ACME California Pale Ale - North Coast Brewing Co.

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ACME California Pale AleACME California Pale Ale

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515 Ratings

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Ratings: 515
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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Photo of putnam
4.07/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This label, like the other two Acmes in my posession, bears an image of a redhead exhuberantly swinging on a rope with a full glass of beer in her free hand.
This is the first time I've seen this brand, though have been curious since learning of its existence on the North Coast Brewery's website.

Pale for a Pale, though high-chroma orange colors draw attention to its radiant clarity. The aromas are bronzed, glazed orange blossoms underlain with sticky, sour fruit sugars and spices. Analog aroma pairing: buttermilk squash fritters, touched with nutmeg.
I served 1/2 of this beer quite warm and let it sit for 30 minutes before drinking. I expected a sugary mess yet that has not been the case. Its texture is silky and aethletic. Sooty tannins and light body effect a bright, cleansing mood : pleasant, even if a bit like scouring powder. The fruit is jellied lemon and purple grapes -- mashed seeds and all. Sweet pastries and butterscotch nourish the fruit.
Cold, and the bite is tougher. It's kind of a rustic he-man beer now, nice and dry for drinking in the desert. A steely fizz squeaks tunefully now. It's finished now.

Photo of TastyTaste
2.5/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Dark copper-gold in color, head is not that muc, just a thin layer of white bubbles on the top of the beer. Only light floral hops are present in the smell, and maybe a little malt. Very watered down and bland flavor. Some of the weakest hop presence for any pale ale I've had. North Coast struck out on this one.

Photo of RedwoodGeorge
4.22/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

North Coast Brewing's "Acme California Pale Ale" was an unexpected surprise; more like an amber ale than a typical PA it's certainly a beer I want to revisit.

The pour was rather typical, slightly cloudy and a dark orange-amber color. The head was a bit on the thin side and it disappeared quickly.

The smell was quite inviting - lots of fruit and malt notes with only the slightest hint of grassy hops. Taste was even more of a surprise; this was a rather sweet Pale Ale with some very strong fruit notes of apricot, peaches and raisins. Overall well balanced and quite complex with enough of a dry hop finish to keep you coming back for more.

As is often the sign of a new brew that I'm trying for the first time, if my reaction is "I need to get back to the store to get more of these!" then it rates high on drinkability. While I might be tempted to deduct points for deviating from the style (this is much more like a typical Northern California Amber Ale) it's just so tasty that I'm going to let it slide...

Photo of sacfly
4.04/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lightly cloudy, dark golden color. Head dissipates rapidly. Malty, faintly sweet smell. Light, slightly bitter flavor. No malt to speak of. Clean finish.

Nothing special, but a nice, pleasant, easy drinking brew. If you are looking for complexity, you will not find it here. But a refreshing brew to drink while cutting the grass on a hot summer day.

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 MuddyFeet
3.35/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It poured light amber in color, with no head and only the slightest of laces formed as I drank. The carbonation was light on the tongue but enough to help quaff out a sweet aroma. The hops were average, not really a taste bud delight because they only seemed to be on one level. There does not appear different types of hops used. The beer is more sweet than bitter, but not what I would classify as "sweet."

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 surfmeister
2.75/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: orange/bronze with a sturdy head that resembled most of the other pale ales I have tried
Smell: very fruity and herbal, quite pleasant again nothing special
Taste: bummer man, fill a glass approximately 2/3 full of SNPA then add water until the glass is full, that's the best description I can give...watered down
Mouthfeel: thin
Drinkability: yeah, sure on a hot day, nothing evil about this beer, but who cares?

Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
3.07/5  rDev -11%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I was really hoping for a little bit more out of a California pale ale. There was very little that resembled a pale ale. This had virtually no bitterness or hoppiness. I would not say that this was a bad beer, but it was nothing more than average. Not too impressed. I wish I would have tried their IPA.

Photo of Zorro
4.1/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark gold almost orange clear beer.

Smell is very malty with a nice dry hay and tea aroma from the hops.

Taste is quite nice, a bit complex malt and caramelized sugar flavor. It's not as sweet as it sounds in the first sentence. Grain tastes like biscuit are here too. Very tasty brew.

Mouthfeel is very good.

Super drinkable brew. Tasty and has no over the top dimension, a good beer to lure Budweiser fans with.

Photo of Boilermaker88
3.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've been seeing this brew sitting of the shelf at my local Trader Joe's for, well, longer than I've been a BA. I've just never been sure if I wanted to give it a try or not.
Presented in a stubby 12oz bottle as depicted, Acme CA Pale Ale had a clear amber color with lots of large clots of carbonation desparately clinging to the side of the glass, seemingly unwilling to rise to the frothy white head that slowly petered out to a light skim.
The nose of this brew was tartly sweet; of Yellow Delicious apples and not-quite-ripe pears. A light grainy malt aroma and some modest floral hops were also present. Tasting this beer, the fruit-inspired sweetness rolled across the tongue with an easy-going, medium-bodied manner. The malt component had a mild graininess and a lightly citric hoppiness briefly shone through in a dry, clean finish.
This pale ale is definitely more restrained in it's application of hops than in most other West Coast-brewed American Pale Ales. It has a completely benign, non-threatening nature that makes it a good intro beer to offer the macro-drinker looking to expand their horizons a bit. If you're not looking for much in the way of hops or bitterness, this pale ale is for you.

