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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 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 Lauthaha
3.92/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Beer is a rich, deep golden-copper color. Fairly murky, with a frothy head which recedes quickly and leaves minimal lacing.

Smell: There's a lot of sweetness in the nose, more so than with most AIPAs or IPAs. Warm, toasty caramel scent with slight bubblegum tones and a good amount of floral hops. Very beautiful bouquet here.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Beer is very rich...unfortunately, it's rich in some somewhat heinous areas. Upon first taste, there's a nearly-cloying sweetness which invades the palate. This is followed up quickly by some gentle carbonation which spreads a raisin-type sourness across the tongue. The malt character is very heavy though, with some beautiful buttery-toast tendencies. Hops are gently bitter, mostly floral, and last throughout the sip. Beer goes down very wet, lots of buttery-ness and gentle bitterness in the aftertaste. The foretaste is a 2.5, but the aftertaste is a 4.5, so I'm placing my rating right in the middle of those two.

Overall: I had never heard of Napa Smith or their products...a new beer store opened up next to my place of business, and I found a little four pack of these guys in the back of the cooler. Priced at $10, I'd say that was more than fair for this beer. An awesome AIPA, and a good beer in general.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

This pours a slightly hazy light orange with a white head. The smell is slightly sweet, orange peals, citrus and caramel. The feel is medium to light. The taste isn't too bad, its a little sweet, there is a sweet finish, caramel and orange followed by a little hop bitterness. Maybe a little more malty and less hoppy than many west coast IPAs, but not a bad beer.

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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 SFLpunk
3.17/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Purchased at the Winooski Beverage Warehouse. 12oz brown glass pry-top bottle. I don't see a date which is odd since this came through an A-B house.

Pours a hazy, almost cloudy orange amber with very thin head even on a rough pour. Nose is like "ipa extract" or "canned ipa." It's all there, but nothing stands out.

Palate is appropriately bitter, almost more so than expected. Flavors of sweet pale caramel and pine cone hops. Mouthfeel is a little thin.

Notes: All the pieces are there, just doesn't really wow me. An "average" IPA. Solid for organic, but I don't award extra points for that.

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Photo of Brad007
3.28/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours an amber color with a thin head into my glass. Nothing out of the ordinary.

Lots of buttery malt with light citrus/grassy hop aroma. A bit "musty".

Again, more of a focus on the malt here with a caramel/butterscotch dynamic going. I'm not sure but it could be somewhat old? No dating on bottle.

More of the same lingering flavors above. The hops have gone to hell in this brew.

Not a good choice for the style, unless it was mislabeled since it has more characteristics of an English IPA.

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Photo of daliandragon
3.8/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is from a mixed sixer of IPAs I got at Tommy's market in Duck two nights back. I have seen this brand a few times and am curious to try it. The head doesn't last above a dark orange body. Nose is hoppy but very boozy as well, with some sour, sweet malt notes.

Interesting in that it reminds me very much of a barleywine right off the bat. The pine and citrus rush is there but is sidestepped by an aggressive grapeskin and wine note that overpowers. Far more an old ale or something as the texture is very thick as well.

The hops are there but aren't the memorable flavor. As a beer, this is strong and delicious. As an IPA, it is letting the inmates run the asylum. Try it if you like strong, flavorful ale, not if you want a hop assault.

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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 jbphoto88
3.08/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

An ok looking IPA. It's got a great copper rust orange to it but the head is a little soapy looking and fades fast. The body is clear but does have a touch of the hazy to it.

The nose is not very compelling. There is a very earthy grain scent to it and rough hop twang. It smells a little rough if you ask me, almost like an over steeped hop bitterness has taken over.

The taste is a slight improvement but not by much. The earthy nose follows through in the taste but has a slight malt sweetness to it. Think over brewed tea that has developed a bitterness and is cut by a sugar cube. The hops taste weak and disorderly except for their bitter finish that saves the day.

Nice light feel to it even though it's a medium bodied beer. The carbonation works well with the prickly hop pinch. Despite the nefarious flavor I really enjoy the finish. That's where the flavors come out to shine and linger but not enough to bring it above average. This one is a pass in my book, there are much better IPA's, hell even better pale ales then this.

