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 TheGenesisOfElegance
4.39/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Rich golden and clear. Thick head but dissipates quickly. No lacing.

Smell: Hops, citrus, spices, mild yeast notes.

Taste: Light in hops but plenty of spices, citrus, malt and sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, moderate carbonation, full body.

Overall: Excellent.

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Photo of slackattack
3.3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours clear-ish gold with pure white creamy head of about 2 fingers that slowly dissipates and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is tropical fruit, pine, and something spicy that I'm not sure of. Taste is not fruity at all, bitter, spice in the nose turns out to be oniony kind of thing that finally gets piney for a split second, then sweetens up with some malt at the end. Has a lingering bitterness that is enjoyable. Mouthfeel is just ok. Overall, being my first Alesmith beer, I'm a little disappointed.

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Photo of hopsputin
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

a: hazy golden yellow with some darker orange notes rising up the sides of the glass. 2 finger marshmallow white head.

s: cascade & columbus hops. pineapple, sweet lemons, light toffee, juicy mango, huge amounts of freshly baked dough

t: taste is much different than the aroma. the hops i'm tasting, which hit you first, are oniony & garlic. dank 'cat piss' like flavors. those fade to some bitter grapefruit, piney bark, and fresh citrus. ends bready & bitter

m: medium with just enough carbonation to pop those amarillo-like flavors

o: don't love it. the flavors taste a bit all over the place in here....something just isn't working with another one of the flavors. i think when you have the garlic-like hop flavors you need to balance it out with something sweet. however here your just hit with bitterness. not enough balance. i will say it is probably a good beer to pair with a salad or sharp cheese

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Photo of KornWallace
3.64/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Date: 3/20/1
Location: The Craftsman
Draught/Bottle: Draught
Glassware: Cigar City Pint
Appearance: Very blonde with a small head. The beer laces very nicely.
Aromatics: A very nice fruit smell. Lots of piney hops.
Flavor: To be honest, I was a little taken back by how piney it was. Wasn't expecting it from an APA. The mouthfeel was smooth.
Finish: The hops stayed on for the finish.

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Photo of WheelsPSU
4.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at Uncle Barry's. 13 ounce pour for $4. I love you happy hour.

Poured gold with a small head. There was a generous amount of lacing that clung to the tulip glass for the entirety.

The aroma was subtle. Grapefruit and citrus were the dominant scents.

Highly bitter for an American Pale Ale. I like that. You can definitely taste the lemon/grapefruit/citrus from the hops. But there is something underlying in this beer. Perhaps its from the malts. Something not too bready but almost grainy. Citrus is the dominant flavor. Very sessionable.

Not too dry with a medium body and a bit of carbonation. Beautifully done APA.

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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 JMScowcroft
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

AleSmith X, poured into a DFH Spiegelau IPA glass.

Look - Pours a slightly cloudy pale copper with an amber hue and an inch sized soapy head. Great lacing.

Smell - Slight caramel malt, a little bready. Citrus/pine hops.

Taste - Crisp citrus, hoppy and fresh.

Mouthfeel - Light-medium bodied, moderate carbonation. Great drinkability. Touch of malt warm booziness.

Overall - Solid brew.

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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 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 hardy008
3.76/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours hazy gold with a one finger white head, with good retention and generous lacing. The aroma has grapefruit and citrus zest. Not a real strong aroma, but very nice.

The taste is more bitter than sweet with grapefruit, tangerines, lemon, and citrus zest. Light taste of crackers in the background.

Light bodied with plenty of carbonation. Light citrus aftertaste. Very easy to drink. I wish there was more of a malt backbone to balance out the bitterness, but still a good beer.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Served in a footed glass at Ale Arsenal.

Pellucid-pale. Light head. Faint gold. Smells of earthy garlic hops and butterscotch malt. Very nice.

Flavor is lemon peel light. Perfectly elegant finish. Mouthfeel is damn near perfect. Light. Lightly carbonated. It tastes like lemon seltzer. A good pale ale. Recommended. Will have again. Not stellar, but serviceable.

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Photo of blindtiger24
4.36/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

22oz bomber poured into a pint glass.

A: Clear golden with a thick, frothy head to start that thins out quickly. Active carbonation with lots of tiny champagne-like bubbles.

S: Strong hop aromas jump out as soon as the cap is snapped off the bottle. Predominantly grapefruit and softer pine aromas. After a few swirls, the pine scent interestingly becomes more apparent.

