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AleSmith X - AleSmith Brewing Company

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Ratings: 813
Reviews: 368
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 10.43%
Wants: 62
Gots: 61 | 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 cswhitehorse
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
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
3.23/5  rDev -17.8%
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
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
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
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
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
4.85/5  rDev +23.4%
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
3.43/5  rDev -12.7%
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
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
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
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Photo of Phillyduke
2.98/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brought a 22-oz. bomber with me on vacation last week to the Jersey Shore. Enjoyed this on the deck after a long day on the beach of doing absolutely nothing. Review is from my notes:

A: Poured into an Imperial Pint glass, leaving a good deal of sediment in the bottle. Beer is a clear vibrant golden color with a pillowy 3-finger head. Not much lacing, but excellent retention. Noticeable carbonation. I was unable to keep the sediment from creeping into my glass on the second pour, however, and ended up with some "chunkies" on the refill.

S: A very clean, though unremarkable smell, with subtle notes of pine, floral, and citrus hops if you search for them.

T: Refreshing, but a bit thin on the malt profile. A crisp hop bite dominates the taste and finishes slightly bitter, yet short and clean. Not particularly flavorful in either malt or hops.

M/D: Medium-bodied and well-carbonated. It tingles the tongue and makes this a very refreshing beer to drink several of in a sitting. It would be a great summer session brew to drink with seafood or other spicy dishes, as this would definitely stay out of the way in the background while it cleanses the palate.

Overall I was a bit disappointed for an AleSmith beer. There are certainly much better APAs for the money that have more flavor and are truer to a West Coast style. This one was just too simple and unremarkable for me to go out of my way to revisit.

Photo of FreightTrain
2.55/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured a pale gold with a big fluffy head and active carbonation.

Nice floral, citrusy hop aroma well projected by the bubbling head.

Taste is watery and simple with no real synergy. The malt is almost non-existent and the hops aren't particularly strong or flavorful either, although they certainly dominate the middle and finish. Hop oils atop light beer is my general impression.

Body is thin and a little oily, a strange combination. Carbonation helps a little though.

I wouldn't buy this again, especially with so many other great west coast pale ales out there.

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A beautiful looking beer, spot-on for a pale ale. Pours a light golden with a tightly beaded head that is a couple of inches in size. This fades to a cap and leaves some great lacing. Light aromas, but with a nice balance of gentle citrusy hops and lightly honeeyed malt. Clean and pure. The taste is similar, somewhat soft, but quite appetizing. Lightly sweet malt and gentle hops. Thinner than some, but clean and pure in keeping with many of the San Diego style beeers. Mouthfeel is soft, gentle and pretty easy to drink. A solid beer if not one that is a real stunner.

Photo of DrDogbeer
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a goblet during a tasting with two friends. pours a light straw color with a good size white head. Little bit of hop aroma, but not much. Taste is nice and smooth. Not a heavy hitting pale ale. Little bit of hop presence for a slight bitterness, but pretty dry with a light malt finish. Pretty sweet. Good session beer, almost too easy to drink.

Photo of athensbeermaster
2.88/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Well so far this is a BIG let down. Nice big head,good lacing.The nose has a faint hint of that famous alesmith hop aroma. The taste is like these guys were aiming for a light beer for beer geeks?? The malt backbone is not there at all. The hops are more presence than a Amstel Light but this is a $4 alesmith? The drinkabilty is ok there is no off flavors or bad taste. Just really wimpy for a pricey Ale Smith! The ESB and IPA are some of the best beers I've tried in Cali but this one I wish I couldget a refund on!!

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

22 oz bottle

Poured a golden color with a big white head that stayed for awhile.

Smell was a muted floral hop aroma with mild malty sweetness.

Definitely a west coast pale ale as it was slightly unbalanced toward the hop side, but not so much to call it a hop bomb by any means. It was very mild but more hops than malt.

Carbonation was good, mouthfeel was medium to light with a crisp finish.

Great session beer here, very easy to drink a bomber or two by myself.. and, at under $5 a bomber it is steal.

Photo of mikejk305
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is review number one for me, my goal is to not try too hard and not write what I think it should be.

A: Poured a nice clear golden color out of a 22oz bottle, with thick white foam. Left chunks of foam laced around the glass.

