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AleSmith X - AleSmith Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

745 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 745
Reviews: 364
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 10.69%
Wants: 58
Gots: 47 | 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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dickroop

Maryland

4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Scored a bomber of this hop-nector in California on my last trip, a good buy. Poured a light yellowish pale color, better than pisswater, maybe straw? OK head, but who can remember, we were at the end of an extended tasting session :-)

This brew had a good nose, but you couldn't tell exactly what. Funny about that. Taste confirmed that it was a solid, well crafted brew, but it was hard to pick out individual flavor elements. Some malt, a little hops, but oddly, a very pleasurable brew. Light, yet solid. Almost lemony, but with more backbone. I wouldn't call it delicate, it's more "solid light". Faintly reminscent of the carbo-blast you get with Heinikens, but much better, better balanced.

Mouthfeel was good with nice carbonation and a nice easy body. I'd get more whenever I could find it. Good. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2006 23:45:07 | More by dickroop
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Imstillthegman

Delaware

3.48/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Boolshot for this bomber.

Pours a light golden yellow with a two finger bright white head. Aroma is slightly sweet and nutty with barely any hop presence noticed. Flavor is nutty as well with some floral and citrus undertones from the hops more present than the smell would have you believe. Almost like a lighter Brown Ale in flavor. Mouthfeel is good with steady streams of bubbles rising up at all times. Leaves a bit of a sour aftertaste on the tongue.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2006 15:26:00 | More by Imstillthegman
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SethB2

California

3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a yellowish/orange color that is somewhat cloudy. The beer also has a small head that doesn't last very long. Smell is of tangerine hoppiness and a very subdued malt profile. The aroma is very inviting. The taste is much like the smell. Tangerine and grapefruit bitterness followed by a balacing maltiness.

M+D, yeah, I like it. Good quencher from a great brewery.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2006 22:58:34 | More by SethB2
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CRJMellor

Arkansas

4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light golden and amber color with a fine, but dense, puffy bright white head.
Aroma has multiple citrus notes going with some sweeter grapefruit and lemon notes being dominant but a faint whiff of peach sems to be there as well. Hint of pine-sol as it warmed a bit.
Flavor is sweeter fruit than expected with some light base caramel over the citurs flavors.
Mouthfeel is lighter side of moderate but excellent for style and very approachable. Light and airy but still dense in a way.
Drinkability is top-notch. Great representation of the lighter side of this style and nice break from some mammoth APA's. Floral and citrus nots make it very thirst quenching.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2006 17:16:56 | More by CRJMellor
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BeerManDan

California

3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This pale ale poured a light golden yellow with a bundle of white foam and a lots of lace on the side of the glass when I finished gulping down this wonderful extra pale ale. The smell of mild fruit filled the nose, with a hint of soft hops. The taste of grapefruit, orange and a hint of lemon was evident. The overall balance of this ale by Alesmith was not a pleasant surprise. It was on of there quality ale's that they've been making as usual. Another winner or Alesmith. Of course I can't buy any of there beers in Northern California, but, bought this ale in Scottsdale Arizona at Wild Oats.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2006 23:36:02 | More by BeerManDan
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scottoale

California

4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 22oz.brown bomber pours a rich gold ale with good clarity. The head is white and foamy, about 1/2inch thick, with bubbles surfacing from all over keeping it up. The lacing is thick and plenty with tis brew.

Nose is full of fresh, piney hops with a mild sweetness of malt, just poking through, very nice.

Mild mannered malt opens up the citrus hop package, with oranges, grapefruit and tangerine. The citrus turns into pine as the hops bitter the finish, in a clean, refreshing way. Very yummy and well balanced.

Light to medium body with a smooth, yet lively mouthfeel, mild ABV with a clean neutral aftertaste, make this an exceptional beer for sessions. Hopheads will enjoy it as well, I know I do...cheers.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2006 07:52:25 | More by scottoale
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kdmorse

California

3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Boy Howdy, this is extra pale! Faint straw colour. Puff of white head. Crystal clear with bubbles gently dancing to the surface.

S: Nice subtely sweet malt bottle met with slightly citrusy hops.

T/M: Crisp, sweet, and light in the mouth. Lots of carbonation. Lots of bitter hops. Clean finish.

