Organic IPA | Napa Smith Brewery

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Brewed by:
Napa Smith Brewery
California, United States | website

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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117
Ratings:
258
Avg:
3.44
pDev:
27.91%
 
 
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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 BryanCarey
3.03/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Napa Smith Organic IPA is a beer with an aroma that combines earthy, floral, and citrus notes. The body of the beer is orange/tan in color with a cloudy appearance. Foam looks nice, with a good, frothy coating that lasts a good while as you consume.

Tasting this organic brew reveals a beer that, while IPA in name, still offers a decent malt backbone that helps to keep the flavor balanced. The soft, pale, caramel malts are met by the flavor of hops and they impart a flavor that is very much like the aroma would indicate. Other flavors include the taste of wood and even a touch of pine, grape, herbs, and other non- citrus fruits. The hop component is not as pronounced as with other IPA, and it doesn’t linger for long.

This IPA is different from most California- brewed versions of the style and I find the differences not necessarily to my liking. Not that this is a bad beer- it is actually a decent tasting brew, but I don’t think it compares to some of my favorite American IPA.

Organic food and drink have really caught on and the movement continues to influence more and more breweries. This organic beer is a little unusual in flavor and not necessarily the way I prefer my IPA to taste, but it is still good enough for the occasional drink.

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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 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 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 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 bark
3.7/5  rDev +7.6%
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 david131
3.61/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours an ever so slightly hazed orange liquid with a few streams of rising carbonation. The head is initially massive but settles to a thin covering and leaves some nice lacing.

S- Orange rind, caramel, and fresh cut grass.

T- Orange rind, caramel, grass, and a slight flowery aspect. A bit on the sweet side.

M- A nice smooth body with a bitter, oily finish.

O- A pretty standard take on the style. The alcohol is pretty well hidden. Not bad by any means, but not all that memorable.

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Photo of ChirpinBird
2.61/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I did not enjoy this beer at all. The taste at first is extremely sweet and fruity, like having a hard candy in your mouth. It makes the aftertaste thick and gummy. Overpowering to the bitter, hoppy taste that I need from an IPA. I was disappointed with this and would probably not drink it again. It tastes like someone put a Jolly Rancher in my beer.

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Photo of zdk9
3.82/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a cloudy orange with a quarter inch of head and dots of lacing.

S- Caramel, wood dust. Soft fruitiness, like pears or ripe red delicious apples, or sweet wild strawberries. Orange juice.

T- Caramel apples, grapefruit pith, lime zest, pine needles.

M- Very bitter especially on the sides of my mouth. Too bitter for my taste for the amount of hop taste in the beer.

O- A very carmely and somewhat fruity while surprisingly bitter beer. Not my favorite IPA but an ok one to boot.

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

A bright orange colour with a haziness that floats near the surface. Mouthfeel is slightly oily, but carbonation level is decent.

Aroma is predominantly grains, with a touch of silage and a hint of citrus notes in the background. The taste is not terribly well balanced. It has a caramelized malt sweetness at the beginning, west-coast hops in the middle and ends with a bitter finish - all of which sound ideal - but for me they just don't work together.

Overall an odd beer that I probably won't purchase again.

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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 WickedSluggy
3.76/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured cold, it is amber brown with some chill haze and little foam. Not the most attractive beer on the shelf, but acceptable.

Nice fruity hops - tropical fruit beauquet with some good complexity in malty aroma.

The taste is my favorite thing about this beer. I like it and am giving it high marks here, but frankly it lacks adequate bitterness. The beer would be greatly improved by higher IBUs.

I am giving the beer an overall that is higher than any of the components - why? Because the whole is indeed greater than the sum of the parts. It's a very enjoyable beer. It would be truly excellent if it could maintain some higher alphas and clarity.

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Photo of Kromes
3.28/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: A hazy copper with a thin line of bubbles.

S: A big toasted malt and caramel aroma, but way too sweet smelling. Also has a citrus smell to it.

T: Lots of toasted malt and caramel flavors with a citrus flavor.

M: Medium body with medium carbonation. Leaves the mouth a little dry.

O: A very odd tasting IPA. I can't tell if it's cloying or not, but being on the border isn't good either. Lots of toasted malt flavor in the beer, but too much for my tastes.

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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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Organic IPA from Napa Smith Brewery
79 out of 100 based on 117 ratings.
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