ACME California Pale Ale - North Coast Brewing Co.

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ACME California Pale AleACME California Pale Ale

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495 Ratings
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Ratings: 495
Reviews: 284
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 14.2%
Wants: 8
Gots: 18 | 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:
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(Beer added by: kbub6f on 10-29-2001)
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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A mostly yellowesque beer, a little bit of orange in with it. Above average fluff in the head. Aroam was grapefruit hoppy, yet restrained.

Taste, very sessionable, easy drinking, yet plenty of bitterness and hop mouthfeel, seemed to be cascades. Never heavy on the palate, even on the rare occasion when I could tell the beer I was drinking wasn't the freshest. Just gets a little more bitter without as much hops. Is pretty distinguishable, has elements of both British and West coast pale to it.

Photo of PEIBeerGuy
3.95/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The colour is right about where I thought it would be; about halfway between an IPA and a generic pale ale. It's pale, but has a cloudy amber-rose appearance... like a translucent apricot. I found the head disappointing. I didn't give it a hard pour, but a very little head was gone before I could turn the camera I took its picture with off. At least its ring of suds left some lacing.

The smell is very subtle. A bit malty... like caramel with some orange peel. It's a nice blend of malt and hops.

The taste kicks it up a bit. It's what you get in the smell, but more pronounced. The flavour turns a bit to a mix of orange and grapefruit... even a hint of cherry, backed up with some malt sweetness / slight fullness.

The mouthfeel is good. The carbonation is just about right, and it's a little viscous like their IPA. It's not overly bitter, dry, or anything else. It's pretty well-balanced.

It's a pretty refreshing ale, and quite good overall. Against other American pale ales, I think it fares pretty well, as compared to the ACME IPA, which doesn't stack up quite as well to its IPA competition.

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.13/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Acme Pale Ale has a medium, off-white head and a cloudy, orange-golden appearance. Lacing is decent. The aroma is of citrus and wood, with a sharp sweetness to it. Taste is a fine balance of barley, spicy hops, and other subdued flavors. Mouth-feel is surprisingly light and watery. Acme Pale Ale finishes refreshing. This was quite enjoyable to drink. Another winner from North Coast Brewing Company.


Photo of claybeer
3.93/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Acme Pale Ale is a little golden and soft yellow with a strange orange tint that is only apparent in the middle of the beer. The head was very thin but it never seem to go away. I only got some earthy bitterness on the nose. I enjoyed the presents of some soft tart citrus with what seems like the perfect amount of hops to balance this beer out. The finish is very refreshing. It doesn't linger at all on the end. This is a beer I could drink all the time. Weather I was mowing the lawn, BBQ outside or just sitting on the back poarch.

3.4/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into pint glass.
A: A pale orange body with a white fluffy head. The lacing is frothy and pronounced.

S: A subtle hint of hops with a mainly grainy note. Notes of an American lager.

T/M: Slightly above average APA, a nice Cali brew for sure from the resins of the hops, but the light body is a bit thin and lacking. Some spice on the finish. A clean mouthfeel, that leaves the palate quick and does not offer much of a lingering taste.

D: Not something that I would seek out or even choose over many other APAs. This one is not good, nor bad. A drinkable brew in regards to the overall easy drinking ability of it, but as for flavors, not calling me back.

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

Drank from bottle at around 50 degrees 5.0 percent alc,lightly flavored and goes down beautifully easy. One of the finest pale ales i`ve tried to date. nice very light carbonation, and nothing bitter about it, its got a nice slight malt taste to it. Definatly a nice smooth summer drink, could easily kill a couple of these on a day. this brew is of great quality and I highly recomend it.

Photo of detlefchef
3.45/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light copper color and a smooth and rich beige head. Gotta say, these NCB beers were, across the board very nice looking.
Light aromas of pine and strawberries.
Very mild flavors. Hard to pick much out at all
Good texture and polish but just a touch washed out.
Pairing: King salmon with tomatillo cream

Photo of btorsdog
3.95/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Acme Pale-A Rock Solid APA. The name makes me want to watch some "RoadRunner" cartoons though!
Anyhow.. definetly a good brew. Extremely well balanced and a semi-hoppy bitter finish on this one ,makes it quite enjoyable!Very clean, light and crispy mouthfeel keeps these going down real nice like. Not a show-stopper but a decent one to check out.

