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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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477 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 477
Reviews: 282
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 13.91%
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 Bcant
3.05/5  rDev -11.6%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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 23, 2005
Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.28/5  rDev -4.9%

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%

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%

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 29, 2005
Photo of alexgash
2.2/5  rDev -36.2%

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%

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
Photo of TheJudge
2.8/5  rDev -18.8%

A cloudy light brown with a small white head, this has a sweet smell, some hops to offset, but not as much as expected. This follows in the taste. Very sweet, especially for a Pale Ale, a banana flavor dominates the mild hops. not as carbonated as i like, and a little thick on the tongue, this is not an impressive beer. I would rather have a sierra nevada

TheJudge, May 19, 2005
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.23/5  rDev -6.4%

Bright tangerine with a fluffy, frothy head of lightest beige. The lazily pitting surface develops a crenelated edge as it falls, leaving very little lace in its wake. Not a bad pale ale look, but the rest of the attributes will need to put forth a little more effort.

It's apparent after the sniff test that this is a pale ale, but it most certainly isn't a highly hopped one. Soft, rounded, muted, orange citrusy hops are dominant. I'm not at all keen to see how it tastes after smelling it, because I have a sneaking suspicion that it'll be just as lackluster on the palate.

Good call. The flavor is as simple and as blunted as the nose. C'mon North Coast, you brew on the hop-centric West coast, so act like it. The malt backbone is on the skimpy side, but it really doesn't need to be all that big given the relative lack of a counterweight. As in the nose, it's orangey with a dash of grapefruit juice struggling to be noticed.

This APA falls on the dry side of the sweet-dry continuum and finishes spotlessly clean due to the lack of sugar and the light, wispy body. I keep waiting for the flavor to hit with each and every mouthful, but it disappears nearly simultaneously with the beer and I'm left hanging. It's pretty drinkable if you care more about ease of consumption and sessionability than flavor.

ACME California Pale Ale is a disappointment. An underhopped, exceptionally light-bodied APA has its place I suppose, but not in my beer fridge it doesn't.

BuckeyeNation, May 10, 2005
Photo of oberon
3.35/5  rDev -2.9%

Pours a rich golden with a pretty fizzy head that really is non-existent,seems to be pretty carbonated though.Aromas are nicely mixed though nutty malt mixed with some piney hop that lingers nicely.Wow very subdued flavors here some toasted malt and caramel malt but very light the toasted aftertaste seems to be the most dominat aspect of this beer.The aromas only set me up for a let down of this beer,now not horrible by any means maybe like a lighter English "pale" but not what I expected from Cali.

oberon, May 07, 2005
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.63/5  rDev +5.2%

(Served in an American pint glass)
A- deep golden color with a clear body and a good carbonation. The head is thin smooth creamy white.

S- strong malt aroma mostly pale malt with a bit of crystal malt. no hint of hops.

T- nice hop spiciness at the front with a honey malt taste to follow. It has a bitterness from the hops that balances the sweetness at the finish.

M- medium-light mouthfeel with some fizzy carbonation to give it a little more body.

D- This is not an IPA. It has a great balance of hops and malt and they work well together. A very mild enjoyable beer for a session or a meal.

rhoadsrage, Apr 24, 2005
Photo of ADR
3.9/5  rDev +13%

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.

ADR, Apr 05, 2005
Photo of ctdfalconer
4.03/5  rDev +16.8%

I was pleasantly surprised byt his beer. I was expecting the usual west coast pale ale Sierra Nevada clone, but this was only similar in color (a tad darker) and not much else. It did not have the overt, assertive hop character that one generally comes to expect in west coast pales, but rather it was a very malt--oriented brew. I quite enjoyed the lightly toasty-bready character that dominated the palate. It carries just enough hoppiness to dry out the finish so it doesn't remain cloying. If I lived near this brewery, I would seek out and frequent tap houses that carried it.

ctdfalconer, Apr 01, 2005
Photo of droomyster
2.95/5  rDev -14.5%

Pours a slightly cloudy orange with a small, shortlasting white head. The color is nice but the appearance is not very remarkable. Active carbonation. Aroma is not very strong but overall citrusy. Taste is initially pleasantly bitter, notes of apricots, but then it declines into skunkiness. Some lemon citrus and pine hoppiness to it, but not much. Tingly carbonation gives it something a lively feel: in light of its yucky finish, I call it a dead man walking. Gotta love that bottle art, but I'll never buy this brew again.

droomyster, Mar 25, 2005
Photo of GClarkage
3.98/5  rDev +15.4%

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.

GClarkage, Mar 15, 2005
Photo of donnebaby
3.43/5  rDev -0.6%

Hazy -- but not so much in a good way -- amber bronze color body. Uneven, but scant haze. Rich looks, but lacking. Nose is appley sweet mixed with grainy dust and the suggestion that there might be hops in the background.

Taste is subdued. Mild sweet malts and smooth notes of dusty grains, akin to those in the nose. Lightly fruity and refreshing.

Carbonation is light but feels a little forced. Medium body seems thicker than other pales I'm used to. Enjoyed drinking this pale, but nothing too exciting.

donnebaby, Mar 14, 2005
ACME California Pale Ale from North Coast Brewing Co.
79 out of 100 based on 477 ratings.