AleSmith X - AleSmith Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

858 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 858
Reviews: 374
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 10.69%
Wants: 62
Gots: 76 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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California, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Bierman9 on 02-28-2002

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Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 858 | Reviews: 374
Reviews by NoLiberty:
Photo of NoLiberty
3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to jfitzy78 for a nice hookup on this special bottle from AleSmith.

Pours a beautiful light golden orange-yellow. Very clear if poured without stirring the sediment. A pillowy white head froths up to 2 fingers thick and settles into a resting cap of a solid half inch. Really nice appearance, totally inviting. Very solid carbonation keeps this beer lively.

The aroma is fresh and light, like freshly cut grass with a pleasant floral note. Some honey notes, almost mead-like but without the alcohol.

Really nice flavor. Light, refreshing and slightly sweet with a mild malt and floral note up front. This leads into a fuller middle with definite spicy hop notes but nothing overpowering, just a clean, well balanced pale ale with more assertive hop characters. Finishes with subtle tropical fruit notes and a lip-smacking crispness.

Mouthfeel is also great. Really nice robust carbonation on top of a light crisp body that fills the mouth but not the belly. Super drinkable.

More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
4.16/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – Semi-clear, light orange body with a decent whitish head.

Smell – Wonderful, balanced aroma. The hops are very complex. The pine comes out strongly but the floral scents are beautiful. There are light citrus notes as well. All of this works well with a strong, bready malt that reminds me of the 7th Anniversary Stone.

Taste – The hops from the nose join in at the taste and the malt sweetens up a bit. Some light sugars come out here as well. Overall, a very balanced Pale Ale.

Mouthfeel – Medium body with a surprisingly high level of carbonation. This one feels good in the mouth. It’s very smooth and refreshing yet balanced.

Drinkability – No, it’s not “extreme beer” like a Ruination or a Dogfish 12 hour IPA, but it delivers quite nicely on the Pale Ale style.

Photo of SBarbeerian
4.58/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pale cloudy yellow, good carbonation. This beer starts out just looking good. Mildly malty & fruity nose: bit of citrus (grapefruit). Taste: crisp somewhat dry maltyness & fruity notes; I get grapefruit. Some mild hops. What a beer: looks good, smells good, and tastes really good. So tasty, and nice body!
Excellent stuff!!

Photo of SamuraiJack
4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Alesmith is rapidly becoming one of my more respected breweries. This beer is an excellent example of why that is the case. It's in many ways the anti-Stone (the more well known micro from San Diego). It's subtle, it's balanced, it's mature. It's different - but in a way that doesn't scream "look at me - I'm extreme dude!!!"

Anyway - the first pour shows an incredibly carbonated beer of a nice orange tinted gold. There is a haze, but it's not that significant. Floaters exist - but not to a distracting degree. The head is huge and fluffy, but oddly uneven in bubble size. Seems almost like a lager head in some ways.

Aromas are of citric hoppy bitterness and some light yeasty, funky, baking break with butter notes.

Initial taste is of a nice, refreshing crispness - but without the bitterness one bight expect from a west coast pale ale. It's very smooth and soft on the palette. Strong citrus notes tie into an earthy malt interplaying with the sharpness of the hops. Through it all is the unexpected yeast -- sort of a "Belgian IPA" in some ways. In the finish the malt gives way at last to the yeast and a sort of flowery herbal flavour rides onto the hops bandwagon to leave you with a nice, clean and crisp aftertaste.

It's a west coast Ale. It's hoppy. But it's not over-hopped. It's balanced, it's interesting. A tasty beer and a model others should emulate.

Photo of Jason
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 22oz brown bomber, white silk screened label with no freshness date.

Appearance: Effervescent carbonation with a light haze from both the chill and some from the yeast, fluffy white head holds strong on top of the pale golden orange colour.

Smell: Citrusy of a tart orange and bit of rind, light bready and yeasty aromas … clean to the nose.

Taste: Big crispness, smoothness lays in strong also after the medium high carbonation. Medium body with a mounting dryness. Quick flash of grainy pale malt before the hops set in, bitterness is lightly sharp with a rounded pungent citric flavour. Clean in the mouth with waves of citric flavours from the hops and a straight lines pale graininess that is, again, clean. Down deep is a hop flavour that borders on the earthy with herbal undertones. The back end is crisp and dry though not bone dry, hops lay in with a long lasting herbal flavour with citric flavours.

Notes: Poster boy for the American Pale Ale style, rich without being too complex and drinkable to the point of being a beer to have in the fridge year round. The hop fix is there for the hopheads but not too hoppy to the point excessive.

Photo of Billolick
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber purchased at Peekskill, NY Bev, comes w/o freshness info.

Pour is hazed dull tangarine. Off white head, tiny bubble head and fine strands of lacing.

Moderate citrus nose, leads to a well hopped and highly enjoyable IPA. Some cookie and more citrus, with grapefruit leading the way.

