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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Ratings: 858 | Reviews: 374
Photo of Moose90
3.87/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served On-Tap

A – Pours a deep orange and amber hue, tall and bright white head sits atop and leaves behind nice lacing.

S – Smells of bright and fresh hops, sweet and rich caramel and crystal malts. Very nice.

T – Taste is initially of hops and slightly bitter tones, leads way to a well rounded and slightly sweet malt body.

M – Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, nicely balanced.

O – Nice beer here again from AleSmith, very nice balance, but this is definitely a hoppy pale.

Photo of kkleu357
3.4/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Ugh, just bought this and realized this was bottled 6 months ago. Really should check the dates before purchasing. Anyway, Nice fruity aroma. Unfortunately, it was too sweet and malty. Most of the hops had fallen off. Still, not bad though.

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 larryarms847
3.56/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a straw golden yellow, very clean, no sediment, looks almost like a lager with some very airy carbonation.

Subdued citrus notes, subtle malt sweetness, and slight pine/herbal aromas, very mild.

Citrusy and piney hops sit on top of a very laid back malt backbone, nothing really shines.

Light-bodied, medium-high carbonation, crisp, dry, refreshing.

Overall, I was excited to find this, but nothing really stood out nor made this something I'd try to hunt down again. Just a crisp, refreshing, mild pale ale.

Photo of BigJohnShow
1/5  rDev -74.6%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Didn't like it. Tasted like tonic water.

Photo of chriskohlen
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty similar to Sierra Nevada. Not worth the extra $

Photo of BcOneSeven
2.98/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Mild. Could probably be my favorite lawnmower beer.

Photo of Bfarr
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Clear golden yellow and an off-white foamy head with good retention and nice lacing. Citrus and fresh hop resin, grass aromas. Citrus and grassy flavors and light straw and bittering linger. Nice balancing sweetness and a slight wheat undertone. Rather heavy finish despite light body.

Easy drinking and hop flavored without the bittering making this the way a pale ale should be. Rather heavy to be refreshing but an enjoyable beer.

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 vishneda
3.89/5  rDev -1%
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.

Photo of TheGenesisOfElegance
4.39/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Rich golden and clear. Thick head but dissipates quickly. No lacing.

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

Taste: Light in hops but plenty of spices, citrus, malt and sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, moderate carbonation, full body.

Overall: Excellent.

Photo of slackattack
3.3/5  rDev -16%
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.

Photo of hopsputin
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

a: hazy golden yellow with some darker orange notes rising up the sides of the glass. 2 finger marshmallow white head.

s: cascade & columbus hops. pineapple, sweet lemons, light toffee, juicy mango, huge amounts of freshly baked dough

t: taste is much different than the aroma. the hops i'm tasting, which hit you first, are oniony & garlic. dank 'cat piss' like flavors. those fade to some bitter grapefruit, piney bark, and fresh citrus. ends bready & bitter

m: medium with just enough carbonation to pop those amarillo-like flavors

o: don't love it. the flavors taste a bit all over the place in here....something just isn't working with another one of the flavors. i think when you have the garlic-like hop flavors you need to balance it out with something sweet. however here your just hit with bitterness. not enough balance. i will say it is probably a good beer to pair with a salad or sharp cheese

Photo of KornWallace
3.64/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Date: 3/20/1
Location: The Craftsman
Draught/Bottle: Draught
Glassware: Cigar City Pint
Appearance: Very blonde with a small head. The beer laces very nicely.
Aromatics: A very nice fruit smell. Lots of piney hops.
Flavor: To be honest, I was a little taken back by how piney it was. Wasn't expecting it from an APA. The mouthfeel was smooth.
Finish: The hops stayed on for the finish.

Photo of WheelsPSU
4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at Uncle Barry's. 13 ounce pour for $4. I love you happy hour.

Poured gold with a small head. There was a generous amount of lacing that clung to the tulip glass for the entirety.

The aroma was subtle. Grapefruit and citrus were the dominant scents.

Highly bitter for an American Pale Ale. I like that. You can definitely taste the lemon/grapefruit/citrus from the hops. But there is something underlying in this beer. Perhaps its from the malts. Something not too bready but almost grainy. Citrus is the dominant flavor. Very sessionable.

Not too dry with a medium body and a bit of carbonation. Beautifully done APA.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a classic extra pale, style defining for me really. looks like a pilsener, pale straw colored and showing an inch of reasonably well lasting white head. great hop nose, way more than just a pale ale here, the light light malt lets the hops do the walking and talking, and the citrusy high alpha varietals selected here really work well. a touch of woodsy pine to them as well in the taste, but this is a lighter beer far closer to the fruity end of the spectrum. malt gives just enough body and balance, a little sweetness, and a great feel thats tailor made for all day drinking. light feel but enough body to this for it to still satiate my need for a beer. clean finish, i could drink this all day and not get full, drunk, or bored. a real gem in that regard. up to the high standard alesmith has set with its full line up, and ultimate in sessionability. great year round drink for the hop lover.

Photo of JMScowcroft
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

AleSmith X, poured into a DFH Spiegelau IPA glass.

Look - Pours a slightly cloudy pale copper with an amber hue and an inch sized soapy head. Great lacing.

Smell - Slight caramel malt, a little bready. Citrus/pine hops.

Taste - Crisp citrus, hoppy and fresh.

