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 ThreeWiseMen
3.28/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours orange-gold with thin white head. Head appears fizzy and loose (though it tightens up later), and produces very minor lacing. Fair amount of carbonation can be seen when held up to light. Slight cloudiness to this brew as well.

Smell: Toasted grainy malts, nuts, caramel, melon, very faint grapefruit and a little alcohol.

Taste: Bready malts, citrus (grapefruit), caramel, maybe some melon, honey, and piney hops. Took a while for taste to really come out, though once it did this brew wasn't bad. Word to the wise: let it warm up first.

Mouthfeel: Pretty chewy, above average carbonation, fairly light bodied.

Drinkability: A pretty easy APA, though nothing very special. There's better pale ales out there. Could drink several of these without even realizing it.

Photo of Overlord
3.1/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tastes like a Sierra Nevada Pale Ale light.

Pours bright yellow with a hint of orange, bit white foam head. Smells like a bit of yeast and some piney hops. Taste is blandly pleasant, with some malt sweetness and piney hops.

No idea what this sells for, but it seems like a pleasant enough introduction into non-macrobrews. Mouthfeel is zesty, if a bit watery.

Photo of jwc215
3.13/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazed copperish amber with a white head that thins to a lasting cover. Little lacing sticks.

The smell is of doughy yeast - a tad musty - some grain, not much in the hop department - maybe some orange.

The taste is doughy with some caramel. Both malt and hops are a bit underwhelming. There is some slight astringency with a peek of metallic, leafy, bitterish dryness in the finish.

The feel is on the weak/watery/swishy side. Light bodied - approaching medium.

A rather bland APA - average/mediocre. Something of a disappointment considering the brewery.

Photo of TheLiterati
3.15/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a sparking amber color, more orange than red, with a thick, two-finger high creamy and substantial off-white head.

Aroma is hard to describe - though not unpleasant, nothing stands out. There are hints of burnt caramel, citrus, malt and hops that also translate to the taste which again is unremarkable, but not necessarily in a bad way. It seems wrong to say, but this is a simple beer that, for the style, is well done.

I think of Acme's Pale Ale offering as being a good gateway beer to other offerings. It is different enough from the usual macros in the way that Fat Tire once was - has enough stand out characteristics to begin to tempt the palate of a beer newbie without being overpowering.

I say this with all humility as this was one of the beers I "experimented with" before graduating to - and becoming enamored with - Acme's IPA offering.

One thing that stands out in this beer is the mouthfeel - I find it quite refreshing, with just the right amount of carbonation to keep the caramel and malts from being syrupy.

A good choice and definitely drinkable.

Photo of shadow1961
3.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acme Pale Ale pours a nice creamy head of foam over a cloudy orange
brew. Carbonation is very active, and the nose is mildly fruity barley malt.
The flavor is mellow light barley malts up front with a mild herbal hops for
balance. Mouthfeel is light but not at all watery and crisp. The intention here
was clearly to create a nice, easy drinking APA with very moderate bitterness.
This would be a perfect gateway for macro drinkers looking to upgrade, and
there's enough here to interest you more experienced drinkers as well. Who
would have thought it- a West Coast brew that's not trying to be over the top?
If it weren't so hard to come by in my area this would have a regular place in
my fridge.

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

A: Pours a nice bright but hazy tangerine orange with a thin off white head.

S: Light oranges and citrus on nose.

T: Nice creamy caramel palate and flavor with a great citrus hop bite. Malty and citrusy.Leaves a dry bitter orange in the finish and a malty coating on tongue.

M: oily mouthful and texture.

D: A decent session ipa, not as hoppy as one would expect. Would drink two or three but probably get bored with it after that. Overall a good ipa with moderate drinkability.

Photo of BeerSox
3.9/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into pint glass.

Slightly hazy golden hue with a thick and frothy off white head that slowly settles to a thick cap. Solid and sticky lacing along the glass.

Light grain with a little bit of a citrusy smell. The hops aren't very bitter and provide a very grassy aroma, along with some eathy yeast.

Powdery and slightly sweet grain. A little bit of diacetyl can be detected. The hops are low and there for balance. Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Some very light fruit flavors are in there too. The finish is the lingering grains, with a touch of the hops sticking around as well.

This is a rather refreshing Pale Ale that doesn't try to do too much. It's nothing too bitter and would go great with a meal or alone (or paired with another one of these). Recommended.

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

Poured a cloudy orange body with faint wispy head that disappears quickly. The aroma is malt and yeast 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. Pretty average pale at best.

Photo of morimech
3.63/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy golden color with an attractive one-fingered head that slowly settles to a thin cap. A good amount of lacing is left on the glass.

Smells of biscuit malt with a little grassy hops in the background. Very little aroma coming off this beer.

Taste is likewise mild. A nice slightly sweet malt flavor with just a hint of bitterness from the hops.

A light body with maybe a touch too much carbonation.

A nice sessionable ale but I prefer a little more hops in my APA.

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...

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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..

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.

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