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Photo of dhvnu
1.87/5  rDev -45.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Poor beer ! I was looking forward to having a good organic IPA, therefore, even without checking reviews I poured this one as soon as my friends brought me this from Indiana.Looks were a little deceiving, Orange-brownish color that made it look like a good DIPA, but when it gets to the nose all the points started flying out. Faintly floral , with even faintly citrus. Taste is bad, little or NO hoppiness,off-setting sweetness, out of all water-down taste of one of those Adjunct beers .Be it organic or not, it should not be this far from other IPAs. Sorry Napa Smith !

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Photo of Luigi
3.78/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a hazy orange with a healthy 3 finger head. Head retention stays around the glass is a sticky lace.

The aroma is light, sweet, but not as strong on the hops as I expected. However, there is a good hint of bitter hops but the malts do a great job balancing.

The taste reminds me more of a pale ale more the IPA. The hops are not as dominate as I would expected from a west coast IPA. But at the same time I rather enjoy the balance of the sweeter malts.

This is a IPA for the hotter months. Lighter body, crisp finish from the hops.

I do not know if the I would buy this IPA on a regular unless they started selling it in a 6 pack instead of 4. Over all a great summer IPA.

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Photo of gford217
3.15/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle.

Pours a really hazy golden orange with a small beige head that recedes quickly to a thin cap and some spotty lacing.

Really sweet aroma but not with a ton of citrus, it's more dominated by the sweet malts. Little bit of lemons as well.

Taste is even sweeter with more malts than anything. There is a hint of citrus hops but not much. Some bitterness in the finish but not completely hoppy.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation, but the bitterness is a little too much for the relative flavor.

A decent beer but subpar for an IPA. Not really up to the standards for the style.

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

(Served in a nonic)

A- This beer pours a dark orange body that is pretty hazy with a very thick bubbly cream head of light tan that sticks to the sides with the first few sips. There is a gentle carbonation of big bubbles that glide to the surface.

S- The fresh lightly toasted malt aroma has some notes of dried leaves. The aroma has some nice malt but no hops noted.

T- The dry lightly toasted malt flavor leads to a soft citrus hop flavor that takes on a bigger orange woody flavor and a bitter hop bite in the finish. The finish has some grainy flavors with the bitterness.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a flat almost watery texture and a tight little fizz hint in the finish. There is no alcohol heat noticed.

O- This beer has lots of big orange flavors in the hops but the over all hop flavor is very soft. The malt dominates this beer with a very fresh malt in the nose but a stale mealy malt character in the taste. It makes it just a bit odd.

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Photo of KarlHungus
2.39/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This beer pours a cloudy orange-amber color. The head is one inch of rocky eggshell white foam that recedes slowly into a firm cap of lacing. The aroma has faint hints of citrus and pine needles, but they are very hard to detect. The taste is of sweet malt, with come citrus hop flavor, but no bitterness. This is the sweetest beer I've tasted that called itself an IPA. The mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with low carbonation, and an annoyingly cloying texture. Overall, this is a bad beer that I will not drink again. I'm not sure what style this beer would fit under, but it certainly is not an IPA.

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Photo of obrendano
2.97/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

part of a 6 pack mix run

A - sort of a brown orange color, pretty thick and lasting off-white head, some loose sediment evident

S - super sweet malt mixed with pineapple citrus hops. easily the best part of this one

T - falls apart in the taste department. decent initial taste of hoppy goodness gives way to a massive overly sweet blast of stale tasting malt. after that is an unpleasant malt and alcohol taste, and a finish of pure pineapple stickiness. came close to drainpouring it part way though after the cloyingness almost became too much

M - thick and sticky, and with the rough taste, this means it stays around on your palate for a while

D - I've seen other people say they liked this, so this is possibly just not my thing at all. I suppose it's worth trying, but I don't think I'll be going for it again anytime soon

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Photo of david18
3/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was one of three Napa Smith beers I had on a recent trip to San Francsico and I have to say that in general i was not very impressed with the brewery. Of the three, IPA, organic IPA and Lost Dog Red, this was my least favorite.

Color was a murky light brown, carbonation was there but almost lost in the haze.

