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Organic IPAOrganic IPA

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Napa Smith Brewery
California, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.10%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by DousedInStout on 03-09-2010

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Photo of ZMWTally
4.75/5  rDev +38.1%
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 +38.1%

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 BeerMePlze
4.72/5  rDev +37.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

After trying the Lost Dog I saw this OIPA on BA and couldn't wait to try it. Had a buddy send me some bottles and I couldn't be more happy about it!

Poured a nice golden copper into a pint glass with very good head retention.

Aroma is citrus and spice, I may have been hallucinating but I think I got some honeydew?

Taste was twice as good as aroma, several flavors complementing each other.

This was arguably one of the best IPA's I've tried, great balance, not too overpowering, but enough of a kick to keep you awake.

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Photo of Beer_Loving_Brandon
4.47/5  rDev +29.9%
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 BierFan
4.36/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

White fluffy head and a slightly hazy amber body. The head rose to be rather large. Very floral in the nose. The lacing is ridiculous. Sides of the glass are thick with foam. It almost seems like this beer is infused with actual flowers.

It's pretty awesome stuff and at a great price for a 22 ouncer. Definitely recommended.

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Photo of radknee
4.33/5  rDev +25.9%
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 DousedInStout
4.32/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a bright, pale orange color with white head. The foam dissipates slowly with the lacing lasting all the way to the end.

The aroma is a beautiful bouquet of citrus fruits and flowers - mostly dominated by tangerines, ruby red grapefruit, a hint of fresh pine, and geraniums. This smells incredibly fresh, and with no expectations, I'm excited at the possibility of finding an unknown gem.

The taste that follows is spot on - the citrus melds well with a hint of caramel malt, and the bitterness seems perfect to me. It's crisp and snappy, but not overwhelming, and very drinkable.

Overall, a great west coast IPA, and one of the finest organic IPA's I've ever had.

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Photo of Beerman3000
4.26/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy amber color, with a medium-to-large, sudsy light tan head. Certified organic. Fresh, sharp, spicy hops aroma, with toffee and caramelly malt tones in the background. The hops provide notes of hemp and pine. Full, thick, chewy body with low CO2. Smooth, pleasant flavor. Tons of toffee/caramel malt flavors, with, of course, a lot of fresh, spicy hops. Malt predominates up front, then the hops hikes up gradually, until you have a pronounced, spicy (but not sharply bitter) hoppy finish. Oily, resinous with hops, it seems, but again - not harsh. Like the nose, the flavors are hempy and piney in character. Very fresh despite its trip from the left coast to me in Connecticut. Subtler than, say, a Dogfish Head IPA (which I should note, I love), tho similar in some respects. Rather like Dale's IPA with the darker malt profile than Dogfish Head 60 Minute. I like this beer.

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Photo of jpro
4.23/5  rDev +23%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had on draft for happy hour at Carolina’s... served in a standard shaker pint.

A: Slightly hazed copper / orange; half-finger of cream head; nice lace sheet(s) and head retention; they don’t look much better than this! (mine doesn’t seem to be as dark as other reviewers’)

S: Big grapefruit aroma; some sweet caramel and bready malt notes, too; very fresh and bright in the hop department; a smidge dank.

T: Grapefruit and citrus rind bitter (I’d guess plenty o’ Cascade); some resin in there, too; a fair touch of malt sweetness for show.

M: Medium-bodied; moderate to high carbonation; cleanses the palate very well.

D/O: As with any big IPA, they get tough; really good, though - glad I tried it and found it on draft; had never heard of this brewery but was impressed with this beer.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
4.2/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Arrived a hazy orange-apricot color with two fingers of rich off-white head.

Aroma of pineapple, white grape, and rich earth.

The taste was quite tangy with orchard fruits, caramel malts and a hint of floral spiciness.

Medium bodied and lightly sticky with a moderate carbonation.

I really enjoyed this IPA from Napa Smith.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.17/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Comes out of the tap a slightly hazy golden with a thick, creamy, off-white, fine-bubbled head that sticks around. Strong, hoppy, evergreen aroma has a firm undertone of grapefruit. Flavor is quite hoppy and somewhat bitter, with evergreen hints and a citrus undertone that is mainly grapefruit. Tingly, lively texture makes for a very pleasing finish.

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Photo of Shibbykaiyai
4.08/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good organic IPA. I too had never heard of the brewery until I ran into the bomber bottles by mistake (missed the milk aisle, ooops).

Pours nice, good color. I have had a couple organic beers that left a lot to be desired, but I must say this was pretty good. Although other posters have not given points for organic, I do. Good beer...

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Photo of mttaylor1066
4.05/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I'm a little surprised by some of the low-scoring reviews below. This is a strongly-hopped IPA with pleasant overtones of caramel malt.

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber, hazy bright orange color and a thin persistent head.

Not much of a hop aroma but a bracing shot of malt to the nose. Pleasant balance between the two

Taste is dominated by hoppy bitterness. This is definitely the trend in IPAs, hops and more hops.

