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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: 19 | 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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Photo of Rocketman8911
5/5  rDev +44.9%

Photo of WAbeerfiend
4.75/5  rDev +37.7%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tumbler on 04.17.14.

A: Somewhat opaque red/orange. No head with aggressive pour.

S: Spices, sweet malt, grape.

T: Grape, caramel dominate. Tangy citrus is more subtle.

M: Crisp. It felt very carbonated.

O: The lack of a head was probably because this was an old bottle. The taste was great, though. Sweet grape came on first, followed by caramel, and then a tangy citrus finish lingered. I loved it.

Rating: A

Photo of klesniew
4.75/5  rDev +37.7%

Photo of kristenrae8
4.5/5  rDev +30.4%

Photo of StevieW
4.5/5  rDev +30.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear copperish to brown color. A very impressive foamy beige head, falls over the edge of the glass and settles very slowly. Nice balanced smell of a west coast hop variety,and malty biscuit bite. Taste was balanced, and very good. Big malty biscuit taste, matched with a slow bitter hop taste transition. Sublte finish, great balanced taste lingers on your taste buds. Medium bodied, very good rendition of an American Pale Ale. Love the name, and label. If you see it, and are not sure, buy it, you won't be dissapointed.

Photo of Dapperticus
4.5/5  rDev +30.4%

Photo of Thesaxbro
4.5/5  rDev +30.4%

Photo of thekanna
4.45/5  rDev +29%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a gorgeous orange-gold with what looks like a pretty hefty body and 2 fingers of thick, white froth at the top; this leaves patchy lacing down the side.

S: Fresh; A bit of sourness with hints of peaches and oranges.

T/M: Effervescence tingles the palate to begin with, followed by an slightly slick, juicy body with notes of apricot and citrus. Effervescence tingles the tongue at the end, with an aftertaste of subdued herbal, hop bitterness.

D: Incredibly drinkable and enjoyable. Would work as a fantastic session beer.

Photo of BeerManDan
4.4/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep golden in color. The there is a strong smell of hops with a slight hint of barley. This beer is clean tasting and well balanced in it hops and barley. Avery smooth and pleasant after taste. Another great beer from North Coast!

Photo of teejay76
4.33/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy copper color with a fluffy off-white head that rapidly dissipated.

Smell: Wonderful malty citrus aroma

Taste: Delicious! Tastes how it smells with great aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Great balance between hops and carbonation.

Drinkability: I really like this beer. It will definitely enter the rotation.

Photo of DV8HARD
4.33/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I served a bottle into a Pilsener glass. The head was frothy and large with a hint of amber. The most prominant smell is that of honey.

The appearance is cloudy and an amber color.

I'm very impressed with the taste. It's clean, which I like. I can taste honey, hops, and an above average alcohol taste. It's not very carbonated.

I would recommend this beer.

Photo of DarthMalt
4.33/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Why, this is just a lovely beer!

I was expecting (actually looking forward to, in a voyeuristic sort of way lately) to getting knocked on my ass with the typical 1-2 hop-punch of what is found in many APAs, but instead, what I found is this sweet little beer (with the buxom beer wench on the cover) just wanting to be loved.

There is all this sort of honey/malty/caramely aroma and flavor about this beer, but it comes completely devoid of any of the cloying aspects of those sickening-sweet characteristics, and instead displays with a very stout and manly balance of hops and malt and water profile.

It is reserved like a good bitter or English ale, but it is distincly not of those genres. It takes what is best of those styles, and incorporates them into this seriously ssssssscrumptious quaffing machine that makes me want to dye my hair blonde and buy a surfboard.

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Photo of enfield249
4.33/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Mid amber color. 1 finger of head when poured, no lacing.

S - When I first opened the bottle I had a strong fruity smell. Apples a little, or pears. I don't taste any of that in the beer however.

T - Really good taste. Crisp, clean, not overly hoppy. Nice amount of carbonation, just enough that you know it's there but not to much to make it sharp.

M - Sharp, not too much body, a good mix of "light" and dark"

D - Very drinkable. Good flavor, great looks. I very much enjoyed this beer.

