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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

471 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 471
Reviews: 282
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 13.91%
Wants: 7
Gots: 14 | 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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Rocketman8911

California

5/5  rDev +44.9%

08-08-2012 08:42:35 | More by Rocketman8911
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klesniew

Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +37.7%

04-27-2014 01:59:38 | More by klesniew
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kristenrae8

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +30.4%

07-23-2014 02:32:42 | More by kristenrae8
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StevieW

Florida

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2002 14:24:09 | More by StevieW
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Dapperticus

Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev +30.4%

07-04-2012 21:35:03 | More by Dapperticus
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thekanna

Maryland

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2012 05:21:59 | More by thekanna
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BeerManDan

California

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!

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2002 06:14:51 | More by BeerManDan
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teejay76

Utah

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2009 03:37:37 | More by teejay76
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DV8HARD

Florida

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2009 01:04:33 | More by DV8HARD
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DarthMalt

Virginia

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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dude!

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2002 18:16:04 | More by DarthMalt
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enfield249

Michigan

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2007 00:44:21 | More by enfield249
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MynamesRickJames

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +23.2%

05-25-2014 00:31:25 | More by MynamesRickJames
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ajsuper1221

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +23.2%

06-06-2012 00:59:37 | More by ajsuper1221
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MasterQ

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +23.2%

03-19-2012 06:24:59 | More by MasterQ
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addison1203

Mississippi

4.25/5  rDev +23.2%

04-08-2013 21:38:37 | More by addison1203
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gleemonger

California

4.25/5  rDev +23.2%

06-12-2013 20:52:09 | More by gleemonger
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RedwoodGeorge

California

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...

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2004 20:16:32 | More by RedwoodGeorge
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

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).

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2007 03:21:03 | More by ChainGangGuy
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chocosushi

Oklahoma

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2011 22:51:05 | More by chocosushi
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twelvsies

Maine

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2010 18:53:21 | More by twelvsies
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RonaldTheriot

Louisiana

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

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2010 23:56:27 | More by RonaldTheriot
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oelergud

Virginia

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

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2007 22:36:34 | More by oelergud
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Zorro

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2004 03:53:58 | More by Zorro
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TheLongBeachBum

California

4.1/5  rDev +18.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2003 20:27:10 | More by TheLongBeachBum
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mempath

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2009 00:50:39 | More by mempath
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ACME California Pale Ale from North Coast Brewing Co.
79 out of 100 based on 471 ratings.