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San Diego Pale Ale .394 | AleSmith Brewing Company

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San Diego Pale Ale .394San Diego Pale Ale .394

Brewed by:
AleSmith Brewing Company
California, United States | website

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by SocalKicks on 06-09-2014

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.79/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

On tap at The Beer Belly on Albany, NY.

This one pours a rusted looking golden amber, with a small head, and a bit of lacing.

Smells floral, a little perfumy, with classic grapefruit West Coast hops, and a hint of crackery malt.

This is a little disappointing, it finishes a slight bit watery. As it warms, more flavors come out more strongly. There's a nice floral character, lots of grapefruit flesh and rind. It just doesn't pop like I wish it would.

This is lighter bodied, crisp but watery, with a snappy level of carbonation.

Not Alesmith's best, but like most of their stuff, still tasty.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.72/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Drops a good mixture of yellow and orange in here, 3/4" white head. Excellent big time dry hop aroma out of this one, was really balanced in terms of providing citrus, tropical and woodsy like aromas.

Taste is a nice floral hop blast, low pale toasted malts, low bitterness, immense zombie dust like waves of amarillo, citra and simcoe all over this. So much hop flavor without bitterness, laid back n low key. You can drop all the names of the fruits if you want, mango, guava, tangerine, pineapple, papaya, lemon, lime etc. . .

Elite 1st tier pale ale right here. As top notch as it gets.

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Photo of Emersonio
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour: On draft at the brewery. Poured into an 8oz taster. Appearance: Amber in color. Clear with a fluffy white head. Lacing present. Aroma: Very hoppy and floral. Flavor: Big juicy hops with a bitter punch. Aftertaste: Clean with a peppery finish. Overall: Definitely crushable. Very good: 4 out of 5

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Photo of MeanMotaScootah
4.11/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pale copper with a 1/2" head. Aroma was sweet with some tropical fruit notes. Usually I have a tough time with my nose so I have to smell some coffee or something in order clear my palette as they say so I can have an accurate aroma assessment. Overall nice aroma but nothing super impressive. Very balanced pale ale - some might even call this an IPA. Bittering is present in the middle and the finish. Very clean, crisp citrus hops present on the front end. Carbonation is about right. No complaints there. A great west coast pale ale that might (by some) be called an IPA. A great offering by Alesmith.

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Photo of Absolut
4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

on tap at the tilted kilt before a padres game.

nice orange pour. a lot of grapefruit and pine flavor. some orange and hoppy bitterness at the end.

great tasting beer. not too bitter, but very tasty.

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Photo of Taybeh
4.34/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap into a shaker, pale bright apricot with a rocky 2 finger head, good retention and lacing. Great nose: guava, grapefruit pith, mango, bright pine, crackery malt. Taste follows, with really pleasant gentle piney bitterness winning out over the sweet fleshy tropical fruit notes, and the pale malt playing a significant complementary role...really delicious. Less dry and wetter and juicier than I figured it would be, w/re to the finish. Fairly substantial body while still fairly light feel. Tasty tasty.

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Photo of Catracho5
4.46/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a tulip

A: Pours a honey orange with a bright white head, no head retention, average amount of carbonation, beer is clear, some slight lacing.

A: Very pungent, grapefruit peel, pine needles, guava, peach skins, very nice, no alcohol on the nose, smells really good.

T: Taste follows the nose, pine needles, grapefruit peel, guava, peach skins, very drinkable, moderate amount of bitterness in the middle, finish is more citrus peel and guava lingering the aftertaste, very impressed.

M: Medium/light bodied, good amount of carbonation, semi-dry finish.

O: Very impressed, I've heard good things about this beer and it lives up to the hype, lots of flavor and easy to drink, this maybe my new summer beer.

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Photo of luisitoelmatador88
4.73/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Not sure how fresh this bottle is but damn its smelling and tasting FINE

Appearance: typical light golden and slightly orange yellow ish hues that appear in lighter hoppy ales.

Aroma: pungent pine freshness. You know a beer is gonna be impressive when you get a sharp hop bite in the aroma. beautiful citrus blend and just overall punchy juicyness. Not getting much of a malty sweetness. No caramel biscuit on the nose.

Flavor: i didnt expect this much going on in this light self proclaimed "pale-ale". I taste epic pine and dank notes. There is alot of juicy orange and both white and ruby red grapefruit juice. Orange peel aftertaste and a very balanced bitterness towards the back of the palate. I get a super tiny bit of a caramel biscuit note but its only adds to the overall balance of the fresh hop action going on.

Mouthfeel: cant imagine a more suitable mouthfeel on this low abv hoppy SD ale. It's about a medium and a spritzy carbonation. Tingles the tongue and cleans up nicely. No odd aftertaste whatsover.

