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Crush Beer - Napa Smith Brewery

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Ratings: 43
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 3.38
pDev: 15.68%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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Napa Smith Brewery visit their website
California, United States

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

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: DaveHS on 09-30-2010)
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Photo of Thullin187
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

Thullin187, Jul 06, 2012
Photo of glitchedmind
2.75/5  rDev -18.6%

glitchedmind, Jun 04, 2012
Photo of DirtyPenny
3.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Now how in the hell did you end up in Massachusetts, lil' guy? Poured several times from a 22 oz bottle into a Leffe goblet.

A: Poured with no head but a thin coating of white foam on top. Beer was a light orange or amber color, hazy with active bubbles rising to the top. Strips of lacing along the sides.

S: Bready with slight apple and white grape notes.

T: Slight bitter tartness from the grapes, faint fruity/white wine notes that move into subtle biscuit malt and ends on a mildly bitter note, with light raisin notes. Sweet and soda-like in a way.

M: Light-medium with sparkling texture and dry finish.

O: Beer brewed with grapes, eh? In any case, I rescued this from a random wine shop that also had a small craft beer selection. Interesting to try and very refreshing. Looks like it's an autumn brew, and this is May so I imagine the bottle had a bit of age on it, but it tasted fine.

I'd look for it again but I'm under the impression that this is from a smaller California brewery and is seasonal. Never seen it before and would be surprised if I saw it again any time soon.

DirtyPenny, May 15, 2012
Photo of rangerred
3.55/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

rangerred, Mar 13, 2012
Photo of javiernano
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

javiernano, Mar 06, 2012
Photo of nebula1999
3.78/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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).

nebula1999, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of kylehay2004
3.1/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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

kylehay2004, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of BMac17
5/5  rDev +47.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22 oz bomber
Pint glass

Beautiful amber lager.

Nice head retention and carbonation.

Brewed with grapes from harvest in Napa.

Clean notes of fresh cut grass, citrus zest with a touch of spice in the hops! It’s literally harvest in a bottle…of beer!!!

Great seasonal brew!

BMac17, Dec 15, 2011
Photo of Halcyondays
3.55/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Halcyondays, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of Gmann
3.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Gmann, Nov 05, 2011
Photo of BEERchitect
3.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

BEERchitect, Oct 11, 2011
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.78/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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).

ChainGangGuy, Oct 07, 2011
Photo of abgba121
2.58/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: very light copper color, about one inch of head the receded to light lacing atop of the brew, and continuous bubbling.

S: strong fruity smell, grapes are very present, no detectable hoppiness

T: Very grape-like almost no bitterness at all. It leaves something to be desired at the finish.

M: good mouthfeel, good carbonation, average in this respect.

O: This is a so-so beer, decent taste, needs more hops to complete the flavor profile. I most likely will not buy this one again. It is an easily drinkable beer, but just does not taste that good.

abgba121, Jun 17, 2011
Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.35/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

brewdlyhooked13, Jun 09, 2011
Photo of jaialainut
4.5/5  rDev +33.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

im no expert in grading beer, but after a few gulps i can say that this is a nice tasty beer.
it does not have a grape taste and to be honest im glad of that.
its a well balanced lager that pours a good head, i would rate this as a bit above average as far as lagers go.

jaialainut, May 25, 2011
Photo of brewskier
2.85/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

Hard pour gives a fluffy, speckled off-white head. A beautiful very hazy medium golden amber liquid lies beneath, riddled with trails of active effervescence. Pretty decent lacing, even and wispy.

Aroma, however, leaves MUCH to be desired. This has a nose like lawnmower beer...the skunked variety. A sour, slightly acrid plume wafts up from that gorgeous looking brew. I suppose it could be the grape influence, but if so, please just give me the amber and hold the crush! Sad, so sad. [note after warming: still not much here to recommend]

Tragically, the flavor, though better, is not nearly enough of an improvement to induce me to finish this entire bomber. While not lawnmower beer - it at least has some reasonable pale and even a touch of caramel malt, plus a slight fruity hint from the grapes - this is still pretty much glorified dishwater in a $10 bottle. OK, it's getting better as it warms...because I am not interested in drinking it very quickly. A little more complexity is emerging, and it's actually starting to taste a bit like German Oktoberfest, rather than American light lager. Wow, moral of the story is don't drink this one cold. It really does open up fairly nicely into a Marzen if you give it a chance, with that sweet grain tang, actually emphasized by the grapes. Not my favorite, but I'll have to redo the sniff test as well.

Quite a pleasing mouthfeel, with plenty of body but still fairly crisp, and particularly well carbonated.

Drinkability is not so good, as its character is a shifty one, and pretty unpleasant when heavily chilled. Much better things to do with a 6% alcohol, as well.

brewskier, Jan 12, 2011
Photo of silentjay
2.83/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

silentjay, Jan 10, 2011
Photo of DaveHS
3.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

DaveHS, Sep 30, 2010
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Crush Beer from Napa Smith Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 43 ratings.