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

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Photo of tempest
3.26/5  rDev -17.3%
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 +16.5%
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 -2.8%
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 +10.7%
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 +14.2%
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 +10.7%
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%
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 +7.9%
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 -14.5%
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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Photo of riored4v
4.45/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Reviewed 4/8/10

Poured into my AleSmith pint glass. Hazy, golden body. Nice lacing. 1 finger, white head that holds tight.

Smell was orangey and slightly floral. Mild malt in the back.

Taste was citrusy and slightly grassy in the finish. Nice bitterness that lingered softly. Decent enough maltiness to balance it all out. Some subtle grapefruit flavor as well.

Mouthfeel was light body with great carbonation. Nice dry finish.

Drinkability was excellent. Clean finish, nice balance with a mild bitterness.

This would be an excellent summer or session beer. easy drinking, low ABV = winner all around

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Photo of ocmpoma
3.3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass at a sushi joint I was at for a meeting. It was far too cold -- so cold that some of the yeast was in suspension in the glass. I let it sit to warm up while I ate and sampled it for review after about an hour and a half in the glass, taking notes on my phone.

It poured out a a solid gold, quite hazy and with a very thin film. The nose was musty, with lots of hops on the front end. On the tail of the nose was a nice citrus and pine odor. The taste was solid; good balance between the hops and a spicy, citrus finish. The mouthfeel was a little too thin for my liking, but the beer was rather drinkable.

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Photo of hooliganlife
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a slightly hazy yellow with orange hues. nice light fluffy head with light retention. very minor lacing.

light floral and fruity with hints of bread and biscuit

very floral and fruity, hints of candy and flowers. light biscuit malts. very earthy all around. a nice citrus and pine bitterness to finish it off.

moderate to a bit harsh on the carbonation. as it sat out and warmed up to room temp, it calmed down. this was served at 47 degrees. body is light and easy.

a good pale ale, nothing that really stands out but all around very decent. i would seek this out again, the low ABV helps that a lot.

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Photo of djbreezy
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - the bottle poured out an enormous frothy head, which left spotty lacing on the glass as it dissipated, light golden color with carbonation bubbles

Smell - yeast and hops are dominant

Taste - hops up front, slight yeast, slight malt

Mouthfeel - very light with strong carbonation

Drinkability - a good session beer, very enjoyable, a great summer or afternoon beer

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Photo of WeisGuy
3.35/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a - pours a bright golden amber, one-finger white head, low retention and lacing, very hazy with lots of suspended sediment

s - not a very strong aroma, nice notes of orange/citrusy hops and a very light toasty malt aroma

t - mildly sweet maltiness mixes with orange and tangerine hop flavors, lightly bitter finish with some yeasty bread flavors, not much alcohol noticeable

m - medium-bodied, moderate carbonation, fairly dry finish, no alcohol warming

d - very drinkable in that its quite easy on the palate, but the taste lacks complexity and just isn't interesting at all, definitely a sessionable beer, but I'd probably be looking for something with a bit more going on in the flavor

Not too bad, just not that interesting and completely forgettable. Easily the least impressive Alesmith offering I've tried.

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Photo of NYCWheatFanSC
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - slightly hazy light gold in color, with a smallish white head that stays for quite some time. No real lacing

S - It smells like a Pale Ale alright, nothing too spectacular. Lemons, oranges, peaches, caramel.

T - Lemons, oranges, the whole citrus gamut. Some caramel and vanilla. Bit of a hop bite at the end

M - Thin, but never watery.

D - Very sessionable and would drink often if it was easier to get, especially in 6 packs. As is, probably wouldn't seek it out again.

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Photo of NCBeernut
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber brought over from Cali by a friend.

A: Pale blonde with orange highlights topped with a big fluffy white head that sticks around as a pillowy cap. Layered lacing down the glass.

S: Straight citrus, leaning slightly towards lemony. Slight caramel is all that the malt contributes here.

T/M: Pretty accurate reflection of the aroma. Definitely lemony citrus...actually orange comes out more as it warms. Almost no malt character. Carbonation is fairly high (about 3 volumes). Finishes dry, West Coast style.

A light, refreshing, hop-forward take on an APA. I prefer mine just with a little more maltiness. Sitting out on the beach or out fishing on a warm summer day would be the ideal place for this. I would probably score it higher during the summer.

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Photo of Bajasith
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured very nice golden color with a nice billowy head of foam. Smell of citruis along with that yeasty scent topped of with extra hops and earthy tones, kinda like a forest after a rain. Very smoothe as the tinge of hops hits the palate mellowed out by the light cabonation from bottle conditioning and a hint of mint at the end. Very enjoyable brew that is a must have year around. Need to stock up... Next!

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Photo of bulletrain76
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22oz bottle. Gold with a big rocky white head that lasts until the end and leaves lots of chunky lace. A great looking beer, though that's partly due to the fact that it's a little over-carbonated, but that's bottle conditioning for you. The aroma caught me a little off-guard. Not the citrus and pine I was expecting, but lots of peaches vanilla along with some caramel. There is some grapefruit and spice, but they are buried in there. The flavor starts with some soft pale malt, balanced by a healthy and spicy bitterness. The hops are fruity with peaches, tangerines, pineapple, ans some grapefruit. Lighter feel and dry in the mouth with a little too much carbonation. Quite hoppy for a pale ale, and on the bitter side of balance, though very drinkable at the same time. I haven't had their IPA in a while, but I may like this better.