Nicely done in an understated (for San Diego) kinda way. Quality IPA. Well worth a try

Photo of tigg924
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass

Appearance: 1/3 inch head, gold in color, clear, high carbonation

Smell: citrus, pineapple, and pine

Taste: citrus and sugar start with floral hops at the end. As this beer warms there is a biscuity nuttiness in the middle

Mouthfeel: high carbonation, medium-light bodied, sweet start with a sharp bitter end

Overall: A nice and clean hoppy sipper. For the style, this one is up there with the best. It is bitter but not overly so. Not the first Alesmith beer I would reach for but certainly a very good one.

Photo of Mora2000
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a straw-yellow color with a white head. The aroma is very fruity. I get some papaya, mango and pineapple as well as some bready malt.

The flavor is heavy on the tropical fruit. It is a mix of fruit components, with the papaya and mangoes standing out. There is a ton of hop flavor, but the hop bitterness is low.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

A great pale ale and a ton of flavor in a lower ABV package. We need more beers like this one.

Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bomber picked up at Premier Gourmet in Buffalo. I was about to drink this, then got horrifically sick for two weeks, so this is my welcome back.

Poured into a nonic. Surprisingly bright golden brew, big fluffy head with excellent retention, and loads of sticky lace. Effervescent.

Nose is citrus hops, nice lemon, apricot and mango, with bready malt notes and a bit of pepper. Liking it so far.

Highly drinkable pale ale, light and crisp with the lemon and pepper, with the hops playing second fiddle somewhat. Might be a bid past its prime (with no freshness date, there's no way of knowing), but still some tasty stuff here.

Effervescent, vigorous carbonation, medium bodied.

An enjoyable pale ale, worth a go.

Photo of SkinnyElvis
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at a BevMo while on my beercation for about $3.50 a bomber. The head settled down quickly. Big smell of pine & citrus hops. Tastes like a WC hoppy IPA, not a pale ale, with its hop profile. Not balanced in anyway but great for a hophead. Mouthfeel is smooth and it is drinkable. ABV is low which leaves room for more. Stifler, if you like hops, this is a pale ale for you.

Cheers.

Photo of magictrokini
3.72/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This may be the one of the best pale ales out there. Pour is copper with some brewer's yeast and a strong white head. Aroma is citrus with grain and pine. Taste is impeccable. Slight hops with citrus balanced against the malt. Not the astringent bite of Sierra Nevada, but a lingering finish. Very refreshing.

Photo of Franziskaner
3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rich golden color with excellent clarity. A quarter inch of eggshell white head with Brussels lacing. Nice piney hop aroma intertwines well with a light club cracker malt note. The taste is initially hop forward with the pine and some citrus flavor but it gradually turns into the light malt biscuity flavor. The mouth is light,crisp with a gentle grittiness to the texture.

Photo of pat61
4.65/5  rDev +18.3%

Pale malty nose and light fruit over earthy hops with some grain and malt and hop spice.
Fairly bright gold with a 2" lightly gold tinted foam cap with a very fine bead.
A medium light malt backbone supported by light fruit supports earthy and spicy hop flavors that give way to a moderate hop bitterness and lead to a drying finish with a light tartness and astringency.
A delightful very creamy medium light body and slightly above average carbonation makes for a very satisfying and refreshing beer.

Photo of MattyG85
4.34/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Copper golden orange tone with a short lived white head leaves nice lacing not bad at all. Aroma: Pince scented hops with some biscuity malt character has a bready tone to it all seems hoppy but not overkill just well hopped. Taste: Some bready sweetness clean flavor all around hoppier finish with pine and citrus tones peeking through the flavor profile. Mouthfeel: A thin light bodied ale which adds to drinkability, but takes away from the complexity of this beer effervescent carbonation a good feel to it. Drinkability: This is the session beer from Alesmith not too high in alcohol flavorful and very quaffable, nice brew that pleases me from beginning to end of the 22oz.

Photo of OStrungT
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a light straw yellow with a thck white head that fades slowly leaving thck laces. It smells hoppy. Quite hoppy. It has a cirtusy aroma also. Maybe some orange. It smells slightly spicy also. It does not tast nearly as hoppy as it smells. It is hoppy, just not as much as I expected. It has a cirtus flavor. There is a slight fruity taste. I dont taste much in the way of malt. It also tastes slightly spicy. Maybe a little clove? This beer is carbonated will. It is crisp and refreshing. It is light bodied. It goes down smooth leaving a citrusy aftertaste. I think this beer would make a great session beer. It tastes good, and is low in alcohol. If you get a chance to try this one, do so. I will definately buy it again.

Photo of tycoon912
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a very well done APA, and is not as heavy as some other APA's.

A- It looks lighter than most pale ales. Pours nicely and has a nice looking head.

S- The smell is not at all overwhelming. It has a light smell, with hints of citrus.

T- The taste is very good. It is not too brilliant in any one flavor, but certainly does not lack in any either.

M- It has a very crisp and refreshing mouthfeel. The cripness of it actually caught me by surprise at first, but after a couple of sips I was a true fan.

D- Not heavy at all, this beer is quite drinkable.

