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AleSmith X - AleSmith Brewing Company

AleSmith XAleSmith X

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694 Ratings

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Ratings: 694
Reviews: 362
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 10.69%

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 KornWallace

New York

3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-20-2014 20:24:53 | More by KornWallace
Photo of WheelsPSU

New York

4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-09-2014 20:56:52 | More by WheelsPSU
Photo of AgentMunky


3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-15-2013 02:55:10 | More by AgentMunky
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-09-2013 19:04:46 | More by brurevu
Photo of BMMillsy


4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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!

Serving type: on-tap

11-09-2013 06:56:48 | More by BMMillsy
Photo of argock


4.48/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap in a Shaker pint at The Taproom (San Diego, CA).

A: Crystal clear golden with 1/2-to-1-finger of foamy off-white head with good retention and substantial lacing.

S: Big grapefruit and pine usher in a stellar aroma profile with honeysuckle, lemon tartness, and pineapple. The malt is nondescript.

T: I have got to start looking for the clone recipe for this beer -- it is so crisp and refreshing with upfront hoppiness with grapefruit, lemon, orange, floral, and pine without grassiness or dankness. The malt profile, while a supporting player, makes a huge difference in the enjoyment of this beer as it provides just the right kiss of sweetness and breadiness without seeming at all overly malty or cloying, letting the hops shine. The bitterness is low. A wonderful demi-session ale.

M: Very slick and clean with low carbonation and a light body that lends a creamy soft quality and enhances drinkability even further.

O: I really enjoyed this beer -- while I was expecting a really good APA being that it was from Alesmith, this guy surpassed my expectations. Superb beer and a standard-bearer for style.

Serving type: on-tap

11-22-2012 05:05:46 | More by argock
Photo of DocJitsu


3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy light golden color with an off white head. The head lingers due to carbonation bubbles migrating from the bottom. Sweet grapefruit bouquet. Light to medium body. Pine up front yielding to sweet grapefruit with a bit of green grape noted. Finishes pretty abruptly and clearly.

Serving type: on-tap

11-04-2012 01:44:24 | More by DocJitsu
Photo of xnicknj


4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at hawthornes in philly

Pours a slightly hazed straw yellow color with a larger, fluffy white head resting on top. Nice legs and retention, leaving patchy, ringed lacing all over the glass.

Floral hoppy aroma along with some biscuit and straw tones in the nose. Not super bitter, but a nice balance between the two sides.

A punch of hop bitterness up front with some floral tones an a soft bit of citrus peel. Biscuit and straw malts with some grassy hints. Finishes a little bitter with a hint of lemon peel.

Medium body, nice carbonation, refreshing and smooth on the tongue. This is an excellent example of a drinkable APA that you could easily have 2 or 3 of without a problem. I wish this was cheaper and easier to find.

Serving type: on-tap

03-15-2012 01:32:26 | More by xnicknj
Photo of corby112


3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Draft at Hamilton's in San Diego.

Pours a pale golden yellow color that's just a touch hazy with a 1.5 finger frothy, pillowy white head.  excellent retention, only slowly fading into a lasting ring that leaves chunks of soapy lacing left behind.  

Floral, delicate hop aroma with a faint grassy character along with some earthy pine, pale biscuit malt and graham cracker.

Medium bodied with a delicate floral hop presence that's grass with faint pine needle flavor.  A touch of tropical and citrus fruit and a prominent pale malt character with some bready biscuit. Not overly complex but well balanced, refreshing and easy to drink.

Serving type: on-tap

02-08-2012 21:01:32 | More by corby112
Photo of BucannonXC5


3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a tap into a pint glass at Vine Cottage in San Diego, Calif. Color was golden amber. Maybe an inch of head. Good-looking lacing on top. Lots of circular film that lasted throughout.

Smelled of citrus hops. Lemon zest.

Initial taste was almost pilsner like. Spicy hops. Bitter ending.

Medium body. Lively carbonation. Bitter finish. Got kind of old pretty quick.

This beer started out so good and then just kind of petered out as it went down. Just so-so.

Serving type: on-tap

10-01-2011 07:13:41 | More by BucannonXC5
Photo of HopHead84


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


On tap at Alesmith.

A: Straw yellow with an inch of froth. Pretty good retention and scattered sheets of lacing.

S: Aromatic orange flesh and pith with lemon, apricot, peach, and tangerine. The hops are bright and vibrant. Malt is faint in the nose, giving the impression of cracker and biscuit.

T: Orange and lemon balanced by a crackery malt profile. Light biscuit notes greet the palate. I detect a little peach and tangerine. The beer is lightly sweet, with a pleasant upper low to lower moderate level of bitterness. The finish is dry and crisp.

