Crush Beer - Napa Smith Brewery
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3.45/5 rDev +2.1%
A delicately fruited ale with the pleasantries of both crisp golden ales, dry Belgain ales, and zinfindale wines.
Pouring a mostly golden color with a tinge of cranberry, the beer's sparkling carbonation gives it a very spritzy and lively appearance. A very airy ivory foam stance caps the beer with a loose froath and fair lace.
Aroams of thin caramel, light grain, slight bread crust or toast, with a tart scent that I attribute to grape additions. Lightly nutty in the grain profile with complementary ester aromas of apple and pear.
Semi-dry flavor of cracker malts with nutty grain and a light caramel flavor sets the stage for a mild fruit acidity that delivers flavors of obvious grape, crabapple, pears, and appricot. Medium tartness melds well with light herbal hop and spicy tanin flavors.
Medium bodied at first, but the beer looses its structure quickly after the initial sip. The slight early creaminess is replaced with a dry wine-like finish, mild tanin astringency, and a sprite peppery heat in finish.
Immediate comparisons to Dogfish Head's Red & White come to mind. If not for that resemblance, I would rather like this beer. But in comparison this beer is very light, to the point of becomming a flaw.
10-11-2011 18:24:44 | More by BEERchitect
3.1/5 rDev -8.3%
A half finger head with lots of lacing on a clear light golden body. Nearly odorless for my nose. Unique flavor with grass, grape, bread and a slight tangy finish. Light to medium body and moderate carbonation. Drinkable and unique tasting beer. Not necessarily one I want to have again though
12-30-2011 01:53:27 | More by kylehay2004
3.78/5 rDev +11.8%
12 ounce bottle - $2.39 at Olde Crabapple Bottle Shoppe in Alpharetta, Georgia.
Appearance: Pours a golden-copper body, slightly hazy, and with a small-sized, near white head.
Smell: Toasty, caramel-sweetened maltiness in the nose paired with a touch of grape-like fruitiness and sprinkling of dried herbs.
Taste: Toasted maltiness with a fair amount of candied caramel sweetness going on. Just an additional low hint of fruitiness from the grapes, nothing more. Herbal, lightly earthy hops with a restrained bitterness. Still fairly malty on the back end with an addition of light brown sugar.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation.
Overall: Why is this listed under "American Amber/Red Ale"? Good grief, people. Not great, kinda pricey for what it is, but it's still one of the better beers I've had from Napa Smith (though that's not saying a whole lot, really).
10-07-2011 02:59:12 | More by ChainGangGuy
3.15/5 rDev -6.8%
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.
09-03-2013 06:39:54 | More by mactrail
3.55/5 rDev +5%
12 oz. bottle,
A: Pours a light amber with a medium white head, good retention.
S: Hint of grape must, caramel.
T: Light grape character, but a good mix the malt. Toffee, nice hop flavour.
M: Crisp, medium-bodied, biting carbonation. Mild aftertaste.
O: Nice mix of flavours. I liked what the grapes brought to the table, but this is by no means great. Just good beer.
11-15-2011 06:40:07 | More by Halcyondays
3.14/5 rDev -7.1%
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.
07-15-2013 06:59:54 | More by kojevergas
3.4/5 rDev +0.6%
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.
07-30-2012 20:13:13 | More by beertunes
3.53/5 rDev +4.4%
Pours a toasted straw color, crystal clear, with a small white head that settles into a light ring.
The aroma is sweet. There is a good grape scent to it. It provides some sweetness as well as a tart aspect. Some toast from the malt.
The malt provides a grain and light toast notes. Some noticable metallic & rust notes as well. The grapes provide a sweet and tart flavor that goes well with the malt. A bit of an odd earthy bitterness in the end.
The feel is light and crisp; has fizzy carbonation. Fairly sweet on the palate but well balanced.
An average brew, pretty good for a boring style. Its refreshing if anything else.
11-05-2011 17:37:25 | More by Gmann
3.35/5 rDev -0.9%
Appearance - pours a caramel/gold color. Nice sticky almond head of a finger or so, some light lacing.
Aroma - some brief grape notes immediately after the pour. That disappears after a few seconds. Just a vague general graininess.
Taste - grain with a touch of bite. Some metallics on the aftertaste, maybe a result of grape tannins? A residual bitterness on the finish with notable length, some palate drying as well. No hint of actual grape flavor.
