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AleSmith X - AleSmith Brewing Company

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788 Ratings

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Ratings: 788
Reviews: 368
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 10.69%
Wants: 61
Gots: 57 | 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 DrJay
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear golden colour topped by a generous, dense white head that started off about 1 inch high and didn't dissipate much. Both retention and stickage were excellent, with thick rings of foam on the glass that reminded me of each sip. Very nice aroma, with a very light toastiness balancing the prominent hop character. This consisted of plenty of citrus, floral and pine, with a little spiciness and a bit perfumy.

Solid bitterness throughout was balanced nicely by malty sweetness and biscuit flavours. Hops started citrusy and finished piney with some grapefruit throughout. It finished with a dry, resinous bitterness that kept the palate quite clean. Medium to high carbonation, but with small bubbles that added to the smooth, slightly creamy texture.

This is a great pale ale. Nicely balanced and very well constructed. Poured carefully (due to bottle conditioning) from a 22 oz brown bomber with no freshness date.

DrJay, Mar 18, 2005
Photo of Rastacouere
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lots of bubbles climb the glass to form a gentle white cover atop the shining hazy golden body. Aroma is rather straightforward and citric, tart with pine, lemon and fresh C-hops. Alright malt backbone, lemon pie and biscuity. Clean altogether and tarter than most which contributes to refreshment. Dry lasting hoppy finish. Light body with bubbles not as apparent as expected. Fine basic pale ale, thx EyeChartBrew.

Rastacouere, Jan 24, 2005
Photo of clvand0
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a very light and clear yellow color with a small head that sticks around a while and doesn't leave much lacing on the glass. The aroma is comprised mostly of American hops. Spine, citrus. Not too strong. The flavor has a lot of the American hop character that the nose had with a mild malt backbone. Very light in body and thirst quenching. This is a good light bodied beer.

clvand0, Dec 29, 2004
Photo of kmpitz2
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours pretty damn light in color, almost yellow in color, with a 2 finger head that stays around fairly well. The nose is fairly hoppy, mostly dirty, but also with some pine and citrus as well. The flavor is definately APA to me. Lots of dirty hop, but also a sweet citrus and pine character in there. The malts come through very weakly as caramel, but just enough to bring a bit of balance to the party. The feel is slightly thin. I want it to be a touch thicker. Drinkability is good on this as well. I have yet to be disappointed with a an Alesmith beer.

kmpitz2, Dec 29, 2004
Photo of odeed
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

the 'x" poured out with a HUGE head that calmed down a bit after a minute or so.although i think the head was intentional and helped with the overall flavor.
the color was very light for a craft brew with little bubbles floating to the top.
i must say the overall taste was great.smooth very smooth at first with a bit of hops and nutty flavor at the end.if you want to drink some brew,go for the "x"

odeed, Oct 08, 2004
Photo of arizcards
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 22oz bomber at Papago BC for $4.18.

This is a golden-yellow brew, lighter than typical APA's. It had a small amount of yeast making for an interesting look. A good lacing is left behind. Nose is of major floral hops..very nice! Taste is well balanced as one is greeted with a generous amount of floral hops with a nice citrus finish. Mouthfeel is a bit on the thin side but it is a very lively beer on the palate. Taste is near perfect. I would recommend this highly to APA fans.

arizcards, Sep 24, 2004
Photo of IceAce
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: A surprising light-golden color more reminiscent of a quality pilsner than an American Pale Ale. Egg white single-finger collar of foam and very good lacing

Aroma: Thin multi-floral qualities painted onto a nice hop canvas

Taste: Much hoppier on the palate than expected for a golden brew...a very nice find, indeed!

Mouthfeel: Rock-solid and well balanced...a real gem

Drinkability: Oh yeah...this would really mess with the yellow beer drinkers!

IceAce, Aug 25, 2004
Photo of garthwaite
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from a 22 oz bottle which was very generously provided by drewbage1847. Pours a pretty clear gold with a solid white head that stuck around for the duration. Mild, but pleasant citrus aroma of sweet orange, lemon, & piney hops. Very consistent flavor profile of sweet malts & moderate bitterness. Hop flavor is a blend of piney, peppery earth with grapefruit citrus. Medium to light bodied, very crisp & clean, this brew finishes dry. Easy drinking, well-crafted, accessible pale ale.

garthwaite, Aug 06, 2004
Photo of meathookjones
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22oz brown bomber with a plain silk screen lettering of Alesmith X, extra pale ale. The one pours a slightly hazy yellow with a good looking white foamy head with decent retention. Aroma is not too strong but floral and citrus hops are mingling around. This tastes slightly sweet with citrus hop and tart malt flavors melding together to balance out this refreshing brew. This has a light body with a decent amount of carbonation. This is not one of Alesmith’s stand out brews but a good one anyway. A little light in feel and taste then most pale ales this should make for a refreshing drink on a hot day.

