AleSmith X - AleSmith Brewing Company

Not Rated.
AleSmith XAleSmith X

Educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

373 Reviews

(Read More)
Reviews: 373
Hads: 886
Avg: 3.94
pDev: 16.24%
Wants: 62
Gots: 83 | 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:
Beer added by: Bierman9 on 02-28-2002

No notes at this time.
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of AleSmith X Alström Bros
Reviews: 373 | Hads: 886
Photo of PhillyStyle
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

1 pint 6 oz. bottle:

The beer poured a clear, golden color with a dense, thick white head that faded into a rocky head that was well retained. The beer had a much hoppier aroma than expected, pine and a little citrus. I expected the beer to be a little more balanced, but still above average. As with the smell, I felt that the beer was too hoppy and I expected more balance, but it had a decent pine hop taste with a little citrus. The beer had a nice moderate feel; it had good drinkability, and was fresh and clean. Overall, a slightly better than average, but there are other pale ales that I would pick before this one.

 625 characters

Photo of GilGarp
4.24/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bomber bottled 8/8/2013. Served chilled.

Alesmith's X pours a very pale golden yellow color with thin fizzy white head. It settles fairly quickly but leaves some spotty lace.

Aroma is full of fresh citrusy hops. More hoppy than just about every other pale ale in terms of scent.

Flavor is also pleasantly, surprisingly, hoppy. There is a nice and simple pale malt base but liberally hopped with citrus/grapefruit west coast hops.

Mouthfeel is light in body, bitter but balanced, nicely carbonated.

Overall a really excellent pale ale. Just wish it didn't break my favorite bottle opener!

 592 characters

Photo of spoony
3.86/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a 650 ml bottle (bottled August 8, 2013) into a tulip.

A-This is good-looking beer. A normal to aggressive pour generates about three fingers of shiny white head. Retention is pretty good with the head dropping to a thick cap after about two minutes. Lacing is chunky and sporadic on the glass. The beer is clear and yellowish golden in color, with a bit of visible carbonation.

S-There is a nice dose of tropical citrus hop flavors, e.g., pineapple, orange, tangerine, and orange rind. Malt flavors are mostly hidden beneath the hops, but there is a bit of grain and toasted bread. Bitterness is very mild.

T-The taste is slightly more pungent and grainy than the smell with more soapy bitterness from the hops, more graininess, and more caramel flavor from the malts. The orange (and especially orange rind) flavors balance pretty well with the grain and lightly toasted bread flavors from the malt. A pleasing, but not mind-blowing balance of flavors.

M-The feel was very lightly carbonated with a wet presence on the palate. Heft was light to medium.

O-This is a good looking APA, and one worth drinking, but I have had better examples of the style. The smell, while pleasing, was a touch on the hoppy side (I would have ranked it higher if this was an IPA), and the taste was a bit tinny and grainy, instead of sharp and dry, like I like my APAs. This is close to session beer level ABV and I would drink this again on a summer afternoon, but if you want something that drinks intensely on its own, look elsewhere.

 1,529 characters

Photo of BradMacMullin
4.37/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Ah, AleSmith. Love this brewery and this did not disappoint. Had out of a large bottle at a friends who selfishly split the beer. Anyway, pours a light head and it is mildly carbonated. Has a very citrusy smell with faint hops. The taste was very refreshing. Not a hoppy beer as expected from a Pale Ale, but a nice taste. All in all a good beer but nothing overwhelming. A good beer.

 384 characters

Photo of Ri0
3.62/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

poured 22oz bottle into snifter Bottled on 7/3/13

A - A lighter mango yellow/orange that is a little cloudy with a 1.5 finger white head. Minimal retention and small blobs of lacing.

S - Mostly hop forward in the citrus, floral, bitter variety. Malts and sweetness keep a low profile.

T - Quite a bitter citrus that is not over powering. It is refreshing, but seems to lack a bold flavor. The malt and sweetness are very subdued. I would prefer a bit more flavor.

M - Light and refreshing with medium carbonation. The finish is quite dry because of the bitter citrus hop profile. It is a good thirst quencher.

O - A solid, but not exciting pale ale compared to some that I have had recently. I had higher hopes after trying their IPA. It reminded me of Point Beyond the Pale with bitter citrus hops and light malts.

 823 characters

Photo of Florida9
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Lightly hazy darker shade of straw yellow in color. Forms a large, stable, pillowy white head. Good retention. Good lacing.

S: Aroma is pleasant, though it is fairly light. A mix of lighter pale malts, a bit of biscuit, citrus rind and a touch of pine.

T: Taste is thin. Lighter malts. Dry biscuit. Grainy. Some light grapefruit notes. Light pine on the back end.

