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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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469 Ratings
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Ratings: 469
Reviews: 282
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 13.62%
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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Photo of thatdirtymick


1/5  rDev -71%

12-28-2011 19:52:26 | More by thatdirtymick
Photo of rastaman

United Kingdom (England)

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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-19-2005 11:25:24 | More by rastaman
Photo of Stunner97

New Jersey

2.1/5  rDev -39.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance- Yellow to golden brown color, little to light carbonation with light or small bubbling, thin to no head, slightly murky though transparent,

Smell- slights apples, with some malt and hops nothing overwhelming or great on the smell here jumping at me, little sour

Taste- Slightly hoppy on the finish but alot of yeast in this one, not sure if my batch was bad but a little bit our sourness to this, not a good flavor made me twinge a bit to be honest something off here

Mouthfeel- light bodied and soft

Drinkability- Gotta be honest and say I really didnt not like this beer it got a little better as you went on but not all that great, so many better versions of this style a beer, not one i would recommended to someone, but maybe i just got bad batch,

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2009 05:03:54 | More by Stunner97
Photo of wavz


2.13/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

First impression is everything. And everything I got from my first impression is a weak one. Poured and right away not much head that stuck around. A light orange pale copper hue. Aroma is not of a great malt or hop, but otherwise reminds me of a sam adams in flavor. Out of all of the Pale Ales I have tried this has to be one of the weakest ones. Try it out, but you will be disapointed. I know that I wont be fooled twice.


Serving type: bottle

08-24-2006 04:25:37 | More by wavz
Photo of SilentSabre

North Dakota

2.17/5  rDev -37.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I cannot believe that this is from North Coast. Everything I have had from those guys (up until now) has been fantastic, or at the very least, good. This isn't terrible, but it isn't good, either. It poured up a pale orange colour with a thick, foamy head that actually held shape like merigue on a pie. Smell was almost sickeningly sweet and quite honestly, it reminded me a little of malt liquor; that sweet BMC smell. Taste wasn't *as bad* as I was expecting, but I still didn't like it. Very bland and lifeless with very little of anything in the way of malt or hops. Detectable amounts were present, but if you have to go, "...wait...~have another sip~ ..I think I can actually taste some hop profile...." that isn't a very good beer. This was quite disappointing, I felt, and will be a drain pour. As always, however, I am certainly glad I was able to at least try it and add another brew to the list.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2007 00:13:09 | More by SilentSabre
Photo of alexgash


2.2/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Tawny, copperish orange body with a finger of filmy, off-cream head. Nose is...odd. Whiskeyish malts, some butter, alcohol (whiskey), and faint, herbal hops. Hmmm...doesn't smell like a pale ale. Taste lightly astringent whiskey-like malt. This might be phenolics, since it is a little medicinal too. Light biscuit flavor in there too. Hops are very modest to barely detectable. I hope something is askew with my particular bottle or else this is a bad beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2005 02:42:52 | More by alexgash
Photo of Noelito76

New York

2.25/5  rDev -34.8%

11-19-2013 09:24:23 | More by Noelito76
Photo of squirrel49

South Dakota

2.25/5  rDev -34.8%

04-27-2014 03:59:32 | More by squirrel49
Photo of DogFood11


2.35/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Shiney light copper, lots of fine carbonation support a pillowy white head, lacing is ring style and sliding, oily.

Really tough to pick out much of anything obvious in the smell, although it has a healthy grain smell, and very mild hops

Really laid back not only for a west coast pale but for any pale ale. The malts are earthy, Hop bill comes up short and is really non existent for the most part. There is a fruity element to it that lends to more of a citrus finish than anything else. Crisp and light its easy to drink but doesn't bring much power to the table

I'm a huge fan of this brewery and they make outstanding products up and down their line. The Acme Pale is what it is, a product that the masses could turn to and enjoy because there's nothing there that could offend one's palate. For me ....I'm out.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2006 01:32:00 | More by DogFood11
Photo of twiggamortis420


2.4/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12oz bottle pours a fairly clear, light copper color with a creamy off-white foam that displays average retention and pretty good lacing.

