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

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

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Reviews: 30 | Ratings: 121
Photo of Davepoolesque
4.16/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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Photo of rand
4.29/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of Victor
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
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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Photo of BucannonXC5
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
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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Photo of QuakeAttack
3.94/5  rDev -4.1%
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: 4.11 out of 5 with 121 ratings