X | AleSmith Brewing Company

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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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Photo of kflorence
3.91/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a straw-like golden color with a little bit of haze and a fantastic thick, creamy head that lasts and leaves tons of lacing around the glass. Carbonation levels look good, overall very inviting.

S: Smells heavily of hops with a little bit of sweet malt in the background. I would say the hops smell like they are more on the citrus, grapefruit side than the pine tree side of the spectrum.

T: A very solid American Pale Ale. Tons of hops lend a wonderful grapefruit citrus flavor that is prominent but not overwhelming. A good sweet malt and grain characteristic comes through in the background that helps calm the hops down a bit.

M: This beer has a great light and creamy mouthfeel. Carbonation levels are perfect and it goes down very smooth. Crisp and refreshing.

D: A very solid beer. I'm not normally a fan of hop-dominated beers, but I really prefer the grapefruit flavored hops to the more overwhelming, pine tree hops in some beers. Loved the light, creamy feeling of the beer on the tongue, and overall I felt you get the hop flavors without the heavy, stickiness that make some of these other beers a bit hard to session. Probably not something I would seek out often, but it was enjoyable.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 1/9/2010. Bottle thanks to dkachur. Pours a light yellow with a super thick, foamy white head. Aroma of sweet caramel malt, floral hops, light fruits (apple, pear, and some tropical fruits). Flavor of light citrus hops, lemon sweetness, and caramel malt. Dry finish. Pleasant, very drinkable, very nice APA.

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Photo of kirkpjr
3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a pale yellow with two fingers of cloudy head. Healthy lacing up and down the glass.

S: Light, crisp floral hops. Some sweetness and dry malt in the back.

T: Tastes like it smells. Very tame, and the carbonation level detracts a little from the taste IMO.

M: Tons of carbonation here, prickly with every sip. Light body, very crisp.

D: Easy drinking but a little plain.

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Photo of AgentZero
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received in the NOOB BIF (round 2) from fairbroook.

A - Straw colored, fairly transparent beer with a nice sized white head that dissipated and left a little bit of intricate lace on the sides.

S - It smell pretty hoppy, with citrus and pine notes mostly, little bit of sweet malt. More on the nose than I was expecting.

T - The taste is good, but much lighter than the hop aroma of the nose would suggest, and therefore a little bit of a letdown if you're a hophead. Some sweet grain malts, but not too bready. This is pretty solid and enjoyable.

M - Lighter, good carbonation, appropriate.

D - Easy to get down, can easily to a bomber of this and come back for more. Great session beer, would drink again.

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Photo of kwjd
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this bottle on the way from San Franciso to Los Angeles, with a nice view of the Pacific Ocean. Pours a golden yellow colour with big white head and some mild lacing. Huge citrus hop smell with some mild bicuity malt. Nice balance of bitterness and the malt, though this comes out more on the bitter side for an APA, which is fine. Nice carbonation.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

a - Pours a transparent golden color with two inches of fluffy white head and light carbonation evident. Leaves a little bit of lacing on the glass.

s - Smells of citrus hops, grapefruit, fruity malts, pine hops, maybe some honey, and more malts. A lot more hops than I was expecting.

t - Tastes of bready malts, biscuit, citrus hops, and fruity malts. The malts jump out a lot more in the taste than the smell. There is the slightest bit of bitterness but it doesn''t linger.

m - Light body and low carbonation, the body is very smooth and crisp. Very easy to drink.

d - This was a nice beer that was insanely drinkable. I think the low ABV and the nice smooth body make this very easy to drink; I felt like I could have drank a ton of it. I enjoyed the fresh citrus hops in the smell, and thought the malts came out more in the taste.

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Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.82/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: on the lighter end of the color spectrum, golden with a bone-white dissipating head.
S: big aroma for this abv-american hops jump out with citrus and pine notes prevalent. some biscuity malts as well.
T: crackery, very lightly sweet malts are overtaken by an somewhat sharp hop bitterness. finishes quite dry. hop finish lingers.
M: light bodied, frothy, and crisp.
D: lots of flavor/aroma at this welcomely modest abv.

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Photo of Beerenauslese
4.4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a yellow gold with a white head that dissipates fairly quickly to a thin ring of foam. Leaves a little lacing on the glass.

Malt and mild citrus fruit smells, just a hint of funkiness.

Grape fruit rind with a touch of lemon and a little funk, especially after a burp. Also a hint of green apple. Nice moderate hop bitterness in the finish. Provides a nicely complex taste for its style.

Body is light, as is the carbonation level, but it is enough to give this a crisp mouthfeel.

This is a drinkable pale ale, hoppy enough, but not overpowering in any way. At 5% ABV, it is highly sessionable and the price (for a bomber) is right.

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Photo of DJM13
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The appearance is a like a golden carmel color. Light head and light lacing.

