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

Poured nfrom a 22 oz bottle to a pint glass the liquid is a pale / light orange with great carbonation. The head is a huge and fluffy 3 fingers high cloud puff with great retention and excellent lace.

The smell is hoppy, very hoppy nice citrus aroma.

The taste is very good, citrus hops and an excellent malt to balance. Lemon twist and orange peal, really outstanding.

The mouthfeel is good medium body and a very good carbonation.

The drinkability is excellent, really one of the best in this style group I have had.

Prosit und Zum Wohl, MK

MuenchenerKindl, Mar 22, 2008
Photo of mithrascruor
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a (very slightly) hazy dark gold color. Nice light white head that leaves a bit of good lacing.

Smell: Good aroma of citrus, florals, and a bit of pine.

Taste: Citrus and florals, with some more hops coming in. Finish and aftertaste have a bit more pine, but still plenty of citrus flavors to balance it.

Mouthfeel: Smooth (almost creamy) with light carbonation. Generally light-bodied. A slight grainyness at the finish.

Drinkability: No extreme flavors and a good ABV make it quite drinkable.

I'm not sure where the "Extra" comes in with the "Extra Pale Ale", but it's a really nice and enjoyable beer. Nothing extreme here, just a good solid offering from AleSmith.

mithrascruor, Mar 16, 2008
Photo of Trueant1
3.38/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a HUGE frothy white head that leaves foam on the sides of the glass. Pours fuzzy yellow. Sits in the glass lemony yellow with lots of floaties.

Smells floral, spicy, and hoppy. Nice smell!

Tastes of bitter hops, spices and pineapples.
Nice beer but something just does not blend well with me here. I have had better ale smith offerings. This one is good but nothing to compare with thier others.

Trueant1, Mar 14, 2008
Photo of seaoflament
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle of this over at South Bay Drugs and Liquor, thinking that it would go for a trade I realized that I picked up the wrong beer, so I must dispose of this myself :o)

Pours a pale yellow, a little less vibrant than straw, with almost and inch of foam. The head retains fairly well.

Quite the hoppy pale ale! Juicy citrus hops, fresh grapefruit and still green orange with some zesty lemon, almost like if there was a wedge of lemon inside the glass. A few toasted malts but mostly biscuit and bread dough, hints of caramel as well.

Tastes more malty compared to the citrus notes on the nose. Toasted malts quickly followed by the biscuit and bread flavors but there's still a good dose of bitterness and a touch of lemon on the finish. Very refreshing beer.

Very good amount of carbonation, feels almost creamy. Easy to drink .

seaoflament, Mar 12, 2008
Photo of JDV
2.53/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Wow, to call this one of the best pales is a complete joke. Simultaneously one of the blandest and most overcarbonated beers I've ever had. Pours a cloudy orange with a huge bubbly white head. Smell is nice and of earthy and citrus smells along with some tropical fruit notes. Taste however is literally almost nonexistant. Extremely bland and the mouthfeel needs serious work. Tongue stripping carbonation, along with the fact that the beer turns to foam as it hits your tongue and froths immensely. In a blind tasting this would be thrashed. Like the bubbliest champagne you could imagine. Drinkable, but a far cry from what I expected from the Alesmith name, and there are better and cheaper pales in the local grocery store...

JDV, Mar 02, 2008
Photo of t0rin0
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured this from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass. First thing I noticed was the large amount of CO2. The color was a light golden that was pretty clear and had lots of head on top. The beer had lots of bubbles coming out of solution. The color was pretty light even for a pale ale.

The smell was mostly of hops and a little of malt. Its a very simple pale ale with a little extra hops in it so there isnt much to describe here other than there were some citrusy hop aromas coming out of the glass. Kinda refreshing.

The flavor was along the same lines. The hop flavor was fairly strong for an american pale ale. It was mostly citrus but there was a little piney quality to it as well. The malt was simple and sweet. The balance between hops and malt here was closer to that of an IPA but it was nice.

