AleSmith X | AleSmith Brewing Company

very good
966 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: 966 |  Reviews: 390
Photo of brez8791
4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of TimPell
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of natemort13
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy yellowish gold with a big white frothy head.

Nose is very vinous and grassy with hints of lemon rind. There's a sweet bready yeastiness to it from the bottle conditioning I presume.

On the taste the bready malts hit first and then ease into a nice pleasant grassy hoppiness. Very mellow and smooth for an extra pale ale. Well balanced. Just the slightest bitterness on the mid palate. Some spicy hops on the finish. The balance is accentuated by the incredibly smooth texture of the mouthfeel.

Overall, decent well balanced bottle conditioned pale.

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Photo of calmond72
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of BigDaftAl
5/5  rDev +26.9%

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

A-slightly cloudy golden color with a thick white head and good lacing

S- citrus and yeasty bread with some nice floral notes

T-citrus and malt with some floral and caramel, nice crisp bitter finish

F-light to medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp and clean

O-very enjoyable and drinkable XP ale, could see drinking several of these

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Photo of rondufresne
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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

AleSmith has always been solid. I was a bit skeptical of the "Extra" Pale Ale label but always confident in AleSmith as a brewery.

A- Uber pale golden straw body poured into the Alesmith pint glass. Foamy white head builds to about two fingers in size and retains decently. Bubbly cloud leaves nice rings and webs of lace around the glass.

S- A nice balanced, all around beer nose. A nice presence of light sweet caramel malt and bread right off the bat. Some hop presence with floral and fruit notes.

T- Follows the nose and brings a balanced pale ale. Hops become more prevalent here bringing spicy, grass, straw and floral notes. Rounded out with yeast bread, fruit and nutty caramel malt.

MF- Light bodied with a nice creamy and semi-foamy feel overall. Moderately bitter for a pale.

Solid would be the best way to describe this. A beer you would love to order a few pints of at a bar on the right night.

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Photo of rfgetz
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a bright, clean and clear gold color, moderate cap of white froth, decent retention and lacing. Scent brings moderate amounts of citrus and pine, splash of floral, some bready yeast thrown in with little in the way of malt. Taste follows suit, little malt backbone to speak of, light crackery breadyness, moderate hop profile is more bitter than flavorful. Lighter side of medium bodied, a splash bubbly. A decent pale with an extremely light body, i like a bit more heft.

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of tigg924
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass

Appearance: 1/3 inch head, gold in color, clear, high carbonation

Smell: citrus, pineapple, and pine

Taste: citrus and sugar start with floral hops at the end. As this beer warms there is a biscuity nuttiness in the middle

Mouthfeel: high carbonation, medium-light bodied, sweet start with a sharp bitter end

Overall: A nice and clean hoppy sipper. For the style, this one is up there with the best. It is bitter but not overly so. Not the first Alesmith beer I would reach for but certainly a very good one.

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

Pours a pasty white fizzy 1 finger head that fades semi slowly with nice lacing, over a clear slightly chill hazed golden yellow colored beer.

Nose fresh but not overpowering hops, some tropical fruit, hints of grapefruit, pineapple, tangerine, guava, juicy, hints of musty resin, hint of citrus, not real malt, and the hops add great aromas but are overall fairly light.

Taste continues where the nose left off, but get a bit more resinous, fresh hop flavors, light citrus and resin, tropical fruit, very juicy tropical fruit with some grapefruit, pineapple, guava, plenty of tangerine and light clementine, nice juicy fruit hop flavor. Malts are very light, just enough to deliver the hop profile, and maybe a hint of wheat. Reminds me of Stone Levitation and a bit of gumballhead. Finish is slightly bitter but barely, nice tropical fruit hop flavors linger for a while, with a semi dry finish. Extremely drinkable.

Mouth is slightly lighter bodied, decent carb.

Overall very nice, very drinkable, juicy fruits, great tropical hop flavors, not too bitter, not overpowering in any aspect, and mostly clean finish.

