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

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Added by Bierman9 on 02-28-2002

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.



2nd impressions at a tasting.

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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 Thorpe429
3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of daysinthewake. Served in a Mikasa tulip on International IPA Day 2011.

Pours a slightly-hazed light apricot color with a good white head and some light spotty lacing on the edges of the glass. The nose brings some light citrus and a touch of light grain. Pretty good, but nothing too over the top. The flavor puts of mild citrus in terms of hop flavor, though not too much bitterness. Light body with good carbonation and a slightly-dry finish. Pretty good, but not as good as the rest of AleSmith's offerings.

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Photo of superspak
4.16/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into pint glass, no bottle dating but this should be pretty fresh. Pours lightly hazy golden amber color with a nice 2 finger dense off white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts the whole glass. Nice thick spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of orange zest, lemon zest, herbal, floral, caramel, biscuit, nuttiness, grass, and light pine. Very nice and well balanced aromas with good strength and complexity. Taste of orange zest, lemon, herbal, floral, biscuit, nuttiness, caramel, light pine, and grass. Fair amount of bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus zest, herbal, floral, biscuit, pine, and grass on the finish for a bit. Great balance of flavors with good complexity. Very smooth bitterness/sweetness balance as well, with no cloying flavors after the finish at all. Medium carbonation and body; with a lightly creamy and crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an absolutely excellent pale ale! Very nicely balanced with good complexity; extremely smooth and crisp to drink. Highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of jlindros
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pasty white fizzy 1 finger head that fades semi slowly with nice lacing, over a clear slightly chill hazed golden yellow colored beer.

Nose fresh but not overpowering hops, some tropical fruit, hints of grapefruit, pineapple, tangerine, guava, juicy, hints of musty resin, hint of citrus, not real malt, and the hops add great aromas but are overall fairly light.

Taste continues where the nose left off, but get a bit more resinous, fresh hop flavors, light citrus and resin, tropical fruit, very juicy tropical fruit with some grapefruit, pineapple, guava, plenty of tangerine and light clementine, nice juicy fruit hop flavor. Malts are very light, just enough to deliver the hop profile, and maybe a hint of wheat. Reminds me of Stone Levitation and a bit of gumballhead. Finish is slightly bitter but barely, nice tropical fruit hop flavors linger for a while, with a semi dry finish. Extremely drinkable.

Mouth is slightly lighter bodied, decent carb.

Overall very nice, very drinkable, juicy fruits, great tropical hop flavors, not too bitter, not overpowering in any aspect, and mostly clean finish.

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

Its slightly hazy yellow-gold body is topped by a creamy, bright-white head that holds quite well and leaves walls of lace that in time reduce to still-attractive rings of spider-web lace. The nose is brighlty citrusy and floral with a subtle touch of pine over a delicately sweet and bready malt. It's medium body and very fine natural carbonation leave it crisp on the tongue before warming to become more creamy and smooth across the palate. The flavor follows the nose, and it's very well-balanced with a firm bitterness that allows malt as the dominant characteristic; accented by its floral and citrusy hops. Each sip finishes with an increasing dryness although it's short but sweet note of bready malt remains at the start. Quite enjoyable.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear gold (lots of suspended oils and yeasties are visible though) with 1 1/2 fingers of tight brite-white head. Thin yet foamy look, hangs tough, leaving rich rings of lacing back. The aroma is fresh with floral hops and the tang of bready pale malts and citrus. This was fresh smelling and pleasant but overall not very deep.

The taste is zesty feeling citric character, mingling with lightly toasted malts, and a moderate amount of firm bitterness. The hops are surprisingly aggressive in the backend, completely drying out the finish. The mouthfeel is lighter-medium bodied, with a pricklier feel that spreads out nicely in the mouth. Maybe just a bit too much of a firmness here?

Decent take on an Pale Ale, with the "American" hop portion being extremely evident in the aroma and taste. This could have added a bit more depth to the nose and smoothed out the body a bit but othewise, this was solid.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.39/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Acquired via trade from t0rin0, so a big "Thank you" goes out to him. Poured from a 22oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is full of floral hops and fruity citrus with some caramelized malts in the back ground.

T: The taste is very well-balanced with flavors of citrus sweetness and floral hops bitterness up front. The malt character is on the thin side for the style but it works well for this beer. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly hoppy.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, decent kick, very good representation of style, this is a very good beer to drink for a long time when you want something hoppy but mild in strength.

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Photo of mactrail
3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Crisp, pleasant light bitter beer.

Nice bright golden color in the pint glass. Some head but plenty of carbonation in the mouth. Rather sprightly. Light body but crisp and easy to drink. Hop flavor is perky but not overdone. Flowery and resiny flavors. Bitter aftertaste but mellows out.