Photo of ressletr
4.66/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Alesmith X, everyone needs some. Absolutely, as I tasted this beer it was like tasting a sweet bread. The smell was good it smelled of light honey and fresh made bread. The look was awesome, a light yellow, with a head that laced the glass all the way down. The mouthful was good, it wasn't overpowered by hops, but had a feeling of drinking a nice glass of light honey. If I didn't no better, I would think that was nonalcoholic, no trace of alcohol is felt. It taste like a sweet malt, followed by a bread like taste. The taste awesome, this beer tasted as though I was eating fresh biscuit. If you haven't tried this beer, you definitely should, like the bottle says "Everyone needs some!"


Can some please tell me why this is not the top American Pale Ale. I just don't understand, because of all the Pale Ales that I ever tried, including Sierra Nevada this is definitely the best.

Photo of glid02
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on-tap at Beachwood BBQ in Seal Beach, CA.

Pours a very light copper color with a one-finger slightly off-white head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of tropical and citrus hops with a decent pale malt backbone. The hops really come out well in this.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Pale, slightly bready malt flavors are joined shortly by solid citrus hop flavors. The ending is mildly bitter.

Mouthfeel is good. It has a decent thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass rather quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall I thought this was a very well done APA - actually more of a light IPA. Definitely worth a shot.

Photo of quirkzoo
3.03/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to ehammond for tossing this one in.

Pours a nice golden orange color with 2 fingers of fluffy white head that recedes slowly to decent cap of foam. The smell is piney hops up front with a grainey malt backbone. The taste is more of the same with the hops presenting themselves with a spicy bitterness. It really pushes the boundary of what I would call a pale ale. The graininess and spicy hops really put it more into an old world style, almost like an APA & Pils hybrid. The mouthfeel was a bit watery. Overall, I think I came in expecting more American attributes so this brew threw me for a loop a little bit. With that said, although it was unremarkable, it was very pleasant and good for sipping on while I grade some papers.

Photo of IntriqKen
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a hazy golden yellow with a monsterous head that dies to a very substantial lace.
Aroma is clean floral hops with a little bready yeast. Earthy aromas become more pronounced as you empty the glass
Taste is clean and fresh...light sweet malt followed by clean floral hops, then lightly citrus.
Mouth full of bubbles creating a smooth rich mouthfeel...nothing light in the feeling.
Finish of mild grapefuit drying and slowly warming alcohol.
This is a beer that can be kept in the fridge as a regular drinker all year to share with both your craft brew friends without disappointing and your macro friends without offending or turning them off

Photo of mbunje
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours nicely from bomber into pint glass. At least an inch of head even though I poured it cautiously (bottle conditioned). Lacing is nice, lingers. Color is a rich gold yellow.

The smell is what sticks in my head. This smells very citrusy and has a lingering floral aroma. Very nice and definitely the most unique characteristic about this beer.

Taste is complex. It took me two or three sips just to absorb it all. This is not a hop-bomb, but definitely has some hop character like citrus. Extremely unique flavor. Still can't quite grasp it all.

Mouthfeel...thick, not bready, just substantial. Good balance of carbonation.

Drinkability: Pretty good. Taste and mouthfeel are very pleasing. It's got a substantial "weight" to it, but not over the top. So I could drink 3 maybe 4 of these.

Bottomline...you have to try this beer. One of the most unique beer experiences I have had, but in a good way, not a "science project" way.

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.62/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a clear, pale golden orange with a white finger width head. Fair retention. Lacing is spotty at best.

Smell - Bright, citrus hops highlight the aroma, with faint notes of pine and a subtle, sweet breadiness.

Taste - Moderate but bright citrus flavor upfront, hitting on orange zest and mellow lemon, while malts play second fiddle. Sweet, bready malts.

Mouthfeel - Light, almost watery on the tongue. Low to moderate level of carbonation. Smooth. Dry finish.

Overall - Light, smooth, sessionable pale from Alesmith. Entirely simple flavor profile, and not much of a body either, but I could see myself drinking this on a hot summer day. That said, I'd probably pass the other 9 months of the year.

Photo of GilGarp
4.24/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bomber bottled 8/8/2013. Served chilled.

Alesmith's X pours a very pale golden yellow color with thin fizzy white head. It settles fairly quickly but leaves some spotty lace.

Aroma is full of fresh citrusy hops. More hoppy than just about every other pale ale in terms of scent.

Flavor is also pleasantly, surprisingly, hoppy. There is a nice and simple pale malt base but liberally hopped with citrus/grapefruit west coast hops.

Mouthfeel is light in body, bitter but balanced, nicely carbonated.

Overall a really excellent pale ale. Just wish it didn't break my favorite bottle opener!

Photo of Sammy
3.82/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very soft mouthfeel, an old style pale ale, great with lunch as sessionable. Understated bitterness and fruity drop of yeast and citrus lemon. Herbal. Dry finish and bitter aftertaste. Moderate hop aroma. Pale grapefruit colour with cream head, lace.

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AleSmith X from AleSmith Brewing Company
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