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9990 AleSmith Court
San Diego CA 92126
Telephone: +1 858-549-9888
Hours: Monday-Saturday 11:00am-10:00pm, Sunday 11:00am-9:00pm. Tours Saturday at 2:00pm.
Brewer: Peter Zien
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Notes

Opened: 1995

Annual Production: 15,000 bbl

Contributor: Jessica Oliver

AleSmith reopened in late 2002 under new management.

Originally located at 9368 Cabot Drive.

Updated: October 22, 2016

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Beer List

  • 5.50% abv.
    Awards:
    • First Place, 2000 San Diego Real Ale Festival
    • Silver Medal, 1998 World Beer Championships
    • Gold Medal, 1997 World Beer Championships
    • Silver Medal, 1996 World Beer Championships
    • Date: January 11, 2003 (#4586)
      Package: bottled
      Place: from the brewery
      Score: 16 points
      Overall Impression (3)
      Bright amber-brown, massive head. Fruity floral hop aroma. Light body, massively fizzy. Big toasty maltiness with lots of earthy herbal hop flavor. Fairly but not overly bitter. Other than the overcarbonation, it's a damn fine beer.


  • 12.00% abv.


  • 6.75% abv.
    Awards:
    • Bronze Medal, 2000 Real Ale Festival


  • 10.00% abv.
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  • 4.50% abv.
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    10.60% abv.

  • 10.60% abv.

  • 10.00% abv.
    • Date: January 10, 2004 (#5186)
      Package: bottled
      Place: from the brewery
      Score: 16 points
      Overall Impression (3)
      Bright red-brown. Moderate bubbly head. Richly malty aroma, caramel, fruity. Big creamy body, mildly fizzy. Hugely malty, sweet and toasty and strong. Mildly bitter in the finish. Thanks to Byron Burrier for the sample!

  • Other Belgian-Style Ale
    10.00% abv.
    • Date: February 25, 2007 (#6343)
      Package: bottled
      Place: Liquid Solutions, Tigard OR
      Score: 15½ points
      Appearance (2½)
      Bright red, but full of miniscule flakes. Virtually no head.
      Aroma (3)
      Rich malt. Tons of dark fruit.
      Mouthfeel (8)
      Big body. Still. Incredibly malty, with lots of caramel and lots of fruit. Mild alcohol character.
      Overall Impression (2)
      It's probably still quite young.

  • Belgian-Style Strong Specialty Ale
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  • Belgian-Style Pale Strong Ale
    10.00% abv.
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    • Date: April 16, 2004 (#5353)
      Package: draught
      Place: Liars' Club Bar and Grill, Mission Beach CA
      Score: 16 points
      Overall Impression (3)
      Deep golden. Moderate head. Malty, spicy, and really alcoholic and phenolic aroma. Big malty sweetness. Lots and lots of alcohol. Lots and lots of phenol. Lots and lots of spice.

  • American-Style Strong Pale Ale
    7.25% abv.
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  • J.P. Gray's Wee Heavy 1997
    Traditional Strong Scotch Ale
    9.00% abv.
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  • J.P. Gray's Wee Heavy 1998
    Traditional Strong Scotch Ale
    9.00% abv.
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  • J.P. Gray's Wee Heavy 1999
    Traditional Strong Scotch Ale
    9.00% abv.
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  • J.P. Gray's Wee Heavy 2000
    Traditional Strong Scotch Ale
    9.00% abv.
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  • J.P. Gray's Wee Heavy 2001
    Traditional Strong Scotch Ale
    9.00% abv.

  • Lil Devil
    Belgian-Style Pale Strong Ale

  • Nautical Nut Brown Ale
    English-Style Brown Ale
    4.80% abv.
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  • Old Numbskull 2000
    Barley Wine-Style Ale
    10.00% abv.
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    Old Numbskull 2003
    Barley Wine-Style Ale
    10.00% abv.

  • Old Numbskull 2007
    Barley Wine-Style Ale
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  • Old Numbskull 2010
    Barley Wine-Style Ale
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  • Old Numbskull 2013
    Barley Wine-Style Ale
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  • Old Numbskull 2016
    Barley Wine-Style Ale
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    Speedway Stout
    Coffee Flavored Beer
    12.00% abv.
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  • Stumblin' Monk Tripel
    Belgian-Style Tripel
    9.70% abv.
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  • Vintage Speedway Stout
    Coffee Flavored Beer
    12.00% abv.
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    Wee Heavy
    Scotch Ale
    9.50% abv.
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  • Weizenbock
    South German-Style Weizenbock/Weissbock
    8.60% abv.
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    X Extra Pale Ale
    American-Style Pale Ale
    5.00% abv.
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  • YuleSmith Summer
    Imperial or Double India Pale Ale

  • YuleSmith Winter
    Imperial or Double Red Ale
    8.50% abv.
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