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AleSmith X - AleSmith Brewing Company

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Ratings: 827
Reviews: 370
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 10.43%
Wants: 60
Gots: 66 | 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

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Beer added by: Bierman9 on 02-28-2002

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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.

Photo of TheFightfan1
4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Photo of Sideswipe
3.85/5  rDev -2%
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.

Photo of philbe311
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
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...

Photo of portia99
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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.

Photo of Knapp85
3.62/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

Photo of mactrail
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

Photo of thagr81us
4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Photo of Axic10
3.46/5  rDev -12%
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.

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.

Photo of BARFLYB
3.06/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Im assuming this is fresh since it just hit Philly for the 1st time, if it's not, that's not my problem, except I paid for it.

Alesmith X pours in the pint glass like the IPA with a hand length of ivory white foam that's fluffy like a rabbit tail. The liquid is pale yellow in color and somewhat hazy. Semi stick.

Smell is of the pale category, I do get a whiff of grass and I was not expecting it coming from smith. Grassy hops with a hit of pineapple and mango. A big burst of biscuit from the pale malts. It is what it is.

Taste is pale, pale malts, pale malts and than just a bit of hops. Come to think of it after more sips, this is pretty hoppy but not that West Coast that Im used to. The hops come off kinda european like with some citrus backing. A mix of grass, faded grapefruit rind and mango.

Feel is right on point for a five percenter. The body is light and refreshing but the grassy aftertaste is kinda blech. Carbonation is there, seen and felt without biting the tounge.

This is a pale ale but Im not to impressed with this one. I drank it kinda quick just to be done with it.

Photo of oglmcdgl
2.95/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A bottle split with onix1agr. Thanks bud.

A- a firm pour yields three fingers of bright white head that sticks around for a bit before settling and leaving a lot of patchy lace and a solid ring on top. Pale straw yellow in color and almost crystal clear.

S- mild honey sweetness and lightly hopped with some pale malts and the like.

T- opens up with a light bitter grapefruit hop and some soapy cilantro herbal like hits. Malts honey sweet and in nice balance.

M- a touch less then medium in body and carb with a bit of syrup to the feel.

O- not my fav from alesmith. I'm feeling the hops clash with the malts a bit or maybe this is a less then fresh bottle.

Photo of iguenard
4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Golden copper, very wildly carbonated. Thick lacing (though temporary) head of cream color and tight dense bubbles. Orange peel, heavily, orange fuzz. Lemongrass. Belgian yeast creaminess to nose. Somewhat simple. Extremey honnest brew. It is all orange peel, sweet and bitter, mixed very well. Seems more alcoholic then it truely is at 5%. Feels acidic, and astringent on the palate. The orange flavours last the whole experience, and take center stage the whole time. Simple, honnest, good. Very acidic, like easting orange peel. Somewhat astringent because of this. All-in-all, this rather simple beer is well brewed, flavoursome, but honnest and allout oranges. The underlying beer is a pale ale that sheds some belgian allures. I'd try this with duck, chicken, or tangy sauce pork.

Photo of ADZA
4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This brew pours a nice see through light golden hue with nice carbonation that leaves behind a two finger head that quickly recedes to leave a layer of froth across the top and a rim of lacing,the smell is delicate piney,citrusy hops with a touch of passionfruit,boiled candy and pungent floral hops aswell,the mouthfeel is light bodied,well carbonated and has tastes of passionfruit,kiwifruit,pineapple,candy,lychee and is finished off with a twist of pungent,sticky,floral,piney hops and the finish is quite subdued on the bitterness level in my mind and i could easily see myself drinking this on a hot summers day while eating some nice seafood i reckon it would be a nice match if only we saw this brew that often cheers.

Photo of farrago
4.07/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Huge frothy head, easily over three fingers, close to bone white, completely delicate and airy microfoam, decent retention notwithstanding with moderate dimpling, the lacing tends to glide off the glass walls rather than stick. Pale golden liquid, faint hint of pumpkin orange, loads of tiny bubbles rise throughout, average clarity. Bodacious tangerine, white grapefruit citrus swells in the nose, lighter pine and flower petals nothing close to that citrus, murmurs of pie dough, clove and then apricot, peach, pear fruit, the malts must be most evident via textural smoothness than scents, the hops here nowhere near bitter bite. Medium-bodied, a touch foamy during the mouth entry, small surprise given the visual bubbling and head. The citrus no less dominant here, however, more focused and sour, white grapefruit to lemon. Along with this comes more pine, coal tar, mineral water and grass accents. Conversely, the florality less pronounced yet this helped by broader peach, apricot, nectarine fruit. Displays enough yeast, dough onto just baked bread notes to soak up some sourness. Some salt to saline nuances through the drying finish. Briskly refreshing, very good liveliness, drinks better with a solid chill on it.

Photo of LittleDon
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A pint at the PB Tap Room in Pacific Beach, CA

Golden with a below average lived head but plenty of lace. Slight haze. Aroma is balance between light malt and citrus. Medium carbonation and medium to medium-heavy mouthfeel. Grainy front, but with orange elements. Noticeable amount of bitterness middle to end, more grassy than citrus, though. Tasted this side by side with the Alesmith IPA and found the X to be more subtly flavored and interesting, lighter, a bit less better, and without the alcohol tones found in the IPA.

Photo of stakem
3.12/5  rDev -20.6%
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.

Photo of GarthDanielson
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.

Photo of spinrsx
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Photo of clamper1069
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.

Photo of Slatetank
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!

Photo of slayer3604
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
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!

Photo of Bmoyer0301
3.4/5  rDev -13.5%
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.

AleSmith X from AleSmith Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 827 ratings.