M: Lighter bodied. Appropriate carbonation. Lighter bitterness. Dry.

O: A decent beer. Not sure where the "Extra" comes in as this tastes pretty much like a straight up APA. Lighter, sessionable. Just not very exciting.

 594 characters

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.74/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22 oz bottle in a Nonic
5.25% ABV, Bottled on 07/03/13, "serve in a pint vat 45-50°"

A - Hazed every so slightly, this warm golden beer is capped by a generous and firm off white head that plateaus, falling to a clumpy pile while leaving thick collars of lace all the way down the glass.

S - X explodes with ripe fruit aromas, fragrantly boasting a hoppy bouquet of grapefruit and mango pleasantries followed by a dash of lemon pepper and pine. While hoppy, the smooth and balancing malt base is something to behold as it adds notes of biscuit and toast.

T - Bold and almost abrasive in aroma AleSmith X comes off like an IPA but the hop smack in the face pulls it's punches in flavor, balancing out with the malt even further for a delicate limbo of tropical fruity hop notes and smooth malt sweetness.

M - Exceptionally balanced, AleSmith X has a flawlessly smooth, lighter body complimented by dry and moderately bitter hopping and a crisply carbonated finish.

O - The X must be for the little something extra in this extra pale ale as its aroma comes off even stronger than some IPAs out there but it really surprises by balances out to an insanely drinkable-yet-still-hoppy, crisp beer that's truly crafted with quality at the forefront.

 1,248 characters

Photo of MattyG85
4.34/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a tall Summit EPA glass. Bottled on 07/03/13.

Appearance: Pours a bright and clear yellowish golden orange with a moderate amount of rising bubbles. Solid three fingers of off white head which slowly recede into a patchy and creamy layer. Leaves a lot of clingy lacing.

Smell: A fresh and juicy citrus hop forward aroma with some pine and bready malt. Citrus hops upfront with fruit hints of orange, pineapple, mango, grapefruit, apricot, tangerine, and lemon zest. Earthy hops with hints of spicey pine and grass. Solid backing of sweet bready malt with hints of biscuit, grains, cracker, yeast, and caramel. Leans towards the hops but still well balanced. Very solid aroma.

Taste: Like the nose indicates, a juicy hop forward taste with big citrus notes and some pine and sweet malt. Fresh and nicely bitter hops upfront with citrus fruit notes of orange, pineapple, tangerine, grapefruit, mango, apricot, and zesty lemon. Spicy pine resin notes along with some floral and earthy notes including grass. Balancing sweet bready malt presence with notes of biscuit, grains, caramel, crackers, and yeast. Bitter, juicy, and nicely balanced. A very solid West Coast style Pale Ale taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Juicy, crisp, and somewhat oily. Pretty smooth. Very drying.

Overall: A very good American Pale Ale. Almost like an IPA with the big hop presence but enough sweet malt balance to smooth it out.

 1,482 characters

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

22 0z bomber bottled on 070313

A- pours a mostly clear golden pale sunshine color with a nice staying 1 finger head very nice lacing as i drink this
S- notes of citrus and pine fresh lemongrass some bread notes
T- very good citrus first/grapefruit with light pine hops very little bitterness fresh baked bread malts a kiss of caramel
M- crisp and pure nice carbonation low bitterness with great flavor
O- very good PA with a great hop flavor with low ABV and bitterness good stuff

 483 characters

Photo of Gavage
3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: pours yellowish orange color with a 2" head that lasts a long time.

Smell: lemon and orange citrus, and some grassy tones create a decent aroma.

Taste: mild malt profile with loads of lemon zest, orange, some grass, earthiness, and some floral hop bitterness create a well balanced beer.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Crisp from start to finish with a touch of dryness at the end. Short lasting aftertaste.

Overall: an easy to drink ale. Refreshing and hits the spot.

 484 characters

Photo of barnzy78
4.56/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber, a tall, rocky, white head caps a hazy golden ale, tremendous head retention and leaves tons of lacing as it fades. Piny, citric hops on the forefront of the nose with biscuity malt, mango, and tropical hints, definitely smells west coast to me. Tastes include biscuity grain, grapefruit, mango, pine, excellent balance! Exceptionally smooth, perfect carbonation. Overall, I have nothing bad to say about this one - it exceeded expectations for me. A must try.

