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

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4.13/5
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106 Ratings
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
Ranking:
#3,429
Reviews:
25
Ratings:
106
pDev:
7.51%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
4
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Ratings: 106 |  Reviews: 25
Photo of grapeshops
4.11/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Giangio
3.93/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Beer-Ed
4.31/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MNBeer1017
4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of avisong
4.17/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of VABA
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy amber color with a nice head and lacing. Aroma has hints of citrus, pine and hops. The taste follows the nose with notes of citrus, pine and hops. A medium bodied well carbonated beer. Well made and well balanced complex beer.

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Photo of Sammy
3.71/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of D9sus4
4.27/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Tried it from a tap for the first time yesterday. A good, solid traditional old school style DIPA. Darker amber color, good creamy head, light hoppy aroma. Tastes like a DIPA should in my opinion. I could drink it on a regular basis. And for those of you, who like me don’t like the grapefruits brews that are currently so popular with Millennials, this is not one of those. I empathize this because several reviews stated that it has a grapefruit taste, and it may out of a bottle, but not from a tap.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a golden-amber color and a cloudy texture. There was an inch of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Lots of lacing.

S: A very nice aroma of hops, citrus, tropical fruit, and some malt as well.

T: Tasted of lots of citrus fruit (lemon, orange), a bit of grapefruit, a ton of dank hops, light malt notes (mostly in the finish), tropical fruit (good old mango), pine, and caramel to boot. This is one big flavor, much more than your typical APA. Sweet, fruity, hoppy, and quite tasty.

F: A well-carbonated beer with a vibrant finish. Medium-bodied.

O: While this beer has more in common with an IPA (or even a DIPA) than an APA (why quibble?), it's well made and easy to drink. Very much drinkable.

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4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Clear light golden pour. 2 fingers of foamy white head. Great lacing.

S: Citrus... grapefruit and tropicals. Biscuity malts and grains.

T/F: This beer has rich malt backbone... lightly toasted grains and faint sugars set the stage for juicy citrusy hops. Grapefruit and mango... bits of peach/apricot. Floral notes... bitterness balances the sweet. Medium in body... oily on the tongue. The finish is tropical which leaves you wanting another sip.

O: A great beer dedicated to a great ballplayer... dangerously drinkable and delicious.

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4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Somewhat hazy with a slight head. Soft citrus with a dank edge to this one. Fruity with maybe some (mosaic) twang to it. Soft on bitterness. Slight carbonation with a creamy feel.

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4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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3.86/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.84/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.11/5  rDev -0.5%
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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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.19/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
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 -3.1%
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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3.96/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ledouge
3.39/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

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Hall Of Fame: .394 Imperial San Diego Pale Ale from AleSmith Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.13 out of 5 with 106 ratings