Photo of Long813
3.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy orange-yellow body with one finger of white head. Retention is quite poor and leaves decent lacing.

S: Light scent of citrus fruit, malts and some hops. Pleasant, but mild.

T: Faint mixture of citrus fruits and malts. Not much hop character besides the mild bitterness.

M: Light bodied and medium-high carbonation. Water like texture and a pleasant malt finish.

D: Not a bad pale ale, to expensive for what it's worth there though. Good none the less.

Photo of StlHopHead77
3.38/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I first enjoyed this beer at Moosehead Grill in Charlotte,NC.

A-Clear,unremarkable yellow with a smallish,fleeting off-white head and scant lacing.

S-Light citric hops and Pale malt.Not bad but nothing spectacular.

T-Clean with more lemon and some orange.Pale,toasted malt and underlying yeast notes.

M-Crisp and clean with decent,lively carbonation.

D-This beer is extremely drinkable.Especially with about two dozen Donnie's Blackened wings.

Photo of chickenflea
3.55/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dull orange color, very clear, and with a rocky head of fine bubbles that slips away quickly.

Aroma is restrained with a balanced caramel, crispy biscuit malt, light floral hop notes with a very slight herbal edge.

Taste is lightly malty in the front, with a delicate grassy bitterness balancing the malt. Very clean finish with a floral aftertaste. ACPA has kind of a blond ale taste. Nothing not to like. Comforting, like a favorite pair of shoes.

Feel is watery and smooth. Lightly bodied with lower carbonation.

This is an interesting pale. Starts like a blond. Finishes like an English. A good beer to use as an introduction to beers of better flavor than the macros.

Photo of TheQuietMan22
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Straight pour into a pint glass. The color is a hazy deep orange on its way to amber. Two fingers of off-white head developed and dissipated to leave a nice spotted lacing and ring around the outside.

Smell: My first whiff was "F*** yeah." Very British. However, upon further inspection it was more west coast: invigorating citrus hops with an undertone of creamy caramel malts and hints of honey.

Taste: Somewhat subdued, but tasty. Well-balanced caramel malts and honey with slightly more prominent citrus hoppiness.

Drinkability: It's a good brew. It has that hop bite, but is not too hoppy. The malt backbone makes it worthwhile for me.

Photo of jonziefle
2.83/5  rDev -18%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Poured a moderately cloudy brownish amber, with some odd suspended sediment. 1.5 finger white bubbly head that lasts for about 30 seconds. Visible carbonation. No lacing at all. Seems pretty lifeless.

Smell: Toasted and biscuity malts. Similar to an adjunct lager in that respect. Some apple juice flavors as well. Slightly sour.

Taste: A darker roasted malt flavor, again similar to an adjunct lager. Mild sweetness and not many other flavors.

Mouthfeel: Thin to medium bodied. Not much else that stands out.

Drinkability: Easy to drink, but not that appealing. The flavor and nose are a bit grainy and sour. Definitely not a pale ale in my book. Way too malty and not in a good way.

Buy Again? No

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

pours strawyellow with a tiny bit of head which leaves some nice webby lacing as it goes away. smells of fruit esters, perhaps bananas and clove, some floral bits and buttery goodness. taste is light, crisp, a little bit sweet floral again and some nice rounded hop bitterness. mouthfeel is easy, some mild carbonation. nothing too spectacular about this beer, but its nice and easy to drink, good for a humdrum night.

Photo of Jayli
3.48/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Consumed 11/30

A: This beer pours a crystal clear copper color with a one finger of white head. Head retains decently leaving nice sticky, spotty lacing.

S: Nose is of grain and malts, and just the lightest hint of citrus but you really have to look for it.

T: Taste starts with a very light hint of caramel, although very faint there is a sweetness there. Middle is filled with grain and pale malts, finish is far more citrusy and hangs on the tongue.

M: Light body, medium carbonation, somewhat oily in the finish.

D: A bit off balanced, but not horribly so, somewhat tasty and goes down easily.

