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ACME California Pale Ale - North Coast Brewing Co.

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ACME California Pale AleACME California Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
79
okay

495 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 495
Reviews: 284
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 14.2%
Wants: 8
Gots: 18 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
North Coast Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 10-29-2001)
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Reviews by ctdfalconer:
Photo of ctdfalconer
4.03/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I was pleasantly surprised byt his beer. I was expecting the usual west coast pale ale Sierra Nevada clone, but this was only similar in color (a tad darker) and not much else. It did not have the overt, assertive hop character that one generally comes to expect in west coast pales, but rather it was a very malt--oriented brew. I quite enjoyed the lightly toasty-bready character that dominated the palate. It carries just enough hoppiness to dry out the finish so it doesn't remain cloying. If I lived near this brewery, I would seek out and frequent tap houses that carried it.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.35/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rich golden with a pretty fizzy head that really is non-existent,seems to be pretty carbonated though.Aromas are nicely mixed though nutty malt mixed with some piney hop that lingers nicely.Wow very subdued flavors here some toasted malt and caramel malt but very light the toasted aftertaste seems to be the most dominat aspect of this beer.The aromas only set me up for a let down of this beer,now not horrible by any means maybe like a lighter English "pale" but not what I expected from Cali.

Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice orange to amber color with a strong white head that disipates about 1/3 of the way down. It is very easy to drink due to its nearly perfect mouthfeel. The lacing follows the brew all of the way to the bottom of the glass. The mild hops make this a pretty weak APA but that's not a slight in this case. If I were to name any faults I would say that toward the end of the pint there was the slightest hint of metal almost a tap water after taste, though not strong and not lingering. This is a mild APA perfect for the guzzle.

Photo of skybluewater
2.9/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a peachy orange color. Smell's nearly non-existent. Taste is average. Nothing really jumps out at me, perhaps a little peach and grapefruit, but overall this is really pretty weak.

This is a servicable pale, nothing more than drinkable, and I say that only because there's nothing truly awful about this beer. But the price alone ($8.50 for a sixer) would prevent me from buying again (or at least often), as there are better tasting pales (Summit, Goose Island, Full Sail, etc.) available around here for $1-$2 less.

Photo of EastBay_Nick
2.75/5  rDev -20.3%

Photo of amalficoast
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Duster72
2.9/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy orangey amber with minimal head and no lacing. Very pretty looking beer! Aroma is biscuts, floral hops, and some fruits -- perhaps strawberry or apricot. Taste is sour frutiness with some floral hops and mild sweet maltiness. Mouthfeel is very thin. Doesn't really taste good, and I would not drink another. Very disappointing.

Photo of Jason
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12oz short brown twist, no freshness date.

Appearance: Light amberish gold with slight chill haze, a creamy bubbly white lace sits on top.

Smell: Mellow fruit, subdued esters and grain in the aroma.

Taste: Smooth and semi crisp malt flavours of bready grain, sweetness (honey?), subdued husk and fruit are dominant. A mild hop bitterness (faint citrus) is in and out quick, lingering grainy flavours and residual dextrins fade slowly.

Notes: Easy drinking pale ale even for the faint of heart. The specialty malts and an extra depth to this brew.

Photo of aquazr1
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Byeast
3.38/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-darker Amber orange , slighly hazy , thin head

S- citrusy/sweet fruit , slight pear , some grain , nothing very strong

T- a little fruity-citrusy , crisp , mild bread , small hop bitterness

m- crisp and carbonated

D- flavors are not really strong , but pleasant and drinkable.

Photo of jcdiflorio
3.2/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

stubby brown bottle 12oz crimped cap poured into a nonic glass.

Slightly hazy golden color slight reddish hue with a generous white creamy head with good to fair retention with decent carbination and few strings of bubbles rising from the center of the glass leaving some sparse curtians of lace.

Grassy,mineral,light perfume aromas,fruity apricot/peach like with a toasty carmell malt aroma in the background.Some hints of fresh bread. Pleasing aromas mostly on the faint side.

Clean taste,grassy,bisquity, fruity with a peach skin like taste,toasty carmell,nutty with a nice tartness finishes with a clean, light citrus bite. Very tangy,light and crisp.

Goes down very easy.light taste,not interesting enough to session. Would be a good beer on a summer day.

Photo of ironlung
3.73/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from trader joes for a buck...

A: Hazy orange with a great looking 2-finger head.

S: Faint grassy hops and biscut malt.

T: A bit heavier on the malt profile than I perfer. Still a very drinkable brew for a buck a bottle.

M: Not as crisp as I look for in my pale ales. Kinda heavy on the palate.

