Napa Smith Lost Dog Red Ale Review

The Napa Smith Brewery is a fairly new brewery out of Napa, California. The brewery was started by “The Smith Family” who was able to hire a master brewer of 30 years, Don Barkley, with the simple premise that the beers they produce should pair well with food. Their core offerings are Pale Ale, Amber Ale, and Wheat Beer. The beer that I reviewed is either a seasonal or special release called Lost Dog Red Ale and is quite delicious.Napa Smith describes this beer on the back of each 22 oz. bottle as follows:

Napa Smith is a handcrafted artisan beer brewed at the southern gateway of the Napa Valley. Our family brings together the finest ingredients and 35 years of brewing experience. Our full-bodied Red Ale is rich and robust with a hoppy finish. With a warm red hue and a dense off-white head, Lost Dog is the perfect beer to share with someone special or a long-lost friend.

Following with the philosophy of pairing beer with food, the following food pairing is on the back of this bottle, “Our Lost Dog pairs well with short ribs, hamburgers, and garlic fries.”

Date Reviewed. January 4, 2010.

Where I Found It. Draeger’s in San Mateo, CA.

Serving Type. 22oz. bottle to an imperial pint glass.

Appearance. Off-white head foamy head that has average to below average retention. Crystal clear orange amber color.

Smell. Lost Dog Red Ale has a wweet malty, toasty, and biscuit aromas. Floral, pleasant, orange blossom hop bouquet. Maybe a slight vanilla flavor. Very inviting smell.

Taste. The taste of this beer matches the aroma quite well. It has a pleasant bitterness that contrasts well against the malty biscuit sweetness. In this respect, the bitterness is smooth and refreshing but present and tasty and just slightly spicy. Quite delicious and well crafted.

Mouthfeel. Lost Dog Red Ale has a medium to full bodied beer with a smooth and almost creamy texture.

Drinkability. For a malty sweet beer, the bitterness makes it refreshing and smooth.

Rating. My ratings below are on a five point scale with five being the best score.

  • Appearance (20%): 4.5
  • Smell (20%): 4.5
  • Taste (40%): 4.5
  • Mouthfeel (10%): 4.5
  • Drinkability (10%): 4.5
  • Overall: 4.5

Information

  • Style: red ale
  • Brewery: Napa Smith Brewery
  • Alcohol by volume: 7.2%
  • Beer Advocate rating: 3.36 (as of May 12, 2010)

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