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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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495 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 495
Reviews: 284
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 14.2%
Wants: 8
Gots: 18 | 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 nsmartell
3.9/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I enjoyed this beer from the comfort of my own living room. From the 12oz bottle to a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy copper color with a billowy off white head that faded quickly.

Smell: Hint of grapefruit and malts.

Taste: Citrusy, sweet and malty.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium-bodied and well carbonated.

Drinkability: Very impressed with this ale. Would certainly seek out again.

Photo of allergictomacros
3.9/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Clear amber. Foams up well with 1.5 inches of dense, tan bubbles. Sticky lace.

S - A bit metallic with pine and grapefruit. Noticeable malt and slight earthiness.

T/M - Well balanced. Slight tartness up front with a solid malt middle and citrus hop. Husky grain and a light bitterness in the finish. Body is light and carbonation zippy, but not harsh.

D - Solid middle-of-the-road, balanced pale ale. Maybe a touch on the light side but still tasty.

Photo of claybeer
3.93/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Acme Pale Ale is a little golden and soft yellow with a strange orange tint that is only apparent in the middle of the beer. The head was very thin but it never seem to go away. I only got some earthy bitterness on the nose. I enjoyed the presents of some soft tart citrus with what seems like the perfect amount of hops to balance this beer out. The finish is very refreshing. It doesn't linger at all on the end. This is a beer I could drink all the time. Weather I was mowing the lawn, BBQ outside or just sitting on the back poarch.

Photo of jsprain1
3.93/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-It pours a nice dark straw color, with a large head that fades sort of rapidly and leaves a moderate amount of lacing.
S- The scent reminded me of a farm, not at all in a bad way. It was a very grainy scent, with a bit of citrus and light hops.
T- The taste is similarly grainy up front. This fades to a mild hops taste with a bit of citrus and honey. Overall, a pretty good taste.
M- Decent, but it leaves my mouth a little dry.
D- A worthy choice for a pale ale. It's a bit sweet compared to your average pale ale.

Photo of btorsdog
3.95/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Acme Pale-A Rock Solid APA. The name makes me want to watch some "RoadRunner" cartoons though!
Anyhow.. definetly a good brew. Extremely well balanced and a semi-hoppy bitter finish on this one ,makes it quite enjoyable!Very clean, light and crispy mouthfeel keeps these going down real nice like. Not a show-stopper but a decent one to check out.

Photo of andyinsdca
3.95/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: a light amber, great head with lacing that lasted through the whole pint.
S: A little bit toasty, maybe some nuts? A bit hoppy, but not strong. Very nice!
T & M: A lightly hopped PA, very good taste, with a bit of spice for after taste. A great mouthfeel.
D: Very drinkable.

A great beer! I really liked this. It's not a super strong west coast pale ale, but a solid pale ale that stands on its own.

Photo of BeenJammin
3.95/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - pours a pale straw color with a large white head
S - floral and grape fruit hops with a nice fruity malt character
T - the flavor has some nice fruity malts with some hops that taste herbal and somewhat like grapefruits. Has a slight amount of bitterness in the end.
M - a bit too light
D - The beer is drinkable and I like looking at the label.

Photo of PEIBeerGuy
3.95/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The colour is right about where I thought it would be; about halfway between an IPA and a generic pale ale. It's pale, but has a cloudy amber-rose appearance... like a translucent apricot. I found the head disappointing. I didn't give it a hard pour, but a very little head was gone before I could turn the camera I took its picture with off. At least its ring of suds left some lacing.

The smell is very subtle. A bit malty... like caramel with some orange peel. It's a nice blend of malt and hops.

The taste kicks it up a bit. It's what you get in the smell, but more pronounced. The flavour turns a bit to a mix of orange and grapefruit... even a hint of cherry, backed up with some malt sweetness / slight fullness.

The mouthfeel is good. The carbonation is just about right, and it's a little viscous like their IPA. It's not overly bitter, dry, or anything else. It's pretty well-balanced.

It's a pretty refreshing ale, and quite good overall. Against other American pale ales, I think it fares pretty well, as compared to the ACME IPA, which doesn't stack up quite as well to its IPA competition.

Photo of ZenAgnostic
3.98/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. No stamped date.

Appearance - Pours enormous four finger off-white head with low stick and decent to good retention. Very slightly hazy clear light gold body.

Smell - Slight musky corn and wet grass. Low but slightly noticeable maltiness, and no alcohol presence.

Taste - Grassy. Amorphous. Medium bodied.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied. Slightly creamy/chewy/sticky. Slight solvency/astringency. Some bite.

Overall Drinkability - Pretty decent for the style. The offcharacters aren't too unbalancing or annoying. Would be decent for both a session and somewhat decent for a tasting beer.

Photo of brakspear
3.98/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very drinkable pale ale. Cloudy orange body with faint wispy head that disappears quickly. The aroma is malt and yeast esters with faint citrus from the hops. The taste is slanted towards the malt and fruity esters with just a faint bitterness to balance the malt. I imagine this would be a very good beer on draft and on a warm summer day.

Photo of GClarkage
3.98/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

03/15/05- Purchased at Trader Joe's in San Francisco, CA

Presentation- 12 oz bottle with no best by dates to be found. Poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance- Amber-brown color pour with a nice inch white head and decent lacing.

Smell- Not much of a smelling beer. Maybe some sweet malt and a bit of orange or lemon?

Taste- Decent mixture of malt and hops. The sweetness of the malt and the slight bitterness of the hops works very well together.

