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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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501 Ratings

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Ratings: 501
Reviews: 286
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 13.91%
Wants: 8
Gots: 21 | 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

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Beer added by: kbub6f on 10-29-2001

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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.

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.

Photo of whynot44
3.3/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

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

Photo of wcudwight
3.7/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

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.

Photo of mynie
3.21/5  rDev -7%
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.

Photo of DogFood11
2.36/5  rDev -31.6%
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.

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.58/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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.

Photo of Bcant
3.06/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

ACME California Pale Ale from North Coast Brewing Co.
79 out of 100 based on 501 ratings.