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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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486 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 486
Reviews: 283
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 13.91%
Wants: 7
Gots: 16 | 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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Photo of dsa7783
3.88/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single, 12 ounce bottle just purchased from Total Wine and More in West Orange for $1.79...
Pours a medium-amber, light copper color with a minimal head that quickly receded and left a fine amount of lacing around the glass...
Grainy, amber aroma which was somewhat bland and not too aggressive or assertive...
Very good, crisp, clean, bread and butter flavor with notes of caramel and nuts... Very refreshing and an overall good depiction of the style...
Great, creamy, rich mouthfeel with an equally good level of drinkability...
Good stuff... recommended...

dsa7783, Apr 30, 2008
Photo of jsprain1
3.93/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-It pours a nice dark straw color, with a large head that fades sort of rapidly and leaves a moderate amount of lacing.
S- The scent reminded me of a farm, not at all in a bad way. It was a very grainy scent, with a bit of citrus and light hops.
T- The taste is similarly grainy up front. This fades to a mild hops taste with a bit of citrus and honey. Overall, a pretty good taste.
M- Decent, but it leaves my mouth a little dry.
D- A worthy choice for a pale ale. It's a bit sweet compared to your average pale ale.

jsprain1, Apr 12, 2008
Photo of dsigmon
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: nice straw color with frothy thin white head

S: smells of grain and some sweet citrus, little malt in the background

T/M: First notice is the light malt flavor that is then quickly accompanied by a decent amount of sweet hops in the theme of mandarines with a little lemon juice drizzled on top for that tart aftertaste. Cleans up at the end with a nice not so bitter honey taste. medium-light body with medium carbonation.

D: nice pale ale that I could sit back with and enjoy a sixer of over the weekend.

dsigmon, Apr 08, 2008
Photo of Pencible
3.48/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured a slightly hazy, light honey color with white head. It had a weak scent of orange hops and honey wheat mixed with cultured malt. It tasted very mild and sweet, like watered-down honey. It was oily with moderate carbonation and a slightly bitter aftertaste. Overall this was a very clean and mellow beer; not bad.

Pencible, Mar 29, 2008
Photo of BigRedN
3.85/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured from the stubby 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. The beer is a clear bright gold color. A nice 1 inch head forms and fades to a solid cover. Leaves layers of lace as I consume the beer.

Smell: Light hop aromas that give off first a floral scent than turns a little piney as the beer warms.

Taste: Initially this has a light malty body and some citrousy flavors which is quickly overtaken by a bitter hoppy end. Typically, I usually expect West Coast beers (California, Oregon, Washington) to be a little more hoppy than non West Coast beers of the same style. I was surprised at this in that it is not over the top hops. I like it.

Mouthfeel: Medium in body with light carbonation. There is a slight hoppy aftertaste, but otherwise this has a clean, slightly dry finish.

Drinkability: I put two of these in a mixed six pack of North Coast beers. I'm glad I gave them a try. A decent Pale Ale.

BigRedN, Mar 21, 2008
Photo of MerkinMan
3.35/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Though the head is a little disappointing, the color is beautiful.

S: Smell is faint, yet clean. No big hop aroma, which I expect from an APA. I am not completely disappointed at the fact.

T: A good beer, but not exciting. Personally, I think this should be the goal of a pale ale. Keep the hop bombs for IPAs.

MF: A little thin, not bad.

D: I won't go out of my way to buy more; I prefer my homebrew for a beer like this. I think I would really go for this on tap though. I see this as great with pizza or wings. A true session beer.

This beer says 'average' and 'balanced. Not for adventure types, but a good beer for drinking.

MerkinMan, Mar 18, 2008
Photo of Atlas1
3.63/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Gotta love the Acme label. What a timeless classic image in the beer world. Strangely enough, though, I've never consumed one. So here goes.

Pours a cloudy golden orange color with a fat frothy head on top. Seriously, this head really sticks around longer than I would have ever expected. Reminds me of the head you see on many a belgian ale, settling down into clumpy mounds and leaving lots of lace. The nose is faint, though, with distant notes of lemon and some grassy scents. Slightly earthy, but altogether muted. Not bad, just not there. But the taste delivers a bit more here, packing a nice little hoppy punch. Very tangy up front with lots of citrus and some light spice. It finishes a bit well, but gives off a soap-sudsy aftertaste. Still, it's a good flavor. Mouthfeel is crisp and tingly.

This is a fine pale ale. Really, I could drink this all day. Perfect for a hot summer afternoon especially. A quality version of the American style. Can't wait to try their IPA next.

