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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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287 Reviews
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Reviews: 287
Hads: 520
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 13.37%
Wants: 10
Gots: 28 | 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

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Beer added by: kbub6f on 10-29-2001

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Reviews: 287 | Hads: 520
Photo of WAbeerfiend
4.75/5  rDev +38.1%

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 (450 characters)

Photo of StevieW
4.5/5  rDev +30.8%
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. (524 characters)

Photo of thekanna
4.43/5  rDev +28.8%
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. (536 characters)

Photo of BeerManDan
4.38/5  rDev +27.3%
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! (231 characters)

Photo of teejay76
4.3/5  rDev +25%
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. (328 characters)

Photo of DV8HARD
4.3/5  rDev +25%
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. (360 characters)

Photo of enfield249
4.3/5  rDev +25%
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. (504 characters)

Photo of DarthMalt
4.29/5  rDev +24.7%
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 Lahoi
4.28/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one gives Sierra Nevada pale ale a run for its money, and that says a lot coming from me bc SN might be my favorite all around beer.

Golden Amber color. Decent off white head that is retained throughout. Nice lacing.

Smell is a little more floral than I usually prefer but it's surprisingly pleasant.

Citrus, floral, pine, malt taste. Floral finish.

Feel is full, complex, and magnificent. Crisp, perfect carbonation.

This is a great beer. (449 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours brilliant amber under a 2” clingy off-white foam collar with a very fine, uniform bead.
S: Earthy, herbal aromas with traces of fruit.
T: Big fruity palate – mostly plum and melon - with biscuit and caramel. Suprising dry with a bitter hop accent.
F: Creamy, smooth, medium carbonation and body.
O: A refreshing, full flavored, easy to drink beer. (364 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.25/5  rDev +23.5%
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). (496 characters)

Photo of RedwoodGeorge
4.22/5  rDev +22.7%
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... (1,023 characters)

Photo of chocosushi
4.2/5  rDev +22.1%
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. (855 characters)

Photo of twelvsies
4.17/5  rDev +21.2%
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. (586 characters)

Photo of oelergud
4.13/5  rDev +20.1%
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 (470 characters)

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.1/5  rDev +19.2%
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 (406 characters)

Photo of Zorro
4.1/5  rDev +19.2%
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. (433 characters)

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.08/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours with a fantastic, lovely looking deep white head, the consistency reminds of a deep bubble bath covering. The head settles to about ½” - ¼” eventually, but it still looks great set atop the light almost clear golden body of the beer, for it has a very feint milky haze. Tilting my beer glass to 45 degrees and quickly returning it to its upright position, a cloudy myriad of small bubbles quickly rush to rejoin the underside of the head, this is a sign of good carbonation and hence fresh Cask beer in the UK. This is a bottled beer though, but it still goes to show high inherent carbonation nevertheless. This contributes to the beers mouthfeel and gives a lively mouth tingling experience as you down this beer. And it is “downed”, very quickly as it happens.
Aromas are quite malty, the initial taste is of sweet pale malt, the middle has some mild honey sweetness, and the finish slowly fades away with a mild bitterness and some biscuit residues. A highly drinkable, easy going, very smooth, clean and crisp tasting beer.
Not the usual American Pale Ale, in fact as some other US reviewers have stated, and as an Englishman I will reiterate it - this is very English in character for a Pale Ale.
That said, regardless of style conformity – which I ignore, this is a highly quaffable, reasonably priced beer nonetheless. Good stuff.
Oh, and I am in deeply in love with the “Woman in Red” on the label. LOL. (1,432 characters)

Photo of mempath
4.07/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

different (later?) label on the bottle (black with the same trapeze femme...)

nice foamy head with excellent lacing...light amber/red look

very malty, barely hoppy smell...same for the taste...though wanting the hop punch in the face, loving the maltiness today. my second favorite beer flavor component.

very similar to (am i repeating myself today?) anchor steam and yuengling lager...

a quite drinkable, fairly distinctive brew. (436 characters)

Photo of NODAK
4.07/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The aroma here is quite malty and creamy...some caramel there...certainly a bit sweet. Surprising for style.

For an APA, this is pretty unique. There isn't much of a hop profile on this one at all. In fact, it reminds me more of an English Pale Ale. Taste is a malty combination of some caramel with a bit of biscuit...a good deal of creaminess. Tastes a lot like some red ales I've had. Finishes very clean, with basically nothing lingering on the palate.

This beer is light in body, and somewhat light on taste, but is very drinkable because the flavors present are tasty. I can imagine some people may wonder what the heck hoppened to any semblence of hoppiness here, and I wouldn't blame them, but I am just fine with it. (728 characters)

Photo of putnam
4.07/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This label, like the other two Acmes in my posession, bears an image of a redhead exhuberantly swinging on a rope with a full glass of beer in her free hand.
This is the first time I've seen this brand, though have been curious since learning of its existence on the North Coast Brewery's website.

Pale for a Pale, though high-chroma orange colors draw attention to its radiant clarity. The aromas are bronzed, glazed orange blossoms underlain with sticky, sour fruit sugars and spices. Analog aroma pairing: buttermilk squash fritters, touched with nutmeg.
I served 1/2 of this beer quite warm and let it sit for 30 minutes before drinking. I expected a sugary mess yet that has not been the case. Its texture is silky and aethletic. Sooty tannins and light body effect a bright, cleansing mood : pleasant, even if a bit like scouring powder. The fruit is jellied lemon and purple grapes -- mashed seeds and all. Sweet pastries and butterscotch nourish the fruit.
Cold, and the bite is tougher. It's kind of a rustic he-man beer now, nice and dry for drinking in the desert. A steely fizz squeaks tunefully now. It's finished now. (1,138 characters)

Photo of nighthawk
4.05/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with no freshness date, poured into mug.

Appearance: Bright, clear straw body turning to gold in the middle, with a good-sized white head that leaves some lacing as it settles. Good retention.

Aroma: Mild honey and caramel backbone with a nice overlay of floral hops.

Taste: Fairly sweet honey and biscuit with a nice mix of floral, citrus and spicy hops. Light bittersweetness on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, clean, and light in the mouth. Carbonation is perfectly light.

Drinkability: Tasty and refreshing. Goes down quite nicely. A bit pricy in my neck of the woods, but would definitely recommend it. (622 characters)

Photo of sacfly
4.04/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lightly cloudy, dark golden color. Head dissipates rapidly. Malty, faintly sweet smell. Light, slightly bitter flavor. No malt to speak of. Clean finish.

Nothing special, but a nice, pleasant, easy drinking brew. If you are looking for complexity, you will not find it here. But a refreshing brew to drink while cutting the grass on a hot summer day. (353 characters)

Photo of schoolboy
4.03/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This seems like an innocuous little ale that would simply be very nice to drink, and that's exactly what it turns out it is.

California looks outstanding in the glass. The color is beer yellow with moderate bit persistent head. It is very clear.

taste is moderate paddle ale. Nothing is out of place. It stays nice and well mannered, but the aftertaste is more boozy than the lower alcohol would seem it should taste. I would buy and recommend this ale.in the future. (471 characters)

Photo of ctdfalconer
4.02/5  rDev +16.9%
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. (581 characters)

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ACME California Pale Ale from North Coast Brewing Co.
79 out of 100 based on 287 ratings.