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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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509 Ratings

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Ratings: 509
Reviews: 287
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 13.91%
Wants: 8
Gots: 23 | 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 nmann08
3/5  rDev -13%

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4/5  rDev +15.9%

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3/5  rDev -13%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +15.9%

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3/5  rDev -13%

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4/5  rDev +15.9%

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4/5  rDev +15.9%

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4/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of ZenAgnostic
3.98/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. No stamped date.

Appearance - Pours enormous four finger off-white head with low stick and decent to good retention. Very slightly hazy clear light gold body.

Smell - Slight musky corn and wet grass. Low but slightly noticeable maltiness, and no alcohol presence.

Taste - Grassy. Amorphous. Medium bodied.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied. Slightly creamy/chewy/sticky. Slight solvency/astringency. Some bite.

Overall Drinkability - Pretty decent for the style. The offcharacters aren't too unbalancing or annoying. Would be decent for both a session and somewhat decent for a tasting beer.

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 soju6
3.98/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a copper color with a nice head and some lacing.

S: Fairly mild aroma of citrus and malty sweetness.

T: Flavor of mild malt sweetness with a nice bitterness. Has a dry finish.

F: Medium body, smooth and creamy. Very well balanced.

O: Very enjoyable pale ale. Easy drinker. Well worth a try.

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

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A solid simple off white head with a foamy texture of about three fingers off the pour. Head picks up some the body color which is dull orange and pale amber. Off white head has some orange tint to it. Falls slowly but leaves a minor collar while drinking. Kind of honey colored, with noticeable rising carbonation.

Bouquet is small, kind of muted simple sweet malt, some herbal sensation light tea like, Sort of a sweet hop profile, but it's very light and downplayed.

Taste is light, with a very wet texture. Some faint toast, but very small. Palate is slightly fizzy but mostly kind of watery. Sweetness on the nose sensed does not come through on the taste. A little gaseous also.

Overall pretty easy, straightforward but also kind of boring. It certainly better than the majority of macro produced swill out there, but certainly not a great pale ale.

Photo of chocosushi
4.2/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Revisiting this one.

12oz->Hoegaarden Hexagon-style

A ~ Pours a toffee/honey color. Moderate lacing with some retention.

S ~ Pale malt, Caramel malt, medley of citrus & berry

T ~ Significant amount of complex & doughy malt flavors. Breadstick, dinner roll, crusty bread come to mind. Honeysuckle mid-palette. The hops lend a grassy yet spicy quality, finishing with pleasant graham cracker-like malt. No bottle date, but I believe this one is very fresh.

M ~ Really good flavor for a lower-abv Pale. Very toasty. This is the kind of Pale I would buy again & again for it's classic flavor & low-abv. I'm loving the finish.

D ~ At 5% this is easily drinkable after a hard day of work. Definitely seek out. I've been on a Pale-kick & this one shines out many others (besides the Schlafly). Complex yet simplistic.
It's a joy that it is Northcoast.

Photo of CaptDavyJones
4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clear copper color from a 12 oz bottle. No freshness date or ABV on the label.
One finger head that dissipates fairly quickly.
Aroma is all malts with hint of grain coming through.
Very good lacing all along the insides of the glass.
Taste is also dominated by malts with hints of hop bitterness in the finish. There is a distinct sweetness upfront.
A very good sessions beer, crisp and refreshing with high drinkability. Perfect for a hot summers day.
Definitely worth a try.

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

On tap at St Augustines in Vancouver.

A: 1.8" white head over nearly transparent straw coloured liquid.

S: Citrusy hops and yeast with a hint of malt.

T: A faint, disappointing taste given the inviting appearance and smell. Citrusy hops which gives way to a sweet malty aftertaste.

M: Medium viscosity and a medium level of fine carbonation.

O: A good pale ale with a sweet aftertaste but it doesn't particularly stand out.

Photo of mjyoung
3.13/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Drank 7/10/11.

A: A dark amber color with a measly off-white head. It's not a bad look, but it is slightly underwhelming.