Photo of twiggamortis420
2.4/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12oz bottle pours a fairly clear, light copper color with a creamy off-white foam that displays average retention and pretty good lacing.

Ummmm, where's the hops? All I find here are some earthy, burnt caramel malts...maybe even a bit of a nutty chocolate tone. This is the third time to try this beer, each time thinking I had an old sample but the lack of hops has been equally disappointing each time.

Taste is the same way, this would do better as an amber ale. I have tasted more hops in some of the oktoberfests I have had recently. Earthy and burnt malt tones with some dull bitterness on the finish. They say there is a first time for everything, and I must say, this is the first time I have been utterly disappointed by North Coast. Send this one to the scrap heap, please.

Photo of fropones
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a nice clear straw yellow with minimal white head. Smell is kind of skunky with some malt and muscat notes as well. Vinousy aroma like a kölsch, but in the end just too skunky smelling. Taste has some crispyness up front with a nice malt backbone to it. More vinousy flavors as well. Thankfully less skunky than the smell, also. A nice effervescence and creaminess to the mouthfeel. Overall not great, but not terrible either. If I had a choice, however, I'd probably choose a different IPA.

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

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: slightly hazy yellow-golden color with a one-finger white head.

Smell: light malt aroma with light, citrusy, floral hops. Subtle but enticing ... something about its restraint edges up my score a little bit.

Taste: malty, quite citrusy, not too bitter. The hops continue to be floral but there is also a little bit of an earthy quality to them in the flavor. Quite good indeed.

Mouthfeel: light-to-medium body with a nice level of carbonation that yields a good creaminess.

Drinkability: quite nice. This might be one to keep around the house ... should have bought a whole sixpack.

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

Got this one from Ludachris, I never really heard of it, so lets get to it.

Appearance: A solid pour gives me a good solid thumb of head, off to a good start. The head laces and retains fairly well and the body boasts good carbonation. The color though is a bit odd as a somewhat cloudy and sickly orange and yellow appearance which isn't completely out of place given the style, but a bit odd.

Smell: Mild citrus hops that took a bit of warming to come out, merely nod to a backdrop of simpler malts. Certainly nothing bad in this department, although I've had beers with less of a hop presence turn out disastrous.

Taste: Wonderful stuff, it starts with a bit of mild malt that could be a little bit sweeter, which then shifts to an almost marmalade taste as the citrus, almost orange like hops take over which gradually turns to a nice light kick of a light grapefruit element.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation for this beer is perfect, it seems to flow fairly evenly throughout the beer and as a result very smooth transition between flavor. The hop aftertaste lingers a bit too long on the back of the tounge, but it doesn't leave the mouth too dry or too moist. I'd give it a 4.25 if I could, but I'm gonna go with the higher rank since I have to.

Drinkability: This stuff went down fast, and despite solid carbonation causes no gas issue and sits light on the gut. Tastes refreshing, even despite the slight hop dryness and goes down very smoothly. The hops at the end could use a slight reign in, but that is a minor complaint.

Final Thoughts: If you've read my reviews before, you know I'm not a big fan of beers that have a monstrous hop presence. This is the perfect hoppier beer for me. The hops are balanced with the malt to be dominant but not excessive. The carbonation however also play a huge factor in this beer. Best of all, perfect for any occasion save possibly at dinner. I highly recommend it, and would gladly pickup a 12 of it.

Photo of Tone
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, pale golden color. 1/2 inch head of a white color. Good retention and decent lacing. Smells of hops, slight sweet malt, slight pale malt, yeast, and some citrus. Fits the style of an American Pale Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level; also slightly watery. Tastes of pale malt, slight sweet malt, yeast, and hops. Overall, decent aroma, but lacking in mouth feel and body.

Photo of mdwalsh
3.4/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A very airy head, lots of big bubbles without too much volume. Very fluffy and lots of texture on the top. Leaves a pretty good lave and has decent active carbonation. It has a little haze, but there's this odd flow of sediment sinking to the bottle. Rather noticable and very unattractive. The beer is a nice golden color though. Still, I gotta deduct points. Head retention was pretty bad anyway.

