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AleSmith X - AleSmith Brewing Company

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827 Ratings

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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

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Bierman9 on 02-28-2002

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Photo of gford217
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber courtesy of BrewerB poured into a pint glass.

Popping the cap produces a huge explosion of white foam that comes out of the bottle before I can get to the glass. With the pour, there's a huge fluffy white head on top of a bright, slightly hazy gold. The head recedes slowly to a cap and leaves tons of lacing.

Aroma is dominated by light fruity hops, especially lemon zest and apricots. It's balanced a bit by some bready malts underneath.

The taste also starts with a puckering lemony hop bitterness that has only a slight malty presence up front. The finish also has a lemony bitterness that lingers for a while.

The mouthfeel is very light and crisp with a light bitterness from the citrus hops. Maybe a tad too much carbonation but that's nitpicking.

A very light and extremely drinkable APA that really goes down easy. Alesmith can do no wrong as far as I'm concerned and this is no exception. Tasty.

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

I am an AleSmith true believer. I already thought they were good, and then I had the fantastic YuleSmith. So I'm pretty excited about this one.

Appearance - Really beautiful. It's a pale, straw-gold color. It has a nice inch and half of pure white head. It looks like a painting of a beer or something.

Smell - Lots of citrus. Definitely some grapefruit, but also some almost lemon-citrus. It has a bready back to it. It sort of smells like lemon-bread.

Taste - It starts off with some nice hop citrus. It definitely has that grapefruit taste. It follows up with the bread-yeast thing. It's just a tad thin, with a sort of sour finish.

Mouthfeel - Pretty clean and crisp. It's very refreshing.

Drinkability - It would be off the charts if not for the finish. It's still pretty good, but I think I might feel a little ill if I had a few.

This is another good job by team AleSmith. It's a different style, but pretty well rounded. Smoother and less intense than many beers, this is one that the lady friend was pretty damned excited about. Can't say that I blame her.

Photo of mikereaser
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a light translucent straw color with 1/4 inch of foam

S - hints of citrus, oranges, bananas & cloves

T - nice citrus and piney hop flavor

M/D - nice drinking beer with a nice hop bite and good carbonation, very crisp and a good drink for all types of drinkers

Photo of tycoon912
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a very well done APA, and is not as heavy as some other APA's.

A- It looks lighter than most pale ales. Pours nicely and has a nice looking head.

S- The smell is not at all overwhelming. It has a light smell, with hints of citrus.

T- The taste is very good. It is not too brilliant in any one flavor, but certainly does not lack in any either.

M- It has a very crisp and refreshing mouthfeel. The cripness of it actually caught me by surprise at first, but after a couple of sips I was a true fan.

D- Not heavy at all, this beer is quite drinkable.

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

Appearance: Golden orange color that is a bit cloudy and crowned with a lush billowy white head. Loads of retention and lacing.

Smell: The nose is loads of grapefruit and other forms of citrus.

Taste: Pale malt up front with a strong grapefruit hop component. Quite crisp and clean considering how hoppy it is.

Mouthfeel: Crisp clean mouthfeel with a solid amount of carbonation and a medium body.

Drinkability: Seriously easy session beer with a nice hop profile.

Photo of specksnreds
4.95/5  rDev +26%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Finally I have proof that a beer need not be big to be great. Like many others I share the beer lust with, I've found that in order for me to get a satisfying beer, I needed to pour something with high abv, or a malt bomb, or hop insanity. But now I know from first hand experience that it is no longer necessary to plow through the big beer to achieve proper balance, taste, mouthfeel and nose.

Enter Ale Smith X.

A perfect golden pour with plenty of lace on the side of the glass. A fresh piny/citrusy aroma from the glass. Also a bit of apricot in the nose. First sip was the greatest of surprises. I had great expectations of this beer, and it delivered. Bright and slightly acidic on the front, Subtle malt and perfect piny hops on the palate. Finished clean and slightly bitter. Not too heavy on the tongue, but it stands up very well after repeated tastings. Not just a session beer, but an equal to the big beer we tasted along side it (Double Bastard). It's nice not to have your taste buds destroyed and over whelmed after just a few sips.