M: Light in body with a lower level of high carbonation. The mouthfeel is crisp, dry, and sticky.

Overall: A delicious, refreshing, and highly drinkable pale ale. 

Serving type: on-tap

08-05-2011 00:20:17 | More by HopHead84
Photo of Retsinis


3.15/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had this on tap at Instant replay, review from notes.

A: Served in a standard pint glass, the beer pours a clear straw yellow color with slight golden hue. The white head rose about a good inch in a half, but quickly settled, leaving minimal lacing.

S: Scents of hops, a bit of lemon zest, grass, some mild wheat and malt in the background too.

T: Initial flavor impression is a crisp, medium bitter bite, followed by a mild wheat malt backbone. Some citrus, light herbs and hops, but overall just simple and refreshing.

M: Medium body, crisp, with medium to high carbonation.

O: Session beer for me. Decent flavor, not to high in alcohol, refreshing, and goes down very easy, and fast on a hot day. However, being an American pale ale, it is light in flavors too, and not something, personally, that I would seek out per se when craving an Alesmith beer, as so much of their other offerings offer a lot more complexity as well as flavor in my opinion. Prefer Speedway stout, or Nautical Nut brown when given their options. As for the this beer in style, good, but only above average for me.

Serving type: on-tap

07-07-2011 21:53:44 | More by Retsinis
Photo of Sideswipe


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

On tap at the brewery.

X is an opaque, pale golden color with two fingers of dense white head. Decent lacing. The nose is pale malt and spicy citrus hops. Taste follows with notes of orange, and tangerine supported by a biscuity malt backbone. There Is a pleasant level of fruity bitterness. The finish is dry with a slightly bitter aftertaste which lingers on the palate. Feel is light and refreshing with a nice level of carbonation. Overall this is a solid APA. I like it. Thanks AleSmith.

Serving type: on-tap

06-15-2011 18:54:42 | More by Sideswipe
Photo of mactrail


3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Crisp, pleasant light bitter beer.

Nice bright golden color in the pint glass. Some head but plenty of carbonation in the mouth. Rather sprightly. Light body but crisp and easy to drink. Hop flavor is perky but not overdone. Flowery and resiny flavors. Bitter aftertaste but mellows out.

A pleasant quaff with food courtesy of the La Jolla Brewhouse.

Serving type: on-tap

05-17-2011 05:42:27 | More by mactrail
Photo of LittleDon


4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A pint at the PB Tap Room in Pacific Beach, CA

Golden with a below average lived head but plenty of lace. Slight haze. Aroma is balance between light malt and citrus. Medium carbonation and medium to medium-heavy mouthfeel. Grainy front, but with orange elements. Noticeable amount of bitterness middle to end, more grassy than citrus, though. Tasted this side by side with the Alesmith IPA and found the X to be more subtly flavored and interesting, lighter, a bit less better, and without the alcohol tones found in the IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

04-20-2011 02:29:01 | More by LittleDon
Photo of GarthDanielson

North Carolina

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

Served on-tap at the La Jolla Brewhouse in CA. The beer was served in a pint glass, and it pours a clear, bright, vibrant yellow-gold coloring with a quarter-inch white, light, fluffy head. The nose is hoppy green, with a little pepper spice and citrus sweet tagged on the end. Slight sour malt flavor initially, with bitter hops and pepper spice cleaning up the tail end of the flavors. Slight peppery and musty aftertaste, with a smooth and quick finish. This is an easy drinker.

Serving type: on-tap

04-11-2011 05:44:39 | More by GarthDanielson
Photo of fourplayed


3.38/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tap to 12oz Glass.

Pours 1finger head. Clean yellow golden pale. lite to medium carbonation. head breaks up fairly fast leaving minimum lacing.

Smells are very mild on this one. Mild Hops first, and a touch of citrus and citrus sweetness..orange? or pineapple? tough to say.

Tastes o.k,, mild hops of pine, some malt, the citrus & fruit sweetness are all very mild....not a lot going on here.

Very lite body, with more than medium carbonation and a mild hop bite.

A very easy one to gulp down. All ingredients are MILD. Hops stand out the most but are o.k. not strong. Carbonation is a bit more than needed. This finishes with a lite hop dryness and a bit of alcohol warmth. A fairly mild, tame brew for my taste.

Serving type: on-tap

10-15-2010 21:21:21 | More by fourplayed
Photo of scottchesterhall


4.58/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a pitcher with nice 1/2 inch head that lasted most of the 16 oz. glass.

Smell was fanTAStic. Huge dry-hopped aroma...better than many IPAs. I'm guessing some chinook or maybe simcoe hops.

Taste was clean, great balance of malt with enough hop flavor to merit the pale ale classification.

