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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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510 Ratings

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Ratings: 510
Reviews: 287
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 13.91%
Wants: 8
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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Photo of Bitterbill
3.81/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This bottle courtesy of Wasatch. Thanks John!

It pours a clear bright medium gold colour with a 2 finger head of foam. Lots of bubbles!

The smell is citrus hop bitter with some light notes of malt and maybe some grain. Not that inspiring.

The taste is more balanced...the hop bitterness is subdued compared to the nose and the malt brings a nice sweet aspect to the table and that's what I called nicely balanced. A "simple" brew that works well to my palette.

Light mouthfeel with medium carbonation and the head retention, well, it just won't go away.

Drinkabilty? I like what's going on here so, it's defintely very good. More than 1 bottle at a sitting would be a piece of cake.

Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS
3.82/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very good, average, non-offensive, here sweetie try this pale.

A. Small head, hazy, unfilterness, bits of sediment.

S. A bit lacking.

TM&D. A very drinkable offering from this brewery. I necessarily wouldn’t consider this a true Pale Ale, but more along the lines of an Extra Pale Ale. Drinakbility is very high. I think it is generously rated at 5%.

Photo of stevecee2003
3.82/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle.

Slight hazy color. that dampens the hazy amber hue. Get it? Lace is minimal.

Smell: There is an interesting smell. Distinctive grains, with some fruit included.

Taste: once again the grains are ever-present. Interesting flavour. Perhaps some hops involved. But truly an interesting taste.

Overall/notes: Not familiar with the Acme label, but this is a worthwhile beer to try.

Photo of BeerKangaroo
3.83/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Into a pint glass:

A: golden colored body that leaves a one finger white head that dies with a moderate pace to a thin coat of foamy head. Some light fast carbonation is seen rising. Barely any lacing is seen.

S: centers around some English malts and light citrusy hops come in.

T: citrus coming in a bit stronger. It has a slightly clean hop bite.

M: light to medium with nothing harsh on the tongue.

O: this is not a bad brew. I like this enough to have it again.

Photo of bishopgary
3.83/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured clear, golden to copper. About one inch of relatively thick off-white head. Took a while to dissipate, left some lacing.
S: Not much aroma, light malt and a bit of citrus or hops. I was expecting more here.
T: Overall good. Plenty of smooth malt, just a hint of hops and a slight bit of spice at the end.
M: Nothing extraordinary. I was not expecting quite as much carbonation.
D: Good. This is light, with enough complexity to keep it interesting. Good session beer in my opinion. Plenty of other folks must find it very drinkable because North Coast has been brewing this for a while.

Photo of BigRedN
3.83/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured from the stubby 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. The beer is a clear bright gold color. A nice 1 inch head forms and fades to a solid cover. Leaves layers of lace as I consume the beer.

Smell: Light hop aromas that give off first a floral scent than turns a little piney as the beer warms.

Taste: Initially this has a light malty body and some citrousy flavors which is quickly overtaken by a bitter hoppy end. Typically, I usually expect West Coast beers (California, Oregon, Washington) to be a little more hoppy than non West Coast beers of the same style. I was surprised at this in that it is not over the top hops. I like it.

Mouthfeel: Medium in body with light carbonation. There is a slight hoppy aftertaste, but otherwise this has a clean, slightly dry finish.

Drinkability: I put two of these in a mixed six pack of North Coast beers. I'm glad I gave them a try. A decent Pale Ale.

Photo of dsa7783
3.85/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single, 12 ounce bottle just purchased from Total Wine and More in West Orange for $1.79...
Pours a medium-amber, light copper color with a minimal head that quickly receded and left a fine amount of lacing around the glass...
Grainy, amber aroma which was somewhat bland and not too aggressive or assertive...
Very good, crisp, clean, bread and butter flavor with notes of caramel and nuts... Very refreshing and an overall good depiction of the style...
Great, creamy, rich mouthfeel with an equally good level of drinkability...
Good stuff... recommended...

Photo of Riggo
3.85/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Sampled last night at the Brickskeller. My first beer from North Coast and I was a little underwhelmed. Pours a clear honey-gold color with moderate white head. Nose is understated floral and malt notes. On palate, a clean and crisp ale but seemed to me to be lacking in depth/complexity and most importantly body. The mouthfeel of this beer is the letdown; just too thin. Flavor profile is dominated by slight cookie sweetness and cleanness of hops, but just not alot going on here. Drinkability here is very high indeed, but ends up sacrificing flavor and charm.

