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RATINGS: 64   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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 ď394Ē (.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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
steelcitybrew (454) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUL 16, 2015
Got a six pack of this on a tip from a friend. Solid enough beer but it really just makes me want the ipa. Very drinkable on a lazy day though

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
reggiedunlop (3451) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 11, 2015
Pours a clear orange with a medium white head. Aroma has light caramely malt and earthy hop notes. Flavor follows suit...piney, resinous and earthy...a touch of booziness though itís not all that strong. Mouthfeel is light / medium and the finish is dry and earthy/piney/resinous.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SinH4 (1087) - Garching, Bavaria, GERMANY - JUL 5, 2015
Taster at the brewery. Golden-orange color with white head. Aroma is citrus, tropical fruits, straight. Taste is the same, but with some greener stuff like shallots, grass, herbs. Huge complexity in that respect. Soft carbonation. Good mouthfeel, balanced light bitterness. Excellent and different APA.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SudsMcDuff (6850) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - JUL 1, 2015
Bottle extra from a trade .. 12 ounce .. Pours out Amber copper .. Great nose .. Fresh hay and citrus bitterness .. Solid all around .. But whoís the guy with the wiggle bat on the label?

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BucannonXC5 (1082) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 30, 2015
Type: 12-oz. bottle Glass: Stone Ruination IPA pint glass From: Trader Joeís in Mission Valley (San Diego), Calif. Price: $2.00 Purchased: June 26, 2015 Consumed: June 27, 2015 Misc.: Iíve had a taster of this, but this will be the first time Iíve reviewed it. Poured a paleish, orange, clear color with 2-to-3 fingers of off-white, frothy head. Just a few bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass. Average, uneven lacing on the sides of the glass. Good retention on the top all the way down. (Sight - 4.25) Very nice on the nose. Getting Simcoe, Mosaic, Citra, grapefruit zest, pine, tropical, mango, resin (on the back end), pineapple, floral and orange blossom. Reminding me slightly of a Duet and, to a lesser degree, Nelson. Smelling more like an IPA. Lovely. (Smell - 4.75) Taste wasnít nearly as good, but still decent. The hop flavor isnít as potent either. Still getting Mosaic, Citra, floral, pine, grapefruit pulp, tropical, pineapple, mango, nectarine, orange blossom, peach and apricot. Could practically taste pulp. (Taste - 4.13) Light body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Clean, crisp finish. Goes down well. (Feel - 4.00) This was much better than the last time I tried it at the brewery. Very good. (Overall - 4.25) 4.27 95 A

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
phaleslu (7546) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 15, 2015
12 oz. bottle from Best Damn Beer Shop. Pours a nearly clear golden amber with a small eggshell white head that laces the glass while settling into a ring and island of film. Aroma of caramel malts and hop pellets; herbs and spices and perfume, honey, fresh cut grass, marijuana, cereal, and a bit of spice. Flavor of caramel, tea, honey, grass, citrus, herbs, florals, and sweet cereal. Light-bodied, with moderate carbonation and an incredibly smooth mouthfeel. Smells amazing and drinks so easy. This beer is awesome. A fitting tribute to an all-time great hitter.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MartinT (8550) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 12, 2015
My Bottom Line:
From this smashing American Pale Ale rise flowers, citrus fruit and honey, a perfumy profile balanced out by fierce bubbling and resinous bitterness.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A healthy head of foam covers the translucent golden. Head retention is impressive too.
-The finish is relatively easygoing, which increases drinkability.
-That aroma is something else.
-The flavor profile is perhaps not as bright as the aroma. There is a quiet moment in the middle that
-This one was better quite cool.

Bottle.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
joeneugs (4220) - Livermore, California, USA - MAY 10, 2015
On draft at Alesmith. It pours a clear golden color with a small off white head. The aroma has a potent floral/citrus bouquet with hints of pine and tropical fruit. Classic and potent. The flavor is citrusy and a little floral. Little caramel. A pretty classic APA. Nice.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
X (107) - California, USA - MAY 9, 2015
This is one dynamite little APA. I get fresh mandarin oranges and some grapefruit set neatly in a biscuit malt base. Very dry on the finish. Oh, and RIP Tony, I will miss you always.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SDalkoholic (2232) - Linda Vista, California, USA - MAY 8, 2015
Bottle from Sproutís: Poured a dense golden liquid topped with a short lived frothy head. Fragrant aroma full of hops which reminds me of the fact that Ale Smith was behind this pale ale. Sadly, the flavor of the beer falls short and only has a minimal taste of bitterness hardly worth mentioning. What happened? This beer appeared as if it had a solid body and an aromatic smell but then comes up empty once you start drinking it. Extremely bland and the price definitely burned a hole in my pocket. The palate is smooth and gentle but overall I am not impressed.


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