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

Hall Of Fame: .394 Imperial San Diego Pale AleHall Of Fame: .394 Imperial San Diego Pale Ale
89 Ratings
Hall Of Fame: .394 Imperial San Diego Pale AleHall Of Fame: .394 Imperial San Diego Pale Ale

Brewed by:
AleSmith Brewing Company
California, United States

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

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Ratings: 89 |  Reviews: 20
Photo of mactrail
4.11/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Just a slight haze in the orangey amber brew, and plenty of white foam in the-- whoa! Ommegang chalice from-- Cooperstown, of course. I had the glass out and pulled the one non-IPA bomber from the fridge. A lucky play at home. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Barons Market.

This has all the trademarks of a DIPA but maybe it's something with the honey malt, or maybe a little less of the insistent bitterness. Otherwise, it's sweet, big mouthfeel, expansive hoppy aromatics, acidic mouthfeel, and a rush of bitterness on top of the sugar.

Flavors of basil and apricot, maybe some candied pineapple. Then some dark woody notes. Aromas of fruit salad and pineapple. This is quite dangerously drinkable. Rather sharp finish.

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Photo of Mattias
3.75/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RichieRich1812
4.19/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rodbeermunch
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In this week's episode of "taking an awesome beer and imperializing and putting it in a more expensive container it to have a less awesome beer," we visit Alesmith's Imperial .394. So hey, cool ass bottle, no doubt. Other than that, it pours super orange with a 1/3" white head. Aroma hits more of the caramel sweetness than the hoppiness of the regular version.

The taste is similar, you get a bounty of hop flavors, the bitterness and alcohol heat are higher, and so is the caramel and pale malts. It doesn't sock you with bitterness, so there is still plenty of tropical fruit flavors that combine with the sticky dank and caramel. I would prolly be higher on this beer but for the normal version being so good. It is a good dipa. Its just the regular base version is better, more bangable.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

with a couple of notable exceptions, i usually am not a huge fan of when a beer gets imperialized. like, the original exits for a reason, and they dont always scale up well. i am a huge fan of the original beer here, and was a little concerned this would be a mess and nowhere close to as good, but its amazing, should have known with alesmith! a little hazy and just a tad deeper looking than the original, just as lively and heady. the hops are awesome in this, both aroma and flavor, and while its bitter like a big ipa, its also resinous and rich like a good west coast pale, and its over the top in a good way. piney and dank, sticky and intense, with sweet orange notes to it and plenty of grain to support, a complex and well layered beer, it scales up incredibly well from the base beer, and has a similar profile, just a lot more of all of what makes this original such a classic. in this case more is more, and even though it feels pretty big, the alcohol isnt exposed or anything, and i find myself slugging this one down pretty well. i love finding new ones from alesmith, always a treat, dont miss this one! usually imperial pale ale doesnt do much for me, but this is special!

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.96/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jakecattleco
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ledouge
3.39/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of hypnotoad1
3.59/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of wmcgar01
3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mschrei
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Raul_Yrastorza
4.71/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I am a huge fan of the .394 pale and I waited patiently for this to come back around....it did not disappoint. The aroma of fresh hops and malt was mesmerizing.
The perfect accent to grilled veggies and bbq. Solid performance from a great brewery

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Photo of bigred89
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Kendo
4.31/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured from the bomber in to a Piraat tulip/snifter-type glass. Body is clear tangerine, becoming a bit more golden-orange when backlit. Nice 1-finger foamy ecru-colored head on top.

S: Nice nose for a DIPA: sweet malt foundation is there in spades, but it's followed by citrus and pine.

T: Caramel malt foundation lays the groundwork. Modest tropical fruity hops, then citrus (orange, candied orange peel) and a touch of lemony pine at the finish. Alcohol well hidden. Finishes surprisingly clean and dry - with a touch of earthiness - in light of the sweetness.

M: A bit slick in feel; call it pretty close to full-bodied.

O: This is very good. Takes me back about 7 years or so, evokes memories of Goose Island Imperial IPA or Middle Ages' double IPA (I think it was called 'X') - lots of oranges and on the sweeter side. A nice sip of nostalgia, as this is way different from the tropical fruity Mosaic IPAs and the juicy, NE-style IPAs that are more common today. Tony Gwynn would likely approve.

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Photo of VeganUndead
3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Nunya
3.92/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of charrel
3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Knapp85
4.02/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of evanwoertz
4.77/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of gboley
4.37/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TrojanRB
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Furlinator
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of metter98
3.76/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has some slight hints of amber hues and no visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high dense white head that died down, leaving a large, thin patch of bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of citrus and present in the nose along with some hints of tropical fruit.
T: The taste follows the smell and has light to moderate flavors of citrus—oranges and tangerines stand out in particular—along with some hints of alcohol towards the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. A faint bit of crispness is noticeable.
O: Before it warms up, this beer is very deceptive because it tastes like a regular APA (instead of an Imperial APA, if there was such a style). Some hints of alcohol become noticeable later on, but only after the beer begins to warm.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of TheEpeeist
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Brkr521
4.07/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Crowler pour. Off white initial head. Amber leaning toward golden color. Intense sweet smell of mango and pineapple with hints of pine. Initial taste is sweet almost syrupy but doesnt' finish super heavy or with an alcohol finish. After a few sips though can definitely tell this is a hard hitting Ale, much like it's name sake Tony Gwynn.

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Hall Of Fame: .394 Imperial San Diego Pale Ale from AleSmith Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.12 out of 5 with 89 ratings
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