A Visit to Alesmith Brewing’s Tasting Room
Last month, on a brief two-day visit to San Diego County to experience beers from various breweries, my two drinking buddies and I arrived at Alesmith Brewing. Despite having had a lot of beer that day already,* I had, fortunately, regained my palate and appetite for beer, having drunk very little at our previous stop.
At Alesmith, they offer flights of four 4oz pours. We got a few flights, although I’m going to discuss them beyond the flights. First, we started off with regular beers, beginning with X (5.25% ABV), an extra pale ale, which was nice and a little danky. Next up was ‘Lil’ Devil (5.75 % ABV), a Belgian pale ale, which was decent and a little funky. Following that was Nut Brown Ale (5.0 % ABV), a brown ale, which I thought was good for a brown ale, although not for my palate. We then had the Anvil ESB (5.5 % ABV), an extra special bitter, which was probably good for the style, although not for my palate. We then began transitioning to bigger beers with their IPA (7.25 % ABV), an India Pale Ale, which had nice hoppyness and not much body, which is good – a nice west coast IPA, biscuity and nice.
We then moved onto double-digit ABV beers, beginning with ‘Horny’ Devil (10 % ABV), a Belgian strong, which was very delicious with nice spices. Next up was Grand Cru (10 % ABV), a Belgian dark strong, which was great – very similar to the Horny Devil, yet more complex and flavorful! This was a yummy beer. Next up was Wee Heavy (10 % ABV), a Scotch-style ale, which was really tasty and flavorful 🙂 Then we had Old Numbskull (11 % ABV), a barleywine ale, which was a really danky, hoppy barleywine.
Then, we went even bigger, having their Speedway Stout (12 % ABV), an imperial stout with coffee, which had a nice coffee nose and very pleasant with vanilla, as well. Then we had the Speedway Stout aged in Bourbon barrels (12 % ABV), which was a very enjoyable improvement over the Speedway Stout. It featured a vanilla-yness from the Bourbon barrels and it was so deliciously, maltily, boozily smooth. Oh my; this was quite a very delicious beer!
We then finished up with two further delicious beers. We had the 2014 Decadence (10 % ABV), a wheat wine ale, which was very nice. And, finally, we had the Hall of Fame Imperial San Diego Pale Ale .394 (9 % ABV), an imperial pale ale, which was very lovely with some great hops (Amarilla, Mosaic, Centennial?), which was dankish. This tasted like no mere pale ale; this was something more.
While the “smaller” beers at Alesmith are fine, I tremendously enjoyed the higher alcohol content beers, with the Speedway Stout aged in Bourbon Barrels and the Grand Cru standing out for me. I look forward to drinking there again!