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AleSmith X - AleSmith Brewing Company

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734 Ratings

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Ratings: 734
Reviews: 363
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 10.69%
Wants: 57
Gots: 45 | 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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3.13/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to BdubleEdubleRUN for this generous extra in a recent trade.

From a bomber with no freshness dating into a SA sensory glass, this brew pours initially with only an inch of liquid in the bottom of the glass and 6+ fingers of mountainous fluff composed of very large bubbles. Even carefully pouring down the edge of the glass didn't help tame this brew which is comical because the writing on the back of the bottle instructs you to do a careful pour in order to leave the sediment on the bottom of the bottle. Well, unfortunately simply popping the cap off made the carbonation surge to the surface and that disrupted the yeast more so than a careless pour. After 5 attempts of letting the head die down and re-pour do I finally have more than 10 ounces of brew in my glass. It appears a golden yellow color that for the most part is clear except for some particulate floating through the body. A constant stream of bubbles rises to the surface endlessly creating support for the already excessive head. The cap of foam is tireless, it maintains more than a finger of refreshed head that is composed of large bubbles. There are pillows of thick lace coating the glass, its unlike almost anything i've ever seen before.

The aroma of this brew is fairly bold with hop characteristics smelling grassy with light citrus and some sulfur across the middle. As the brew warms, it picks up a bit of a fruit aspect somewhat reminiscent of pear with a mellow cereal grain sweetness to the back. There is a persistent green yeastiness about this brew that seems a bit out of place but it isn't dominating so it is tolerable for the most part.

The taste of this brew is grassy and bitter with herbal hops that are not nearly as bold as the aroma led me to believe I was in for. However, the bitterness is mellow and enjoyable leaving the window open to taste not only the hop inclusion but also the mild cereal-like grain character through the back. It finishes crisp with a tingling warmth that seems a bit exaggerated for only 5%. As the brew warms, there is a light fruit flavor almost like pear skins coupled with some green yeastiness.

This is a medium to light bodied brew that is excessively carbonated. It took some effort and a number of swirls to try and tame this brew to be able to enjoy it. Even after constant swirling, the bubbles continuously stream off the etching on the bottom of the glass. The alcohol is quite bold for 5%, it is not hidden at all. Overall it is not that bad of an offering, I enjoyed the opportunity to give this brew a try but I would be hesitant on trying this brew again.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2011 00:35:28 | More by stakem
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North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at the La Jolla Brewhouse in CA. The beer was served in a pint glass, and it pours a clear, bright, vibrant yellow-gold coloring with a quarter-inch white, light, fluffy head. The nose is hoppy green, with a little pepper spice and citrus sweet tagged on the end. Slight sour malt flavor initially, with bitter hops and pepper spice cleaning up the tail end of the flavors. Slight peppery and musty aftertaste, with a smooth and quick finish. This is an easy drinker.

Serving type: on-tap

04-11-2011 05:44:39 | More by GarthDanielson
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Ontario (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4


Appearance - Slightly hazy amber colour with an average size frothy beige coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some really great lacing. The head lasted for over 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - malts, hops, grapefruit zest, oranges

Taste & Mouth - There is a lot of carbonation and the beer has a lot of grapefruit zest flavour. There is also some malt taste mixed with oranges and hops. I could also pick up on some fruit esters. It finishes with a grapefruit/hop aftertaste.

Overall - It might be a little too carbonated but it still has a very pleasing taste. If you like dry and grapefruity tasting pale ales, then this is a good one for you.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2011 22:24:28 | More by spinrsx
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4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was caught off guard with this beer. I've been more inclined to a more hoppy and darker style ale of late. This beer is smooth and not to strong. They didn't have it where I bought it in anything but a 1 pint 6 ounce serving but I would recommend it for a longer session beer. Extremely smooth, almost an ale/pilsner hybrid of sorts.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2011 04:31:14 | More by clamper1069
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4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I received this in trade from MASPuros -poured from the bomber chilled into a willybecker.

The APA pours a clear golden with thick rocky cap, lots of visible carbonation til the yeast is added, the bead is fine and the lace sticks like webbing. The retention is very good. The smell is fresh and fragrant with both floral and citrus hop aromas with mild tinge of grass and slight toasted notes with slight tropical fruit odors. The feel is both lively and slightly bitter with high carbonation and mild astringency with a subtle sweetness but the finish is semi-dry and no alcohol is felt in the body which seems somewhere in the medium range.