Mouthfeel - Light-medium bodied, moderate carbonation. Great drinkability. Touch of malt warm booziness.

Overall - Solid brew.

Photo of ssteakley
2.92/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

This is the El Camino of Beers, the worst part of a pick up and the worst part of a car....Just does not worl against the craft beers of Oregon and Washington. I consulted Beeradvocate before AI bought it and was grossly disappointed. To each their own for sure, Enjoy.

Photo of BEERchitect
4.09/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I hearby declare that the classic American Pale Ale is dead! There's no room for balance in hoppy American Ales because they are trending drier and hoppier, like IPA- except for the more moderate alcohol content. And you know what? The better ones should!

This "X" factor of an ale kicks off with a bright light honey-amber hue with the faintest of haze. Its zesty carbonation streams to the top and fuels a cottony, airy head to cap the beer session-wide and trailing with concentric lacing at each drink.

The hoppy ale is bursting with citrus, tropical and botanical aromas. Where the malt is downplayed, its hop character elevates with vibrant red grapefruit, tangerine, light pineapple, mango and apricot. A nod toward chives, "catty" and cannabis rounds out the ales pungent yet citrusy scent.

As its early but terse sweetness greets the tongue, the malts take on light honey-dipped and graham cracker flavors. These will only serve to make the hoppy fruit notes seem riper, fresher and juicier once they rise in the middle palate. But high fruit flavor is proportioned much like grapefruit juice and "Hawaiian Punch" except where sweetness is expected in the juices, a dryness ushers in a bitter and crisp finish. Slightly piney, but also herbal, grassy and pungent- its earthen character arises and reminds us of the close relationship between the hop plant and the cannabis plant.

As well done American ales should, the beer's heightened carbonation highlights its dry malt taste early as well as keeping things both creamy and zesty in order to propel its vibrant hop character. As those bubbles pop, they leave behind the hop resins and moderate alcohol to dry the beer, cripen its texture and leave a clean, fleeting finish behind with echoes of citrus.

As our taste for hops is insatiable, the more balanced Pale Ale is being foregone for these newer hop-forward ales where hop flavor and aroma are showcased but its bitterness is as moderate as its body and alcohol content. The landscape of Pale Ale is changing- and for the better. Thanks for leading the way AleSmith!

Photo of hardy008
3.76/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours hazy gold with a one finger white head, with good retention and generous lacing. The aroma has grapefruit and citrus zest. Not a real strong aroma, but very nice.

The taste is more bitter than sweet with grapefruit, tangerines, lemon, and citrus zest. Light taste of crackers in the background.

Light bodied with plenty of carbonation. Light citrus aftertaste. Very easy to drink. I wish there was more of a malt backbone to balance out the bitterness, but still a good beer.

Photo of AgentMunky
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Served in a footed glass at Ale Arsenal.

Pellucid-pale. Light head. Faint gold. Smells of earthy garlic hops and butterscotch malt. Very nice.

Flavor is lemon peel light. Perfectly elegant finish. Mouthfeel is damn near perfect. Light. Lightly carbonated. It tastes like lemon seltzer. A good pale ale. Recommended. Will have again. Not stellar, but serviceable.

Photo of blindtiger24
4.36/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

22oz bomber poured into a pint glass.

A: Clear golden with a thick, frothy head to start that thins out quickly. Active carbonation with lots of tiny champagne-like bubbles.

S: Strong hop aromas jump out as soon as the cap is snapped off the bottle. Predominantly grapefruit and softer pine aromas. After a few swirls, the pine scent interestingly becomes more apparent.

T: A smack of citrus hop bitterness that quickly moves into a biscuit sweetness. Oily hop resin swings back highlighting earthy undertones. Finishes very light.

M: A very refreshing IPA. Light on the tongue at times but also maintains a sticky, sweet hop resin that is characteristic of San Diego IPAs.

O: A sessionable IPA that is balanced and good across the board. The inviting aromas announce that this beer with be interesting to drink. What’s most impressive is how refreshing this beer is without sacrificing on taste. Nothing blows you away with this beer, but the complete West Cost IPA experience is encapsulated.

Photo of brurevu
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From my tasting notes: The X had a gold body with a nice fizzy head with a good hop and slight malty aroma. It had a balanced taste between the citrusy hops and doughy malt that I was instantly enamored with. The X went down smooth and before I knew it, it was gone. It was one of the best Pale Ales I had ever had.

Photo of BMMillsy
4.47/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at the brewery. Pours a light golden, slightly hazy, with a beautiful creamy white head. Aroma of grapefruits and pineapples galore. Flavor follows with big tropical citrus of pineapple and bite of grapefruit, with just a hint of grassy hops. Light pale malts accentuate with a nice sweetness. Light bodied and medium carbonation. This was fantastic!

Photo of Omnium
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bomber > Pint Glass

A - Pours a hazed straw yellow color big thick marshmallow two finger head, thick awesome lacing. Extra pale like its name implies.
S - Super super super awesome dankness, lots of pine and fresh cut grass, very floral, a little bready, some mild citrus.
T - Taste is very balanced and light, up front is some juicy tropical notes, which I didnt get in the aroma, they fade fast, then you get some really nice dankness, and a big fresh bread malt on the end, and some more juicy fruit flavor.
M - Light, refreshing, a little chewy, but good.
O - Awesome pale ale, lots of bold flavor, and great aroma.

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AleSmith X from AleSmith Brewing Company
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