The body was of light/medium thickness but the carbonation wouldn't let you know that until the beer starts to lose some of its CO2. Overall its a good and drinkable beer.

t0rin0, Feb 13, 2008
Photo of beeritron
4.63/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

AleSmith X pours a hazy, golden ale with a big white head. Lots of tiny bubble present, rising to the top of the beer. The head has amazing retention and fades slowly; it rests at about a quarter inch as the beer is quaffed. There is alot of heavy lacing in this one. The smell hits the nose with an aggressive piney hop smell that is glorious. It lingers inside the nostrils momentarily before disappearing. I can definitely smell the freshness of this brew. A wonderful citrusy hop flavor floods the tastebuds before sliding down the throat. A moderate malty sweeteness works with the bitterness to create a solid balance. A pleasant bittersweet flavor rests on the back of the tongue creating a nice aftertaste. The bottle conditioning of this beer lends itself to a very smooth mouthfeel. Light in body, X is a beer that you just don't want to stop drinking.

beeritron, Jan 19, 2008
Photo of travisd13
3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from a 22 oz bottle into a DFH snifter. Thanks to oodeftone for this one!

A – Poured light golden in color. Poured a thick off white head about 2.5 fingers deep. Head holds up for some time.

S – Very floral / hoppy. Alcohol is very well hidden, almost undetectable.

T – Nice and light, clears the pallet very nicely. Nice strong hoppy finish.

M – Nicely carbonated, leaves the pallet craving more.

D – This could be an all day drinker. Light enough but just enough punch.

travisd13, Dec 28, 2007
Photo of russpowell
4.72/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Gushed coming outta the bottle, so poured a somewhat hazed & effervescent golden with 5+ fingers of plillowy meringue like pearl head. Crazy lacing, chunks of white head stuck all over the pint glass & equally crazy head retention that almost compensates for some haze that persists throughout

S: Grapefruit, breadyness & fruittyness

T: Grapefruit. lemons, & a bit of breadyness up front. As this warms, I pick up honey& biscuitty malts, piney & oily hops, plus some orange & grapefruit as this warms. Finishes fruitty, dry with some herbal & grapefruitty hops

MF: Medium bodied with lively, but flavor-enhancing carbonation. Great balance

Great drinkability, not a perfect blend of hops to me, but I could stay on this for a while. Near perfect APA, another winner from Alesmith!

russpowell, Dec 23, 2007
Photo of gwood
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz poured to a pint...

Pours a lovely gold with a slight haze (cold). Pretty carbonation running up the entire volume of the brew. Head is a pillowy soft bright white pad that has awesome retention.

The nose is very clean notes of citrus but they are more subtle rind notes and less full fruit notes. Slight floral notes as well.

Up front the beer hits with some carbonation but quickly transfers in and out of a lovely, clean, but quick palt malt in the middle of the tounge. The taste quickly transfers to a clean, crisp, and highly enjoyable cascade of hop notes. Citrus at first, followed by earthy notes that linger and meld into each other. What a great finish to this beer.

Mouthfeel is on the border of light and medium. This brew is highly drinkable and a great representation of the style. It's quite a mix of a clean crisp everyday drinker with some subtle complexity that really shines.

gwood, Oct 18, 2007
Photo of mcallister
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very light, pale yellow in color. A filmy wihte head leaves an amazingly fine lace sticking to the glass.

Fine centered floral hops with a gesture of fruit and pine. Sweet light caramel with a hint of lemon rind.

Pale malt with floral hoppy hops. Smooth light carbonation and refreshing as hell. A lemon twist with an herbal finish that's quite grassy. Dry chalky finish. A easy drinker on cask.

mcallister, Oct 02, 2007
Photo of illidurit
4.47/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at The Red in Santa Cruz. I had recently drunk a SN Pale Ale and after quite disliking it, I was interested in Alesmith's take on the style.

A: Poured from the tap into a nonic. 1 finger of white head lingers atop the golden body and leaves some decent lacing.

S: Smells really fresh and floral, with a certain light malt sweetness.

T: Wow, now this is what a pale ale should taste like! Light and clean caramel/biscuit malt sits in perfect balance with a floral hop edge. This has got the legendary Alesmith balance. Everything melds together blissfully, whereas the SNPA tasted like a pine needle sandwich.

M: Goes down really smooth, very fine carbonation, appropriately light body.