Photo of Naerhu
3.85/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was quite happy to find a bottle of this in Isetan Queens, Shinagawa, Tokyo, Japan.

A - Slightly cloudy light orange body with pure white head with sticky lacing. A little darker than I would expect to find in a pale ale.
S - Very nice, but relatively simple, orange/tangerine aroma.
T - Very nice mild ale. Nothing stands out, but it sure is nice to drink. Lots of nice long maltyness on the finish. Not very bitter or very sweet.
M - Mild carbonation, with a relatively light body for the style.
D - This ale is very easy drinking

Photo of popery
3.85/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a toned down pale ale that might be a little under-hopped, but when compared next to the IPA, the two beers seem to complement each other and provide more insight into North Coast's intent. The hops are understated compared to the IPA but this allows more time for the malt flavors. The flavor is floral and yeasty and smoother than most California pale ales. I enjoyed it more than I would have thought from a description, but I like hops and would ultimately prefer the IPA.

Photo of ADR
3.88/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Medium amber color, clear in the glass. Head of pale color, fluffy and of average height. Laces in simple vertical strings. Fruity aroma, lightly floral and apple-ish. Body is light and the carbonation is lively, a bit too much for my preferences. Subdued but noticeable maltiness, bready with some jam elements. Hops are more subtle than many, dialed down and peppery, pollen-like with a gentle snap. Easy-to-take profile, there's good drinkability here and its nice to run across an Amercan Pale with a more easy-going hop profile.

Photo of BeerSox
3.88/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into pint glass.

Slightly hazy golden hue with a thick and frothy off white head that slowly settles to a thick cap. Solid and sticky lacing along the glass.

Light grain with a little bit of a citrusy smell. The hops aren't very bitter and provide a very grassy aroma, along with some eathy yeast.

Powdery and slightly sweet grain. A little bit of diacetyl can be detected. The hops are low and there for balance. Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Some very light fruit flavors are in there too. The finish is the lingering grains, with a touch of the hops sticking around as well.

This is a rather refreshing Pale Ale that doesn't try to do too much. It's nothing too bitter and would go great with a meal or alone (or paired with another one of these). Recommended.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.88/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pour was decent, nice even amber in color with a modest head that settled down slowly and evenly over the course of the session, but left little in the way of lacing or any formative layer of foam. Light malted grains open up as it warms. Caramel, hints of piney hops, a nice touch of rich bready malts and a definite herbal quality to it.
Smooth and even with a nice soft and even consistency to it. Rich, warming hop notes great me across the palate and melt into a fine mix of caramel and smooth, subtle and lovely buttery notes. Final smack down comes from the hops which are nice and prominent in the finish and really go a long way into the final taste. Easily session able and much easier to put down then I thought it would be. I have to admit I grew quite fond of this one.

Photo of claybeer
3.88/5  rDev +12.5%
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 chicagoabbot
3.88/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz into a snifter...pours a clean and clear golden with a sizeable head. I like how light and pale this beer is; it seems like a lot of pale ales have been getting darker as a style lately.

Aroma is pretty sweet, but most pale ales are a little on the sweet side. Not a ton of complexity, but nothing objectionable and it's an enjoyable nose.

It's good on the tongue, some hop bitterness comes through with the malt and this balances out the aroma nicely. Decent complexity here, there are a number of things I can appreciate about this malt profile.

Mouthfeel is good too, zesty and light. I'll probably continue to buy more reasonably priced pales like SN more often, but I do like this beer and will get it again.

Photo of nsmartell
3.88/5  rDev +12.5%
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
3.88/5  rDev +12.5%
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 jerry60ray
3.9/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jsprain1
3.92/5  rDev +13.6%
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 PEIBeerGuy
3.92/5  rDev +13.6%
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 btorsdog
3.93/5  rDev +13.9%
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 BeenJammin
3.93/5  rDev +13.9%
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 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 TheHammer
3.96/5  rDev +14.8%
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 brakspear
3.97/5  rDev +15.1%
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.

ACME California Pale Ale from North Coast Brewing Co.
79 out of 100 based on 510 ratings.