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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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511 Ratings

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Ratings: 511
Reviews: 287
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 13.91%
Wants: 9
Gots: 24 | 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:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 10-29-2001

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Ratings: 511 | Reviews: 287
Photo of bditty187
3.03/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hazy, tawny-gold in hue with a lovely peachy influence; it has a typical APA color. White head, at the apex the foam was a half finger tall. Good head retention but after a few moments all that remained was a soapy cap. There was minimal spotty subsequent lacing. Overall, this is a decent looking beer.

The nose is muted citrus infused with caramelized grains, vaguely fruity. For some reason it doesn’t smell malty, it smells “grainy” (which is a cheap smell, BTW). I guess, blindly, I’d call this a Pale Ale but the nose is far from noteworthy. There is almost no complexity here. It is boring… but somewhat inviting, I suppose (but no really). Yawn.

The palate has almost no hop bite and the bitterness is minimal. For an APA, the lack of hops is a major flaw. I detect some flowery-citrus notes. Dull caramel grains, it is hard to call it malty. It is weakly fruity as well. The aftertaste is sweet and clunking with no bitterness. I want hop bitterness to linger in my APAs. Overall, this a very boring Pale Ale. What is the point of this?

Medium-light in body, low but natural carbonation, the mouthfeel is ordinary.

There are hundreds of better APAs on the market. Sure, this beer is easy to drink but I get no pleasure in doing so. As such, this beer is not drinkable. I could drink it again but most likely I won’t. There just isn’t a need. I purchased my bottle in Council Bluffs, IA. Skip it.

Photo of poluti
3.03/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It appeared to be a nice orange-gold. Nice bubbly white head. Thick with foam but didn't last. A good looking beer.
The smell was somewhat hoppy but the malt content was typical Acme and I wasn't too impressed. It sensed some floral.
There was a very imposing malt profile for the little bitterness that was in the beer. The balance errors on the side of sweet malt, and I wasn't that impressed for a CA PA, then again it wasn't bad.
It coats the mouth fairly well, however, I felt there wasn't enough carbonation to justify the taste.
I would pick this beer up again if there is a good deal on a six pack.

Photo of Chsyhkr
3.03/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Interesting beer.

Not your usual West Coast Style Pale Ale. Just enough hop bitterness to clean it up but lots of caramel and toasty-bready flavors more reminiscent of the English Pale Ale. Think a micro version of Bass.

Not bad, but not what I was expecting.

Photo of BeerWithMike
3.02/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled back on 10/30/13. Chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into one of my Vikings glasses.

Pours a hazy darker-gold with a 2-finger white fizzy head. Some spotty lacing was seen with each sip. The aroma was of some grain with a hint of citrus. Moderate carbonation. The taste was of some grains with a drier slightly bitter finish. Nothing really special. Maybe a hint of lemon.

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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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3/5  rDev -13%

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

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3/5  rDev -13%

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3/5  rDev -13%

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3/5  rDev -13%

Photo of Samp01
3/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy pale golden yellow with a medium white head. Aroma and Taste of biscuit malt, some grapefruit and fruity notes, with some light grass and a bit of barnyard and yeasty notes, followed by some hops bitterness. A medium body and soft carbonation on the palate. Finish is biscuit malt some light grapefruit and citrus notes with some grassy and mild funky notes. This seems a bit light for the style, needs more hops, and carbonation. Nothing really standout about this brew. Overall an ok brew. I was expecting more from North Coast.

Photo of MShinn
3/5  rDev -13%

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3/5  rDev -13%

Photo of JohnGalt1
3/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz picked up at the Boise Coop for about $1.40... poured into my New Belgium balloon glass.

Lite Hazy honey colored brew topped by a short last ing 1/2" white head.

Smell is predominantly pale malts and a touch of grassy hops.... a little yeast fruitiness... but pretty underwhelming across the board.

Flavor is the same with a little toasted malts... sweetness is balanced barely but the bitterness.... a lite lingering orangy citrus hop finish. Descent body, but the brew just doesn't do alot for me.... It's not remotely bad, but just average on all fronts.

North Coast does alot of fantastic brews, unfortunately, this is not one.

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ACME California Pale Ale from North Coast Brewing Co.
79 out of 100 based on 511 ratings.