The flavor is full of hops with a sweet tang and mild bitter and lemony accent. The slight yeast adds to the mild sweet flavors with some herbal hop astringency and gentle grassiness giving an almost minty and clean finish with some vegetal tones as well. The taste comes off more citurs than anything, but has a hint of mango and is pretty mild with malt sweetness. The X-tra pale was incredibly easy to quaff - I enjoyed this immensely. It is packed with fresh hoppiness and is almost quenching at the same time like a citrus cooler it is a great example of the style even if it is lacking a little in the malt body, but a good pale in a bomber!

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2011 23:47:59 | More by Slatetank
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4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Alright, so this 'little' guy pours a straw/golden hue, with a white head that scatters very quickly into a thin ring around the Bruery goblet I poured it into just a half a minute ago.

Smells amazing. Lots of pine and tropic hoochie koo going on in this one. Very deep for its alcohol content.

Has a thin beginning, followed by ample waves of balanced bittering hops, along with a crisp and clean finish. HELL YEAH!

Has a little bit too thin of a mouthfeel for my preference. I can't ignore the fact that this is a super hopped American Pale Ale and does, in fact, fit the profile of one, but lets leave categories to BJCP qual'ed folk. I know what I LIKE.

Drink-ability is phenomenal. You have a low alcohol brew with a lot going on in it. This could easily be my next go-to session beer....session, of course, in retrospect to the big beers I usually enjoy.

Cheers, Alesmith!

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2011 04:11:44 | More by slayer3604
Photo of Bmoyer0301


3.38/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4


Another big thanks to BA Whiterascal for hooking me up with this west coast local. I pulled the cap off this bomber and only noticed a tiny hissing sound and I proceeded to pour this into my DFH bubbled pint glass. I decided to go straight on and I was left with a crisp crackling two finger thick bone white head. When I hold it up to the light it appears to be a light straw/ faint gold color. Fairly clear and the light is trying to pass through, on the swirl the viscosity is medium and leaving tiny legs on the glass.


Loads of bright tangerines, citrus, pineapple, and lemons. The base seems to be very beady and have soft biscuit and wheat notes followed by white pepper. In the finish, very floral and earthy undertones with no heat alcohol.


Very thin and mild on the mouthfeel. Smell is better than the taste but still is very good. Noble earth hops are more present here, very easy drinking, light tangerines, and fresh baked croissants. Very smooth and could not even get a drop of the alcohol. Again, some floral notes and fresh cut grass with light hay.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2011 00:37:04 | More by Bmoyer0301
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3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a straw-like golden color with a little bit of haze and a fantastic thick, creamy head that lasts and leaves tons of lacing around the glass. Carbonation levels look good, overall very inviting.

S: Smells heavily of hops with a little bit of sweet malt in the background. I would say the hops smell like they are more on the citrus, grapefruit side than the pine tree side of the spectrum.

T: A very solid American Pale Ale. Tons of hops lend a wonderful grapefruit citrus flavor that is prominent but not overwhelming. A good sweet malt and grain characteristic comes through in the background that helps calm the hops down a bit.

M: This beer has a great light and creamy mouthfeel. Carbonation levels are perfect and it goes down very smooth. Crisp and refreshing.

D: A very solid beer. I'm not normally a fan of hop-dominated beers, but I really prefer the grapefruit flavored hops to the more overwhelming, pine tree hops in some beers. Loved the light, creamy feeling of the beer on the tongue, and overall I felt you get the hop flavors without the heavy, stickiness that make some of these other beers a bit hard to session. Probably not something I would seek out often, but it was enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2011 21:41:03 | More by kflorence
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New York

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 1/9/2010. Bottle thanks to dkachur. Pours a light yellow with a super thick, foamy white head. Aroma of sweet caramel malt, floral hops, light fruits (apple, pear, and some tropical fruits). Flavor of light citrus hops, lemon sweetness, and caramel malt. Dry finish. Pleasant, very drinkable, very nice APA.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2010 17:07:57 | More by LilBeerDoctor
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3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a pale yellow with two fingers of cloudy head. Healthy lacing up and down the glass.

S: Light, crisp floral hops. Some sweetness and dry malt in the back.

T: Tastes like it smells. Very tame, and the carbonation level detracts a little from the taste IMO.

M: Tons of carbonation here, prickly with every sip. Light body, very crisp.

