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AleSmith X - AleSmith Brewing Company

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776 Ratings

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Ratings: 776
Reviews: 367
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 10.69%
Wants: 61
Gots: 58 | 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 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
Photo of ArrogantB
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

X pours a golden transparent yellow into my pint glass. The smell is hoppy, citrus, a slight pine scent and it is really inviting. The taste follows the nose and exhibits all the same characteristics. Mouthfeel was good and my only complaint is that I poured slow and careful and still got massive foam. I woudl love to buy six-packs of this beer as it is really good. I usually don't like extra pale ales but I preferred this over Alesmith IPA (which is a winner itself). San Diego does come with some truly great beers. Damn you Alesmith!!!

ArrogantB, Apr 12, 2007
Photo of MiScusi
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Father's office in Santa Monica.

Pale gold/yellow in color with a fluffy white head, had good retention. Smell didn't jump out to me much, and I picked up a lot of bready malt in the taste, to go along with a mild bitterness, and bit of hops. Pretty quaffable for a pale ale.

MiScusi, Mar 23, 2007
Photo of jasonjlewis
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice head and retention. An Ipaish type smell, just not as strong. Tastes like weak ipa more than a pale ale. Oddly enough, it's very nice to drink and very sessionable. A nice offering from ale smith that is welcome in my fridge any time. Not complex at all. Centennial hops dominate with a slight malt backbone. Drinks nicely.

jasonjlewis, Mar 16, 2007
Photo of BeerDonkey
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: pours out a nice translucent amber, nice 2 fingers of rich white foamy head
S: strong, crisp hop aroma
T: initial hop bite, not as inviting as expected, mellows to a smooth, but almost peppery finish...quite an interesting mouthfeel
Very easy to drink as the initial hop bitterness gives to a satisfyingly smooth finish.

A good beer, but of the 2 AleSmith beer's I've had, I prefer the ESB

BeerDonkey, Mar 13, 2007
Photo of tonistruth
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- clear straw color except for the floaties as a rsult of bottle conditioning, 1 finger fluffy white head, good retent and lacing

S- mix of hop and malt, floral

T- crisp, biscuit like malt, spicy and citric hop come in at finish. herbal, meloow and well balanced. spicy in aftertaste

M- light bodied, smooth w/ a carbonation tickle

D- highly drinkable, nice mellow flavor, not on my top ten but i would serve this to my buddies who are in the mist of coming to good craft brew.

tonistruth, Feb 23, 2007
Photo of PhiloPsych
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear, pale, and yellow with plenty of fast rising bubbles and a foamy head. Smell is citrus, spice, and a bit of pine. Mouthfeel is very light and smooth, but almost watery. Taste is mildly sweet and well-balanced. More flavor comes out as it warms. Clearly a high-quality, well-crafted brew. Not my preferred style, but it is a good beer.

PhiloPsych, Feb 18, 2007
Photo of jeffjfindley
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Alesmith light... Pale yellow color, as promised, and a nice frothy head. Very clean, sweet smell that doesn't do a thing to disguise it's hop content. The taste is hops deluxe, low malt = low gravity = 5.0 abv, but still maintains that characteristic sweetness of Alesmith beers. Mouthfeel is bubbly and crisp, very dry finish. Very drinkable, but doesn't drink itself, as some of their other products seem to. A great session beer from a great brewery. I think that it would do better in six-pack form than in it's current 22 oz. version, but I guess that's what you can expect from a brewery with 7 employees.

jeffjfindley, Feb 09, 2007
Photo of zuggy9
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This ale pours a rather pale yellow that initially worried me that it would taste like a fizzy year adjunct laden nightmare, but the white head stays for a long time and crowns with strong lacing. The aromas that are apparent are a nice sharp citrus hoppiness with clear grain malt. It has a nice malt heavy taste with a very present and balanced hop finish. Extremely refreshing and finishes very clean. Very drinkable.

zuggy9, Feb 06, 2007
Photo of thepitch
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I usually write pretty thorough reviews (in the few reviews I have contributed thusfar) but I am compelled to keep it brief.

The beer poured a great head with a clear yellow, amber color. I am a huge fan of Alesmith IPA so I was very interested to taste this beer.

Anyway, on to the taste and aroma. I really think this beer tastes like drinking tree bark. In an interesting (not necessarily good or bad) way.

thepitch, Jan 21, 2007
Photo of akorsak
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A 650 mL bottle from a trade with Metallitone1.

