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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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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.77/5  rDev +9.6%
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 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 biboergosum
3.48/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle, from the Foodland grocery store that keeps all the ABC convenience marts around Waikiki honest, I guess.

This beer pours a somewhat cloudy, dark golden apricot hue, with two fingers of loosely foamy ecru head, which leaves a pockmarked wall of lace around the glass as it steadily abates.

It smells of fairly prominent caramel malt, some middling citrus and floral hop notes, and a strange menthol edginess. The taste is a whole lot more bitter - the source spread out amongst the citrus, herbal, and leafy hop locals - though the result is still kind of unfocused. A bready, somewhat crisp malt holds up the other end of the bargain, and the elevated booze does us the favour of staying in the shadows.

The bubbles are a bit prickly, but limited in that regard, so ok overall, the body an agreeable medium weight, a slight tacky sensation spoiling any visions of pure smoothness grandeur. It finishes still adequately bitter from the right sources, but with an overarching pithiness, right where a nice, tight crispness would really hit the spot.

I don't know what it is about organic renditions of IPAs, but they, including this one, usually get the hops right, and don't dick around with the malt, leaving it to be, but somehow it all comes off as, well, stilted. I'm still grooving on the hops, but the loose, flat joie de vivre just drains too much of my enjoyment from the whole deal.

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Photo of largadeer
1.5/5  rDev -56.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

12 oz bottle with no freshness date.

Muddy, almost opaque light brown. Pours with a fleeting white head.

Smells strongly of acetaldehyde. There's slight earthy hoppiness beyond that, faint tropical fruit and a lot of toasted/caramel malt.

The palate is heavy on brown sugar, biscuit and granny smith apple. The hop profile is earthy with hints of tropical fruit. Ultimately it's a heavy, malty and earthy beer, far from quaffable. The malt profile is oddly dominant, and there's a ton of residual sugar here. The finish is moderately bitter, though it's balanced to an extreme by the caramel malt.

Even looking past the off flavors produced by fermentation, this is a poorly formulated IPA with a malt bill that verges on a brown ale, horrible attenuation for the style and a barely present hop aroma. I don't take much joy in trashing beers, but this is quite bad.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.11/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

If you pour this beer from about an inch above the glass gives you a big off white head that slowly finds it way into a relatively decent lacing above a clear honey golden colored beer.

Light orange peels above a light toasted caramel sweet malt aroma with some earthy accents.

The taste of this beer has a lot more roasted caramel malts than I was expecting, the malt taste is about equal to that of the citrus/orange peel earthy hops.

The aftertaste shows more of a slight bitter hops dry than the taste would have you think is coming.

A pretty good beer but I don't know if this is what I want of an IPA, maybe a hybrid or Oktoberfest style beer.

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Photo of zeff80
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a hazy, copper color with an off-white head of bubbly foam. It left some soapy trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled malty with a nice pine backbone.

T - It tasted of nice pine and citrus notes. It had a roasty malt backbone with caramel and mild chocolate notes.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is an okay IPA. A little more malty than I like for an American IPA.

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Photo of Thorpe429
2.19/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Bottle courtesy of JohnCoctosin. Served in a tulip.

Pours a clear dark orange color with a moderate off-white head that is fairly fizzy but sticks around for awhile, leaving behind some spotty lacing. The nose is malt with some very faint citrus character; mostly bread, though. The flavor is all bread and no hops, with a bit of oxidation there as well. Body is medium and chewy without any bitterness. Not a fan.

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Photo of nickfl
3.53/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Two and a half fingers of off-white foam on top of a clear, amber-brown body. The head settles slowly and leaves nice lace.

S - Hoppy notes of pine and grapefruit with some caramel in the background.

T - Toffee malt and some toasted notes up front. Some pine and spicy hop notes appear in the middle. Things finish up with darker caramel and grapefruit as well as moderately strong bitterness.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a fairly sweet finish.

D - Note bad, but unusually dark for the style. The hops and dark, sugary malt combine in a way that is kind of similar to an American barleywine. Not bad, but a bit odd and certainly not the best IPA from the west coast.