Mouthfeel was moderate effervescence...well proportioned.

Drinkability was fantastic...tasted great from first sip to last, even when the first sip was at about 40 degrees, and the last more like 60.

This is one of the best pale ales I've had, up there with Mirror Pond. On the hoppy end of pale ale...just like the best of them.

Serving type: on-tap

08-27-2010 07:45:28 | More by scottchesterhall
Photo of glid02


4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-29-2009 02:47:12 | More by glid02
Photo of Nesued

South Carolina

3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap at Stone Brewery.

Appearance - Golden/yellow in initial appearance, with a lively carbonation. A marginal head crowned off this offering, which resolved to a thin remain.

Smell - Subtle aroma of pine/grapefruit. Mild amount of citrus/orange as well. Not a big nose on this one, and not much more to speak of.

Taste - Crisp, lively and biting, all at the same time. I didn't really taste a lot of the over-hopped perspective, while at the same time didn't really notice a malty base. Was an odd construct and seemed to we wanting to be more, but not quite sure of which way.

Mouthfeel - Moderate body with a clearing finish. Moderate bitterness.

Drinkability - Sure, a good drinking beer, but not one I would try again, nor one that I would actively seek out (not to worry, since I can't get any Alesmith offerings in SC). I'll tend to gravitate towards other Alesmith offerings.

Serving type: on-tap

02-21-2009 19:17:35 | More by Nesued
Photo of charlzm


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

Consumed 02/18/09 at Stone World Bistro, Escondido, CA.

Beer is a very clear, medium golden hue with a modicum of small bubbles streaming energetically up the sides of the glass. A foamy white head quickly becomes a ring of sticky lacing.

There is a nice aroma of crisp golden apples, some light, grassy hops and mineral water.

Flavor is straightforward and clean. Slight lemon character and grassiness up front mingles with well-controlled sweetness. Malt flavor is fleeting. Crystal? Bitterness is there, but down low in the mix. VERY clean finish.

Well-carbonated, stops just shy of being sharp or parching on the tongue.

This is a refreshing beer for a hot day, of which we have plenty in Southern California.

Serving type: on-tap

02-21-2009 04:39:40 | More by charlzm
Photo of illidurit


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

On tap at The Red in Santa Cruz. I had recently drunk a SN Pale Ale and after quite disliking it, I was interested in Alesmith's take on the style.

A: Poured from the tap into a nonic. 1 finger of white head lingers atop the golden body and leaves some decent lacing.

S: Smells really fresh and floral, with a certain light malt sweetness.

T: Wow, now this is what a pale ale should taste like! Light and clean caramel/biscuit malt sits in perfect balance with a floral hop edge. This has got the legendary Alesmith balance. Everything melds together blissfully, whereas the SNPA tasted like a pine needle sandwich.

M: Goes down really smooth, very fine carbonation, appropriately light body.

D: Sooo easy to drink, great session beer. Good taste and a clean finish.

Serving type: on-tap

09-21-2007 21:10:06 | More by illidurit
Photo of goschool


4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Father's Office in Santa Monica.

Appearance: The pour is hazy gold with a large, long-lasting white head.

Smell: The aroma doesn't leap out, but the nose has a nice balance of zesty citrus hops, biscuits malts, and bread yeast.

Taste: Hop bitterness takes over in the flavor profile. Floral and citrus hops start the beer off and stick around while sweet malts come in. This is more low key and crisp than many West Coast pale ales.

Mouthfeel: The body is dry and prickly.

Drinkability: This was exactly what I wanted in a beer at the time- hoppy, pale, and quaffable.

Serving type: on-tap

07-10-2007 06:54:53 | More by goschool
Photo of largadeer


4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've had bottles of this several times in the past and always considered it a solid pale ale, but after trying it fresh from tap at the Alesmith brewery my opinion of it completely changed. It's bready, toasty, malt-heavy, crisp and remarkably delicious and drinkable. The hops are citric, fruity and mellow, providing a lot of aroma and a touch of bitterness. Less dry than the bottled variety, the malt is prominent and perfectly balanced with the hops, and the texture is creamy without being thick. If I lived anywhere near Alesmith, I'd be getting growlers of this regularly.

Serving type: on-tap

07-09-2007 20:44:31 | More by largadeer
Photo of MiScusi


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

On tap at Father's office in Santa Monica.

Pale gold/yellow in color with a fluffy white head, had good retention. Smell didn't jump out to me much, and I picked up a lot of bready malt in the taste, to go along with a mild bitterness, and bit of hops. Pretty quaffable for a pale ale.

Serving type: on-tap

03-23-2007 15:02:16 | More by MiScusi
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AleSmith X from AleSmith Brewing Company
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