Atlas1, Mar 15, 2008
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.45/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours an orangish color with a pretty thin creme head. Odd caramel laiden nose with some interesting tar tones there as well. Flavor is a tangy citrus that punches quickly, but falls just as fast. Much potential, but no staying power. The caramel kicks in soon after the initial rush. Seems a bit out of balance. Feel is a bit thin on both aspects.This is an okay APA. I am not really thrilled by it and

RblWthACoz, Feb 11, 2008
Photo of Chsyhkr
3.03/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Interesting beer.

Not your usual West Coast Style Pale Ale. Just enough hop bitterness to clean it up but lots of caramel and toasty-bready flavors more reminiscent of the English Pale Ale. Think a micro version of Bass.

Not bad, but not what I was expecting.

Chsyhkr, Jan 12, 2008
Photo of MMAJYK
3.73/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Quick review from the bar into Blackberry.

A- Bright honey totally transparent. Head is 1 finger after semi conservative pour.

S- Sour and citrusy tones with carmael backing.

T- Biscuity and buttery with nice hop profile and light caramel backbone.

M- Mid to high carbonation and mid to thin feel.

D- High. Low ABV and refreshing.

Overall- Nice pale ale and great representation of style. Clean and crisp and leaves the mouth somewhat dry and wanting more.

MMAJYK, Jan 11, 2008
Photo of OWSLEY069
3.23/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy orange-ish color with a small white head. In the aroma, a small hop and a sweet malt. In the taste, a nice sweet malt and small citrusy hop. A small bitter mouthfeel and a dry small sweet malt and small hop presence in the aftertaste. Refreshing, easy to drink, and quite nice.

OWSLEY069, Jan 06, 2008
Photo of argock
2.73/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served on-tap in a clear pint glass

A: Golden color with thin off-white head than disappears quickly and leaves minimal lacing

S: Muted earthy hops presence with pale malts

T: Earthy hops flavors and subtle pale malts are there, but they are muted and a little on the watery and weak side. Not unpleasant, but not enough on the ball.

M: Smooth but thin feel. Pleasant aftertaste and even carbonation.

D: Not one of Northcoast's best efforts and it pales in comparison to their red ale, IPA and Old Rasputin RIS.

argock, Jan 03, 2008
Photo of JohnGalt1
3/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz picked up at the Boise Coop for about $1.40... poured into my New Belgium balloon glass.

Lite Hazy honey colored brew topped by a short last ing 1/2" white head.

Smell is predominantly pale malts and a touch of grassy hops.... a little yeast fruitiness... but pretty underwhelming across the board.

Flavor is the same with a little toasted malts... sweetness is balanced barely but the bitterness.... a lite lingering orangy citrus hop finish. Descent body, but the brew just doesn't do alot for me.... It's not remotely bad, but just average on all fronts.

North Coast does alot of fantastic brews, unfortunately, this is not one.

JohnGalt1, Dec 13, 2007
Photo of Beerbuddha
3.33/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a cloudy golden-copper color with a thin white head which disappeared quickly. The aroma was a bit lacking but I caught hints of hops and a slight hint of malt. The taste was actually pretty good. I expected a bit more hoppiness but the balance of hops and malts was nice. It had a slight mineral taste to it. Not sure where that came from. The other one I had didn't have that in it. The mouthfeel was medium body with medium carbonation. Overall drinkability is pretty good. I can see this beer as a beer to drink when just hanging out with friends.

Beerbuddha, Nov 03, 2007
Photo of Monkeyknife
3.33/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle a slightly hazy golden-brown with a small white head and spotty lacing on the sides.

Aroma is heavy on the yeast and lighter on the malt and hops.

The taste is a bit buttery with a sweetness from the malts and a twang of citrus in the finish.

Lighter mouthfeel with a moderate carbonation.

This is a very sessionable pale ale but doesn't stand out from many of the others out there..

Monkeyknife, Oct 20, 2007
Photo of tai4ji2x
3/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours a hazy, orangy gold with amber hue. some head, but doesn't last, not much lacing to speak of.

nose is more yeast than malt or hops. unoffensive but unimpressive.

taste is mild, bitterness and hops are quite low for an APA. some hint of estery fruitiness. malt is pretty subdued. finishes with lingering bitterness.

mouthfeel seems a bit thinner than i'd like.

hmm... they did so well with the red seal ale, sad to see this one fall somewhat flat. drinkable, but i'm not paying the premium price that it requires out here in china.

tai4ji2x, Oct 15, 2007
Photo of williamherbert
3.55/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Looks like a light golden color, but not thin. Good thick white head. Really good for a pale ale. Quite a lot of haze.

Smell is of a classic pale malt. Mild sweet hop smell; also that minor chlorine aroma which comes from the yeast. On the deep inhale, a hint of lemon.

Has an unusual fruity/lemony taste on top of the pale malt. Some mild yeast flavor. The hops are slightly bitter in the finish. The hops seem English.

