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AleSmith X - AleSmith Brewing Company

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Ratings: 833
Reviews: 373
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 10.69%
Wants: 61
Gots: 68 | 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

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Beer added by: Bierman9 on 02-28-2002

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Photo of zuggy9
4.19/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Photo of thepitch
3.87/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Photo of akorsak
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

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!

Photo of ressletr
4.66/5  rDev +18.6%
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.

Photo of Jredner
2.82/5  rDev -28.2%
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.

Photo of CharlesDarwin
3.74/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Photo of Westsidethreat
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The color of hay, fairly dull. Very clean with lots of bubble bustle through out. Head seemed like it would fall short early on, but grew rapidly and now stands a good inch tall above the brew with no hint of letting up. Snow white and sudsy looking

S: Smells like a muted IPA. Very citrusy with apparent grapefruit and lemon. Sort of a spring pine freshness goes along with it.

T: Very light and refreshing with a delicate...yet apparent hop profile. Extremely gentle malt sweetness with thoughts of white corn, grass clippings and sour dough bread. Finishes almost sour, but not from the yeast, from the citrusy hops. Bit of toasted biscuits with honey coast this beer to fruition.

M: Medium body, fairly smooth mouthfeel but a bit crisp.

D: This might be one of the easiest drinking beers I've had. You could session this during a full day of bbq and not think once about switching beers.

Photo of
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle

Hazy and dark yellow. Small off white head.

Nice aroma, grapefruit and honey. Some bread/grain in there as well.

A serious pale ale from a taste perspective. Great hop start which lingers into the aftertaste, mainly grapefruit. Malty middle, reminds me of sweet wheat bread. Very well balanced. Seems a bit grainy at finish, but doesn't detract.

Medium in body with medium carbonation. Refreshing finish, only a bit dry. Again, the feel of huskiness/graininess.

Overall, an excellent pale ale. Very close to an IPA, but very easy to drink. Wish it was easier for me to get.

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

Pours a golden orange color with a nice foamy head. Hoppy aroma overall, though not aggressively so, with hints of malt, citrus and other fruit.

Tastes mildly hopped with a light malty undertone. Not as bitter as I woulld have expected or hoped, but good still. Mouthfeel is light and crisp with a dry finish.

A nice intro to this style for the uninitiated.

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

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance - Pours with a semi-creamy two finger off-white head. This eventually settles to a thin foamy cap on top. The head leaves excellent lacing all the way down. The color is an orangish pale straw, and it is very clear.

Smell - Clean and crisp hops, with some weak old ale-like fruity smells (cherry mainly). A semi-sweet raw malt aroma is the background. A simple aroma from this beer, but pleasing.

Taste - Slightly sweet but mainly slightly oily hops bitterness up front. No sign of the fruity flavors that I could smell a moment ago. Some mild earthiness mixed with a mellow and balancing malt character. A very well-balanced pale ale here. Very little alcohol taste is present.

Mouthfeel - Wet and slightly oily, eventually drying up in bit in the finish. Medium-bodied overall and pretty smooth. The carbonation is perfect for the style.

Drinkability - Refreshing and not terribly strong in flavor. Very drinkable.

Quite a good APA here. The flavors are niced and pretty well-balanced. Has a nice over-ripe cherry/plum aroma in the smell that is interesting. Recommended.

Photo of cheers2beers
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: This beer poured a cloudy pale orange hue, with a fluffy and slightly off white head. Alot of beading inside raoring its way to the top. Also I can see a decent amount of laceing. This beer is bottle conditioned so be carefull on the pour unless you like a few floating yeasts bits in your beverage.

Smell: I believe the hops are very aromatic, there is lots of fruitiness such as orange and grapefruit. Some bready and bisquity yeast aromas are present along with a nice counteracting sweet malts. A hint of alcohol is there as well.

Taste: The taste is little breakfast bisquits with some sort of fruit preserve spread on them. The hops are there but about as much as the sweetened malts are,vague. Not alot to this but combine all these fruits,hops,malts and breads together and you have a most slendid quaff.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, almost grainy. Medium bodied with just the right amount of carbonation. Finishes even better than its great start, with just a few bubbles on the last swallow.

Drinkability: This was in my opinion a very nice beer. Its not a beer I would get super excited about, but if someone offered it to me I would definitely jump on the opportunity. If you have not tried this beer yet, go ahead, what are you waiting for?


Photo of BlindPig
3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Thin white head. Light golden clear color.
S-Citrus hops with malts in back. Also a kind of weird smell.
T-Citrusy hops up front with a slight bitterness. Nice bitter aftertaste. Malts mixed in with citrus hops at start. Also light malt in aftertaste.
M- Medium body, medium carbonation, chewy?
D-Almost a IPA. Is good but don't think it's anything special.

Photo of dickroop
4.07/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Photo of Imstillthegman
3.46/5  rDev -12%
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.

Photo of SethB2
3.89/5  rDev -1%
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.

Photo of CRJMellor
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.

Photo of BeerManDan
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.

Photo of scottoale
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.

Photo of kdmorse
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.

Photo of dnrobert24
3.23/5  rDev -17.8%
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.

Photo of pjwilson
3.79/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Photo of IntriqKen
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
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

Photo of chargerfanjess
4.62/5  rDev +17.6%
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

Photo of Crosling
3.41/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

AleSmith X from AleSmith Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 833 ratings.