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of albertjr21
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From 22oz. bottle into a pint glass on 3-23-12.

A: Pours a mostly clear straw to pale golden color under a frothy and resilient white head with a nice lacing.

S: Crisp and fresh floral hops fill the nose for a somewhat grassy aroma.

M/T: Crisp and refreshing carbonated moderate body brings on a smooth wave of acidic but favorable lemon citrus flavored hops. Leaves a mellow residual hop bitterness lingering after the finish.

O: Great hop presence and overall balance make for a very sessionable and relaxing APA.

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Photo of kevgod
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

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

A: A clear pale gold pour. Large slightly off-white head. takes a while to fade, lacing tons of lacing all over the glass. Not bad for an almost-session beer.

S: Nice grapefruit and orange/mango characteristics. Some nice mixed tropical fruit. A touch of pine and a bready malt base. Very pleasant but somewhat subtle.

T: Orange, grapefruit and some tropical fruits up front, with a solid bready/biscuity malt to go with it. Touch of pine as it fades into the aftertaste. Simple but tasty.

M: Pretty light but not badly so, and certainly not bad for a 5% beer at ALL. Otherwise smooth and crisp.

O: Hmph, interesting. Underrated beer I think. Very drinkable APA, almost up there with the peepers and daisy cutters and alpha kings in my opinion. Simple, well balanced, very tasty and sessionable to boot.

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

on tap at hawthornes in philly

Pours a slightly hazed straw yellow color with a larger, fluffy white head resting on top. Nice legs and retention, leaving patchy, ringed lacing all over the glass.

Floral hoppy aroma along with some biscuit and straw tones in the nose. Not super bitter, but a nice balance between the two sides.

A punch of hop bitterness up front with some floral tones an a soft bit of citrus peel. Biscuit and straw malts with some grassy hints. Finishes a little bitter with a hint of lemon peel.

Medium body, nice carbonation, refreshing and smooth on the tongue. This is an excellent example of a drinkable APA that you could easily have 2 or 3 of without a problem. I wish this was cheaper and easier to find.

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of haver
4.58/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours unfiltered golden sunshine with a slight rocky head that falls quickly. Taste a creamy citrus with slight hop. The finish is a sweet/bitter with a dry tart at the end calling for another sip. My guess was that it is under 5% . I looked it up and it is 5%. This is a great extra pale ale and would be a perfect example of an american Pale ale Session Beer. I would say the creamy mouth feel and subtle sweet/tart taste make this a real stand out. Bravo

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Photo of smcolw
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Rocky, near white head. Leaves some loose (slightly slippery) ring lace on the glass. Golden color and nearly clear.

Floral and grapefruit rind hop smell. Very fresh and raw.

Better malt presence in the taste. Excellent spicy hop bite. A touch of smoke. Long lasting, bitter aftertaste. The body is accurate for the style. Well-balanced and very easy to drink.

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

A-Pours a slightly hazed yellow color. No sediment in the body. Head is loose and bubbly. Leaves jagged lacing rings. Nice and clean looking.

S-Nice APA aroma. Citrus flesh and a lightly coarse pine hop aroma. The malt refuses to be outdone by the hops as there is much balance here. The nose is exactly what I expect from Alesmith: a big nose full of exciting flavors.

T-The flavor is an upgrade of an already excellent nose. Ripe clementine hops and wrapped in pine and grass hops. I also get this really delectable bubblegum hop flavor. This is definitely a hop forward APA. I could mistake this for an IPA any day...A really delicious IPA to boot. Love it.

M-Light body with perfect carbonation. Medium bitterness and resin quality. Great feel.

O/D-This is akin to their IPA. I would dare say it is on a similar level of enjoyment. Very hoppy yet still light and sessionable. I truly enjoyed this beer. I would love to have this available all the time. So much flavor for a 5% ABV brew; and at $5.75 a bomber, this is a damn deal. Great beer. Underrated in my opinion.

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AleSmith X from AleSmith Brewing Company
3.94 out of 5 based on 966 ratings.
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