A: The ale has a brilliantly clear color somewhere between yellow and orange, say an auburn color. There is a small white covering of head on the beer.

S: The ale has a light (intensity-wise) citrus hop aroma and a note of grainy malts.

T: Its been a while since my last APA, so I missed the malt-dominated hoppy ale. This one has a nice, well-rounded malt character that has grainy biscuit flavors. The grainy flavor is strong and is well-balanced against the hop character. The hops are reserved but vibrant, adding a bit of grapefruit flavor to the malt body.

M: The mouthfeel is refreshing, with hints of hops on top of a nice grainy body.

D: The ale has a nice abv, low enough that one can have a bomber or two, but with enough flavor that you will enjoy each sip.

akorsak, Jan 11, 2007
Photo of neonbrown82
4.55/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is easily among the top 5 APA's I've tried, and I've had quite a few by now. Thanks to dogfooddog for sending it.

The beer pours to a very clear straw pale yellow color. The carbonation is unprecedented. The only beer that comes close is Duvel, but this beer has about twice as much carbonation. I actually had to skim the top of my glass with a butter knife because the foam was rapidly growing over the top. The head is massive and pillowy with an excellent retention. Lacing sticks in sheets. Just beautiful. My only complaint is that maybe it is a little bit too bubbly. I just wanted to drink the beer, but I had to contend with the rapidly growing foam. I'm glad I didn't pour it into a glass with an agitator!

The smell is beautifully hoppy. Nice fruity amarillo bouquet. Just a light sweet malt flavor behind. Mostly hops, though... glorious, yummy hops...

The flavor is very similar. A little bit of a sticky sweetness up front, but it soon follows into a healthy bitterness with bubblegummy, tangerine, grapefruity hops. Mouthwateringly delicious.

The body is light, and the carbonation is surprisingly not too sharp on the tongue. The drinkability is off the charts. I am nearly finished with the beer before I have even finished the review, and I am even contemplating drinking the other bomber!

neonbrown82, Jan 04, 2007
Photo of ressletr
4.7/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Alesmith X, everyone needs some. Absolutely, as I tasted this beer it was like tasting a sweet bread. The smell was good it smelled of light honey and fresh made bread. The look was awesome, a light yellow, with a head that laced the glass all the way down. The mouthful was good, it wasn't overpowered by hops, but had a feeling of drinking a nice glass of light honey. If I didn't no better, I would think that was nonalcoholic, no trace of alcohol is felt. It taste like a sweet malt, followed by a bread like taste. The taste awesome, this beer tasted as though I was eating fresh biscuit. If you haven't tried this beer, you definitely should, like the bottle says "Everyone needs some!"

Can some please tell me why this is not the top American Pale Ale. I just don't understand, because of all the Pale Ales that I ever tried, including Sierra Nevada this is definitely the best.

ressletr, Dec 23, 2006
Photo of Jredner
2.85/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

22 oz from Liquorama.com.

The body is a pale, clear gold and it holds a preposterous hand thick white head that rises straight out of the glass like a volcano forming a pacific islet. If this were a Belgian ale I’d be impressed, but an American Pale Ale?

The aroma is light pine and citrus, heavy dry white fruit, kind bud and a bit of sulfur funk. Not starting out great for one of my favorite breweries.

First sip, achieved through substantial effort due to the outlandish head, is bitter hops that are very piney. Dry, nice mouthfeel. Lemongrass and herbal notes. The malt component is very reserved consisting of white fruit and white bread. Finish is again bitter and dry.

Jredner, Dec 23, 2006
Photo of CharlesDarwin
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Originally reviewed on February 23, 2005. 22 Oz Bottle. Pours a golden hued yellow, with nice fine carbonation and a dispersed frothy off-white head. Aroma of chipotle, light fresh grain bin, and very subtle and gentle grassy hops. Wheaty sweet flavor, without a lot of body and depth, but an extreme level of drinkability. There’s a strong ring of playdough and some peculiar spicy light florals that I can’t put my finger on, but don’t seem to be coming from the hops. I could be wrong. It’s almost a sweet fruity grain character showing through. Smacks of light grass and some green teas, with a tooth of bran. Palate is a grainy dry glow.

CharlesDarwin, Dec 08, 2006
AleSmith X from AleSmith Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 776 ratings.