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AleSmith X Extra Pale Ale is a clean, light-colored, light-bodied ale. The People’s Choice award winner at the 2000 San Diego Real Ale Festival and the second runner-up in 2001, it has a good dose of dry hops balanced by a gentle sweetness, giving an almost sweet-and-sour effect. Appearance: Light golden color, and a nice white head, with good retention when properly served. Flavor: Starts off with almost tingling flavors of citrus and pine, balanced by a nice malty sweetness, then fades to a dry finish with a lingering hoppiness. Aroma: Strong lemony-citrusy character, with sweet malt and pine in the background. Mouthfeel (body/texture): Smooth, light-bodied.


2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
brentfeesh (1207) - Gadsden, Alabama, USA - OCT 21, 2004
While I’ve really enjoyed the beers from Ale Smith, and I am a big fan of Pale Ale, I must say that I was disappointed. Very lite aroma that (as another taster described) you really needed the commercial description to describe. I had initially thought herby and grassy, and I guess if you are thinking lemon grass that might be right on. I would describe the aftertase as bitter nut shell. Seemed like this beer lacked the body to handle the hops they used. Oh well, it won’t stop me from trying other Ale Smith treats.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jeppe (2631) - Ølbutikken, DENMARK - OCT 6, 2004
Hazy yellow beer with a foamy white head. Mild and fresh hoppy and flowery aroma. Hops and citrus in the flavor with fruity and flowery notes. Dry finish. A good classic pale ale, but definately not the most interesting from AleSmith :-)

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Odeed (1774) - Bakersfield, California, USA - OCT 4, 2004
the "x’ alesmith had a HUGE head at first.then slowly disapaited.very light colored body with little bubbles floating to the top.the overall flavor is very good.although i would say its very similar to there e.s.b.(although thats not a bad thing.)the flavor is a bit light and spicey in the beginning,then nutty at the end.this is yet another really good alesmith.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Shag (2559) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - SEP 21, 2004
It smells like lemon household cleaner. The beer has a solid yellow apperance. The flavor is somewhat sour but not very bitter. There is not much more going on besides the lemons! Im not unhappy drinking it but I expected something a little less one dimensional. Average.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - AUG 31, 2004
Poured yellow gold with thick white head...smells very floral maybe even some apple, then citrus fruits...I would not have been able to put it to words without the commercial description, but it really does have a sweet and sour effect...definately citrus notes, malty overtones...a little disappointing though, not very hoppy at all...watery mouthfeel...interesting and fun to drink none the less...

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bierchik (95) - lakewood, California, USA - AUG 26, 2004
very lighted yellow/golden colored, had a big head when it was poured, but it went down fast. loved the citrusy- hoppy aroma. a good lingering feeling in of sweet/sour in your mouth, a refresing brew.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
davidflores99 (225) - Long Beach, California, USA - AUG 26, 2004
I found this beer very good. Hoppy aroma, with a light golen appearance and a light head. Flavor was hoppy as well, and I liked this one a lot. Very refreshing.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - JUL 6, 2004
coudy light amber yellow color. decent head but didnt last long. sweet, citrusy, hoppy aroma and taste,,sweet sour,nice and refreshing!! good!!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
PorterPounder (5202) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUL 2, 2004
Very light colored golden appearance - but very hazy with good bubble action, fluffy, spongy, long lasting white head. Aroma is more akin to a Belgian Wit Beer with some coriander notes mixed in with the light sprucey notes - very pleasant. Has a tangy flavor, not as fruity or citrusy as some APAs. Quite one dimensional, lacks much of a malt backbone in my opinion, Still very enjoyable though. Slightly dry mouthfeel but still refreshing.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DarkElf (3028) - La Jolla, California, USA - JUN 25, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 27, 2004 (22-ounce bottle, $3.29) A lighter style pale ale with a gentle maltiness balanced by a mildly bitter and fresh tasting hops, but the overall flavor is quite light and extremely easy to drink; Not a whole lot to the nose, it's vaguely hoppy; Pale yellow in color and slightly hazy; Large, bubbly, off-white head has excellent retention, and leaves a few large blocks of thick, dense lacing; Seems like a nice entry-level beer for the person just beginning to explore the world of microbrewed beer ... (30 minutes now passes) ... Now, with all that said, I think this beer improves tremendously as it warms up from "fridge" temperature to more of a "cellar" temperature, and the flavor and overall rating definitely go up; It's still a lighter flavored beer, but the delicate malt flavors become more noticeable; It has a slightly sweet, pleasantly malty, rounder flavor; The hops stays balanced to let the delicate malt flavors through; The palate is very smooth and soothing; Still not my style of beer, but I can appreciate this well crafted beer much more when it's not cold; Try saying THAT about your typical American beer!


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