X | AleSmith Brewing Company

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AleSmith Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by Bierman9 on 02-28-2002

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5/5  rDev +27.2%
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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4.97/5  rDev +26.5%
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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4.95/5  rDev +26%
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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4.94/5  rDev +25.7%
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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4.82/5  rDev +22.6%
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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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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4.68/5  rDev +19.1%
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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4.66/5  rDev +18.6%
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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4.65/5  rDev +18.3%

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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Beer rating: 3.93 out of 5 with 976 ratings