Mouthfeel - medium carbonation and body. Fairly refreshing.
Drinkability - a serviceable amber. Nice balance. I forget the cost but I'd have it again.
06-09-2011 03:52:06 | More by brewdlyhooked13
3.25/5 rDev -3.8%
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.
10-23-2013 03:21:47 | More by Fatehunter
3.55/5 rDev +5%
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.
03-13-2012 22:30:46 | More by rangerred
3.29/5 rDev -2.7%
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...
09-27-2013 23:16:49 | More by pkalix
3.36/5 rDev -0.6%
Type: 12.0-oz. bottle
Glass: Firestone tap room pint glass
From: World Market in La Mesa (San Diego), Calif.
Purchased: July 11, 2013
Consumed: July 12, 2013
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.
07-13-2013 09:57:29 | More by BucannonXC5
3.66/5 rDev +8.3%
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.
12-22-2013 02:52:54 | More by TheSixthRing
2.83/5 rDev -16.3%
kinda light for an amber with a slight haze and an almost pure white one-fingered head that retains decently yet leaves little lacing.
not picking up much in terms of grape aromas, but there is a pleasant caramel and bready sweetness. maybe a bit tart, yet grainy.
flavor is quite metallic with plenty of sweetness (light caramel), graininess, and some herbal tea-like hoppiness, as well as some salted butter. not the "wine-drinkers crossover beer" that I would have imagined. the finish is tinny and then very dry, leaving a "chewed on tinfoil" sensation that is not all that pleasant.
light/medium bodied with light prickly carbonation which is good for the style, but the finish is quite detrimental to the overall experience of this beer. Something is just not quite right with this one, and as my first experience with this brewery, I'm not sure if its a rare miss or what.
01-10-2011 07:25:36 | More by silentjay
3.78/5 rDev +11.8%
Tall rocky near-white colored head when poured from its bomber bottle. Fades to a thin film. Clear orange-amber liquid.
Aroma is a clean, mild with some grain. There's some "Oktoberfest" maltiness in there too, which is welcomed. After all, Napa Smith bills it as somewhat of an Ofest anyway, so what the hey. Go with it.
Taste is just what the doctor ordered. Smooth lagery maltiness upfront fading to a mild hoppy dryness. Definitely some Ofest flavorings in there, but subtle. I like this. Grape juice? Which varietals? Just curious. I guess they add to the overall smoothness of the brew.
Mouthfeel is clean, but not mouth-filling. Does not coat the mouth with any heaviness. The 6% abv is just right for this lager.
I like this beer. Pleasantly surprised for sure. Wine grape juice in a beer? My curiosity steered me towards a very nice little brew that I will return to again. Had it in the cellar for almost a year. I recommend it, and will be buying more. (This is my 25th beer review).
12-31-2011 00:42:40 | More by nebula1999
3.53/5 rDev +4.4%
Poured from a 22oz. bottle into my Green Flash pint glass.
A-Amber with a 1/2 inch off white head. Leaves almost no lacing.
S-Grainy, a bit sweet.The back label indicates that this is based on the Oktoberfest Marzen style lager (even though the front label calls it an "amber lager brewed with grapes.")Anyway, it smells like a typical Marzen lager.
T-Straightforward marzen lager with an almost imperceptible sweetness that can be attributed (possibly) to grapes. I'm not sure what they're trying to pull here. Calling your beer "crush" and bragging about your addition of grapes on the label should mean that I can taste the grapes. I don't. But it's a good lager. There's a nice grassy hoppiness in the finish that's growing on me as I sip.
M-Light to medium-bodied with a moderately dry finish and medium carbonation.
D-It's okay, but I can't help feeling disappointed at the lack of vinous character, considering how it is advertised.
09-30-2010 00:58:34 | More by DaveHS
3.6/5 rDev +6.5%
Clear amber with orange highlights, thin tan head and poor retention. Light biscuit malt and grape aroma. Toasty biscuit with a sweet grape finish. Thin, high carbonation with sharp tannins.
A simple and refreshing beer with a twist. There’s no off flavors and it’s clear and simple while showcasing the grapes without being overpowering. It’s nothing I could drink a lot of but it’s a nice, subtle hybrid… if you like wine as well.
07-15-2012 21:53:54 | More by Bfarr
Crush Beer from Napa Smith Brewery
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