D: Easy enough going down. Would be great for a hot, sunny day. Not my style of an APA, but not a bad APA.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2006 20:24:14 | More by kdmorse
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dnrobert24

Alabama

3.2/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

2MBBIF beer -- many thanks to Callenk.

To me this came accross as an IPA where all the hops were left out except for the Amarillo. Perhaps it was some other hop, but there was a good amount of chalkiness and aspiriny quality to the beer. I liked the appearance with a solid head that slowly diminished and a cloudy yellow to orange as my Pizza Port glass (compliments of Callenak) widened. Aroma was more of a light fresh floral one than a fruity one. Taste had nice bitterness for an APA, and had a real toasty or even nutty flavor. The malt profile was simple and the hops seemed to lack that extra something. There was a little orange and lemon rind in there. I did enjoy the beer, even if it seemed to lack multi-dimentionality, and look forward to trying the other Alesmith offerings.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2006 01:34:11 | More by dnrobert24
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pjwilson

California

3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: more head than beer when poured into the glass, quite impressive. intracate lace patterns, light orange color.

smell: no hop aromoa, but just a light nuttiness

taste: nutty, aromatic malt, light tingle of hops, but not much. sort of tastes like a brown ale but lighter.

mouthfeel and Drinkablility: pretty smooth, light and tingely, and a pretty nice drinker. Decent beer, but isn't really pale or hoppy, more like a brown in taste.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2006 18:08:03 | More by pjwilson
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IntriqKen

California

4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a hazy golden yellow with a monsterous head that dies to a very substantial lace.
Aroma is clean floral hops with a little bready yeast. Earthy aromas become more pronounced as you empty the glass
Taste is clean and fresh...light sweet malt followed by clean floral hops, then lightly citrus.
Mouth full of bubbles creating a smooth rich mouthfeel...nothing light in the feeling.
Finish of mild grapefuit drying and slowly warming alcohol.
This is a beer that can be kept in the fridge as a regular drinker all year to share with both your craft brew friends without disappointing and your macro friends without offending or turning them off

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2006 19:39:23 | More by IntriqKen
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chargerfanjess

California

4.65/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bomber bottle very cool label pour a yellow pale very tight bubbles and a one quarter inch head. First sip very nice and tart crisp and clean...mild malts and nice hoppy flavor which balances out with the malts. Nice bitter aftertaste and great mouthfeel. Excellent drinkable brew

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2006 18:55:19 | More by chargerfanjess
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Crosling

Colorado

3.45/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bruised lemon skin. Subtle aroma of fruits, mainly pear, but also a touch of peach and melon. Fairly hoppy in the aroma. Solid, satisfying flavor with a nice hoppy and fruity flavor with notes of lemon, grapefruit and orange. Bready, sweet malts come next followed by a notes of peach. Creamy, bubbly, exploding mouthfeel. This beer really fades on the finish. Silly me, I wanted just a little more assertion.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2006 07:43:27 | More by Crosling
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Rezzin

California

4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Light golden colored. Maybe a slight orange tint to it. Nice fluffy white head that sticks around.

S - Grapefruit, apricot, sweet malt background.

T - Mmmmm... this is one good APA. I can't really explain that initial flavor but it's good. Citrusy and earthy I guess with a nice mellow sweetness from the malt. I've never had an APA quite like this but then again I've probably only had about a dozen different APA's to date.

M - Moderate carbonation. Feels like a million tiny little bubbles all over my tongue. Extremely refreshing. Smooth with a crisp slightly bitter finish.

D - This is an outstanding APA with a wonderful hoppy kick.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2006 03:27:53 | More by Rezzin
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.38/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a light yellow color ale with a medium bubbly white head with average retention. Aroma of hops if mostly floral with small touch of ester, which was slightly displeasing. Taste is quite refreshing with a strong hops presence. Lighter body then expected but I didn’t mind because APA is a style that doesn’t necessarily gain from full body.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2006 19:53:38 | More by Phyl21ca
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GClarkage

California

3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

01/15/06- Purchased at Sun Devil Liquors in Mesa, AZ.

Presentation- 22oz bottle with no freshness info. Poured into my Englander pint glass.

Appearance- Mid range dark golden color. Cloudy or shall I say hazed kinda like a fogged up window. Full inch head and very creamy at that. Nice ring of staggered lace around the glass.