S: This is where i'm inexperienced, but there's no getting around plenty of floral hops. Also a bit fruity, which was a suprise.

T: I've been on a major IPA kick, this being the first beer after makes it seem a bit tame, but enjoyable. While I smell them throughout I don't get alot of hops, again could be IPA related. I actually really enjoy it if this section makes it seem otherwise.

M: Carbonation is obvious, I knew this was coming after hearing the hiss out of the bottle. I also notice quite a bit of body, and I really notice a lack of warmth.

D: I could easily enjoy a couple pints.

Overall I enjoy it, not life changing but I will certainly have it again. It's my first Alesmith beer and it makes me happy to have a couple of their other beers waiting for another day.

Photo of halfP1NT
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to t0rin0 for this one!

This beer is clear golden in color with lots of tiny bubbles rising. The pour produces a thick, creamy, white head that leaves some nice chunky lacing.

First smell to hit my nose is yeasty bread and fruit - banana, pear, orange, grapefruit. Lots of citrus hops. I'm also picking up a hint of spice, possibly nutmeg?

Taste up front is citrus hops - bready, bitter, grassy and carbonated. The citrus hops begin to dominate as it warms.

The citrus hops coat the whole mouth. A medium amount of carbonation gives this beer a nice, velvety mouthfeel. This is a really delicious, mouth-watering beer.

Photo of johnnieoz
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Is this a hefeweizen? Pours beautifully and looks like a lighter version of your typical Bavarian Hefe. The carbonation is less compact and not as overpowering though, and the cloudy yellow-orange color is a shade darker. A pale ale that looks a bit different.

S: Wonderful grapefruit, apple and floral aroma. Best in a PA or IPA so far.

T: OK, I guess I was hoping for something maltier. This is a hophead's PA. There is a subtle malt flavor there somewhere. According to the bottle's text, this is a real ale. It does remind me more of a London pub than a SoCal patio. Maybe it's that bitter thing.

M: Very good, very light, yet eminently present. AleSmith got this spot on. Near perfect carbonation for the style. A dry finish indeed.

D: At 5.0% abv, this pale ale will keep most folks in session mode. Not my favorite kind of pale ale, but denying its drinkability and superb quality would be plain stupid. I believe this belongs in the hoppy sub-category of pale ales, with Walker Firestone's PA leading the way in the malty one.

Photo of paulthebeerguru
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22oz. brown bottle

A: poured into a snifter. X pours a light golden color. Nice white head on top, decent head retention, and a fair amount of lacing.

S: Initial aroma is of floral hops with some citrus thrown in there as well. Some sweet caramel malts are present in the aroma as well. Smells like an IPA more than an APA/

T: great tasting APA. Nice solid hop flavors very similar to the aroma with floral and citrus tones. The malts match up really well but are a little light. A little sweet in the finish. The malts could be a little more present.

M: smooth and almost creamy. I feel this is a little too light, both on the weight and flavor. Could use some more body.

D: it is good, but it just feels as if it is lacking in something. pretty good representation of style, but it just needs some more body.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.4/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Acquired via trade from t0rin0, so a big "Thank you" goes out to him. Poured from a 22oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is full of floral hops and fruity citrus with some caramelized malts in the back ground.

T: The taste is very well-balanced with flavors of citrus sweetness and floral hops bitterness up front. The malt character is on the thin side for the style but it works well for this beer. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly hoppy.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, decent kick, very good representation of style, this is a very good beer to drink for a long time when you want something hoppy but mild in strength.

Photo of m1ked
4.4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Was able to get in on some of this by luck. This cask was on for the Quaff meeting at Callahan's.

A- After the bubbles finish their turbulent activity, settles down to a pure white head, 1" with great retention. Beautiful clear golden yellow body.

S- Actually surprised me, smelled like an IPA to me with cirus floral hops. Smelled good to me.

T- Once again, came through with those citrus floral hops, but also had yellow-orange stone fruit flavors to me. Apricot, yellow plum notes.

M- It was hand-pumped, and I just love that. Soft mouthfeel, with crisp flavor.

D- I could drink this frequnetly. I nice brew, that if blinded, I would have guessed was an IPA. Either way very tastey brew.

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

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.

AleSmith X from AleSmith Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 813 ratings.