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AleSmith X - AleSmith Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

774 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 774
Reviews: 366
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 10.69%
Wants: 61
Gots: 57 | 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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4/5  rDev +1.8%

thebouch01, Nov 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Rollzroyce21, Nov 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

caninedevotion, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of FeDUBBELFIST
3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber to pint glass. No bottling date or code, but this beer was undeniably fresh. Sampled 5/8/11.

A: A large, 4 finger head erupts on the pour. Pristinely white, fluffy and frothy. The body is a light shade of golden yellow. Thousands of bubbles can be seen rushing at a fast and constant pace through the clear body. Very good lacing in the form of chunky sea foam. An absolute stunner in the glass.

S: Lightly grainy and heavily hopped with notes of grass and pine. Light rubbery phenolics bring the nose down a notch.

T: Straightforward hop flavor with a delicate malt base. Starts out lightly sweet and begins to lean towards dry on the mid and back end of the palate, amplifying the bitterness. There is a subtle tanginess on the back end as well. Phenolics some into play again unfortunately.

M: Light but very expansive body with fine fizzy carbonation.

O: Drinks like a 5% ABV beer should, which was my guess since the alcohol content wasn't actually listed on the bottle. Pretty solid brew.

FeDUBBELFIST, Oct 29, 2011
Photo of animortician
2.7/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

First time trying something lighter by AleSmith. Got a 220z bottle.

Soon as I popped the cap I was surprised to not hear much pressure release at all. This beer was almost totally flat. Poured it pretty aggressively but it didn't inspire any head at at all. Bright Golden in color.

Smelled good, bright citrus tart IPA.

Taste was good but it was impossible to ignore the lack of carbonation. Seemed like it would have been a great IPA if it was balanced with good Carbonation. Flavor seem comparable to something like Lagunitas IPA.

Mouthfeel... How do u say flat?

Hoping this was just a bad bottle that somehow didn't get enough priming sugar added during bottling.

animortician, Oct 24, 2011
Photo of MEsoJD
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

[poured into a duvel tulip glass] ۞2011 release۞

B: Simplistic yet engaging labels similar in texture to Stones. The back provides good amount of information about the brew and it's ingredients. Cant seem to find a date or alcohol percentage. Blank gold bottle cap.

A: Hazy light amber body with a beautiful large creamy head(slow dissipation) and good lacing.

S: Smells of citrus(orange or lemon) hops with faint sweet malt.

T: Grapefruit/lemon citrus, sweet malt, and light hops.

M: Clean/crisp, little to no alcohol presence, medium carbonation, and light/med body.

O: I don't usually favor this style but this is a great. A very clean beer. Besides it's clean taste, there's nothing that stood out me. Regardless, I would defiantly recommend this brew to those who usually gravitate to this style.

MEsoJD, Oct 23, 2011
Photo of kevanb
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From notes, poured into a pint glass.

Extra pale ale from AleSmith. I got this on recommendation and was really expecting great things here. I was left wishing for more hops and more character. Don’t get me wrong, this is certainly a really nice beer and has a nice flavor for only 5% ABV, but the more I drink pale ales, the more I wish I was having an IPA instead. AleSmith is doing good things with this beer and maybe if it was a hot summer day instead of a cooler evening it would’ve been better.

Verdict: Worth the try, but don’t expect to be blown away.

kevanb, Oct 06, 2011
Photo of BucannonXC5
3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a tap into a pint glass at Vine Cottage in San Diego, Calif. Color was golden amber. Maybe an inch of head. Good-looking lacing on top. Lots of circular film that lasted throughout.

Smelled of citrus hops. Lemon zest.

Initial taste was almost pilsner like. Spicy hops. Bitter ending.

Medium body. Lively carbonation. Bitter finish. Got kind of old pretty quick.

This beer started out so good and then just kind of petered out as it went down. Just so-so.

