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AleSmith X - AleSmith Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

827 Ratings
THE BROS
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outstanding

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Ratings: 827
Reviews: 370
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 10.43%
Wants: 61
Gots: 66 | 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

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Photo of Bilco
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of albertjr21
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From 22oz. bottle into a pint glass on 3-23-12.

A: Pours a mostly clear straw to pale golden color under a frothy and resilient white head with a nice lacing.

S: Crisp and fresh floral hops fill the nose for a somewhat grassy aroma.

M/T: Crisp and refreshing carbonated moderate body brings on a smooth wave of acidic but favorable lemon citrus flavored hops. Leaves a mellow residual hop bitterness lingering after the finish.

O: Great hop presence and overall balance make for a very sessionable and relaxing APA.

Photo of kevgod
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of SocalKicks
4/5  rDev +1.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of Dope
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: A clear pale gold pour. Large slightly off-white head. takes a while to fade, lacing tons of lacing all over the glass. Not bad for an almost-session beer.

S: Nice grapefruit and orange/mango characteristics. Some nice mixed tropical fruit. A touch of pine and a bready malt base. Very pleasant but somewhat subtle.

T: Orange, grapefruit and some tropical fruits up front, with a solid bready/biscuity malt to go with it. Touch of pine as it fades into the aftertaste. Simple but tasty.

M: Pretty light but not badly so, and certainly not bad for a 5% beer at ALL. Otherwise smooth and crisp.

O: Hmph, interesting. Underrated beer I think. Very drinkable APA, almost up there with the peepers and daisy cutters and alpha kings in my opinion. Simple, well balanced, very tasty and sessionable to boot.

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.

Photo of kaelingirl
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of haver
4.58/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours unfiltered golden sunshine with a slight rocky head that falls quickly. Taste a creamy citrus with slight hop. The finish is a sweet/bitter with a dry tart at the end calling for another sip. My guess was that it is under 5% . I looked it up and it is 5%. This is a great extra pale ale and would be a perfect example of an american Pale ale Session Beer. I would say the creamy mouth feel and subtle sweet/tart taste make this a real stand out. Bravo

Photo of smcolw
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Rocky, near white head. Leaves some loose (slightly slippery) ring lace on the glass. Golden color and nearly clear.

Floral and grapefruit rind hop smell. Very fresh and raw.

Better malt presence in the taste. Excellent spicy hop bite. A touch of smoke. Long lasting, bitter aftertaste. The body is accurate for the style. Well-balanced and very easy to drink.

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

A-Pours a slightly hazed yellow color. No sediment in the body. Head is loose and bubbly. Leaves jagged lacing rings. Nice and clean looking.

S-Nice APA aroma. Citrus flesh and a lightly coarse pine hop aroma. The malt refuses to be outdone by the hops as there is much balance here. The nose is exactly what I expect from Alesmith: a big nose full of exciting flavors.

T-The flavor is an upgrade of an already excellent nose. Ripe clementine hops and wrapped in pine and grass hops. I also get this really delectable bubblegum hop flavor. This is definitely a hop forward APA. I could mistake this for an IPA any day...A really delicious IPA to boot. Love it.

M-Light body with perfect carbonation. Medium bitterness and resin quality. Great feel.

O/D-This is akin to their IPA. I would dare say it is on a similar level of enjoyment. Very hoppy yet still light and sessionable. I truly enjoyed this beer. I would love to have this available all the time. So much flavor for a 5% ABV brew; and at $5.75 a bomber, this is a damn deal. Great beer. Underrated in my opinion.

Photo of KAF
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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

Split a 22oz with some friends, poured into a boulevard tulip.

A: pale, very light golden, half a finger of white head, nice lacing, a decent looking beer

S: light hops and tropical fruit, especially mango and pineapple, smells very nice.

T: follows the nose. With a bit of phone in the front, moving into tropical fruit, and them another touch of pine bite one the end.

M: kind of creamy, with a medium low carbonation, a touch eatery overall could've used a bit more body.

O: a good pale ale, but in comparison to
Other alesmith releases I felt as though it was a tad subpar, a little watery for me, but not a bad beer.

Photo of javiernano
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of BeerDawgs
4.42/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A 22oz bottle shipped to Atlanta, GA from Escondido, CA

A - A clear golden, light orange color, with a nice sticky haze on the top and leaving lace all over the glass. Impressive for a Pale Ale. Tiny bubbles rise to the top for the length of the beer

S - Very yummy citrus notes from the hops. Orange, tangerine. Hops dominate the nose

T - A very good balance of citrusy hops and grain malts. Citrus hops are delicious. Very crisp, and dry finish. Smooth. Damn good!

M - Well carbonated. Creamy.

O - A good of a light Pale Ale I have ever had. As tasty as a 5% beer can get, in my opinion.

Photo of kylemckinnis
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of quirkzoo
3.03/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to ehammond for tossing this one in.

Pours a nice golden orange color with 2 fingers of fluffy white head that recedes slowly to decent cap of foam. The smell is piney hops up front with a grainey malt backbone. The taste is more of the same with the hops presenting themselves with a spicy bitterness. It really pushes the boundary of what I would call a pale ale. The graininess and spicy hops really put it more into an old world style, almost like an APA & Pils hybrid. The mouthfeel was a bit watery. Overall, I think I came in expecting more American attributes so this brew threw me for a loop a little bit. With that said, although it was unremarkable, it was very pleasant and good for sipping on while I grade some papers.

Photo of ohtheguilt
4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of colforbin73
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

American Pale Ale is such a broad category -- this one is fantastic and drinks almost like a pils -- it is an eXtra pale after all.

pours a crystal clear golden wheat with a little foamy white head and excellent carbonation. the aroma is light on hops and big on dry grassy malt.

the drink is superb -- you could throw this back all day in the sun. an excellent clean crisp beer with a somewhat fizzy mouthfeel. at 5% abv this is an epic session beer. there has to be pilsner malt in this brew -- THE HOP presence is adequate, adding a layer of complexity to the flavor, providing nice bite on the finish.

this is a very satisfying, quaffable beer. it couldn't be much more different from, for example, SN pale and still be in the same category. i wish they sold this in 6'rs. excellent.

Photo of OscarO67
4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of rawfish
3.32/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours straw and pale gold, mildly hazy and rather ugly corn yellow highlights. Billows into a fluffy white head with infinite retention that leaves tight lacing that opens up nicely.

Sweet corn, adjunct grains, graham crackers and a metallic ring backed with straw and herbaceous hops. Very subtle tangerine notes. Ugh, not what I expected in the malt bill at all, the adjunct grain and sweet corn really begins to expand as the beer warms.

Pale malt grains, stale bread and white corn all rear their heads but none dominate and they quickly pull back into a pleasant hop backing of grass and pine. Nicely bittering on the finish and dries well. Aroma had me worried, more balance here than expected.

Very subdued carbonation but a even body that doesn't fill you up to quickly. Appropriately drying without much of an aftertaste. Better when colder, warming brings in a sticky mouthcoating.

Pretty well crafted beer though the malt bill really was reminiscent of an adjunct lager, there was definitely enough of it to make this beer balanced when the hops kicked in. Bitterness was really sneaky and dry. Well crafted and a decent value.

AleSmith X from AleSmith Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 827 ratings.