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AleSmith San Diego Pale Ale .394



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RATINGS: 89   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.83/5   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beertholomeus (1364) - California, USA - NOV 9, 2015
Pours a golden amber color with a white head. Floral, citrus, hop and biscuit aroma. Grapefruit, mango, tangerine, pineapple, floral, and biscuit flavors. Medium body and carbonation. Very clean. Citrus finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
rlgk (15306) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 5, 2015
Draught at the new tasting room in San Diego. Clear golden beer with a nice lasting offwhite head. Fruity hop aroma, peach, passion fruit, pine apples, tangerines, red grapes, mango, caramel notes, some lychee. Hoppy pine flavor, citrus, grapes, pine apples, mango, peach, orange zest, lemon juice, mango, some tangerines. Outstanding beer, so fresh I could drink this forever.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Tstamba (514) - Maryland, USA - NOV 4, 2015
Taster at brewery. Clear gold with white head and lacing. Floral, tropical fruit orange zest. Layers or hop flavor, balanced dry finish. Cheers to Tony G... ��

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RafeAU (553) - Los Angeles, California, USA - NOV 2, 2015
On tap at noodle house, OB. Huge hoppy aroma, comparable to an IPA, but less malt and bitterness. Refreshing, very drinkable. Terrific APA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mjg74 (2910) - La Mesa, California, USA - OCT 29, 2015
Bottle from Cost Plus. Pours a clear super light amber in color. lightly sweet hoppy nose. Grapefruit dominates. Pretty hoppy up front with a little bit of maltiness. Pretty much on the hoppy side of APAs. Tasty and easy drinking.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
FlacoAlto (4045) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - OCT 6, 2015
Sampled April 2015
A steady pour into my IPA glass produces a two-finger thick, pale tan colored head. The beer is a nice copper color that shows a brilliantly clear, almost metallic, bright copper hue when held up to the light. Even as I pour this beer it smells dense, juicy, and ripe with tons of hop fruit character. Screaming kumquat zest, amped up guava, tangelo zest, gooseberry concentrate, floral laden, tropical, slightly spicy fruit preserves just ooze from the aroma here.

Light bodied, with a perceived sweetness from the juicy hop character, but the beer finishes dry, and with a soft bitterness that is fairly clean. Peppery, with a slightly dank, herbal character up front that is backed by an ample, fruit character that contributes flavors of kumquat preserves, guava, spicy ripe mangoes, and a concentrated, floral peach character.

This is a really nice beer, if you like super hoppy, without bitterness, and with a supporting malt character then this should be right up your alley. I really like that this is only 6%. It is so well balanced, and not overly dry, which for me, really kills the juiciness of the ripe, fruity, hop flavors that beers like this should have.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerblogger100 (50) - Oceanside, California, USA - OCT 3, 2015
Golden orange pour. Big white head. Great hoppy aroma of pine and grapefruit. Taste is pine but palate somewhat light. A little to bitter for a pale but really good ev n still.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
48FanInCali (827) - California, USA - SEP 28, 2015
Solid pale for sure. Goldish pour with decent white foam. Nose is hoppy with pine and citrus notes. Low on tropical fruit. Taste follows the nose with a decent hop punch in the face. Bready malt present as well. Crushable in qtys.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
nickd717 (3782) - San Francisco, California, USA - SEP 18, 2015
Draft at the Observation Room. Brilliant clear copper color with a lacy whIte head. Nice citrus and pine hop aroma. The flavor is very balanced, with a subtle malty note then a pinch of hops, a west coast pale but not quite an IPA. Excellent mouthfeel, very crisp and drinkable. As usual, another very refined and perfectly to style alesmith brew.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
jc1762 (384) - Tokyo, JAPAN - SEP 13, 2015
Taster showing honey gold. The nose shows a lot of intense tropical mango. The palate is medium bodied, moderately carbonated. Moderately intense flavors of mango and a slight creaminess and barely any bitterness on the finish.

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