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Crush Beer - Napa Smith Brewery

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44 Ratings
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Ratings: 44
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 3.37
pDev: 15.73%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Napa Smith Brewery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Lager |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: DaveHS on 09-30-2010)
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Photo of cmgage
2.75/5  rDev -18.4%

cmgage, Jul 02, 2014
Photo of dmorgan310
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

dmorgan310, Jun 14, 2014
Photo of KevMo84
3/5  rDev -11%

KevMo84, Jun 06, 2014
Photo of MikeWard
2.75/5  rDev -18.4%

MikeWard, May 05, 2014
Photo of Satsuma
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Satsuma, May 05, 2014
Photo of TheSixthRing
3.66/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a hazy golden amber with a white, finger width head. Fair retention, resulting in a ring of suds around the edge of the glass with a near barren surface in the center. Virtually no lacing. Lots of sediment floating around; grape must or yeast? Either way it's no bother to me.

Smell - Sweet notes of malt, honey and hints of grape. Light touches of grass.

Taste - Sweet and lightly earthy, with notes of honey. Hints of green grape sweetness mid-taste and into the finish. Mild grassy bitterness in the aftertaste help give this brew balance.

Mouthfeel - Light, thin body with moderate carbonation. Semi-dry finish.

Overall - Eh, it's a fair to good red lager. Something I'd drink again, though nothing I'd probably buy unless options were limited, and considering this brew mostly finds itself in craft brew locations the only way I imagine options would be limited is in an apocalyptic event.

TheSixthRing, Dec 22, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

mkh895, Dec 01, 2013
Photo of cjgator3
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

cjgator3, Nov 11, 2013
Photo of Fatehunter
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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.

Fatehunter, Oct 23, 2013
Photo of pkalix
3.29/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

wouldn't ordinarily go for something like this, but I am running out of "newbies" to try, even though I haven't reviewed or rated all the ones ive had...
pored a deep nectar golden yellow.... no head, and what's with all the floaty stuff sitting at the bottom of my glass?
smell is a lager-ish, fruit-y kind of thing. much like an abita purple(?).
taste is... lager-ish with something else in there. supposed to be grapes.... maybe.
6% ? okay. I can do one of these. it aint an Oktoberfest brew, though; I don't care what they say....
don't think i'll try this one again. or much else from this brewery. it's a decent brew. it's got it's own flavor, which is very respectable, but it just doesn't suit my tastebuds at this point in my life. the 6% helps it stay in the picture...

pkalix, Sep 28, 2013
Photo of mactrail
3.15/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear amber in the glass with a grudging head each pour. Quite spritzy in the mouth, however. Nice malty aroma. It tastes like a fruit-flavored club soda. Sort of woody with a little touch of tannins. Fairly malty with a persistent herbal flavor.

Fizzy herbal tea sort of brew. I can just taste a hint of fruit, whatever you say it is. It's a gulp that leaves a bitterish, black tea residue. Less interesting than I'd hope. From the 12 oz bottle purchased at The Bottle Shop in Santa Barbara.

mactrail, Sep 03, 2013
Photo of kojevergas
3.14/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with interesting label art and standard unbranded pry-off pressure cap acquired for $2.39 USD at Wine Expo in Santa Monica and served into a Mitchells of Lancaster flared stem-tulip in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average; I remember being pleasantly surprised by a random Napa Smith beer I picked up at Wine Expo.

Served chilled. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

6.0% ABV confirmed per the label. "Amber lager brewed with grapes."

A (Head): Pours a two finger wide head of light khaki colour. Soft complexion. Appears somewhat thin. Even spotty lacing as the head recedes. Retention is pretty decent - about 4 minutes.

A (Body): Body colour is a semitransparent translucent copper. Average vibrance. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Overall, it doesn't really look like most ambers. It's certainly not amber in colour. Standard fare otherwise. Not unique or special, but I don't notice any obvious flaws.

Sm: Red grape must. Clean barley. Mild floral hop character. Munich malts. Berries/currants. Grapeskin. Light bready malts. Restrained caramalt. Pear. Grape must is subtle yet still dominant - and certainly the most interesting aspect of the beer so far. No yeast character or alcohol is detectable. An above average strength aroma. Looking forward to trying it. Pleasant and appealing in a general sense.

T: Red grape must and grapeskin; this note actually runs against the rest of the beer, leaving it feeling imbalanced. Munich malts, crackery malts, pear, some crystal malt. Light caramalts. Certainly a grainy build for an amber. Simple as well. It borders on coming off artificial - almost like a fruit syrup was used. No yeast or alcohol comes through. Clean barley. Little subtlety here, if any. I'm not a big fan. It's mundane.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Slightly overcarbonated. Decent presence on the palate. Suits the flavour profile decently, but it by no means feels custom-tailored to it. Good thickness. Lightly syrupy. Not oily, harsh, gushed, or hot.

Dr: Damn drinkable, but forgettable. A pedestrian offering from Napa Smith; the grape addition seems like a marketing gimmick. I won't be picking this up again, but I'll easily kill the bottle. I like the concept, but the execution falls short. Not recommended.

Overpriced.

C+

kojevergas, Jul 15, 2013
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3.36/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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.

BucannonXC5, Jul 13, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -25.8%

mrfrancis, Jun 25, 2013
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4/5  rDev +18.7%

TripelMark, Jun 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev +18.7%

domnalbrecc, May 30, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -18.4%

Hellpop65, Apr 23, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -25.8%

sendbeer, Apr 08, 2013
Photo of markallmon
4.75/5  rDev +40.9%

markallmon, Mar 16, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

2neardead, Jan 02, 2013
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3/5  rDev -11%

damngoode, Dec 29, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +11.3%

agreenman19, Oct 27, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

DeezGunz14, Sep 16, 2012
Photo of beertunes
3.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into 10oz goblet. Poured a very nice honey-gold color with about 1/2 inch of white head that had good retention and very light lacing.

The scent profile was mostly solidly grainy malts. I picked up just very light hopping and none of the grapes mentioned on the label. The flavors also were mostly good earthy grains, with just enough of a hop zing to provide a counter-point. Again, I didn't get any grape aspects to this beer.

The body was full and well-rounded, with a crisp finish. Drinkability was OK, mine bottle went down easily enough and I could see having a couple pints if I saw it on tap. Overall, an OK brew, nothing special, nothing terrible. Try it if you see it.

beertunes, Jul 30, 2012
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Crush Beer from Napa Smith Brewery
77 out of 100 based on 44 ratings.