AleSmith X - AleSmith Brewing Company
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Reviews by stakem:
3.13/5 rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5
Thanks to BdubleEdubleRUN for this generous extra in a recent trade.
From a bomber with no freshness dating into a SA sensory glass, this brew pours initially with only an inch of liquid in the bottom of the glass and 6+ fingers of mountainous fluff composed of very large bubbles. Even carefully pouring down the edge of the glass didn't help tame this brew which is comical because the writing on the back of the bottle instructs you to do a careful pour in order to leave the sediment on the bottom of the bottle. Well, unfortunately simply popping the cap off made the carbonation surge to the surface and that disrupted the yeast more so than a careless pour. After 5 attempts of letting the head die down and re-pour do I finally have more than 10 ounces of brew in my glass. It appears a golden yellow color that for the most part is clear except for some particulate floating through the body. A constant stream of bubbles rises to the surface endlessly creating support for the already excessive head. The cap of foam is tireless, it maintains more than a finger of refreshed head that is composed of large bubbles. There are pillows of thick lace coating the glass, its unlike almost anything i've ever seen before.
The aroma of this brew is fairly bold with hop characteristics smelling grassy with light citrus and some sulfur across the middle. As the brew warms, it picks up a bit of a fruit aspect somewhat reminiscent of pear with a mellow cereal grain sweetness to the back. There is a persistent green yeastiness about this brew that seems a bit out of place but it isn't dominating so it is tolerable for the most part.
The taste of this brew is grassy and bitter with herbal hops that are not nearly as bold as the aroma led me to believe I was in for. However, the bitterness is mellow and enjoyable leaving the window open to taste not only the hop inclusion but also the mild cereal-like grain character through the back. It finishes crisp with a tingling warmth that seems a bit exaggerated for only 5%. As the brew warms, there is a light fruit flavor almost like pear skins coupled with some green yeastiness.
This is a medium to light bodied brew that is excessively carbonated. It took some effort and a number of swirls to try and tame this brew to be able to enjoy it. Even after constant swirling, the bubbles continuously stream off the etching on the bottom of the glass. The alcohol is quite bold for 5%, it is not hidden at all. Overall it is not that bad of an offering, I enjoyed the opportunity to give this brew a try but I would be hesitant on trying this brew again.
Serving type: bottle
04-12-2011 00:35:28 | More by stakem
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3.25/5 rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Pours clear-ish gold with pure white creamy head of about 2 fingers that slowly dissipates and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is tropical fruit, pine, and something spicy that I'm not sure of. Taste is not fruity at all, bitter, spice in the nose turns out to be oniony kind of thing that finally gets piney for a split second, then sweetens up with some malt at the end. Has a lingering bitterness that is enjoyable. Mouthfeel is just ok. Overall, being my first Alesmith beer, I'm a little disappointed.
Serving type: bottle
06-16-2014 21:57:57 | More by slackattack
AleSmith X from AleSmith Brewing Company
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