MorganBaughman (147) - Long Beach, Mississippi, USA - JAN 20, 2013
We had this at the 2013 Tops of the Hops in the VIP section.Rob usually really likes reds, but he wasn’t a fan of this one. I, on the other hand, thought it was excellent. It was one of my favorite beers of the night, and we tried about 60! mrhoppy (1288) - Santa Clara, California, USA - JUN 17, 2009
Very very light and refreshing. Aroma lets you know this is good beer. Good flavors and well balanced overall. One thing that stands out is the zippy carbonation. Nice bitter finish. very enjoyable. Would buy again. mtwhitney (168) - Maui, Hawaii, USA - JUL 27, 2013
Rich. Malty. Not too hoppy. The only quibble that I have is that it would be more balanced if it were lower in alcohol. As it is it is a bit too cloying. Make it a 6% and it would be perfect. Look at the label closely; there is a happy ending. kassner (1686) - Wexford, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 15, 2011
Don’t know what anybody is was a great beer in the ESB style. Very cloudy, amber color with nice holding head, not much lacing and chocked full of malts and hops. AWMiller (512) - Mansfield, Texas, USA - SEP 22, 2011
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!!
Cybercat (6012) - Georgia, USA - JAN 14, 2012
Pours a semi-transparent, appetizing mahogany-brown; there was not much head, but this was an artifact of the pour. Malty aroma has notes of cloves and wood plus a hint of apple. Strong, malty flavor has a firm fruity tone that is mainly apple and pear with a hint of banana, as well as touches of cloves and hops. Smooth, robust-bodied texture is fairly fizzy and leaves a malty, woody finish. Jimthechap (2064) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - APR 30, 2013
Bright amber colour with a plentiful, coarsely fluffy cream coloured head. I do like the colour of a red ale. The aroma is of lush fruity malts. It really smells of peach tart and some grassy hoppiness. It’s a simple description but I want to emphasise that the aroma is beautiful. It has a prickly carbonation and then out comes a flow of lush darker citrus and caramelised orchard fruits given by the malts. There is also a zingy zesty citrus coming from hops that I find rather endearing. The bitterness is fairly subtle. I came into this beer thinking that the aroma hops would be accompanied by a massive rush of bittering but it had a certain restraint about it that I didn’t expect. This is the sort of ale I would quite like to brew myself with a few changes to the hop varieties and abv. However, this incarnation is lovely. Aurelius (5485) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUL 8, 2011
A woody, vanilla, toasted ale aroma - very, very nice. I really appreciated the label on this beer - very clever, engraved-looking and intentional. This wasn’t a label that was done by the brewmaster’s step-second cousin-in-law. Beer was a hazy, bright red-brown with a thin head. Sweet and woody, vanilla, woody-bittering, peaty acidity. Frothy mouthfeel. Sweet finish. Red ales aren’t my favorite, but this one was deftly done. ABC Liquors, Betton. milewide (2303) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JAN 19, 2013
Flavorful---not bland! Cloudy amber color with good head. Grainy malt flavor with rather unique, slightly sour finish. Solid body for an amber. DrnkMcDermott (3130) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - JUN 28, 2013
From notes still on my phone from the 2011 MWBF. I’d forgotten I’d ever had this. Another red beer with a dog name on it, I wonder where that started. Pours orange color, kind of hazy from the bottle. A little foam. A nice malty smell with more supporting hops, perhaps orange and mango flavor. Very spritzy texture. Taste still has tropical juice instead of the regular citrus hop. Now there’s a bit of frizzy orange juice after all. Pretty amazing.