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RATINGS: 136   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.83/5   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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AleSmith dialed in the recipe resulting in an extremely drinkable 6% ABV Pale Ale with light bitterness and accentuated hoppiness designed to fill the gap between AleSmith X Extra Pale Ale and AleSmith IPA. This San Diego Pale Ale will showcase abundant piney and citrusy hop aroma and flavor from an intense dry-hopping schedule. A balanced malt profile will round out these hoppy flavors with a biscuity finish to enhance drinkability throughout the innings.

The name “394” (.394) references the highest single-season batting average Gwynn set back in 1994. Note *** in 1941 Ted Williams batted .406, Williams was the last player to bat .400 in a season. ***. Ready to be released at the June 6th Padres Beerfest, San Diego Pale Ale 394 will reflect the commitment to excellence shared by the legendary Tony Gwynn and the AleSmith team.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Leafs93 (2067) - Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 21, 2016
Pours hazy gold with a small white head. Aroma is citrus, pine, earthy and light toast. Taste is mild bitters. Light bodied with a dry finish. Nice.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BigBeer45 (1412) - Michigan, USA - JUL 20, 2016
Drank from a tulip, poured from a bottle, this ale was a medium burnt orange in the glass with some haze and presented a white and faint off-white creamy, three finger cover, it left very nice lacing on the glass, the aromas were fruity citrus hops that were perfumey and resembled fresh squeezed oranges and orange fruit, a little tangerine, grapefruit and pine notes, some toasted malt and a bit of bread in the background, less than medium fruit and malt sweetness, it had flavors of fruit citrus hops that had orange and hints of resin, toasted malt (less than medium), big orange and less grapefruit, some fruit and bread sweetness, there was a bitterness that was medium or bit less, the bitterness lingered a little on the tongue, toasted malt followed, this drink had average carbonation, the mouth feel was a light medium, it was creamy on the lips, the nose was very fruity, the hops were big for a pale ale, I liked the nose more than the flavor, a straightforward, good tasting pale ale.

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
VT (2527) - Quebec City, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 19, 2016
On tap at brewpub. A slightly hazy orange hued golden with a short lived white head. Aroma is grapefruit, lemon, melon, tangerine. Flavor is loads of fruit (grapefruit, lemon, lime, tangerine, melon). Finish is light bitterness, with some hay and conifers. Bitterness lingers on for very long. Light to medium body, average carbonation, soft mouthfeel.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
chucklemation (1305) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - JUL 18, 2016
Pours a hazy copper with a foamy white head. Aroma is citrus, pine, and resin. Flavor is juicy citrus, pine, and resin, along with some caramel malts. Has a lively body. Quite good.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
superspak (4464) - Michigan, USA - JUL 15, 2016
12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 5/17/2016. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy golden orange color with a 2 finger dense and rocky off white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a large cap that lasts. Dense soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, mango, papaya, passion fruit, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, light caramel, biscuit, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Incredible aromas with awesome balance and complexity of juicy citrus/tropical/pine hops and moderate bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, mango, papaya, passion fruit, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, light caramel, biscuit, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Moderate pine/citrus rind bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, mango, papaya, passion fruit, lemon/orange rind, pine, biscuit, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of juicy citrus/tropical/pine hops and moderate bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and zero astringent hop flavors after the finish. Moderate dryness from bitterness, increasing through the glass. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately sticky/resinous, and lightly creamy/bready balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 6%. Overall this is an incredible American pale ale! All around fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of juicy citrus/tropical/pine hops and moderate bready malt flavors; very smooth and easy to drink. A highly enjoyable offering.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Obfuscate (459) - Minneapolis, - JUL 15, 2016
Nice tropical aromas. Love Tony Gwuinn. .394 a good pale ale but not a top of class for me. I think in MN we are spoiled on this style.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
drjoeng (738) - SINGAPORE - JUL 13, 2016
6%ABV. American Pale Ale. Poured out gold Amber. 8ºSRM. Nose has citrus and pine. Mouthfeel is light soapy. Palate has pale malt with sweet, wheat flour, raw dough, water biscuits. Finish is medium long bitter, herbaceous, spicy hyssop. Goes on Favorites List !

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
dwyerpg (5489) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JUL 11, 2016
This is pretty darn good. Not a ton of hops in either the aroma or body but the flavor is good. A bit piney but tasty.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
zizzybalubba (1778) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JUL 8, 2016
12 oz. bottle from The Hop Yard, Raleigh (bottled May 11, 2016). Dark orange pour with a frothy off-white head. Aroma of fresh pine, tangerine, and sweet caramel malt. Taste is bitter but well-balanced with pine needles, fresh grass, soft grapefruit, and caramel malt. Moderate bitterness lingers on the palate. A nearly perfect example of this style.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
drpimento (2999) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 6, 2016
While it does taste a bit more like an IPA than a PA, the damn beer is so good that the difference is piddling. Aroma is mostly grapefruit hop balanced with a little biscuit malt. Super yummy. Wish I could get more.


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