AleSmith X | AleSmith Brewing Company

very good
961 Ratings
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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Ratings: 961 |  Reviews: 389
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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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

Served on-tap in a Shaker pint at The Taproom (San Diego, CA).

A: Crystal clear golden with 1/2-to-1-finger of foamy off-white head with good retention and substantial lacing.

S: Big grapefruit and pine usher in a stellar aroma profile with honeysuckle, lemon tartness, and pineapple. The malt is nondescript.

T: I have got to start looking for the clone recipe for this beer -- it is so crisp and refreshing with upfront hoppiness with grapefruit, lemon, orange, floral, and pine without grassiness or dankness. The malt profile, while a supporting player, makes a huge difference in the enjoyment of this beer as it provides just the right kiss of sweetness and breadiness without seeming at all overly malty or cloying, letting the hops shine. The bitterness is low. A wonderful demi-session ale.

M: Very slick and clean with low carbonation and a light body that lends a creamy soft quality and enhances drinkability even further.

O: I really enjoyed this beer -- while I was expecting a really good APA being that it was from Alesmith, this guy surpassed my expectations. Superb beer and a standard-bearer for style.

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Photo of aflies
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of chrisxmartin
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of DocJitsu
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy light golden color with an off white head. The head lingers due to carbonation bubbles migrating from the bottom. Sweet grapefruit bouquet. Light to medium body. Pine up front yielding to sweet grapefruit with a bit of green grape noted. Finishes pretty abruptly and clearly.

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Photo of kylefurlong
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

Photo of UnkleFester
3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a tulip glass.

A: Pours a clear straw golden color with two fingers worth of fluffy white head that slowly recedes leaving behind a rather nice lacing.

S: A good amount of citrus aroma. Grapefruit, orange, lemon are dominant here.

T: Like the aroma citrus is noticed right up front along with a pine and finishing out with malt.

M: Has a lighter medium body with a moderate amount of carbonation.

O: My first brew from AleSmith I found it to be wonderfully balanced and at 5% highly drinkable.

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Photo of KenC
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of lordofstarside
3.64/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

bomber to pint glass, no visible freshness date

pours a light gold, half finger of head. More carbonation than I'm used to seeing

smell of strong hops, mild citrus, sweet malts, and alcohol. actually pretty good and acrid for a pale ale

taste follows through pretty closely with the smell. hops, grapefruit, some lemon zest. earthy bready malt neutralizes the taste and undercuts the initial hoppy fruity flavor

Mouth is kind of unique, light and dry, sting of high carbonation leaving your tongue feeling funny and altering the taste of the beer

Overall average apa, bitter with a dry malty finish. alright, not worth the $5 a bottle I paid, though

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of Zimbo
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Like a Douglas Dauntless I knew this often forgotten bomber was going to go down well from the start.
Spiky pine nose in the bottle but pretty subdued in the glass this sported a pretty yellow colour to highlight the raging tornadoes of beading which formed a super dense Himalayan whippy head that was solid and retained throughout. Left heaping globs of foam in the glass on the way down.
Light straw flavour with a wrapping of light tasty malt which leads to the more dominant lingering restrained bitterness.

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of smakawhat
3.45/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A nice four finger white head, with a little bit of fluffy retention, forms real nicely. Body color makes for a slight haze, but a nice clear and pale amber body with some faint orange hues. Real nice simple rising carbonation coming up also. Speckled lacing and a real nice cap left while drinking.

Bouquet on this is a light and airy toasty malt, with some slight hop pine dryness. Some more grapefruit sweetness hides in the back for a hop profile also. Quite balance and solid. Smells inviting.

This strangely doesn't have a lot of flavor. Palate hits and there's... very little to say here, it almost tastes like lightly flavored hop water. Wet body, with an extremely light palate and feel. Carbonation seems moderate, and what little hop angle comes on the finish. Some light toasty qualities and hop sweetness hitting some citrus. But extremely faint.

Even for a pale ale, this is very very light. Not wanting a hop head blast, but there isn't even a malt presence here. This is almost wonder white bread going on strangely.

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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 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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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

AleSmith X from AleSmith Brewing Company
3.94 out of 5 based on 961 ratings.
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