Overall: this is better than I remember it being. I will gladly buy 6 packs of this all the time. Competes with the likes of HOPPY BDAY, GRUNION and PUBLICAN.

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Photo of chrishiker1409
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

L: Yellow gold copper. Poured with a finger of head, quickly recedes. Leaves lacing down the glass.

S: Tangerine, orange peel, little grapefruit.

T: Follows the nose. A little pine bitterness on the back end.

F: A litle thin, lightly carbonared.

O: A rock solid pale ale. Glad I picked this up.

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Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
4.44/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at a popular beer geeked out German restauant in Redwood City, CA.

Really awesome Pale Ale. Big bright oranges on the nose and the taste and crackery malt back that's in perfect balance while still letting the hops come to the forefront. Hop-forward without being one of those new school hoppy pale ales with a hollow body. Very well crafted pale. Impressive for the style and highly recommended. Tony would be proud...

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle. Pours hazy light copper color with thin white head, fades to a ring leaving a little soapy lace. Excellent aroma of fresh baked bread and orange citrus. Similar balanced taste with a touch of malt sweetness that is overtaken by citrus peel hops. The back end bitterness lasts the right amount and turns a little piney and earthy. Medium silky soft mouthfeel rounds out this very tasty pale ale.

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Photo of TrojanRB
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Crisp, Citrusy nose, much more than I was expecting from a pale ale.

Tastes of citrus and grapefruit, with a nice amount of malt. Very fresh tasting. Totally in balance.

Light carbonation....quaffable without being heavy or bloating.

Overall a wonderful showing...great representation of a west coast / San Diego pale ale.

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Photo of philbe311
3.85/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - A finger's worth of lopsided lush light khaki colored frothy goodness... Limited retention gives way to a mostly full veil of lacing... The color is a slightly hazy mix of pale straw and light gold... A moderate bit of varying paced carbonation rises throughout, some individually and some in streaks...

S - Citrus and light tropical fruit are at the forefront of the palate... Oranges... Pineapple... Kiwis... This sits atop a sweet malty base... Caramel... Toffee... An outstanding aroma for an American Pale Ale... Quite enticing...

T - The flavor profile is a bit more muddled... A rich bready base asserts itself throughout... The hops take on more of an earthy presence... Much of the sweetness (tropical fruit & caramel) never really materializes on the palate...

M - Medium bodied... Dense from the get go... Limited carbonation... The finish is surprisingly dry... There is also a bit of chalkiness throughout...

D - A solid but not spectacular American Pale Ale... The aroma is the highlight of this offering... All other facets are average to slightly above average... It was nice to see Alesmith offerings in 12oz bottles... Definitely worth checking out and I especially enjoy the baseball tie-in...

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Photo of TriggerFingers
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

I picked up a 6 pack of fresh 394 while in Orange County.

L...light, pale, appropriate.
S...nice mild citrus. If I have one knock of this beer, the nose could be more dramatic. Pleasant overall.
T...malt and bitterness are seamless. Excellent.
F...prob the best mouthfeel on any beer I've had in recent memory. The mouthfeel combines with the fresh taste, malt, and bitterness for a truly spectacular tasting & feeling beer. It really tasted like it was "in tune" or perhaps like a chord.
O...if this beer were as dramatic in the nose as say RR Row 2 Hill56, it would be perfect across the board. The nose is softer than Pale 31 and SNPA for that matter. Also, at $15 for a 6 pack, the QPR is a bit dicey.

Last words: a great pale ale, and perhaps epic. High price may deter others (and me) from purchasing in the future.

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Photo of Nugganooch
4.41/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle from the six pack with my FW Imperial Nonic glass
Notes from 05/31/2015

A: Bright caramel colored body with a few amber tones brushed in. Has a slight hop hazed appearance that clouds up the glass some. About two fingers wide of dense white whip hit the brim for a few moments. Lots of broken tracked lacing is left clinging to the glass.

S: The aroma is bright and floral with hops that suggest peach, apricot, and tangerine fruit. Not picking up much malt here at all other than some faint bready sweetness. Hops are super fresh and green with a grassy quality to them. Really loving the nose here as the quality is high and the hops very fresh and clean.

T: Tasting uber fresh with ripe orchard Peach/Apricot, leafy greens, and a tangerine citrus note. The beer has a moderately high amount of bitterness kept in balance by some malt action in the back. Mostly bready and/or light biscuit with a touch of sweetness there. This is just an excellent craft of a Pale Ale chalked full of bright fresh floral hops.

M: Moderate to lighter filling body with a solid cream like consistency. Smooth with a light peppery bitterness across the palate. Finishes dry and crisp with the perfect amount of resinous hop linger.

D: AleSmith nailed it with this near perfect APA. Practically flawless with its bright fresh hops, balanced bready malt, and easy quaffability. Really quite exemplary to the style. They did Tony Gwynn right by this one.

