AleSmith X | AleSmith Brewing Company

very good
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AleSmith XAleSmith X

Brewed by:
AleSmith Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of Emerson1310
5/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Possibly the very best tasting craft beer I ever drank!! If you like citrus flavor then this is what you want!!

A: Pale yellow in glass with tons of carbonation, bright white one finger head, and good lacing on glass.

S: Citrus and mild hops. Very refreshing aroma!

T: This is only the 2nd craft I ever tried that tastes strongly of grapefruit from first sip to last, no fading into hoppy resins!! But the grapefruit taste has something else I never tasted in a beer: Like RED grapefruit!! No bitterness, and the bright effervescence seems to clean your tongue with every sip. Finish is clean and very pleasant.

O: A wonderful beer!! Light, yet full of flavors, like those sweet red grapefruit. I'll be buying this again and again!!

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Photo of madflabby
4.97/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I love IPA and have tried several pale ales, this is my favorite pale ale and it's not even close. It's a bit lighter than most other IPA types that offer a Pale. Taste is smooth, refreshing, but not overpowering. Beer had plenty of head on it, went down smooth.

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Photo of specksnreds
4.95/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Finally I have proof that a beer need not be big to be great. Like many others I share the beer lust with, I've found that in order for me to get a satisfying beer, I needed to pour something with high abv, or a malt bomb, or hop insanity. But now I know from first hand experience that it is no longer necessary to plow through the big beer to achieve proper balance, taste, mouthfeel and nose.

Enter Ale Smith X.

A perfect golden pour with plenty of lace on the side of the glass. A fresh piny/citrusy aroma from the glass. Also a bit of apricot in the nose. First sip was the greatest of surprises. I had great expectations of this beer, and it delivered. Bright and slightly acidic on the front, Subtle malt and perfect piny hops on the palate. Finished clean and slightly bitter. Not too heavy on the tongue, but it stands up very well after repeated tastings. Not just a session beer, but an equal to the big beer we tasted along side it (Double Bastard). It's nice not to have your taste buds destroyed and over whelmed after just a few sips.

I love the bottle conditioning of this beer. Just a tad of yeast at the bottom of the bottle, just like my home brews. Ale Smith like the smaller bubbles for increased surface area on the tongue as opposed to forced carbonation. hard to demonstrate empirically, but I couldn't argue with their results.Love it.

The downside is that I can't get it in my area. I was on a trip to LA and bought the X based on a tip from a fellow home brewer. I was skeptical as I'm not a APA fan. After finishing the first bottle of X, I returned to Bevmo and bought three more. So very worth it.

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Photo of Cattlehound
4.94/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

What can I say, after a long night in a hot San Diego kitchen there is not much more life saving than an Alesmith X! An extremely drinkable bottle conditioned xtra pale ale does it all with a great combination of hops and malts, and if you get the chance to visit the brewery it's tucked away in north San Diego county, but full of great people with great beers on tap for tasting!

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Photo of funkyspunk87
4.82/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

AleSmith Extra Pale (American) Ale
AleSmith Brewing Company
Style: American Pale Ale (APA)
ABV: 5.00 %

A: Light but not as light as Yellowfish. More golden than amber.
S: Subtle, not overpowering
T/M/D: OUTSTANDING! Very smooth going down and no harsh aftertaste. I could drink this beer anytime, anyplace with any food.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.74/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22 oz bottle in a Nonic
5.25% ABV, Bottled on 07/03/13, "serve in a pint vat 45-50°"

A - Hazed every so slightly, this warm golden beer is capped by a generous and firm off white head that plateaus, falling to a clumpy pile while leaving thick collars of lace all the way down the glass.

S - X explodes with ripe fruit aromas, fragrantly boasting a hoppy bouquet of grapefruit and mango pleasantries followed by a dash of lemon pepper and pine. While hoppy, the smooth and balancing malt base is something to behold as it adds notes of biscuit and toast.

T - Bold and almost abrasive in aroma AleSmith X comes off like an IPA but the hop smack in the face pulls it's punches in flavor, balancing out with the malt even further for a delicate limbo of tropical fruity hop notes and smooth malt sweetness.

M - Exceptionally balanced, AleSmith X has a flawlessly smooth, lighter body complimented by dry and moderately bitter hopping and a crisply carbonated finish.

O - The X must be for the little something extra in this extra pale ale as its aroma comes off even stronger than some IPAs out there but it really surprises by balances out to an insanely drinkable-yet-still-hoppy, crisp beer that's truly crafted with quality at the forefront.

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Photo of russpowell
4.68/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Gushed coming outta the bottle, so poured a somewhat hazed & effervescent golden with 5+ fingers of plillowy meringue like pearl head. Crazy lacing, chunks of white head stuck all over the pint glass & equally crazy head retention that almost compensates for some haze that persists throughout

S: Grapefruit, breadyness & fruittyness

T: Grapefruit. lemons, & a bit of breadyness up front. As this warms, I pick up honey& biscuitty malts, piney & oily hops, plus some orange & grapefruit as this warms. Finishes fruitty, dry with some herbal & grapefruitty hops

MF: Medium bodied with lively, but flavor-enhancing carbonation. Great balance

Great drinkability, not a perfect blend of hops to me, but I could stay on this for a while. Near perfect APA, another winner from Alesmith!

