1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

ACME California Pale Ale - North Coast Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
ACME California Pale AleACME California Pale Ale

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
79
okay

486 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

(view ratings)
Ratings: 486
Reviews: 283
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 13.91%
Wants: 7
Gots: 16 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of ACME California Pale Ale Alström Bros
Ratings: 486 | Reviews: 283 | Display Reviews Only:
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.

poluti, Jul 08, 2006
Photo of whynot44
3.33/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very slightly hazy coppery gold color with a decent white head momentarily (look away and it disappears). Almost no lacing left behind.

The aroma is mildly bready, maybe a bit of caramel.

The taste is also mild, slightly grainy malt with some caramel and citrus notes. The finish is still slightly fruity and sweet with, at last, a hint of hops but no real bite.

Fairly refreshing and easy to drink but pretty mild for a west cost pale ale.

Nice Label.

whynot44, Jul 01, 2006
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

IntriqKen, Jun 24, 2006
Photo of wcudwight
3.68/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish gold with a highly carbonated head. At first this is one of the best looking pale ale's I've seen. It quickly becomes ordinary as the massive head recedes to a light lace crowning the beverage. Smell is more malty than most PA's, lot's of caramel in the nose. Taste is of caramel and some spice. Clove maybe. Where's the hops? Light hoppy finish. It's missing the hops normally found in pale ales, but that doesn't make it a bad beer. The mouthfeel is thin and watery. Overall it's a decent beer for the hot summer months and a different take on a pale ale.

wcudwight, May 23, 2006
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.

bditty187, May 03, 2006
Photo of mynie
3.18/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pretty bottle, prettier pour. More orange than red with a very large, strong head that sticks around until the glass is finished.

Smells like dullish malt and memories of hops. Those memories are good, yes, but far too weak.

Tastes like fruit, caramel, and subdued hops. A little old, maybe? The malt is still present, and it's nicely sweet, but the hops are almost all dead.

I'll have to see if I can find a fresher one of these. Might be very good.

mynie, Mar 25, 2006
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.

DogFood11, Mar 16, 2006
Photo of NJpadreFan
3.65/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acme- California Pale Ale

Appearance- hazy orange with a thick head. very little lacing more of a soapy trail.
Smell- very light, almost non existent lemon/ pineapple hops.
Taste- light peach/ pear with a few other fruits thrown in. A light bubbly fruit cocktail beer. not bad though.
Mouthfeel- not as sweet as you'd expect with a slight dryness in the end.

Overall- not bad at all, but a definite summer beer. The beer is half empty before you really detect the flavor. An easy drinking beer.

NJpadreFan, Mar 01, 2006
Photo of Byeast
3.38/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-darker Amber orange , slighly hazy , thin head

S- citrusy/sweet fruit , slight pear , some grain , nothing very strong

T- a little fruity-citrusy , crisp , mild bread , small hop bitterness

m- crisp and carbonated

D- flavors are not really strong , but pleasant and drinkable.

Byeast, Feb 10, 2006
Photo of Bcant
3.05/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Straw color; nice fluffy head that leaves some lacing.
S: Mild; strawberries and lemons.
T: Pretty straightforward; toasty and doughy, a little bit tart. Hops are present but not used very well.
M/D: Tart mouthfeel reduced drinkability; feels slightly metallic.

Not a bad brew, but not a great example of an APA especially whith so many versions of the style that are easy to get.

Bcant, Feb 04, 2006
Photo of Naes
3/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This pale ale is golden brown with a small white head.
The aroma is of mild hops; nothing spectacular.
The flavor has a malty base with a grassy and slight hop presence.
The mouth feel is medium bodied and lightly carbonated.

This is an average pale ale.

Naes, Feb 01, 2006
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.

drugsbunny, Jan 05, 2006
Photo of NEhophead
3.13/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Foamy white head with decent retention a top a weakened copper in color with a slight, chill haze. Thin, hanging lace with decent strength.

Floral hop aroma; perfume-like. Musty apricot with a touch of pine. Hints of lime and orange peel.

Powdery and musty floral hop character that encompasses the palate. Dried tropical fruit: pineapple, peach, honeydew. The carbonation and mid-sip bitterness leads to a full and dry finish. Almost bland beyond the initial floral hop profile.

Medium bodied; dry on the palate. Musty and gritty.

Annoying film-like floral hojp profile with not enough additional flavors to convince me to have another one.

NEhophead, Jan 05, 2006
Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS
3.85/5  rDev +11.6%
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%.

