AleSmith X - AleSmith Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

814 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 814
Reviews: 368
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 10.43%
Wants: 62
Gots: 62 | 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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Photo of Jason
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
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 tectactoe
3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

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 freshflesh
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of SamuraiJack
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
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 VernonKell
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of megamass
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of Billolick
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
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
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
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
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
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 olradetbalder
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
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 GarrettB714
5/5  rDev +27.2%

Photo of SkinnyElvis
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
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 Altenor
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of magictrokini
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
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 virinow
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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 bpfrush
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of MattyG85
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.

Photo of Cynic-ale
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of williamjbauer
4/5  rDev +1.8%

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.

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AleSmith X from AleSmith Brewing Company
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