Photo of mschofield
2.94/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crystal clear light ambered gold, two finger off-white head that leaves small bits of lace, light carbonation/
Has a flowery hop aroma, butterscotch, and an unpleasant note of wet dog.
Butterscotch again in the taste, accompanied by apple, honey and apricot. A sweet fruity taste as well - could be passionfruit.
Medium feel, smooth, would be a good drinking beer if the taste was better and stronger.

Photo of Brent
2.7/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Not one of North Coast's better efforts. The hopping was in the right range for a pale ale, but is was bland and one-dimensional. Sort of "Hi, I'm just here for the bittering, don't mind me, I'm just passing through." Malt was a bit sweet and bready, and not of much interest, either.

Photo of WetCoaster
3.14/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Billowy pure white head that faded quickly. No lacing. Beer a golden honey color. Looks good to me.

Smell: Hello? Where y'at, hops? Malt, is that you? Anyone? Let's call this one timid at best.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Come on, come on, gimme something here... Oh, here we go. Starts with a caramel malt sweetness, but all too soon we arrive at an unfortunate macro metallic grain. Yick. Hops pop in at the last minute to save the day. Mouthfeel, too, smacks of Big Three foam-n-fizz.

Drinkability: It's very drinkable, granted. But with similar tasting macros available for far less cash and much better micros at the same price, why would you? Not bad, but nothing special.

Photo of pezoids
3.46/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Poured out a clear and crisp bright amber color. The head never really had a chance and stayed thin throughout. There’s a slight fruitiness with some grains in the aroma. Light and slightly sweet in flavor. Nice balance of hops. This beer is mild and unobtrusive in just about every aspect – not too hoppy, not too sweet, not much body, but just enough. A plain and simple Pale Ale that is highly drinkable. This one is proof that a beer does not have to be in your face or distinctive to be good. I like this beer and took it for what it is.

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

Poured light golden color that was clear and produced a good off-white head.Smells lightly malty and lightly hoppy.Very mild in taste as well, but is balanced throughout.A bit thin but leads to high drinkability. I would probably recommend this to friends that are switching over from the big brewers but not to experienced ale drinkers. It's just an average non-offensive beer.

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 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 elmocoso
3.06/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer looked promising on the pour - a dusky gold with a slight head and a nice clinging collar - but I was ultimately disappointed in the total product.

The nose was hard to detect - but what i did get wasn't bad, a decent blend of malt and a citrus hop smell.

The taste wasn't bad either, but again, It just wasn't where i thought it could have been. It seemed very docile and the taste and mouthfeel was a little watery.

maybe i'm starting to expect too much from a beer, maybe not. either way, i can't say this beer was bad or offensive in anyway. It was about average - as my score indicates.

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 UnionMade
3.58/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden amber, with a nice fat white head. Some sticky cobweb-like lacework.
Aroma is mildly hoppy, with a strong malt presence, and a little bit of apple fruitiness. Solid, but not very exciting.
Flavor is clean and malty, with a fairly strong malt backbone. I'm tempted to call this an almost there copy of Sierra Nevada pale ale. It's sort of in the sierra nevada vein, in the fact that it's a pretty hoppy pale ale, but there's not enough complexity going on with the malts. A light cookie bready aftertaste and moderate carbonation, but not enough going on with the malts
Pretty good, but there's better beers made exactly like this. A great session beer, but too hard for me to find even for that.

Photo of PhantomVodoo
3.53/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Coppery golden color. Off-white head.
Aroma of sweet pale malts. Minimal hops in the aroma gets this one off on the wrong foot for an APA in my book.

Taste is laid back. Sweet pale malts and a very mild hop balance. Hint of fruit. Odd dry taste at the finish that lingers a bit. Again, not enough hops for an APA, IMHO. Seems like they brewed this one to be palatable for the macro drinkers.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin and fizzy.
Drinkable and easy-going, but not enough flavor to make this one enjoyable.

Overall, a decent pale ale that I won’t be looking for again. Nothing particularly wrong with this one, just doesn't leave me wanting another.

Photo of beerguy101
3/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light gold color, medium head. A lighter bodied pale ale. Mild hops and malt. Good flavor. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter. Kind of mild and a touch uninspired. Light and refreshing, drinkable but nothing special.

Photo of AtLagerHeads
2.5/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Well I must say I like the label. This beer was a pretty big disappointment to me. The pour created an intial great look, but it didn't last. The great golden tan head evaporated almost instantaneously. There was no lace whatsover. The color was dark amber and a bit cloudy; small numbers of floaters present - not appealing at all. The smell was of some malt with, perhaps, a dash of lemon. The mouthfeel was extremely watery and thin. There was very little sense of any balance. Someday I'd like to try this again to see if I somehow got an off bottle.

Photo of RonfromJersey
3.56/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright yellow-orange body, topped by a sizable foamy white head which rises briefly above the glass before stablizing at two-fingers. Some decent lacing. Aroma is herbal and floral and mild, not the grapefruit grove asault one might expect from a "California Pale Ale". Inital taste of malt is immediately followed by a coating of mild hops, again floral/herbal not citric, and finishes with a stronger, lasting hop zing/tingle. Nice rounded mouthfeel. Very easily drinkable at the proper temperature. The first one I had was too cold, and covered the taste's subtle aspects and was far too fizzy. Let it warm up a little out of the fridge. Except for that final lingering hop burst, this is a very English pale ale. Not the superstar that Red Seal is, but not too shabby a little brother.

Thanks to Wile E. Coyote for the trade.

ACME California Pale Ale from North Coast Brewing Co.
79 out of 100 based on 515 ratings.