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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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492 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 492
Reviews: 284
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 14.2%
Wants: 7
Gots: 17 | 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 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
Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.25/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours a hazy, orangey-copper body with a full, bubbly white head.

Smell: Pleasant aroma of toasted grains, caramel, biscuits, and some light citrus.

Taste: Sweet, smooth caramel malts with a bit of toasted grains. Hops are fairly light and provide a bit of citrus as well as some floral notes. Ends with a softened finish that's both lightly sweet and bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Mild carbonation.

Drinkability: A nice, light APA. I can drink this all day along (and do).

ChainGangGuy, Jun 23, 2007
Photo of jettjon
3.45/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From the 12 oz stubby bottle into a cervoise. Golden amber with a moderate amount of tiny carbonation. Big white foamy head that fades slowly leaving plenty of lacing behind. Nose of piney hops and a bit of yeast. Flavor of moderate piney hops, citrus, and a decent sweet malt balance. A bit bready. Ho-hum finish.. Mouth is wet and somewhat thin with an average level of carbonation. Drinkability is OK; it’s inoffensive but then again it’s unimpressive.

Overall: Kind of disappointing coming from North Coast. There are several APA’s I’d choose before this one.

jettjon, Jun 20, 2007
Photo of BretSikkink
3.38/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light amber beer with some golden/orange highlights. Slightly hazy, effervescent bubbles, and nice white head.

Aroma is very mild, there's some fruitiness but also an unpleasant hint toward grain husk that's foreboding.

Very easy drinker here, not a ton of depth. There is some sweetness that plays nicely with the biscuity malt, also tending towards a lighter grain, while the hops make an appearance without leaving much behind. There is some dextrin to the sweetness which gets bigger with warmth.

Not bad, nothing great. Perfect alternative for a BMC'er to get into specialty/craft brews, as this one brings a smaller sensibility without losing macro drinkability. Sessionable, but not great.

BretSikkink, Jun 10, 2007
Photo of hunteraw
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Different bottle than that pictured, more retro in theme. Pours fairly light amber in color, decent head, good retention, some lacing.

Smell: A little off-putting at first, some over-ripe fruit over citrusy hops.

Taste: Tastes better than it smells. A little lacking: sweet grain, enough hops bitterness to balance, but not a huge amount of discernible hops flavor.

Mouthfeel: Light-medium body, good carbonation.

Drinkability: Wouldn't want another.

hunteraw, May 18, 2007
Photo of henrysunset
4.03/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

clear, visibly carbonated yellow beer with white head. pretty unspectacular.

sweet and florally hoppy. "crisp", bit of citrus; oranges.

taste is sweet and citrusy. clean, very mild citrus and malt finish. very nice. sweeter and less hoppy than most pale's i've had lately.

smooth enough for a 4.5 mouthfeel. exceptionally drinkable.

henrysunset, Apr 26, 2007
Photo of Duster72
2.9/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy orangey amber with minimal head and no lacing. Very pretty looking beer! Aroma is biscuts, floral hops, and some fruits -- perhaps strawberry or apricot. Taste is sour frutiness with some floral hops and mild sweet maltiness. Mouthfeel is very thin. Doesn't really taste good, and I would not drink another. Very disappointing.

Duster72, Apr 15, 2007
Photo of Naerhu
3.88/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was quite happy to find a bottle of this in Isetan Queens, Shinagawa, Tokyo, Japan.

A - Slightly cloudy light orange body with pure white head with sticky lacing. A little darker than I would expect to find in a pale ale.
S - Very nice, but relatively simple, orange/tangerine aroma.
T - Very nice mild ale. Nothing stands out, but it sure is nice to drink. Lots of nice long maltyness on the finish. Not very bitter or very sweet.
M - Mild carbonation, with a relatively light body for the style.
D - This ale is very easy drinking

Naerhu, Apr 10, 2007
Photo of oelergud
4.13/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden copper transparent body, low carbonation, big fluffy white head of tiny to large bubbles, great retention and clumpy lace.
Light scent of bread and mild hay, just abit of honey.
Nice and relaxed malts just gliding along with hops scattered here and there. Good balance. An aftertaste so mild and gentle it's barely there.
Nice mouthfeel, full yet light, abit of coating.
Perfect summer session brew, mild but still with enough flavor and low abv.


oelergud, Apr 07, 2007
Photo of cjgator3
3.28/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Short stubby 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. The aroma has a pretty nice toasty maltiness and a faint amount of hops as well. The taste is a decent balance of biscuity malt and hops in the finish but just seems a little boring. Overall, this is a pretty decent brew but I expected a little more hops from a west coast APA.

cjgator3, Mar 24, 2007
Photo of BeerBelcher
2.55/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

As much as I've enjoyed some other North Coast products, I'm really disappointed with this one.

Appearance was a clear, dull amber. Aroma was lightly sweet and hoppy. Taste was weak and thin. Mouthfeel was similarly thin and not good. I'm not too impressed with this beer.

