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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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Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very soft mouthfeel, an old style pale ale, great with lunch as sessionable. Understated bitterness and fruity drop of yeast and citrus lemon. Herbal. Dry finish and bitter aftertaste. Moderate hop aroma. Pale grapefruit colour with cream head, lace.

Photo of t0rin0
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured this from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass. First thing I noticed was the large amount of CO2. The color was a light golden that was pretty clear and had lots of head on top. The beer had lots of bubbles coming out of solution. The color was pretty light even for a pale ale.

The smell was mostly of hops and a little of malt. Its a very simple pale ale with a little extra hops in it so there isnt much to describe here other than there were some citrusy hop aromas coming out of the glass. Kinda refreshing.

The flavor was along the same lines. The hop flavor was fairly strong for an american pale ale. It was mostly citrus but there was a little piney quality to it as well. The malt was simple and sweet. The balance between hops and malt here was closer to that of an IPA but it was nice.

The body was of light/medium thickness but the carbonation wouldn't let you know that until the beer starts to lose some of its CO2. Overall its a good and drinkable beer.

Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy light orange with a 1 inch foamy white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus fruit, citrus zest, and some malt aromas. Taste is of citrus zest and some herbal hop flavors up front with a slight malt finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is refreshing and easy to drink.

Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of daysinthewake. Served in a Mikasa tulip on International IPA Day 2011.

Pours a slightly-hazed light apricot color with a good white head and some light spotty lacing on the edges of the glass. The nose brings some light citrus and a touch of light grain. Pretty good, but nothing too over the top. The flavor puts of mild citrus in terms of hop flavor, though not too much bitterness. Light body with good carbonation and a slightly-dry finish. Pretty good, but not as good as the rest of AleSmith's offerings.

Photo of nmann08
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of GRG1313
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a honey yellow with a rich, pillowy and thick head; lovely looking.

Nose is elegant and full of perfume. Asserts a rich lemon mouse with almost a hint of sweetness and a brighness in the nose you don't see/get in most beer. Nose is wonderful.

Mouthfeel is actually light and elegant but there is a rich, "quality" character to this beer. Seems light and simple at first blush but it is very appealing. You just want to keep coming back for more it's so drinkable.

Flavors of light fresh lemon, sweet grapefruit and a pleasant pine/pine resin. An all around appealing drink. Perhaps a "universally appealing" type of beer.

Photo of metter98
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is slightly hazy straw yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high white head that has excellent retention properties and consistently left a thin head covering the surface along with thick rings of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of citrusy hops in the nose—particularly a mélange of grapefruit, lemon and orange.
T: Like the smell, the taste has pleasant flavors of citrusy hops along with a very slight amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light-bodied and slightly crisp on the palate and with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is a great choice if you are looking for something that's easy to drink, light-bodied and still very flavorful. It is quite sessionable.

Photo of olradetbalder
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of kjkinsey
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of BEERchitect
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
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 Phyl21ca
3.38/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a light yellow color ale with a medium bubbly white head with average retention. Aroma of hops if mostly floral with small touch of ester, which was slightly displeasing. Taste is quite refreshing with a strong hops presence. Lighter body then expected but I didn’t mind because APA is a style that doesn’t necessarily gain from full body.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Luminous gold with a hint of orange and a plethora of superfine yeast so small they almost escape notice. The high-quality head of alabaster foam is stiff, rocky, bubbly and oozing with character. At present, it looks like a melted thimble since the center of the head is falling much slower than the edges. Beautiful, meandering strands of lace stick to every square inch of available glass.

The aroma isn't as hoppy as I had hoped it would be. I know that X is nowhere near the hop monsters that AleSmith IPA and YuleSmith are, but I still wanted a more assertive nose than I've been given. There's a good mix of pale malt and hops that are at least as musky as they are citrusy.

The label reads 'Extra Pale Ale'. I wonder if the 'Extra' has any significance. I say that because, again, while this is obviously a well-crafted beer, it settles for less than full-bore, even keeping style in mind. That won't be a negative for everyone, I just want to make sure I document where it fits in the overall scheme of West Coast pale ales.

It's hard to say which is more prominent, the lightly toasted, biscuity pale malt or the gently bitter, citrus zesty hops. Let's call it a draw. You want balanced? You got it. Hop bitterness takes center stage late in the mouthful, only because it hangs around the longest. A more resiny hoppiness would be nice.

Each pour is further evidence, as if any were needed, that quality breweries brew beer that looks great in the glass. I like the appearance more now than I did initially, and I liked it just fine then. The mouthfeel is lightly silky and caressingly soft. I'm also enjoying the understated amount of carbonation.

Despite all my bitchin' and moanin', AleSmith X is a first class APA. I'm just pissed that the brewers didn't consult me about what *I* would prefer. This beer and Stone Pale Ale are terrific bookends to the easy drinking, West Coast pale ale style and are even more reason for me to be jealous of the Southern California BAs who can drink them whenever they feel like it.

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ok now this was a good Pale Ale. Perhaps my favorite style, whether I choose to admit it or not, I was thrilled when I saw this come in a package

Poured a nice very hazy golden amber with about two inches of white head on top. A nice slow fade gave way to copious side glass lace and a nice film across the top. You could tell it was nice due to ample carbonation consistently replenishing it. Great fresh aroma, with lots of floral hops and a good bit of grain in the back. The taste followed through pretty much the same. Great floral hop flavor hit you right away, but it was very light and refreshing, nothing overbearing about it at all. Nice underlying grain base had a touch of sweetness to it which gave it some good depth. Smooth, crisp finish with a nice lingering bitterness. Great light bodied feel and amble carbonation made it very light and refreshing and kept you wanting to come back for more. This was easily a session ale with no issues.

Overall I was very impressed here. This was an awesome pale that was more the adequately hopped and really had a great profile. I would love to have this on tap in my house, it would really be something that would go well for a large gathering of friends or during a game. Highly recommended here.

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

A: Very pale golden color, lots of carbonation, and an enormous amount of foam.

S: A decent citrus hop aroma, but certainly not a punch in the face.

T: Lemon, grapefruit, and a bit of malt and yeast on the finish. Interesting flavor.

M: Very crisp and dry, tons of carbonation.

D: Good drinkability, the carbonation and crispness make this a refreshing beer.

Photo of Knapp85
3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This pours out as a yellowish golden color. The head is a little fizzy. Leaves a bit of lacing. The smell is a little citrusy and some what hoppy. The taste is a bit citrusy too there is a slight medicinal taste too in the aftertaste. The mothfeel is nicely carbonated and pretty smooth. The overall feeling I have of this is that I would love this beer if the medicine taste wasn't in there. However it's still a pretty good brew.

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of SocalKicks
4/5  rDev +1.8%

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.

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.

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