FLAbeergutinMASS, Dec 29, 2005
Photo of SupaCelt
2.85/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This bottle purged itself to reveal an orange honey coloured brew with a small fleeting head and scant carbonation. The nose was heavy on malt and something strange that reminded me of pumpkin. Weird. I guess it could have been honey and some other component. I did not feel any hop aromatics hitting my snout. The flavour was pretty weak. It had a sourness and I swear it had pumpkin too. Very little hop bitterness, but it was there to some extent. The mouthfeel was a non issue after the flavour turned out to be some sort of wuzzle. Drinkability? I might drink this over something else, but I would have to be in dire straights. I am not sure what was happening with this brew. I had expected another decent Northcoast Acme product after being pleasantly surprised by the IPA, but this pale ale was just busted. Sad.

SupaCelt, Dec 05, 2005
Photo of aquaderek
2.9/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Looks pretty good, it has a nice golden orangy(?) color with a thin head which diminishes quickly. The nose cabbage, little bit of hops, some hints of caramel. Taste: some malt with a little hops and leaves a little to be desired. Mouthfeel is nice bubbles with a somewhat creamy finish. I could drink a couple. not the best, not the worst an OK beer

aquaderek, Nov 17, 2005
Photo of grindcore666
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance is golden orange and bubbly. Head retention sucked. Oh well. Smells like apple juice from concentrate with a tiny hint of apricots and spice. Medium carbonated, shy and pleasant hops with a base of honey and (still) apricots. Reminds me of Great White, but the sweetness is a lot more subdued and carbonation less aggressive. Nice buttery finish. Mouthfeel is a little light, which bumps up the drinkability; however, I'd prefer this one take some chances - it's just a play-it-safe Pale Ale.

grindcore666, Oct 26, 2005
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.

Illinick, Oct 24, 2005
Photo of Bighuge
2.93/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Glowing orange-amber brew. Hazy and well carbonated. Thin cream colored head. Lacing is moderate. Light aroma. Piney and citric in nature. This beer lacks a lot of substance. Very, very average overall. Malts are muted and dull. Slight caramelish notes. Hops are one dimensional...piney. Body is about medium. There's a little spritziness to the mouthfeel. This is one I'm not in a hurry to return to.

Bighuge, Oct 15, 2005
Photo of Gusler
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer disembarks the 12-ounce brown stubby bottle a cloudless gold with a diminutive white frothy head that vanishes quickly leaving a thin veil of lace to cover the glass. Nose has nice fresh malt sweetness, very slight hint of hops and the start sweet with a pleasant grain profile, the top is light to moderate in feel. Finish is light to medium in acidity, the hops delightfully spicy and the aftertaste quite dry, a fine drinking beer, and the ACME line-up of beers all are worthy of a sample IMHO.

Gusler, Aug 24, 2005
Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.28/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer arrived on the bar in a plastic cup due to Bele Chere. It was crystal clear pale golden amber with a low white head that just barely laced the glass.

The aroma was low caramel with a light citrus noote and a slightly earthy presence.

The flavor was strong caramel, and overly sweet. The crystal malts were a bit overdone. The flavor was very fruity and estery with a very low bittering and a very low hop character.

The finish contained a light caramel sweetness that lasted a bit too long into the finish. The body was medium, but the beer was not very exciting and was very ordinary and overly sweet.

Pint at the Bier Garden in Asheville, NC.

GCBrewingCo, Aug 02, 2005
Photo of Dukeofearl
3.15/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Moderate golden, slightly hazy with virtually no head.

Aroma is very faint, not unpleasant- slight hops, maybe a touch of sweetness. Malt is there, but not much to it.

Flavor is a reasonable blend and balance of malt and hops- generally a decent drinker, but nothing to stand out from the pack.

Mouthfeel is decent, and this is easy drinking. Ironically enough, though, I think it's mostly the lack of interesting flavors and complexity that make this slide down the throat easily on a hot day.

EDIT: as a follow up, this one actually might be a good candidate for a "from-the-bottle lawn beer"- it was pretty drinkable sliding down my throat out in the hot weather, straight from the bottle!

Dukeofearl, Jul 31, 2005
Photo of tgbljb
3.13/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

poured a hazy medium copper color with slight white head that feel to a thin coating. Smell is unremakable with a slight sweetness and no hops. Tste is somewhate bland with a moderate dryness. Mouthfeel leaves a slight dry bitterness. An average beer at best.

tgbljb, Jul 30, 2005
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.

alexgash, Jul 19, 2005
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.

blitheringidiot, Jul 17, 2005
ACME California Pale Ale from North Coast Brewing Co.
79 out of 100 based on 486 ratings.