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AleSmith San Diego Pale Ale .394



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RATINGS: 158   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Karol (820) - SLOVAK REPUBLIC - SEP 27, 2016
Tapped at the source. Clear golden copper color. Thick soapy head. Aroma of floral hops and damn good malt. Taste is nutty fruits, bitter hops, dry hoppy malty finish. Very refreshing. Medium carbonated. Good body. Excellent!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Iphonephan (6188) - McLean/Jackson Hole, Virginia, USA - SEP 26, 2016
On draft at the brewerry. Pours a clear gold with an off white head. Fruity nose. Flavors of Mandarin orange and tangelos. Bitter roast finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
Japalo (1833) - DENMARK - SEP 17, 2016
Tap@fox sports cafe San Diego. Small head. Floral. White bread. Fine bitterness. Dry finish. Swell. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
after4ever (7580) - Brier, Washington, USA - SEP 15, 2016
6-pack. Pours a cloudy medium amber with a dense and sudsy off-white head that lasts.

This is the first clue that this beer might not be quite as fresh, or even quite the same, as the batches that made its reputation. I ordered a couple 6-packs on the gushing enthusiasm of several friends who’d been to SD, and the corroboration of all the great rates here. Everybody who could possibly flip for an APA appears to have flipped for this beer.

But all the high rates here call it a bright gold, and what’s in the glass now is decidedly cloudy and dark amber. Grist bill change? What’s up with this?

Nose shows biscuity, toasty malts, some caramel, and a decent dose of pine and grapefruit. There’s a good range of rates for this beer now, but some of the higher ones call out an insane array of diverse hop notes. Blame where it’s due here--CraftShack shipped these 6-packs, and the box sat for over a week after I ordered it. Could the beers have been on the way from the distro and that’s why the box sat? Sure, possibly. But most likely it was CraftShack sitting on bottles that were getting no younger.

Medium body with moderate carb. A tiny bit flabby for an APA, but this is the sort of thing that would go away with a bit more brightness from a proper hop bill, which might have faded somewhat now. Still, there’s a nice toasty caramel, with biscuity notes, and some good pine and grapefruit presence. This is a pleasant easy drinker, but hardly the explosive and finely-tuned flagship that so many have described. I definitely expect to bump up this rate if I ever get to SD.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
solidfunk (7614) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - SEP 8, 2016
Light citrus and some resin. Hazy golden pourbwith decent head and lacing. Clean finish. Ok, not much here though. Tap at Rattle n Hum.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
thorongil2 (2358) - , Ontario, CANADA - SEP 5, 2016
(Tap) clear, bright deep yellow colour with a small white head; aroma of citrus, jam; assertive, balanced flavour with a long, medium bitter finish

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogbrick (11492) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 2, 2016
Sample at the brewery taproom. The beer pours a slightly hazy orange-amber color with a medium creamy off-white head that diminishes gradually to a sparse outer ring. Short strings of lacing. Aroma of citrus, hops and malt. Medium body with flavors of piney hops, citrus and malt. The finish is mildly bitter with a hoppy aftertaste. Pretty good overall.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rosskyle (532) - - AUG 28, 2016
12oz bottle. Nice malt tropical fruit and hops flavor. Medium heavy body. Better version of Stone IPA. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Christpuncher (2794) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 26, 2016
Nice pale ale Super tropical and hoppy. Pours orange with a tan head. Had at Jerry's ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
onceblind (7313) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 26, 2016
Hazy copper under a thin Rocky white head. The nose has this vibrant clementine and citrus zest bitterness at the nose with a bright leafy hop undertone. Crisp flavor with a mellow pale malt breadiness and very slight nuttiness, mixed citrus peel bitterness, balanced and crisp and a bit grapefruity and pale malt nutty.

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