AleSmith X | AleSmith Brewing Company

BA SCORE
88
very good
961 Ratings
AleSmith XAleSmith X
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
AleSmith Brewing Company
California, United States
alesmith.com

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
Ratings:
961
Reviews:
389
Avg:
3.94
pDev:
10.41%
 
 
Wants:
65
Gots:
105
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 961 |  Reviews: 389
Photo of Sammy
3.82/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very soft mouthfeel, an old style pale ale, great with lunch as sessionable. Understated bitterness and fruity drop of yeast and citrus lemon. Herbal. Dry finish and bitter aftertaste. Moderate hop aroma. Pale grapefruit colour with cream head, lace.

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Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of GRG1313
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a honey yellow with a rich, pillowy and thick head; lovely looking.

Nose is elegant and full of perfume. Asserts a rich lemon mouse with almost a hint of sweetness and a brighness in the nose you don't see/get in most beer. Nose is wonderful.

Mouthfeel is actually light and elegant but there is a rich, "quality" character to this beer. Seems light and simple at first blush but it is very appealing. You just want to keep coming back for more it's so drinkable.

Flavors of light fresh lemon, sweet grapefruit and a pleasant pine/pine resin. An all around appealing drink. Perhaps a "universally appealing" type of beer.

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Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy light orange with a 1 inch foamy white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus fruit, citrus zest, and some malt aromas. Taste is of citrus zest and some herbal hop flavors up front with a slight malt finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is refreshing and easy to drink.

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Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev +1.5%

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

a classic extra pale, style defining for me really. looks like a pilsener, pale straw colored and showing an inch of reasonably well lasting white head. great hop nose, way more than just a pale ale here, the light light malt lets the hops do the walking and talking, and the citrusy high alpha varietals selected here really work well. a touch of woodsy pine to them as well in the taste, but this is a lighter beer far closer to the fruity end of the spectrum. malt gives just enough body and balance, a little sweetness, and a great feel thats tailor made for all day drinking. light feel but enough body to this for it to still satiate my need for a beer. clean finish, i could drink this all day and not get full, drunk, or bored. a real gem in that regard. up to the high standard alesmith has set with its full line up, and ultimate in sessionability. great year round drink for the hop lover.

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Photo of kjkinsey
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of t0rin0
3.72/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured this from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass. First thing I noticed was the large amount of CO2. The color was a light golden that was pretty clear and had lots of head on top. The beer had lots of bubbles coming out of solution. The color was pretty light even for a pale ale.

The smell was mostly of hops and a little of malt. Its a very simple pale ale with a little extra hops in it so there isnt much to describe here other than there were some citrusy hop aromas coming out of the glass. Kinda refreshing.

The flavor was along the same lines. The hop flavor was fairly strong for an american pale ale. It was mostly citrus but there was a little piney quality to it as well. The malt was simple and sweet. The balance between hops and malt here was closer to that of an IPA but it was nice.

The body was of light/medium thickness but the carbonation wouldn't let you know that until the beer starts to lose some of its CO2. Overall its a good and drinkable beer.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.62/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This pours out as a yellowish golden color. The head is a little fizzy. Leaves a bit of lacing. The smell is a little citrusy and some what hoppy. The taste is a bit citrusy too there is a slight medicinal taste too in the aftertaste. The mothfeel is nicely carbonated and pretty smooth. The overall feeling I have of this is that I would love this beer if the medicine taste wasn't in there. However it's still a pretty good brew.

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Photo of nmann08
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of metter98
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is slightly hazy straw yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high white head that has excellent retention properties and consistently left a thin head covering the surface along with thick rings of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of citrusy hops in the nose—particularly a mélange of grapefruit, lemon and orange.
T: Like the smell, the taste has pleasant flavors of citrusy hops along with a very slight amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light-bodied and slightly crisp on the palate and with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is a great choice if you are looking for something that's easy to drink, light-bodied and still very flavorful. It is quite sessionable.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I hearby declare that the classic American Pale Ale is dead! There's no room for balance in hoppy American Ales because they are trending drier and hoppier, like IPA- except for the more moderate alcohol content. And you know what? The better ones should!

