Crush Beer | Napa Smith Brewery

Crush BeerCrush Beer
BA SCORE
15.7%
Liked This Beer
3.35 w/ 51 ratings
Crush BeerCrush Beer
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Napa Smith Brewery
California, United States
napasmithbrewery.com

Style: American Amber / Red Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by DaveHS on 09-30-2010

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#40,062
Reviews:
23
Ratings:
51
Liked:
8
Avg:
3.35/5
pDev:
15.22%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
0
Gots:
3
Trade:
0
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2.5/5  rDev -25.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -25.4%

Photo of abgba121
2.58/5  rDev -23%
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.

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2.75/5  rDev -17.9%

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2.75/5  rDev -17.9%

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2.75/5  rDev -17.9%

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2.75/5  rDev -17.9%

Photo of LisaInFL
2.8/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of brewskier
2.81/5  rDev -16.1%
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.

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Photo of silentjay
2.85/5  rDev -14.9%
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.

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3/5  rDev -10.4%

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3/5  rDev -10.4%

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3/5  rDev -10.4%

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3/5  rDev -10.4%

Photo of kylehay2004
3.03/5  rDev -9.6%
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

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Photo of BEER88
3.1/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of kojevergas
3.15/5  rDev -6%
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+

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Photo of mactrail
3.19/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

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Photo of BdM
3.24/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3.25/5  rDev -3%

Photo of DeezGunz14
3.25/5  rDev -3%

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3.25/5  rDev -3%

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3.25/5  rDev -3%

Photo of Fatehunter
3.29/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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3.29/5  rDev -1.8%
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...

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Crush Beer from Napa Smith Brewery
Beer rating: 15.7% out of 100 with 51 ratings
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