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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 ChainGangGuy
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).

Photo of jettjon
3.45/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From the 12 oz stubby bottle into a cervoise. Golden amber with a moderate amount of tiny carbonation. Big white foamy head that fades slowly leaving plenty of lacing behind. Nose of piney hops and a bit of yeast. Flavor of moderate piney hops, citrus, and a decent sweet malt balance. A bit bready. Ho-hum finish.. Mouth is wet and somewhat thin with an average level of carbonation. Drinkability is OK; it’s inoffensive but then again it’s unimpressive.

Overall: Kind of disappointing coming from North Coast. There are several APA’s I’d choose before this one.

Photo of BretSikkink
3.4/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light amber beer with some golden/orange highlights. Slightly hazy, effervescent bubbles, and nice white head.

Aroma is very mild, there's some fruitiness but also an unpleasant hint toward grain husk that's foreboding.

Very easy drinker here, not a ton of depth. There is some sweetness that plays nicely with the biscuity malt, also tending towards a lighter grain, while the hops make an appearance without leaving much behind. There is some dextrin to the sweetness which gets bigger with warmth.

Not bad, nothing great. Perfect alternative for a BMC'er to get into specialty/craft brews, as this one brings a smaller sensibility without losing macro drinkability. Sessionable, but not great.

Photo of hunteraw
3.21/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Different bottle than that pictured, more retro in theme. Pours fairly light amber in color, decent head, good retention, some lacing.

Smell: A little off-putting at first, some over-ripe fruit over citrusy hops.

Taste: Tastes better than it smells. A little lacking: sweet grain, enough hops bitterness to balance, but not a huge amount of discernible hops flavor.

Mouthfeel: Light-medium body, good carbonation.

Drinkability: Wouldn't want another.

Photo of henrysunset
4.02/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

clear, visibly carbonated yellow beer with white head. pretty unspectacular.

sweet and florally hoppy. "crisp", bit of citrus; oranges.

taste is sweet and citrusy. clean, very mild citrus and malt finish. very nice. sweeter and less hoppy than most pale's i've had lately.

smooth enough for a 4.5 mouthfeel. exceptionally drinkable.

Photo of Duster72
2.94/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy orangey amber with minimal head and no lacing. Very pretty looking beer! Aroma is biscuts, floral hops, and some fruits -- perhaps strawberry or apricot. Taste is sour frutiness with some floral hops and mild sweet maltiness. Mouthfeel is very thin. Doesn't really taste good, and I would not drink another. Very disappointing.

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 oelergud
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.


Photo of cjgator3
3.3/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Short stubby 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. The aroma has a pretty nice toasty maltiness and a faint amount of hops as well. The taste is a decent balance of biscuity malt and hops in the finish but just seems a little boring. Overall, this is a pretty decent brew but I expected a little more hops from a west coast APA.

Photo of BeerBelcher
2.62/5  rDev -24.1%
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.

Photo of zeff80
3.72/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear gold color with a foamy, two-finger head. It appeared highly carbonated.

S - It smelled of malt and hops (Cascade?).

T - It tasted fairly hoppy with a biscuity malt flavor. Also, some slight bitterness.

M- It was crisp and medium-bodied.

D - A very nice APA. Good hop flavor and maltiness.

Photo of peabody
3.8/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a hazy honey straw color with two fingers of nice white suds. Some nice lacing appears here.
Has a peachy sweet smell. Hops and nice yeast mixed with a caramel aroma.
Taste is apricot. While not as good as the Aprihop it is still a pretty nice beer. A very slight hint of hops but it is the malt that covers the tounge.
Malty mouthfeel that dissapates quickly leaving a very slight bitterness.
This would be a nice session beer but I would want to have it at a bar on tap with lots of nice friends to help out.

Photo of SuperSpy
3.4/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - This pale ale pours up hazy, and dark golden. The bubbles vigorously rise to build up a BIG, snow white head that leaves behind some wonderful lace.

The aroma is somewhat fruity, with a hint of apricot and a light maltiness. With the apricot becoming more apparant as it warms.

The fruit is also very apparant in the flavor. There is a mix of apricot and malty sweetness combined with a hop earthiness that all balances very well.

The beer is light-medium bodied with a decent amount of carbonation that contributes to a somewhat light but creamy feeling on the palate.

