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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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465 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 465
Reviews: 282
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 13.62%
Wants: 7
Gots: 13 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 10-29-2001)
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4.33/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I served a bottle into a Pilsener glass. The head was frothy and large with a hint of amber. The most prominant smell is that of honey.

The appearance is cloudy and an amber color.

I'm very impressed with the taste. It's clean, which I like. I can taste honey, hops, and an above average alcohol taste. It's not very carbonated.

I would recommend this beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2009 01:04:33 | More by DV8HARD
Photo of rfgetz

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy copper tones with a whispy head.

S: Light citrusy hops with slight pney scent.

T: Like the scent, a very light citrusy hop taste. Lacking much hop charachter.

M: Light-Medium body.

D: Above average pale ale, but works as a session beer with light citrusy flavor.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2009 20:48:42 | More by rfgetz
Photo of blingice


3.63/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Honey colored, paler yellow and orange, poured into a mug with a nice fluffy white head.

S - Fairly weak, smells decently fruity, lively, and crisp.

T - A fairly average beer, it seems. Not particularly bitter (there's no reason why it should be), but very smooth and refreshing nonetheless.

M - Lots of nice carbonation and balance here.

D - I probably wouldn't buy it again (since it's fairly average) but this isn't difficult to drink at all.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2009 06:56:09 | More by blingice
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3.45/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: hazy copper colored brew with a decent head and lacing on the glass

S: oarnge peel and biscuit.

T: sweet, grapefruit up front with a toasty and moderately bitter

M: light-medium body, good carbonation leaving the mouth just a little dry

Overall, I like the fruity sweetness of this beer and its balance.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2009 05:32:04 | More by OlRasputin989
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3.68/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a half gallon milk jug (Alabama is learning...) into my pint glass.

Very good color - deep amber. Good head, despite being poured from said milk jug.

The smell was hoppy, with a touch of floral notes. Very pleasing.

The taste was very hoppy and nicely bitter on aftertaste. Hoppier than most standard IPAs.

The mouthfeel was relatively light for a beer with this much hops.

It was, despite the hoppiness, quite light and drinkable. I had one at the end of a long day, and then started back for a second...

Serving type: growler

06-09-2009 21:28:02 | More by Ell
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3.65/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours into a pint glass, 1" foam head quickly which disapates into lacing on top of an orangey amber not entirely clear ale.

Smells of slightly citrus hops and unbaked bread, biscuit? a touch of yeast.

Nice lush mouthfeel, due in part to carbonation. Seems very balanced, not hoppy like some pale ales,yep, very even. Just a tiny smack of bite at the end. As a homebrewer, I know it's hard to make a nicely balanced beer that will appeal to many, so I have appreciation for what they are doing here.

I think this is a good gateway ale for someone who isn't familiar with craft brew, it's very neutral and drinkable. I'd been wanting to try it and glad I did. I like the label, probably more than the ale!

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2009 00:47:55 | More by vikingloki
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4.33/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy copper color with a fluffy off-white head that rapidly dissipated.

Smell: Wonderful malty citrus aroma

Taste: Delicious! Tastes how it smells with great aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Great balance between hops and carbonation.

Drinkability: I really like this beer. It will definitely enter the rotation.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2009 03:37:37 | More by teejay76
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3.85/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This bottle courtesy of Wasatch. Thanks John!

It pours a clear bright medium gold colour with a 2 finger head of foam. Lots of bubbles!

The smell is citrus hop bitter with some light notes of malt and maybe some grain. Not that inspiring.

The taste is more balanced...the hop bitterness is subdued compared to the nose and the malt brings a nice sweet aspect to the table and that's what I called nicely balanced. A "simple" brew that works well to my palette.

Light mouthfeel with medium carbonation and the head retention, well, it just won't go away.

Drinkabilty? I like what's going on here so, it's defintely very good. More than 1 bottle at a sitting would be a piece of cake.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2009 22:43:39 | More by Bitterbill
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3.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice orange to amber color with a strong white head that disipates about 1/3 of the way down. It is very easy to drink due to its nearly perfect mouthfeel. The lacing follows the brew all of the way to the bottom of the glass. The mild hops make this a pretty weak APA but that's not a slight in this case. If I were to name any faults I would say that toward the end of the pint there was the slightest hint of metal almost a tap water after taste, though not strong and not lingering. This is a mild APA perfect for the guzzle.