Overall, this is a very good IPA in my estimation. Not weak, not a "wallop" of hops but something between the two.

Recommended when you can grab a bottle (CA).

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.04/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap 1/2/2011 at Doherty's East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a murky brown color, with a short dense off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains floral hops, fruity citrus and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out with a nice burst of hops bitterness up front. Then some caramel and citrus sweetness comes in. The malt character is hearty and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a nice IPA to drink for a while even though there are better ones out there.

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Photo of IndolentReader
4.03/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Nice, rich amber color with a sensible amount of head.
S: Much more subtle than I thought. The hops definitely come through, but they didn't knock me over.
T: Solid, taste of hops and oranges? Again, less hoppy than I would have thought.
M: Good, but unspectacular.
D: Extremely drinkable, particularly for the price.

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Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +16.3%
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 Fatehunter
4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass. An almost transparent amber with a half finger of head.

Smells like a pine forest, lots of pine. There's some grapefruit and lemon backing it up too. Oh and the malt makes an appearance at the end... lightly caramel smelling.

The hops come rolling in strong and then quickly fade. It was like a big splash... and then it's gone. Kinda fun. The bitterness fades to a crisp malty flavor, not sweet either. It's different and I like it.

At least moderate carbonation; fits well. Lighter body, a creaminess to it.

It's a different IPA than I'm used to, but I enjoyed it. It's not the "smash-your-face-with-hops" IPA, but a nice IPA that likes to be admired and enjoyed for its other attributes.

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Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to pint glass. Had an amber color and a slightly hazy texture. There was an inch of foamy, long-lasting head. Excellent lacing.

S: An interesting aroma of citrus, hops, pine and a woody quality.

T: Tasted of hops, pine, citrus (a little grapefruit), and that woody quality. Not a bad flavor for an organic beer. Not classically (in some respects) an IPA, but decently flavorful.

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

D: As organic beers go, this one is pretty drinkable.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +16.3%
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 Nerudamann
4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Look - murky amber color with about two fingers worth of almost light khaki-colored foam that dissipates slowly.

Smell - hoppy yet sweet-smelling. There's a hint of a berry aroma as I get closer to the foam.

Taste and Mouthfeel - very interesting taste. I can't quite place it. Not hoppy in taste, but the bitterness is there toward the middle and in the finish. The beginning is little fizzy and nut-brown tasting. The texture is lighter than I would have expected given the look, but good for the style I think.

Overall - very good and interesting beer! Worthy at least to try if not have regularly.

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Photo of jfmorey
3.98/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly cloudy orange-amber with a good frothy head that has nice retention.

The taste is tart and crisp; with faint pine and grapefruit more than bitter.

It would not likely satisfy a hop head fan of this style, but it is a very drinkable pale ale.

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Photo of tapman
3.98/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Slightly darker orange than average IPA, 2 finger, ecru colored head. Relatively clear, though there is a darkened film of yeast on the bottom of the bottle.

Pine and mixed steamed vegetables make up the nose for me. Also some italian bread.

Taste is mostly pine with a gooey bitterness in the finish. Very full taste, however, and is assertive without being bright which must have taken a lot of hops to get this much flavor out of a lesser cohumulone carrying hop.

Very chewy.

This is a good IPA and the best out of three beers that I have tried from this brewery. Others were the pale ale and Lost Dog red ale.

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Photo of peacebone116
3.96/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to ejmoran for sharing this beer with me--picked up directly at the brewery about 2 weeks prior to enjoyment.
Poured a 12-oz bottle into Delirium snifter.

A: Hazy, dirty orange body. The cream colored head dissipates quickly to leave lace, bubbles, and wisps at the top of the glass.

N: Sweet grapefruit and pine. Lots of grassy, earthy aromas.

T/M: Very crisp and clean, the taste of pine and grass dominates this beer. The sweet malt sits pleasantly in the background. Excellent carbonation and a wonderfully quick finish.

Over all, this is a very nice IPA. It is strong and rich in flavor. If you like the pine notes to dominate an IPA, this is an ale for you!

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Photo of glid02
3.95/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Octane in Atlanta.

Pours an almost opaque orange-copper color with a one-finger white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of smooth pale malts with solid amounts of earthy and citrus hops. As the beer warms the citrus hops fade, allowing the earthy and slightly leafy hop aromas more room to breathe.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Pale malt flavors with slight amounts of darker caramel malt flavors kick things off. Joining in shortly thereafter are good amounts of citrus hop flavors that fade out a bit midway through the sip. Earthy and mildly bitter hop flavors take over and the bitterness intensifies through to the ending.

Mouthfeel is OK. It's got a nice thickness however the carbonation is on the harsh side.

Drinkability is good. I finished my glass without any problems and could have another.

Overall I enjoyed this beer better than their amber as it seemed much crisper. The hop flavors aren't as robust as I'd like but it's an easy-drinking beer for the style. Worth a shot.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.93/5  rDev +14.2%
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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