D: Sooo easy to drink, great session beer. Good taste and a clean finish.

illidurit, Sep 21, 2007
Photo of Floydster
3.15/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle from Cooke's in El Segundo

Pour was a golden yellow with a fairly thick white head that stuck around for a while

Smell was purely hops to along with the taste that had a little bitterness to go along with it

Could drink a lot more than one bottle of this, shared this with a friend and could have used a lot more at the time

Floydster, Sep 13, 2007
Photo of Overlord
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Considering that most Alesmith beers are decidedly flavor loaded, this one's subtlety was quite the surprise.

Big white foamy head that took its time dissipating, and the color was fairly placid yellow/amberish. Taste was mildly fruity, with a tinge of hops and grapefruits. Some more exotics (papaya...maybe) rounded out the aftertaste. I wouldn't say this had a malty sweetness that was remarkably profound, either.

Good beer, but uncharacteristic of Alesmith, and even at 3.29 I wouldn't necessarily serve it at parties to acquaint others with Alesmith.

Overlord, Sep 11, 2007
Photo of Halcyondays
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

22 oz. bomber, purchased at the Hi-Times Wine Cellars, in Costa Mesa, CA,

A: Pours a golden, hazy, yellow, with a thick, white, frothy head, which stays around for the whole glass, leaving excellent, Belgian-style lacing.

S: Smells of fragrant citric hops, tangerine, grapefruit, orange, and some lemon, also some tropical fruits, such as papaya.

T: Much of the same as in the smell, citric, piney, grapefruity hops dominate, but in a good balance with the biscuity malt.

M: Smooth, easy to drink, well carbonated.

D: Probably the easiest to drink, session-type beer that I have had from Alesmith, a great American Pale Ale, it hit the spot, as they say, and I thouroughly enjoyed it, another great beer from Alesmith.

Halcyondays, Aug 25, 2007
Photo of BretSikkink
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had a full review here that got deleted. Short version:

Huge white head, Belgian-esque. Very clingy. Pale gold color, slightly hazy.

Subtle, clean nose (read: a little weak).

Good balance, slight bitterness with citric character and some herbal body. Grainy malt bill.

Very drinkable, medium body. Top of the line APA.

BretSikkink, Aug 17, 2007
Photo of mynie
4.47/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow. That's one pale ale! Why, I'd go so far as to say that it's extry pale!

Smells of two or three really good hops. Pine and grapefruit together and then an earthen, sticky, brown malt.

Tastes like the strong citrus and pines hops up front along with some grass clippings and then some biscuity malt yeast and some wonderful, funderful earth and syrup malt.

This is some HUGE taste from a small beer. Jesus christ the boys at Alesmith never fail to impress.

mynie, Aug 02, 2007
Photo of SkinnyElvis
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at a BevMo while on my beercation for about $3.50 a bomber. The head settled down quickly. Big smell of pine & citrus hops. Tastes like a WC hoppy IPA, not a pale ale, with its hop profile. Not balanced in anyway but great for a hophead. Mouthfeel is smooth and it is drinkable. ABV is low which leaves room for more. Stifler, if you like hops, this is a pale ale for you.


SkinnyElvis, Jul 15, 2007
Photo of goschool
4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Father's Office in Santa Monica.

Appearance: The pour is hazy gold with a large, long-lasting white head.

Smell: The aroma doesn't leap out, but the nose has a nice balance of zesty citrus hops, biscuits malts, and bread yeast.

Taste: Hop bitterness takes over in the flavor profile. Floral and citrus hops start the beer off and stick around while sweet malts come in. This is more low key and crisp than many West Coast pale ales.

Mouthfeel: The body is dry and prickly.

Drinkability: This was exactly what I wanted in a beer at the time- hoppy, pale, and quaffable.

goschool, Jul 10, 2007
Photo of largadeer
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've had bottles of this several times in the past and always considered it a solid pale ale, but after trying it fresh from tap at the Alesmith brewery my opinion of it completely changed. It's bready, toasty, malt-heavy, crisp and remarkably delicious and drinkable. The hops are citric, fruity and mellow, providing a lot of aroma and a touch of bitterness. Less dry than the bottled variety, the malt is prominent and perfectly balanced with the hops, and the texture is creamy without being thick. If I lived anywhere near Alesmith, I'd be getting growlers of this regularly.

largadeer, Jul 09, 2007
Photo of dbalsock
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

So I decided to review this beer again, considering I generally like Alesmith and want all their beers to taste wonderfully... lucky for me it was much nicer this time.