Serving type: on-tap

05-01-2009 02:32:40 | More by ArrogantDeadGuy
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New York

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

Bought as a single, served into a pint glass. Dark shade of a somewhat hazy orange in color. A nice head that sticks around for awhile and some slight lacing on the glass. Smells are grainy, some malt first then some hops afterward, slight hint of lemon zest. Taste is smooth and refreshing, balanced well with the malt getting the upper edge. The mouthfeel is thin with some nice carbonation and the alcohol is not noticed at all. Drinkability would be higher, but nothing really shouts out at you while consuming. A good impression of the style, so if APA is your thing I will recommend. Other than that, I may have to move on up to their IPA to be fully satisfied.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2009 03:51:00 | More by BuffaloTapHugger
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Costa Rica

3.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hazy golden appearance, and not much head retention. Aroma is very faint, but pleasant. First flavor is of the hops, which gives some citrus character and a light bitterness, then followed by a sweet maltiness. A little suprised it doesn't have more mouthfeel, but could be due to CO2 burn. Not a bad pale ale, but not one of my favorites. Given the choice between this or a Red Seal, I'd take their Red Seal.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2009 03:13:33 | More by kellywilson50
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Nova Scotia (Canada)

3.28/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Latest find at what is quickly becoming my favorite beer stop.

Poured a clean golden color with about two fingers of head. Scent is hoppy, with a tint of sourness. Some initial sweetness - somewhat like honey - with a minor sour taste when you swallow. Aftertaste departs quickly. Mild carbonation, overall very light. Very easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2009 03:20:56 | More by Seanstoppable
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3.58/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Took home an new beer tonight. What do I do?? Review on here of course!

A-Poured into pint glass. Pours a hazy dark golden color with half inch off white head that slowly goes away leaving nice lacing on the sides of the glass.

S-Big sour malt smell. Smells faintly of fresh rolls...just might be me though.

T-Little sour....maybe a bad bottle?? Little bit of tang to it. Can taste the malts more now. Not a bad taste kind of bland though.

M-A little thicker than I would think for the style. Malts cover the mouth in a good way. Nice carbination which is what I like.

D-This is a nice session beer that I could get use too. Very easy to drink and not anything real bad to say about this very drinkable beer.

I am kind of saddened that I am not able to get this in Indiana for the moment as World Class dropped it. Bleh...

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2009 06:16:20 | More by alleykatking
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3.33/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Clear, medium-golden color with a fizzy white head.

S: Crisp malt notes with a dash of herbal hop aroma. Some light graininess as well.

T: Not too bad. Solid pub ale flavors, but its profile seems more characteristic of a Kölsch than a pale ale. Crisp, yet slightly subdued hop character and a crisp malt background. Pretty solid.

M: Lighter body, but not too much so. Decent carbonation with a slightly slick feel and (mostly) clean finish. Dries ever so slightly.

D: A good candidate for a session ale. Goes down pretty easy.

Overall, a decent ale. Nothing too terribly special or jaw-dropping, but an okay kick-back beer, especially on a hot day. A good gateway beer, perhaps?

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2009 05:46:00 | More by PirateUlf73
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Nova Scotia (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with no freshness date, poured into mug.

Appearance: Bright, clear straw body turning to gold in the middle, with a good-sized white head that leaves some lacing as it settles. Good retention.

Aroma: Mild honey and caramel backbone with a nice overlay of floral hops.

Taste: Fairly sweet honey and biscuit with a nice mix of floral, citrus and spicy hops. Light bittersweetness on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, clean, and light in the mouth. Carbonation is perfectly light.

Drinkability: Tasty and refreshing. Goes down quite nicely. A bit pricy in my neck of the woods, but would definitely recommend it.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2009 18:58:46 | More by nighthawk
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3.95/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: a light amber, great head with lacing that lasted through the whole pint.
S: A little bit toasty, maybe some nuts? A bit hoppy, but not strong. Very nice!
T & M: A lightly hopped PA, very good taste, with a bit of spice for after taste. A great mouthfeel.
D: Very drinkable.

A great beer! I really liked this. It's not a super strong west coast pale ale, but a solid pale ale that stands on its own.