I love the bottle conditioning of this beer. Just a tad of yeast at the bottom of the bottle, just like my home brews. Ale Smith like the smaller bubbles for increased surface area on the tongue as opposed to forced carbonation. hard to demonstrate empirically, but I couldn't argue with their results.Love it.

The downside is that I can't get it in my area. I was on a trip to LA and bought the X based on a tip from a fellow home brewer. I was skeptical as I'm not a APA fan. After finishing the first bottle of X, I returned to Bevmo and bought three more. So very worth it.

Photo of hophead247
4.19/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Having heard great things about Ale Smith beers, I just had to get my hands on some. In my area though, its hard to come by. Luckily my local beer guy made a trip up to get some cases and sell to his most loyal customers. So I got this one, their IPA and their Yulesmith.

A- Pours a light golden color, with a nice head...a little lighter than your average pale ale

S-Nice citrusy scent with a yeast note as well

T-really crisp and refreshing with again, a citrus note

M/D- this is a beer I can drink all the time. Great balance in flavor and goes down easy

Photo of popery
4.39/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A really nice APA and more excellent work from Alesmith. I won't say too much about this one because I would need to try it directly against some other APAs to form a better opinion. However, I will say that I thoroughly enjoyed it. It has a rich malt flavor overlaid with muted fruity hops. There are quite a few fruit flavors present, from apricots and peaches to lemons, oranges and sweet ruby red grapefruits. The bitterness is nice without getting in the way of the malt. It's just well-balanced. The mouthfeel is full and clean. The beer looks pretty good, but the head in my glass dissipated fairly quickly and didn't leave a ton of lacing atop the liquid. I would say it looked foamy but I've used that term positively before and it's fairly meaningless, come to think. I'll end this before I put my foot in my mouth. It's an excellent beer, great for sessioning or with a light lunch.

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

A: Big white head on a nice pale orange pour

S: Nice and citrusy. Orange. Hops are definitely there, but nowhere near what I was expected. No overpowering aromas, just nice and clean.

T/M: Aromas are spot on. Nice clean and crisp pale ale with citrus overtones. Hops are nicely balanced, just right. Overall, a great pale ale.

D: The kind of beer you bring to a party and drink all night over a Bud. Very tasty.

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

22oz bomber poured into my 22oz snifter. WOW. Perfect fit! Pours a medium hazy orange with a small white head. Just a little bit of sediment in the bottom of the glass. Aroma is fruity hops, light malts and hints of grapefruit. Flavor is a tad maltier and resiny. Maybe just a touch of oxidation but overall it is a very nice drinker. I wish I had more.

Photo of HalfFull
3.28/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden into a pint glass from a 22 oz. bomber. A half inch of rocky head settles in to offer strong lacing.

Notes of citrus hops on the nose, and a bit of grain. Rather light but not unexpected for an Extra Pale. Taste is a balance of light hops and light malts, yet is slightly astringent on the close. Decent feel and carbonation but trends towards an awkward orange oil finish as the carbonation decreases.

Not Alesmith's best offering by any means, and typically light of San Diego's true pale ales(Green Flash, Alpine for example).

Notes form 11/2008.

Photo of ommegangpbr
4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've been looking to get my hands on a good west coast pale ale for some time and am not disappointed here.
Quite, quite pale for a pale ale, not quite the amber hue one tends to expect. Happy white head and foam top the slightly hazed pale body.
The nose is bright and punchy, the flavor even more so. The topnote of hops in the flavor is very distinctive; haven't had anything quite like it. Other flavors chime in but the distinctive hop flavors hold my attention.
T'would be nice to get this on a regular basis; as it stands I'm enjoying this happily smuggled west coast item.

