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AleSmith X - AleSmith Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

371 Reviews
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Reviews: 371
Hads: 866
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 6.84%
Wants: 61
Gots: 80 | 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 Zimbo
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Like a Douglas Dauntless I knew this often forgotten bomber was going to go down well from the start.
Spiky pine nose in the bottle but pretty subdued in the glass this sported a pretty yellow colour to highlight the raging tornadoes of beading which formed a super dense Himalayan whippy head that was solid and retained throughout. Left heaping globs of foam in the glass on the way down.
Light straw flavour with a wrapping of light tasty malt which leads to the more dominant lingering restrained bitterness. (513 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
3.45/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A nice four finger white head, with a little bit of fluffy retention, forms real nicely. Body color makes for a slight haze, but a nice clear and pale amber body with some faint orange hues. Real nice simple rising carbonation coming up also. Speckled lacing and a real nice cap left while drinking.

Bouquet on this is a light and airy toasty malt, with some slight hop pine dryness. Some more grapefruit sweetness hides in the back for a hop profile also. Quite balance and solid. Smells inviting.

This strangely doesn't have a lot of flavor. Palate hits and there's... very little to say here, it almost tastes like lightly flavored hop water. Wet body, with an extremely light palate and feel. Carbonation seems moderate, and what little hop angle comes on the finish. Some light toasty qualities and hop sweetness hitting some citrus. But extremely faint.

Even for a pale ale, this is very very light. Not wanting a hop head blast, but there isn't even a malt presence here. This is almost wonder white bread going on strangely. (1,084 characters)

Photo of metter98
4/5  rDev +1.3%
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. (781 characters)

Photo of superspak
4.16/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into pint glass, no bottle dating but this should be pretty fresh. Pours lightly hazy golden amber color with a nice 2 finger dense off white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts the whole glass. Nice thick spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of orange zest, lemon zest, herbal, floral, caramel, biscuit, nuttiness, grass, and light pine. Very nice and well balanced aromas with good strength and complexity. Taste of orange zest, lemon, herbal, floral, biscuit, nuttiness, caramel, light pine, and grass. Fair amount of bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus zest, herbal, floral, biscuit, pine, and grass on the finish for a bit. Great balance of flavors with good complexity. Very smooth bitterness/sweetness balance as well, with no cloying flavors after the finish at all. Medium carbonation and body; with a lightly creamy and crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an absolutely excellent pale ale! Very nicely balanced with good complexity; extremely smooth and crisp to drink. Highly enjoyable offering. (1,175 characters)

Photo of Brad007
3.56/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright golden with a two-finger head that fades to lacing. Brighter than a few other examples, which delights me. It's not called a "pale" ale for nothing!

Lots of citrus in the nose with some pine as well. Not as strong as I thought it would be but it's definitely here.

Leans towards a session ale with just enough hops to be noticed. Crisp. Only a touch of the malt profile underneath.

Lingering crispness/bitterness rounds out the mouthfeel. Buttery malt too. Very laid back.

It's drinkable but I know I've had much better examples that were even lower in ABV. Worth a try regardless. (601 characters)

Photo of ThePorterSorter
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Alesmith finally distributed in Buffalo, NY...yum.

The beer pours a slightly golden, clear yellow with an inch of fluffy white head that retreats to a thin blanketing while drinking. The nose is citrusy and resiny with a big malty backbone. Although the malt aromas leap from the beer (more than expected), it's well attenuated and finishes bitter and dry. A lovely and drinkable APA, although its body is little thinner than I'd prefer.
Overall, it's a good beer, but doesn't blow me away. Obviously this is an easy drinking, light-bodied, hop-forward pale ale that will hit the spot...on a hot summer day...not on a rainy, October Sunday. Worth trying again, I hope to see it hit Buffalo/Syracuse taps summer 2013. (718 characters)

Photo of Kendo
4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from the bomber into a pint glass. Body is clear, bright golden with a 1-finger white head. Good amounts of splotchy lace cling to the glass.

S: Fruitiness - citrus and some tropical fruits - and floral hops over lighter malt scents - think faintly bready in the nose.