Ummmm, where's the hops? All I find here are some earthy, burnt caramel malts...maybe even a bit of a nutty chocolate tone. This is the third time to try this beer, each time thinking I had an old sample but the lack of hops has been equally disappointing each time.

Taste is the same way, this would do better as an amber ale. I have tasted more hops in some of the oktoberfests I have had recently. Earthy and burnt malt tones with some dull bitterness on the finish. They say there is a first time for everything, and I must say, this is the first time I have been utterly disappointed by North Coast. Send this one to the scrap heap, please.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2009 00:19:34 | More by twiggamortis420
Photo of drugsbunny


2.4/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

No freshness dating I could find. The bottle art is nice. This ale is average at best, with a decent aroma. Slightly hazy, not a lot of carbonation and a weak mouthfeel. Perhaps because of the beers dull taste. I heard good things about this brewery, and its other available beers, but this one is unimpressive. So many other good beers to choose and a heck of a lot cheaper on the East Coast that $10 a sixpack. Don't bother with this beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2006 17:14:39 | More by drugsbunny
Photo of TastyTaste


2.45/5  rDev -29%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Dark copper-gold in color, head is not that muc, just a thin layer of white bubbles on the top of the beer. Only light floral hops are present in the smell, and maybe a little malt. Very watered down and bland flavor. Some of the weakest hop presence for any pale ale I've had. North Coast struck out on this one.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2004 17:54:12 | More by TastyTaste
Photo of Graebner


2.48/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a pale yellow, reminiscent of Bud or something equally ghastly. No head.

Smells of peaches, blood, wet dog, light hops and some biscuit.

Tastes thinly of biscuit, light hoppy finish, little else.

Well balanced carbonation, thin feel, hops and alcohol in the finish. For a beer of this abv, the alcohol is undesirable and inexcusable.

Not terrible, not much good. Would likely sour in your stomach after a while. Will not buy again, and glad I only bought one this time.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2006 19:24:47 | More by Graebner
Photo of sevenshubby


2.5/5  rDev -27.5%

04-22-2013 02:24:13 | More by sevenshubby
Photo of LDemarais

North Dakota

2.5/5  rDev -27.5%

12-30-2011 06:51:42 | More by LDemarais
Photo of AtLagerHeads


2.5/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Well I must say I like the label. This beer was a pretty big disappointment to me. The pour created an intial great look, but it didn't last. The great golden tan head evaporated almost instantaneously. There was no lace whatsover. The color was dark amber and a bit cloudy; small numbers of floaters present - not appealing at all. The smell was of some malt with, perhaps, a dash of lemon. The mouthfeel was extremely watery and thin. There was very little sense of any balance. Someday I'd like to try this again to see if I somehow got an off bottle.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2003 19:42:20 | More by AtLagerHeads
Photo of AllHailBeercules


2.5/5  rDev -27.5%

09-01-2012 07:21:45 | More by AllHailBeercules
Photo of GiantMidget


2.5/5  rDev -27.5%

05-30-2014 01:53:22 | More by GiantMidget
Photo of TheHoppiest


2.53/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from a squat 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a hazy amber color with a minimal 1/2" head that reduces to nothing, leaving a rather flat-looking beer.

Has a grainy, yeasty aroma, with plenty of malt and very little hops. In checking the bottle there is no "brewed-on" date, and I only bought this a few days ago, but it has all the characteristics thusfar of beer past its prime.

Tastes sweet and malty, with honey and orange blossom flavors. A hint of straw before the mildest hit of hops to finish.

Medium bodied, with no carbonation to speak of, and a slighty peppery finish, the mouthfeel is unremarkable.

I bought this at an Acme grocery store, and I believe this is brewed by North Coast for Acme. I'm drinknig it less than a week after purchase. As such, if this is a malt-bomb because it sat on the shelf, well, that is Ame's fault. I'd avoid this on that basis alone.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2012 23:08:21 | More by TheHoppiest
Photo of BeerBelcher


2.55/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

As much as I've enjoyed some other North Coast products, I'm really disappointed with this one.

