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AleSmith X - AleSmith Brewing Company

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762 Ratings

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Ratings: 762
Reviews: 365
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 10.69%
Wants: 60
Gots: 53 | 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 Offa


4.45/5  rDev +13.2%

This is an excellent, well-crafted, almost paradigmatic example of what a lighter American Pale Ale should be like. It's characterful, extrwemely well integrated, clean, with a firm character, yet light, crisp, and very easy to drink.

Bright gold, like a good pale lager, it has a medium-big white head, steadily shrinking to a thin, rocky top that never quite dissipates, and leaving some fairly good lace.

The aroma is the weakst point for me, being very grapefruity, a quality for which I do not much care and which I find to be all too common. However, the grapefruitiness is unusually bright, fresh, and cleanly aromatic and it is backed up with light but nice golden raisiny quality and hints of grain.

The taste is better, has barely any grapefruit character at all, and is amazingly well integrated and balanced. It is predominantly clean mineral and fresh, fruity grain with hints of green apples and pears, hint of lemon and only a light hint of grapefruit. It is generally dryish, with both sweetness and bitterness evident but both being light and very well balanced. It is amazingly clean, bright, fresh, and crisp. Although the character is light, it holds up well and the feel balances nicely between being light and thin and heavy. It is not watery, but not oily, light and lively with only the faintest oiliness. The result is a highly drinkable, light beer that is balanced nicely in all ways and clearly shows itself to be several notches above almost all other beers of similar style.

10-01-2009 22:48:24 | More by Offa
Photo of crazeguy


3.78/5  rDev -3.8%

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a Pilsner glass.

Excellently carbonated, a little bit of a rough pour left a glass half full of bubbles. Even after it settled into a more drinkable state, bubbles kept rising beautifully.

Smell is sweet and tingles slightly. Tiny hints of citrus.

Simple and graceful. Nothing spectacular going on but a refreshing brew.

Light and crisp on the tongue.

Very session-able.

09-18-2009 07:20:49 | More by crazeguy
Photo of GRG1313


4.15/5  rDev +5.6%

Pours a honey yellow with a rich, pillowy and thick head; lovely looking.

Nose is elegant and full of perfume. Asserts a rich lemon mouse with almost a hint of sweetness and a brighness in the nose you don't see/get in most beer. Nose is wonderful.

Mouthfeel is actually light and elegant but there is a rich, "quality" character to this beer. Seems light and simple at first blush but it is very appealing. You just want to keep coming back for more it's so drinkable.

Flavors of light fresh lemon, sweet grapefruit and a pleasant pine/pine resin. An all around appealing drink. Perhaps a "universally appealing" type of beer.

09-17-2009 07:13:50 | More by GRG1313
Photo of MisterClean


4.05/5  rDev +3.1%

Purchased in PDX drank at a homebrew club meeting.

A - Pours a straw yellow with 4 fingers of white head. Dissiaptes slow and leaves beautiful lacing.

S - Honey, flowers, and pine hops.

T - Honey, grass, and pine hops. Fairly resiny.

M - Moderate bodied, hop dominated and finishes dry.

D - Overall, very good. This is more or less a cross between a pale ale (IBUs) and a blonde ale (color, alc.)

09-11-2009 18:02:10 | More by MisterClean
Photo of CoolJosh


3.7/5  rDev -5.9%

From a 22 oz bottle to my Mad Elf tulip-globe glass. Pours a semi cloudy singed orange with some light brown hues. There is a small light white creamy head that doesn't stick around.

The smell is of really fresh citrus hops. I'm picking up a nice grapefruit scent atop lemon zest. Reminiscent of fresh Sierra Nevada Pale Ale.

The taste is just alright. On the lighter side like a Pale Ale should be. The lemon and grapefruit are still present in the taste but do not stick out as much. A slight roasted grain taste gets picked up as the beer warms. The hops are super fresh but not overwhelming. I was hoping for more, but this definitely can falls inline with a west coast pale ale.

The carbonation is unusually low for a pale ale. I could drink this easily as a session beer.

09-09-2009 02:04:14 | More by CoolJosh
Photo of jrallen34


3.73/5  rDev -5.1%

I drank this from the bottle into a chalice.

