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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

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.

Added by Bierman9 on 02-28-2002

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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of McStagger
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
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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3.74/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a nice orangish clear golden color with great carbonation leaving a billowing, fluffy white cap that really hung around. Beautiful!

S: Grains, grass and light floral notes

T: Initially I get some grains light caramel with grass and floral notes. The finish is a light bitterness with grains, a weird atringent like feel and taste

M: Light ot medium bodied, hops lingers a but as does some grass and grains, well carbonated, perhapsa little to much

O: Pretty good. No major complaints but my least favorite Alesmith beer so far

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4.52/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Is it fair to discount any review of this beer that says it “marks the spot” without any irony or self-awareness? I think so. But let’s do talk about the packaging. Bold, largely utilitarian, but not without a sense of style or dimension. I’m not asking for a facsimile of the beer, but there it is.

STYLE: American Pale Ale

ABV: 5%

LOOK: Pours a golden carrot with a head that’s billowy at first but soon settles to a creamy half-finger. Wee bubbles march purposefully from the bottom to the top, never breaking rank, never slowing, never speeding.

NOSE: Hoppy and lemony, almost IPA. Garden fruits and vegetables, mostly sweet corn husks and strawberries.

MOUTH: Bonfire of riches. Cucumber, celery root, pine, IPA citrus. The real draw is the soft butter and hardworking oils. The butter soothes while the oil coats the mouth, literally sticking around for the next pull, and maybe calling for it. The balance and finish remind me of Victory Hop Wallop, a DIPA for DIPA drinkers. To my surprise, AleSmith has packaged that profile in this typically lighter style.

Beeradvocate Rating: 89

ratebeer Rating: 97

Hayward Abbey Rating: 93

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4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz.bomber into my 25 oz. snifter. Brown bottle with a brief history of the beer and some information on bottle conditioning on the back.

Appearance: Beer pours a hazy honey colored amber. Pour releases two and half fingers of billowing, sticky head which created some dense lacing. Nice head retention as well.

Smell: Big citrus hops notes...lemon, orange zest. I was surprised at the level of caramel malty sweetness. Was really expecting an overly hoppy aroma, but was pleasantly surprised at just how balanced smelling this beer is.

Taste: Also quite balanced. Predominant flavors are citrusy - grapefruit, orange and a pleasing amount of lemon on the tongue. The malt shows up in the middle of the sip to add some sweetness to balance out the citrus. Sharp prick of bitterness on the end of the sip which adds another interesting dimension to this beer.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and moderately sticky. Big flavors for a beer that clocks in at 5% Definitely a beer you could sit around and enjoy several of on a warmth night.

Overall: While not as big and bold as AleSmith IPA, this is a easy drinking, flavorful APA. Another great beer from AleSmith.

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%
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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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

AleSmith X from AleSmith Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.93 out of 5 with 975 ratings
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