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RATINGS: 48   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.17/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 25   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
yngwie (16518) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 7, 2013
On tap at the brewpub. It pours a clear dark golden body and a dense finger this off-white head. Sweeties malty aroma with some grassy, fruity hops. Sweet flavor too, some hop flavors but not much. Decent bitterness though. Medium body, soft carbonation. Sweet in the finish as well. A rather uninteresting one. 130807

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (14162) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 22, 2011
Bomber from the North Davis, CA Nugget Market. Pours light amber with a creamy/foamy near white head. There’s a Flanders sour hint in the aroma. There’s a breadiness. I’m not sure about vinosity. Flavor is "sour without being sour". Nonsense, but I’m stressed to explain this. There’s some vinosity, some suggestion of sour, some woody astringency. Maybe they left the stems on the grapes. Kind of like that. This is strangely complex, and I didn’t expect that. I like this stuff. Finishes dry, somewhat astringent and definitely more bitter than not.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tmoney99 (13590) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 1, 2011
Bottle. Poured cloudy amber color with an average frothy white head that was mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate toasted sweet malt aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium balanced sweet flavor with a medium sweet finish of moderate duration. The beer goes well with a bowl of ham and beans.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Drake (11913) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 4, 2012
12 ounce bottle from Total Wine West Richmond, VA. Pours a hazy amber color with a thin creamy off-white head. Decent head retention. Aroma of toasted malts, grapes and vinous notes. The taste is grapes, apples, stone fruits, vinous notes and faint toasted malts. Medium bodied.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Meilby (10970) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 7, 2013
Draught @ Napa Smith Brewpub, Napa, CA
Pours clear deep golden with a white head. Aroma has notes of mat, caramel and floral. Taste is light sweet and light bitter. Body is light to medium, texture is thin to oily, carbonation is soft.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
phaleslu (9415) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
marcus (9219) - Sacramento, California, USA - JAN 7, 2013
Bottle from Total Wine, Sacramento. Pours cloudy golden with a fluffy white head and a fruity aroma. There is a carbonate pale malt flavor with a hint of grape and a dry finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bb (8557) - Alamo, California, USA - MAR 30, 2011
Bottle. Amber beer with an off-white head. Malt and light grain aroma with light fruit. Malt and light mineral flavor with light fruitiness. Medium bodied. Light fruitiness and light malt lingers with light mineral notes.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Geokkjer (7341) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 7, 2013
On tap at the brewery. Pours deep golden with a small off white head. Aroma of malt, some fruitiness and caramel. Flavor is sweet and malty with some caramel and citrus. Medium body, average carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - APR 22, 2012
Bottle:   Pale amber, very hazy, large frothy white head, spotty lacing.   Soft mealy malt like nose, touch of sweetness.   Also has this musty grape aspect.   Bubbley on the tongue, moderate sweetness, malty, with a very fine white grape like background.   Not as mealy as most Marzens, which is nice, but it could stand to be a bit more coating or viscous.   Otherwise its nice.   A little different too.   Backside is a soft toasted/biscuity maltiness, slightly mealy, with some white grape juice like hints.   Definitely different, and interesting.

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