Mouthfeel- Moderate carbonation.

Drinkability- An excellent session beer IMO. A great balanced brew.

Photo of flagmantho
3.98/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: slightly hazy yellow-golden color with a one-finger white head.

Smell: light malt aroma with light, citrusy, floral hops. Subtle but enticing ... something about its restraint edges up my score a little bit.

Taste: malty, quite citrusy, not too bitter. The hops continue to be floral but there is also a little bit of an earthy quality to them in the flavor. Quite good indeed.

Mouthfeel: light-to-medium body with a nice level of carbonation that yields a good creaminess.

Drinkability: quite nice. This might be one to keep around the house ... should have bought a whole sixpack.

Photo of TheHammer
3.98/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this one from Ludachris, I never really heard of it, so lets get to it.

Appearance: A solid pour gives me a good solid thumb of head, off to a good start. The head laces and retains fairly well and the body boasts good carbonation. The color though is a bit odd as a somewhat cloudy and sickly orange and yellow appearance which isn't completely out of place given the style, but a bit odd.

Smell: Mild citrus hops that took a bit of warming to come out, merely nod to a backdrop of simpler malts. Certainly nothing bad in this department, although I've had beers with less of a hop presence turn out disastrous.

Taste: Wonderful stuff, it starts with a bit of mild malt that could be a little bit sweeter, which then shifts to an almost marmalade taste as the citrus, almost orange like hops take over which gradually turns to a nice light kick of a light grapefruit element.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation for this beer is perfect, it seems to flow fairly evenly throughout the beer and as a result very smooth transition between flavor. The hop aftertaste lingers a bit too long on the back of the tounge, but it doesn't leave the mouth too dry or too moist. I'd give it a 4.25 if I could, but I'm gonna go with the higher rank since I have to.

Drinkability: This stuff went down fast, and despite solid carbonation causes no gas issue and sits light on the gut. Tastes refreshing, even despite the slight hop dryness and goes down very smoothly. The hops at the end could use a slight reign in, but that is a minor complaint.

Final Thoughts: If you've read my reviews before, you know I'm not a big fan of beers that have a monstrous hop presence. This is the perfect hoppier beer for me. The hops are balanced with the malt to be dominant but not excessive. The carbonation however also play a huge factor in this beer. Best of all, perfect for any occasion save possibly at dinner. I highly recommend it, and would gladly pickup a 12 of it.

Photo of KYGunner
3.99/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Dark golden coloring this poured magnificent bright white head. Cloud like billowing and frothy thickness this scores points for its brilliant structure.

The scent is malty of course, but it has a light lemony citrus backdrop. Weak piney hops are not quite as strong as it should.

What a great smooth, crisp taste and feel. Strong barley malt flavor with hints of tea leaves and pine. This just rolls across the palate with utter ease and holds a biscuity aftertaste.

Overall, what a pleasant surprise. I'm a fan of North Coast but this really helps solidify my love.

Photo of zp185
3.99/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of moundbz
4/5  rDev +15.9%

smooth good bitter

Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Magnificant appearance another notch in the belt for North Coast, with this copper orange apricot colored brew with a magnificant cream colored head full and vivacious foam layer that leaves even patches of lacing. Aroma is primarily nice wheaties like tones of cereal grain full malty and nice with a mild hop aroma just a kiss to finish it off. Flavor is more of the same Wheaties in a glass but it works so well the beers that have that cereal texture always hit me the right way, slightly citric with a bready finish. Mouthfeel has a medium body with nice smooth even carbonation making each sip joy in my mouth. Drinkability is like whoa I could drink this stuff for the pure simpicity and goodness I love the grainy tone just awesome session brew complex, cleand, and crisp.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

ACME California Pale Ale pours a slightly hazy amber body with golden highlights beneath a creamy head of off-white froth. The head retention is quite good, and it holds a solid, creamy surface covering throughout most of the glass. Lacing is very nice as well.

In the nose it expresses a combination of lightly sweet and just mildly biscuity malt and notes of apricot.

It's medium-light bodied and smooth across the palate with a very-fine-bubbled, median carbonation.

The flavor reveals more maltiness than the nose suggests, and it's fruitiness becomes quite wrapped up in it. It's supple and delicious with a kind of a honeyish and floral character to it, but in a way lacking the "bite" or "snap" that's expected of an American pale ale - not that that's a fault, just an observation! In fact, it leaves it very rounded and smooth, and quite drinkable! It finishes fairly short and dry with a lingering note of tangerine/apricot, and a mild bit of floral, piney, and even grassy, hops.

Nicely done! Interesting, and perhaps, quite unique... I'm not sure I've ever had a beer like it.

Photo of russpowell
4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured honey colored with white lacing. Good lacing & average head retention

S: Grassy notes & piney hops as the ale warms

T: Malt sweetness with piney & floral hops up front. Fruittyness follows with a slight alcohol tinge. Finishes fruity with a piney hop kick

MF: Medium bodied with a good balance & carbonation

Drinks pretty easy, just not super complex

Photo of jrw
4/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of mbacon3227
4/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of DrunkenMonk
4/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of kurt5316
4/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of cousineddy
4/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of auxiliary
4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance - Copper in color, small white head and some lace left on the glass.

smell - A balance of some hops and malt here.

taste - Nice balance here, not a lot of hops, less hops then what I expected here.

mouthfeel - Medium body.

drinkability - Nice balanced beer, worth a try. Body was nice on this one.

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