AleSmith X | AleSmith Brewing Company

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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Bierman9 on 02-28-2002

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Photo of Brewsmith
2.2/5  rDev -44.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

From a 22ox bottle poured into an imperial pint glass. Foamed like crazy. Golden straw with way too much head. Grainy, hoppy aroma, but something is off. A little cardboard and maybe a slight infection. I think this beer was stored badly. I have tried it before and thought it was fantastic. This is just a bad bottle.

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Photo of JDV
2.58/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Wow, to call this one of the best pales is a complete joke. Simultaneously one of the blandest and most overcarbonated beers I've ever had. Pours a cloudy orange with a huge bubbly white head. Smell is nice and of earthy and citrus smells along with some tropical fruit notes. Taste however is literally almost nonexistant. Extremely bland and the mouthfeel needs serious work. Tongue stripping carbonation, along with the fact that the beer turns to foam as it hits your tongue and froths immensely. In a blind tasting this would be thrashed. Like the bubbliest champagne you could imagine. Drinkable, but a far cry from what I expected from the Alesmith name, and there are better and cheaper pales in the local grocery store...

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Photo of jegross2
2.63/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Reviewing the AleSmith X from AleSmith Brewing Company.
Score: 64

No date information on the bottle. Received as part of my n00b BIF box last week (I wanna say January 19). Enjoyed 01/26/12 out of a Surly Darkness snifter glass.

Appearance: Pours a pale, translucent straw yellow color with a finger of soapy white head that settles into a thin coating atop the glass. Solid lacing. 3.5/5

Smell: Sweet orange citrus, some malted barley, some creamy malt and a little lemon. Hints of pepper and yeast. Smells more like a pilsner than a pale ale. 3.5/5

Taste: Taste is a lot "grainier" than the aroma, tastes a little flat and watery. Lots of malted barley on the midpalate and in the finish. Light flavors of lemon-water in the mix too. Not getting a lot of citrus. Finish is very slightly bitter. No real flavor here. 2.5/5

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, light carbonation. Very watery mouthfeel with an ever slightly bitter finish. 1/5

Overall: Probably past its prime -- breweries REALLY need to date their bottles -- and flavorless.

Recommendation: Skip this one.

Pairings: Lemon-crusted chicken.

Cost: 5.99 for a 22 oz (bomber) bottle.

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Photo of FreightTrain
2.65/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured a pale gold with a big fluffy head and active carbonation.

Nice floral, citrusy hop aroma well projected by the bubbling head.

Taste is watery and simple with no real synergy. The malt is almost non-existent and the hops aren't particularly strong or flavorful either, although they certainly dominate the middle and finish. Hop oils atop light beer is my general impression.

Body is thin and a little oily, a strange combination. Carbonation helps a little though.

I wouldn't buy this again, especially with so many other great west coast pale ales out there.

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Photo of animortician
2.8/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

First time trying something lighter by AleSmith. Got a 220z bottle.

Soon as I popped the cap I was surprised to not hear much pressure release at all. This beer was almost totally flat. Poured it pretty aggressively but it didn't inspire any head at at all. Bright Golden in color.

Smelled good, bright citrus tart IPA.

Taste was good but it was impossible to ignore the lack of carbonation. Seemed like it would have been a great IPA if it was balanced with good Carbonation. Flavor seem comparable to something like Lagunitas IPA.

Mouthfeel... How do u say flat?

Hoping this was just a bad bottle that somehow didn't get enough priming sugar added during bottling.

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Photo of Jredner
2.82/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

22 oz from

The body is a pale, clear gold and it holds a preposterous hand thick white head that rises straight out of the glass like a volcano forming a pacific islet. If this were a Belgian ale I’d be impressed, but an American Pale Ale?

The aroma is light pine and citrus, heavy dry white fruit, kind bud and a bit of sulfur funk. Not starting out great for one of my favorite breweries.

First sip, achieved through substantial effort due to the outlandish head, is bitter hops that are very piney. Dry, nice mouthfeel. Lemongrass and herbal notes. The malt component is very reserved consisting of white fruit and white bread. Finish is again bitter and dry.

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Photo of athensbeermaster
2.91/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Well so far this is a BIG let down. Nice big head,good lacing.The nose has a faint hint of that famous alesmith hop aroma. The taste is like these guys were aiming for a light beer for beer geeks?? The malt backbone is not there at all. The hops are more presence than a Amstel Light but this is a $4 alesmith? The drinkabilty is ok there is no off flavors or bad taste. Just really wimpy for a pricey Ale Smith! The ESB and IPA are some of the best beers I've tried in Cali but this one I wish I couldget a refund on!!

