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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

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

16 Reviews
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Reviews: 16
Hads: 189
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 1.88%
Wants: 13
Gots: 27 | FT: 1
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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Reviews: 16 | Hads: 189
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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. (484 characters)

Photo of HunterSBeerson
4.48/5  rDev +5.4%
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. (234 characters)

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 (730 characters)

Photo of DoubleJ
4.27/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (1,091 characters)

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4.1/5  rDev -3.5%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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. (341 characters)

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4.21/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.15/5  rDev -2.4%

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4.55/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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3.79/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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4.37/5  rDev +2.8%
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. (232 characters)

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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3.93/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Worth the trip to AleSmith to have this brew! (45 characters)

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

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

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3.5/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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3.94/5  rDev -7.3%

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4.61/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.04/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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San Diego Pale Ale .394 from AleSmith Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 16 ratings.