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Photo of ressletr
4.66/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Alesmith X, everyone needs some. Absolutely, as I tasted this beer it was like tasting a sweet bread. The smell was good it smelled of light honey and fresh made bread. The look was awesome, a light yellow, with a head that laced the glass all the way down. The mouthful was good, it wasn't overpowered by hops, but had a feeling of drinking a nice glass of light honey. If I didn't no better, I would think that was nonalcoholic, no trace of alcohol is felt. It taste like a sweet malt, followed by a bread like taste. The taste awesome, this beer tasted as though I was eating fresh biscuit. If you haven't tried this beer, you definitely should, like the bottle says "Everyone needs some!"

Can some please tell me why this is not the top American Pale Ale. I just don't understand, because of all the Pale Ales that I ever tried, including Sierra Nevada this is definitely the best.

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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 ShogoKawada
4.65/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22oz bottle into chouffe tulip.

A- Nice orangey body and a sticky, snowdrift head that has some thick lacing right off the bat. A great pour.

S- Very fruity, papaya, mango, pineapple, and a hint of grapefruit.

T- Great hoppiness. Fruity, a bit more of a tangerine/grapefruit bite, slight bready malt.

M- Light, refreshing, and very tasty without being heavy. Great pale ale, this is. Nothing that I would change about this one.

D- High. Very good stuff. I am very impressed at this, this is a pale ale I would drink all the time and prob. one of the best in the style I've had. Highly recommended.

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Photo of beeritron
4.62/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

AleSmith X pours a hazy, golden ale with a big white head. Lots of tiny bubble present, rising to the top of the beer. The head has amazing retention and fades slowly; it rests at about a quarter inch as the beer is quaffed. There is alot of heavy lacing in this one. The smell hits the nose with an aggressive piney hop smell that is glorious. It lingers inside the nostrils momentarily before disappearing. I can definitely smell the freshness of this brew. A wonderful citrusy hop flavor floods the tastebuds before sliding down the throat. A moderate malty sweeteness works with the bitterness to create a solid balance. A pleasant bittersweet flavor rests on the back of the tongue creating a nice aftertaste. The bottle conditioning of this beer lends itself to a very smooth mouthfeel. Light in body, X is a beer that you just don't want to stop drinking.

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Photo of chargerfanjess
4.62/5  rDev +17.3%
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

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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 scottchesterhall
4.59/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a pitcher with nice 1/2 inch head that lasted most of the 16 oz. glass.

Smell was fanTAStic. Huge dry-hopped aroma...better than many IPAs. I'm guessing some chinook or maybe simcoe hops.

Taste was clean, great balance of malt with enough hop flavor to merit the pale ale classification.

Mouthfeel was moderate effervescence...well proportioned.

Drinkability was fantastic...tasted great from first sip to last, even when the first sip was at about 40 degrees, and the last more like 60.

This is one of the best pale ales I've had, up there with Mirror Pond. On the hoppy end of pale ale...just like the best of them.

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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 haver
4.58/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours unfiltered golden sunshine with a slight rocky head that falls quickly. Taste a creamy citrus with slight hop. The finish is a sweet/bitter with a dry tart at the end calling for another sip. My guess was that it is under 5% . I looked it up and it is 5%. This is a great extra pale ale and would be a perfect example of an american Pale ale Session Beer. I would say the creamy mouth feel and subtle sweet/tart taste make this a real stand out. Bravo

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Photo of barnzy78
4.56/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber, a tall, rocky, white head caps a hazy golden ale, tremendous head retention and leaves tons of lacing as it fades. Piny, citric hops on the forefront of the nose with biscuity malt, mango, and tropical hints, definitely smells west coast to me. Tastes include biscuity grain, grapefruit, mango, pine, excellent balance! Exceptionally smooth, perfect carbonation. Overall, I have nothing bad to say about this one - it exceeded expectations for me. A must try.

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Photo of neonbrown82
4.55/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is easily among the top 5 APA's I've tried, and I've had quite a few by now. Thanks to dogfooddog for sending it.

The beer pours to a very clear straw pale yellow color. The carbonation is unprecedented. The only beer that comes close is Duvel, but this beer has about twice as much carbonation. I actually had to skim the top of my glass with a butter knife because the foam was rapidly growing over the top. The head is massive and pillowy with an excellent retention. Lacing sticks in sheets. Just beautiful. My only complaint is that maybe it is a little bit too bubbly. I just wanted to drink the beer, but I had to contend with the rapidly growing foam. I'm glad I didn't pour it into a glass with an agitator!

