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AleSmith San Diego Pale Ale .394



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RATINGS: 38   MEAN: 3.79/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65   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. 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
marcus (6979) - Sacramento, California, USA - FEB 23, 2015
Bottle from slowrunner. Pours clear golden with an attractive off-white head and a citrus aroma. There is a hearty pale malt flavor with a ton of hop bitterness. Intenesly flavorful.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (11793) - Woodland, California, USA - FEB 23, 2015
Bottle shared by Marcus. Pours dark gold with a creamy near white head. Icalll spicy NZ hop aroma. And melon. Med + body. Flavor is mildly roasted caramel backbone and a slightly burning mixed NZ hop bitterness. Wowser.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bacterial (1828) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - FEB 13, 2015
Sampler at the brewery during the Beer Geek Speedway release. Very nice - copper color. Nice hops. Nice malt backbone.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
slowrunner77 (6286) - Reno, Nevada, USA - FEB 10, 2015
Aroma and flavor exploded with hops but without much bitterness. Just enough to temper the sweet. Mango and tangerine make for a soft juicy aroma and flavor. Hints of melon and pine. Can’t say I’m surprised, but damn Alesmith, you’ve done it. again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
tcon25 (118) - Duvall, Washington, USA - FEB 6, 2015
Draft at brewery, RIP Towne Gwinn, this is a solid pale ale but for annoying one of the great baseball players make this a great beer. Props to AleSmith.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
daknole (9694) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - FEB 6, 2015
This beer is great. Hall of Fame worthy. Gold color, white head. Vibrant, juicy hops. Tropical fruit, light caramel malt. Drinkable and delicious as hell.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
lightbias (210) - USA - JAN 27, 2015
Pale ale. Too light for me these days, generally, as the hops aren’t as pronounced as I really enjoy and so many brewers go so light-bodied that the texture isn’t as pleasurable for me. This is a definite exception. All of the fine things in a beer are presented to me when I crack the cap and breathe it in. Fresh pine, caramel malts in a soothing aroma and a sea-salted butter cookie underneath it all. This is one of the most aromatic pales I’ve ever enjoyed. I could almost get away with breathing it in for hours for the warmth and buttery goodness of it; but my mouth is craving it, and so therefore I drink. The brew is clear as glass, rich amber, covered in a heavy foam, the head displays its artistic lacing in a golden-white, thick and sticky. The flavor is rich as well. Buttery caramel is absolutely up front, accented with a light pine that must have been soaked in grapefruit for hours, melting in my mouth and making me realize that I’m almost out of this delicious stuff! The taste is mellow, the bitter there, and as completely hoppy as I need it to be, but so smooth that you could feed this brew to anyone and convert them to craft. The finish is only slightly dry, sticky and almost sultry. This liquid slips over my tongue; creamy and sexy, not too sweet, not too bitchy. Just right for a long, hot summer night of rhythmic music and a tiny bit of inhibition.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
IrishBoy (3905) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JAN 16, 2015
Draft at Alesmith. Nose is citrus (grapefruit), some light pine, and caramel. Crystal clear gold with a medium white head. Flavor is light bitterness, pine, and some caramel hints.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Marheb (2641) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 13, 2015
UPDATED: JAN 24, 2015 Quand une brasserie comme Alesmith prend le temps de rendre hommage à un grand comme Mr. Padres, tu te doutes que ça va être digne de l’icône. À ce point-là? Difficile d’avoir de telles attentes et pourtant, je suis renversé. L’envolée de zestes d’agrumes est terrifiante, son jus de mangue et ananas transcendant et ses pointes de citronnelle et gazon frais emplissent mes sens. Sa buvabilité est unique, indélogeable, ma bière préférée depuis mon arrivée.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theydon_Bois (10571) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 1, 2015
Keg at Alesmith, a little diversion from the Speedway GP, 14/11/14. Clear golden with a moderate off white covering. Nose is citric peel, pine, floral hop, satsuma. Taste comprises orange pith, juicy hop notes, pine, tangerine, light grapefruit, straw. Medium bodied, fine carbonation, semi drying close. Decent hoppy number.

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