.394 San Diego Pale Ale | AleSmith Brewing Company

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.394 San Diego Pale Ale.394 San Diego Pale Ale
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.394 San Diego Pale Ale.394 San Diego Pale Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
AleSmith Brewing Company
California, United States
alesmith.com

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
In early 2014, Tony Gwynn’s team approached AleSmith to create a distinctive beer for the baseball legend. A meeting was called at the Gwynn household, which included a sampling of AleSmith beers to identify Tony’s preferences. He wanted the beer to be “light with a kick” which he elaborated further to mean full of hop character and light in body and color. The result of the Gwynn family’s feedback on test batches rendered a golden pale ale full of American hop flavor and aroma, with a subdued bitterness and a malty sweet finish. AleSmith San Diego Pale Ale .394 pays tribute to the city that Tony loved and the career high batting average that he achieved in ‘94. Discover what happens when a Hall of Fame perfectionist crafts a beer with a world-class brewery. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Tony and Alicia Gwynn Foundation (TAG).

26 IBU

Added by SocalKicks on 06-09-2014

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#3,923
Reviews:
104
Ratings:
571
pDev:
8.03%
 
 
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38
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4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.49/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.49/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.25/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of dcscientist
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Now here's what a West Coast pale ale should taste like. As a baseball fan I knew I had to try this beer when I saw it on tap at a restaurant, and the guy behind the counter even complimented my choice. So I suspected it would be a very good beer, and I was right. Not too hoppy, unlike some APAs from around these parts. Good balance, no bitter aftertaste. Would certainly get it again if it was available where I was.

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3.81/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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3.91/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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3.82/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3.44/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Taste: tropical, citrus hops, maybe some piney notes. Spiced hop nose. Golden/Amber hue, semi clear, with tan head and delicate lace. Medium/light body. Still a hop forward Pale ale with only 13 IBUs.

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3.91/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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4.19/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Im not much of a pale ale guy usually but, damnit, Alesmith won me over with this one. This beer is basically a staple anywhere you go in SD, thanks mostly to the Tony Gwynn association but even without the local plug, its a pretty fantastic beer. The ABV sits at 6% which is the sweet spot for a pale. Its not overly hoppy, not too sweet, perfectly crisp and not heavy at all. This beer holds up any season of the year.

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3.7/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazy golden colour with off- white head. Aroma has sweet notes like candied orange and resiny hop notes. Taste is hoppy but not too bitter, resiny with candied citrus notes. Medium body and carbonation. Quite decent pale ale. Old school but tasty and well made.

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4.07/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -2.7%
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3.65/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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3.89/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft. Floral, piney with some descent bitterness at the end. Very easy drinking.

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3.99/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -2.7%
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4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

-Spiegelau ipa glass. Canned 01.10.18. consumed 06.20.18.

A: Dark sunset orange has a good glow and brightness from back lighting. A hearty dose of carbonation with an average size head is light beige in color and turns to a slight milky layering after a few moments.

S: Lightly tart lemon with a fresh burst of citrus/grapefruit that was fresh and wet and inviting. Some dank pungent flowery hops that can not be mistaken for anything other then columbus. Tart tropical scents are of very nice strength and remains fresh even after 5 months after canning. Dripping wet pine hops and toasted bread rounds things out.

T: Flavor of wet citrusy hops are juicy with some sweetened grapefruit. Toasted grains, lemony tart citrus with some backdrop of tropical fruit. good knockout of bright citrusy zing on the swallow.

M: Bright and bubbly effervesce, tight carbonation, makes for a sharp mouthful.

O: A classic example by style, can't go wrong with anything by Alesmith with loads of citrusy hops that are wet and juicy balanced with toasted malt character in true defining west coast fashion. Tropical spike of hops come on the finish, impressive start and finish with a high drinkability factor.

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.394 San Diego Pale Ale from AleSmith Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.11 out of 5 with 571 ratings