T: Nice. This takes me back to the early days of craft (back when it was still called "micro"), when everyone brewed a Pale Ale - it just has the right flavors for a Pale Ale. I'm getting modest biscuity malt and bright hops - citrusy, but not in-your-face like the modern American IPAs or like a SNPA. Instead there's balance, with the citrusy hops finishing more with lemony flavors than, say, grapefruit. Lingering fruit and bitter flavors on the back of the mouth in the aftertaste. I keep coming back to the word "bright" and this one leaves that impression. I could drink a lot of this, methinks.

M: Real good - nice and creamy with a modestly fine carbonation. Call it just on the lighter side of medium in heft.

O: Well done, Alesmith. If this were cheaper (I think I paid $6.49 for the bomber, which works out to $20 per sixer - not that I've seen this in 12 oz bottles by me, but that's the per-ounce cost, petty much), I'd keep the fridge stocked with this, as this should satisfy hardcore beer geeks and novices or transitioning beer drinkers alike. (1,345 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bomber into a dimpled mug.

Appearance: pale orange hue with a light haze and a lazy effervescence. Head is a thick finger of frothy ivory foam, which leaves a nice lace as it dissipates. Attractive.

Smell: a nice combination of earthy, piney, resiny hops with perhaps a hint of citrus as well. The malt underneath has a nice toasty quality which provides a good base for the hops. Good stuff.

Taste: a big, bright, citrusy character hits me right off the bat, then that big, toasty (and a bit -- dare I say it -- biscuity) malt takes over. Pretty strongly flavored in the malt department for a beer of relatively modest gravity. Bitterness is somewhat high for the style. This beer is not particularly balanced, but it is challenging and tasty.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a decent level of carbonation and a rocky and moderate creaminess. Not too bad.

Overall: an interesting beer. Its malt profile may not be my favorite, but I like what they have done with the hops and I like the overall iconoclastic nature of the recipe. I would have this again. (1,080 characters)

Photo of srandycarter
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A slightly murky gold decent great lace.

S hoppy, but not huge. Sweet malt cones through.

T dryer than i thought. Nice hops and balance.

M creamy low carb as expected. Nice balance.

D pretty darned good.

Tasted at my first QUAFF event. Pretty tasty beer for sure. (269 characters)

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.48/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle opened on 9.6.12.

A - Pours a crystal clear medium orange with a fluffy one inch light tan head. Good retention.

S - Dark orange peel, some pine and carmel malt.

T - Hoppy orange and mild malts.

D - Good carbonation, with a lighter body. Slightly bitter finish.

O - More malt and less hop than exected. A bit let down. (330 characters)

Photo of McStagger
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pale, hazy straw color with absolutely bleach white head. Excellent retention. Excellent lacing. Think my beer was disturbed a bit. Got some yeasty floaters in there.

S: Many of the standard characteristics of APA's. Evergreen, citrus rind, lemon oil. This one's also got a bit of tropical fruit in the mix. Mango, a bit of pineapple.

T: A bit of a rough milled grain flavor in the beginning. The spruce and evergreen elements are much more pronounced in the taste. There are some citrus elements, but by and large it's all about the spruce. Bit of resin. Finish is dry and aspirin like.

M: This is where Alesmith generally blows away competition. This beer is no different. It's almost magic how they can make a beer with such a balanced mouthfeel. Light on the mouth, without feeling watery. Nicely done.

O: Alesmith proves time and time again that they are possibly the best brewers on the West Coast, in America, and possibly the world. I am extremely impressed by their entire line. This is no exception. My only knock is the fact that this is not available in six packs. Bombers are a hell of a ripoff a lot of times. I'm wondering if Alesmith is cashing in on this with their "bomber only" bottle policy. (1,222 characters)

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.74/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a nice orangish clear golden color with great carbonation leaving a billowing, fluffy white cap that really hung around. Beautiful!

S: Grains, grass and light floral notes

T: Initially I get some grains light caramel with grass and floral notes. The finish is a light bitterness with grains, a weird atringent like feel and taste

M: Light ot medium bodied, hops lingers a but as does some grass and grains, well carbonated, perhapsa little to much

O: Pretty good. No major complaints but my least favorite Alesmith beer so far (540 characters)

Photo of viverlee
4.52/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Is it fair to discount any review of this beer that says it “marks the spot” without any irony or self-awareness? I think so. But let’s do talk about the packaging. Bold, largely utilitarian, but not without a sense of style or dimension. I’m not asking for a facsimile of the beer, but there it is.