Feel is medium bodied, and leaves a nice thin film. It's mroe like a summery pale ale with some sweet lemon. Half pale, half summer ale.

williamherbert, Sep 27, 2007
Photo of psinderson
3.05/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap in a pint glass.

Appearance: Slightly murky golden brown with a thick off-white head. Good lacing.

Smell: Some citrus present, but a strong yeast aroma prevails. Not much hops in the nose.

Taste: Somewhat metallic. A bit of malt with a mild bitter finish. Overall, not much here.

Mouthfeel: Thin to medium body.

Drinkability: Drinkable, but not very memorable.

psinderson, Sep 18, 2007
Photo of beeritron
2.95/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours out of the bottle a very nice amber color with a full cream colored head that lasts through out the glass. However there is minimal lacing. The smell is very weak, with more of a yeast presence than hops. The taste is pretty average with not much bitterness and no hop flavors after the swallow. There is a bit of fruity aftertaste similar to apples. The malt flavor is ok, with the body being a little thin for the style. Really not much to this beer.

beeritron, Sep 09, 2007
Photo of tempest
3.13/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer is drinkable, but the expense of flavor. There's a bit of hops, but this could easily be called an amber, though its missing the malt profile to make it a decent one. So basically we have a low-flavor, highly drinkable ale here. Sounds like a good candidate for washing down food and easy drinking, but it's not that satisfying to drink, especially for a pale ale.

tempest, Sep 06, 2007
Photo of jcdiflorio
3.2/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

stubby brown bottle 12oz crimped cap poured into a nonic glass.

Slightly hazy golden color slight reddish hue with a generous white creamy head with good to fair retention with decent carbination and few strings of bubbles rising from the center of the glass leaving some sparse curtians of lace.

Grassy,mineral,light perfume aromas,fruity apricot/peach like with a toasty carmell malt aroma in the background.Some hints of fresh bread. Pleasing aromas mostly on the faint side.

Clean taste,grassy,bisquity, fruity with a peach skin like taste,toasty carmell,nutty with a nice tartness finishes with a clean, light citrus bite. Very tangy,light and crisp.

Goes down very easy.light taste,not interesting enough to session. Would be a good beer on a summer day.

jcdiflorio, Aug 20, 2007
Photo of stevecee2003
3.83/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle.

Slight hazy color. that dampens the hazy amber hue. Get it? Lace is minimal.

Smell: There is an interesting smell. Distinctive grains, with some fruit included.

Taste: once again the grains are ever-present. Interesting flavour. Perhaps some hops involved. But truly an interesting taste.

Overall/notes: Not familiar with the Acme label, but this is a worthwhile beer to try.

stevecee2003, Aug 19, 2007
Photo of SilentSabre
2.17/5  rDev -37.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I cannot believe that this is from North Coast. Everything I have had from those guys (up until now) has been fantastic, or at the very least, good. This isn't terrible, but it isn't good, either. It poured up a pale orange colour with a thick, foamy head that actually held shape like merigue on a pie. Smell was almost sickeningly sweet and quite honestly, it reminded me a little of malt liquor; that sweet BMC smell. Taste wasn't *as bad* as I was expecting, but I still didn't like it. Very bland and lifeless with very little of anything in the way of malt or hops. Detectable amounts were present, but if you have to go, "...wait...~have another sip~ ..I think I can actually taste some hop profile...." that isn't a very good beer. This was quite disappointing, I felt, and will be a drain pour. As always, however, I am certainly glad I was able to at least try it and add another brew to the list.

SilentSabre, Aug 18, 2007
Photo of enfield249
4.33/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Mid amber color. 1 finger of head when poured, no lacing.

S - When I first opened the bottle I had a strong fruity smell. Apples a little, or pears. I don't taste any of that in the beer however.

T - Really good taste. Crisp, clean, not overly hoppy. Nice amount of carbonation, just enough that you know it's there but not to much to make it sharp.

M - Sharp, not too much body, a good mix of "light" and dark"

D - Very drinkable. Good flavor, great looks. I very much enjoyed this beer.

enfield249, Jul 05, 2007
Photo of hopbar
3.2/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Mo's Wines and Spirits, Fairfield, CT
12 oz. bottle
Pint Glass

A: Poured a yellow-orange color with a fluffy white head.

S: Mostly gave off a hoppy smell with hints of citrus.

T: Some variety in the flavoring; hops were prominent but a citrus, almost orange flavor was present.

M: Not much body and little carbonation.

D: Not sure if I would try it again. Possibly on tap but it was not as exciting as I would have expected from North Coast.

hopbar, Jun 27, 2007
ACME California Pale Ale from North Coast Brewing Co.
79 out of 100 based on 486 ratings.