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.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
BucannonXC5 (1555) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
marcus (9707) - 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 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JohnC (3008) - 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.

   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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
rumproasts (5309) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - AUG 15, 2012
light amber with small head. not sure if i would have noticed the grape if i didn’t know it was there. slightly bland.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kjohns21 (17) - - JUL 27, 2012
Rather light for an amber. Taste is fleeting. Was expecting more of a grape flavor. Pretty good overall though.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Brigadier (3620) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - MAY 17, 2012
22 ounce bottle
For $1.99 this was a bargain. I don’t know why I always see these Napa Smith beers marked down so steeply but they aren’t that bad. True they definitely pale in comparison to even most local alternatives. Yet from time to time it provides a welcome change of pace.

Aroma / Appearance - The carbonated peach toned body doesn’t inspire much confidence. Neither does the nose - Sprite, hops, and grape juice over a lemon glaze. Very light it fades quickly.

Flavor / Palate - The taste of Sprite is strong from almost the first sip. Wheat Thins, ginger ale, and grapes bubble across the palate. The pale hoppy finish is dull. Somehow though it all comes together into something that is more than the sum of its parts. Even if that result is forgettable with a few flaws it beats dropping more money for a hot mess.

   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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rangerred (989) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - MAR 13, 2012
12oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a hazy gold with a white half finger head. Decent head retention but no lacing. Smells is nearly all metal. A little grape aroma comes through as well but not much in the way of malt. Thankfully there isn’t any metallic flavor but rather quite a bit of grape up front. That is quickly followed by a wonderful caramel maltiness that is very reminiscent of an Oktoberfest. Finishes crisp with a slightly sticky mouthfeel. I didn’t realize this was a fall seasonal when I picked it up so it probably has some age on it. It was still really good and I would love to try this fresh sometime.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DTM (798) - Winters, California, USA - FEB 9, 2012
Shared bottle with Timfoolery. This is usually a style I really like, but this one let me down. I little dry on the palate and the flavor of apples and grapes just threw me off a bit. May have to visit this again for a re-try.

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