BucannonXC5, Oct 01, 2011
Photo of Emerson1310
5/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Possibly the very best tasting craft beer I ever drank!! If you like citrus flavor then this is what you want!!

A: Pale yellow in glass with tons of carbonation, bright white one finger head, and good lacing on glass.

S: Citrus and mild hops. Very refreshing aroma!

T: This is only the 2nd craft I ever tried that tastes strongly of grapefruit from first sip to last, no fading into hoppy resins!! But the grapefruit taste has something else I never tasted in a beer: Like RED grapefruit!! No bitterness, and the bright effervescence seems to clean your tongue with every sip. Finish is clean and very pleasant.

O: A wonderful beer!! Light, yet full of flavors, like those sweet red grapefruit. I'll be buying this again and again!!

Emerson1310, Sep 30, 2011
Photo of n2185
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow with four fingers of white head that recedes into a dense white cap with good lacing.

S: Lots of sweet oranges and pineapple aromas up front from the hops. It's fairly sweet smelling with some candy sugar-like aromas. There are some faint pine aromas mixed in as well. Quite nice.

T: Some grapefruit and orange notes at first followed by lots of dry, piny flavors. The finish is clean with a light bitterness and a touch of citrus.

M: Medium-light body with high carbonation, this beer is clean and dry, which goes well with the hop characters.

O: Definitely one of the better pale ales I've had. The taste is slightly lacking, but it has a very nice aroma and body.

n2185, Sep 15, 2011
Photo of claspada
3.48/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light golden color with an ample soapy white head which slowly recedes leaving some spotty lacing. Nice so far.
Aromas begincwith some light pale sweet maltiness and some more bready malts. Slighty grainy. Then I get the nice citrus (lemon and orange rind) from the hops. In the background there is a little bit of floral hops as well.
The tastes begin with the grainy and bready malts once again. Then I get a nice yeasty fruitiness. The hops are urge most present iin the finish with is dry and crisp, slightly metallic almost. Lemon and blood orange citrus flavors.
The mouthfeel is medium bodied with above average carbonation, kinda makes it hard to swallow. Finish is quite dry and crisp and clean.
Overall I enjoyed this beer but was vastly underwhelmed with the flavor profile. It is definitely forgettable in a market with so many pale ale offerings available and in 6-pack form for a comparable, and more often than not, better price. Not worth seeking out in bottle form; maybe fresh off draft it may be more enjoyable.

claspada, Sep 03, 2011
Photo of mtschmitz
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Rich golden color. Cloudy with medium carbonation that stays will the full glass. Silk ring of head hangs on the top of the glass.

Smell - Citrus hops rise to the nose with spicy undertones

Taste - Subtle malt enters the tongue and proceeds to spicy hops. A good taste of hops on the tongue but nothing overpowering, pretty well balanced with the malt.

Mouthfeel - Medium body with a smooth finish. Carbonation is adequate.

Overall - This beer is enjoyable. A good extra pale ale that enters strong and finishes smooth

mtschmitz, Aug 31, 2011
Photo of nickd717
4.45/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review dated 1/27/2009. 22oz bottle from City Beer Store in SF.

As is typical for AleSmith, this offering is at the top of its style. Pours golden with a substantial white head. Sweet malt and piney west coast hops dominate both the aroma and the flavor. Extremely well-balanced, similar to AleSmith IPA but a little more subdued on the hop front. Smooth and medium-bodied.

nickd717, Aug 26, 2011
Photo of KevinBrewer
4.43/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Straw colored with an enormous 4-finger white head that is everlasting, leaving heavy patches of lacing down the glass.

N- Dank, pungent hops with layers of grapefruit rind, flowers, grass, tropical fruit (papaya?), and lemon-lime.

T- Nice crisp, fairly dry grain at the start with a bitter citrus rind bite to it. Refreshing lemon-lime accents go perfectly with the bitterness, adding a light citric sourness to the mix. Floral fumes arise in the middle and stick around into the aftertaste. The finish is long with subtle undertones of pine becoming more apparent while hints of cracker-like grain resurface. Aftertaste of citrus, pine, and flowers.

