AleSmith Brewing Company

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American Pale Ale (APA)
Ranked #343
Ranked #10,001
3.94 | pDev: 10.15%
AleSmith Brewing Company
California, United States
Very Good
Notes: This refreshing, light-golden Extra Pale Ale embodies drinkability. AleSmith X pushes the limits by offering a level of flavor not often found in this classic style. Fresh American hops are abundant but carefully balanced by a light, crisp body and smooth bitterness. Notes of citrus and pine combine with a delicate malt sweetness to create a flavorful drinking experience.
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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.91/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a familiar pale ale mixture of yellow, gold and light orange with 2/3" white head. Pretty. Aroma of citrus, mostly lemon orange like hop notes. Smacks of Amarillo hops for dry hopping.

Taste keeps pushing the citrus aspect, light notes of grapefruit, lemon and unsweetened orange. Nice pale toasted malt body, good and dry. This is the other end of the pale ale spectrum, you got SNPA which is kind of malty by comparison, this doesn't have those hearty caramel + cascade notes like that beer, much drier and lighter, but still very good. Dry pine notes. Getting Cascade, Chinook, Centennial and Amarillo like notes out of it. Dunno if any of those are in here, but it comes off like a beer with those.

Its a pretty solid banger, something like this would make sense to rack into cans and sell for $10/6 pack. The bomber format (all I've ever seen these in) doesn't make sense for my consumption preferences. When you wanna drink for a good period of time and just crush, this ain't a bad option.

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Photo of sokol_1993
3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: bright yellow with some head that dissipates quickly, without any lacing.
Taste: first, the hop hits you, and you can taste the piney feel of hop, but then the massive malt back makes its appearance, and it is super sweet. You can feel the grainy aftertaste.

An excellent pale ale. Love the malt back!

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Photo of ordybill
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 OZ can into a pint glass. The appearance is a bright orange color with a small white head. The aroma is all oranges and some hops. The taste matches the nose.

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Photo of RyanK252
3.79/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into a Mountain Rambler Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours golden yellow with a frothy off white head that settles to a light layer and leaves some nice lacing.

S: Floral, piney, grassy, a touch of citrus, faint fruity and herbal notes, biscuity malt, and a touch of caramel sweetness.

T: Floral, lemon and orange zest, mild pine, grassy, faint herbal and slightly fruity notes, biscuity malt, and a little caramel sweetness.

M: Light to medium body, moderate carbonation, pretty crisp and crushable.

O: This beer's been around a while and the recipe is starting to show a little age. Nothing wrong with it, but a little boring compared to a lot of more recent offerings.

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Photo of zeff80
3.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out a clear, golden orange color with a small, white head of foam. It smelled of pine, citrus and sweet caramel. Nice toasted caramel maltiness with a citrus kick of bitterness.

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Photo of Red5StandingBy
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into Seidel Mug. No bottling or freshness date.

L: Pale gold with a light hop haze. Finger width white head has good retention but slowly fades into a thicker layer of bubbles and a big ring.

S: Biscuity Pilsener malts, with some honey, yeast , bread and citrus hops.

T: Follows the nose pretty much exactly. Complex for a pale ale and quite tasty.

F: Crisp light body, semi-dry finish.

O: A good pale ale, better than most but not the best.

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Photo of ZebulonXZogg
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale orange with a quickly receding white head, leaving some nice lacing. Aroma is citrus, pine, grass and a hint of mango. Malt and hops are very well balanced. I was pleasantly surprised by this. It is a great summer beer. Thanks to Jerry in Minneapolis for this.

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Photo of Skrumpy
4.27/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I have always been a fan of great pale ales, and this one is a new addition to the favorites list. Bright, golden amber color. On the hazy side. Creamy, tan head with excellent retention and thick, billowy lacing. Bread like malt, orange zest, and herbal notes make up the aroma. Slighty floral also. The flavor is extremely well balanced with citrus, pine, herbs, and malt. Very smooth. Crisp and refreshing, yet still a hops kick that lingers on the palate in just the right way. Well done!

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Photo of colts9016
4.39/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: A golden yellow hue, with fuzzy clarity. The head is one finger white, creamy, and rocky with good retention.

N: Citrus, floral, grapefruit, pine, toasted malt, caramel, yeast, and touch of tropical.

T: Citrus, floral, resin, grapefruit, toasted malt, caramel, yeast, tropical, cracker, and some grass.

M: Carbonated, medium body, with a touch of bitterness.

O: This a stellar pale ale, great flavors, a stand out.

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Photo of SSS
3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had this at the brewery, it is a clear straw color, aroma is subdued, flavours is clean and crips as a pale ale should be. I enjoyed this quite a bit after a couple of speedway stouts...

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.82/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The bottle is opened, immediately a lot of foam comes out, followed by a moderate level of carbonation in the amber colored lager. Slightly bitter in flavor. Not bad.

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Photo of stevoj
3.71/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from Union Liquors. Hazy golden body piled high with a fluffy head. light hop aroma recalls a pilsner. Taste is extra crisp, nice snap on the finish. Lingering bitterness. Could easily pass for a nice German pils.

