ACME California Pale Ale - North Coast Brewing Co.

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ACME California Pale AleACME California Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
79
okay

514 Ratings
THE BROS
84
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Ratings: 514
Reviews: 288
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 13.62%
Wants: 9
Gots: 27 | 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: 514 | Reviews: 288
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.34/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Pours a hazy light orange with a foamy beige head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Broken rings of lace form around the glass on the drink down. There is a bit of sediment that sinks to the bottom of the glass after the pour. Smell is of malt and some subdued citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with a malty flavor on the finish. There is a very mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that is drinkable but nothing too exciting going on here.

Photo of metter98
3.46/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is slightly hazy yellowish amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high off white head that died down, leaving a thin head covering the surface and lots of lacy rings of bubbles down the sides of the glass.
S: Light aromas of toasted malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, but has slightly stronger flavors of pale and toasted malts along with hints of fruity yeast and slight bits of citrusy hops.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink and isn't a bad choice if you are a fan of maltier pale ales.

Photo of brentk56
3.57/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Golden; little head that quickly fades; very little lacing

Smell: Fruity, sweet smell; honeylike

Taste: Fairly sweet, sustains that honey, butterscotch taste even as the light hops appear; hops don't last long, but the sweetness lingers

Mouthfeel: Pleasant; not too much carbonation

Drinkability: This is a beer to quaff on a hot day, not to linger over and contemplate

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.13/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a copper color ale with a medium foamy head with good retention and average lacing. Aroma of light bitter hops with some subtle floral undertones. Taste is a well balanced mix between some lightly bitter hops with some notes of caramel malt. Body is about average with good carbonation. Not bad but lacking character and additional hops presence would have been great.

Photo of Knapp85
3.7/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured out as a very lightly hazy yellowish color with a white foamy head on top. The head leave a little lacing on the glass. The smell of this brew is well balanced between malts and hops. The taste of the beer is sweet upfront with a good bitter finish. The mouthfeel is light and very drinkable with a nice crisp bite to it also. Overall this brew is pretty good, easy to drink and good to have anytime.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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 oberon
3.39/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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 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 TMoney2591
3.32/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Hopefully this goes well...I mean, look what always happened to Wile E. Coyote... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear amber-brass topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises lemon peel, funky grass, very light orange zest, and some mild toffee tossed in for good measure. The taste brings in more of the same, though the lemon is now just as funky as the grass. Luckily, this ain't entirely detrimental to the proceedings. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda dry finish. Overall, a decent little pale ale, nothing really all that special, but enjoyable nonetheless.

Photo of nickfl
3.73/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours with two fingers of white foam on top of a perfectly clear, copper colored body. The head exhibits excellent staying power and leaves very nice lace as it recedes.

S - Light, spicy hops with some bready caramel and fruity, almost british, yeas notes of red apple.

T - Biscuity notes of malt and toffee up front with a bit of apple. The fruity, red apple yeast flavor swells in the middle where it is joined by a bit of spicy hop character. The beer finishes with dry biscuit malt flavor and a bit of mild caramel, all of which is balanced by moderate bitterness and lingering herbal hops.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a somewhat dry finish.

D - Very drinkable, this is a finely balanced beer with a thick, rich malty quality and just enough hop character to keep the sweetness in line. It is not as, well, "American" as I would have expected with a kind of neutral hop flavor and a distinctly British quality to the yeast and malt character. Aside from the carbonation and strength, this almost comes across like an ESB or a mild. Regardless, it is very drinkable and quite good.

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 RblWthACoz
3.45/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours an orangish color with a pretty thin creme head. Odd caramel laiden nose with some interesting tar tones there as well. Flavor is a tangy citrus that punches quickly, but falls just as fast. Much potential, but no staying power. The caramel kicks in soon after the initial rush. Seems a bit out of balance. Feel is a bit thin on both aspects.This is an okay APA. I am not really thrilled by it and

Photo of Jason
3.73/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12oz short brown twist, no freshness date.

Appearance: Light amberish gold with slight chill haze, a creamy bubbly white lace sits on top.

Smell: Mellow fruit, subdued esters and grain in the aroma.

Taste: Smooth and semi crisp malt flavours of bready grain, sweetness (honey?), subdued husk and fruit are dominant. A mild hop bitterness (faint citrus) is in and out quick, lingering grainy flavours and residual dextrins fade slowly.

Notes: Easy drinking pale ale even for the faint of heart. The specialty malts and an extra depth to this brew.

