1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

AleSmith X - AleSmith Brewing Company

Not Rated.
AleSmith XAleSmith X

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

813 Ratings

(view ratings)
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of AleSmith X Alström Bros
Ratings: 813 | Reviews: 368 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of dnrobert24
3.2/5  rDev -18.6%
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
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
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
4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
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
4.65/5  rDev +18.3%
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
3.45/5  rDev -12.2%
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
3.38/5  rDev -14%
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
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
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
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
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
4.43/5  rDev +12.7%
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
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Photo of baiser
4.53/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy, golden copper body, with a fluffy white head. Wonderful aroma of peach, pears, citrus - quite clean. Taste is tremendously well balanced, so sweet, fruity, malty with a bold hoppy bitterness that lingers on your tongue. Medium bodied and insane amount of drinkability. A session ale all the way. Wonderful.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Luminous gold with a hint of orange and a plethora of superfine yeast so small they almost escape notice. The high-quality head of alabaster foam is stiff, rocky, bubbly and oozing with character. At present, it looks like a melted thimble since the center of the head is falling much slower than the edges. Beautiful, meandering strands of lace stick to every square inch of available glass.

The aroma isn't as hoppy as I had hoped it would be. I know that X is nowhere near the hop monsters that AleSmith IPA and YuleSmith are, but I still wanted a more assertive nose than I've been given. There's a good mix of pale malt and hops that are at least as musky as they are citrusy.

The label reads 'Extra Pale Ale'. I wonder if the 'Extra' has any significance. I say that because, again, while this is obviously a well-crafted beer, it settles for less than full-bore, even keeping style in mind. That won't be a negative for everyone, I just want to make sure I document where it fits in the overall scheme of West Coast pale ales.

It's hard to say which is more prominent, the lightly toasted, biscuity pale malt or the gently bitter, citrus zesty hops. Let's call it a draw. You want balanced? You got it. Hop bitterness takes center stage late in the mouthful, only because it hangs around the longest. A more resiny hoppiness would be nice.

Each pour is further evidence, as if any were needed, that quality breweries brew beer that looks great in the glass. I like the appearance more now than I did initially, and I liked it just fine then. The mouthfeel is lightly silky and caressingly soft. I'm also enjoying the understated amount of carbonation.

Despite all my bitchin' and moanin', AleSmith X is a first class APA. I'm just pissed that the brewers didn't consult me about what *I* would prefer. This beer and Stone Pale Ale are terrific bookends to the easy drinking, West Coast pale ale style and are even more reason for me to be jealous of the Southern California BAs who can drink them whenever they feel like it.

Photo of fisherman34
4.47/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Light gold/copper in colour with a pale white head. Powerful aromas of white grapefruit, cut grass, and some undetermined spice. Some light malt flavors mix in with this hop dominated brew... more sour citric notes shine through (orange, grapefruit, lemon... WOW!). This one is light bodied, but still packs a huge flavor punch. Lingering yet smooth bitterness too. Probably the best of this style that I’ve sampled.

Photo of kmcnair
4.43/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is my new favorite session beer. Light and crisp with a strop balance of malt and hop. Low SRM, with a slight copper coloring, looks more like a light IPA than your typical pale ale. AleSmith X has a wonderful aroma of fresh pine and citrus with sweet fruit nectar infused malt the background. The flavor is lightly sweet, a bit bready and then well balanced with earthy hop character, citrus and pine. Light on the palate with soft carbonation and a dry finish. This is a really easy drinker, I would love to try it on cask.

Photo of RootedFool
4.55/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearence: Poured into a standard pint glass, a frothy, stately head ascends a good inch and a half. The body is a very pale, translucent gold, with lots of dancing little bubbles. Good retention on the head, takes its time deflating -- leaves a hearty coating of lace.

Smell: A perfect duo of malt sweetness, slightly sugary (baked, browned sugars) and lively citrusy hop notes, finishes very sweet. Enticing.

Taste: Crusty crunch of hops along the sides of my palate, a noticeable malt sweetness pulls into the center and the background; the middle is a mellow but solid display of hop bitterness with a sturdy malt backbone. This is a west coast pale of the first order, but not overwhelming. Ain't no hop tea here. What overwhelms here is a terrific balance.

Mouthfeel: Very soft, crisply carbonated, silky.

Another great Alesmith brew. Keep 'em coming up to Humboldt, Alesmith!

Photo of Wasatch
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy yellow with some carbonation, real nice head which lasts a bit, nice lacing afterwards. Has a very hoppy scent with some malt. It's a bottle conditioned ale with some yeast settled on the bottom, I swirled it around and poured it into my glass. The taste is mild, but nice, not much of a bite though. Light bodied. At 5% ABV this makes an excellent session beer with a great taste. Would recommend at least trying it once.

