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
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Style:
American Pale Ale (APA)
Ranked #135
ABV:
9%
Score:
91
Ranked #4,123
Avg:
4.13 | pDev: 7.51%
Reviews:
30
Ratings:
121
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Hall Of Fame: .394 Imperial San Diego Pale AleHall Of Fame: .394 Imperial San Diego Pale Ale
Notes: 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

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Reviews: 30 | Ratings: 121
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4.04/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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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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4.02/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.09/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of superspak
4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 6/19/2018. Pours slightly hazy/cloudy medium golden/amber color with a 2 finger fairly dense and rocky off white head with amazing retention, that reduces to a large cap that lasts. Thick soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of huge grapefruit, mandarin orange, lemon, peach, pineapple, apricot, passion fruit, papaya, mango, melon, berries, citrus peel/rind, light pepper, pine, honey, toasted biscuit, light caramel, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of citrus/fruity/tropical/earthy hops and bready malt notes; with big strength. Taste of huge grapefruit, mandarin orange, lemon, peach, pineapple, apricot, passion fruit, papaya, mango, melon, berries, citrus peel/rind, light pepper, pine, honey, toasted biscuit, light caramel, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Light-moderate pine, citrus peel/rind, herbal, floral, grassy, peppery bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of grapefruit, mandarin orange, lemon, peach, pineapple, apricot, passion fruit, papaya, mango, melon, berries, citrus peel/rind, pepper, pine, honey, toasted biscuit, light caramel, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/tropical/earthy hops and bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and no lingering hop astringency after the finish. Light-moderate increasing dryness from lingering bitterness. Medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, creamy/bready/sticky, and lightly resinous/rindy balanced mouthfeel that is great. Minimal warming alcohol for 9%. Overall this is a fantastic DIPA! All around outstanding complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/tropical/earthy hops and bready malt flavors; very smooth and easy to sip on for the big ABV; with the mellowly bitter/resinous/drying finish, not aggressive. Feels like Citra, Simcoe, and Amarillo. Very juicy and fairly dank/earthy hops; great bready malt backbone, mild residual sweetness with lingering bitter dryness. Sweeter version of the base beer. Not sure if the hops are any different, my past review shows many similarities. A highly enjoyable offering as expected of the base beer.

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4.58/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.16/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.77/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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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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4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.01/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Served in a snifter glass from the bottle.

Appearance: semi-hazy gold to Amber color with medium bubbles. Head comes off white maybe maybe quarter of an inch after a hard pour.

Smell: light floral aroma with touch of warm sugar.

Taste: Complex and smoothly bitter. Malts with hint of honey and deep floral feel. Feels like a borderline DIPA, who knows I have had chicken that tastes like quail if you know what I mean.

Mouth: Medium carbonation with a full body and dose of smooth hops. Slight dry but sticky all the way.

Overall: Great brew, much better than what I thought I told was going to be considering I would call this a hybrid type of beer. Always in a glass...Salud!

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

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4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.14/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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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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4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Type: Draft
Glass: 12-oz. snifter glass
From: Alpine Beer Company Pub in Alpine, Calif.
Price: $5.00
Purchased: June 29, 2015
Consumed: June 29, 2015
Misc.: N/A

Poured a honey, orange, clear color with 2-to-3 fingers of off-white creamy head. Good amount of layered spiderweb lacing on the sides of the glass. Average retention. (Sight - 4.25)

Smelled Citra, nectarine, grapefruit, floral, orange blossom and tropical zest. Very nice. (Smell - 4.25)

Taste wasn’t quite as good as the nose, but close. Citra, resin, nectarine, mango, orange rind, orange creamscicle, slightly boozy, floral and some German hops. (Taste - 4.00)

Medium body. Creamy-to-oily texture. Average carbonation. Abrupt, boozing finish. (Feel - 3.75)

This was a really good beer. I’m on the pale ale side, but this was nice. Would have it again for sure. (Overall - 4.00)

4.05 | 91 | A-

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

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4.29/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.34/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
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4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On Draft at Slater’s 50/50
Initial impression came from a 4 oz. sample. The beer stood out in both in appearance and aroma. Very hoppy and well balanced. I ordered a serving which came in a 10 oz. Pour at $8.
The aroma was solid, you could smell the hops from a good half arms distance. Citrus, nectarine, grapefruit, and piney.
Taste was solid. At first I could not taste the booze but it hit me halfway through. Overall excellent Imperial Pale Ale.

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3.94/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at AleSmith Brewing Company in San Diego, CA.

I had in a taster at the taproom. This is definitely in imperial as the hops are more front and center than the malts. While I enjoyed the taste, I prefer my Pale Ales to have more of a balance.

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Hall Of Fame: .394 Imperial San Diego Pale Ale from AleSmith Brewing Company
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 121 ratings