AleSmith X | AleSmith Brewing Company

very good
965 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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Ratings: 965 |  Reviews: 390
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of viverlee
4.52/5  rDev +14.7%
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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Photo of pburland23
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
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 +1.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

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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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of CHADMC3
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a transparent straw colored body beneath the rocky pure white head which is quite abundant and slow to dissipate leaving a scattered, yet sticky lacing behind.

Generous citrus hop aromas float fm the glass with subtle woody pine and hints ofyeastnand malt.

Similar to the aroma citrus and pine hop aromas greet the palate with more pronounced bread malt and a spicy yeast at the finish.

Medium in body with generous carbonation and a drying finish.

A really nice APA with robust flavors given the style that make this beer a treat.

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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

22oz bomber. Pours a murky golden color with an inch of thick head. Lots of lacing. Aroma is grassy with some bitter citrus hops as well. Taste is light tropical and citrus fruits. Not very grassy as the smell made me think it would taste. Good amount of bitterness for a Pale Ale. Very drinkable. Slightly creamy mouthfeel. It does taste like its in between a Pale Ale and an IPA. Overall, worth having again.

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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

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3/5  rDev -23.9%

Photo of thatbentleyguy
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber from Stan's Liquor Mart in Athol, MA.

Pours a beautiful light yellow, with a fine laced head that quickly dissipates. I'm a sucker for the aesthetics (and mouthfeel!) of unfiltered beer, and the suspended particulate floats like a dream.

Aroma of light hops and alcohol - not very strong aroma overall.

Taste is up-front, effervescent hops - spicy, soapy, citrusy, and lingering. Fades to a dry aftertaste with light bready malt flavor.

Mouthfeel is awesome - just about any beer is enhanced by not being filtered, and this beer's light effervescence just tingles and tickles.

Overall, this is an excellent beer that perfectly bridges the gap between American Pale Ale and American IPA - hoppy for the former, but pleasingly milder than the extremes of the latter. I can see myself drinking this often, as a refreshing hot weather reprieve!

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AleSmith X from AleSmith Brewing Company
3.94 out of 5 based on 965 ratings.
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