S: The smell is a little bland and hard to discern. I can pick out some strong citrus-y hop notes, but other than that there isn't much here. Upon additional sniffs I can get a hint of smooth malt, but it's not very robust.

T: Where did the beer go? It's certainly not offensive, and actually the tastes that come through are quite good (clean citrus hops and a malt backbone) but those tastes are so muted as to be almost invisible.

M: Thick and slightly malty. It's actually a really nice texture, but the carbonation is a little low. Delightfully clean finish though...

O: Overall? I'm not that impressed. It's quite drinkable, but mostly because it goes down so easily and not because the taste is very memorable.

Photo of MrKennedy
2.59/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle poured into a Redoak globe style glass and purchased from Warners at the Bay.

Moderately deep golden appearance, pouring with a white, 2 finger, head of foam that dissipated quicker than expected.

The smell is exactly what you get when you open a can of corn kernels. Add a little bit of sweet malt and that is what you have. Not expected, not wanted!

Taste has the sweet malt hit first, balanced out by a small touch of citric hop flavour. Not really true to style and not great at all.

The body of this beer suits the style with the usual level of North Coast drinkability and feel to it. Definitely the best feature.

Overall, you drink the beer for what you taste and smell predominately and this is below par on both. Would need some major changes to this brew to see me contemplate grabbing another.

Photo of jarmby1711
2.86/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ah , a chance to sample another American craft ? beer.
No expectations , no background knowledge to influence one.
Verdict , a beer of moderate enjoyability.
It looked the part , nice darkish hue , 1-2 finger head with some no tracing bubbles , but there was an underlying kerosene/creosote taste that was a bit off putting .
As Jim Carey so famously said in Liar Liar , " I've had better"

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

Clear dark gold colour with a small off-white head. Decent head retention.

Mild aroma with a hint of mango and orange hop aroma. A touch sweet.

Mild pale malt flavour with a touch of wheatiness. Mild fruity hop flavour. Very mild bitterness. Simple yet tasty.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Fine.

A decent, crisp Pale Ale with mild hop flavour. Easy drinking but just a little on the dull side.

Photo of kagent777
3.35/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle from the Utah State system poured into a goblet.

Appearance: Crystal clear light golden/copper. Tiniest little bit of head that settled and went a way really quickly.

Smell: Sweet corn and honey like smell. A hint of earthy hops in the nose.

Taste: Not as sweet as the nose would suggest, this beer actually has a bit of hop bitterness. There is some grain and corn flavors in the taste. One dimensional but pleasant.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation is prickly and the body solid, not too thick or too thin.

Overall: A tasty beer at a reasonable price point. This one simply is not exceptional, but solid. I will get this one again. May be a good gateway beer for BMC drinkers.

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 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 BuxMontBeerLover
3.33/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Purchased a bottle as part of of a "Craft Your Own Six-Pack" at Wegmans, Warrington, PA

Enjoyed in a DFH Signature Glass

A - Pours a hazy, opaque golden color. Pours to a one finger, foamy head that fades rather quickly to a thin white coating on top of the beer. Little bit of lacing left on the side of the glass.

S - A slightly sweet, bready, malty smell.

T - A rather tangy, malty taste. A sour. tart finish. Very malt forward with a hint of hops. The alcohol is not noticable at all.

M - Decently carbonated with a tingly mouthfeel.

O - A tasty yet uninspiring beer. I could easily put a few of these away with no problem. Actually a very quaffable and sessionable beer but ultimately it falls a little short on complexity and overall taste, in my opinion.


Photo of brewemstrong
3.37/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep yellow that shows limited carbonation. Poured without any head and does not lace.

S: Solid malt but with a nice fruity complement to it. Orange with almost a strawberry touch. Lack of hop notes or alcohol overtones.

T: Light malt but it's the main flavor. A bit straw-like before that citrus note and a slightly bitter finish. Maybe a bit salty..

M: The tastes don't blend extremely well, leaving 3 distinct periods of the sip. Finishes a bit dry as well

O: Not a bad beer, but it could be improved. Maybe a different spice blend to improve the middle

ACME California Pale Ale from North Coast Brewing Co.
79 out of 100 based on 509 ratings.