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Photo of armock
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured a hazy yellow color with a white head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is a nose full of citrus hops

T - Follows the nose lots of citrus hops with a nice bitter finish

M - This beer has a lighter body thats a little thin with medium carbonation to it

D - Overall I enjoyed this beer quite a bit the body was thinner that I'd have liked but the taste makes up for it worth trying sometime

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Photo of billab914
4.07/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Dogfish shaped pint glass. Pours a yellowish gold color with nice bug fluffy white head. good head retention and lacing.

Very good aroma, hops are very present in the smell. Lots of citrus. Hops are as pronounced in the smell as a lot of IPA's, and since I like hops that is a good thing.

Very good taste, again the hops are very present and there is a lot of citrus flavors up front with some sweet malt flavors detectable as well. Nice bitter finish.

Feels slightly above average in carbonation but it works well for this beer. Drinkability is also good.

The girlfriend, who I split this bottle with just yelled to me "Wow this is a good beer" so it apparently passes her approval as well. Another very enjoyable beer from Alesmith.

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Photo of Intelligentsia
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours an absolutely massive pillowy white head that sticks around seemingly forever. Definitely one of the most impressive heads I've ever seen. The lacing isn't as impressive, but leaves some nice thick rings behind. What a start, though! I'm guessing the fair amount of hops and freshness contribute to that quite a bit.

The smell is typical of a hoppy american ale: lemon, bread, hops, citrus. I generally admire the smell of Alesmith's beers, and this is no exception.

Taste follows smell. Nice hop bitterness present throughout, but balanced nicely by a solid malt presence. Citrus, hops are the main players here.

I don't feel the over carbonation that other BAs mention. Easily one of the most drinkable beers I've had. At 5% I shudder to think how many I could down, and they're fairly reasonably priced. Definitely not the centerpiece of Alesmith's collection, but a very solid brew that I'd recommend.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.72/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Received in trade from TexIndy, thanks for the opportunity.

Pours a light golden color with a huge fluffy white head that persists forever. Smells of citrus right off with some lemon, bread, and a spicy earthy aroma in there as well. Nose is reminiscent of SNPA. Taste is lemony with a modest bitter hop bite some sweet bread malt holds everything together. Carbonation is over the top. At first pour this thing looked like champagne there were so many bubbles. Light to medium body, crisp mouthfeel. Decent APA that would be great if the carbonation were toned down a bit.

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Photo of TexIndy
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Picked up at the brewery and shipped back during my SD trip. Poured from a 22oz bomber into a pint glass. Crown came off with a loud hiss. No dating info on bottle but got direct from brewery so should be fresh. It was a slightly pale yellow color. This has the most amount of carb streams that I've seen in a beer in a long, long time. Champagne like. It had a massive 4 finger head even with a moderate pour. The fluffy white head took a long time to subside enough to drink as it was constantly being fed by the carb streams. Constant foam layer and great lacing.

The aroma was citric and pine hops along with bready malt. Just had another APA right before this one and this had a more better aroma as it had more hops to it. Good aroma but still love my hop bombs. The taste followed the aroma and had a good malt to hop balance with this one being more hoppy than malty which I prefer. Very smooth and easy drinking. Mouthfeel is crisp with a light to medium body. However, it is over carbonated so it feels you up rather quickly and then you are constantly burbing to make room.

Overall, a really good APA. If the carb was toned down somewhat, I'd up the drinkability. As is, the over carbonation is very distracting. Still, highly recommend. Another great one from Alesmith. Rotation: not avail here - shipped back. If here, would be a couple a year. Definitely on tap while out West.

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Photo of microbrew52
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a great ale. It has a orangish haze in the glass. Generous carbonation can lead to billowy towers of foam if poured aggressively. The aroma brings citrus and floral notes with bready malt undertones. At first taste the carbonation and hops bring a crisp clean feel but the malt from the nose really comes through to bring this XIPA great balance. Easy drinkability coupled with great flavor. It doesn't get any better.

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Photo of Offa
4.41/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is an excellent, well-crafted, almost paradigmatic example of what a lighter American Pale Ale should be like. It's characterful, extrwemely well integrated, clean, with a firm character, yet light, crisp, and very easy to drink.

Bright gold, like a good pale lager, it has a medium-big white head, steadily shrinking to a thin, rocky top that never quite dissipates, and leaving some fairly good lace.

The aroma is the weakst point for me, being very grapefruity, a quality for which I do not much care and which I find to be all too common. However, the grapefruitiness is unusually bright, fresh, and cleanly aromatic and it is backed up with light but nice golden raisiny quality and hints of grain.

The taste is better, has barely any grapefruit character at all, and is amazingly well integrated and balanced. It is predominantly clean mineral and fresh, fruity grain with hints of green apples and pears, hint of lemon and only a light hint of grapefruit. It is generally dryish, with both sweetness and bitterness evident but both being light and very well balanced. It is amazingly clean, bright, fresh, and crisp. Although the character is light, it holds up well and the feel balances nicely between being light and thin and heavy. It is not watery, but not oily, light and lively with only the faintest oiliness. The result is a highly drinkable, light beer that is balanced nicely in all ways and clearly shows itself to be several notches above almost all other beers of similar style.

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3.94 out of 5 based on 961 ratings.
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