T: A smack of citrus hop bitterness that quickly moves into a biscuit sweetness. Oily hop resin swings back highlighting earthy undertones. Finishes very light.

M: A very refreshing IPA. Light on the tongue at times but also maintains a sticky, sweet hop resin that is characteristic of San Diego IPAs.

O: A sessionable IPA that is balanced and good across the board. The inviting aromas announce that this beer with be interesting to drink. What’s most impressive is how refreshing this beer is without sacrificing on taste. Nothing blows you away with this beer, but the complete West Cost IPA experience is encapsulated.

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

From my tasting notes: The X had a gold body with a nice fizzy head with a good hop and slight malty aroma. It had a balanced taste between the citrusy hops and doughy malt that I was instantly enamored with. The X went down smooth and before I knew it, it was gone. It was one of the best Pale Ales I had ever had.

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.47/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at the brewery. Pours a light golden, slightly hazy, with a beautiful creamy white head. Aroma of grapefruits and pineapples galore. Flavor follows with big tropical citrus of pineapple and bite of grapefruit, with just a hint of grassy hops. Light pale malts accentuate with a nice sweetness. Light bodied and medium carbonation. This was fantastic!

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Photo of Omnium
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bomber > Pint Glass

A - Pours a hazed straw yellow color big thick marshmallow two finger head, thick awesome lacing. Extra pale like its name implies.
S - Super super super awesome dankness, lots of pine and fresh cut grass, very floral, a little bready, some mild citrus.
T - Taste is very balanced and light, up front is some juicy tropical notes, which I didnt get in the aroma, they fade fast, then you get some really nice dankness, and a big fresh bread malt on the end, and some more juicy fruit flavor.
M - Light, refreshing, a little chewy, but good.
O - Awesome pale ale, lots of bold flavor, and great aroma.

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Photo of minterro
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bought off a recommendation from Grapes and Grains in Denver, CO

A&S: oversized fizzy white head bringing in about 4 fingers worth. Lively transparent light orange colored beer. Leaves some globs of lacing. Impressively powerful and delightful aroma including elements of piney (mostly) and citrus (secondary) hops. Not complex not hints of grains, alcohol, yeast or maltyness if anything a tad of breadyness. Just straight hops (almost the hops themselves vs the product they produce if that makes sense).

T&M: The smell of this beer leads you to believe you about to get a mouthful of hops, but in reality you get a more balanced taste. Upfront mild citrus hops well balanced with a smooth malty backbone. crisp and refreshing without being too sharp. On the higher side of medium carbonation, medium bodied.

Overall: I'm very happy with the aroma (haven't experienced a piney aroma this good in a while). Not the best pale I've ever had, but pretty damn good. This was the first I've seen of this company so I will hopefully find more and until then look forward to it.

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Photo of PhillyStyle
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

1 pint 6 oz. bottle:

The beer poured a clear, golden color with a dense, thick white head that faded into a rocky head that was well retained. The beer had a much hoppier aroma than expected, pine and a little citrus. I expected the beer to be a little more balanced, but still above average. As with the smell, I felt that the beer was too hoppy and I expected more balance, but it had a decent pine hop taste with a little citrus. The beer had a nice moderate feel; it had good drinkability, and was fresh and clean. Overall, a slightly better than average, but there are other pale ales that I would pick before this one.

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Photo of GilGarp
4.24/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bomber bottled 8/8/2013. Served chilled.

Alesmith's X pours a very pale golden yellow color with thin fizzy white head. It settles fairly quickly but leaves some spotty lace.

Aroma is full of fresh citrusy hops. More hoppy than just about every other pale ale in terms of scent.

Flavor is also pleasantly, surprisingly, hoppy. There is a nice and simple pale malt base but liberally hopped with citrus/grapefruit west coast hops.

Mouthfeel is light in body, bitter but balanced, nicely carbonated.

Overall a really excellent pale ale. Just wish it didn't break my favorite bottle opener!

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Photo of spoony
3.86/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a 650 ml bottle (bottled August 8, 2013) into a tulip.

A-This is good-looking beer. A normal to aggressive pour generates about three fingers of shiny white head. Retention is pretty good with the head dropping to a thick cap after about two minutes. Lacing is chunky and sporadic on the glass. The beer is clear and yellowish golden in color, with a bit of visible carbonation.

S-There is a nice dose of tropical citrus hop flavors, e.g., pineapple, orange, tangerine, and orange rind. Malt flavors are mostly hidden beneath the hops, but there is a bit of grain and toasted bread. Bitterness is very mild.

