AWMiller (512) - Mansfield, Texas, USA - SEP 22, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hot diggity dog! This is one amazing ale and if the rest of their brew line-up is like this one, well then, Napa Smith might become quite a regular brew in my stock! This brew poured up a crystal-clear dark reddish-brown colored body with a nice creamy one-finger thick head with great retention and lacing. Aromas and flavors full of caramel, floral hops and sweet roasted malts. Medium-bodied, extra smooth and an easy drinker with a finish that is amazingly refreshing and slightly dry with a lingering aftertaste full of roasted nuts and caramel. Can’t wait to try more from their line! Definitely one that I’m going to pair up with some slow-grilled rib-eyes topped with melted bleu cheese crumbles!!
JDBaker11058 (1790) - Maryland, USA - MAY 11, 2016
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
appearance: clear amber, soft near-white head, some lacing. aroma: general caramel malts, some toast, light grapefruit, slightly herbal. taste: as the aroma indicates. finish: slight minerality, a tiny bit toasty. notes: Not super impressed.
two7offsuit (444) - Massachusetts, USA - APR 21, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours orange with a white head and a decent amount of carbonation. Aroma hints at malt. Slight malt backbone with mild hop finish.
Theydon_Bois (16262) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - MAR 24, 2016
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Keg at the brewery tap, 01/02/16.
Golden orange with a decent off White head.
Nose is grain, airy malt, orange, light caramel.
Taste comprises toasted bread, candy bar, light orange, popcorn, grain.
Medium bodied, fine carbonation, semi drying close.
Totally whelming stuff ... to pack such little flavour into 7%+ ABV takes some doing !!
phaleslu (9021) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 28, 2016
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft at the brewery, served in a flight. Pours a clear gold with an off-white head that settles into a little cap while lacing the glass. Notes of sweet malts, florals, faint citrus, and soap. Light-bodied, with moderate soft carboantion and a malty, bitter, sweet mouthfeel. The regular Amber Ale works a bit better by focusing on a multi-dimensional malt profile.
Ferris (11085) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 7, 2016
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Draft - Sweet caramel and soap. Clear gold with a rich white head. Sweet caramel, light twig and a long finish.
brokensail (15468) - Dublin, California, USA - FEB 2, 2016
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap @ Napa Smith. Clear orange/amber colored beer and a white head. Lots of banana and fruity, peachy esters. Some bread, caramel, and grassy hops. There’s a strong toast, caramel, and vanilla note to the flavor. Light hop profile. Somewhat grassy and floral. Fine for this sort of beer, even if it’s probably flawed.
mR_fr0g (8295) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 1, 2016
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Draft a the the brewpub. Clear orange golden coloured pour with a sticky frothy white head. Aroma is subdued grains, sweet nutty malts, little raisin fruit ester. Flavour is composed of sweet nutty grains, little raw toffee, dried fruits, metalical finish. Palate is semi sweet, grainy. Moderate carbonation. Overly bitter. No balance.
djd07 (8815) - Houston, Texas, USA - FEB 1, 2016
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the brewery. Pours a clear orange gold with medium creamy white head that lasts. The aroma is bready malt and caramel. Medium mouth, caramel, biscuit, very sweet, light finish, good.
Homer321 (3963) - Melboring, Florida, USA - FEB 1, 2016
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draft at source. A mostly sweet caramel malt aroma with not much toasty malt character. Very clear pale red color. Small white head. Mostly caramel in the flavor with a light slickness on the tongue. Light butter, maybe.minimal hop expression.
JulienHuxley (5517) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 1, 2016
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Sample on tap at the brewpub. Clear gold pour with thin white head. Aroma is of caramel, light fruit, light booze. Taste is malty, caramel, veggies, light booze. Palate is bodied with light carbonation. Meh.