AleSmith X | AleSmith Brewing Company

very good
961 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:
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Photo of quirkzoo
3.03/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to ehammond for tossing this one in.

Pours a nice golden orange color with 2 fingers of fluffy white head that recedes slowly to decent cap of foam. The smell is piney hops up front with a grainey malt backbone. The taste is more of the same with the hops presenting themselves with a spicy bitterness. It really pushes the boundary of what I would call a pale ale. The graininess and spicy hops really put it more into an old world style, almost like an APA & Pils hybrid. The mouthfeel was a bit watery. Overall, I think I came in expecting more American attributes so this brew threw me for a loop a little bit. With that said, although it was unremarkable, it was very pleasant and good for sipping on while I grade some papers.

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Photo of ohtheguilt
4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of colforbin73
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

American Pale Ale is such a broad category -- this one is fantastic and drinks almost like a pils -- it is an eXtra pale after all.

pours a crystal clear golden wheat with a little foamy white head and excellent carbonation. the aroma is light on hops and big on dry grassy malt.

the drink is superb -- you could throw this back all day in the sun. an excellent clean crisp beer with a somewhat fizzy mouthfeel. at 5% abv this is an epic session beer. there has to be pilsner malt in this brew -- THE HOP presence is adequate, adding a layer of complexity to the flavor, providing nice bite on the finish.

this is a very satisfying, quaffable beer. it couldn't be much more different from, for example, SN pale and still be in the same category. i wish they sold this in 6'rs. excellent.

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Photo of OscarO67
4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of rawfish
3.32/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours straw and pale gold, mildly hazy and rather ugly corn yellow highlights. Billows into a fluffy white head with infinite retention that leaves tight lacing that opens up nicely.

Sweet corn, adjunct grains, graham crackers and a metallic ring backed with straw and herbaceous hops. Very subtle tangerine notes. Ugh, not what I expected in the malt bill at all, the adjunct grain and sweet corn really begins to expand as the beer warms.

Pale malt grains, stale bread and white corn all rear their heads but none dominate and they quickly pull back into a pleasant hop backing of grass and pine. Nicely bittering on the finish and dries well. Aroma had me worried, more balance here than expected.

Very subdued carbonation but a even body that doesn't fill you up to quickly. Appropriately drying without much of an aftertaste. Better when colder, warming brings in a sticky mouthcoating.

Pretty well crafted beer though the malt bill really was reminiscent of an adjunct lager, there was definitely enough of it to make this beer balanced when the hops kicked in. Bitterness was really sneaky and dry. Well crafted and a decent value.

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Photo of Murrhey
3.64/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. Reviewed live.

A- Half a finger white head, long retention though. Pale golden color, semi-cloudy. Watery lacing.

S- Floral and spicy hops. Somewhat acrid smell, really quite nice.

T- Hoppy and a strange metallic bitterness in the linger. Curious flavor.

M- Nice body, very wet and lingers.

O- Good beer, for my first one from AleSmith I was not disappointed.

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Photo of corby112
3.61/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Draft at Hamilton's in San Diego.

Pours a pale golden yellow color that's just a touch hazy with a 1.5 finger frothy, pillowy white head.  excellent retention, only slowly fading into a lasting ring that leaves chunks of soapy lacing left behind.  

Floral, delicate hop aroma with a faint grassy character along with some earthy pine, pale biscuit malt and graham cracker.

Medium bodied with a delicate floral hop presence that's grass with faint pine needle flavor.  A touch of tropical and citrus fruit and a prominent pale malt character with some bready biscuit. Not overly complex but well balanced, refreshing and easy to drink.

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Photo of nyctrance2
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of jumbopanda
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of madflabby
4.97/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I love IPA and have tried several pale ales, this is my favorite pale ale and it's not even close. It's a bit lighter than most other IPA types that offer a Pale. Taste is smooth, refreshing, but not overpowering. Beer had plenty of head on it, went down smooth.