meathookjones, Jun 11, 2004
Photo of tavernjef
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On-tap: Papago's - Oh my was this a yummy surprise. Solid pale gold color with a bit of chill haze. Firmly dancing foamy, tight starchy white cap sat about a finger high and lacing in huge cliff sitting layers and sheets. Aroma is mostly sweet and mild with some very paled down accents of lemon and fruits mixing with some slight floral hops tones and bready malts. Taste is yummylishious with pale as all hell citric lemony fruits, crisp, clean, bready thick and sweetly pale malts make for a delightful mouthful of goodness. That dulled lemon citric thing is amazingly long lasting and candish. Really liked that alot and the hop bite is quite tame with a lightly dance of citric floral zip from middle to finish. Nice rounded nearly full body, creamy, crisp, zippy, and very refreshing. A mighty fine drinker and one dandy of a pale thats a bit out of the ordinary and a real treat to behold on the buds.

tavernjef, May 31, 2004
Photo of Zorro
4.43/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a clear light golden brew.

Smell is sweet and mild grain with a mild perfuming of hops to the scent.

Taste is a little sweet and grains with a mild fruit and hops flavor. A mild mannered brew that can almost pass for a very good lager.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Super drinkable brew. One of the few brews that can balance real flavor with mildness.

Zorro, May 07, 2004
Photo of rajendra82
3/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pale yellow slightly hazy body with a foamy tall head and decent lacing. Aroma is pretty faint, and mostly consists of floral hops and citrus. Taste is quite citric with a tangy sourness to it. Bitterness of the hops is not too pronounced, but does show up more in the aftertaste. Crisp refreshing beer, but not outstanding. Thanks go to eyedrinkale for the trade.

rajendra82, Apr 17, 2004
Photo of beergeek279
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in the 22 oz. bomber into a pint glass. The color is golden, with a nice white head. The smell is citrus hops. The taste is very lightly hoppy with a bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel is average. As for drinkability, could have quite a few of these.

Not a bad pale ale, but not necessarily a world-beater either. Still, one that I'd probably have again.

beergeek279, Mar 06, 2004
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Copper golden orange tone with a short lived white head leaves nice lacing not bad at all. Aroma: Pince scented hops with some biscuity malt character has a bready tone to it all seems hoppy but not overkill just well hopped. Taste: Some bready sweetness clean flavor all around hoppier finish with pine and citrus tones peeking through the flavor profile. Mouthfeel: A thin light bodied ale which adds to drinkability, but takes away from the complexity of this beer effervescent carbonation a good feel to it. Drinkability: This is the session beer from Alesmith not too high in alcohol flavorful and very quaffable, nice brew that pleases me from beginning to end of the 22oz.

WVbeergeek, Jan 16, 2004
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Its slightly hazy yellow-gold body is topped by a creamy, bright-white head that holds quite well and leaves walls of lace that in time reduce to still-attractive rings of spider-web lace. The nose is brighlty citrusy and floral with a subtle touch of pine over a delicately sweet and bready malt. It's medium body and very fine natural carbonation leave it crisp on the tongue before warming to become more creamy and smooth across the palate. The flavor follows the nose, and it's very well-balanced with a firm bitterness that allows malt as the dominant characteristic; accented by its floral and citrusy hops. Each sip finishes with an increasing dryness although it's short but sweet note of bready malt remains at the start. Quite enjoyable.

NeroFiddled, Nov 22, 2003
Photo of Gueuzedude
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A well carbonated brew. It is slightly hazy, but clears up once it warms up a bit more. The color is golden with copper notes, and an off white thick wispy head. There are aromas of grassy hoppiness, from the aroma I get the sense that this is a dry beer. As I take my first sip a sharp hoppy bite hits the front of my tongue. An acidity from the carbonation follows through to the finish of this beer. As the aroma suggested, this beer is well attenuated & dry. This beer is about the hop, though not your typical American-Cascade type focus. A general combination fruitiness from the hops and the yeast/malt is quite evident as well. This is a very good beer, almost perfect at this instance in time.

Gueuzedude, Nov 14, 2003
Photo of RoyalT
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – Semi-clear, light orange body with a decent whitish head.

Smell – Wonderful, balanced aroma. The hops are very complex. The pine comes out strongly but the floral scents are beautiful. There are light citrus notes as well. All of this works well with a strong, bready malt that reminds me of the 7th Anniversary Stone.

Taste – The hops from the nose join in at the taste and the malt sweetens up a bit. Some light sugars come out here as well. Overall, a very balanced Pale Ale.

Mouthfeel – Medium body with a surprisingly high level of carbonation. This one feels good in the mouth. It’s very smooth and refreshing yet balanced.

Drinkability – No, it’s not “extreme beer” like a Ruination or a Dogfish 12 hour IPA, but it delivers quite nicely on the Pale Ale style.

RoyalT, Nov 08, 2003
Photo of Rumrunner
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bottle.

The appearance is a light foggy golden color. A nice big head and great lacing. The scent is crisp and clean on the nose. A dry citrus is the main part of this scent. There is also some rind and grain blending with the citrus. The scents are not too robust unfortunately.