Photo of MynamesRickJames
4.25/5  rDev +23.2%

Photo of ajsuper1221
4.25/5  rDev +23.2%

Photo of MasterQ
4.25/5  rDev +23.2%

Photo of addison1203
4.25/5  rDev +23.2%

Photo of gleemonger
4.25/5  rDev +23.2%

Photo of RedwoodGeorge
4.25/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

North Coast Brewing's "Acme California Pale Ale" was an unexpected surprise; more like an amber ale than a typical PA it's certainly a beer I want to revisit.

The pour was rather typical, slightly cloudy and a dark orange-amber color. The head was a bit on the thin side and it disappeared quickly.

The smell was quite inviting - lots of fruit and malt notes with only the slightest hint of grassy hops. Taste was even more of a surprise; this was a rather sweet Pale Ale with some very strong fruit notes of apricot, peaches and raisins. Overall well balanced and quite complex with enough of a dry hop finish to keep you coming back for more.

As is often the sign of a new brew that I'm trying for the first time, if my reaction is "I need to get back to the store to get more of these!" then it rates high on drinkability. While I might be tempted to deduct points for deviating from the style (this is much more like a typical Northern California Amber Ale) it's just so tasty that I'm going to let it slide...

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.25/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours a hazy, orangey-copper body with a full, bubbly white head.

Smell: Pleasant aroma of toasted grains, caramel, biscuits, and some light citrus.

Taste: Sweet, smooth caramel malts with a bit of toasted grains. Hops are fairly light and provide a bit of citrus as well as some floral notes. Ends with a softened finish that's both lightly sweet and bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Mild carbonation.

Drinkability: A nice, light APA. I can drink this all day along (and do).

Photo of chocosushi
4.22/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Revisiting this one.

12oz->Hoegaarden Hexagon-style

A ~ Pours a toffee/honey color. Moderate lacing with some retention.

S ~ Pale malt, Caramel malt, medley of citrus & berry

T ~ Significant amount of complex & doughy malt flavors. Breadstick, dinner roll, crusty bread come to mind. Honeysuckle mid-palette. The hops lend a grassy yet spicy quality, finishing with pleasant graham cracker-like malt. No bottle date, but I believe this one is very fresh.

M ~ Really good flavor for a lower-abv Pale. Very toasty. This is the kind of Pale I would buy again & again for it's classic flavor & low-abv. I'm loving the finish.

D ~ At 5% this is easily drinkable after a hard day of work. Definitely seek out. I've been on a Pale-kick & this one shines out many others (besides the Schlafly). Complex yet simplistic.
It's a joy that it is Northcoast.

Photo of twelvsies
4.15/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pale orange amber, actively bubbling and a smooth finger of head. Great representation of grains in the nose - lightly sweet and toasty malt, doughey, milk and honey, and a faint hint of herbal tea hops. Really inviting. Nice malt profile to this one - lots of flavor coming through, grainy and fresh, warm biscuit, cream soda, subtle but tasty. Very restrained on the hops, interesting. Excellent, smooth soft and creamy on the palate and the winning bright malt profile here make this beer a real session beer and quite the nice change from the normally hoppy west coast pale.

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.13/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Acme Pale Ale has a medium, off-white head and a cloudy, orange-golden appearance. Lacing is decent. The aroma is of citrus and wood, with a sharp sweetness to it. Taste is a fine balance of barley, spicy hops, and other subdued flavors. Mouth-feel is surprisingly light and watery. Acme Pale Ale finishes refreshing. This was quite enjoyable to drink. Another winner from North Coast Brewing Company.

RJT

Photo of oelergud
4.13/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden copper transparent body, low carbonation, big fluffy white head of tiny to large bubbles, great retention and clumpy lace.
Light scent of bread and mild hay, just abit of honey.
Nice and relaxed malts just gliding along with hops scattered here and there. Good balance. An aftertaste so mild and gentle it's barely there.
Nice mouthfeel, full yet light, abit of coating.
Perfect summer session brew, mild but still with enough flavor and low abv.

-Oelergud

Photo of Zorro
4.1/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark gold almost orange clear beer.

Smell is very malty with a nice dry hay and tea aroma from the hops.

Taste is quite nice, a bit complex malt and caramelized sugar flavor. It's not as sweet as it sounds in the first sentence. Grain tastes like biscuit are here too. Very tasty brew.

Mouthfeel is very good.

Super drinkable brew. Tasty and has no over the top dimension, a good beer to lure Budweiser fans with.

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