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AleSmith X - AleSmith Brewing Company

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Ratings: 827
Reviews: 370
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 10.43%
Wants: 60
Gots: 66 | FT: 1
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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 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.

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

A - Light golden colored. Maybe a slight orange tint to it. Nice fluffy white head that sticks around.

S - Grapefruit, apricot, sweet malt background.

T - Mmmmm... this is one good APA. I can't really explain that initial flavor but it's good. Citrusy and earthy I guess with a nice mellow sweetness from the malt. I've never had an APA quite like this but then again I've probably only had about a dozen different APA's to date.

M - Moderate carbonation. Feels like a million tiny little bubbles all over my tongue. Extremely refreshing. Smooth with a crisp slightly bitter finish.

D - This is an outstanding APA with a wonderful hoppy kick.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.35/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a light yellow color ale with a medium bubbly white head with average retention. Aroma of hops if mostly floral with small touch of ester, which was slightly displeasing. Taste is quite refreshing with a strong hops presence. Lighter body then expected but I didn’t mind because APA is a style that doesn’t necessarily gain from full body.

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

01/15/06- Purchased at Sun Devil Liquors in Mesa, AZ.

Presentation- 22oz bottle with no freshness info. Poured into my Englander pint glass.

Appearance- Mid range dark golden color. Cloudy or shall I say hazed kinda like a fogged up window. Full inch head and very creamy at that. Nice ring of staggered lace around the glass.

Smell- Hops o' plenty with a wheat or darker bready scented malt. A little bit pine and a little bit grapefruit. Sugary at that.

Taste- First thing that hits you is a quick sweetness from the malt. Then the bitterness from the grapefruit flavored hops come into play. The hops have a higher bitterness level and leaves a significant drying feeling. Maybe tastes just a touch stale? Crisp drinking though.

Mouthfeel- Drying taste, average carbonation. Bitter lasting aftertaste.

Drinkability- Very easy to drink. Almost tastes on the level of an ESB. Crisp, and goes down easy. Good mixture of malt and hops.

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

Pours a gently glowing orange-amber color (near apple juice) into my nonic, topped with a just off-white finger-thick head that recedes to a thin scum and lazily handsome lacing. Not quite as extra pale as I'd expected, nor quite enough head, but decent looking.

The scent tells a tale of... well.. pale ale! It's fruity, with big whiffs of raspberry, cranberry, and sugar. To me, this smells rather a lot like an AleSmith IPA... without as much hops? Coincidence!?!

Lots of straw, various berries, and dry cracker flavor in the taste. Wow! There's a little hint of something on the back of the tongue I'm having a hard time describing - just a tiny bit of hops that interacts with the fruity malts to bring forth a slightly tart, slightly bitter flavor and feel... Bitter pears! Pear, apple juice. Totally juicy and slick despite it all.

Swishy carbonation, good for an ale such as this; This 'extra pale ale' isn't as extra pale as I'd expected, but for that I'm totally glad. I picked this bottle up as a way of expanding my tastes towards all varieties of ale from dark to pale... If this is extra pale ale, I love ales even more! Body is low to medium, with almost no after-taste/feel left behind.

Whoooo! Totally drinkable! There's a lot going on here for a beer that I expected to be very simple and near-macro-lager like. I guess I've got a lot to learn!

Photo of Troyone
4.42/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden color, minimal white head, and some carbonation.

Has a citrus hops smell with some pine and resin.

Light/mod sweet/acidic/bitter citrus hops with some caramel malt in the background.

Light/med body, slightly syrupy texture, lively/soft carb, and a slight alkaline type of finish.

Very good and hoppy session beer with no lingering aftertaste.

Photo of Realale
3.79/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Clear gold with the slightest hint of orange. Immense, extremely fine, slightly sticky, bright white head settles slowly to a complete, rocky cap leaving good lacing. Great looking beer!

Orange zest leads the initial nose, with other citrus notes supporting. As it warms, a bit of crackery malt appears to provide support, and grapefruit takes over as the primary citrus. Some complexity to the malt continues to evolve, but not much.

On the lighter side in the mouth, with a very refreshing crisp mineral component. There is not a lot of malt, but what is there is interesting with a decent degree of complexity. The malt doesn't stay long, however, but quickly disappears leaving and long, bitter finish.

Gorgeous soft mouthfeel somewhat obscured by the mineral notes, which also seem to really accentuate the hops at the expense of the malt. Solid session beer, and one I'd love to get my mitts on when it's cask-conditioned.

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