App: The head was amazing, thick, full, long lasting and very well supported by the carbonation. I found the carbonation to look very interesting with streams of bubbles all in a line heading to the top of a glass... they didn't spread out like I'm used to seeing.

Smell: Piney hops overshadow the citrus and light malt characteristics of the beer, but don't distract enough to be a fault.

Taste: A nice mix of hops comes through over the light malt taste. It describes itself as an extra pale ale, and I think that's adequate. The malt profile is very pale ale-esque, but the hops are more intense in flavor.

Mouthfeel: This is what keeps the beer from being an ipa. Although the hops are very flavorful, they don't add a tremendous amount of bitterness. Further, the alcohol content is low and unnoticeable. It's a simple mouthfeel, but the carbonation is nice on the palate, making it better than normal.

Drinkability: It's a very downable session ale that stays interesting and changes mildly with the temperature. I'd love to have this on cask for sure, and bottle conditioned is the way to go.

dbalsock, Jul 01, 2007
Photo of gmcfarre
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bomber into traditional pint glass
Decanted @ approx. 46 degrees F

A - Pours a pilsner-esque straw golden color with a huge rocky 2+ inch eggshell-white head. Head as no designs on fading quickly, as it gets even rockier and lacing is quite attractive.

S - Scent is hugely floral, but also balanced nicely by a grainy malt bill. Floral is somewhat like their amazing IPA toned down a bit, which is not really a bad thing. Slight touch of yeasty spice makes this a fine smelling brew.

T - Taste is much more malty than the smell, with grainy, breaded (non-sugary) tastes leading the way. Hop flavor chimes in as well in the form of a moderate bittering flavor all the way through. A slight Belgian-esque spice is also present, but I can't quite but my finger on it.

M - Warm carbonation lightens things up, with an all around drying bitterness. Light bodied and crisp.

D - Another winner from Alesmith. Hops, malt, and yeast all combine nicely in this brew to form a complex and tasty, yet easy drinking ale. Again, tell me why I can't get Alesmith locally? Damn them.

gmcfarre, Jun 06, 2007
Photo of mbunje
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours nicely from bomber into pint glass. At least an inch of head even though I poured it cautiously (bottle conditioned). Lacing is nice, lingers. Color is a rich gold yellow.

The smell is what sticks in my head. This smells very citrusy and has a lingering floral aroma. Very nice and definitely the most unique characteristic about this beer.

Taste is complex. It took me two or three sips just to absorb it all. This is not a hop-bomb, but definitely has some hop character like citrus. Extremely unique flavor. Still can't quite grasp it all.

Mouthfeel...thick, not bready, just substantial. Good balance of carbonation.

Drinkability: Pretty good. Taste and mouthfeel are very pleasing. It's got a substantial "weight" to it, but not over the top. So I could drink 3 maybe 4 of these.

Bottomline...you have to try this beer. One of the most unique beer experiences I have had, but in a good way, not a "science project" way.

mbunje, Jun 03, 2007
Photo of DoubleJ
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm running out of clever ideas to this introduction gag, so let's get on to the beer:

Looking for an easy drinking offering from AleSmith? This is it. It pours a bronze color, forming a beautiful creamy head. It smells almost like an IPA at first, but one sip with change your mind. While there's a nice hop aroma, it's delicate. The hops give way to a fruity taste with a subtle grape flavor. Pleasantly light in the mouth, it's good flavor, dry finish, and moderate alcohol makes it a good session brew.

DoubleJ, May 24, 2007
Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very soft mouthfeel, an old style pale ale, great with lunch as sessionable. Understated bitterness and fruity drop of yeast and citrus lemon. Herbal. Dry finish and bitter aftertaste. Moderate hop aroma. Pale grapefruit colour with cream head, lace.

Sammy, May 06, 2007
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