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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Ratings: 975 |  Reviews: 393
Photo of jmdrpi
3.05/5  rDev -22.4%
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 -4.6%

Photo of legalpete19340
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
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 -18.8%
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 +5.3%
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 +1.8%

Photo of wesley14
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of funkel81
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of DonFrap
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of brez8791
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of yergermeister
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of TimPell
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of natemort13
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
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 +1.8%

Photo of BigDaftAl
5/5  rDev +27.2%

Photo of MDDMD
4/5  rDev +1.8%
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 -4.6%

Photo of cbutova
4/5  rDev +1.8%
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 -4.6%
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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Photo of pocat91619
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of kdmcguire10
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of tigg924
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
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 +4.3%
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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Photo of Bilco
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of albertjr21
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
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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Beer rating: 3.93 out of 5 with 975 ratings
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