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Photo of ssteakley
2.92/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

This is the El Camino of Beers, the worst part of a pick up and the worst part of a car....Just does not worl against the craft beers of Oregon and Washington. I consulted Beeradvocate before AI bought it and was grossly disappointed. To each their own for sure, Enjoy.

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Photo of oglmcdgl
2.95/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A bottle split with onix1agr. Thanks bud.

A- a firm pour yields three fingers of bright white head that sticks around for a bit before settling and leaving a lot of patchy lace and a solid ring on top. Pale straw yellow in color and almost crystal clear.

S- mild honey sweetness and lightly hopped with some pale malts and the like.

T- opens up with a light bitter grapefruit hop and some soapy cilantro herbal like hits. Malts honey sweet and in nice balance.

M- a touch less then medium in body and carb with a bit of syrup to the feel.

O- not my fav from alesmith. I'm feeling the hops clash with the malts a bit or maybe this is a less then fresh bottle.

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Photo of Phillyduke
2.99/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brought a 22-oz. bomber with me on vacation last week to the Jersey Shore. Enjoyed this on the deck after a long day on the beach of doing absolutely nothing. Review is from my notes:

A: Poured into an Imperial Pint glass, leaving a good deal of sediment in the bottle. Beer is a clear vibrant golden color with a pillowy 3-finger head. Not much lacing, but excellent retention. Noticeable carbonation. I was unable to keep the sediment from creeping into my glass on the second pour, however, and ended up with some "chunkies" on the refill.

S: A very clean, though unremarkable smell, with subtle notes of pine, floral, and citrus hops if you search for them.

T: Refreshing, but a bit thin on the malt profile. A crisp hop bite dominates the taste and finishes slightly bitter, yet short and clean. Not particularly flavorful in either malt or hops.

M/D: Medium-bodied and well-carbonated. It tingles the tongue and makes this a very refreshing beer to drink several of in a sitting. It would be a great summer session brew to drink with seafood or other spicy dishes, as this would definitely stay out of the way in the background while it cleanses the palate.

Overall I was a bit disappointed for an AleSmith beer. There are certainly much better APAs for the money that have more flavor and are truer to a West Coast style. This one was just too simple and unremarkable for me to go out of my way to revisit.

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Photo of rajendra82
3/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pale yellow slightly hazy body with a foamy tall head and decent lacing. Aroma is pretty faint, and mostly consists of floral hops and citrus. Taste is quite citric with a tangy sourness to it. Bitterness of the hops is not too pronounced, but does show up more in the aftertaste. Crisp refreshing beer, but not outstanding. Thanks go to eyedrinkale for the trade.

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Photo of quirkzoo
3.03/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to ehammond for tossing this one in.

Pours a nice golden orange color with 2 fingers of fluffy white head that recedes slowly to decent cap of foam. The smell is piney hops up front with a grainey malt backbone. The taste is more of the same with the hops presenting themselves with a spicy bitterness. It really pushes the boundary of what I would call a pale ale. The graininess and spicy hops really put it more into an old world style, almost like an APA & Pils hybrid. The mouthfeel was a bit watery. Overall, I think I came in expecting more American attributes so this brew threw me for a loop a little bit. With that said, although it was unremarkable, it was very pleasant and good for sipping on while I grade some papers.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.05/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

22 oz bottle, no date.

appears slightly hazy golden straw color, but still clear enough to see though. bone white head, good lacing. some yeast sediment to make it clear it's bottle conditioned like the label states.

aroma is high on citrus, lemon rind. taste doesn't have much malt either, all hops. fairly easy to drink. higher carbonation, thin to medium body. appropriate for style.

overall -it's decent, but I'd like some more malt for a Pale Ale.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.06/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Im assuming this is fresh since it just hit Philly for the 1st time, if it's not, that's not my problem, except I paid for it.

Alesmith X pours in the pint glass like the IPA with a hand length of ivory white foam that's fluffy like a rabbit tail. The liquid is pale yellow in color and somewhat hazy. Semi stick.

Smell is of the pale category, I do get a whiff of grass and I was not expecting it coming from smith. Grassy hops with a hit of pineapple and mango. A big burst of biscuit from the pale malts. It is what it is.

Taste is pale, pale malts, pale malts and than just a bit of hops. Come to think of it after more sips, this is pretty hoppy but not that West Coast that Im used to. The hops come off kinda european like with some citrus backing. A mix of grass, faded grapefruit rind and mango.

Feel is right on point for a five percenter. The body is light and refreshing but the grassy aftertaste is kinda blech. Carbonation is there, seen and felt without biting the tounge.

