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AleSmith X - AleSmith Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

749 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 749
Reviews: 365
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 10.69%
Wants: 59
Gots: 49 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
AleSmith Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Bierman9 on 02-28-2002)
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MattyG85

Minnesota

4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a tall Summit EPA glass. Bottled on 07/03/13.

Appearance: Pours a bright and clear yellowish golden orange with a moderate amount of rising bubbles. Solid three fingers of off white head which slowly recede into a patchy and creamy layer. Leaves a lot of clingy lacing.

Smell: A fresh and juicy citrus hop forward aroma with some pine and bready malt. Citrus hops upfront with fruit hints of orange, pineapple, mango, grapefruit, apricot, tangerine, and lemon zest. Earthy hops with hints of spicey pine and grass. Solid backing of sweet bready malt with hints of biscuit, grains, cracker, yeast, and caramel. Leans towards the hops but still well balanced. Very solid aroma.

Taste: Like the nose indicates, a juicy hop forward taste with big citrus notes and some pine and sweet malt. Fresh and nicely bitter hops upfront with citrus fruit notes of orange, pineapple, tangerine, grapefruit, mango, apricot, and zesty lemon. Spicy pine resin notes along with some floral and earthy notes including grass. Balancing sweet bready malt presence with notes of biscuit, grains, caramel, crackers, and yeast. Bitter, juicy, and nicely balanced. A very solid West Coast style Pale Ale taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Juicy, crisp, and somewhat oily. Pretty smooth. Very drying.

Overall: A very good American Pale Ale. Almost like an IPA with the big hop presence but enough sweet malt balance to smooth it out.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2013 07:03:34 | More by MattyG85
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This beer is clearly a "light IPA" impression of the APA style. It's very hop forward with a sharp bitterness and strong hop flavors throughout the palate. In the glass it has a very "West Coast IPA" look with great golden clarity and no real discernible caramel malt or reddish tint. Aroma on this three month old bottle was a little weaker than some of the top offerings but what was there was very much Cascade hop goodness, Flavor wise, this is clearly a hop lovers APA: the malt is very quietly murmuring in the background while the hops go all Axl Rose on you. I liked this beer but it is a very dry APA. I have to admit I am a much bigger fan of a slightly more malt-balanced beer, and I like my APA to have a fruitier note which this beer does not have. I admire Alesmith for creating this beer though, it is brewed right at the edge of being too hoppy without at all going over that line. Very good.

One thing I noted is that you definitely need to let this beer warm up to about 50f to really appreciate it. At lower temperatures the beer does not present enough of the malt and it comes off very dry. Slightly warmer the malt opens up and glows a little in the middle of the palate and that really improves the impression of this beer. The bottle is clearly marked with temperature instructions and you will enjoy it better of you need those.

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AleSmith X from AleSmith Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 749 ratings.