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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5
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20
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Ratings: 260 |  Reviews: 117
Photo of JupiterJesus
3.41/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Relatively light body, but sweet and malty (I'm thinking Munich malt). Reminds me a bit of Union Jack but with way different hops. The malt is a bit sweet and in your face but lacks complexity.

As for the hops, they're pretty unique. I'm not sure in a good way. The bitterness is pretty harsh, with a bite in the sides of your jaw. Fruity and piney - makes me think of columbus and chinook, maybe citra and/or simcoe.

Aroma on the weaker side.

Overall, this beer is sweet and bitter, but the two don't balance each other out. The various elements that make this beer don't seem to combine into a cohesive whole. It ends up being more of a sipper with complex hops that you have plenty of time to think about, because it isn't that drinkable.

More like a very dry DIPA.

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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 Arherring
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of Danny1217
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of damngoode
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of tirlzx
3/5  rDev -12.8%

Photo of ltdantheman
3/5  rDev -12.8%

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 poopsmitherson
3/5  rDev -12.8%

Photo of BMMillsy
3.57/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Charley's in A2. Pours mostly clear light golden with a massive fluffy white head. Aroma of bitter piney hops, rather one dimensional. Taste follows with hop forward bitterness, pine, hay, very little sweetness. Slight malt presence here but mostly focuses on the bitter, somewhat takes away from the otherwise drinkable brew. High carbonation. Somewhat one-dimensional bur solid enough in that respect. Good beer.

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Photo of ferrari29
4/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of bluetrevian
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of thekevlarkid
3.33/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Out of a bomber this beer was a bronze/amber color with one finger of head. The retention was good and it left spots of lacing. The aroma was of grapefruit and pine in the hops as well as caramel malt. The flavors were more focused on the caramel malt sweetness than I was expecting and though it was easy to drink the hop profile seemed low and rather generic to me. Perhaps this is due to the organic hops but I really think it needed to be amped up a bit to fit the style profile. The mouthfeel was average, the body medium and the carbonation appropriate.

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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 rwilde
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of rangerred
3.38/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber.

Pours a very hazy medium brown with a thick head and good lacing.

Aroma of earthy/piny hops along with some toffee malt.

The earthy hops come through strongly on the taste with fairly high bitterness throughout. A nice caramely backbone supports the hops. Not fruity like I like most of my IPA’s but a good one nonetheless.

Not sure if it is something I would get again but it was a pleasure to drink.

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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 FalconA
2.5/5  rDev -27.3%

Photo of McLaughlin5350
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

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 jsurfs82
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of rmehughes
2.75/5  rDev -20.1%

Photo of Martstar
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of Lantern
3/5  rDev -12.8%

Photo of Grebdioz
3/5  rDev -12.8%

Organic IPA from Napa Smith Brewery
3.44 out of 5 based on 260 ratings.
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