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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
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by SocalKicks on 06-09-2014

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Reviews: 30 | Ratings: 275
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Photo of jow_42
4.46/5  rDev +4.7%
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 HunterSBeerson
4.48/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

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Photo of brentk56
3.85/5  rDev -9.6%
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 mabermud
4.29/5  rDev +0.7%
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 DoubleJ
4.27/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

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Photo of warnerry
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Afroman
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of aquazr1
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of dankjohn
3.75/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Franziskaner
3.87/5  rDev -9.2%
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 Cynic-ale
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of acurtis
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
4.44/5  rDev +4.2%
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 Tuckersmth
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of joeyjoey104
4.21/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of riotontheroad
3.5/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MeanMotaScootah
4.11/5  rDev -3.5%
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 PretzelCity
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of Sd_bengal_fan
4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of chrishiker1409
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
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 mjstacker
3.79/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of breadwinner
4.37/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Big, bright, pungent hops bursting into my nostrils, citrus and maybe a touch of chive/garlic. Palate is really well attenuated, accentuating the sharp hoppiness. This is a West Coast pale ale to be sure and a darn good one at that.

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of hopnotch760
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.75/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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San Diego Pale Ale .394 from AleSmith Brewing Company
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