The smell is beautifully hoppy. Nice fruity amarillo bouquet. Just a light sweet malt flavor behind. Mostly hops, though... glorious, yummy hops...

The flavor is very similar. A little bit of a sticky sweetness up front, but it soon follows into a healthy bitterness with bubblegummy, tangerine, grapefruity hops. Mouthwateringly delicious.

The body is light, and the carbonation is surprisingly not too sharp on the tongue. The drinkability is off the charts. I am nearly finished with the beer before I have even finished the review, and I am even contemplating drinking the other bomber!

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Photo of RootedFool
4.55/5  rDev +15.5%
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!

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Photo of MJR
4.52/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours a remarkably pale gold with perfect clarity. The color has a bit of that 'dullness' that you commonly see in Belgian wits. Above tons of little carbonation bubbles sits a fluffy, off-white head that has good retention and lacing.

Smell: The aroma is very fresh with lots of hops. Very piney and resiny, with a touch of a floral scent. A hint of apricot too...all of Alesmith's hoppy brews seem to have that in common. I'd guess that Amarillo hops were used... Sweet malt hides underneath the hops, barely noticed.

Taste: Very refreshing with the balance more towards the hops. Like in the aroma, there's suggestions of pine, apricot, and citrus...especially lemon. Has a light fruity flavor from the malt. This is a very laid-back version of a pale ale.

Mouthfeel: Overall, crisp and refreshing with a fairly thin mouthfeel. The bottle-conditioning adds a bit of a velvety feel. Light, but in a good way.

Drinkability: As high as can be. While it's much more tame than most American pale ales, this brew would be killer for converting macro drinkers to better beer. Despite that, it has more than enough character to keep a serious beer geek happy. Also, it would make a fantastic summertime pale ale, when you want something you could drink several other words, a session pale ale.

Another great beer from Alesmith!

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Photo of baiser
4.52/5  rDev +14.7%
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.

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Photo of viverlee
4.52/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Is it fair to discount any review of this beer that says it “marks the spot” without any irony or self-awareness? I think so. But let’s do talk about the packaging. Bold, largely utilitarian, but not without a sense of style or dimension. I’m not asking for a facsimile of the beer, but there it is.

STYLE: American Pale Ale

ABV: 5%

LOOK: Pours a golden carrot with a head that’s billowy at first but soon settles to a creamy half-finger. Wee bubbles march purposefully from the bottom to the top, never breaking rank, never slowing, never speeding.

NOSE: Hoppy and lemony, almost IPA. Garden fruits and vegetables, mostly sweet corn husks and strawberries.

MOUTH: Bonfire of riches. Cucumber, celery root, pine, IPA citrus. The real draw is the soft butter and hardworking oils. The butter soothes while the oil coats the mouth, literally sticking around for the next pull, and maybe calling for it. The balance and finish remind me of Victory Hop Wallop, a DIPA for DIPA drinkers. To my surprise, AleSmith has packaged that profile in this typically lighter style.

Beeradvocate Rating: 89

ratebeer Rating: 97

Hayward Abbey Rating: 93

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Photo of donniecuffs
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

At The Blind Tiger, NYC; the sign said 'Alesmith Pale Ale', but since this is the only 'pale ale' on the list, I'll assume that I was drinking X, as it certainly tasted like an American Pale Ale. Into a mug, poured a cloudy, non-carbonated golden yellow, with two fingers of bright white head, with great head retention and lacing. Smelled of lemon zest, orange peel, grains of paradise, grapefruit, and spearmint. The flavor was excellent; lemon, apple, grapefruit dissolving to a dry menthol, lemon zest, orange peel finish. Slightly on the thin side, but very smooth and aided by great head retention. I could have drunk this all night long.

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Photo of bitterthebetter
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a citrusy golden yellow with bubble with head with good lacing

lemony hops, pine, slight malt, grassy fresh hops

lemony hops, with a slight biscuity malt body, piney dry hops on the finish, spicy hop notes as well

light bodied, crisp, balanced, smooth hops with a semi dry and spicy finish. long 30 finish with piney hops dominating

a very inviting aroma lead ways to a balanced, smooth, crisp pale ale. sturdy hop flavors throughout make this a prime example of what a pale ale should be, in my book at least. This is an ale every drinker will enjoy, if you see it get two cause I already want another one.

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Photo of ArrogantB
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

X pours a golden transparent yellow into my pint glass. The smell is hoppy, citrus, a slight pine scent and it is really inviting. The taste follows the nose and exhibits all the same characteristics. Mouthfeel was good and my only complaint is that I poured slow and careful and still got massive foam. I woudl love to buy six-packs of this beer as it is really good. I usually don't like extra pale ales but I preferred this over Alesmith IPA (which is a winner itself). San Diego does come with some truly great beers. Damn you Alesmith!!!

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AleSmith X from AleSmith Brewing Company
3.94 out of 5 based on 957 ratings.
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