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 WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Magnificant appearance another notch in the belt for North Coast, with this copper orange apricot colored brew with a magnificant cream colored head full and vivacious foam layer that leaves even patches of lacing. Aroma is primarily nice wheaties like tones of cereal grain full malty and nice with a mild hop aroma just a kiss to finish it off. Flavor is more of the same Wheaties in a glass but it works so well the beers that have that cereal texture always hit me the right way, slightly citric with a bready finish. Mouthfeel has a medium body with nice smooth even carbonation making each sip joy in my mouth. Drinkability is like whoa I could drink this stuff for the pure simpicity and goodness I love the grainy tone just awesome session brew complex, cleand, and crisp.

Photo of kojevergas
2.84/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 fl oz brown glass bottle acquired as part of a 6 pack at the Cap N Cork in Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are fairly high given the brewery, which I'm a fan of. Label art is as generic as they come; you could easily mistake this for a World Brews offering.

Served cold - straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a two finger wide head of beige/light khaki colour. Decent frothiness. Okay creaminess and thickness. Retention is nice - about 3-4 minutes. Inconsistent lacing sticks to the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

Body colour is a vibrant orange-copper. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Overall, it's pretty standard fare for a pale ale. No overt flaws are obvious. It's not unique or special.

Sm: British malts are evident. I get toffee, caramel, biscuit, a bit of nutty digestive, pale malts, and floral hops. A simple aroma of mild strength. No yeast character or alcohol is detectable.

T: Pale malts are overtaken by the British malts - including the aforementioned toffee, biscuit, caramel, and digestive notes. Too bready and grainy for the style. Hop character is reticent - a crime in a pale ale. What little I do pick up is generic and floral in character. Some toasted grain. Almost a light butterscotch (diacetyl) note. Balance is okay, but the build is all wrong for the style. Not very pleasant as a result. A simple brew without much subtlety. I'm not a huge fan.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Overcarbonated. Thickness suits the style. Fairly full-bodied. Suits the flavour profile generally well, but it doesn't feel custom-tailored to it. Decent execution.

Dr: Ultimately, it's a disappointing attempt at a pale ale from a brewery that should know better. I definitely wouldn't buy this again, but I'm glad I got the chance to try it. Downable stuff, but by no means high quality. I expected better from North Coast.

C

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.55/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: clear amber color, nearing peach, with a solid, snowy-white head.
Aroma: bare, hidden, with some fruit, sweet malt, but just barely.
Taste: very light, easy, breezy, little hops, but solid body, fine taste, smooth and untroubled, an excellent example of a session ale, in that it bothers one not a whit and provides no distraction from the chat and the snooker, etc...
Taste is nice and rich, yummy, sweet and malty, fruity, applish, cherry-like...not a great pale ale, but good enough.
thanks to el mocoso

Photo of jwc215
3.13/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazed copperish amber with a white head that thins to a lasting cover. Little lacing sticks.

The smell is of doughy yeast - a tad musty - some grain, not much in the hop department - maybe some orange.

The taste is doughy with some caramel. Both malt and hops are a bit underwhelming. There is some slight astringency with a peek of metallic, leafy, bitterish dryness in the finish.

The feel is on the weak/watery/swishy side. Light bodied - approaching medium.

A rather bland APA - average/mediocre. Something of a disappointment considering the brewery.

Photo of WesWes
3.62/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a golden color with a thick frothy white head that eventually fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice pale malt scent along with a pleasant citrousy yeast smell. The taste is decent. It has a dry, but smooth grainy pale malt flavor a citousy yeast and hop aftertaste. It goes down smooth. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a low bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a decent pale ale. It drinks fine, but it has a weird palate.

Photo of GClarkage
3.97/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

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

The pale ale was a hazy orange color in the glass with a limited head. The smell was somewhat singular, only fruit was evident. The taste was of malt and fruit (oranges?), and some slight bitterness crept through during the swallow. There was a soapiness in the mouthfeel, and it did not have to do with the glassware (rinsed with water only after last beer !). Not very exciting, kind of a mellow pale ale in my opinion.

Photo of tdm168
3.49/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark orangish gold with a quarter of an inch of soft, white head that is dense and has great retention. There are very noticeable carbonation bubbles rising to the top. The nose has a faint, bready maltiness to it. The taste is bready and malty with some faint grassy hops. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth with a decent amount of carbonation.

This is a very drinkable APA, but it's reminds me of a maltier pilsner considering it's hop profile. It's enjoyable and sessionable, but I'll probably pass in the future.

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ACME California Pale Ale from North Coast Brewing Co.
79 out of 100 based on 514 ratings.