It pours a medium gold that is very clear with lots of carbonation. It pours with 3 fingers high of head that lasts a while a good lacing.

There is fruity white wind smell on the head, notes of grapes, bananas, and yeast.

The taste is very light and smooth throughout. There are light notes of hops a touch of bitterness at the end.

Light on the palate but highly drinkable.

09-02-2009 23:40:19 | More by jrallen34
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Ontario (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev +1.3%

22 oz bottle picked up at Biercafe in Portland.

Pours a clear straw yellow, very thick pillowy white head forms, chunks of lace stick to the glass as it settles to a thick layer. Smell is nice, citrus, grapefruit, orange peel, very fresh fruity hoppiness, tangerines, lemony, some biscuity malt and a touch of caramel sweetness, nice. Taste is nice too, very fresh hoppiness, tangerine and grapefruit, orange, light caramel middle, dry biscuit, lemons, very solid bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel is nice, light to medium bodied with medium carbonation, good session beer. I could drink a lot of this stuff.

08-27-2009 17:30:18 | More by Viggo
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4.3/5  rDev +9.4%

A: pours a very bright yellow with little head and faint lacing that evaporates quickly.

S: smells like a west coast pale ale should smell. Faint hops with hints of pine and grass.

T: I gotta say it tasted much better than it smelled. Very west coast hop flavor. Light bodied and smooth.

M: Great carbonation. Bubbles tingle the tongue and throat

D: At 5% abv I could easily drink this beer all night long. Wish I had access to it all year round.

Would recommend every beer drinker try

08-14-2009 21:08:30 | More by CosmoHopHead
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4.47/5  rDev +13.7%

22oz bottle obtained via Growling at the Moon from d0gnate. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" bright white head over the clear golden brew. Head receds gradually, with good sticky lace. Aroma is moderate, mostly piny hoppiness.

Taste is starts lightly sweet, goes lemony tart for a moment in the middle, and closes with considerable pine hops for the style. Mouthfeel is smooth, and drinkability is superb. A standout for the style.

08-08-2009 16:57:44 | More by ppoitras
Photo of GJ40

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +2.5%

Sampled from a 22oz bottle in a DFH shaped pint glass. Purchased at Beverage Warehouse in Los Angeles.

A - Light golden color with good clarity and a large white head with good lacing.

S - Piney hops with some yeast also in the mix.

T - Dry and crisp with some pineapple, grapefruit and pine. The malt contribution is secondary but adds a nice biscuity quality. It finishes with a nice lingering bitterness. It's a little on the dry side but it works.

M - Thin and moderately carbonated.

D - A lighter, balanced beer that offers both flavor and refreshment.

08-02-2009 12:24:22 | More by GJ40
Photo of glid02


4.2/5  rDev +6.9%

Had on-tap at Beachwood BBQ in Seal Beach, CA.

Pours a very light copper color with a one-finger slightly off-white head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of tropical and citrus hops with a decent pale malt backbone. The hops really come out well in this.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Pale, slightly bready malt flavors are joined shortly by solid citrus hop flavors. The ending is mildly bitter.

Mouthfeel is good. It has a decent thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass rather quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall I thought this was a very well done APA - actually more of a light IPA. Definitely worth a shot.

07-29-2009 02:47:12 | More by glid02
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3.88/5  rDev -1.3%

A: Very pale golden color, lots of carbonation, and an enormous amount of foam.

S: A decent citrus hop aroma, but certainly not a punch in the face.

T: Lemon, grapefruit, and a bit of malt and yeast on the finish. Interesting flavor.

M: Very crisp and dry, tons of carbonation.

D: Good drinkability, the carbonation and crispness make this a refreshing beer.

07-28-2009 22:06:21 | More by womencantsail
Photo of NewGeneric


3.38/5  rDev -14%

Had this one the other day with my father. Poured a pale straw color with white head that faded slowly and left good lacing. Smelled of malt and light hops. Tasted the same. A little dry and fizzy. Decent beer, but perhaps I had an older bottle. I was expecting more hops from an extra pale ale, but could not find a date on the bottle to confirm my suspicions.

