AleSmith X | AleSmith Brewing Company

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AleSmith XAleSmith X
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
AleSmith Brewing Company
California, United States | website

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Bierman9 on 02-28-2002

BEER STATS
Reviews:
387
Ratings:
949
Avg:
3.94
pDev:
16.24%
 
 
Wants:
66
Gots:
102
For Trade:
1
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Reviews: 387 | Ratings: 949
Reviews by stakem:
Photo of stakem
3.12/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to BdubleEdubleRUN for this generous extra in a recent trade.

From a bomber with no freshness dating into a SA sensory glass, this brew pours initially with only an inch of liquid in the bottom of the glass and 6+ fingers of mountainous fluff composed of very large bubbles. Even carefully pouring down the edge of the glass didn't help tame this brew which is comical because the writing on the back of the bottle instructs you to do a careful pour in order to leave the sediment on the bottom of the bottle. Well, unfortunately simply popping the cap off made the carbonation surge to the surface and that disrupted the yeast more so than a careless pour. After 5 attempts of letting the head die down and re-pour do I finally have more than 10 ounces of brew in my glass. It appears a golden yellow color that for the most part is clear except for some particulate floating through the body. A constant stream of bubbles rises to the surface endlessly creating support for the already excessive head. The cap of foam is tireless, it maintains more than a finger of refreshed head that is composed of large bubbles. There are pillows of thick lace coating the glass, its unlike almost anything i've ever seen before.

The aroma of this brew is fairly bold with hop characteristics smelling grassy with light citrus and some sulfur across the middle. As the brew warms, it picks up a bit of a fruit aspect somewhat reminiscent of pear with a mellow cereal grain sweetness to the back. There is a persistent green yeastiness about this brew that seems a bit out of place but it isn't dominating so it is tolerable for the most part.

The taste of this brew is grassy and bitter with herbal hops that are not nearly as bold as the aroma led me to believe I was in for. However, the bitterness is mellow and enjoyable leaving the window open to taste not only the hop inclusion but also the mild cereal-like grain character through the back. It finishes crisp with a tingling warmth that seems a bit exaggerated for only 5%. As the brew warms, there is a light fruit flavor almost like pear skins coupled with some green yeastiness.

This is a medium to light bodied brew that is excessively carbonated. It took some effort and a number of swirls to try and tame this brew to be able to enjoy it. Even after constant swirling, the bubbles continuously stream off the etching on the bottom of the glass. The alcohol is quite bold for 5%, it is not hidden at all. Overall it is not that bad of an offering, I enjoyed the opportunity to give this brew a try but I would be hesitant on trying this brew again.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
4.16/5  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.

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Photo of tectactoe
3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

Photo of GameOfBeers
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SBarbeerian
4.58/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pale cloudy yellow, good carbonation. This beer starts out just looking good. Mildly malty & fruity nose: bit of citrus (grapefruit). Taste: crisp somewhat dry maltyness & fruity notes; I get grapefruit. Some mild hops. What a beer: looks good, smells good, and tastes really good. So tasty, and nice body!
Excellent stuff!!

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Photo of freshflesh
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of SamuraiJack
4.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Alesmith is rapidly becoming one of my more respected breweries. This beer is an excellent example of why that is the case. It's in many ways the anti-Stone (the more well known micro from San Diego). It's subtle, it's balanced, it's mature. It's different - but in a way that doesn't scream "look at me - I'm extreme dude!!!"

Anyway - the first pour shows an incredibly carbonated beer of a nice orange tinted gold. There is a haze, but it's not that significant. Floaters exist - but not to a distracting degree. The head is huge and fluffy, but oddly uneven in bubble size. Seems almost like a lager head in some ways.

Aromas are of citric hoppy bitterness and some light yeasty, funky, baking break with butter notes.

Initial taste is of a nice, refreshing crispness - but without the bitterness one bight expect from a west coast pale ale. It's very smooth and soft on the palette. Strong citrus notes tie into an earthy malt interplaying with the sharpness of the hops. Through it all is the unexpected yeast -- sort of a "Belgian IPA" in some ways. In the finish the malt gives way at last to the yeast and a sort of flowery herbal flavour rides onto the hops bandwagon to leave you with a nice, clean and crisp aftertaste.

It's a west coast Ale. It's hoppy. But it's not over-hopped. It's balanced, it's interesting. A tasty beer and a model others should emulate.

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Photo of VernonKell
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of megamass
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of Jason
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 22oz brown bomber, white silk screened label with no freshness date.

Appearance: Effervescent carbonation with a light haze from both the chill and some from the yeast, fluffy white head holds strong on top of the pale golden orange colour.

Smell: Citrusy of a tart orange and bit of rind, light bready and yeasty aromas … clean to the nose.

Taste: Big crispness, smoothness lays in strong also after the medium high carbonation. Medium body with a mounting dryness. Quick flash of grainy pale malt before the hops set in, bitterness is lightly sharp with a rounded pungent citric flavour. Clean in the mouth with waves of citric flavours from the hops and a straight lines pale graininess that is, again, clean. Down deep is a hop flavour that borders on the earthy with herbal undertones. The back end is crisp and dry though not bone dry, hops lay in with a long lasting herbal flavour with citric flavours.

Notes: Poster boy for the American Pale Ale style, rich without being too complex and drinkable to the point of being a beer to have in the fridge year round. The hop fix is there for the hopheads but not too hoppy to the point excessive.