 472 characters

Photo of utopiajane
3.89/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy yellow with a massive fluffy white head of foam that fell, lazily, almost wantonly, clinging and sticking to the glass. Left a thick cap and outrageous lace. Effervescent. Nose is very promising with lemon, biscuit and a little yeast. Toasted grain with a honey sweetness on top of mellow citrus. Smidgen of mild pepper. Grainy and husky with a touch of pine. Malt opens up round and plentiful and sweetens deeply as it warms. Taste is light pale malt up front accompanied by lemon rind, faint pineapple and a little pepper. Crisp. The toasted grain gives it a nice body and the fruits are just tart and wash over the palate. No heavy pine oil or resins but a small piney taste to go with a little orange. There is no freshness date so it’s impossible to know if the hops, which are subtle have faded. Hops are herbal and floral overall. Great balance between the breaddy, tasty malt and the mellow fruits. Body is thin and watery, on the heavier side of light with a small bite from the carbonation. Finishes clean with a mild bitter and tartness then fades pleasantly and slowly. Simple, refreshing and sessionable. A great beer.

 1,146 characters

Photo of DrDemento456
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

a - A very clear bright yellow with a 1/2 inch of foamy head that sticks to the sides of the glass. Not as much lacing as the IPA but it's forgiven.
S - A very nice toasted grain malt is lead with a juicy citrus and tangerine hop bitterness. Nice!
T - Not sure why this isn't rated higher the malt, grains, and hops are all in perfect sync. I love how easy drinking this beer is. Seriously.
M - Light to medium, very crisp and refreshing. Man this is tasty.

Overall I am blown away since I never had Zombie Dust this may be the best pale ale I ever got my hands on at the moment. Recommended!

 593 characters

Photo of beerthulhu
3.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Bright tangerine orange with a good clarity reveals a subtle rise of effervesce. Things are topped off by a flour white head that had a frumpy, cottage cheese consistency. Good size head at 1.5 fingers it holds it's ground rather well, with a mostly lasting appeal throughout the drink. Moderate stickage and coverage rate on the collar.

S: Fresh wet orange-citrus, fresh pine scents backs things up with a well established level aroma for a pale. Sweet notes come from the grains, fresh citrusy-piney with orange grinds is the highlight here.

T: The flavor is crisp upfront, toasted grains and pine establish themselves on the opening impression. Tangerine, and oranges grinds with an ever so slight dry hop presence. Orange-pine citurs fade off the tongue. The flavor is sharp, well defined, and balanced nicely between the malts and hops.

M: Crisp mouthful, good malt depth, nice tingle of carbonation with some frothiness.

O: Bright appearence, bright well defined flavor, crisp drinking experience with a light and dry toasted malting. Whats not to like. Very nicely balanced the abv is just right for a few more.

 1,128 characters

Photo of Cattlehound
4.94/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

What can I say, after a long night in a hot San Diego kitchen there is not much more life saving than an Alesmith X! An extremely drinkable bottle conditioned xtra pale ale does it all with a great combination of hops and malts, and if you get the chance to visit the brewery it's tucked away in north San Diego county, but full of great people with great beers on tap for tasting!

 381 characters

Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bomber picked up at Premier Gourmet in Buffalo. I was about to drink this, then got horrifically sick for two weeks, so this is my welcome back.

Poured into a nonic. Surprisingly bright golden brew, big fluffy head with excellent retention, and loads of sticky lace. Effervescent.

Nose is citrus hops, nice lemon, apricot and mango, with bready malt notes and a bit of pepper. Liking it so far.

Highly drinkable pale ale, light and crisp with the lemon and pepper, with the hops playing second fiddle somewhat. Might be a bid past its prime (with no freshness date, there's no way of knowing), but still some tasty stuff here.

Effervescent, vigorous carbonation, medium bodied.

An enjoyable pale ale, worth a go.

 720 characters

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.62/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a clear, pale golden orange with a white finger width head. Fair retention. Lacing is spotty at best.

Smell - Bright, citrus hops highlight the aroma, with faint notes of pine and a subtle, sweet breadiness.

Taste - Moderate but bright citrus flavor upfront, hitting on orange zest and mellow lemon, while malts play second fiddle. Sweet, bready malts.

Mouthfeel - Light, almost watery on the tongue. Low to moderate level of carbonation. Smooth. Dry finish.

Overall - Light, smooth, sessionable pale from Alesmith. Entirely simple flavor profile, and not much of a body either, but I could see myself drinking this on a hot summer day. That said, I'd probably pass the other 9 months of the year.

 721 characters

Photo of magine
4.29/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an oversized pint glass.

Pours a golden yellow, hazy and tons of bubbles form a near white head. Chunky head here, lots of bubbles rising. Massive lace and tremendous head retention. Huge chunk island floats and moves with each sip. Looks as good as a any pale ale I have seen.

Brew smells of citrus and sweet malts with a bit of pine. Great nose.

Brew is delicious; crisp solid citrusy hops with some pine. Nice sweet malts to balance things out. Brew finishes slightly bitter. As the back of the bottle states - great stuff here. A big refreshing pale ale here that is a sessionable beast.

