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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.


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3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - OCT 5, 2012
This was a nice take on an Oktoberfest. The addition of grapes added a touch of fruity sweetness that made this a good thirst quencher.


3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Fatehunter (1179) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - OCT 22, 2013
Poured one finger of head on a orange/medium straw colored body. The aroma is caramel, ripe grapes and orange. It’s all fairly faint though. The taste is watery, grape and woody sweetness and mild pine bitterness. The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation. It’s a weak ale overall with a mildly interesting grape flavor.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
suprchunk (2178) - Crestview, Florida, USA - SEP 26, 2013
Hazy amber colored pour. Small off-white head. No lacing. A grainy, malty aroma. Slightly fruity, but more grainy than anything. Taste is malty and grainy. Almost like grapenuts. Very good. Sweet and malty in the finish.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
mjg74 (2491) - La Mesa, California, USA - SEP 12, 2013
Bottle from World Market. Hazy golden in color with lots of sediment. Sweet nose. Almost a light vinegar aroma. Sweet malty up front with a grape juice flavor. Decent for the style.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Meilby (7492) - 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.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
yngwie (13437) - 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

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Geokkjer (5719) - 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.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
BucannonXC5 (829) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 13, 2013
Type: 12.0-oz. bottle Glass: Firestone tap room pint glass From: World Market in La Mesa (San Diego), Calif. Price: $1.99 Purchased: July 11, 2013 Consumed: July 12, 2013 Misc.: N/A Poured a caramel amber murky color with what seemed to be chunks, seeds or pulp and two fingers of frothy white head. Watery foggy layer of lacing on the sides of the glass. Good retention all the way down. Smelled malty dark fruits initially. Grape, plum, dates, figs, earthy, grainy, honey and iced tea. Tasted even maltier than the smell. Got dark fruits in grapes, dates, figs, plums and faint dark cherries. Also oatmeal (I know), honey, caramel, creamy and iced tea. Lots of butter characteristics as well. Medium body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Buttery, long finish. Light body. Thin-to-oily texture. Soft-to-average carbonation. Bitter, dry finish. Actually had high hopes for this beer, but it just didn’t materialize. I wouldn’t have it again.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
marcus (6438) - 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.

1.9
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
arg_ha (7) - - AUG 21, 2012 does not count
Very little head when poured color is a cloudy burnt amber slight fruity scent of apple beer is slighlty bitter on the back side


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