Aroma was not very good, not nearly enough hops and some other off flavors in there.

The taste as well was a strange mix of malt, yeast and something else that I couldn't pinpoint but which didn't seem to belong.

Overall I was not thrilled with this beer and probably won't try it again.

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Photo of DrinkHardly
1.44/5  rDev -58.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

I had this beer on tap a couple weeks ago. It's the worst tasting beer I've ever had. Have you ever bought a brand new inflatable raft, inflated it with your breath and then accidentally inhaled some of the air from the raft? Well, this beer tastes like the air from the inside of that inflatable raft. A new-plastic taste. This is the most honest way I can possibly describe my experience with this beer.

I find it hard to believe this beer went through a proper brewing procedure, but instead, I'm completely convinced it was manufactured by a toy company.
This drink tastes like a burning tire rolling away from a car explosion. Beware.

I understand how our taste buds differ among all appreciators of brews. But I passed this drink to the 4 or 5 people at my table and everybody gave this one a thumbs-down.
This is my first review of a beer on this awesome website. I promise I will follow this negative review with 10 positive reviews of delicious brew that I have had the honor of devouring! I'm not a hater. Cheers!

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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 Beaver13
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. Pours a hazy golden amber with a medium creamy white head that goes to a thin film that laces the glass some.

The aroma is some grains and wort, and caramel/toffee/butterscotch malts with some tropical fruity hops.

The flavor is butterscotch malts and grains with a decent amount of tropical fruity bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, there's a lot of diacetyl here, but it seems to go OK with the beer.

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Photo of whatthehull
3.89/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tasted April 29th 2011 (from notes)

Poured into a La Chouffe tulip

A - cloudy copper/amber. One finger off white head and a bit of lacing

S - sweet yeast, floral, citrus and topical hops. Orange, mildy toasted malt. Grassy. This smells awesome

T - toasted malt, very bittersweet hops. Sweet yeast, alcohol, orange, pineapple grapefruit and flowers. Sweet, yet balanced

M - slightly chewy, medium acidity, long finish. Very hoppy and malty

D - drinks very malty but balanced. If you like nothing but hops, move on!

Final thought - looking at the bottle, looks like it wouldn't be good. But, tastes very nice. Well balanced. Not a great price though

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Photo of Offa
3.28/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is a reasonably good beer and the best Napa Smith beer I've so far had, but it lacks balance, depth, and character.

Hazy orange gold, big off-white head steadily shrinks to lasting thin head, slowly shrinking to foamy ring and a few weak traces of lace.

Aroma's pretty nice, juicy-yeasty with citrus (grapefruit strong at first, but then more orange), plus some pine bark and honey.

Taste is dry and drying, juicy- citrusy up front, bitterness balanced more or less with light, vaguely raisiny sweetness. Ultimately, settles into a spritzy, dry mineral character with juicy yeastiness and vaguely citrusy-piney hop, with a spicy bitterness just barely dominating light sweetness. It’s a bit too spicy and a bit hot and boozy, being more noticeably boozy than, say Firestone Walker Union Jack, which is a slightly higher abv. Also, it’s a bit simple, uninteresting, with a character that retains some solid flavour but lacks interest, complexity, breadth or depth. Sweetness and maltiness are rather characterless, adding essentially just vague sweetness with no other character. Otherwise, it’s a reasonably good beer, certainly worth drinking if not actually buying.

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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 PDXHops
1.74/5  rDev -49.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. Somewhat hazy copper body topped with a modest-sized head that retains pretty well. Some soapy lacing up top.

As this is a new offering from my local beer shop, I can only assume it's fresh (in absence of bottle dating). However, hop aromas are in short supply. Smells chiefly of caramel and brown sugar with an indeterminate woodsy undertone. Some citrusy notes float in and out.

In a blind test, I'd never had guessed IPA with this one. An awkward blend of earthy hops, a raw woody bite, buttery caramel and malt sweetness. A splash of vanilla and more than a splash of harsh booziness. Weird lingering flavor that's somewhat remiscent of the lemon/pepper stuff you'd find on the spice aisle. I'm confused, and would possibly be offended if I'd bought more than a single of this.

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