Wow - awesome sessionable pale ale here. Perfect in every aspect to me for a pale ale. Looks awesome tastes great and has a great mouthfeel. For a lower abv brew this is as interesting as things get. Stellar stuff....

 825 characters

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: golden bodied beer with big 3 fingers of a fluffy white head. Lots of staying power on the head and it leaves a lot of lacing on the side of the glass. The head is chunky and drops down unevenly.

Smell: Big pine and big grapefruits in the nose. Lots of other citrus notes including oranges and lemons. Hint of tropical fruits especially pineapple which seems to be the most noteable. Just a hint of bready malts.

Taste: mild bitterness and a surprisingly decent amount of bready sweetness from the malts. At least when you consider the nose, I didnt expect to find this much of a malt backbone in the beer. Pine, grapefruit, oranges, pineapples, and a hint of lemons. It is a little bit grassy too. Mild bitterness consistantly through the beer and finish is also a mild bitterness than doesnt seem to overpower or build any bitterness through out the drink.

Mouthfeel: light bodied beer with low end of medium carbonation. Nice drinkability with this APA.

Overall: The big surprise was the malts. This beer was a bit sweeter than I expected. Its a good malt profile, but I was wanting more hop flavors. The bitterness of the APA was spot on. So if the malts can be tamed down a little bit and the hops can be more flavorful with becoming more bitter, this beer would skyrocket in mass appeal. Good APA, but has serious potential for greatness with a few tweaks of the recipe.

 1,427 characters

Photo of EdTheEdge
3.45/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass

S - Not much of a smell maybe hints of grass and citrus.

A - Poured slightly cloudy but a near perfect gold; very pleasing to the eye. Started out with a nice thick white head that thins out but follows the beer down as you drink it. Persistent lacing. This beer has a good solid appearance.

T - Not very complex. Malt first hops follow but ultimately not as hoppy as I like a pale ale. Hints of grapefruit finishing off with pine.

M - This beer is perfectly carbonated and leaves a pleasant bitter aftertaste.

O - Overall I enjoyed this beer very much. It is quite tasty and very refreshing, a simple yet solid pale ale.

 665 characters

Photo of Jimmys
3.69/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

bomber into tulip glass. no bottled-on date.

A: a brilliant blond hue. clear. a massive bright white fluffy head. pretty picturesque looking brew. retention and lacing are spot-on to boot.

S: lemons, herbal. the nose smells a little tired. while retaining some citrus qualities, this doesn't blast me in the face with as much hop presence as I would like.

T: plenty of hop flavor, hardly any hop bitterness. a chalky yeasty flavor towards the finish. finish is slightly herbal, as well as having a bit of citrus. otherwise super dry.

M: vivacious mouthfeel. light bodied. bottle-conditioning well-done.

D: I want to say this is a little tired, but I was hoping the bottle conditioning should have helped hold on for a bit longer. also, PUT SOME FUCKING BOTTLED ON DATES ON YOUR PRODUCTS ALESMITH.

 804 characters

Photo of TheSSG
3.32/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice, white head that fizzes loudly and is surprisingly not too dense, but the resin keeps the persistence there. Nice, rich pine aroma. Donkey piss yellow (that's unexpected). Starts off tart and piney with a big note of grapefruit hops. Moves into a surprisingly not too overpowering hop bitterness. Finish is a citrus rind bitterness, medium bitterness.

Being a pale ale from the West Coast, I was expecting this to be over the top. I was surprised by the restraint. This isn't great, but it's well done. I'll try out some of their other brews, simply because I am impressed when I find balanced West Coast brews.

The only other thing that really stuck out for me was that this is really not an attractive LOOKING bier. Most bier, I default to AT LEAST a 3, because how can a bier LOOK BAD!?
Then I poured this. It had a surprisingly weak head....with that golden-yellow, donkeypiss color :/
I'm still giving them a 2.5 because I think "appearance" is a fairly stupid category to average equally against "taste" (I LOVE a gorgeous brew, but that's simply icing; it NEVER makes or breaks one for me).

 1,112 characters

Photo of micromaniac129
3.62/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A very much carbonated brew with a tall white fluffy head
the color was golden and hazy looked like a blond really.
The aroma was quite pleasent with copious amounts of grapefruit and tangerine but quite lean in the malt dept.
Very much lacking in that the taste didn't follow the nose. Taste was thin and dry and harsh. One could pull out some hops but not to the degree that was suggested in the nose.
Malts are absent.
On the palette the beer was quite dry with spontinous carbonation that would lead to gas latter this evening.
This beer is actually pretty good. Its easy to drink and smells good.

 601 characters

Photo of argock
4.47/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

 1,126 characters

Photo of DocJitsu
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

 297 characters

AleSmith X from AleSmith Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 373 ratings.