D: Like I said a decent pale ale for a buck. I won't seek this out. Woulden't turn it down if offered either.

Photo of Osiris9588
3.43/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, no date. Pours a copper color, a decent creamy head rests on top--decent retention and slight lacing. The aroma is dominated by fruit and subtle malt.

The tase is dominated by apple, grain, and light, sweet malt. The mouth is very light and does not demonstrate much complexity.

This is a very drinkable and rather enjoyable, though lightweight and somewhat forgettable beer.

Photo of moundbz
4/5  rDev +15.9%

smooth good bitter

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A mostly yellowesque beer, a little bit of orange in with it. Above average fluff in the head. Aroam was grapefruit hoppy, yet restrained.

Taste, very sessionable, easy drinking, yet plenty of bitterness and hop mouthfeel, seemed to be cascades. Never heavy on the palate, even on the rare occasion when I could tell the beer I was drinking wasn't the freshest. Just gets a little more bitter without as much hops. Is pretty distinguishable, has elements of both British and West coast pale to it.

Photo of williamjbauer
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of ADR
3.9/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Medium amber color, clear in the glass. Head of pale color, fluffy and of average height. Laces in simple vertical strings. Fruity aroma, lightly floral and apple-ish. Body is light and the carbonation is lively, a bit too much for my preferences. Subdued but noticeable maltiness, bready with some jam elements. Hops are more subtle than many, dialed down and peppery, pollen-like with a gentle snap. Easy-to-take profile, there's good drinkability here and its nice to run across an Amercan Pale with a more easy-going hop profile.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Magnificant appearance another notch in the belt for North Coast, with this copper orange apricot colored brew with a magnificant cream colored head full and vivacious foam layer that leaves even patches of lacing. Aroma is primarily nice wheaties like tones of cereal grain full malty and nice with a mild hop aroma just a kiss to finish it off. Flavor is more of the same Wheaties in a glass but it works so well the beers that have that cereal texture always hit me the right way, slightly citric with a bready finish. Mouthfeel has a medium body with nice smooth even carbonation making each sip joy in my mouth. Drinkability is like whoa I could drink this stuff for the pure simpicity and goodness I love the grainy tone just awesome session brew complex, cleand, and crisp.

Photo of dsauter
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of rastaman
1.95/5  rDev -43.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Tap@North Coast. Pretty bland pale ale, grainy, malty and tinny, some lemony hops in the finish, but hard to write too much about it. Probably one of the blander Pale Ales i had on my US trip, some slight aromatic hops in the finish, but not really, not much happening.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.63/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(Served in an American pint glass)
A- deep golden color with a clear body and a good carbonation. The head is thin smooth creamy white.

S- strong malt aroma mostly pale malt with a bit of crystal malt. no hint of hops.

T- nice hop spiciness at the front with a honey malt taste to follow. It has a bitterness from the hops that balances the sweetness at the finish.

M- medium-light mouthfeel with some fizzy carbonation to give it a little more body.

D- This is not an IPA. It has a great balance of hops and malt and they work well together. A very mild enjoyable beer for a session or a meal.

Photo of LXIXME
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of Brenden
3.43/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The color is a clear, bright gold with a deeper orange hue in the light. Activity looks spritzy, but the off-white head that forms is rich and dense. Retention is good and the head immediately begins to stick in heavy patches at the top of the glass, thinning from there down.
Hops are present on the nose, but also light. This beer seems to focus on balance, and isn't heavily hopped at all. There's plenty of orange in a background of grains and a particular malts blend that seems to offer a light fruits (think apricot) and breads balance.
The flavor is light but good, though lacking a bit in depth. Lightly floral notes with citrus and a touch of rind go against bready malt with just a slight touch of sweetness. There's a bit of an herbal element as well and almost that aspirin flavor just lingering toward the finish, where a light mineral character also kicks in.
The body is light, and it goes smooth and a bit more filling after just a light crispness. The smoothness and light carbonation almost distract from the thinness of it, but not quite.
This is easy drinking and sessionable, but it's a tad weak in depth all the way around, and certainly not what I expect from North Coast.

Photo of InfernoBoss
3/5  rDev -13%

Photo of IntriqKen
3/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pale golden amber with a small white head that melts to fine lacing ringing the glass.
Aroma is sweet malts and bready yeast.
Taste is sweet pale malt with a slight crisp orange citrus hops at the end but not enough, IMHO
Aftertaste is sort of sticky rather than drying.
Drinkabiliity is ok, but i like more inspiration frm my brews. Probably good for the newbie to craft beers, but I expect more hops from an APA..especially one born in the west

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ACME California Pale Ale from North Coast Brewing Co.
79 out of 100 based on 495 ratings.