AleSmith X | AleSmith Brewing Company

very good
968 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:
This refreshing, light-golden Extra Pale Ale embodies drinkability. AleSmith X pushes the limits by offering a level of flavor not often found in this classic style. Fresh American hops are abundant but carefully balanced by a light, crisp body and smooth bitterness. Notes of citrus and pine combine with a delicate malt sweetness to create a flavorful drinking experience.

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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 imbibehour
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
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | 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%

Photo of Brad007
3.56/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright golden with a two-finger head that fades to lacing. Brighter than a few other examples, which delights me. It's not called a "pale" ale for nothing!

Lots of citrus in the nose with some pine as well. Not as strong as I thought it would be but it's definitely here.

Leans towards a session ale with just enough hops to be noticed. Crisp. Only a touch of the malt profile underneath.

Lingering crispness/bitterness rounds out the mouthfeel. Buttery malt too. Very laid back.

It's drinkable but I know I've had much better examples that were even lower in ABV. Worth a try regardless.

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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

Alesmith finally distributed in Buffalo, NY...yum.

The beer pours a slightly golden, clear yellow with an inch of fluffy white head that retreats to a thin blanketing while drinking. The nose is citrusy and resiny with a big malty backbone. Although the malt aromas leap from the beer (more than expected), it's well attenuated and finishes bitter and dry. A lovely and drinkable APA, although its body is little thinner than I'd prefer.
Overall, it's a good beer, but doesn't blow me away. Obviously this is an easy drinking, light-bodied, hop-forward pale ale that will hit the spot...on a hot summer day...not on a rainy, October Sunday. Worth trying again, I hope to see it hit Buffalo/Syracuse taps summer 2013.

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Photo of Kendo
4.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from the bomber into a pint glass. Body is clear, bright golden with a 1-finger white head. Good amounts of splotchy lace cling to the glass.

S: Fruitiness - citrus and some tropical fruits - and floral hops over lighter malt scents - think faintly bready in the nose.

T: Nice. This takes me back to the early days of craft (back when it was still called "micro"), when everyone brewed a Pale Ale - it just has the right flavors for a Pale Ale. I'm getting modest biscuity malt and bright hops - citrusy, but not in-your-face like the modern American IPAs or like a SNPA. Instead there's balance, with the citrusy hops finishing more with lemony flavors than, say, grapefruit. Lingering fruit and bitter flavors on the back of the mouth in the aftertaste. I keep coming back to the word "bright" and this one leaves that impression. I could drink a lot of this, methinks.

M: Real good - nice and creamy with a modestly fine carbonation. Call it just on the lighter side of medium in heft.

O: Well done, Alesmith. If this were cheaper (I think I paid $6.49 for the bomber, which works out to $20 per sixer - not that I've seen this in 12 oz bottles by me, but that's the per-ounce cost, petty much), I'd keep the fridge stocked with this, as this should satisfy hardcore beer geeks and novices or transitioning beer drinkers alike.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bomber into a dimpled mug.

Appearance: pale orange hue with a light haze and a lazy effervescence. Head is a thick finger of frothy ivory foam, which leaves a nice lace as it dissipates. Attractive.

Smell: a nice combination of earthy, piney, resiny hops with perhaps a hint of citrus as well. The malt underneath has a nice toasty quality which provides a good base for the hops. Good stuff.

Taste: a big, bright, citrusy character hits me right off the bat, then that big, toasty (and a bit -- dare I say it -- biscuity) malt takes over. Pretty strongly flavored in the malt department for a beer of relatively modest gravity. Bitterness is somewhat high for the style. This beer is not particularly balanced, but it is challenging and tasty.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a decent level of carbonation and a rocky and moderate creaminess. Not too bad.

Overall: an interesting beer. Its malt profile may not be my favorite, but I like what they have done with the hops and I like the overall iconoclastic nature of the recipe. I would have this again.

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

A slightly murky gold decent great lace.

S hoppy, but not huge. Sweet malt cones through.

T dryer than i thought. Nice hops and balance.

M creamy low carb as expected. Nice balance.

D pretty darned good.

Tasted at my first QUAFF event. Pretty tasty beer for sure.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.48/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle opened on 9.6.12.

A - Pours a crystal clear medium orange with a fluffy one inch light tan head. Good retention.

S - Dark orange peel, some pine and carmel malt.

T - Hoppy orange and mild malts.

D - Good carbonation, with a lighter body. Slightly bitter finish.

O - More malt and less hop than exected. A bit let down.

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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3/5  rDev -23.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of Naterobsnyk4
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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

A: Pale, hazy straw color with absolutely bleach white head. Excellent retention. Excellent lacing. Think my beer was disturbed a bit. Got some yeasty floaters in there.

S: Many of the standard characteristics of APA's. Evergreen, citrus rind, lemon oil. This one's also got a bit of tropical fruit in the mix. Mango, a bit of pineapple.

T: A bit of a rough milled grain flavor in the beginning. The spruce and evergreen elements are much more pronounced in the taste. There are some citrus elements, but by and large it's all about the spruce. Bit of resin. Finish is dry and aspirin like.

M: This is where Alesmith generally blows away competition. This beer is no different. It's almost magic how they can make a beer with such a balanced mouthfeel. Light on the mouth, without feeling watery. Nicely done.

O: Alesmith proves time and time again that they are possibly the best brewers on the West Coast, in America, and possibly the world. I am extremely impressed by their entire line. This is no exception. My only knock is the fact that this is not available in six packs. Bombers are a hell of a ripoff a lot of times. I'm wondering if Alesmith is cashing in on this with their "bomber only" bottle policy.

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AleSmith X from AleSmith Brewing Company
3.94 out of 5 based on 968 ratings.
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