07-28-2009 16:23:37 | More by NewGeneric
Photo of aristeros


3.45/5  rDev -12.2%

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a goblet for kicks. Deep golden color with visible carbonation, but very small bubbles, like certain varieties of champagne. Huge four-fingered head with some retention and decent lacing. Head's quite big for the style, and I'd have poured differently if I knew it was going to be this huge.

The nose has citrus and floral hops up front, some sweetness. Not as big as I'd hoped. Tastes dry and crisp, again, sort of champagne-like. Bread and biscuit, with an undercurrent of grapefruit rind, finishes a bit dry and yeasty. Light to medium-bodied, and refreshing.

I could see it as a good summer beer. It wasn't quite what I was hoping for; I had a bunch of Alesmiths to choose from and sort of wish I'd grabbed a different one.

07-12-2009 02:04:51 | More by aristeros
Photo of rpstevens

New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Thanks to overlord for this extra. Poured from a bomber into my smuttynose tulip.

The pour is a pale orange/yellow that glows vibrantly when held to the light. There is a soapy white head that fades pretty quickly that leaves little lacing and there is not a lot of carbonation.

The smell is lemon zest and citrusy hop, but it's a pretty mild smelling brew. There's a little graham cracker malt that comes through in the smell, but very little.

The taste is a very balanced blend of lemon, fresh cut grass and again that very faint graham cracker sweet malt that gives a nice balance.

The mouthfeel is very impressive, as the beer is very light and sharply crisp throughout. The lemon, grassy hop and slight maltiness roll together and the beer is very light bodied and perfectly carbonated to match the flavors. This is a beer that I feel I could drink multiple bombers of in a sitting, sadly there is only one.

06-22-2009 02:13:51 | More by rpstevens
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4.43/5  rDev +12.7%

Bottle from Monument in Concord, CA. Pours a yellow brown with an inch tall white head. Rapid carbonation and a slight haze from the yeast in the bottom that i didn't quite confine to the bottle. Smells of nice fresh hops, lemons, and sweet malt. Clean, inviting aroma. Flavor is a soft, only slightly bitter hop and malt mixture. Lemony citrus and sweet caramel malt with just a touch of bitterness. Well balanced and just about medium bodied. Very easy and pleasurable to drink, though i wonder if this might not be a better beer to package in 12oz bottles (the ESB as well, for that matter).

06-18-2009 02:17:17 | More by aforbes10
Photo of david18

New York

4.43/5  rDev +12.7%

This is actually a very drinkable beer. It's called a Pale Ale but it's much drier with a lot less malt feel. Also not as much hops. The beer is a great, low-alcohol, hot weather alternative to a good lager or pilsner. The character is somewhere between a Kolsch and an extra pale ale or even a bitter.

I had it shipped to me in NY from the west coast but it seems to have held up fine.

06-07-2009 20:05:29 | More by david18
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3.73/5  rDev -5.1%

22 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear gold (lots of suspended oils and yeasties are visible though) with 1 1/2 fingers of tight brite-white head. Thin yet foamy look, hangs tough, leaving rich rings of lacing back. The aroma is fresh with floral hops and the tang of bready pale malts and citrus. This was fresh smelling and pleasant but overall not very deep.

The taste is zesty feeling citric character, mingling with lightly toasted malts, and a moderate amount of firm bitterness. The hops are surprisingly aggressive in the backend, completely drying out the finish. The mouthfeel is lighter-medium bodied, with a pricklier feel that spreads out nicely in the mouth. Maybe just a bit too much of a firmness here?

Decent take on an Pale Ale, with the "American" hop portion being extremely evident in the aroma and taste. This could have added a bit more depth to the nose and smoothed out the body a bit but othewise, this was solid.

06-03-2009 16:43:44 | More by Kegatron
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3.93/5  rDev 0%

Thanks to psycohops for sharing this bomber with me. Acquired in a trade with jgap, so thanks to you as well. Poured into matching shaker glasses, X appears a mildly hazed bright straw color with three fingers of white cloud - like head. A thick lace is left on my glass with each sip. Aroma and taste - ultra floral, somewhat perfumy, ruby red grapefruit essential oils, bready and quite bitter. Light bodied and that works very well in this case.