This "X" factor of an ale kicks off with a bright light honey-amber hue with the faintest of haze. Its zesty carbonation streams to the top and fuels a cottony, airy head to cap the beer session-wide and trailing with concentric lacing at each drink.

The hoppy ale is bursting with citrus, tropical and botanical aromas. Where the malt is downplayed, its hop character elevates with vibrant red grapefruit, tangerine, light pineapple, mango and apricot. A nod toward chives, "catty" and cannabis rounds out the ales pungent yet citrusy scent.

As its early but terse sweetness greets the tongue, the malts take on light honey-dipped and graham cracker flavors. These will only serve to make the hoppy fruit notes seem riper, fresher and juicier once they rise in the middle palate. But high fruit flavor is proportioned much like grapefruit juice and "Hawaiian Punch" except where sweetness is expected in the juices, a dryness ushers in a bitter and crisp finish. Slightly piney, but also herbal, grassy and pungent- its earthen character arises and reminds us of the close relationship between the hop plant and the cannabis plant.

As well done American ales should, the beer's heightened carbonation highlights its dry malt taste early as well as keeping things both creamy and zesty in order to propel its vibrant hop character. As those bubbles pop, they leave behind the hop resins and moderate alcohol to dry the beer, cripen its texture and leave a clean, fleeting finish behind with echoes of citrus.

As our taste for hops is insatiable, the more balanced Pale Ale is being foregone for these newer hop-forward ales where hop flavor and aroma are showcased but its bitterness is as moderate as its body and alcohol content. The landscape of Pale Ale is changing- and for the better. Thanks for leading the way AleSmith!

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Photo of SocalKicks
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of kojevergas
3.77/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a N'Ice Chouffe beer flute in low altitude Los Angeles, California, in me gaff. Reviewed live. Expectations are very high given the brewery and me past experience with it.

A: Pours a one finger head of light cream, fair thickness, and pretty good retention. Colour is a clear yellow. Generally appealing (and what's expected) for the style. Nothing unique here, but there's nothing wrong with that.

Sm: Hoppy and fresh, making me excited to try it. It's a balanced floral type of aroma. Very pleasant and inviting. A moderate strength aroma.

T: Very pleasant. Nicely hoppy, but still really well balanced. Fresh and well built. I'm quite impressed by the balance, but the biggest drawback is the beer's simplicity. I suppose it's complex enough for a pale ale, and refreshing. I like the flavour. Well executed. No alcohol comes through at all (not that it should at 5.00%).

Mf: Smooth and wet, suiting the flavour nicely. Not too thick or too thin. Enjoyable and apt. Not at all watery.

Dr: Incredibly drinkable; even my non-beer-drinking housemate from South Africa digs this one. It's a really pleasantly built pale ale that doesn't try to do more than it needs to. Another good brew from Alesmith, who continues to impress me.

***

12/22/15:

2nd impressions at a tasting.

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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 oline73
3/5  rDev -23.9%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.35/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a light yellow color ale with a medium bubbly white head with average retention. Aroma of hops if mostly floral with small touch of ester, which was slightly displeasing. Taste is quite refreshing with a strong hops presence. Lighter body then expected but I didn’t mind because APA is a style that doesn’t necessarily gain from full body.

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Photo of largadeer
4.28/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've had bottles of this several times in the past and always considered it a solid pale ale, but after trying it fresh from tap at the Alesmith brewery my opinion of it completely changed. It's bready, toasty, malt-heavy, crisp and remarkably delicious and drinkable. The hops are citric, fruity and mellow, providing a lot of aroma and a touch of bitterness. Less dry than the bottled variety, the malt is prominent and perfectly balanced with the hops, and the texture is creamy without being thick. If I lived anywhere near Alesmith, I'd be getting growlers of this regularly.

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Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of dmorgan310
4/5  rDev +1.5%

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3.94 out of 5 based on 961 ratings.
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