Appearance was a clear, dull amber. Aroma was lightly sweet and hoppy. Taste was weak and thin. Mouthfeel was similarly thin and not good. I'm not too impressed with this beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2007 03:34:00 | More by BeerBelcher
Photo of MrKennedy


2.6/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle poured into a Redoak globe style glass and purchased from Warners at the Bay.

Moderately deep golden appearance, pouring with a white, 2 finger, head of foam that dissipated quicker than expected.

The smell is exactly what you get when you open a can of corn kernels. Add a little bit of sweet malt and that is what you have. Not expected, not wanted!

Taste has the sweet malt hit first, balanced out by a small touch of citric hop flavour. Not really true to style and not great at all.

The body of this beer suits the style with the usual level of North Coast drinkability and feel to it. Definitely the best feature.

Overall, you drink the beer for what you taste and smell predominately and this is below par on both. Would need some major changes to this brew to see me contemplate grabbing another.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2011 11:00:37 | More by MrKennedy
Photo of joekfsu


2.6/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle. Pours cloudy orange with 2 cm of nearly white foamy head that is mostly diminishing. Aroma of citrus and bread. Initial taste is sweet with malt and citrus, but changes to a more balanced flavor with hops and bread flavors. Light body, not particularly having an alcohol presence, moderate lacing, and some aftertaste. Overall, doesn't compare to the other beers in this category.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2008 08:04:18 | More by joekfsu
Photo of garymuchow


2.6/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to my brother John from bringing me this one.
Aroma is a pretty much straight malt character. In time picks up some mild hop spiciness. Somewhat sweet. MIld and mildly complex.
Orangish gold. Clear. Bright white head with a creamy character. Lacing.
Flavor has a weak quality to it, even a bit watery. Also carries a soft quality too. What taste is there is a mix of a light malt with a mildly spicy hops. Hops present with bitterness mid to somewhat long finish, but it's not all that pleasing.
Soft and thorough carbonation. A bit too thin with a real watery quality.
Average or below for style. I tend to be a generous scorer, especially with this style, but it's just not there. Flavors improve a little with warmth, but not enough to make a difference.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2004 03:49:13 | More by garymuchow
Photo of Illinick


2.63/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pale-ish, golden-amber color with orange hues. Small, white, fizzy head that dissipates to very small ring quickly. Slight lacing, but not much.
S: Bland. Floral and green hop scent with hints of honey and a few sour-fruit notes. Also some grassy scents coming through. Watered down, not a lot of distinct flavors are present.
T: Again, bland and watered down. Floral and green hops here too with an herbal and grassy taste present. Noticeable honey and some bitter and sour fruit. Hint of malt sweetness in the background. Again, nothing too distinct.
MF: watery and light, lack of good carbonation.
Overall: I truly wanted to like this APA, I really like North Coast and their line of brews, but this was a huge disappointment for me. I'm wondering (and hoping) I got a bad bottle. It was bland throughout with a lack of distinct flavors anywhere. I'll give it another try to see if I got a bad bottle.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2005 17:10:20 | More by Illinick
Photo of blitheringidiot


2.65/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Stubby 12 oz’er pours into a pint with light yellow straw hues topped off with an ivory frothy cap coating that quickly settles to a collar.

Delicate grassy hops nose with some earthy notes.

First swigs: Grainy organic leafy ale with a dry clean aftertaste of apples. Vegetal and bland. Reminds me of a carrot flavor of malts.

Crisp feel. Light to medium bodied.

Last swigs: Diluted cider ale. Quite benign. Not a beer I would seek out again. The ACME IPA is usually reallt crisp and hoppy. I was expecting more. Just a dust cutter for the beer seeker.

Beer is good. Happy beering.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2005 10:05:05 | More by blitheringidiot
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ACME California Pale Ale from North Coast Brewing Co.
79 out of 100 based on 469 ratings.