M- Light body, spritzy carbonation, slightly sticky, with a dry, bitter finish.

D- Overall, incredible complexity while remaining light and refreshing. Definitely a perfect fit for summer. A beer geek's session beer.

KevinBrewer, Aug 19, 2011
Photo of pmarlowe
3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tulip glass.

Pours slightly opaque light gold with small layer of white head, mediocre retention and some lacing. Smells like freshly cut orange. Sometimes I say a pale ale or IPA smells like orange, but I really mean it this time. Some spicy hops. Taste is mild citrus and floral, bready malts, slight bitterness on finish. Mouthfeel is smooth, crisp, medium-light body and carbonation. Overall, this is a good, sessionable pale ale. Pairs well with spicy Indian or Thai food as a palate cleanser, but I can't say that really craved another pint after finishing this one.

pmarlowe, Aug 05, 2011
Photo of HopHead84
4.47/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

8/4/2011

On tap at Alesmith.

A: Straw yellow with an inch of froth. Pretty good retention and scattered sheets of lacing.

S: Aromatic orange flesh and pith with lemon, apricot, peach, and tangerine. The hops are bright and vibrant. Malt is faint in the nose, giving the impression of cracker and biscuit.

T: Orange and lemon balanced by a crackery malt profile. Light biscuit notes greet the palate. I detect a little peach and tangerine. The beer is lightly sweet, with a pleasant upper low to lower moderate level of bitterness. The finish is dry and crisp.

M: Light in body with a lower level of high carbonation. The mouthfeel is crisp, dry, and sticky.

Overall: A delicious, refreshing, and highly drinkable pale ale. 

HopHead84, Aug 05, 2011
Photo of Thorpe429
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of daysinthewake. Served in a Mikasa tulip on International IPA Day 2011.

Pours a slightly-hazed light apricot color with a good white head and some light spotty lacing on the edges of the glass. The nose brings some light citrus and a touch of light grain. Pretty good, but nothing too over the top. The flavor puts of mild citrus in terms of hop flavor, though not too much bitterness. Light body with good carbonation and a slightly-dry finish. Pretty good, but not as good as the rest of AleSmith's offerings.

Thorpe429, Aug 04, 2011
Photo of biegaman
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle-conditioning has ensured an energetic, animated and, judging by how quickly the head shot up, rather industrious crew of bubbles. They seem proud of their work, not only keeping this extensive lather propped-up for all to see but posting remnants of it all over the glass. The fair golden colour is quite exuberant, despite being naturally hazed.

The nose has a whole lot of something tropical going on, and that something is hops. Papaya, pineapple, mango and peach are all spotted hovering around the rim of the glass, which is perfumed in delicate, rose-like florals. While all this hoppiness does smell bitter, it also smells sugary (like the fruits are way over-ripened). It also smells grassy and herbal.

There is plenty of maltiness, to be sure, but it is entirely subservient to the hops; you're bound to pick up on the peach, nectarine, pineapple and overtly floral features long before you ever notice anything bready or biscuity. It's not that they've used the bare minimum amount of malt, it's that they've used the absolute palest - and that's allows the hops to shine.

Despite the perceptibly bitter air to those hops, they actually go pretty easy on you after all. The palate isn't punished by any stretch (as it can be with some southern Californian beers), but rather is merely 'clipped' by a brief, dulled bitterness that is actually quite gentle, more refreshing than anything. As for acidity, there's only a spritz of it. Capital D-rinkable.

I like to have X - X is good. Seriously though, this beer is a spokesperson for the entire Californian craft beer industry. It is light and easy but brimming with character. It's a combination of characterful and quaffable that, where hoppiness is concerned, not a ton of brewers outside of the Golden State can balance. Sunny San Diego is only a bottle away...

biegaman, Jul 29, 2011
Photo of Trilogy31
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy sunshine gold, with a creamy two fingers of foam with pretty lacing. A beautiful nose filled with honey (not sweet), citrus, a floral piney note, a tropical cornicopia of pineapple and mango fills out the scents. The taste is a bit dull, maybe too cold, with bready malts, light citrus and a nice lightly bitter backbone. The mouthfeel is nicely carbonated though a bit watered down, a bit higher abv would have been more fitting for the nose on this beer.