Smell- Hops o' plenty with a wheat or darker bready scented malt. A little bit pine and a little bit grapefruit. Sugary at that.

Taste- First thing that hits you is a quick sweetness from the malt. Then the bitterness from the grapefruit flavored hops come into play. The hops have a higher bitterness level and leaves a significant drying feeling. Maybe tastes just a touch stale? Crisp drinking though.

Mouthfeel- Drying taste, average carbonation. Bitter lasting aftertaste.

Drinkability- Very easy to drink. Almost tastes on the level of an ESB. Crisp, and goes down easy. Good mixture of malt and hops.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2006 22:30:57 | More by GClarkage
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Tupperwolf

Washington

4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a gently glowing orange-amber color (near apple juice) into my nonic, topped with a just off-white finger-thick head that recedes to a thin scum and lazily handsome lacing. Not quite as extra pale as I'd expected, nor quite enough head, but decent looking.

The scent tells a tale of... well.. pale ale! It's fruity, with big whiffs of raspberry, cranberry, and sugar. To me, this smells rather a lot like an AleSmith IPA... without as much hops? Coincidence!?!

Lots of straw, various berries, and dry cracker flavor in the taste. Wow! There's a little hint of something on the back of the tongue I'm having a hard time describing - just a tiny bit of hops that interacts with the fruity malts to bring forth a slightly tart, slightly bitter flavor and feel... Bitter pears! Pear, apple juice. Totally juicy and slick despite it all.

Swishy carbonation, good for an ale such as this; This 'extra pale ale' isn't as extra pale as I'd expected, but for that I'm totally glad. I picked this bottle up as a way of expanding my tastes towards all varieties of ale from dark to pale... If this is extra pale ale, I love ales even more! Body is low to medium, with almost no after-taste/feel left behind.

Whoooo! Totally drinkable! There's a lot going on here for a beer that I expected to be very simple and near-macro-lager like. I guess I've got a lot to learn!

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2006 09:59:19 | More by Tupperwolf
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Troyone

California

4.43/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden color, minimal white head, and some carbonation.

Has a citrus hops smell with some pine and resin.

Light/mod sweet/acidic/bitter citrus hops with some caramel malt in the background.

Light/med body, slightly syrupy texture, lively/soft carb, and a slight alkaline type of finish.

Very good and hoppy session beer with no lingering aftertaste.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2005 04:16:24 | More by Troyone
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Realale

Missouri

3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Clear gold with the slightest hint of orange. Immense, extremely fine, slightly sticky, bright white head settles slowly to a complete, rocky cap leaving good lacing. Great looking beer!

Orange zest leads the initial nose, with other citrus notes supporting. As it warms, a bit of crackery malt appears to provide support, and grapefruit takes over as the primary citrus. Some complexity to the malt continues to evolve, but not much.

On the lighter side in the mouth, with a very refreshing crisp mineral component. There is not a lot of malt, but what is there is interesting with a decent degree of complexity. The malt doesn't stay long, however, but quickly disappears leaving and long, bitter finish.

Gorgeous soft mouthfeel somewhat obscured by the mineral notes, which also seem to really accentuate the hops at the expense of the malt. Solid session beer, and one I'd love to get my mitts on when it's cask-conditioned.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2005 19:01:53 | More by Realale
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baiser

Massachusetts

4.53/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy, golden copper body, with a fluffy white head. Wonderful aroma of peach, pears, citrus - quite clean. Taste is tremendously well balanced, so sweet, fruity, malty with a bold hoppy bitterness that lingers on your tongue. Medium bodied and insane amount of drinkability. A session ale all the way. Wonderful.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2005 04:24:28 | More by baiser
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Luminous gold with a hint of orange and a plethora of superfine yeast so small they almost escape notice. The high-quality head of alabaster foam is stiff, rocky, bubbly and oozing with character. At present, it looks like a melted thimble since the center of the head is falling much slower than the edges. Beautiful, meandering strands of lace stick to every square inch of available glass.

The aroma isn't as hoppy as I had hoped it would be. I know that X is nowhere near the hop monsters that AleSmith IPA and YuleSmith are, but I still wanted a more assertive nose than I've been given. There's a good mix of pale malt and hops that are at least as musky as they are citrusy.

