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AleSmith X - AleSmith Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
89
very good

813 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 813
Reviews: 368
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 10.43%
Wants: 62
Gots: 61 | 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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1.25/5  rDev -68.2%

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2/5  rDev -49.1%

Photo of Brewsmith
2.17/5  rDev -44.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

From a 22ox bottle poured into an imperial pint glass. Foamed like crazy. Golden straw with way too much head. Grainy, hoppy aroma, but something is off. A little cardboard and maybe a slight infection. I think this beer was stored badly. I have tried it before and thought it was fantastic. This is just a bad bottle.

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2.5/5  rDev -36.4%

Photo of JDV
2.53/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Wow, to call this one of the best pales is a complete joke. Simultaneously one of the blandest and most overcarbonated beers I've ever had. Pours a cloudy orange with a huge bubbly white head. Smell is nice and of earthy and citrus smells along with some tropical fruit notes. Taste however is literally almost nonexistant. Extremely bland and the mouthfeel needs serious work. Tongue stripping carbonation, along with the fact that the beer turns to foam as it hits your tongue and froths immensely. In a blind tasting this would be thrashed. Like the bubbliest champagne you could imagine. Drinkable, but a far cry from what I expected from the Alesmith name, and there are better and cheaper pales in the local grocery store...

Photo of FreightTrain
2.55/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured a pale gold with a big fluffy head and active carbonation.

Nice floral, citrusy hop aroma well projected by the bubbling head.

Taste is watery and simple with no real synergy. The malt is almost non-existent and the hops aren't particularly strong or flavorful either, although they certainly dominate the middle and finish. Hop oils atop light beer is my general impression.

Body is thin and a little oily, a strange combination. Carbonation helps a little though.

I wouldn't buy this again, especially with so many other great west coast pale ales out there.

Photo of jegross2
2.6/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Reviewing the AleSmith X from AleSmith Brewing Company.
Score: 64

No date information on the bottle. Received as part of my n00b BIF box last week (I wanna say January 19). Enjoyed 01/26/12 out of a Surly Darkness snifter glass.

Appearance: Pours a pale, translucent straw yellow color with a finger of soapy white head that settles into a thin coating atop the glass. Solid lacing. 3.5/5

Smell: Sweet orange citrus, some malted barley, some creamy malt and a little lemon. Hints of pepper and yeast. Smells more like a pilsner than a pale ale. 3.5/5

Taste: Taste is a lot "grainier" than the aroma, tastes a little flat and watery. Lots of malted barley on the midpalate and in the finish. Light flavors of lemon-water in the mix too. Not getting a lot of citrus. Finish is very slightly bitter. No real flavor here. 2.5/5

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, light carbonation. Very watery mouthfeel with an ever slightly bitter finish. 1/5

Overall: Probably past its prime -- breweries REALLY need to date their bottles -- and flavorless.

Recommendation: Skip this one.

Pairings: Lemon-crusted chicken.

Cost: 5.99 for a 22 oz (bomber) bottle.

Photo of animortician
2.7/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

First time trying something lighter by AleSmith. Got a 220z bottle.

Soon as I popped the cap I was surprised to not hear much pressure release at all. This beer was almost totally flat. Poured it pretty aggressively but it didn't inspire any head at at all. Bright Golden in color.

Smelled good, bright citrus tart IPA.

Taste was good but it was impossible to ignore the lack of carbonation. Seemed like it would have been a great IPA if it was balanced with good Carbonation. Flavor seem comparable to something like Lagunitas IPA.

Mouthfeel... How do u say flat?

Hoping this was just a bad bottle that somehow didn't get enough priming sugar added during bottling.

Photo of Noelito76
2.75/5  rDev -30%

Photo of Jredner
2.85/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

22 oz from Liquorama.com.

The body is a pale, clear gold and it holds a preposterous hand thick white head that rises straight out of the glass like a volcano forming a pacific islet. If this were a Belgian ale I’d be impressed, but an American Pale Ale?

The aroma is light pine and citrus, heavy dry white fruit, kind bud and a bit of sulfur funk. Not starting out great for one of my favorite breweries.

First sip, achieved through substantial effort due to the outlandish head, is bitter hops that are very piney. Dry, nice mouthfeel. Lemongrass and herbal notes. The malt component is very reserved consisting of white fruit and white bread. Finish is again bitter and dry.

Photo of ssteakley
2.86/5  rDev -27.2%
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 athensbeermaster
2.88/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Well so far this is a BIG let down. Nice big head,good lacing.The nose has a faint hint of that famous alesmith hop aroma. The taste is like these guys were aiming for a light beer for beer geeks?? The malt backbone is not there at all. The hops are more presence than a Amstel Light but this is a $4 alesmith? The drinkabilty is ok there is no off flavors or bad taste. Just really wimpy for a pricey Ale Smith! The ESB and IPA are some of the best beers I've tried in Cali but this one I wish I couldget a refund on!!

Photo of oglmcdgl
2.95/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A bottle split with onix1agr. Thanks bud.

A- a firm pour yields three fingers of bright white head that sticks around for a bit before settling and leaving a lot of patchy lace and a solid ring on top. Pale straw yellow in color and almost crystal clear.

S- mild honey sweetness and lightly hopped with some pale malts and the like.

T- opens up with a light bitter grapefruit hop and some soapy cilantro herbal like hits. Malts honey sweet and in nice balance.

M- a touch less then medium in body and carb with a bit of syrup to the feel.

O- not my fav from alesmith. I'm feeling the hops clash with the malts a bit or maybe this is a less then fresh bottle.

Photo of Phillyduke
2.98/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brought a 22-oz. bomber with me on vacation last week to the Jersey Shore. Enjoyed this on the deck after a long day on the beach of doing absolutely nothing. Review is from my notes:

A: Poured into an Imperial Pint glass, leaving a good deal of sediment in the bottle. Beer is a clear vibrant golden color with a pillowy 3-finger head. Not much lacing, but excellent retention. Noticeable carbonation. I was unable to keep the sediment from creeping into my glass on the second pour, however, and ended up with some "chunkies" on the refill.

S: A very clean, though unremarkable smell, with subtle notes of pine, floral, and citrus hops if you search for them.

T: Refreshing, but a bit thin on the malt profile. A crisp hop bite dominates the taste and finishes slightly bitter, yet short and clean. Not particularly flavorful in either malt or hops.

M/D: Medium-bodied and well-carbonated. It tingles the tongue and makes this a very refreshing beer to drink several of in a sitting. It would be a great summer session brew to drink with seafood or other spicy dishes, as this would definitely stay out of the way in the background while it cleanses the palate.

Overall I was a bit disappointed for an AleSmith beer. There are certainly much better APAs for the money that have more flavor and are truer to a West Coast style. This one was just too simple and unremarkable for me to go out of my way to revisit.

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AleSmith X from AleSmith Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 813 ratings.