lightly sweet, cooked sugars lending a slight caramel presence. Once it enters the scene, there's a staunch grassiness throughout backed by a woodsy resinous quality. Pithy white grapefruit. Moderately bitter. Dry, earthy, woodsy finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation.

Drinkability: Took some work to get down. Maybe it's the beer, maybe it's the mess I'm sopping up, or maybe it's just me, but I wasn't too taken by this one.

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Photo of Seanibus
3.77/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep slightly hazy amber with a big, blowzy white head. The aroma is citrusy, with a musky orange that suggests a robust marmalade. The flavor is odd and distinctive, with a sharp, musky orange rind flavor, but a strong almost minty bite on the back end, almost menthol-like in its intensity. The intense minty hoppiness masks a deeper toffee-like malt that isn't quite strong enough to balance the intensity.The bitterness is tight and intense, in keeping with the orange rind effect of the rest of the beer (the color of the beer almost suggests a candied rind or marmalade). The mouthfeel is intense and prickly, teetering on the edge of overcarbonated.

This beer tips dangerously on being out of balance, with too much minty intensity, too much carbonation, and not enough malt to keep it all in balance. And yet, it still works. I don't know that I would want too many in a row, and it could be a bit of a palate killer, but still an interesting beer to try and one that stands out in the vastly overcrowded IPA field.

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Photo of KarlHungus
2.39/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This beer pours a cloudy orange-amber color. The head is one inch of rocky eggshell white foam that recedes slowly into a firm cap of lacing. The aroma has faint hints of citrus and pine needles, but they are very hard to detect. The taste is of sweet malt, with come citrus hop flavor, but no bitterness. This is the sweetest beer I've tasted that called itself an IPA. The mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with low carbonation, and an annoyingly cloying texture. Overall, this is a bad beer that I will not drink again. I'm not sure what style this beer would fit under, but it certainly is not an IPA.

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Photo of scruffwhor
2.6/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

The color is a deep copper hue with a one finger head after the pour and a film of foam that lasts throughout all twelve ounces.

The aroma is a mix of lime and orange peels with unripened exotic fruit like guava, pineapple, and papaya. No malt aromas noted.

The taste starts with a tart exotic fruit, picked from the tree far too early. The alchol adds a spicey splash. to the middle and lingers as a sharp, faintly metallic feeling on the back of the tongue. The middel also has a little citric bitterness noted as well. I can't really pick out any flavors that would come from the malt.

This is a one sided, super tangy IPA that I will not buy again.

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