A nice big bold flavor. A sharp citrus bite. Bitter orange rind is muscling its way through. Not too big that this one is only for hop heads. Non hop heads will enjoy this Pale as well. The malts come along to keep the hops in line. A nice bread and grass quality add to the enjoyment of this ale.

A very crisp on the palette ale. It drinks very easy. Definately a session ale.

Try one and enjoy. All in all this is a top notch ale.

Rumrunner, Sep 12, 2003
Photo of Boilermaker88
3.1/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer ambushed me from the start. I nearly dumped some when I poured it as a gigantic fluffy white head ballooned up to well over an inch above the rim. Fortunately no beer was lost. The beer was a light gold color with a large amount of bubbles rising to support that monster head. Nice lace, too.
The smell was fruity - faint of apple, apricots, etc - and had a citrus aroma. Also lurking about was an unpleasant sharp, almost sour smell.
Taste was of short-lived fruitiness before being overrun by a piney, grapefruit citrus hops flavor. Left a bitter aftertaste that hung around too long.
Feel was light to medium-bodied, crisp, and dry.
A strange beer. Looked something like a hefe initially but one sniff convinced me otherwise. I'm not a big fan of grapefruit or pine tastes in beers so I'm not going to be seeking this one out again soon.

Boilermaker88, Aug 31, 2003
Photo of aaronh
3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a fairly clear golden amber color, topped by a rather dense white head. The strong carbonation maintains about a 1/4" head for a long while. As such, it leaves a sheeting of foam on the glass. The aroma is sweet and a little bready with a delicate hop spice. Some what fruity as well, bringing apples to mind. It offers a fairly mild malt profile in the flavor, with a fair amount of buttery notes. Then the bitter hops come in with strong pine and a bit of florals. There's also a bit of a pepper note on the finish. The slight graininess in the finish hints at the flavor profile of some macros, and overall I get the feeling I'm dinking a lager rather than an ale. The mouthfeel is decent, but a little more aggressively carbonated than one would expect. The drinkability is also decent, but the bomber of this will last a while. A nice beer that falls a bit short of some of the best pale ales on the market.

aaronh, Jul 31, 2003
Photo of jcalabre
3.1/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I originally sampled this on 26 February 2003. I am writing this review from my notes. This is a very light colored, light bodied beer. It's nice, but nothing spectacular. I'd drink it on a hot day, but wouldn't go out of my way to find it. If you're going to try Alesmith's brews, there are several other superior examples

jcalabre, Jul 20, 2003
Photo of feloniousmonk
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: very pale, lightly orangey color, with a nice, blooming white head.
Aroma: big with the fruit, sweet rich with peach, aprricot, grapefruit, citrus, in that order, and a touch of spikey pine sensation.
Taste: mellow, sweet, yummy, bowling over with fruitiness, and never too hoppy.
Decent texture, light/medium bodies, moderate bitterness.
A very acceptable American-style Pale Ale, easy coming, easy-going, tasty, and a pleasure to throw back.
Thanks again to BierRiese.

feloniousmonk, Jul 02, 2003
Photo of Bierman9
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A not-so-hard pour produced a voluminous amount of head, so I had to take my time. Presently, the glass is about 60% bier and 40% fluffy, marshmallow-like foam, rising far above the rim. The bier itself is a hazy, yellow-golden color, not unlike a HefeWeizen. Rather unexpected for a Pale Ale. A big dollop of foam insists on sticking around for the afternoon! Lacing, too, is attractive.
The nose is exceedingly mild, unfortunately. All I get is a mild, lemony type hop aroma, with a bare minimum, if that, of maltiness. Body is about medium, or perhaps a tad below, and the feel tongue-wise is decent.
The flavor has a mild breadiness to it, yet is more dominated by a lemony hop characteristic. The flavor, in general, is a bit understated and subtle, yet still flavorful and actually a bit "earthy". Perhaps having my tastebuds getting whacked earlier in the day by a Double IPA has numbed them? Nonetheless, this is a nice bier, though I'd hesitate to call it an "Extra" Pale Ale. More like a mellow session bier. Thnx to our West Coast Brethren, SamuraiJack, for the Alesmith!! Prosit!!!

overall: 3.75
appearance: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 3.5 | drinkability: 4


Bierman9, Jun 29, 2003
Photo of BierReise
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After a series of highly hopped ales I've been drinking, I found this baby to be a light and refreshing change of pace. A slightly hazy golden body with a super-white but thin head and surprisingly good retention. Fresh and slightly citrusy profile with a definite yeast presence( I can't say enough good things about bottle conditioning). Flavor is crisp and wonderfully refreshing with a good hop/malt balance which I found sweet and slightly bitter at the same time. Alesmith truly is a fine brewery.

BierReise, Jun 25, 2003
Photo of beerguy101
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light gold color. Medium head. Aroma is piney and grapefruity. A lighter bodied pale ale. Very hoppy. Malts are nutty and slightly sweet. Hops are in the forefront, yet they are manageable. Hops are grapefruity and citrusy, and not over the top. Very drinkable. Great session beer. Tasty and somewhat on the lighter side. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

beerguy101, Jun 13, 2003
AleSmith X from AleSmith Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 788 ratings.