Organic IPA | Napa Smith Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Napa Smith Brewery
California, United States
napasmithbrewery.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.10%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by DousedInStout on 03-09-2010

BEER STATS
Ratings:
260
Reviews:
117
Avg:
3.44
pDev:
18.9%
 
 
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Photo of mush
3.92/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Silke_Neryn
3.74/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rodbeermunch
2.18/5  rDev -36.6%
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 +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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Photo of RickyBfromCT
3.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BEER88
3.3/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of LannahC
3.16/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of GlennWB
4.43/5  rDev +28.8%
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 ThisSeasonsWaifu
3/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Teodor
3.85/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Wer34truh
2.93/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of WDJersey
3.53/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 DOCRW
3.42/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Aewachiw
3.69/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DMc8ride
3.75/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of x0darap
4.31/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A solid IPA. Just slightly not as good as a Stone IPA.

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Photo of jshusc
3.17/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of FLBeerGuy
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Immortale25
2.45/5  rDev -28.8%
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 Lodisgrisen
2.84/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

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 RochefortChris
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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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