Serving type: on-tap

03-26-2009 02:25:22 | More by andyinsdca
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4.08/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

different (later?) label on the bottle (black with the same trapeze femme...)

nice foamy head with excellent lacing...light amber/red look

very malty, barely hoppy smell...same for the taste...though wanting the hop punch in the face, loving the maltiness today. my second favorite beer flavor component.

very similar to (am i repeating myself today?) anchor steam and yuengling lager...

a quite drinkable, fairly distinctive brew.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2009 00:50:39 | More by mempath
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New Jersey

2.1/5  rDev -39.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance- Yellow to golden brown color, little to light carbonation with light or small bubbling, thin to no head, slightly murky though transparent,

Smell- slights apples, with some malt and hops nothing overwhelming or great on the smell here jumping at me, little sour

Taste- Slightly hoppy on the finish but alot of yeast in this one, not sure if my batch was bad but a little bit our sourness to this, not a good flavor made me twinge a bit to be honest something off here

Mouthfeel- light bodied and soft

Drinkability- Gotta be honest and say I really didnt not like this beer it got a little better as you went on but not all that great, so many better versions of this style a beer, not one i would recommended to someone, but maybe i just got bad batch,

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2009 05:03:54 | More by Stunner97
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3.95/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - pours a pale straw color with a large white head
S - floral and grape fruit hops with a nice fruity malt character
T - the flavor has some nice fruity malts with some hops that taste herbal and somewhat like grapefruits. Has a slight amount of bitterness in the end.
M - a bit too light
D - The beer is drinkable and I like looking at the label.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2009 04:03:30 | More by BeenJammin
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3.28/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle with a retro-styled bottle label. On to the beer:

A two-finger's thick head of foam sits and slowly goes away on top this pale, faded orange color. The aroma is a little pale, no pun intended. Husky grapefruit notes and lemon too. The taste is light on the palate, but refreshing. Easy on the palate, no roughness or husky flavors. Faint earthy flavor at first, turns crackery. Grass and a light touch of grapefruit touch down. Dries into an airy biscuit malt, then...it's gone.

Wash down a meal with this beer, but don't make a meal out of this....the flavor intensity is lacking IMO.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2009 03:19:39 | More by DoubleJ
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3.2/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a glass.

A-Gorgeous head, bright and white with a sustaining retention. Dark golden color, very clean.

S-Minimal, but earthy and herbal tones come through with a dry malt coming through.

T-Earthy and hoppy with a biscuity, dry maltiness. Bitterness is assertive and lasts into the crisp finish.

M-Medium-light body with a refreshing carbonation. Crisp and clean feel.

D-A tasty session brew, but it seemed to lack complexity.

Serving type: on-tap

01-26-2009 22:13:13 | More by CHSLBrew
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3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Light gold with large white head. head fizzles a bit fast to a thin veil of foam.

S/T: Balanced. Lightly floral hops aroma a top a fruity tinged caramel malt backing. The grains are good quality and create a slightly creamy richness without being buttery.

M: Thin to medium. Lightly carbonated.

D: An above average, balanced APA. I would be proud if I could mass produce this beer with consistency. I would be proud to call it my home town brew that you can find on draft in the region. I just wouldn't waste my time tracking it down.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2009 14:46:44 | More by BWH3
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3.38/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a nice golden colour with a one finger head. The head hangs around for a while and leaves nice lacing.

The nose is mostly soured fruit with some malts and hops. The taste shows a nice balance of malts and hops, with some bitterness throughout the sip. There is sort of a smoky flavour at the finish that adds a bit of character.

Mouthfeel is light with a nice amount of carbonation. Drinkability is more than average, but not the best. I could drink more than one in a sitting, but I don't know if I would drink three or more.

Excepting the smell, it is a nice brew, but it is not one I will spend time trying to find. I wouldn't turn it down if offered one, though.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2009 00:23:30 | More by CityBoy1986
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Rhode Island

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

appearance - Copper in color, small white head and some lace left on the glass.

smell - A balance of some hops and malt here.

taste - Nice balance here, not a lot of hops, less hops then what I expected here.

mouthfeel - Medium body.

drinkability - Nice balanced beer, worth a try. Body was nice on this one.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2009 15:14:40 | More by auxiliary
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4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz squatty bottle with no freshness date; nice looking retro label.

The ale poured a clear, orange to light amber color with a quickly dissipating white head that does leave some lacing on the glass.

There is a sweet tangerine odor and mild hop aromas.

This is a very refreshing, light style for an American pale ale. There is some faint hop bitters up front but mainly a soft, fruity taste. I believe this ale is very fresh even though there is no freshness date.

Perhaps a little too carbonated, this is a very smooth ale that leaves a lingering fruity taste on the tongue; a rather light-bodied pale ale.

This is extremely quaffable, and at only 5.0 % ABV, this would make a good session ale. Not very complex, but it can be a respite from some of the overly hopped ales available.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2008 23:44:54 | More by jkrich
ACME California Pale Ale from North Coast Brewing Co.
79 out of 100 based on 465 ratings.