Photo of OStrungT
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a light straw yellow with a thck white head that fades slowly leaving thck laces. It smells hoppy. Quite hoppy. It has a cirtusy aroma also. Maybe some orange. It smells slightly spicy also. It does not tast nearly as hoppy as it smells. It is hoppy, just not as much as I expected. It has a cirtus flavor. There is a slight fruity taste. I dont taste much in the way of malt. It also tastes slightly spicy. Maybe a little clove? This beer is carbonated will. It is crisp and refreshing. It is light bodied. It goes down smooth leaving a citrusy aftertaste. I think this beer would make a great session beer. It tastes good, and is low in alcohol. If you get a chance to try this one, do so. I will definately buy it again.

Photo of palma
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: What a head on this sucka! Unbelievable. Leaves some massive clinging rings around the glass.

Nose: Big fruity hops in the aroma. Almost at IPA level. Yeasty. Maybe even some spice.

Taste: Strong juicy bitterness. Crisp and clean. Reminds me of a good pilsner with some extra fruit and American hops. Finishes dry. A hidden malt backbone that only comes through in the end. Very light bodied overall.

If not for just a little more complexity in the taste, this beer would be kick-ass!
get some MF!!

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

Pours amber/straw golden, with a lush, thick, tightly packed off-white head, that sustains well and provides decent lacing down the glass

Initially, the aroma starts very light: pale malt, slight hop presence, and alcohol.. As the beer warms, the lighter estery/hop flavors begin to emerge. Not quite as profound as what I was expecting, given the bottle's proclamation of an intense, aggressive hop aroma..

Taste follows with what the nose has already registered: clean, fresh grains, with a mild hop flavor that finishes with a hint of alcohol and gradual bittering as the finish lingers.

Overall, a slightly bigger-than-average X-tra Pale Ale, with good drinkablity.
The taste is a nicely balanced

Photo of DogFood11
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Anothe Beaut' From alesmith....they are fast becoming one of my favorites and I have many more to try....this is a classic APA

Excellent presentation frothy/lacing...lacing is somewhat chunky...I kinda like that...not sure what that means but it laces in big streaks that hang...nice in my book.

smells citrus/orange but it has a strong backbone of some burnt malts.

Taste is a slight letdown but dont get me wrong its a solid taste just was expecting maybe a bit more hops and got a charcoaly middle with a citrus aftertaste that cleansed the palate...very nice.

Drinkability is outstanding as the assortment of ups and downs and flavors throughout this beer keeps ya coming back...at 5% this beer packs some warming as well which is inviting. Solid.

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

Pours a cloudy copper yellow with a sturdy white head.

Huge citrusy aroma, clearly this is hoppy.

Light malt upfront, with a medium bitterness that follows. Overall rather balanced in this department. The hop character however is extreme. Grapefruit and citrus rind all over the place from start to finish and lingers in the aftertaste. Being a lover of American hops, this was for me.

Medium bodied, carbonation just short of crisp. A good one.

Goes down pretty smooth but I wouldn't drink too much at one time. I prefer a little more variety when hops are concerned.

Photo of RedDiamond
3.15/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Soft bodied lemon yellow with profuse, turbulent carbonation shaping a snow-capped peak of head four-fingers tall. Body is slightly less than clear with a dry yeasted aroma. Tastes somewhat lager-like with only complimentary bittering and no great hop emphasis. The malt profile is also restrained and hidden behind yeasts.

A clean ale though not especially charismatic. Lace formed chunky striations.

Photo of weeare138
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a hazy gold with a small layer of yeast in the bottom of the glass. Nice, rich 2 finger white head that refuses to drop. Scattering chunks of thick white lacing stick all over the glass.
Smell is florally and a tad perfumy with a touch of hops, along with hints of lemons, orange zest, and white grapes.
Taste is of light hop flowers with lemon and orange zest and a hint of spicy pepper.
Mouthfeel is ok. It's sweet up front with a creamy, smooth, light bodied feel. There is a slight peppery burn that seems to settle in the middle of the tongue.
Drinkability is good with the exception of that weird peppery thing going on. Nicely balanced, effervescent brew.

Finger licking good.

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

pours cloudy gold in color with a white foamy head which is mammoth in size. the start-stop pour of using a pint glass causes the clumpy yeast sediment to loosen menacingly from the bottom of the bottle.

aroma similair to little creatures pale, but with a light, sharp pine needle aspect. maybe not quite a strong overall as lcpa, but still rather nice.

light and refreshing to drink with hop bitterness taking the honors in the taste department. maltiness is definitely not the goal here (not that thats a bad thing), allowing the sharpness of the hops to show.

bottle conditioned brews always seem to have that nice sort of tingling mouthfeel. good stuff. drinkability is pretty darn high. seriously nice going down.

my only criticism would be that it lacks that extra dimension of some of the really kick ass pale ales. still a quality brew.

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