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!!
Mora2000 (5141) - McKinney, Texas, USA - DEC 9, 2013
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Amber with a white head. The aroma has a lot of toffee as well as some grass and light pine. The flavor is similar with a lot of toffee and caramel. Fairly sweet overall with a good bit of alcohol noticeable. Also get some light pine notes and a low amount of bitterness. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.
tnkw01 (849) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 2, 2013
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Amber color with a medium head. Hazy with a lot of floaties. Aroma was malt and caramel, didn’t get much hops. Taste was caramel, slight floral, maybe a little funk. Must of been a old beer.
ClassyBeagle (291) - USA - NOV 19, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured into a Napa Smith pint glass at the Napa Smith Brewery. From notes, July 29, 2012. Thanks Karl!
A: Roasted malt, caramel sweetness, hints of dark fruit and pine.
A: Pours a hazy copper in color with a decent head and some lacing.
T: Follows the nose with roasted malt, caramel sweetness and a mild bitterness and a dry finish.
P: Medium body, smooth and decent carbonation.
O: Decent beer, very quaffable, but nothing I would go out of my way for.
obguthr (3313) - Lynchburg, Virginia, USA - OCT 12, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Starfruit and honey nose with some oaky highlights. Murky amber, medium yellow head. Honey and oak flavor with grapefruit toward the back end, very woody. Medium body. Well balanced, but a little stale and oxidized. Not typical of the style, but tasty. I would get this again.
Blairgus (2193) - California, USA - OCT 1, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
1 Oct 2013, bottle. orange/brown, murky. nose is yeasty bread and red fruit. med/thin body and mildly fizzy. yeasty raisin bread. maybe some toasty malt finish. meh.
Dacrza (411) - Great Meadows, New Jersey, USA - AUG 29, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
DATE TASTED: August 22, 2013 ... GLASSWARE: Victory Hop Devil nonick... OCCASION: last night of camp thoughts--a good eight weeks...APPEARANCE: handsome reddish-brown body supports a thick off-white head that laces reasonably well; subtle bubbles... AROMA: sweet caramel and cinnamon; hops are light and aromatic--suggestive of soft pine; malts lend a Scottish allure...PALATE: like a brown ale, beginning with a solid malty backbone; hops tickle the teeth, but the malt holds the trump in the profile...TASTE: significant warming aftertaste; medium-bodied, almost an IPA; the alcohol is palpable... OVERALL: an intriguing purchase that may not live up to its bomber status; rounded enough to be a thought on St. Patty’s day, but not powerful or substantial enough to demand attention on a non-holiday night; not much of a summer beer either; still, not without its merits or usefulness...
Pyrmir (2422) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - AUG 23, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
355 ml bottle, rated from backlog. Clear amber with small off-white head. Aroma sweet and malty with lots of caramel and citrus hop notes. Taste with caramel, citrus. Taste: caramel and citrus peel with medium bitterness.
pkbites (622) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 13, 2013
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Nose of caramel, soup bullion, and red goop. Head is creamy off white and dies before the pour is finished. Slightly cloudy muted red. Mouth feel is very watery. Flavor is barely detectable until the swallow. Then a slap of bitter hops hits you. Higher alcohol content is not noticeable. What the purpose of red beers are I know not. This screams mediocrity. 2.5 out of 5.
Meilby (5538) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 7, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught @ Napa Smith Brewpub, Napa, CA
Pours clear deep golden/amber with a off-white head. Aroma has notes of malt, caramel, citrus and biscuit. Taste is medium sweet and medium bitter with a long malty, caramel and bitter finish. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.
Geokkjer (5002) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 7, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at brewery. Pours amber with an off white head. Aroma of malt, some spicy notes and caramel. Flavor is sweet and malty with some brown sugar, red berries and caramel. Medium body, average carbonation.