A pleasant quaff with food courtesy of the La Jolla Brewhouse.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Luminous gold with a hint of orange and a plethora of superfine yeast so small they almost escape notice. The high-quality head of alabaster foam is stiff, rocky, bubbly and oozing with character. At present, it looks like a melted thimble since the center of the head is falling much slower than the edges. Beautiful, meandering strands of lace stick to every square inch of available glass.

The aroma isn't as hoppy as I had hoped it would be. I know that X is nowhere near the hop monsters that AleSmith IPA and YuleSmith are, but I still wanted a more assertive nose than I've been given. There's a good mix of pale malt and hops that are at least as musky as they are citrusy.

The label reads 'Extra Pale Ale'. I wonder if the 'Extra' has any significance. I say that because, again, while this is obviously a well-crafted beer, it settles for less than full-bore, even keeping style in mind. That won't be a negative for everyone, I just want to make sure I document where it fits in the overall scheme of West Coast pale ales.

It's hard to say which is more prominent, the lightly toasted, biscuity pale malt or the gently bitter, citrus zesty hops. Let's call it a draw. You want balanced? You got it. Hop bitterness takes center stage late in the mouthful, only because it hangs around the longest. A more resiny hoppiness would be nice.

Each pour is further evidence, as if any were needed, that quality breweries brew beer that looks great in the glass. I like the appearance more now than I did initially, and I liked it just fine then. The mouthfeel is lightly silky and caressingly soft. I'm also enjoying the understated amount of carbonation.

Despite all my bitchin' and moanin', AleSmith X is a first class APA. I'm just pissed that the brewers didn't consult me about what *I* would prefer. This beer and Stone Pale Ale are terrific bookends to the easy drinking, West Coast pale ale style and are even more reason for me to be jealous of the Southern California BAs who can drink them whenever they feel like it.

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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 billab914
4.07/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Dogfish shaped pint glass. Pours a yellowish gold color with nice bug fluffy white head. good head retention and lacing.

Very good aroma, hops are very present in the smell. Lots of citrus. Hops are as pronounced in the smell as a lot of IPA's, and since I like hops that is a good thing.

Very good taste, again the hops are very present and there is a lot of citrus flavors up front with some sweet malt flavors detectable as well. Nice bitter finish.

Feels slightly above average in carbonation but it works well for this beer. Drinkability is also good.

The girlfriend, who I split this bottle with just yelled to me "Wow this is a good beer" so it apparently passes her approval as well. Another very enjoyable beer from Alesmith.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ok now this was a good Pale Ale. Perhaps my favorite style, whether I choose to admit it or not, I was thrilled when I saw this come in a package

Poured a nice very hazy golden amber with about two inches of white head on top. A nice slow fade gave way to copious side glass lace and a nice film across the top. You could tell it was nice due to ample carbonation consistently replenishing it. Great fresh aroma, with lots of floral hops and a good bit of grain in the back. The taste followed through pretty much the same. Great floral hop flavor hit you right away, but it was very light and refreshing, nothing overbearing about it at all. Nice underlying grain base had a touch of sweetness to it which gave it some good depth. Smooth, crisp finish with a nice lingering bitterness. Great light bodied feel and amble carbonation made it very light and refreshing and kept you wanting to come back for more. This was easily a session ale with no issues.

Overall I was very impressed here. This was an awesome pale that was more the adequately hopped and really had a great profile. I would love to have this on tap in my house, it would really be something that would go well for a large gathering of friends or during a game. Highly recommended here.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I received this in trade from MASPuros -poured from the bomber chilled into a willybecker.

The APA pours a clear golden with thick rocky cap, lots of visible carbonation til the yeast is added, the bead is fine and the lace sticks like webbing. The retention is very good. The smell is fresh and fragrant with both floral and citrus hop aromas with mild tinge of grass and slight toasted notes with slight tropical fruit odors. The feel is both lively and slightly bitter with high carbonation and mild astringency with a subtle sweetness but the finish is semi-dry and no alcohol is felt in the body which seems somewhere in the medium range.

The flavor is full of hops with a sweet tang and mild bitter and lemony accent. The slight yeast adds to the mild sweet flavors with some herbal hop astringency and gentle grassiness giving an almost minty and clean finish with some vegetal tones as well. The taste comes off more citurs than anything, but has a hint of mango and is pretty mild with malt sweetness. The X-tra pale was incredibly easy to quaff - I enjoyed this immensely. It is packed with fresh hoppiness and is almost quenching at the same time like a citrus cooler it is a great example of the style even if it is lacking a little in the malt body, but a good pale in a bomber!

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Photo of smcolw
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Rocky, near white head. Leaves some loose (slightly slippery) ring lace on the glass. Golden color and nearly clear.

Floral and grapefruit rind hop smell. Very fresh and raw.

Better malt presence in the taste. Excellent spicy hop bite. A touch of smoke. Long lasting, bitter aftertaste. The body is accurate for the style. Well-balanced and very easy to drink.

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