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A SoCal Taster

During the last week of August, His & Hers Beer Notes took a long-desired trip through the thriving San Diego beer scene, with brief stopovers in Escondido (Stone), San Marcos (The Lost Abbey), and Anaheim (The Bruery).

In San Diego, we hit many of the city’s notable brewery tasting rooms (including Ballast Point, Alesmith, and Green Flash) and bars (we made it to Small Bar, Toronado, and Blind Lady Ale House) during our three-day stay. Our goal was to try as many new and interesting brews as we could while leaving time for sober sightseeing in the sunlight hours, and San Diego did not disappoint on either count.

On the ride from San Diego to the LA area, we stopped at the immense and impressive Stone World Bistro and Gardens in Escondido, as well as The Lost Abbey’s much more scaled-down business park tasting room a few miles up the road.

Anaheim led us to the thriving upstart Anaheim Brewery, and our first-ever trip to His and Hers’ Holy Grail of Tasting Rooms, The Bruery’s recently renovated space in Placentia.  We also made a return browse through the eminently tasteful bottle selection at The Bruery Provisions Store in Orange, scoring a few unseen-in-Sacramento treasures for the cellar.

Over the next couple of weeks, we will be reliving our Southern California beer-cation with sketches and reviews of some of the new beers we sampled, also spotlighting some of our favorite new discoveries along the way. 


Horny Devil – AleSmith Brewing

11% ABV
Purchased at Pangaea Bottle Shoppe ($12.99/25.4 oz. bottle) and poured into tulip glasses.

His Notes:

San Diego-based AleSmith’s Horny Devil pours a clean, pale gold with a sizable white head.  It has the nuanced, tropical nose of a real Belgian tripel, with some cracked wheat and hot pepper on the periphery.  Fiery pepper sizzles the palette, but it mixes surprisingly well with the flavor profile of a Belgian ale, as the hot spice is cooled by the coconut notes and dry texture.  Candi sugar and Belgian yeast are also present, as well as a double-digit alcohol burn in the long, warming finish – it’s an excellent mix of the savory, the spicy, and the sweet.  Despite the ambitiously extreme flavors (including the addition of coriander seeds), it’s all very balanced and never overwhelms the palette.

  4.5 Toasts

Her Notes:

  4.5 Toasts

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