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 alexskovan
3.54/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a light coppery color with a thick, persistent white head. Very pretty to look at. Smell was non-assertive, malt and fruit. Taste was surprisingly mild, but very refreshing, and a nice alternative to all those micro pale ales that are cloudy and hopped to death.

A good beer for a session, and would probably be acceptable to the uninitiated who know only American macros -- and the pretty lady on the label is a nice touch.

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

Thanks jhammerly for this one. Pours a cloudy golden yellow color, nice carbonation, head quickly disappears, some lacing afterwards. Scents of malts, hops, slight citrus, and slight spices. The taste is lacking the hops that are in most APAs I'm use to. Light-Medium body. Drinkable, but would not recommend.

Photo of Osiris9588
3.4/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, no date. Pours a copper color, a decent creamy head rests on top--decent retention and slight lacing. The aroma is dominated by fruit and subtle malt.

The tase is dominated by apple, grain, and light, sweet malt. The mouth is very light and does not demonstrate much complexity.

This is a very drinkable and rather enjoyable, though lightweight and somewhat forgettable beer.

Photo of veech
3.8/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was a very mild pale ale with lower than expected hop levels, but very drinkable. It was smooth and balanced with less bitterness than usually found in American pale ales. The color, nose and carbonation were all a little on the light side as well, but not necessarily negative. They all complimented this more subtle, but extremely smooth ale. Hop heads need not apply, but for those of us porter/stout devotees, this was a mild enjoyable ale with enough bitterness to appreciate without being overly so. This was the last of the North Coast beers that I had yet to try that are available in my local area. I am intrigued by Brother Thelonius, hopefully it will make in roads soon.

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 mmmbeer
3.38/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. stubby with some code on the glass. It pours a hazy bronzed amber with light carbonation and a finger of off-white head that leaves little lacing. There are perfumy, leafy/green hops in the nose along with some sweetness and a body that tastes similar, but with the addition of caramel, mild esters, and a low bitterness. The body is medium with medium carbonation and a short finish due to the light flavor. Nothing great - I was expecting more from North Coast.

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.


Photo of Graebner
2.52/5  rDev -27%
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.

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.64/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a hazy, orangish copper color and is topped by a thin pale tan colored head that quickly becomes patchy. The aroma is a nice mix of citrus-like bergamot notes, a touch of pine, toasted grain, a touch of caramelized malt sugars, a nice biscuit-like notes. While nothing is wow about this aroma, it is really nicely integrated and strikes quite a refreshing balance of hop and malt aromatics.

Sharp, and nicely bitter from the get go, the hop bitterness is found throughout the flavor profile of this beer, it even lingers on in the finish. A touch of bergamot, combines with a very light resinous note and a more evident hop astringency that melds with the perception of bitterness. There is a nice clean malt character here as well, it provides a light palate to this beer that keeps it nice and quaffable. A touch of malty grain sweetness, and even a light caramelized malt character (from a light crystal malt perhaps) helps to just balance the hops. Actually balance is the wrong word, as this is certainly a hop focused beer; it is not as hoppy as some of the more extreme versions now a days, but it is nicely hoppy with just enough malt to round things out. There is nothing in this beer that is out of the ordinary, nothing to satisfy the extremes of the palate, but it is just so well balanced, tasty and quaffable. A thoroughly solid example of a Pale Ale and a perfect first beer of the evening.

Photo of acrawf6
3.26/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours out a nice hazy orange hue with a small white head

Smell. A small orange citrus aroma from the hops come out and has a sugary sweetness of like a snowball (snowcone for ya yanks). Also has a medicinal aroma and a bit bandaid like aroma. ehh

Taste. The hops kinda leave after the aroma. Not to say it doenst have any bitterness, it is just a very mild hop character. A very neutral taste that doesnt make it good or bad. A small bit of hop bitterness comes out in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is ok. Right amount of carbonation, balance is decent. Body is about medium

Overall, i could see buying this beer on a pinch, but not if any other north coast beers are offered (ie. their ipa). I could drink this for a session beer, and it wouldnt be bad, but i wouldnt choose this to be my first choice.

Photo of Enola
2.72/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer has more macro qualities than micro's. The color is a light straw and there was almost no head. The smell is of a light beer with a small amount of hops. The taste is pretty watered down. Not a powerfull beer. There may be a slight vanilla finish. The mouthfeel is not very good. Just a bland lasting aftertaste. Not a beer I will buy again. This would be a crossover type beer.

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ACME California Pale Ale from North Coast Brewing Co.
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