ACME California Pale Ale - North Coast Brewing Co.
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Reviews by TheHammer:
3.98/5 rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Got this one from Ludachris, I never really heard of it, so lets get to it.
Appearance: A solid pour gives me a good solid thumb of head, off to a good start. The head laces and retains fairly well and the body boasts good carbonation. The color though is a bit odd as a somewhat cloudy and sickly orange and yellow appearance which isn't completely out of place given the style, but a bit odd.
Smell: Mild citrus hops that took a bit of warming to come out, merely nod to a backdrop of simpler malts. Certainly nothing bad in this department, although I've had beers with less of a hop presence turn out disastrous.
Taste: Wonderful stuff, it starts with a bit of mild malt that could be a little bit sweeter, which then shifts to an almost marmalade taste as the citrus, almost orange like hops take over which gradually turns to a nice light kick of a light grapefruit element.
Mouthfeel: The carbonation for this beer is perfect, it seems to flow fairly evenly throughout the beer and as a result very smooth transition between flavor. The hop aftertaste lingers a bit too long on the back of the tounge, but it doesn't leave the mouth too dry or too moist. I'd give it a 4.25 if I could, but I'm gonna go with the higher rank since I have to.
Drinkability: This stuff went down fast, and despite solid carbonation causes no gas issue and sits light on the gut. Tastes refreshing, even despite the slight hop dryness and goes down very smoothly. The hops at the end could use a slight reign in, but that is a minor complaint.
Final Thoughts: If you've read my reviews before, you know I'm not a big fan of beers that have a monstrous hop presence. This is the perfect hoppier beer for me. The hops are balanced with the malt to be dominant but not excessive. The carbonation however also play a huge factor in this beer. Best of all, perfect for any occasion save possibly at dinner. I highly recommend it, and would gladly pickup a 12 of it.
Serving type: bottle
10-23-2009 04:38:00 | More by TheHammer
More User Reviews:
3.39/5 rDev -1.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
12oz bottle with no freshness date poured into a pint glass
A: Light orange with a 1/2-finger head that settles quickly; pretty bubbles
S: Quite muted; some grain & citrus
T: Grain, citrus, a bit of lemongrass & herbs
M: Medium-bodied, crisp but a short finish
O: No flaws, worth a try but buy a single not a six pack
Serving type: bottle
06-21-2014 04:36:47 | More by ONUMello
3.59/5 rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
On draft at Sauce, San Francisco
Pale gold, white film.
Grain sack, hint of lemon.
Breadstick malts, lemon slushy and a hint of evergreen.
Vague lemon zest to end.
Thin, slightly clingy.
Watery and barely hopped. Nice on a hot summer eve, but doesn’t rep California very well.
Serving type: on-tap
05-13-2014 04:56:21 | More by StJamesGate
ACME California Pale Ale from North Coast Brewing Co.
79 out of 100 based on 469 ratings.