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AleSmith San Diego Pale Ale 394 - AleSmith Brewing Company

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AleSmith San Diego Pale Ale 394
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104 Ratings
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Ratings: 104
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 8.72%
Wants: 7
Gots: 12 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
AleSmith Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: SocalKicks on 06-09-2014

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Photo of Clouser
4.36/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bilco
4.09/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of tsandler
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of HunterSBeerson
4.48/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is hands down one of the best Pale Ales I have ever tried. Pours a perfectly clear copper, with a huge head that doesn't fade. Great hop aroma, and equally great taste. I have tried a lot of Pale Ales, and this might be the best.

Photo of DoubleJ
4.27/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

It looks like I wasn't the only fan of Tony Gwynn. Here's a beer which will bring back memories of his .394 batting average during the 1994 season. On-tap at AleSmith itself and served in a shaker pint, on to the beer:

Light orange with a brush-up of copper, a creamy half-inch of head retains very well on top. Tiny bubbles are visible in the beer's body throughout the drinking session, and what that happens thick glops of lace stick around the glass. The aroma hits the target to the San Diego fanbase. If you like those hops, get ready for an extra dose. Resin, lycee, pineapple, pine, grapefruit, all good reasons to salivate before your first sip.

After the aroma, I wasn't surprised to taste a very hop-forward pale ale. It tastes juicy, like juiced tropical fruits. It has bittersweet fruits as well. Carmelized malts make a breakthrough before being beaten down by kiwi, sweet grapefruit, and a mélange of citrus fruits. Although hoppy, the beer does not hit the palate as bitter. In fact, the beer is smooth and creamy, and that's just icing on the cake to this delicious ale.

Photo of rlcampoy
3.4/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dar482
3.87/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The beer comes in a clear reddish amber.

The aroma is dank, leaning towards cat pee, along with some juicy orange peel, grapefruit.

The flavor has that dank quality up front along with green leaves and pine. Along with some grapefruit peel. A bit of candy sweetness as well as a grainy malt flavor. The beer is a medium bitter on the finish.

A crisp and clean beer, but a bit lacking in hop character.

Photo of wallbj
4.19/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 7Sport
4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of warrendietrich2001
4.73/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of sjmad23
4.6/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of sankykid
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rawfish
4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MadCat
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: Golden color with light white head

Smell: Piney and citrusy hops on the nose

Taste: More pine and citrus hops, mild bitterness

Feel: Light body, crisp carbonation

Overall: Pretty good example of the style, has a very San Diego feel to it. Pretty good

Photo of Sigmund4216
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of breadwinner
4.37/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BreweryRun
3.92/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of 88rj888
3.94/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Amaeda27
3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of wulfie85
4.8/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of nathanmiller
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of CraigFarrell
3.01/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Test is ok but the smell is just not there.

Photo of kberchtold
4.11/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sd_bengal_fan
4.55/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SuperHop18
4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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AleSmith San Diego Pale Ale 394 from AleSmith Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 104 ratings.