Photo of magictrokini
3.72/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This may be the one of the best pale ales out there. Pour is copper with some brewer's yeast and a strong white head. Aroma is citrus with grain and pine. Taste is impeccable. Slight hops with citrus balanced against the malt. Not the astringent bite of Sierra Nevada, but a lingering finish. Very refreshing.

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

pours a citrusy golden yellow with bubble with head with good lacing

lemony hops, pine, slight malt, grassy fresh hops

lemony hops, with a slight biscuity malt body, piney dry hops on the finish, spicy hop notes as well

light bodied, crisp, balanced, smooth hops with a semi dry and spicy finish. long 30 finish with piney hops dominating

a very inviting aroma lead ways to a balanced, smooth, crisp pale ale. sturdy hop flavors throughout make this a prime example of what a pale ale should be, in my book at least. This is an ale every drinker will enjoy, if you see it get two cause I already want another one.

Photo of cswhitehorse
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The X poured a lager like color with an aggressive 3 finger foam head that lingered like a scoop of ice cream on a root beer float. The lacing was sticky and all around.

The aroma was a lovely hop smell with a small yeasty aroma. The taste was clean and crisp and soft. It was really balanced between the malts and hop aggressiveness, smooth. The citrus and herbal note is nice as the drink goes down. In the mouth it left a little bite and was carbonated nicely. I wish this was local to Portland instead of So Cal.

Photo of tmoneyba
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle at The Local, SD, CA.

Poured clear amber hue with a large frothy white head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Heavy aroma of citrus hops and tart fruit. Medium to full body. Well balanced flavor of malt, hops and fruit with a medium bittersweet finish of moderate duration.

This is a solid drinkable brew.

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

Rated from a 22oz bottle.

Poured a light and hazy golden yellow color with an averaged sized white head. Aromas of grassiness, earthy and kinda of on the skunky side. Tastes of the same grassiness, earthiness, light citrus and some caramel. Fizzy body.

Notes from 12/7/04

Photo of jujubeast6000
3.56/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Reviewed 1/8/2008 (bottle):

Pours a golden somewhat cloudy yellowish color. Big foamy frothy white head with good lacing. Very bitter, dry piney aroma. Malty sweet on the end of the aroma. Sweet malty taste. A little hoppy on the end. A little dry. More sweet than hoppy. Warming up it's a little more hoppy.

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

Pours a pale golden color with a gigantic three finger fluffy bright white head. Great retention and some whispy lacing.

The aroma is awesome for me. Big citrus notes of grapefruit and lemon peel with a little spice on the hop note as well. Really enticing.

The taste is quite nice. Again a nice hop profile with a big citrus note. A bit of grapefruit and lemon peel with a bit of spice to it. Not complex, but really nice and a slight bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel is thin to medium bodied with tons of carbonation. It's really vibrant and lively, crisp, cleansing, and refreshing. I'm diggin this beer.

Drinkability is high. It tastes great and is a pleasure to sip on. This would probably be a staple if I lived in Alesmith country.

Photo of funkyspunk87
4.82/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

AleSmith Extra Pale (American) Ale
AleSmith Brewing Company
Style: American Pale Ale (APA)
ABV: 5.00 %

A: Light but not as light as Yellowfish. More golden than amber.
S: Subtle, not overpowering
T/M/D: OUTSTANDING! Very smooth going down and no harsh aftertaste. I could drink this beer anytime, anyplace with any food.

Photo of csmiley
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - This beer pours a pale gold color. The white head rises to over an inch and looks soft and pillowy. It sticks around for a bit before sinking to a nice white cap. Webs of lace line the inside of the glass.

S - A nice fruity hop aroma greets the nose first. It sticks with the sweeter citrus like orange and pineapple. Grapefruit is present but takes a backseat. Some very mild earthiness is in there but hard to pinpoint. Not much malt aroma to speak of. Could be some honey in the distant background.