The label reads 'Extra Pale Ale'. I wonder if the 'Extra' has any significance. I say that because, again, while this is obviously a well-crafted beer, it settles for less than full-bore, even keeping style in mind. That won't be a negative for everyone, I just want to make sure I document where it fits in the overall scheme of West Coast pale ales.

It's hard to say which is more prominent, the lightly toasted, biscuity pale malt or the gently bitter, citrus zesty hops. Let's call it a draw. You want balanced? You got it. Hop bitterness takes center stage late in the mouthful, only because it hangs around the longest. A more resiny hoppiness would be nice.

Each pour is further evidence, as if any were needed, that quality breweries brew beer that looks great in the glass. I like the appearance more now than I did initially, and I liked it just fine then. The mouthfeel is lightly silky and caressingly soft. I'm also enjoying the understated amount of carbonation.

Despite all my bitchin' and moanin', AleSmith X is a first class APA. I'm just pissed that the brewers didn't consult me about what *I* would prefer. This beer and Stone Pale Ale are terrific bookends to the easy drinking, West Coast pale ale style and are even more reason for me to be jealous of the Southern California BAs who can drink them whenever they feel like it.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2005 23:20:16 | More by BuckeyeNation
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fisherman34

Manitoba (Canada)

4.47/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Light gold/copper in colour with a pale white head. Powerful aromas of white grapefruit, cut grass, and some undetermined spice. Some light malt flavors mix in with this hop dominated brew... more sour citric notes shine through (orange, grapefruit, lemon... WOW!). This one is light bodied, but still packs a huge flavor punch. Lingering yet smooth bitterness too. Probably the best of this style that I’ve sampled.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2005 16:12:47 | More by fisherman34
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kmcnair

California

4.43/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is my new favorite session beer. Light and crisp with a strop balance of malt and hop. Low SRM, with a slight copper coloring, looks more like a light IPA than your typical pale ale. AleSmith X has a wonderful aroma of fresh pine and citrus with sweet fruit nectar infused malt the background. The flavor is lightly sweet, a bit bready and then well balanced with earthy hop character, citrus and pine. Light on the palate with soft carbonation and a dry finish. This is a really easy drinker, I would love to try it on cask.

Serving type: on-tap

09-12-2005 05:35:27 | More by kmcnair
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RootedFool

California

4.55/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearence: Poured into a standard pint glass, a frothy, stately head ascends a good inch and a half. The body is a very pale, translucent gold, with lots of dancing little bubbles. Good retention on the head, takes its time deflating -- leaves a hearty coating of lace.

Smell: A perfect duo of malt sweetness, slightly sugary (baked, browned sugars) and lively citrusy hop notes, finishes very sweet. Enticing.

Taste: Crusty crunch of hops along the sides of my palate, a noticeable malt sweetness pulls into the center and the background; the middle is a mellow but solid display of hop bitterness with a sturdy malt backbone. This is a west coast pale of the first order, but not overwhelming. Ain't no hop tea here. What overwhelms here is a terrific balance.

Mouthfeel: Very soft, crisply carbonated, silky.

Another great Alesmith brew. Keep 'em coming up to Humboldt, Alesmith!

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2005 03:28:29 | More by RootedFool
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Wasatch

Utah

4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy yellow with some carbonation, real nice head which lasts a bit, nice lacing afterwards. Has a very hoppy scent with some malt. It's a bottle conditioned ale with some yeast settled on the bottom, I swirled it around and poured it into my glass. The taste is mild, but nice, not much of a bite though. Light bodied. At 5% ABV this makes an excellent session beer with a great taste. Would recommend at least trying it once.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2005 00:33:42 | More by Wasatch
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OStrungT

California

4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a light straw yellow with a thck white head that fades slowly leaving thck laces. It smells hoppy. Quite hoppy. It has a cirtusy aroma also. Maybe some orange. It smells slightly spicy also. It does not tast nearly as hoppy as it smells. It is hoppy, just not as much as I expected. It has a cirtus flavor. There is a slight fruity taste. I dont taste much in the way of malt. It also tastes slightly spicy. Maybe a little clove? This beer is carbonated will. It is crisp and refreshing. It is light bodied. It goes down smooth leaving a citrusy aftertaste. I think this beer would make a great session beer. It tastes good, and is low in alcohol. If you get a chance to try this one, do so. I will definately buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2005 00:56:41 | More by OStrungT
AleSmith X from AleSmith Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 745 ratings.