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AleSmith X - AleSmith Brewing Company

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771 Ratings

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Ratings: 771
Reviews: 366
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 10.69%
Wants: 60
Gots: 55 | 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 NCBeernut
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%

Bomber brought over from Cali by a friend.

A: Pale blonde with orange highlights topped with a big fluffy white head that sticks around as a pillowy cap. Layered lacing down the glass.

S: Straight citrus, leaning slightly towards lemony. Slight caramel is all that the malt contributes here.

T/M: Pretty accurate reflection of the aroma. Definitely lemony citrus...actually orange comes out more as it warms. Almost no malt character. Carbonation is fairly high (about 3 volumes). Finishes dry, West Coast style.

A light, refreshing, hop-forward take on an APA. I prefer mine just with a little more maltiness. Sitting out on the beach or out fishing on a warm summer day would be the ideal place for this. I would probably score it higher during the summer.

NCBeernut, Jan 13, 2010
Photo of Bajasith
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%

Poured very nice golden color with a nice billowy head of foam. Smell of citruis along with that yeasty scent topped of with extra hops and earthy tones, kinda like a forest after a rain. Very smoothe as the tinge of hops hits the palate mellowed out by the light cabonation from bottle conditioning and a hint of mint at the end. Very enjoyable brew that is a must have year around. Need to stock up... Next!

Bajasith, Jan 08, 2010
Photo of bulletrain76
3.93/5  rDev 0%

22oz bottle. Gold with a big rocky white head that lasts until the end and leaves lots of chunky lace. A great looking beer, though that's partly due to the fact that it's a little over-carbonated, but that's bottle conditioning for you. The aroma caught me a little off-guard. Not the citrus and pine I was expecting, but lots of peaches vanilla along with some caramel. There is some grapefruit and spice, but they are buried in there. The flavor starts with some soft pale malt, balanced by a healthy and spicy bitterness. The hops are fruity with peaches, tangerines, pineapple, ans some grapefruit. Lighter feel and dry in the mouth with a little too much carbonation. Quite hoppy for a pale ale, and on the bitter side of balance, though very drinkable at the same time. I haven't had their IPA in a while, but I may like this better.

bulletrain76, Dec 15, 2009
Photo of armock
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%

A - Poured a hazy yellow color with a white head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is a nose full of citrus hops

T - Follows the nose lots of citrus hops with a nice bitter finish

M - This beer has a lighter body thats a little thin with medium carbonation to it

D - Overall I enjoyed this beer quite a bit the body was thinner that I'd have liked but the taste makes up for it worth trying sometime

armock, Dec 06, 2009
Photo of billab914
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Dogfish shaped pint glass. Pours a yellowish gold color with nice bug fluffy white head. good head retention and lacing.

Very good aroma, hops are very present in the smell. Lots of citrus. Hops are as pronounced in the smell as a lot of IPA's, and since I like hops that is a good thing.

Very good taste, again the hops are very present and there is a lot of citrus flavors up front with some sweet malt flavors detectable as well. Nice bitter finish.

Feels slightly above average in carbonation but it works well for this beer. Drinkability is also good.

The girlfriend, who I split this bottle with just yelled to me "Wow this is a good beer" so it apparently passes her approval as well. Another very enjoyable beer from Alesmith.

billab914, Nov 22, 2009
Photo of Intelligentsia
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%

Pours an absolutely massive pillowy white head that sticks around seemingly forever. Definitely one of the most impressive heads I've ever seen. The lacing isn't as impressive, but leaves some nice thick rings behind. What a start, though! I'm guessing the fair amount of hops and freshness contribute to that quite a bit.

The smell is typical of a hoppy american ale: lemon, bread, hops, citrus. I generally admire the smell of Alesmith's beers, and this is no exception.

Taste follows smell. Nice hop bitterness present throughout, but balanced nicely by a solid malt presence. Citrus, hops are the main players here.

I don't feel the over carbonation that other BAs mention. Easily one of the most drinkable beers I've had. At 5% I shudder to think how many I could down, and they're fairly reasonably priced. Definitely not the centerpiece of Alesmith's collection, but a very solid brew that I'd recommend.

Intelligentsia, Nov 20, 2009
Photo of johnnnniee
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%

Received in trade from TexIndy, thanks for the opportunity.

Pours a light golden color with a huge fluffy white head that persists forever. Smells of citrus right off with some lemon, bread, and a spicy earthy aroma in there as well. Nose is reminiscent of SNPA. Taste is lemony with a modest bitter hop bite some sweet bread malt holds everything together. Carbonation is over the top. At first pour this thing looked like champagne there were so many bubbles. Light to medium body, crisp mouthfeel. Decent APA that would be great if the carbonation were toned down a bit.

johnnnniee, Nov 10, 2009
Photo of TexIndy
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%

Picked up at the brewery and shipped back during my SD trip. Poured from a 22oz bomber into a pint glass. Crown came off with a loud hiss. No dating info on bottle but got direct from brewery so should be fresh. It was a slightly pale yellow color. This has the most amount of carb streams that I've seen in a beer in a long, long time. Champagne like. It had a massive 4 finger head even with a moderate pour. The fluffy white head took a long time to subside enough to drink as it was constantly being fed by the carb streams. Constant foam layer and great lacing.

The aroma was citric and pine hops along with bready malt. Just had another APA right before this one and this had a more better aroma as it had more hops to it. Good aroma but still love my hop bombs. The taste followed the aroma and had a good malt to hop balance with this one being more hoppy than malty which I prefer. Very smooth and easy drinking. Mouthfeel is crisp with a light to medium body. However, it is over carbonated so it feels you up rather quickly and then you are constantly burbing to make room.

Overall, a really good APA. If the carb was toned down somewhat, I'd up the drinkability. As is, the over carbonation is very distracting. Still, highly recommend. Another great one from Alesmith. Rotation: not avail here - shipped back. If here, would be a couple a year. Definitely on tap while out West.

TexIndy, Nov 08, 2009
Photo of microbrew52
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%

This is a great ale. It has a orangish haze in the glass. Generous carbonation can lead to billowy towers of foam if poured aggressively. The aroma brings citrus and floral notes with bready malt undertones. At first taste the carbonation and hops bring a crisp clean feel but the malt from the nose really comes through to bring this XIPA great balance. Easy drinkability coupled with great flavor. It doesn't get any better.

microbrew52, Oct 22, 2009
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.

Offa, Oct 01, 2009
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.

crazeguy, Sep 18, 2009
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.

GRG1313, Sep 17, 2009
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.)

MisterClean, Sep 11, 2009
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.

CoolJosh, Sep 09, 2009
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.

jrallen34, Sep 02, 2009
Photo of Viggo
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.

Viggo, Aug 27, 2009
Photo of CosmoHopHead
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

CosmoHopHead, Aug 14, 2009
Photo of ppoitras
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.

ppoitras, Aug 08, 2009
Photo of GJ40
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.

GJ40, Aug 02, 2009
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.

glid02, Jul 29, 2009
Photo of womencantsail
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.

womencantsail, Jul 28, 2009
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.

NewGeneric, Jul 28, 2009
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.

aristeros, Jul 12, 2009
Photo of rpstevens
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.

rpstevens, Jun 22, 2009
Photo of aforbes10
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).

aforbes10, Jun 18, 2009
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