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RATINGS: 44   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.15   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 25   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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Crush Beer is our autumn offering developed in tribute to the grape harvest here in Napa Valley. In keeping with the Bavarian tradition of Oktoberfest, this beer is an Amber Lager made with traditional malts. Since we are in the wine country, we also add a small amount of grapes to each batch. They say "It takes a lot of great beer at harvest time to make great wine." It’s appropriate for Napa Smith to use grapes in one of their beers, since they also run a winery.


2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
kwoeltje (2232) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - DEC 17, 2011
(bottle) coppe rwith off white head. Slightly fruity aroma with mild malt. Flavor is sweetish caramel malt, hint of fruit.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
phaleslu (6397) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 21, 2011
12 oz. bottle from Suttree- thanks, Phil! Napa Smith stuff just started showing up in St. Louis but I haven’t seen this one yet. Label just says "Crush" and not "Crush Beer" like the photo. Pours a clear copper color with a tiny off-white head that settles into a thin ring. Aroma of grapes, grassy hops, earth, dusty grains, crackery malts, and toasted sugar. Flavor of grapes, resin, sweet malts, cereal grains, bitter earth, leaves and grass, and soap. Medium-bodied, with a smooth mouthfeel and dry finish. Modest carbonation. Odd beer.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Onslow (1151) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - NOV 18, 2011
Pour form a 22oz bottle. Amber yellow brew with a big fizzy soda-pop head that settles down into a quite nice creamy frothiness on top of the brew. Aroma of mild malts, grassy hops, a little soap, a little caramel. Taste is fairly light but distinctive - a bit of caramel malts at the start, a herbal and grassy hops in the finish, a little tartness in the finish also that works with the hops to balance the malt. Overal a really nice lager / marzen.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
wedgie9 (1884) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 8, 2011
Tasted on 10/8/11 from a 12oz bottle. Pours cloudy light orange with a thick off-white head that leaves thin, spotty lace. The nose is bitter resin and herbal hops with some earthy yeast, and a dusty malty aroma. The flavor is dusty, nutty malt up front, moving to lightly bitter herbal hops, and an earthy yeast note as well. The body is light with average carbonation, and a long, earthy yeast, and lightly bitter, herbal hops finish.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Suttree (5130) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 8, 2011
Amber colored, with a thin ring of foam. Grainy, caramel aroma. Flavor is pretty much standard Amber or Oktoberfest, plus a subtle fruity note, which I assume is the grapes. Taste a little better than it smells. Not bad.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ChainGangGuy (4362) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - OCT 6, 2011
12 ounce bottle - $2.39 at Olde Crabapple Bottle Shoppe in Alpharetta, Georgia. Appearance: Pours a golden-copper body, slightly hazy, and with a small-sized, near white head. Smell: Toasty, caramel-sweetened maltiness in the nose paired with a touch of grape-like fruitiness and sprinkling of dried herbs. Taste: Toasted maltiness with a fair amount of candied caramel sweetness going on. Just an additional low hint of fruitiness from the grapes, nothing more. Herbal, lightly earthy hops with a restrained bitterness. Still fairly malty on the back end with an addition of light brown sugar. Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation. Overall: Not great, kinda pricey for what it is, but it’s still one of the better beers I’ve had from Napa Smith (though that’s not saying a whole lot, really).

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
unclemattie (4162) - Georgia, USA - SEP 27, 2011
12oz bottle. Copper color, light tan foam. Thick bodied, creamy texture. Aroma of earth. Toasted malts, autumn leaves. Crisp flavor, earth, leaves, dry caramel malt. No detection of any grape flavors. Tastes like a hearty bodied American Oktoberfest/Märzen.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
badnewsbeers (2313) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - SEP 15, 2011
22oz bottle. pours a clear, light amber with small white head. aroma of bitter hops, light biscuit, some citrus, and grass...like a strong pilesner. flavor has a touch more of the sweet malt than i would expect from the nose. still maintains a slightly sour, zesty, prickly hop character...not really picking up grape at all..like a cross btwn a pils and an oktoberfest with a soapy finish

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
milewide (1497) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - SEP 9, 2011
Fine Oktoberfest! Amber color with medium head. Malt and hops blend nicely in aroma and middle. Hops shine at end.

2.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
matmatmat (82) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 9, 2011
Bottle. Pours a nice amber color with a slightly off white head. Hay, pine, and grape jelly on the nose. Lightly sweet with descent bitterness. Grape soda flavor on the aftertaste without much complexity. Palate is crisp and light. I would have guessed more wine flavor in a brew from Napa, but the grape soda flavors were a fun surprise.


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