D: Easy drinking but a little plain.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2010 01:25:58 | More by kirkpjr
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3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received in the NOOB BIF (round 2) from fairbroook.

A - Straw colored, fairly transparent beer with a nice sized white head that dissipated and left a little bit of intricate lace on the sides.

S - It smell pretty hoppy, with citrus and pine notes mostly, little bit of sweet malt. More on the nose than I was expecting.

T - The taste is good, but much lighter than the hop aroma of the nose would suggest, and therefore a little bit of a letdown if you're a hophead. Some sweet grain malts, but not too bready. This is pretty solid and enjoyable.

M - Lighter, good carbonation, appropriate.

D - Easy to get down, can easily to a bomber of this and come back for more. Great session beer, would drink again.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2010 14:49:26 | More by AgentZero
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Ontario (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this bottle on the way from San Franciso to Los Angeles, with a nice view of the Pacific Ocean. Pours a golden yellow colour with big white head and some mild lacing. Huge citrus hop smell with some mild bicuity malt. Nice balance of bitterness and the malt, though this comes out more on the bitter side for an APA, which is fine. Nice carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2010 21:10:51 | More by kwjd
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New York

3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

a - Pours a transparent golden color with two inches of fluffy white head and light carbonation evident. Leaves a little bit of lacing on the glass.

s - Smells of citrus hops, grapefruit, fruity malts, pine hops, maybe some honey, and more malts. A lot more hops than I was expecting.

t - Tastes of bready malts, biscuit, citrus hops, and fruity malts. The malts jump out a lot more in the taste than the smell. There is the slightest bit of bitterness but it doesn''t linger.

m - Light body and low carbonation, the body is very smooth and crisp. Very easy to drink.

d - This was a nice beer that was insanely drinkable. I think the low ABV and the nice smooth body make this very easy to drink; I felt like I could have drank a ton of it. I enjoyed the fresh citrus hops in the smell, and thought the malts came out more in the taste.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2010 23:18:54 | More by mdfb79
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3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: on the lighter end of the color spectrum, golden with a bone-white dissipating head.
S: big aroma for this abv-american hops jump out with citrus and pine notes prevalent. some biscuity malts as well.
T: crackery, very lightly sweet malts are overtaken by an somewhat sharp hop bitterness. finishes quite dry. hop finish lingers.
M: light bodied, frothy, and crisp.
D: lots of flavor/aroma at this welcomely modest abv.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2010 15:26:56 | More by MrMcGibblets
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4.43/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a yellow gold with a white head that dissipates fairly quickly to a thin ring of foam. Leaves a little lacing on the glass.

Malt and mild citrus fruit smells, just a hint of funkiness.

Grape fruit rind with a touch of lemon and a little funk, especially after a burp. Also a hint of green apple. Nice moderate hop bitterness in the finish. Provides a nicely complex taste for its style.

Body is light, as is the carbonation level, but it is enough to give this a crisp mouthfeel.

This is a drinkable pale ale, hoppy enough, but not overpowering in any way. At 5% ABV, it is highly sessionable and the price (for a bomber) is right.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2010 02:52:32 | More by Beerenauslese
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4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The appearance is a like a golden carmel color. Light head and light lacing.

There is a slight citrus nose but does not overpower the taste.

The taste is very balanced. Hop front with a light malt back.

It goes down easy and serves well cool.

Enjoyed it in a nice frosted mug.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2010 04:11:45 | More by DJM13
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4.58/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pale cloudy yellow, good carbonation. This beer starts out just looking good. Mildly malty & fruity nose: bit of citrus (grapefruit). Taste: crisp somewhat dry maltyness & fruity notes; I get grapefruit. Some mild hops. What a beer: looks good, smells good, and tastes really good. So tasty, and nice body!
Excellent stuff!!

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2010 02:11:51 | More by SBarbeerian
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4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Damn good beer. Poured from a bomber to get a huge, foamy, frothy, fluffy, sudsy, off-white head that lasts all the way down and some lace. Color is a slightly hazy yellow amber with small bubble trails. Aroma is lemon, hops, malt. Flavor's the same plus the hop flavor comes out. Body is good and carbonation is outstanding. Finish is like flavor and of medium length. Great beer and for session as well.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2010 07:09:31 | More by drpimento
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4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a straw-yellow color with a white head. The aroma is very fruity. I get some papaya, mango and pineapple as well as some bready malt.

