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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Ratings: 968 |  Reviews: 391
Photo of aztraz
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of TheBigBoy
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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Photo of mwayne
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of inlimbo77
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz, Spring/Summer 2012
Central Waters globe

A: Pours a crystal clear pale orange yellow color. Light golden if you will. Initially a finger of bright white head. Lots of carbonation streaming off the bottom of the glass. Not leaving a lot of lacing.

S: I get a nice amount of orange marmalade character. Maybe some light citrus notes, orange and lemon peel. Some grassy hop aromas too. Almost, mild malty notes as well.

T: There is a nice, bright hop bitterness up on the front of the palate. Smells trails the nose, light citrus hops: orange, mild tangerine and lemon grass. It's fairly light and pleasant on the palate. The grains come in during the mid-mouth and perfectly balance this one. Nice clean but flavorful finish. Still tasting some of those fruity bitter hops.

M: Light leading to medium. It's very easy drinking yet packs a punch of flavor.

O: this is a A- for me. Up there with best, but no Zombie Dust.

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

Bomber purchased at Peekskill, NY Bev, comes w/o freshness info.

Pour is hazed dull tangarine. Off white head, tiny bubble head and fine strands of lacing.

Moderate citrus nose, leads to a well hopped and highly enjoyable IPA. Some cookie and more citrus, with grapefruit leading the way.

Nicely done in an understated (for San Diego) kinda way. Quality IPA. Well worth a try

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Photo of eriktoyra
2.5/5  rDev -36.5%

Photo of Mister_Joshy
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of Gabbyaboutipa
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of frank12
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of resistdefy
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of virinow
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of Chico1985
4.16/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Been wanting to try this for a while, it came to W. Mass some time ago I believe but just stumbled upon it for the first time last week.

Pours into a pint glass an "extra pale" orange, nearly yellow. Towering white head forms on each pour and settles into a nice rocky 1-finger head; leaves good lacing as well. Typical great Alesmith appearance.

Smell is a bit weak at first but opens up with warmth. Bright light fruits (orange, lemon, grapefruit) and some bready malts.

Lots of hop flavor but well-balanced by the malt. Still a nice plethora of citrus, grapefruit+lemony hops with some grassy and floral notes there as well. Backed up well with baked bread and pale malts that really shine in the finish. Lots of flavor but maintains its light pale ale feel.

Very light mouthfeel but fitting for a 5% pale. Despite the appearance, it has lowish carbonation. Great balance, pretty easy drinking.

Very nice, lots of bright hops well-balanced with that great baked bread taste, drinks like a light version of their IPA. Good amount of flavor for the ABV. I'll probably pick up another one of these if I see it, Alesmith rules.

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Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz capped bottle into a nonic tumbler- pours a slightly hazy golden straw color with a one finger white head. Decent retention, barely any lacing.

Smells dry and hoppy- a little earthy pine hops and a little pale malt.

Tastes great- very light pale malt sweetness with some yeast and dry piney hops (maybe chinook).

Very, very drinkable pale ale. Light body with moderate carbonation. Really nice for a hot afternoon. Not my style of APA- I'm more into the bolder variety.

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

A. Gold and opaque, nice foamy white head with a good deal of lacing. Bubbly.

S. Very hoppy. A bit of watermelon.

T. This has a nice rye taste to it, mixed with a floral hoppiness. Very nice. Has a sweet fruit taste, watermelon.

M. Carbonated and sweet.

O. Very well balanced. A soapy kind of pale ale. Balanced. Very nice.

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Photo of DaveHack
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of rprinz22
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of JasonB
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of jmdrpi
3.05/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

22 oz bottle, no date.

appears slightly hazy golden straw color, but still clear enough to see though. bone white head, good lacing. some yeast sediment to make it clear it's bottle conditioned like the label states.

aroma is high on citrus, lemon rind. taste doesn't have much malt either, all hops. fairly easy to drink. higher carbonation, thin to medium body. appropriate for style.

overall -it's decent, but I'd like some more malt for a Pale Ale.

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Photo of PincushionAffair
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of legalpete19340
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a golden yellow into the glass with a big fluffy white head that stuck around the entire drink. Laced the glass respectably.

S: Very clean with lemon and citrus nicely complemented by medium yeast notes. Becomes more floral as the drink continues.

T: Starts off with strong pale malt and then eases into the citrus including lemon and white grapefruit. As the beer opens up wonderful herbal notes accent everything. These slowly settle and solid bread and a smack of yeast hit the palate. The finish is quite dry and almost powdery.

M: Just what i wanted: crisp, clean solidly light-medium with plenty of carbonation but no fizz.

O: Very good beer. Excellent combination of all the thing one desires in a Pale Ale. Hard to determine how it could be improved without upsetting the balance.

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Photo of bigfnjoe
3.19/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bomber into a Dogfish snifter

A- pours a pale shade of orange with a two finger white head. The beer is a little cloudy, not overly clear...but man, that head is impressive

S- I smell cat piss. Hello, simcoe. It actually really isn't overly pleasant...

T- mild citrus hops....overall, rather weak. Drinks like a pale ale, that's for sure

M- medium bodied, on the thin side

O- for a pale ale, this is disappointing because of the price point and the lack of a bottle date. Could be a week old, could be four months old for all I know. Sigh.

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Photo of ghostwalker
4.14/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Massive amount of floaties, (suspended yeast). Golden body, thin white head. I kind of fear the floaties...

Nose is crisp and clean with a nice piney hop aroma. Kind of like a Pliny Jr.

Flavor is crisp, tart, juicy, piney hops with just a hint of malt body. This seems very much like a Pliny Jr. All this delicious flavor at only 5%? Outstanding! I no longer fear the floaties.

Mouthfeel is slick, stripping and light.

Overall is very, very good. Alesmith did a great job of capturing what makes a West Coast IPA/ DIPA in a much smaller and sessionable brew.

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Photo of GeoffreyM
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of wesley14
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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