T-The taste is slightly more pungent and grainy than the smell with more soapy bitterness from the hops, more graininess, and more caramel flavor from the malts. The orange (and especially orange rind) flavors balance pretty well with the grain and lightly toasted bread flavors from the malt. A pleasing, but not mind-blowing balance of flavors.

M-The feel was very lightly carbonated with a wet presence on the palate. Heft was light to medium.

O-This is a good looking APA, and one worth drinking, but I have had better examples of the style. The smell, while pleasing, was a touch on the hoppy side (I would have ranked it higher if this was an IPA), and the taste was a bit tinny and grainy, instead of sharp and dry, like I like my APAs. This is close to session beer level ABV and I would drink this again on a summer afternoon, but if you want something that drinks intensely on its own, look elsewhere.

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Photo of BradMacMullin
4.37/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Ah, AleSmith. Love this brewery and this did not disappoint. Had out of a large bottle at a friends who selfishly split the beer. Anyway, pours a light head and it is mildly carbonated. Has a very citrusy smell with faint hops. The taste was very refreshing. Not a hoppy beer as expected from a Pale Ale, but a nice taste. All in all a good beer but nothing overwhelming. A good beer.

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Photo of Ri0
3.62/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

poured 22oz bottle into snifter Bottled on 7/3/13

A - A lighter mango yellow/orange that is a little cloudy with a 1.5 finger white head. Minimal retention and small blobs of lacing.

S - Mostly hop forward in the citrus, floral, bitter variety. Malts and sweetness keep a low profile.

T - Quite a bitter citrus that is not over powering. It is refreshing, but seems to lack a bold flavor. The malt and sweetness are very subdued. I would prefer a bit more flavor.

M - Light and refreshing with medium carbonation. The finish is quite dry because of the bitter citrus hop profile. It is a good thirst quencher.

O - A solid, but not exciting pale ale compared to some that I have had recently. I had higher hopes after trying their IPA. It reminded me of Point Beyond the Pale with bitter citrus hops and light malts.

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Photo of Florida9
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Lightly hazy darker shade of straw yellow in color. Forms a large, stable, pillowy white head. Good retention. Good lacing.

S: Aroma is pleasant, though it is fairly light. A mix of lighter pale malts, a bit of biscuit, citrus rind and a touch of pine.

T: Taste is thin. Lighter malts. Dry biscuit. Grainy. Some light grapefruit notes. Light pine on the back end.

M: Lighter bodied. Appropriate carbonation. Lighter bitterness. Dry.

O: A decent beer. Not sure where the "Extra" comes in as this tastes pretty much like a straight up APA. Lighter, sessionable. Just not very exciting.

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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 MattyG85
4.34/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a tall Summit EPA glass. Bottled on 07/03/13.

Appearance: Pours a bright and clear yellowish golden orange with a moderate amount of rising bubbles. Solid three fingers of off white head which slowly recede into a patchy and creamy layer. Leaves a lot of clingy lacing.

Smell: A fresh and juicy citrus hop forward aroma with some pine and bready malt. Citrus hops upfront with fruit hints of orange, pineapple, mango, grapefruit, apricot, tangerine, and lemon zest. Earthy hops with hints of spicey pine and grass. Solid backing of sweet bready malt with hints of biscuit, grains, cracker, yeast, and caramel. Leans towards the hops but still well balanced. Very solid aroma.

Taste: Like the nose indicates, a juicy hop forward taste with big citrus notes and some pine and sweet malt. Fresh and nicely bitter hops upfront with citrus fruit notes of orange, pineapple, tangerine, grapefruit, mango, apricot, and zesty lemon. Spicy pine resin notes along with some floral and earthy notes including grass. Balancing sweet bready malt presence with notes of biscuit, grains, caramel, crackers, and yeast. Bitter, juicy, and nicely balanced. A very solid West Coast style Pale Ale taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Juicy, crisp, and somewhat oily. Pretty smooth. Very drying.

Overall: A very good American Pale Ale. Almost like an IPA with the big hop presence but enough sweet malt balance to smooth it out.

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

22 0z bomber bottled on 070313

A- pours a mostly clear golden pale sunshine color with a nice staying 1 finger head very nice lacing as i drink this
S- notes of citrus and pine fresh lemongrass some bread notes
T- very good citrus first/grapefruit with light pine hops very little bitterness fresh baked bread malts a kiss of caramel
M- crisp and pure nice carbonation low bitterness with great flavor
O- very good PA with a great hop flavor with low ABV and bitterness good stuff

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