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AleSmith X - AleSmith Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

749 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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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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Reviews by McStagger:
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McStagger

California

4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pale, hazy straw color with absolutely bleach white head. Excellent retention. Excellent lacing. Think my beer was disturbed a bit. Got some yeasty floaters in there.

S: Many of the standard characteristics of APA's. Evergreen, citrus rind, lemon oil. This one's also got a bit of tropical fruit in the mix. Mango, a bit of pineapple.

T: A bit of a rough milled grain flavor in the beginning. The spruce and evergreen elements are much more pronounced in the taste. There are some citrus elements, but by and large it's all about the spruce. Bit of resin. Finish is dry and aspirin like.

M: This is where Alesmith generally blows away competition. This beer is no different. It's almost magic how they can make a beer with such a balanced mouthfeel. Light on the mouth, without feeling watery. Nicely done.

O: Alesmith proves time and time again that they are possibly the best brewers on the West Coast, in America, and possibly the world. I am extremely impressed by their entire line. This is no exception. My only knock is the fact that this is not available in six packs. Bombers are a hell of a ripoff a lot of times. I'm wondering if Alesmith is cashing in on this with their "bomber only" bottle policy.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2012 07:08:39 | More by McStagger
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3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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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Smell: Hops, citrus, spices, mild yeast notes.

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Overall: Excellent.

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