T - The first thing to notice about the taste of the X is its nice hop profile. Stays sweet and citrusy throughout. Hints of orange, pineapple, and grapefruit play around on the palate and fade to a nice bitterness with malt undertones. Pale malt and clover honey are present at the very end and really just provide a small role in the beer.

M - Pushing light bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Finish is bitter with a little bit of dryness and doesn't stick around for too long.

D - Drinkability is very good. The X just screams "session" beer. It does have a significant hop flavor but still stays mild enough that one could easily put down a few of these. This would be a staple brew in my stash if it were distributed in Ohio. Kudos to Alesmith for another solid offering.

Photo of cjgator3
3.41/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle

A- Pours a golden orange color with a large off-white head. There is a lot of carbonation in the bottle, so it is a slower pour than usual. A lot of tiny bubbles quickly rise to the top as well.

S- The aroma is malt and citrusy hops along with faint metallic notes.

T- The taste features some malt along with some citrusy hops in the finish. There is a good amount of hops,

M- The mouthfeel shows the high carbonation. Not bad, but a little too much carbonation.

D- Solid APA, but I am a little disappointed with this beer considering it is made by AleSmith. Good beer, but I expected a little bit more from this great brewery.

Overall, AleSmith X is a decent Pale Ale that is worth a shot.

Photo of andyinsdca
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy, somewhere between amber and yellow, head isn't too deep (1 finger on a pint glass), but thick. Lacing lasted all the way through the glass:

S: Hops, flowery. There is a lot going on here

T & M: A very hoppy west coast IPA. Great flavor, you definitely know you are drinking a beer. Maybe a touch of sweetness.

Drinkability: BA says 5% ABV, Alesmith says 5.5% ABV, which means that it's not too strong. I could see this as a great session beer, as long as you have good food to go with it.

Photo of PatronWizard
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Was kinda excited to try this one. Bomber to glass...

Is this head for real? Foamed up one glass, had to get another. Foamed up that one too. Did I do something wrong? I swear this isn't my first pour. Maybe my wife shook it up when I wasn't looking. Sneaky wives! Under the foam is a beautiful golden brew, absolutely alive with little bubbles. Cute little bubbles. Craziest lacing ever.

Good solid scent. Not too hoppy but hoppy enough friend. Great flavor and oh so smooth. A clear winner. Clean, thirst quenching, goes down like a prom date. Very hard to sip, just one big drink after another. Ridiculously drinkable.

Overall: good stuff man.

Photo of prototypic
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of csmiley. Thanks dood!

Appearance: It's clear and a light golden color. Head is white and a shy one finger deep. Retention was pretty short lived and a light, spotty coat of lace lined the glass.

Smell: The nose is initially grainy and malty. Definitely has a strong earthy presence. There is a little citrus grapefruit and pineapple in there, but I wouldn't characterize it as overly strong or sweet. Hops are noteable. They're a little citric and piney. The malts seem to balance them out very well though. Smells a little yeasty toward the end.

Taste: The earthy/grainy taste is noteable up front. It is malty and sweet. It's mostly pale malts. There is a bit of a citrus presence, but again, it is rather subdued. Hops are mostly citric, but a little pine flavor creeps in. There's also some floral qualities to it. They have a decent bitter taste, but they're balanced out a little too much by the malt. This really is one of the more balanced APAs I've had in recent memory. It's slightly yeasty toward the end and finishes dry and slightly bitter.

Mouthfeel/Drinkabiltity: It's light bodied and has a solid, smooth feel. Carbonation is high, but is nicely done. Nice, crisp bite to it. Drinkability is very good. This is definitely a very sessionable APA. One you could go all night with.

X is a good APA, but is a little lacking for me personally. It's just a little too balanced for my taste. I'd like less balance and more hops. That's a recipe for greatness. Nonetheless, it's a solid APA that's worth checking out.

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