NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 21, 2006
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
22 oz from Liquorama.com.
The body is a pale, clear gold and it holds a preposterous hand thick white head that rises straight out of the glass like a volcano forming a pacific islet. If this were a Belgian ale Iíd be impressed, but an American Pale Ale?
The aroma is light pine and citrus, heavy dry white fruit, kind bud and a bit of sulfur funk. Not starting out great for one of my favorite breweries.
First sip, achieved through substantial effort due to the outlandish head, is bitter hops that are very piney. Dry, nice mouthfeel. Lemongrass and herbal notes. The malt component is very reserved consisting of white fruit and white bread. Finish is again bitter and dry.
ChristianSA (368) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 10, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle given to me by the brewer himself. Thanks Peter! Dark yellow with huge meringue-white head dragging beautiful laces. Incredibly fresh and almost grassy hop aroma with notes of citrus rind, apricot and yeast. Flavor is dominated by hops and to start with it is also dry. As the beer warms, bright and crisp malt flavors are revealed supporting the exorbitant hop profile. On the palate the beer is a bit too fizzy for me, and more like a Belgian ale than a English pale ale (it may be due to extra attenuation from the bottling yeast during 7 weeks it was under way with US Mail). Palate is light as expected by a beer with such modest alcohol strength and dryness. Long bitter and dry finish which lasts for minutes. A wonderfully balanced US pale ale which is extremely refreshing and thirst quenching.
WeeHeavySD (3360) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - DEC 10, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz bomber. Iíve had this a few times, and the bottle in my fridge really wanted to be rated so I said sure. Pours a light straw yellow with a large puffy white head. Nice aroma part hops part malt, a lot of malt scent for a beer this light. Taste is lightly bitter closer to the hoppy side then the malty side. Light citrus notes are noticeable as well. Probably my least favorite Alesmith beer, but then I like em all.
shigadeyo (2976) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - DEC 2, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rating #300... I received this bottle of AleSmith X from my uncle on the West coast. Thanks James! -- This beer pours a pale golden yellow color with a slight haze. The carbonation is lively and fun to watch - it spirals upward from the bottle of the glass. There is a HUGE fluffy near-white head that collapses slowly and leaves a thick, foamy crown and fine, web-like lacing. The aroma is sweet and smells of light pineapple mixed with some pine and a little yeast. The flavor is an interesting blend of banana, some citrus, and some doughy malt. The crisp, clean pine-like bitterness really hits in the finish, but it isnít overpowering. The mouth feel is light and pretty fizzy.
I thought this was another solid brew from an awesome brewery. It isnít as good as some of their other phenomenal beers, but it definitely has itís place and complements the Cranberry & Pepper Boursin cheese and pita chips that I am enjoying with it!
-- 12 oz bottle, gift from uncle.
dhlesq (233) - Thousand Oaks, California, USA - NOV 20, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma of sweet malt with muted pine resin - like the IPA but toned down a bit. Appears a pale but brassy yellow with notable effervescence, and with a creamy white head. Flavor is well-balanced with bready malt notes underlying western hops, and finishing with a pleasant residual sweetness. Palate is medium to medium-light ad very refreshing. Overall, greater than my expectations and a thoroughly enjoyable brew.
alexanderj (3297) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - NOV 17, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. I really enjoyed this pale ale. Very light in appearance and taste for a pale ale. Aroma was of hops, some malt, and citrus. Good palate. Taste was a nice gentle mix of citrus, hops, and a caramel malt. Very easy to drink and very refreshing.
dwyerpg (4486) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - NOV 15, 2006
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Well, this is a pale ale that is actually quite pale. It looks like a lager. Good hoppy aroma. The taste has some funky malty/nutty characters that arenít so good, but it has a nice hoppy finish.
505 (271) - Echo Park, California, USA - NOV 5, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma is nice, earthy, but not incrediblly strong. Pours golden, not too much head, some nice lacing. Flavor is awesome. Absolutely delicious. Very complex, with citrus and pine hitting up front, with a nice caramel finish. Relatively full body. Very nice APA.
Ibrew2or3 (6767) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - NOV 4, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bomber. Clear golden color with bright white head. Crisp citrus hop aroma with a bit of lemon too. Taste just as it smells. Nice crisp hop flavor with citrus, grapefruit and maybe lemon. Some light pale malts come in to add balance.
Cornfield (5437) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - OCT 20, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
An exellent example of an APA, this brew has a clear golden body with a two-finger, creamy white head. The nose is an aromatic blending of buscuity malts wiyth a daub of honey and zest of lemon, grapefruit, and pine scents. The flavor, too, is a smooth blend of the above with none taking dominance, simply melding to deliver a refreshing drink. With a 5% ABV, this is a great session ale... or, would be, if it was available in my area.
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