There is a slight citrus nose but does not overpower the taste.

The taste is very balanced. Hop front with a light malt back.

It goes down easy and serves well cool.

Enjoyed it in a nice frosted mug.

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Photo of SBarbeerian
4.58/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pale cloudy yellow, good carbonation. This beer starts out just looking good. Mildly malty & fruity nose: bit of citrus (grapefruit). Taste: crisp somewhat dry maltyness & fruity notes; I get grapefruit. Some mild hops. What a beer: looks good, smells good, and tastes really good. So tasty, and nice body!
Excellent stuff!!

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Photo of drpimento
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Damn good beer. Poured from a bomber to get a huge, foamy, frothy, fluffy, sudsy, off-white head that lasts all the way down and some lace. Color is a slightly hazy yellow amber with small bubble trails. Aroma is lemon, hops, malt. Flavor's the same plus the hop flavor comes out. Body is good and carbonation is outstanding. Finish is like flavor and of medium length. Great beer and for session as well.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a straw-yellow color with a white head. The aroma is very fruity. I get some papaya, mango and pineapple as well as some bready malt.

The flavor is heavy on the tropical fruit. It is a mix of fruit components, with the papaya and mangoes standing out. There is a ton of hop flavor, but the hop bitterness is low.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

A great pale ale and a ton of flavor in a lower ABV package. We need more beers like this one.

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Photo of CaptainTripps
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A bomber poured into a pint glass.

A- Golden color, orange appeal to it. Creamy white head that disappears quickly. Nice lacing left on the glass.

S- Notes of citrus and dry hops, semi-sweet. Very seductive.

T- Citrusy, grassy, hoppy and just plain delicious.

M- Well balanced, dry finish. Light and refreshing. My only complaint is a maybe a weird citrus taste that kind of lingers but not horrible. It just makes you want to drink more.

D-Very drinkable, very refreshing. Nice ABV that makes this beer a great session beer.

Great west coast APA. Excellent amount of hop flavor without breaching into to the IPA category.

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Photo of fourplayed
3.35/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tap to 12oz Glass.

Pours 1finger head. Clean yellow golden pale. lite to medium carbonation. head breaks up fairly fast leaving minimum lacing.

Smells are very mild on this one. Mild Hops first, and a touch of citrus and citrus sweetness..orange? or pineapple? tough to say.

Tastes o.k,, mild hops of pine, some malt, the citrus & fruit sweetness are all very mild....not a lot going on here.

Very lite body, with more than medium carbonation and a mild hop bite.

A very easy one to gulp down. All ingredients are MILD. Hops stand out the most but are o.k. not strong. Carbonation is a bit more than needed. This finishes with a lite hop dryness and a bit of alcohol warmth. A fairly mild, tame brew for my taste.

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Photo of BMoney575
3.2/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Sampled on 10-2-10

Pours a very clear and light golden yellow color, with a fizzy white head that quickly settles. Lacing in very thin, almost non-existent.

Smell is light, fruity, and hoppy, but not particularly strong. Still, balanced and enjoyable, with easy citrus aromas.

Taste is surprisingly bland, very light, wit almost no hop kick whatsoever. Light malt, a little bitterness, and that's it.

Mouthfeel is decent, very light to go with the light flavors.

Drinkability is decent, just not enough flavor to go back to.

Overall, a well made beer, just needs a bit more.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into the Sam Adams pint glass.

A - Pours a nice light straw golden color with some nice orange hues. The head is about .5 in and is nice and white and recedes quickly.

S - Delicious grassy and citrusy hops are present up front. Very nice and fresh. There is some nice bready hints that make the aroma quite balanced on the back end. This is a very delicious pale ale aroma.

T - Starts of with some nice grassy hop punch on the front en d that is quickly balanced out by some delicious fresh baked bready pale malt. The finish is deliciously malty and grainy with just a slight dry bitter finish that is incredibly balanced. This to me in flavor is a top tier APA. The beer goes well with some nice spicy cheese. The body is nice and light and very refreshing beer that is full of flavor.

D - Delicious and refreshing. Great ABV.

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Photo of tempest
3.26/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a bomber at BevMo in on Santa Monica for about $4. I really wanted to like this beer, but it honestly smells like cat pee with piney citrus. It's been years since I've smelled hops like this, but that aroma is unmistakable. Otherwise, this would be a fine session beer and that comes off like a hoppier, more citrusy version of Summit Extra Pale Ale. The flavor has a good punch of grapefruit up front and then a spicy pine finish. I imagine this beer doesn't always smell so bad. I guess I'll have to try it again in the future.

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Photo of scottchesterhall
4.59/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a pitcher with nice 1/2 inch head that lasted most of the 16 oz. glass.

