San Diego Dark Session Ale | AleSmith Brewing Company

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San Diego Dark Session AleSan Diego Dark Session Ale
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San Diego Dark Session AleSan Diego Dark Session Ale

Brewed by:
AleSmith Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: English Dark Mild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 3.90%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by HopHead84 on 06-15-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 9 |  Reviews: 4
Photo of wethorseblanket
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of dmsohyea
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of mhaugo
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of nmann08
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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

One of the commemorative beers provided at the 2011 American Homebrewers Association National Homebrewers Conference in San Diego, a collaboration Dark Session Ale between San Diego Brewing Co. and AleSmith Brewing Co.

Body is a translucent reddish, copper brown. Poured in an Alesmith pint glass to a half inch head that is light tan and foamy. Dissipates to a ring and cap, leaving some lacing on the glass.

Smells of toasted malt, coffee, brown sugar, and vegetal hops.

Tastes about the same. Biscuity dark toasted malts, coffee and green vegetal and citrus hops, it has a long dry hoppy finish. It is not at all sweet, about the sweetness and bitterness level of brewed coffee.

Very light body and carbonation. Gives a prickly sensation on the tongue, from the toasted malt and the hops.

This is a decent dark ale, light in body and gravity, but flavorful and highly hopped. At 3.9% ABV, it lives up to its name as a sessionable beer. It is pretty dry and light. It really reminds me of drinking black coffee. It is made with Maris Otter base malt and hopped with Simcoe, Amarillo, and Cascade.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A few people shared this one at Sour Fest. Thanks!

A: The pour is a dark brown color with a finger of tan head.

S: Smells like a good mild. Lots of toasted malts and bread. Definitely malt driven, despite what has to be a low gravity. Light earthy and floral hop notes and a touch of yeast. A moderate sweetness overall.

T: The flavor has a nice balance to it. Somewhat sweet with a little bit of bitterness and a strong toast character. Lots of bread and earthy hops. A little bit of a floral character to it as well.

M: Light in body (not watery/thin, though), with a medium carbonation.

O: Definitely easy to drink, but pretty tasty as well. Not sure what the exact ABV is on this, but I'm pretty certain it's quite low.

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Photo of lisomiso
3.57/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This was a surprise beer - handed to me already poured into a snifter. No idea what it was or what to expect. It wasn't a bad beer, but it wasn't particularly appealing either. If I were to be negative, it was kind of watery-looking, and thin and prickly on the palate. I also thought the acid was not very well balanced. But in fairness it was nicer than I'm making it sound. I don't know. It was fine.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


On tap at the Barrel Aged Speedway & Barrel Aged Decadence release in a snifter.

A: Dark brown in the snifter with a creamy beige head.

S: Earthy and grassy with some floral notes. Aromatic orange and grapefruit flesh. Some tangerine, as well as perfumy pine. Touch of biscuit and light roast.

T: Faint biscuit bready malt with notes of grapefruit and orange. Lightly roasty. Nice hop flavor. No evident alcohol or harsh notes. Upper low bitterness.

M: Upper light body with upper moderate carbonation. Sticky and smooth mouthfeel.

Overall: A delicious dark session ale (hoppy brown). Very drinkable and flavorful.

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San Diego Dark Session Ale from AleSmith Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.92 out of 5 with 9 ratings