BeerBelcher, Feb 24, 2007
Photo of zeff80
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear gold color with a foamy, two-finger head. It appeared highly carbonated.

S - It smelled of malt and hops (Cascade?).

T - It tasted fairly hoppy with a biscuity malt flavor. Also, some slight bitterness.

M- It was crisp and medium-bodied.

D - A very nice APA. Good hop flavor and maltiness.

zeff80, Feb 09, 2007
Photo of peabody
3.83/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a hazy honey straw color with two fingers of nice white suds. Some nice lacing appears here.
Has a peachy sweet smell. Hops and nice yeast mixed with a caramel aroma.
Taste is apricot. While not as good as the Aprihop it is still a pretty nice beer. A very slight hint of hops but it is the malt that covers the tounge.
Malty mouthfeel that dissapates quickly leaving a very slight bitterness.
This would be a nice session beer but I would want to have it at a bar on tap with lots of nice friends to help out.

peabody, Jan 04, 2007
Photo of SuperSpy
3.43/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - This pale ale pours up hazy, and dark golden. The bubbles vigorously rise to build up a BIG, snow white head that leaves behind some wonderful lace.

The aroma is somewhat fruity, with a hint of apricot and a light maltiness. With the apricot becoming more apparant as it warms.

The fruit is also very apparant in the flavor. There is a mix of apricot and malty sweetness combined with a hop earthiness that all balances very well.

The beer is light-medium bodied with a decent amount of carbonation that contributes to a somewhat light but creamy feeling on the palate.

SuperSpy, Jan 02, 2007
Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

ACME California Pale Ale pours a slightly hazy amber body with golden highlights beneath a creamy head of off-white froth. The head retention is quite good, and it holds a solid, creamy surface covering throughout most of the glass. Lacing is very nice as well.

In the nose it expresses a combination of lightly sweet and just mildly biscuity malt and notes of apricot.

It's medium-light bodied and smooth across the palate with a very-fine-bubbled, median carbonation.

The flavor reveals more maltiness than the nose suggests, and it's fruitiness becomes quite wrapped up in it. It's supple and delicious with a kind of a honeyish and floral character to it, but in a way lacking the "bite" or "snap" that's expected of an American pale ale - not that that's a fault, just an observation! In fact, it leaves it very rounded and smooth, and quite drinkable! It finishes fairly short and dry with a lingering note of tangerine/apricot, and a mild bit of floral, piney, and even grassy, hops.

Nicely done! Interesting, and perhaps, quite unique... I'm not sure I've ever had a beer like it.

NeroFiddled, Dec 19, 2006
Photo of alexskovan
3.55/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a light coppery color with a thick, persistent white head. Very pretty to look at. Smell was non-assertive, malt and fruit. Taste was surprisingly mild, but very refreshing, and a nice alternative to all those micro pale ales that are cloudy and hopped to death.

A good beer for a session, and would probably be acceptable to the uninitiated who know only American macros -- and the pretty lady on the label is a nice touch.

alexskovan, Dec 04, 2006
Photo of Wasatch
3/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks jhammerly for this one. Pours a cloudy golden yellow color, nice carbonation, head quickly disappears, some lacing afterwards. Scents of malts, hops, slight citrus, and slight spices. The taste is lacking the hops that are in most APAs I'm use to. Light-Medium body. Drinkable, but would not recommend.

Wasatch, Dec 03, 2006
Photo of Osiris9588
3.43/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, no date. Pours a copper color, a decent creamy head rests on top--decent retention and slight lacing. The aroma is dominated by fruit and subtle malt.

The tase is dominated by apple, grain, and light, sweet malt. The mouth is very light and does not demonstrate much complexity.

This is a very drinkable and rather enjoyable, though lightweight and somewhat forgettable beer.

Osiris9588, Nov 07, 2006
Photo of veech
3.83/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was a very mild pale ale with lower than expected hop levels, but very drinkable. It was smooth and balanced with less bitterness than usually found in American pale ales. The color, nose and carbonation were all a little on the light side as well, but not necessarily negative. They all complimented this more subtle, but extremely smooth ale. Hop heads need not apply, but for those of us porter/stout devotees, this was a mild enjoyable ale with enough bitterness to appreciate without being overly so. This was the last of the North Coast beers that I had yet to try that are available in my local area. I am intrigued by Brother Thelonius, hopefully it will make in roads soon.

veech, Oct 21, 2006
Photo of russpowell
4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured honey colored with white lacing. Good lacing & average head retention

S: Grassy notes & piney hops as the ale warms

T: Malt sweetness with piney & floral hops up front. Fruittyness follows with a slight alcohol tinge. Finishes fruity with a piney hop kick

MF: Medium bodied with a good balance & carbonation

Drinks pretty easy, just not super complex

russpowell, Sep 14, 2006
ACME California Pale Ale from North Coast Brewing Co.
79 out of 100 based on 492 ratings.