This is a pale ale but Im not to impressed with this one. I drank it kinda quick just to be done with it.

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Photo of jcalabre
3.1/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I originally sampled this on 26 February 2003. I am writing this review from my notes. This is a very light colored, light bodied beer. It's nice, but nothing spectacular. I'd drink it on a hot day, but wouldn't go out of my way to find it. If you're going to try Alesmith's brews, there are several other superior examples

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Photo of Boilermaker88
3.11/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer ambushed me from the start. I nearly dumped some when I poured it as a gigantic fluffy white head ballooned up to well over an inch above the rim. Fortunately no beer was lost. The beer was a light gold color with a large amount of bubbles rising to support that monster head. Nice lace, too.
The smell was fruity - faint of apple, apricots, etc - and had a citrus aroma. Also lurking about was an unpleasant sharp, almost sour smell.
Taste was of short-lived fruitiness before being overrun by a piney, grapefruit citrus hops flavor. Left a bitter aftertaste that hung around too long.
Feel was light to medium-bodied, crisp, and dry.
A strange beer. Looked something like a hefe initially but one sniff convinced me otherwise. I'm not a big fan of grapefruit or pine tastes in beers so I'm not going to be seeking this one out again soon.

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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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Photo of RedDiamond
3.16/5  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.

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Photo of Retsinis
3.17/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had this on tap at Instant replay, review from notes.

A: Served in a standard pint glass, the beer pours a clear straw yellow color with slight golden hue. The white head rose about a good inch in a half, but quickly settled, leaving minimal lacing.

S: Scents of hops, a bit of lemon zest, grass, some mild wheat and malt in the background too.

T: Initial flavor impression is a crisp, medium bitter bite, followed by a mild wheat malt backbone. Some citrus, light herbs and hops, but overall just simple and refreshing.

M: Medium body, crisp, with medium to high carbonation.

O: Session beer for me. Decent flavor, not to high in alcohol, refreshing, and goes down very easy, and fast on a hot day. However, being an American pale ale, it is light in flavors too, and not something, personally, that I would seek out per se when craving an Alesmith beer, as so much of their other offerings offer a lot more complexity as well as flavor in my opinion. Prefer Speedway stout, or Nautical Nut brown when given their options. As for the this beer in style, good, but only above average for me.

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Photo of Floydster
3.17/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle from Cooke's in El Segundo

Pour was a golden yellow with a fairly thick white head that stuck around for a while

Smell was purely hops to along with the taste that had a little bitterness to go along with it

Could drink a lot more than one bottle of this, shared this with a friend and could have used a lot more at the time

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Photo of bigfnjoe
3.19/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bomber into a Dogfish snifter

A- pours a pale shade of orange with a two finger white head. The beer is a little cloudy, not overly clear...but man, that head is impressive

S- I smell cat piss. Hello, simcoe. It actually really isn't overly pleasant...

T- mild citrus hops....overall, rather weak. Drinks like a pale ale, that's for sure

M- medium bodied, on the thin side

O- for a pale ale, this is disappointing because of the price point and the lack of a bottle date. Could be a week old, could be four months old for all I know. Sigh.

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Photo of hopdog
3.2/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Rated from a 22oz bottle.

Poured a light and hazy golden yellow color with an averaged sized white head. Aromas of grassiness, earthy and kinda of on the skunky side. Tastes of the same grassiness, earthiness, light citrus and some caramel. Fizzy body.

Notes from 12/7/04

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Photo of BMoney575
3.2/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Sampled on 10-2-10

Pours a very clear and light golden yellow color, with a fizzy white head that quickly settles. Lacing in very thin, almost non-existent.

Smell is light, fruity, and hoppy, but not particularly strong. Still, balanced and enjoyable, with easy citrus aromas.

Taste is surprisingly bland, very light, wit almost no hop kick whatsoever. Light malt, a little bitterness, and that's it.

Mouthfeel is decent, very light to go with the light flavors.

Drinkability is decent, just not enough flavor to go back to.

Overall, a well made beer, just needs a bit more.

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Photo of dnrobert24
3.23/5  rDev -18%
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.

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Photo of tempest
3.26/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a bomber at BevMo in on Santa Monica for about $4. I really wanted to like this beer, but it honestly smells like cat pee with piney citrus. It's been years since I've smelled hops like this, but that aroma is unmistakable. Otherwise, this would be a fine session beer and that comes off like a hoppier, more citrusy version of Summit Extra Pale Ale. The flavor has a good punch of grapefruit up front and then a spicy pine finish. I imagine this beer doesn't always smell so bad. I guess I'll have to try it again in the future.

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