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Photo of Billolick
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber purchased at Peekskill, NY Bev, comes w/o freshness info.

Pour is hazed dull tangarine. Off white head, tiny bubble head and fine strands of lacing.

Moderate citrus nose, leads to a well hopped and highly enjoyable IPA. Some cookie and more citrus, with grapefruit leading the way.

Nicely done in an understated (for San Diego) kinda way. Quality IPA. Well worth a try

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Photo of tigg924
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass

Appearance: 1/3 inch head, gold in color, clear, high carbonation

Smell: citrus, pineapple, and pine

Taste: citrus and sugar start with floral hops at the end. As this beer warms there is a biscuity nuttiness in the middle

Mouthfeel: high carbonation, medium-light bodied, sweet start with a sharp bitter end

Overall: A nice and clean hoppy sipper. For the style, this one is up there with the best. It is bitter but not overly so. Not the first Alesmith beer I would reach for but certainly a very good one.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.32/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a straw-yellow color with a white head. The aroma is very fruity. I get some papaya, mango and pineapple as well as some bready malt.

The flavor is heavy on the tropical fruit. It is a mix of fruit components, with the papaya and mangoes standing out. There is a ton of hop flavor, but the hop bitterness is low.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

A great pale ale and a ton of flavor in a lower ABV package. We need more beers like this one.

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Photo of olradetbalder
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bomber picked up at Premier Gourmet in Buffalo. I was about to drink this, then got horrifically sick for two weeks, so this is my welcome back.

Poured into a nonic. Surprisingly bright golden brew, big fluffy head with excellent retention, and loads of sticky lace. Effervescent.

Nose is citrus hops, nice lemon, apricot and mango, with bready malt notes and a bit of pepper. Liking it so far.

Highly drinkable pale ale, light and crisp with the lemon and pepper, with the hops playing second fiddle somewhat. Might be a bid past its prime (with no freshness date, there's no way of knowing), but still some tasty stuff here.

Effervescent, vigorous carbonation, medium bodied.

An enjoyable pale ale, worth a go.

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Photo of GarrettB714
5/5  rDev +26.9%

Photo of SkinnyElvis
4.32/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at a BevMo while on my beercation for about $3.50 a bomber. The head settled down quickly. Big smell of pine & citrus hops. Tastes like a WC hoppy IPA, not a pale ale, with its hop profile. Not balanced in anyway but great for a hophead. Mouthfeel is smooth and it is drinkable. ABV is low which leaves room for more. Stifler, if you like hops, this is a pale ale for you.

Cheers.

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Photo of Altenor
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of magictrokini
3.72/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This may be the one of the best pale ales out there. Pour is copper with some brewer's yeast and a strong white head. Aroma is citrus with grain and pine. Taste is impeccable. Slight hops with citrus balanced against the malt. Not the astringent bite of Sierra Nevada, but a lingering finish. Very refreshing.

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Photo of dankjohn
3.25/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of virinow
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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

Rich golden color with excellent clarity. A quarter inch of eggshell white head with Brussels lacing. Nice piney hop aroma intertwines well with a light club cracker malt note. The taste is initially hop forward with the pine and some citrus flavor but it gradually turns into the light malt biscuity flavor. The mouth is light,crisp with a gentle grittiness to the texture.

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Photo of pat61
4.65/5  rDev +18%

Pale malty nose and light fruit over earthy hops with some grain and malt and hop spice.
Fairly bright gold with a 2" lightly gold tinted foam cap with a very fine bead.
A medium light malt backbone supported by light fruit supports earthy and spicy hop flavors that give way to a moderate hop bitterness and lead to a drying finish with a light tartness and astringency.
A delightful very creamy medium light body and slightly above average carbonation makes for a very satisfying and refreshing beer.

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Photo of bpfrush
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of MattyG85
4.34/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a tall Summit EPA glass. Bottled on 07/03/13.

Appearance: Pours a bright and clear yellowish golden orange with a moderate amount of rising bubbles. Solid three fingers of off white head which slowly recede into a patchy and creamy layer. Leaves a lot of clingy lacing.

Smell: A fresh and juicy citrus hop forward aroma with some pine and bready malt. Citrus hops upfront with fruit hints of orange, pineapple, mango, grapefruit, apricot, tangerine, and lemon zest. Earthy hops with hints of spicey pine and grass. Solid backing of sweet bready malt with hints of biscuit, grains, cracker, yeast, and caramel. Leans towards the hops but still well balanced. Very solid aroma.

Taste: Like the nose indicates, a juicy hop forward taste with big citrus notes and some pine and sweet malt. Fresh and nicely bitter hops upfront with citrus fruit notes of orange, pineapple, tangerine, grapefruit, mango, apricot, and zesty lemon. Spicy pine resin notes along with some floral and earthy notes including grass. Balancing sweet bready malt presence with notes of biscuit, grains, caramel, crackers, and yeast. Bitter, juicy, and nicely balanced. A very solid West Coast style Pale Ale taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Juicy, crisp, and somewhat oily. Pretty smooth. Very drying.

Overall: A very good American Pale Ale. Almost like an IPA with the big hop presence but enough sweet malt balance to smooth it out.

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AleSmith X from AleSmith Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 387 ratings.
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