The flavor is heavy on the tropical fruit. It is a mix of fruit components, with the papaya and mangoes standing out. There is a ton of hop flavor, but the hop bitterness is low.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

A great pale ale and a ton of flavor in a lower ABV package. We need more beers like this one.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2010 19:40:57 | More by Mora2000
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3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A bomber poured into a pint glass.

A- Golden color, orange appeal to it. Creamy white head that disappears quickly. Nice lacing left on the glass.

S- Notes of citrus and dry hops, semi-sweet. Very seductive.

T- Citrusy, grassy, hoppy and just plain delicious.

M- Well balanced, dry finish. Light and refreshing. My only complaint is a maybe a weird citrus taste that kind of lingers but not horrible. It just makes you want to drink more.

D-Very drinkable, very refreshing. Nice ABV that makes this beer a great session beer.

Great west coast APA. Excellent amount of hop flavor without breaching into to the IPA category.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2010 21:20:27 | More by CaptainTripps
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3.38/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tap to 12oz Glass.

Pours 1finger head. Clean yellow golden pale. lite to medium carbonation. head breaks up fairly fast leaving minimum lacing.

Smells are very mild on this one. Mild Hops first, and a touch of citrus and citrus sweetness..orange? or pineapple? tough to say.

Tastes o.k,, mild hops of pine, some malt, the citrus & fruit sweetness are all very mild....not a lot going on here.

Very lite body, with more than medium carbonation and a mild hop bite.

A very easy one to gulp down. All ingredients are MILD. Hops stand out the most but are o.k. not strong. Carbonation is a bit more than needed. This finishes with a lite hop dryness and a bit of alcohol warmth. A fairly mild, tame brew for my taste.

Serving type: on-tap

10-15-2010 21:21:21 | More by fourplayed
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3.18/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Sampled on 10-2-10

Pours a very clear and light golden yellow color, with a fizzy white head that quickly settles. Lacing in very thin, almost non-existent.

Smell is light, fruity, and hoppy, but not particularly strong. Still, balanced and enjoyable, with easy citrus aromas.

Taste is surprisingly bland, very light, wit almost no hop kick whatsoever. Light malt, a little bitterness, and that's it.

Mouthfeel is decent, very light to go with the light flavors.

Drinkability is decent, just not enough flavor to go back to.

Overall, a well made beer, just needs a bit more.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2010 21:56:31 | More by BMoney575
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4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into the Sam Adams pint glass.

A - Pours a nice light straw golden color with some nice orange hues. The head is about .5 in and is nice and white and recedes quickly.

S - Delicious grassy and citrusy hops are present up front. Very nice and fresh. There is some nice bready hints that make the aroma quite balanced on the back end. This is a very delicious pale ale aroma.

T - Starts of with some nice grassy hop punch on the front en d that is quickly balanced out by some delicious fresh baked bready pale malt. The finish is deliciously malty and grainy with just a slight dry bitter finish that is incredibly balanced. This to me in flavor is a top tier APA. The beer goes well with some nice spicy cheese. The body is nice and light and very refreshing beer that is full of flavor.

D - Delicious and refreshing. Great ABV.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2010 22:17:23 | More by JoEBoBpr
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3.3/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a bomber at BevMo in on Santa Monica for about $4. I really wanted to like this beer, but it honestly smells like cat pee with piney citrus. It's been years since I've smelled hops like this, but that aroma is unmistakable. Otherwise, this would be a fine session beer and that comes off like a hoppier, more citrusy version of Summit Extra Pale Ale. The flavor has a good punch of grapefruit up front and then a spicy pine finish. I imagine this beer doesn't always smell so bad. I guess I'll have to try it again in the future.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2010 01:05:52 | More by tempest
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4.58/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a pitcher with nice 1/2 inch head that lasted most of the 16 oz. glass.

Smell was fanTAStic. Huge dry-hopped aroma...better than many IPAs. I'm guessing some chinook or maybe simcoe hops.

Taste was clean, great balance of malt with enough hop flavor to merit the pale ale classification.

Mouthfeel was moderate effervescence...well proportioned.

Drinkability was fantastic...tasted great from first sip to last, even when the first sip was at about 40 degrees, and the last more like 60.

This is one of the best pale ales I've had, up there with Mirror Pond. On the hoppy end of pale ale...just like the best of them.

Serving type: on-tap

08-27-2010 07:45:28 | More by scottchesterhall
AleSmith X from AleSmith Brewing Company
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