San Diego Pale Ale .394 - AleSmith Brewing Company

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

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Ratings: 165
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 8.19%
Wants: 12
Gots: 23 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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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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Ratings: 165 | Reviews: 17
Photo of Franziskaner
3.87/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

Photo of BucannonXC5
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Ratings are correct below, but I changed some marks above to make the final rating as close as possible with Beer Advocate's "revamped" system. The 4.27 overall rating is accurate.

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 - 4.13)

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)

4.27 | 95 | A

Photo of NavyGoat
3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Worth the trip to AleSmith to have this brew!

Photo of jow_42
4.46/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

Photo of ArrogantB
4/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Photo of GatorCoop
3.25/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A pretty good ipa would try again.

Photo of pgrose
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: medium Amber
S: typical of ipa
T: hop forward with slightly sweet after taste
F: medium carbonation
O: a well rounded ipa

Photo of jooler
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a really good pale ale. Pretty hoppy and full of fruity flavor. Just like pinup from Mother Earth but less crisp

Photo of HunterSBeerson
4.48/5  rDev +8%
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 +2.9%
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 dar482
3.87/5  rDev -6.7%
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 MadCat
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
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 CraigFarrell
3.01/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Test is ok but the smell is just not there.

Photo of Texaseddie
4.88/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Best beer of the year

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Mohawk Bend in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a clear orange with a foamy off-white head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest and grapefruit juice flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer that is quite tasty and super easy to drink.

Serving type: on tap.

Photo of gshak
5/5  rDev +20.5%

Every once in a while you come across a beer that tells you just how much love and care went into creating it. This would be one of those. I sampled this at the brewery as part of a flight of 4 beers that included BBA Speedway, and this came out the clear winner.
A - looks just like a pale ale should. Light orange-yellow hue with a fair amount of palate-cleansing carbonation.
S - one of the most aromatic beers I've had in a long while. Peaches, nectarines, pineapples, mangoes, pine, guava....oh yes they are all there. Whatever hops they are using, I'd want them for my air-freshener.
T - The malt plays the perfect second to the hop bomb that this beer is. Hops first, second, middle, and last. The biscuity maltiness just does about enough to keep the hops from overloading your senses.
O - call it a pale, or an IPA, this beer is one of the best I've had in a long while. Well done Alesmith!

Photo of evanforbeer
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into an Alesmith grumbler a few hours ago. Pours a very clear golden orange with a light silvery head

Nose: ripe nectarines with bready malt, fresh piney base

Taste: lightly malty with mellow sour tangerine, peaches with pine and resin, Meyers lemon and slight minty tinge. Finishes piney zesty, with juiciness stone fruit and warm

Feel: light bodied, zesty, juicy, vibrant, mildly thin

Great beer. I think this is exactly what I would want in a beer of the so-called "session IPA" category that has taken over. Alas, "San Diego Pale Ale" might be a more appropriate and satisfying label. Cheers Alesmith!

San Diego Pale Ale .394 from AleSmith Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 165 ratings.