Trilogy31, Jul 25, 2011
Photo of CuriousMonk
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bomber into dimpled mug at Brassaire Beck in DC. Pours hazy dark yellow with a thick and rocky white head that slowly recedes to rocky lace, leaving thick residue along the inside of the glass. The nose is floral, grassy, citrus, and pine resin hops, all very delicate and balanced, along with some sweet caramel maltiness backing everything up. The flavor is more of the same with the lightly sweet caramel and cereal malt up front, moving to the very nicely balanced hop profile that ranges from lemon citrus, to pine resin, fresh cut grass, and even a hint of white peppercorn, finishing very dry. The body is light with average carbonation and a long citrus and pine resin pleasantly bitter finish. Very good pale ale overall!

CuriousMonk, Jul 18, 2011
Photo of Retsinis
3.15/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had this on tap at Instant replay, review from notes.

A: Served in a standard pint glass, the beer pours a clear straw yellow color with slight golden hue. The white head rose about a good inch in a half, but quickly settled, leaving minimal lacing.

S: Scents of hops, a bit of lemon zest, grass, some mild wheat and malt in the background too.

T: Initial flavor impression is a crisp, medium bitter bite, followed by a mild wheat malt backbone. Some citrus, light herbs and hops, but overall just simple and refreshing.

M: Medium body, crisp, with medium to high carbonation.

O: Session beer for me. Decent flavor, not to high in alcohol, refreshing, and goes down very easy, and fast on a hot day. However, being an American pale ale, it is light in flavors too, and not something, personally, that I would seek out per se when craving an Alesmith beer, as so much of their other offerings offer a lot more complexity as well as flavor in my opinion. Prefer Speedway stout, or Nautical Nut brown when given their options. As for the this beer in style, good, but only above average for me.

Retsinis, Jul 07, 2011
Photo of jmich24
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: 1.5 finger head many tight bubbles, light straw color with a slight orange hue.
S: Bready, yeasty, but mostly orange peel.
T: Light, crisp, touch of hops mostly orange and yellow peel. Light finishing bitterness.
M: Medium light mouthfeel. Very drinkable.
O: This is a outstanding lawnmower/summer ale for me. Light crisp bitterness. Very refreshing. Orange peel aroma and taste are amazing. Great APA overall.

jmich24, Jul 06, 2011
Photo of TheFightfan1
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I got this at the craft beer outlet in Philly. Pours just about the palest of yellow I have ever seen with an insane white heading which filled the glass quickly.

A decent floral hoppiness first fills the nostrils but more of a toasted malt aroma takes over for the finish.

Taste is more of the same.A heavy lemon-citrus is apparent at first but an insane biscuity and pale malt bill takes over completely and doesn't get too bland. Slight fruity notes touches in the finish.

Very nice carbonation with a slight buttery slickness in the mouth but an insane stinging bubbling action on the tongue. Light bodied ,crisp,and quite refreshing.

A very easy going beverage.

TheFightfan1, Jun 23, 2011
Photo of Sideswipe
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery.

X is an opaque, pale golden color with two fingers of dense white head. Decent lacing. The nose is pale malt and spicy citrus hops. Taste follows with notes of orange, and tangerine supported by a biscuity malt backbone. There Is a pleasant level of fruity bitterness. The finish is dry with a slightly bitter aftertaste which lingers on the palate. Feel is light and refreshing with a nice level of carbonation. Overall this is a solid APA. I like it. Thanks AleSmith.

Sideswipe, Jun 15, 2011
AleSmith X from AleSmith Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 774 ratings.