05-23-2009 05:01:56 | More by ClockworkOrange
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4.1/5  rDev +4.3%

Thanks to Kegatron for sharing this offering.

Pours a clear gold with a touch of floaties. Thick white head has great retention and leaves beautiful full lacing blotches behind. Smells of grapefruit, lemon, honey, toast, grains, and pine. Tastes of apricot, orange, and lemon rind up front with some grapefruit. Toasted grains and honey follow with some pine notes and a grassy bitter hop finish. Medium in body with good carbonation. Clean and crisp with a pleasant bitter finish. Very easy to drink, quite sessionable and packing lots of great flavor.

05-17-2009 18:32:39 | More by HopDerek
Photo of imagineiii


4.35/5  rDev +10.7%

Got this in a blind trade with Texaswayne. Heard alot about alesmith but havent had much from them.

poured into my new stone glass: "fizzy yellow beer is for wussies". well thats irony, because this IS a fizy yellow beer. straw in color, very pale. finger of eggshell head, superior retention. carbonation is swirling at the top of the glass.

Alot more of a nose than one would think from the color. alot of juicy citrus and piney hops. some honey and even caramel.

tart citrus opens the sip. smooth honey with some biscuit, rather thin. fades into quite the hop profile for such a body. pine sap and bitter grass lingers. so does the head. wow.

carbonation doesnt over take the flavors in this beer. allows the beer to be creamy even tho its so light in color.

very drinkable, even for a pale ale.

i wish this beer was on shelves in VT as Id drink it frequently. Solid beer with a light color and body, I could convert many BMC drinkers with this one.

05-15-2009 00:26:48 | More by imagineiii
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4.13/5  rDev +5.1%

Pours a clear and light gold color with a nice white head.

Aromas are nice, fresh hops, floral, with some citrus notes, mostly light grapefruits.

Taste is very dry, with a light tea light like flavor, some creamy malts, and yeast spice note. Finish is crisp, with some bright hops, zesty lemon, and a mineral like bite. Nice tasty little pale ale here.

Nice mouthfeel, full but not heavy, with good carbonation.

Drinkability is quite high. A very flavorful and sessionable Pale Ale. I could easily knock back a few of these, especially on a warm summer day. Good stuff.

05-14-2009 02:29:21 | More by flexabull
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

22 oz. bomber from John's Marketplace.

Strawish yellow clear body under substantial 2-finger head, with nice lacing. Prominent hop presence in the nose upfront of the malty sweetness. Grapefruit from hops but a nice taste balance, certainly not too hoppy and little alcohol presence. Phenomenal mouthfeel, by mouth is happy! A bit more dry finish than most pale ales. If more reasonable priced, this would be a great session beer. Another winner from one of America's best microbreweries.

05-11-2009 02:42:06 | More by jdense
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2.17/5  rDev -44.8%

From a 22ox bottle poured into an imperial pint glass. Foamed like crazy. Golden straw with way too much head. Grainy, hoppy aroma, but something is off. A little cardboard and maybe a slight infection. I think this beer was stored badly. I have tried it before and thought it was fantastic. This is just a bad bottle.

05-09-2009 08:32:56 | More by Brewsmith
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3.98/5  rDev +1.3%

Thanks to jfitzy78 for a nice hookup on this special bottle from AleSmith.

Pours a beautiful light golden orange-yellow. Very clear if poured without stirring the sediment. A pillowy white head froths up to 2 fingers thick and settles into a resting cap of a solid half inch. Really nice appearance, totally inviting. Very solid carbonation keeps this beer lively.

The aroma is fresh and light, like freshly cut grass with a pleasant floral note. Some honey notes, almost mead-like but without the alcohol.

Really nice flavor. Light, refreshing and slightly sweet with a mild malt and floral note up front. This leads into a fuller middle with definite spicy hop notes but nothing overpowering, just a clean, well balanced pale ale with more assertive hop characters. Finishes with subtle tropical fruit notes and a lip-smacking crispness.

Mouthfeel is also great. Really nice robust carbonation on top of a light crisp body that fills the mouth but not the belly. Super drinkable.

05-05-2009 00:59:54 | More by NoLiberty
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