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 ALESMITH BREWING COMPANY
9368 Cabot Dr San Diego, CA, United States
PRODUCTS & SERVICES
Beer
DESCRIPTION

 

ABOUT
Peter Zien is an accomplished and highly decorated homebrewer who "always wanted to own a brewery." Since he began brewing in 1995, his beers have earned over 400 medals and honors.
 
In addition, he is San Diego County's only BJCP (Beer Judge Certification Program) "Grand Master" Level One Beer Judge, one of their highest ratings.
 
     
Tod Fitzsimmons, AleSmith brewer since 1996, is the heart and soul of AleSmith. A former president of the National champion homebrew club QUAFF, Fitzsimmons has had a major role in the creation of many of the AleSmith beers including his masterpiece, Evil Dead Red. 
     
Bill Batten is an award-winning homebrewer and has been working at AleSmith since 2001 handling mostly sales and distribution. Batten is a major force in getting things done at AleSmith and has a seemingly unlimited supply of energy.
He is also an experienced cellarman and takes care of the real ale casks at AleSmith.
(see recent newsletter for more information on AleSmith cask events) 
     
    
Matt Akin graduated from the American Brewers Guild in 2005 and has been promoted to brewing duties at AleSmith. In addition to brewing many of the batches, Akin is also responsible for the daily tasks of racking, filtering, kegging, and bottling.
A talented and versatile brewer, Akin is a major part of the AleSmith team.
 
 
PRODUCTS:
AleSmith X 
AleSmith X is our refreshing Extra Pale Ale. Pale Yellow color, bright white head. Aroma of fresh hops with notes of citrus and pine. 
Awards
Multi Award winner, including Silver at the California State Fair,
and People's Choice at the San Diego Real Ale Festival. 
Qualities
Light bodied, smooth on the palate, with a dry finish and superb aftertaste.
 
Original Gravity 1.054
Alcohol by Volume 5.5%
 
 
Anvil ESB Ale 
AleSmith ESB Ale was the first beer produced when the brewery opened,
and remains our flagship ale. 
Awards
Multi Award winner, including Silver and Gold at the World Beer Championships, and First Choice in its catagory at the San Diego Real Ale Festival. 
Qualities
Bright copper color with light tan head. Malty slightly hoppy aroma. Caramel and malty flavors with a perfect balance of imported English hops.
Original Gravity 1.056
Alcohol by Volume 5.5%
 
AleSmith IPA 
Deep golden to light amber color, and a nice off-white head, with good retention when properly served. Starts off with pleasantly strong hop flavors, balanced by a firm malt backdrop, then fades to a dry finish with a lingering hoppiness. 
Awards
Mult-award winner, including Silver at the California State Fair and the
World Beer Championships, and People's Choice two consecutive years
at The San Diego Real Ale Festival. Great American Beer Festival 2005 Bronze.
Qualities
Medium straw color, pale tan head. Rich malty aroma with a HUGE dose of hops. Medium-full body with sweet malty flavors and a delicious abundance of aromatic a bittering hops.
Original Gravity 1.072
Alcohol by Volume 7.75%
 
Nautical Nut Brown
AleSmith's interpretation of this classic English-style ale is smooth, dark, and rich. A variety of specialty malts produce a brilliant dark brown color and a wonderful malt complexity. A light dose of East Kent Goldings and Styrian Goldings hops from England balance the malt sweetness without adding bitterness to the flavor profile. Reintrodcued at AleSmith in 2002, Nautical Nut Brown ale has quickly become one of our most popular beers. 
Qualities
Rich chocolate malt flavors create complexity and drinkability in this classic English-style Nut Brown ale. Although dark in color, Nautical Nut Brown ale is an extremely easy drinking, relatively low alcohol beer.
Original Gravity 1.052
Alcohol by Volume 5.0%
 
Lil' Devil Ale
When a full-size Horny Devil is a bit too much, Lil' Devil Ale is exactly what you're looking for to satisfy that Belgian craving.
Awards
Silver World Beer Championships 2005
Qualities
Gold color, fluffy white head of foam with good head retention.
Clean malt flavors with a hint of tangy hop tones. Belgian CandiSugar, coriander, and orange peel add a twist, along with the Trappist yeast strain. Refreshing, quenching and easy to drink.
Original Gravity 1.052
Alcohol by Volume 5.5%
 
Horny Devil
This is the AleSmith incarnation of a Belgian Strong Ale. Horny Devil is an authentic Belgian Style ale, from the Belgian candi sugar right down to the yeast, a Belgian strain from a Trappist monastery in Belgium. In addition to the malts, candi sugar and fresh hops, there is also a little added twist from coriander seeds, which impart a refreshing citrus flavor to an outstanding ale. Belgian ale lovers around the world have raved about Horny Devil, and you will too.
Awards
Multiple Awards, including Gold in its category at the California and
Colorado State Fairs, Silver medal at the World Beer Championships,
and People’s Choice at the San Diego Strong Ale Festival.
Qualities
Bright straw/light yellow color and good head formation and retention when properly served. Appealing Brussels lace. Intriguingly complex.
Original Gravity 1.096
Alcohol by Volume 11.0%
 