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Photo of BillRoth
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Excellent APA. An easy sipper the looks and goes down great. Big nose and taste full of citrus and a bit of stone fruit as well. Much more complex and tasty than I had heard. Delicious. Should have packed a few more in the suitcase.

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Photo of FriedSlug
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours orange gold with an white head that left minimal lacing. The smell is citrus and piney hops with a sweet malt scent present in the background. The taste is citrus, slightly sweet malt and pine. The sweetness gives way to the bitter hops but both are quite well balanced. Super nice beer.

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Photo of crob3888
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a crystal clear light orange color with a slightly off-white one finger head. Lots of lacing left behind while drinking. Smell and taste are really nice: orange, grapefruit zest, tangerine, a hint of pine resin, and a slight touch of light caramel. Great easy drinker, enjoyed knocking back this pint a lot. Overall, Alesmith continues to be one of the most consistently delicious breweries out there. Cheers to those guys!

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Photo of brentk56
3.85/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Puts on a nice bubble show and foams up to two fingers on top of the clear amber liquid; a few shards of lacing linger

Smell: Rich in sugary tropical fruits (mango and pineapple) and grapefruit; a touch of caramel adds additional sweet tones

Taste: A touch of caramel, some grapefruit and then a full blast of mango and pineapple; some bitterness builds, after the swallow, and the finish has a distinct sulfur aspect though the caramel malt hangs around as well

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Overall, the sweetness gets to me somewhat and I didn't care for the sulfur in the finish; nits, I realize, but there are lots of good APAs out there

Thanks, mabermud, for the opportunity

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Photo of EyePeeAyBryan
4.32/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Seen this around and happy to pick up when visiting from phx. This beer really is a great drinker with incredible fruit flavors, the bitterness isn't in-your-face strong and it's something I wasn't expecting to enjoy this much.

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Photo of mabermud
4.29/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: Clear amber. Persistent, dense, white head. Sticky lace. Good artwork left on the sides of the glass as the beer disappears.
Smell: Sharp pine at first. Some malt sweetness. Nice mix, leaning on the pine.
Taste: Hops, pine, malt sweetness. Very nice.
Feel: Medium feel with good amount of lather in the mouth. Heavier than a traditional pale ale.

Overall - For me, this is one the better hoppy beers from AleSmith. I was never a fan of their IPA. The Imperial .394 was not my cup of tea. Now, this one...I like it! More like an IPA if you ask me. Good stuff man.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.87/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Copper hued with a faint murkiness. A fingernail of beige rests on top. Light lacing on the glass. Aroma of citrus hops is what is featured in the nose along with light malt. Initially it starts off fairly bitter, but that bitterness is quickly mellowed by the light malt Well balanced. The mouth is dry, crisp, and relatively smooth.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Stone Ruination IPA pint glass
From: Trader Joe’s in Mission Valley (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $2.00
Purchased: June 26, 2015
Consumed: June 27, 2015
Misc.: I’ve had a taster of this, but this will be the first time I’ve reviewed it.

Poured a paleish, orange, clear color with 2-to-3 fingers of off-white, frothy head. Just a few bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass. Average, uneven lacing on the sides of the glass. Good retention on the top all the way down. (Sight - 4.25)

Very nice on the nose. Getting Simcoe, Mosaic, Citra, grapefruit zest, pine, tropical, mango, resin (on the back end), pineapple, floral and orange blossom. Reminding me slightly of a Duet and, to a lesser degree, Nelson. Smelling more like an IPA. Lovely. (Smell - 4.75)

Taste wasn’t nearly as good, but still decent. The hop flavor isn’t as potent either. Still getting Mosaic, Citra, floral, pine, grapefruit pulp, tropical, pineapple, mango, nectarine, orange blossom, peach and apricot. Could practically taste pulp. (Taste - 4.00)

Light body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Clean, crisp finish. Goes down well. (Feel - 4.00)

This was much better than the last time I tried it at the brewery. Very good. (Overall - 4.25)

4.25 | 95 | A

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Photo of jow_42
4.46/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

32oz growler poured into an Alesmith 394 Pint Glass

A - Crystal clear, very carbonated, light orange color. Fluffy bright white head.

S - Fruity, citrusy hops. Lots of orange, tangerines, grapefruit. Awesome smelling APA

T - Super clean, lots of citrus - again, oranges, tangerines, tropical fruits. There is a bit of grapefruit bitterness middle of the mouth, but it finishes with those sweet hops.

O - a very easy drinking APA. Bottles of this will forever be in my fridge.

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Photo of ArrogantB
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle purchased at Bine and Vine. Bright orange color, good head. Nose is citrus hops, nice. Flavor is a nicely balanced pale ale with delicious hops. I really wish I could buy this fresh in Denver.

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