S: Citrus, particularly grapefruit and lemon. More like an IPA that a Pale Ale to me, but what should I have expected? Once the head is gone though, which is fast, the smell fades and a slight maltiness comes into my scent range. But still, not at all balanced. It's really like just a hop tea smell. Nothing even impressive about the hops.

T: Thin and mostly unbalanced, though better than the smell. It seems though the big head sucked most the carbonation out of the bottle. Tastes kinda flat. There is some malt, though I wouldn't call it sweet, the hops really still dominate. I gotta find out what kinda hops this is, it's the one I like least.

M: Like I said, flat. ish. Not that awful, but noticable. Other than that, extremely light but pretty smooth. Still, nothing to write home about.

D: For me, no, for a hophead who doesn't like carbonation, yes.

Photo of adamette
2.65/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Live review. Poured from the 12 oz. single that I bought at Cost Plus World Market in Mentor, Ohio a few weeks ago before they decided to close into my Cooperstown Beverage Trail pint glass.

A 4 to 5 inch generous head, very light brown in color is the head and it is over a nice, light brown/orange translucent body that has a bit of cloudiness to it. Appropriate to style. I like the head and the moderate lacing. 3.0

S Surprisingly minimal smell of barley, not much hops at all. 2.5

T Yeah, the barley follows right into the taste without too many hops at all. This beer has a lot less taste than I thought it might (the whole west coast and Pale Ale huge beer connection). There is not even too much of a malt presence. I appreciate that this pale ale is not a pseudo DIPA (like I find sometimes) in that the hops are very muted but if I am only left with a barley taste then that is not very good. Actually, repeated tastes reveal that this reminds me of a hearty iced tea, it has that same earthy tea leaf feel. This is my lowest taste rating for a beer coming out of North Coast Brewing Company out of Fort Bragg. 2.0

M Light, with a bit of smoothness. 3.0

D Very good since it is low ABV and tastes like a heavy iced tea. 4.0

Notes: Strange brew from North Coast, clearly made to be a session beer but it will not be part of any session in my near future. By the way, the label on my 12 oz. bottle is superior to the one pictured here but retains that classic advertising look. There is a "Lady in Red" with red hair swinging from left to right with a pint of beer in her right hand. Very cool. Lastly, for a Pale Ale session I would clearly choose SNPA over this one.

Photo of donniecuffs
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a 4oz sample glass at a North Coast promo.

A: Amber/copper, with a thin head that surprisingly laced.

S: Very, very subtle nose, with only a hint of sweet maltiness and biscuit.

T: Creamy biscuit dissolves to woodiness and then to a bitter finish. Impressive progression.

M: Very thick mouthfeel for a pale ale, with subtle carbo.

D: Too thick of a pale ale to session effectively.

Photo of ludachris
3.38/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is the second of the ACME beers I purchased and for some reason I was expecting a little more. Review from notes:

Pours deep gold in colour with a one finger quickly dissipating white head. Weak retention and no lacing.

First thing that came to mind was MGD upon first sniff. Strong floral hop presence, clean biscuity malts and some light lemon.

Floral hops some light citrus and a clean buttery malt finish. That to me was the highlight of this beer.

Fairly light bodied and somewhat watery but very crisp and clean. Seemed a little too bland to make me want to drink another but can see this one being easily sessionable and very refreshing.

Overall, a mediocre APA at best in my opinion. For a beer that's named ACME (pinnacle of a mountain, probably refrencing the pinnacle of beer) I expected a lot more.

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

A: Pours a somewhat hazy orange-amber color. The off-white head is tall, somewhat dense, and frothy, with nice retention and some attractive rings of lacing.

S: Mild biscuity and pale malt aromas. Some mildly subdued citric (orange) and floral hop character. Slightly fruity and mineral notes are also present.

T: Fairly firm pale malts lend a slight biscuity note to the flavor. The hops add a gentle citric and floral taste, with mild bitterness. A bit fruity, again with some vague mineral qualities as well.

M: Light-bodied and smooth, with mild carbonation. Finishes rather dry overall.

D: This works pretty well as a mild, sessionable pale ale. However, it toes the line between timid and drinkable at times. Pleasant but not especially exciting.

ACME California Pale Ale from North Coast Brewing Co.
79 out of 100 based on 495 ratings.