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RATINGS: 48   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.15/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 25   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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2.8
DTM (798) - Vacaville, 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.

3.3
Drake (14062) - 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.

3.6
SSSteve (4006) - - JAN 15, 2012
bottle. hazy dark gold with a large, foamy, white head. smell has some tart purple grape notes. flavors are like a pale malty lager with a spoonful of grape jelly.

3
timfoolery (1126) - California, USA - DEC 20, 2011
Bottle from Scott for my 34th... Poured a light copper with limited head that settled into a thin ring. Aroma of grapes, grassy hops, and toasted sugar. Flavor of grapes, resin, sweet malts, cereal grains, bitter earth, grass, and soap. I have to say that although this beer was odd and the rating was rather low, I enjoyed it and would probably drink it again. I will coin this "the Kool Aid effect." Pretty good beer.

2.7
Blairgus (4613) - California, USA - DEC 20, 2011
20 dec 2011, bottle. light orange, clear, steady bubbles, foamy head. sweet lagery, slightly viney nose. light/med body and fizzy. i wouldn’t say it tastes like a sweet lager but there’s not much more. there are some bitter, maybe grape skin, notes and a faint sweetness that isn’t lagerish. but not much to talk about.

2.6
kwoeltje (2233) - 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
phaleslu (10553) - 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
Onslow (1522) - 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
wedgie9 (2702) - 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
Suttree (6484) - 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.


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