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AleSmith X - AleSmith Brewing Company

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790 Ratings

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Ratings: 790
Reviews: 368
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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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


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 05, 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
Photo of philbe311
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Two fingers worth of crisp audibly fizzy slightly off-white colored fluffy head comprised of a lot of big chunky bubbles... Decent retention gives way to a thick creamy froth of lace... The color is the palest of ambers... A very slight haze... Load with rushing swirling small bubbled carbonation... A bit of lacing clings tot he glass...

S - Big whiff of sweet citrus upfront... Oranges... Touches of red grapefruit... Perhaps a touch of lemon... Golden raisins... Some bready malts... Lots of depths and complexity, especially for the style... Very nice aroma all the way around...

T - Doughy bready malts to start... Quickly transitions to some sweet citrus notes... The palette continues to evolve and introduce a very earthy hop bite... The hop bitterness continues to intensify through the finish...

M - Light to medium bodied... Sturdy... Crisp... Lightly carbonated, but still packs a brisk prickle... The finish is a tad dry...

D - A very solid American Pale Ale... There's a lot of good things going on here... Good flavor... Excellent complexity... All wrapped up in a nice 5% ABV... Simple, well executed and very effective... Another job well done by Alesmith...

philbe311, Jun 08, 2011
Photo of portia99
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a Bruery tulip.

A - Pours a pale yellowy orange color with good clarity...just a touch of chill haze. A half finger of fluffy white head dies quickly leaving behind a rocky collar and no lacing on the glass.

S - Light citrus, low aroma overall. A touch of malt that is sweet and biscuity. Struggling to find much more in here...and failing.

T - Lots more flavor than aroma. Fresh citrus - oranges and grapefruits...grassy hops. Clean bitterness over biscuity malt and a touch of sugar.

M - A bit on the thin side, crisp and clean, citrusy. Carbonation is plenty stong for this beer at the medium level.

O - Good, crisp and clean beer. Pretty nice on a warm early summer evening on the deck. Goes well with a simple pizza.

portia99, May 28, 2011
Photo of Reagan1984
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up on my Northwest Trip. Love the Alesmith IPA and a few others, so I figured it was time to try this.

My overall impression is that this is a little doughy. Almost underdone. Decent, but not great.

Fluffy off white head rises above a light amber/gold colored beer. NIce lacing.

Aroma is where the doughy nature first reveals itself. Mixed in with some light fresh hops character.

Flavor is well balanced, and not bad, but again. Not bready, just doughy. Some yeast coming through as well. NIce citrus hop notes.

Fairly light body and definitely a nice session choice.

While I tip my hat to Alesmith in general, I see no need to grab another bottle of this selection. Not bad, but there are better Pale Ale choices.

Reagan1984, May 28, 2011
Photo of Knapp85
3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This pours out as a yellowish golden color. The head is a little fizzy. Leaves a bit of lacing. The smell is a little citrusy and some what hoppy. The taste is a bit citrusy too there is a slight medicinal taste too in the aftertaste. The mothfeel is nicely carbonated and pretty smooth. The overall feeling I have of this is that I would love this beer if the medicine taste wasn't in there. However it's still a pretty good brew.

Knapp85, May 23, 2011
Photo of mactrail
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Crisp, pleasant light bitter beer.

Nice bright golden color in the pint glass. Some head but plenty of carbonation in the mouth. Rather sprightly. Light body but crisp and easy to drink. Hop flavor is perky but not overdone. Flowery and resiny flavors. Bitter aftertaste but mellows out.

A pleasant quaff with food courtesy of the La Jolla Brewhouse.

mactrail, May 17, 2011
Photo of mikesgroove
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ok now this was a good Pale Ale. Perhaps my favorite style, whether I choose to admit it or not, I was thrilled when I saw this come in a package

Poured a nice very hazy golden amber with about two inches of white head on top. A nice slow fade gave way to copious side glass lace and a nice film across the top. You could tell it was nice due to ample carbonation consistently replenishing it. Great fresh aroma, with lots of floral hops and a good bit of grain in the back. The taste followed through pretty much the same. Great floral hop flavor hit you right away, but it was very light and refreshing, nothing overbearing about it at all. Nice underlying grain base had a touch of sweetness to it which gave it some good depth. Smooth, crisp finish with a nice lingering bitterness. Great light bodied feel and amble carbonation made it very light and refreshing and kept you wanting to come back for more. This was easily a session ale with no issues.

Overall I was very impressed here. This was an awesome pale that was more the adequately hopped and really had a great profile. I would love to have this on tap in my house, it would really be something that would go well for a large gathering of friends or during a game. Highly recommended here.

mikesgroove, May 14, 2011
Photo of thagr81us
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this one up while out in Cali for the Bruery Reserve Society Party. Big thanks to womencantsail for shipping this one to me after I left! Served from bottle into a Stone nonic. Poured a very slightly hazy straw yellow with a one finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, pine, pine hop, citrus, caramel, and slight earth. The flavor was of sweet malt, citrus, pine resin, citrus hop, pine hop, and earth. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty nice brew. The flavors on this one were very sharp and pronounced. Rather than all hitting you at once, they came in waves in my experience of this one. Granted they all seemed to work quite well together with this fact. A definite must try if you have not before.

thagr81us, May 11, 2011
Photo of Axic10
3.48/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a light pale yellow with two fingers of fluffy white head that quickly settles to a thin layer, but leaves some nice lacing behind.

Smell: Very faint nose. Hints of lemon grass, a slight bite from the hops and a somewhat malty (yet again, very faint) aroma.

Taste: Slightly bitter hops, lemon grass, earthy notes, and hints of bitter grapefruit and lemon rind.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and carbonated nicely.

Overall: I went into this with high hopes and was let down (the first time ever from Alesmith). I think it would benefit with some more hops (although then it'd be in the IPA range). I could see it being enjoyable in the summer, but today it didn't do too much for me.

Axic10, May 09, 2011
Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

AleSmith never disappoints, in my experience, and although up until now I'd stuck to the bigger and more exciting styles in their range, I hold high hopes for what such a good brewery could do with the humble Pale Ale.

Pours an effervescent and lively slightly hazed golden colour with a frothy head of white bubbles. Lacing is patchy, but pleasantly anarchic. Huge amounts of streaming carbonation. Overall, it looks stylistically true, but still exciting.

Nose is fresh with sweet citric hops, giving nuances of tangerine and lemon curd. Slightly crisp green aroma to it as well, giving a sharper fresh vegetative character, melding together to form a rather pleasant floral note. Very pleasant indeed.

Taste is all this, perfectly packaged and balanced. Sharp citrus on the front, with a slightly astringent, slightly medicinal bitterness on the back, which just cuts through the incipient sweetness nicely. Hint of orange peel on the finish, along with that robust bitterness.

Exceptional drinkability, as it has all the pleasant refreshing hoppy characters of a good APA combined with a light body and relatively low ABV. As always, AleSmith have come up with a winner. Cracking beer.

lacqueredmouse, May 09, 2011
AleSmith X from AleSmith Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 790 ratings.