Smell was fanTAStic. Huge dry-hopped aroma...better than many IPAs. I'm guessing some chinook or maybe simcoe hops.

Taste was clean, great balance of malt with enough hop flavor to merit the pale ale classification.

Mouthfeel was moderate effervescence...well proportioned.

Drinkability was fantastic...tasted great from first sip to last, even when the first sip was at about 40 degrees, and the last more like 60.

This is one of the best pale ales I've had, up there with Mirror Pond. On the hoppy end of pale ale...just like the best of them.

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Photo of gordavidson
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- The yellow liquid has a touch of orange highlights. the creamy white head is dense enough to dimple the surface of the liquid and has good retention.

S- A light caramel backbone supports the citrus rind hops. Simple, effective, and nice for the style.

T- Sweet malt up front works well with the citrus and grass hops. Seems like a mild IPA.

M- Smooth carbonation with a clean and dry finish. More bitter than other APAs.

D- A tasty beer that brings twists the style just a bit. Seems like a new age, more extreme version of an APA without crossing into IPA territory.

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Photo of bohemiandonut
4.36/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Frothy white head with great lace. Tropical hop flavors hover around the glass. A truly gorgeous beer, all sparkle and shimmering pale amber.

Very sweet on the nose, like a good Simcoe IPA, but not overly sweet in taste. Lacks the bad-ass "punch" of SNPA, but X is to Sculpin what SNPA is to Torpedo - a more sessionable younger sibling in a bottle. Uh, if you know what I mean.

A very crisp and dry body makes this a standout imo. Not to mention anything reminiscent of Sculpin makes for a solid entry in my book. Where are the 6-packs? Yum.

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Photo of donniecuffs
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

At The Blind Tiger, NYC; the sign said 'Alesmith Pale Ale', but since this is the only 'pale ale' on the list, I'll assume that I was drinking X, as it certainly tasted like an American Pale Ale. Into a mug, poured a cloudy, non-carbonated golden yellow, with two fingers of bright white head, with great head retention and lacing. Smelled of lemon zest, orange peel, grains of paradise, grapefruit, and spearmint. The flavor was excellent; lemon, apple, grapefruit dissolving to a dry menthol, lemon zest, orange peel finish. Slightly on the thin side, but very smooth and aided by great head retention. I could have drunk this all night long.

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Photo of SShelly
4.36/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours bright straw color and crystal clear with large white head.

Light hops aroma, with distinct two row background.

Bright hop bitterness with light citrus finish, nicely dry and med-high carb go into giving this a great refreshing mouthfeel. Leaves light hop an malt flavors in the mouth, amazing clean refreshing beer.

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Photo of ShogoKawada
4.65/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22oz bottle into chouffe tulip.

A- Nice orangey body and a sticky, snowdrift head that has some thick lacing right off the bat. A great pour.

S- Very fruity, papaya, mango, pineapple, and a hint of grapefruit.

T- Great hoppiness. Fruity, a bit more of a tangerine/grapefruit bite, slight bready malt.

M- Light, refreshing, and very tasty without being heavy. Great pale ale, this is. Nothing that I would change about this one.

D- High. Very good stuff. I am very impressed at this, this is a pale ale I would drink all the time and prob. one of the best in the style I've had. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Deuane
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Irishfan for bringing me back a FRESH bottle from San Diego.

A-Slightly hazed, bright golden yellow. A thin, bright white head holds on strong and leaves pleasant webbing lace behind.

S-Floral and citrus hops dominate upfront. A very pleasant, albeit mild aroma. A touch of sweet biscuit in the background.

T-Citrus (orange and grapefruit) hop forward character with a touch of mango. Biscuit malt sweetness balances nicely in the background.

M-Medium-light body, sharp and crisp with pleasant long lasting bitterness.

D-A truly world class session brew. West Coast hop aggressiveness in a milder, more approachable form. Full of hop pleasure without all of the mind numbing alcohol. A very impressive brew, that when fresh, is one of the best in it's class.

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Photo of jwinship83
3.37/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle with no freshness information drank from my sierra nevada hop tulip.

A- the head to beer ratio is like 4:1 on this, which is kind of a drag. pale straw colored body under a massive white head. when is recedes it leaves gross looking globs on the sides of my glass.

S- semi sweet bready malts against a floral hop background. maybe a little bit of citrus in here also.

T- the taste is much like the smell. bready and biscuity malts upfront. a nice floral and citric hop finish. faint orange.

M- my experience with alesmith beers (that arnt speedway stout) has been that they are very much over carbonated. this one is no exception. stings the tongue. light bodied.

D- easy enough to finish and glad i got the chance to try this one. ive found several beers in my area that fit this style that i enjoy more. if i was able to purchase this here, i dont think i would that often.

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X from AleSmith Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.93 out of 5 with 977 ratings