STYLE: American Pale Ale

ABV: 5%

LOOK: Pours a golden carrot with a head that’s billowy at first but soon settles to a creamy half-finger. Wee bubbles march purposefully from the bottom to the top, never breaking rank, never slowing, never speeding.

NOSE: Hoppy and lemony, almost IPA. Garden fruits and vegetables, mostly sweet corn husks and strawberries.

MOUTH: Bonfire of riches. Cucumber, celery root, pine, IPA citrus. The real draw is the soft butter and hardworking oils. The butter soothes while the oil coats the mouth, literally sticking around for the next pull, and maybe calling for it. The balance and finish remind me of Victory Hop Wallop, a DIPA for DIPA drinkers. To my surprise, AleSmith has packaged that profile in this typically lighter style.

Beeradvocate Rating: 89

ratebeer Rating: 97

Hayward Abbey Rating: 93 (1,153 characters)

Photo of pburland23
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz.bomber into my 25 oz. snifter. Brown bottle with a brief history of the beer and some information on bottle conditioning on the back.

Appearance: Beer pours a hazy honey colored amber. Pour releases two and half fingers of billowing, sticky head which created some dense lacing. Nice head retention as well.

Smell: Big citrus hops notes...lemon, orange zest. I was surprised at the level of caramel malty sweetness. Was really expecting an overly hoppy aroma, but was pleasantly surprised at just how balanced smelling this beer is.

Taste: Also quite balanced. Predominant flavors are citrusy - grapefruit, orange and a pleasing amount of lemon on the tongue. The malt shows up in the middle of the sip to add some sweetness to balance out the citrus. Sharp prick of bitterness on the end of the sip which adds another interesting dimension to this beer.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and moderately sticky. Big flavors for a beer that clocks in at 5% Definitely a beer you could sit around and enjoy several of on a warmth night.

Overall: While not as big and bold as AleSmith IPA, this is a easy drinking, flavorful APA. Another great beer from AleSmith. (1,176 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev +1.3%
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. (516 characters)

Photo of CHADMC3
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a transparent straw colored body beneath the rocky pure white head which is quite abundant and slow to dissipate leaving a scattered, yet sticky lacing behind.

Generous citrus hop aromas float fm the glass with subtle woody pine and hints ofyeastnand malt.

Similar to the aroma citrus and pine hop aromas greet the palate with more pronounced bread malt and a spicy yeast at the finish.

Medium in body with generous carbonation and a drying finish.

A really nice APA with robust flavors given the style that make this beer a treat. (541 characters)

Photo of PicoPapa
3.92/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber. Pours a murky golden color with an inch of thick head. Lots of lacing. Aroma is grassy with some bitter citrus hops as well. Taste is light tropical and citrus fruits. Not very grassy as the smell made me think it would taste. Good amount of bitterness for a Pale Ale. Very drinkable. Slightly creamy mouthfeel. It does taste like its in between a Pale Ale and an IPA. Overall, worth having again. (410 characters)

Photo of thatbentleyguy
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber from Stan's Liquor Mart in Athol, MA.

Pours a beautiful light yellow, with a fine laced head that quickly dissipates. I'm a sucker for the aesthetics (and mouthfeel!) of unfiltered beer, and the suspended particulate floats like a dream.

Aroma of light hops and alcohol - not very strong aroma overall.

Taste is up-front, effervescent hops - spicy, soapy, citrusy, and lingering. Fades to a dry aftertaste with light bready malt flavor.

Mouthfeel is awesome - just about any beer is enhanced by not being filtered, and this beer's light effervescence just tingles and tickles.

Overall, this is an excellent beer that perfectly bridges the gap between American Pale Ale and American IPA - hoppy for the former, but pleasingly milder than the extremes of the latter. I can see myself drinking this often, as a refreshing hot weather reprieve! (861 characters)

Photo of inlimbo77
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz, Spring/Summer 2012
Central Waters globe

A: Pours a crystal clear pale orange yellow color. Light golden if you will. Initially a finger of bright white head. Lots of carbonation streaming off the bottom of the glass. Not leaving a lot of lacing.