Grand CRU
Our other famous Belgian-style offering is our Grand Cru. As with Horny Devil, it is fermented using yeast which originated in a Trappist monastery in Belgium. A darker type of Belgian candi sugar gives it more color and a richer complexity of flavor, consistent with the Belgian style.
Awards
Multiple awards, including Silver and Bronze in its category at the
California State Fair, multiple years.
Qualities
Medium-dark brown, with tan head. Sweet, malty aroma with a satisfying
balance of hoppiness. Tremendously intriguing, complex flavors play upon the palate shifting from sweet to tangy to hoppy and so on. The medium-dryfinish leaves you eager for the next sip.
Original Gravity 1.093
Alcohol by Volume 10.5%
 
Old Numbskull 
A West Coast style barleywine. A huge malt profile and a very aggressive dose of premium domestic hops give Old Numbskull a tantalizing complexity, from the aroma to the aftertaste.
Awards
Multiple awards, including Gold in its category at the Chicago Real Ales Festival,
and Silver for Best-of-Show.
Qualities
Aroma starts with toasty, caramel notes and a pleasant hop character.
Color is deep amber, with tan head and impressive 'Brussels Lace' that
clings to the sides of the glass.
Original Gravity 1.104
Alcohol by Volume 11.0%
 
Wee Heavy 
A classic Scotch Ale. Scotch ales are typically sweet and malty, with a very subdued dose of hops– just enough to provide balance. AleSmith Wee Heavy is a wonderful interpretation of this traditional Scotch style.
Awards
Multiple awards, including Silver in its category at the Chicago Real Ale Festival and the World Beer Championships, and Brewers' Choice at the San Diego Strong Ales Festival (first beer ever to win both in the sameyear). Great American Beer Festival 2004 Bronze, Great American Beer Festival 2005 Silver.
Qualities
Deep mahogany color with nice tan head. Rich, toasty, malty aroma
and flavor with a faint touch of smokiness. A tinge of hops provides the perfect balance to the maltiness. Full-bodied, smooth and warming.
Original Gravity 1.096
Alcohol by Volume 10.0%
 
Speedway Stout 
A HUGE Imperial Stout that weighs in at an impressive 12% ABV! As if that's not enough, we added pounds of coffee for a little extra kick. Our special-edition Brewer's Reserve Speedway Stout, which is aged in Bourbon barrels, has been rated the #1 BEST BEER IN THE WORLD at ratebeer.com. It was also featured on CNBC's "Squawk Box" in a segment on the best dark beers in America.
Awards
Multiple awards, including Silver in its category at the California State Fair,
and Brewer's Choice and People's Choice at the San Diego Strong Ale Festival,
World Beer Championships Platinum.
Qualities
Jet Black, with an off-white head. Starts with a strong coffee and dark chocolate sensation, then fades to a multitude of toasty, roasty and caramel malt flavors. Clean and crisp, full- bodied. Warmth from the high alcohol content lightens up the feel. You won't fool your taste buds - this beer is HUGE!
Original Gravity 1.111
Alcohol by Volume 12.0%
 
Yulesmith Holiday Ale (Summer & Winter Seasonal)
Our most popular seasonal ale, YuleSmith is brewed twice a year in two different, yet similar, styles: An Imperial / Double IPA and an Imperial / Double Red Ale.
Awards
Gold World Beer Championships 2003, 2004, 2005
Qualities
During the summer, YuleSmith is transformed into a big, hoppy, Double IPA. The enormous load of hops requires a substantial malt background to create just the right balance for a Double IPA. Lighter in color, summer YuleSmith is available around the 4th of July and is packaged in a red, white, and blue bottle.
For the winter season, YuleSmith is brewed as an Imperial Red Ale. This version is maltier, more balanced, and darker in color than the summer version. Although quite malty, big hop flavors and aromas are abundant making this an unforgettable winter warmer.   Winter YuleSmith is packaged in traditional holiday red and green.
Original Gravity 1.085
Alcohol by Volume 9.5%
 
Decadence Anniversary Ale (seasonal)
Decadence was released in 2005 to celebrate our 10 year anniversary. AleSmith will be releasing a new Decadence each year around our anniversary date in late fall. The style chosen each year will be different, but you can be sure that it will fit the description of Decadence!
Qualities
Decadence 2005 combines abundant malt flavors with a perfect balance of the freshest English hops that define this classic English-style Old Ale. Rich and elegant, smooth and tasty, Decadence tantalizes the palate in a way that has become the hallmark of AleSmith's premium ales.
Original Gravity 1.111
Alcohol by Volume 11.0%
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