Hall Of Fame: .394 Imperial San Diego Pale Ale | AleSmith Brewing Company

BA SCORE
88
very good
64 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score
Send samples
Hall Of Fame: .394 Imperial San Diego Pale AleHall Of Fame: .394 Imperial 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): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
AleSmith's Hall of Fame version of the legendary Tony Gwynn .394 San Diego Pale Ale pays tribute to the one and only Mr. Padre and his commitment to excellence. Just like its predecessor, this "Imperial" or "Double" .394 is bursting with even more American hops, lending the beer a diverse palate of citrus, tropical fruit, and pine. Tony envisioned this beer in early 2014 and AleSmith is honored to make another one of his dreams come true.

" Tony Gwynn was incredibly proud to be a member of the San Diego community; he impacted lives all over the world. He was the heart, soul, and flavor of San Diego for so many years and now you can taste his passion with every sip." -Alicia Gwynn



Added by DeanMoriarty on 04-27-2015

BEER STATS
Ratings:
64
Reviews:
13
Avg:
4.06
pDev:
8.37%
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
11
For Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Ratings: 64 |  Reviews: 13
Photo of 22Blue
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ummswimmin
4.14/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cherche
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Sabtos
2.98/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Classic amber with a slight chill haze and a fluffy white blanket.

Smell is rug, cat, pine, grapefruit and some dankness, while taste brings some heat, with grapefruit, orange, pine, rug, and Spree.

Moderate body with some stickiness, and a semi-dry finish.

 259 characters

Photo of ArrogantB
3.94/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ok let me start off by saying the alcohol is extremely well hidden for a 9% abv beer. Looks very similar to regular .394. Tons of lace and a really good head. Bright, clear orange. Slight touch of alcohol in the aroma, caramel, citrus. Caramel in the flavor, grapefruit, sweet. This is a tasty west coast style double IPA.

 322 characters

Photo of cjgiant
4.26/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap:
Clear light orange-hued golden. Nice collar and really fine lacing.

Light caramel and citrus, some alcohol.

Malty opening with that orange blossom honey, turning towards rind with zest still playing in. Bitterness only balances, light grapefruit by the end.

Barely hot, but light and almost refreshing.

Really enjoyed this though I didn't realize it wasn't the pale ale. Pleasant surprise.

 404 characters

Photo of Cpmitchno1
3.94/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Hop_God
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of clayrock81
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a copper body with large frothy head that left a large sheath of lace that stuck to the glass. The aroma is mainly a piney, earthy bitterness that has citric notes. Medium bodied beer that is smooth with crispness in finish; the taste itself is mostly citric and bitter/earthy/piney with hints of sweetness.

 316 characters

Photo of needMIbeer
4.52/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TomStottman
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Red5StandingBy
4.63/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz bottle into Bell's Hopslam Tulip. No date.

L: Quite clear honey gold. Two finger off-white head has masterful retention. Outstanding lacing as well.

S: Lots of hops on the aroma, citrus and pine. Smells similar to a DIPA.

T: Kind of in between an IPA and DIPA. Has the hop flavor presence of a DIPA but low bitterness. Very citrusy with a pine backnote. Pineapple and mango.

F: Medium body, average carbonation levels, hop residuals linger.

O: I was expecting like a slightly stronger pale ale however this is pretty dang hoppy. VERY GOOD though.

 586 characters

Photo of Brolo75
4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle poured into a tulip

A: Pours a golden amber orange with a bright white head, no retention, lots of lacing, beer is clear.

A: Tangerines, grapefruit peel, mango, guava, fresh crushed pine needles, slight malt sweetness on the backend.

T: Up front there are slight notes of guava, mango, and tangerines, hit of piney, grapefruit peel bitterness in the middle, finish has more pine and citrus notes lingering in the aftertaste, it has more citrusy and piney notes than tropical, touch of malts that adds a little balance, very nice.

M: Medium bodied with a long citrus and pine like dryness in the finish.

O: Very tasty, I was expecting San Diego Pale Ale .394 on steroids but it's not as big as I expected, still, it does have ton of flavor but it could use some more aroma, overall, very enjoyable.

 821 characters

Photo of ovaltine
4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of PA-Michigander
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JamFuel
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GRG1313
3.91/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Extremely drinkable. Pours a nice orange with fast fading white head. However, floral and fruit tones throughout the nose and mouth. Nice pale ale characteristics with a bit of a punch. Really pleasant and very well balanced. Would order again. Tasted from the bottle.

 274 characters

Photo of thumperskibum
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Franziskaner
3.94/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper colored and with a solid inch of tightly knit beige head on top. Excellent clarity. Wonderful citrus hop and light malt aroma. The taste is a nice blend of intense citrus hops and a dialed up light malt presence. The mouth is chewy with a light resiny hop presence with a light warmth from the high ABV.

 314 characters

Photo of dvmin98
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of brycevolk
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Davepoolesque
4.16/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Ramped up flavors from the original. Lots of tropical fruits like papaya and mango and well as the citrus flavor like orange rind and tangerines. Sweeter caramel malt back ground, but never feels too sweet.

 208 characters

Photo of rand
4.29/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750 mL bottle poured into a nonic pint glass.

A: Dark copper-tan in color, a gentle pour creates a giant, foamy head that never fully recedes. Sticky lacing everywhere.

S: Bold aromas with sharp suggestions of citrus zest, burnt sugar and booze. Lingering floral hop essense edges the bouquet.

T: Bold on the palate as well, aggressively hopped with big notes of booze and caramelly sweetness. Citrus and pine notes at front of the sip, quickly giving way to lemon pepper and sweet bread. Booze at finish, combined with an orange overtone, that finishes long and sweet.

M: Medium mouthfeel and body...ample carbonation keeps the brew drinkable - probably not the best on cask.

Another delicious brew from one of my all-time favorite local brewers. Alesmith's pale ale's, imperial or otherwise, have a distinct trademarked flavor profile. This one reminds a little of their summer Yulesmith, but it's a tasty and interesting brew unto itself.

 958 characters

Photo of akang
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of T_Hass
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Hall Of Fame: .394 Imperial San Diego Pale Ale from AleSmith Brewing Company
4.06 out of 5 based on 64 ratings.
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.