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Photo of jegross2
2.63/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Reviewing the AleSmith X from AleSmith Brewing Company.
Score: 64

No date information on the bottle. Received as part of my n00b BIF box last week (I wanna say January 19). Enjoyed 01/26/12 out of a Surly Darkness snifter glass.

Appearance: Pours a pale, translucent straw yellow color with a finger of soapy white head that settles into a thin coating atop the glass. Solid lacing. 3.5/5

Smell: Sweet orange citrus, some malted barley, some creamy malt and a little lemon. Hints of pepper and yeast. Smells more like a pilsner than a pale ale. 3.5/5

Taste: Taste is a lot "grainier" than the aroma, tastes a little flat and watery. Lots of malted barley on the midpalate and in the finish. Light flavors of lemon-water in the mix too. Not getting a lot of citrus. Finish is very slightly bitter. No real flavor here. 2.5/5

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, light carbonation. Very watery mouthfeel with an ever slightly bitter finish. 1/5

Overall: Probably past its prime -- breweries REALLY need to date their bottles -- and flavorless.

Recommendation: Skip this one.

Pairings: Lemon-crusted chicken.

Cost: 5.99 for a 22 oz (bomber) bottle.

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

Light gold color, cloudy body, with a small white head that sinks quickly to a thin band. Modest slippery lacing. Flavor and aroma of grassy, peppery hops, with yeasty spiciness. Lightly fruity and sweet. Bitter grass and floral hops dominate but this feels like an old school American pale, not a west coast IPA light, which I appreciate. Too many of those on the market already. Very balanced, with a good bready, biscuity malt character.

Medium carbonation, thin but creamy body. Quenching. Somewhat lingering gently bitter aftertaste. Quite a good take on a traditional American pale ale.

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Photo of throwback
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of mindspin315
3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice looking brew. Large white head, golden yellow, and crystal clear. Lots of lacing left all over the glass.

Balanced nose of hops and pale malts. Hops impart a floral, nutty, and mild tropical fruit aroma. Lots of fresh cut grass and a floral earthiness.

All the flavors here are very mild. Nothing over takes anything and blends all together. Hop flavors are floral and nutty faint light pine. Malts add a touch of caramel/toffee like sweetness that sits on the tip of the tongue. The tropical notes in the aroma are not imparting themselves in the taste. Very light bodied and highly drinkable.

Tastes a lot like a baby version of DFH 60 Min. A bit more thin bodied and a lot less hops comparing the two. I know this is a pale ale and the other is an IPA, but they are both 'pale ales'. That's not a knock against this beer either...simply a comparison between the qualities of these beers that taste/smell similar. AleSmith X would make for a great session beer. Not just because of the low ABV, but also the high drinkability.


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Photo of DoctorB2B
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of kojevergas
3.77/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a N'Ice Chouffe beer flute in low altitude Los Angeles, California, in me gaff. Reviewed live. Expectations are very high given the brewery and me past experience with it.

A: Pours a one finger head of light cream, fair thickness, and pretty good retention. Colour is a clear yellow. Generally appealing (and what's expected) for the style. Nothing unique here, but there's nothing wrong with that.

Sm: Hoppy and fresh, making me excited to try it. It's a balanced floral type of aroma. Very pleasant and inviting. A moderate strength aroma.

T: Very pleasant. Nicely hoppy, but still really well balanced. Fresh and well built. I'm quite impressed by the balance, but the biggest drawback is the beer's simplicity. I suppose it's complex enough for a pale ale, and refreshing. I like the flavour. Well executed. No alcohol comes through at all (not that it should at 5.00%).

Mf: Smooth and wet, suiting the flavour nicely. Not too thick or too thin. Enjoyable and apt. Not at all watery.

Dr: Incredibly drinkable; even my non-beer-drinking housemate from South Africa digs this one. It's a really pleasantly built pale ale that doesn't try to do more than it needs to. Another good brew from Alesmith, who continues to impress me.



2nd impressions at a tasting.

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Photo of whartontallboy
4/5  rDev +1.5%

AleSmith X from AleSmith Brewing Company
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