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Photo of oberon
3.58/5  rDev +4.1%
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 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 mactrail
3.3/5  rDev -4.1%
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 ChainGangGuy
3.02/5  rDev -12.2%
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 smcolw
3.84/5  rDev +11.6%
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 WVbeergeek
3.68/5  rDev +7%
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 stakem
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%
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 Billolick
3.62/5  rDev +5.2%
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 LiquidAmber
3.38/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a medium coppery orange amber. Thin fine head that dissipates to a thin film with light lacing. Mild aroma of sweet malt, citrus and light hops. Flavor starts with sweet malt and citrus and abruptly finishes with a hop bitterness without any herbal hop characteristics and a slightly metallic aftertaste. The initial flavor is quite good and promising. I like a balancing sweet malt in my IPAs and this starts out promising it, but the finish is unbalanced, bitter without any other flavor support. Light to medium bodied. A promising IPA with a flawed hop character.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.7/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: nice orange hue with an attractive haze. Head poured two thick fingers of frothy ivory foam. Good stuff.

Smell: aroma is quite malty with some piney, resiney hops filling out the nose. It's somewhere between an IPA and an American strong ale, but it works for me.

Taste: I'm not enamored of the flavor. There are lots of good elements here: a sweet malt, some floral hop flavors, some dusty yeast character and a pretty bold bitterness toward the end. Unfortunately, the overall effect is of a messy beer which isn't unappealing, per se, but just isn't a great beer.

Mouthfeel: good body with a good level of carbonation. This beer is nice and creamy, especially for a stronger IPA. I like it.

Overall: this beer has a lot of potential, but in my mind it's a bit of a hot mess. Not bad, though, and I would like to sample other beers in Napa Smith's line.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.85/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours hazy pale brown with amber hues. A really creamy compact tan head sinks, leaving decent lacings.

S: Roasted sweet caramell malt is overpowered by the hops; bitter and very typical American floral; pine and citrus.

T: Again roasted malts, caramell with some sweetness, a bit less un-dominant compared to the smell. The bitter hops complements the floral; pineapple, grapefruit and some lemon sezt. Some earthy tones.

M: Rather warming feel in the chest. Body is medium to full, while the medium carbonation is smooth. Aftertaste lingers with a mellow bitterness.

O: A nice AIPA that isn't too far out. Perhaps a nice beginners AIPA?

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Photo of cjgator3
3.65/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle

A- Pours a slightly hazed amber color with an off-white head.

S- The aroma is malt and fresh aromatic hops.

T- The taste is a lot of malty sweetness up front with a dose of citrusy hop bitterness in the finish. This is a very balanced IPA with the malty sweetness and bitter hops playing a near equal role.

M- The mouthfeel is light bodied with a good amount of carbonation. 

O- Overall, not a horrible IPA but not in my top tier either. 

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Photo of sweemzander
3/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz. bottle poured into tulip. Thanks again for the sharing, Chris!

(A)- Pours a hazy apricot color. Produced some white froth.

(S)- A figgy orange citrus with bits of pine and caramel.

(T)- Again, a figgy orange fruit citrus with bits of caramel and pine.

(M)- A good carbonation level and a decent balance. Almost barleywine-like with that fig and orange malt profile. Rather sweet for the style.

(D)- Not bad. Very sweet for an IPA. Not a whole lot of hops to speak of, though I have no idea the age of this bottle due to no bottled date.

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.41/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: HAzy orange/amber color. Poured a 1 finger off-white head that dissipated to a ring around the inside edge of the glass. Decanted lightly. Thin webs of lace almost to the end.

S: Grapefruit, pine and citrus. Wet wood. No detectable malt character; surprising in a beer that, although an IPA, did not have the hop character as seen in many of the style.

T: Very consistent with the smell (actually identical). A little resiny in the middle building to a sharp bitter with some of the hop flavors lingering.

M: Medium body. Moderate carbonation. Resiny hops but a sufficient bitter balance to the finish.

O: Very drinkable. Though not a hop bomb, I expected a little malt character.

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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 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 beertunes
3.05/5  rDev -11.3%
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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