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Photo of allengarvin
4.19/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Nice golden amber color with a moderate, dense head.
S: Aroma offers nice floral, citrus hop notes with a little malty sweetness.
T: Excellent flavor! Lots of citrus hop taste up front, and a great mix of bitterness and malt make it a great quaffing beer. The yeast is fairly neutral, so this is just a solid hop-and-malt beer, but very well-crafted. Finishes dry.
M: Plenty of body but not at all heavy.
O: Quite solid beer. And I don't just say that because I've been dieting and it's only my 4th beer in 50 days.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted in a Spiegelau IPA glass from a 1 pt 6 oz bottle on March 11, 2016. Look is hazy pale orange gold with a fluffy white head and lingering lacing. Smell is citrus rind, tart orange with bread and yeast aromas. Taste is grain, citrus, earth, herb and bread malt flavors. Feel is medium in body that starts crisp but smooths out and finishes somewhat dry.

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Photo of enrique_m
4.11/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

look: clear golden color, white head and lots of lacing.
smell: citrus and pine resin
taste: heavy on the pine resin but delicious
feel: crisp and medium body
overall delicious and refreshing

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Photo of brentk56
3.79/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber color capped modestly by the head of foam; a decent amount of stringy lacing action

Smell: Bready malt; citronella and lemon balm

Taste: Bready, up front, with the citronella flavor building; slightly herbal through the middle and somewhat dry with a lemon balm edge

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Definitely from the old school but the times they are a changin'

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a golden seethru orange body with one finger head and lace. Tropical and grapefruit aroma underlies citric hops and sweet malts (mostly caramel). Real easy drinking beer that has a great citric hoppiness and love the sweetness from malts (and hint of grapefruit sweetness); balanced pale ale that is simple yet delivers both the hops and sweetness.

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Photo of TBoneJones
4.61/5  rDev +17%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Looks terrific in the glass, crisp refreshing appearance. Smells like orange citrus and bread, inviting. This is tasty. Bitter and light with juicy citrus and pine, ends dry yet tasty. Flavorful and with some grain in there. Feels thin and creamy, and nicely carbonated. Among the best pale ales I've tried.

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Photo of illpass78
3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pint on draft at Loco Coco's in Kittery, Maine.

Appearance: A clear golden/copperish color with a short white head.

Aroma: Floral with some tropical fruit notes and pine.

Taste: Follows nose, with a bigger grapefruit presence. Some herbal character, too.

Mouthfeel: Standard APA depth.

Overall: Stands out from the many pale ales out there. Flavorful, refreshing and reasonably complex.

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Photo of delta490
3.79/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a lightly cloudy medium-gold with a creamyier white head that has good retention and leaves a large amount of tight sticky lacing. The aroma is pine and citrus with a hint of malt sweetness. The taste is close to the aroma in intensity. The body has a thicker weight to it, mostly smooth in feel with just a hint of carbonation.

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Photo of Rossaronie
4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pour was a light golden. Taste was bold, but smooth, similar to a session beer. Unfortunately it was only a 22oz bomber. Would love a 6 pack of this stuff, good AbV, great taste, and very drinkable. Would buy again, especially at 5.99.

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Photo of Onemoresolo
4.07/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Super pumped that Connecticut finally has AleSmith. Bottled on 9/10/15 and poured into a tulip.

Look: Lovely foamy white head here atop a light golden, mostly translucent body. Lots of sudsy bubbles, persistent lacing. Looks awfully appetizing.

Smell: Lemon, orange, pine, slight hints of floral, resinous hops. Not exactly jumping out of the glass, but what's here is pleasant.

Taste: Woah! This is definitely more intense than I expected. Flavors follow the nose, but with a zippy hop bitterness and a dry finish that demands additional sips. I wasn't sure what to expect going into this with all the mediocre reviews, but I have to say, I'm impressed. Just enough malt backbone to balance things out a bit, but this is definitely an intensely bitter pale ale.

Feel: Light and crisp, with medium carbonation and body. This is definitely sessionable.

Overall: My first foray into AleSmith beers and I'm quite impressed, even for a beer that doesn't get the hype that their IPA and Speedway Stout get. To me, and this might sound stupid, but this tastes like what I'd imagine a collaboration brew between Stone and Maine Beer Company would be like: Light and focused, but with a blast of piney & citrus hops. Definitely seek this one out!

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Photo of mschrei
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Store received on September 10. Poured into NvU snifter. Golden, very clear. Foamy, lasts rather well, good lacing. Slight hoppy smell, but not much else. Hops and slight bitterness on the taste. Not a lot going on, okay beer.

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Photo of seedyone
4.27/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. Looking for a low ABV pint & tried this. It is unquestionably pale & most assuredly an ale. Not sure where the Xtra comes in though. There are some hops but definitely within limits. No matter what one calls it, this is a very good brew for a hot summers day.

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Photo of Moose90
3.87/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served On-Tap

A – Pours a deep orange and amber hue, tall and bright white head sits atop and leaves behind nice lacing.

S – Smells of bright and fresh hops, sweet and rich caramel and crystal malts. Very nice.

T – Taste is initially of hops and slightly bitter tones, leads way to a well rounded and slightly sweet malt body.

M – Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, nicely balanced.

O – Nice beer here again from AleSmith, very nice balance, but this is definitely a hoppy pale.

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Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 981 ratings