Saturday, July 30, 2011

Napa Smith Amber Ale

Today I'm drinking Napa Smith Amber Ale brewed by Napa Smith Brewery in Napa, California. The label is elegant, showing the brewery with some mountains in the background, done in gold and silver colors. Master Brewer Dan Barkley also signed the front and offered this quote on the back: "If wine is the nectar of the gods, then beer is the mother's milk of humanity."

Caramel aroma, sweet. Malty sweet flavors in beginning as well. Caramel and brown sugar pretty much dominate everything. After the initial flavor rush, things calm down a bit and you are able to get a grip on the beer. The texture is silky and the body is on the light side of medium. The 5.7% alcohol is noticeable and warming, but not really anything more than that. On the under-carbonated side. You will finish with just drop of hops. The beer remains sweet but not so sweet as to be bothersome. A little one-dimensional, but with good flavors and balanced enough to work. Not a bad beer, and way better than the one I had a few days ago.

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