S: I get a nice amount of orange marmalade character. Maybe some light citrus notes, orange and lemon peel. Some grassy hop aromas too. Almost, mild malty notes as well.

T: There is a nice, bright hop bitterness up on the front of the palate. Smells trails the nose, light citrus hops: orange, mild tangerine and lemon grass. It's fairly light and pleasant on the palate. The grains come in during the mid-mouth and perfectly balance this one. Nice clean but flavorful finish. Still tasting some of those fruity bitter hops.

M: Light leading to medium. It's very easy drinking yet packs a punch of flavor.

O: this is a A- for me. Up there with best, but no Zombie Dust. (926 characters)

Photo of Billolick
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber purchased at Peekskill, NY Bev, comes w/o freshness info.

Pour is hazed dull tangarine. Off white head, tiny bubble head and fine strands of lacing.

Moderate citrus nose, leads to a well hopped and highly enjoyable IPA. Some cookie and more citrus, with grapefruit leading the way.

Nicely done in an understated (for San Diego) kinda way. Quality IPA. Well worth a try (379 characters)

Photo of Chico1985
4.16/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Been wanting to try this for a while, it came to W. Mass some time ago I believe but just stumbled upon it for the first time last week.

Pours into a pint glass an "extra pale" orange, nearly yellow. Towering white head forms on each pour and settles into a nice rocky 1-finger head; leaves good lacing as well. Typical great Alesmith appearance.

Smell is a bit weak at first but opens up with warmth. Bright light fruits (orange, lemon, grapefruit) and some bready malts.

Lots of hop flavor but well-balanced by the malt. Still a nice plethora of citrus, grapefruit+lemony hops with some grassy and floral notes there as well. Backed up well with baked bread and pale malts that really shine in the finish. Lots of flavor but maintains its light pale ale feel.

Very light mouthfeel but fitting for a 5% pale. Despite the appearance, it has lowish carbonation. Great balance, pretty easy drinking.

Very nice, lots of bright hops well-balanced with that great baked bread taste, drinks like a light version of their IPA. Good amount of flavor for the ABV. I'll probably pick up another one of these if I see it, Alesmith rules. (1,131 characters)

Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz capped bottle into a nonic tumbler- pours a slightly hazy golden straw color with a one finger white head. Decent retention, barely any lacing.

Smells dry and hoppy- a little earthy pine hops and a little pale malt.

Tastes great- very light pale malt sweetness with some yeast and dry piney hops (maybe chinook).

Very, very drinkable pale ale. Light body with moderate carbonation. Really nice for a hot afternoon. Not my style of APA- I'm more into the bolder variety. (493 characters)

Photo of Amalak
4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A. Gold and opaque, nice foamy white head with a good deal of lacing. Bubbly.

S. Very hoppy. A bit of watermelon.

T. This has a nice rye taste to it, mixed with a floral hoppiness. Very nice. Has a sweet fruit taste, watermelon.

M. Carbonated and sweet.

O. Very well balanced. A soapy kind of pale ale. Balanced. Very nice. (327 characters)

Photo of jmdrpi
3.05/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

22 oz bottle, no date.

appears slightly hazy golden straw color, but still clear enough to see though. bone white head, good lacing. some yeast sediment to make it clear it's bottle conditioned like the label states.

aroma is high on citrus, lemon rind. taste doesn't have much malt either, all hops. fairly easy to drink. higher carbonation, thin to medium body. appropriate for style.

overall -it's decent, but I'd like some more malt for a Pale Ale. (458 characters)

Photo of legalpete19340
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a golden yellow into the glass with a big fluffy white head that stuck around the entire drink. Laced the glass respectably.

S: Very clean with lemon and citrus nicely complemented by medium yeast notes. Becomes more floral as the drink continues.

T: Starts off with strong pale malt and then eases into the citrus including lemon and white grapefruit. As the beer opens up wonderful herbal notes accent everything. These slowly settle and solid bread and a smack of yeast hit the palate. The finish is quite dry and almost powdery.

M: Just what i wanted: crisp, clean solidly light-medium with plenty of carbonation but no fizz.

O: Very good beer. Excellent combination of all the thing one desires in a Pale Ale. Hard to determine how it could be improved without upsetting the balance. (802 characters)

AleSmith X from AleSmith Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 371 ratings.