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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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287 Reviews

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Reviews: 287
Hads: 523
Avg: 3.45
pDev: 18.55%
Wants: 9
Gots: 31 | 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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Reviews: 287 | Hads: 523
Photo of mickeymac
3.23/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

It's yellow-gold with an initially fizzy head that was all but gone shortly after pouring. Hops are detectable in the smell, but mainly a pretty strong lemon smell came through. The lemon was also quite strong in the taste with some malt sweetness and a bit of hop bitterness. The flavor is somewhat bland and lacking in complexity. It is, however, quite drinkable. This was my first disappointing experience with a North Coast product.

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Photo of Riggo
3.85/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Sampled last night at the Brickskeller. My first beer from North Coast and I was a little underwhelmed. Pours a clear honey-gold color with moderate white head. Nose is understated floral and malt notes. On palate, a clean and crisp ale but seemed to me to be lacking in depth/complexity and most importantly body. The mouthfeel of this beer is the letdown; just too thin. Flavor profile is dominated by slight cookie sweetness and cleanness of hops, but just not alot going on here. Drinkability here is very high indeed, but ends up sacrificing flavor and charm.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.08/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours with a fantastic, lovely looking deep white head, the consistency reminds of a deep bubble bath covering. The head settles to about ½” - ¼” eventually, but it still looks great set atop the light almost clear golden body of the beer, for it has a very feint milky haze. Tilting my beer glass to 45 degrees and quickly returning it to its upright position, a cloudy myriad of small bubbles quickly rush to rejoin the underside of the head, this is a sign of good carbonation and hence fresh Cask beer in the UK. This is a bottled beer though, but it still goes to show high inherent carbonation nevertheless. This contributes to the beers mouthfeel and gives a lively mouth tingling experience as you down this beer. And it is “downed”, very quickly as it happens.
Aromas are quite malty, the initial taste is of sweet pale malt, the middle has some mild honey sweetness, and the finish slowly fades away with a mild bitterness and some biscuit residues. A highly drinkable, easy going, very smooth, clean and crisp tasting beer.
Not the usual American Pale Ale, in fact as some other US reviewers have stated, and as an Englishman I will reiterate it - this is very English in character for a Pale Ale.
That said, regardless of style conformity – which I ignore, this is a highly quaffable, reasonably priced beer nonetheless. Good stuff.
Oh, and I am in deeply in love with the “Woman in Red” on the label. LOL.

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Photo of DarthMalt
4.29/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Why, this is just a lovely beer!

I was expecting (actually looking forward to, in a voyeuristic sort of way lately) to getting knocked on my ass with the typical 1-2 hop-punch of what is found in many APAs, but instead, what I found is this sweet little beer (with the buxom beer wench on the cover) just wanting to be loved.

There is all this sort of honey/malty/caramely aroma and flavor about this beer, but it comes completely devoid of any of the cloying aspects of those sickening-sweet characteristics, and instead displays with a very stout and manly balance of hops and malt and water profile.

It is reserved like a good bitter or English ale, but it is distincly not of those genres. It takes what is best of those styles, and incorporates them into this seriously ssssssscrumptious quaffing machine that makes me want to dye my hair blonde and buy a surfboard.


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

A very drinkable pale ale. Cloudy orange body with faint wispy head that disappears quickly. The aroma is malt and yeast esters with faint citrus from the hops. The taste is slanted towards the malt and fruity esters with just a faint bitterness to balance the malt. I imagine this would be a very good beer on draft and on a warm summer day.

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Photo of BeerManDan
4.38/5  rDev +27%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep golden in color. The there is a strong smell of hops with a slight hint of barley. This beer is clean tasting and well balanced in it hops and barley. Avery smooth and pleasant after taste. Another great beer from North Coast!

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

A little on the bland side, but nothing offensive about it. Light copper color. Mild hop flavor and nice crispness but not much else. Passable hops finish. Not too bad as a summer brew but not really memorable overall.

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Photo of StevieW
4.5/5  rDev +30.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear copperish to brown color. A very impressive foamy beige head, falls over the edge of the glass and settles very slowly. Nice balanced smell of a west coast hop variety,and malty biscuit bite. Taste was balanced, and very good. Big malty biscuit taste, matched with a slow bitter hop taste transition. Sublte finish, great balanced taste lingers on your taste buds. Medium bodied, very good rendition of an American Pale Ale. Love the name, and label. If you see it, and are not sure, buy it, you won't be dissapointed.

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Photo of goindownsouth
3.8/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was hoping it would be a bit better and hoppier, but still not bad. A nice mix of hoppy bitterness for the lower hophead on the totem poll. Well worth a try. Prost!

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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.

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

Slightly sour, a tad dry finish. Maltier than the consensus american-Pale Ale. Filtered almost to the exclusion of any sediment. Sediment is present, just very very little. Not a complete dissapointment. Better than the average beer..

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Photo of Mark
4.01/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A good solid, smooth ale from North Coast. Like a another reviewer said, it has an English feel to it. That makes it allright in my book as Englsh Ale is tops. I liked the mellow bitterness and smooth taste. Good head retention and my glass was sheeted in lace, a good ale all around. I feel this is an excellent beer to start someone out on the road to becoming an advocate. It's smooth taste and subtle hopping will not put off newbies or swill lovers.

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ACME California Pale Ale from North Coast Brewing Co.
79 out of 100 based on 287 ratings.