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AleSmith X - AleSmith Brewing Company

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very good

799 Ratings

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Ratings: 799
Reviews: 368
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 10.69%
Wants: 60
Gots: 56 | 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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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

InfernoBoss, Feb 03, 2012
Photo of jumbopanda
4/5  rDev +1.8%

jumbopanda, Jan 31, 2012
Photo of madflabby
4.97/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I love IPA and have tried several pale ales, this is my favorite pale ale and it's not even close. It's a bit lighter than most other IPA types that offer a Pale. Taste is smooth, refreshing, but not overpowering. Beer had plenty of head on it, went down smooth.

madflabby, Jan 29, 2012
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.

jegross2, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of tobelerone
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light gold color, cloudy body, with a small white head that sinks quickly to a thin band. Modest slippery lacing. Flavor and aroma of grassy, peppery hops, with yeasty spiciness. Lightly fruity and sweet. Bitter grass and floral hops dominate but this feels like an old school American pale, not a west coast IPA light, which I appreciate. Too many of those on the market already. Very balanced, with a good bready, biscuity malt character.

Medium carbonation, thin but creamy body. Quenching. Somewhat lingering gently bitter aftertaste. Quite a good take on a traditional American pale ale.

tobelerone, Jan 26, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

throwback, Jan 25, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

zapahoppa, Jan 22, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

cycoduck, Jan 22, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

beerman999999, Jan 20, 2012
Photo of mindspin315
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice looking brew. Large white head, golden yellow, and crystal clear. Lots of lacing left all over the glass.

Balanced nose of hops and pale malts. Hops impart a floral, nutty, and mild tropical fruit aroma. Lots of fresh cut grass and a floral earthiness.

All the flavors here are very mild. Nothing over takes anything and blends all together. Hop flavors are floral and nutty faint light pine. Malts add a touch of caramel/toffee like sweetness that sits on the tip of the tongue. The tropical notes in the aroma are not imparting themselves in the taste. Very light bodied and highly drinkable.

Tastes a lot like a baby version of DFH 60 Min. A bit more thin bodied and a lot less hops comparing the two. I know this is a pale ale and the other is an IPA, but they are both 'pale ales'. That's not a knock against this beer either...simply a comparison between the qualities of these beers that taste/smell similar. AleSmith X would make for a great session beer. Not just because of the low ABV, but also the high drinkability.


mindspin315, Jan 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

DoctorB2B, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of kojevergas
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a N'Ice Chouffe beer flute in low altitude Los Angeles, California, in me gaff. Reviewed live. Expectations are very high given the brewery and me past experience with it.

A: Pours a one finger head of light cream, fair thickness, and pretty good retention. Colour is a clear yellow. Generally appealing (and what's expected) for the style. Nothing unique here, but there's nothing wrong with that.

Sm: Hoppy and fresh, making me excited to try it. It's a balanced floral type of aroma. Very pleasant and inviting. A moderate strength aroma.

T: Very pleasant. Nicely hoppy, but still really well balanced. Fresh and well built. I'm quite impressed by the balance, but the biggest drawback is the beer's simplicity. I suppose it's complex enough for a pale ale, and refreshing. I like the flavour. Well executed. No alcohol comes through at all (not that it should at 5.00%).

Mf: Smooth and wet, suiting the flavour nicely. Not too thick or too thin. Enjoyable and apt. Not at all watery.

Dr: Incredibly drinkable; even my non-beer-drinking housemate from South Africa digs this one. It's a really pleasantly built pale ale that doesn't try to do more than it needs to. Another good brew from Alesmith, who continues to impress me.

kojevergas, Jan 14, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

whartontallboy, Jan 08, 2012
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3/5  rDev -23.7%

silentnoiz, Jan 07, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

rrryanc, Jan 06, 2012
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3/5  rDev -23.7%

IdrinkGas, Jan 04, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

azureoval, Jan 04, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

rab53, Jan 04, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

touchmeimsac, Jan 03, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

alalvarez75, Jan 01, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

acurtis, Dec 31, 2011
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

fox227, Dec 31, 2011
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2/5  rDev -49.1%

hawkmage, Dec 31, 2011
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

cdwil, Dec 26, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

darkmoon66, Dec 16, 2011
AleSmith X from AleSmith Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 799 ratings.