ACME California Pale Ale - North Coast Brewing Co.
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2.98/5 rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3
Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a tulip glass...
A: Hazy gold color with light carbonation. Had to pour a little aggressive to develop a head, which eventually evened out at about a finger and a half of white foam. Head faded quickly to lacing around the inside of the glass.
S: Not much of note, light hops, grains, maybe some citrus...
T: Light hop bitterness that leaves quickly, citrus, a little pine and then the malts step in to finish the taste.
M. Light bodied with with dry finish, some mild bitterness, little residual citrus and pine in the background. Nicely carbonated.
O: A decent, drinkable pale. I'm sure there's other PA's that are better, but this one is decent, right in the middle with all the other decent beers of this style. I would consider this sessionable, especially in the summer and wouldn't be offended if someone offered me one.
Serving type: bottle
10-28-2013 01:35:38 | More by MoorBeerPlz
3.38/5 rDev -2%
look: 2 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Poured no head on a clear amber colored body.
The aroma is wet grain with some fruitiness: apple and pear.
The taste is lemon bitterness with some pear sweetness.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation.
Nothing special but good enough for a couple rounds.
Serving type: on-tap
09-11-2013 14:56:45 | More by Fatehunter
2.84/5 rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
12 fl oz brown glass bottle acquired as part of a 6 pack at the Cap N Cork in Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are fairly high given the brewery, which I'm a fan of. Label art is as generic as they come; you could easily mistake this for a World Brews offering.
Served cold - straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.
A: Pours a two finger wide head of beige/light khaki colour. Decent frothiness. Okay creaminess and thickness. Retention is nice - about 3-4 minutes. Inconsistent lacing sticks to the sides of the glass as the head recedes.
Body colour is a vibrant orange-copper. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.
Overall, it's pretty standard fare for a pale ale. No overt flaws are obvious. It's not unique or special.
Sm: British malts are evident. I get toffee, caramel, biscuit, a bit of nutty digestive, pale malts, and floral hops. A simple aroma of mild strength. No yeast character or alcohol is detectable.
T: Pale malts are overtaken by the British malts - including the aforementioned toffee, biscuit, caramel, and digestive notes. Too bready and grainy for the style. Hop character is reticent - a crime in a pale ale. What little I do pick up is generic and floral in character. Some toasted grain. Almost a light butterscotch (diacetyl) note. Balance is okay, but the build is all wrong for the style. Not very pleasant as a result. A simple brew without much subtlety. I'm not a huge fan.
Mf: Smooth and wet. Overcarbonated. Thickness suits the style. Fairly full-bodied. Suits the flavour profile generally well, but it doesn't feel custom-tailored to it. Decent execution.
Dr: Ultimately, it's a disappointing attempt at a pale ale from a brewery that should know better. I definitely wouldn't buy this again, but I'm glad I got the chance to try it. Downable stuff, but by no means high quality. I expected better from North Coast.
Serving type: bottle
08-10-2013 01:14:48 | More by kojevergas
3.46/5 rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
A: The beer is slightly hazy yellowish amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high off white head that died down, leaving a thin head covering the surface and lots of lacy rings of bubbles down the sides of the glass.
S: Light aromas of toasted malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, but has slightly stronger flavors of pale and toasted malts along with hints of fruity yeast and slight bits of citrusy hops.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink and isn't a bad choice if you are a fan of maltier pale ales.
Serving type: bottle
07-23-2013 01:47:24 | More by metter98
3.75/5 rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
After enjoying several of the North Coast brews, including most recently the Red Seal Ale, and noticing ACME California Pale Ale in The Archive cellars I immediately saw it as sign from Brewdha (the Buddha of beer) that this would be my next review. Thank you Brewdha!
Poured from a 355ml bottle into a nonic pint.
A: The body is a nice hazy light amber, with a fluffy white head that dissipates to patches of lace.
S: Mild citrus hops with a pine presence, toasted malt grain base and a hint of yeast funk. A very even balanced aroma - as the label describes this is in the style of early California Pale Ales which aren't the fervently hopped beverages of today.
T: Bold toffee malts upfront with sugar, this is followed by a hint of funky yeast and ends with hops best described as a lemon zest and pine flavoured. Big sweet malts and light hops make this a fairly unique Pale Ale, a touch off-balance because the malt is much bigger than the hop presence. After-taste is a lingering toffee flavour, with low bitterness.
M: Mid to light body and medium carbonation.
D: As mentioned above this is a unique brew. It is easy to drink and a tad sweet - but this is to be expected as the hop bitterness is mild. Overall a solid, easy, malt-driven Pale Ale that I would session with and certainly buy again in future. Nice work NC!
Food match: This easy to please brew will wash down almost anything. In my mind though a wood-fired Pizza (any toppings) would be a winner with this.
Serving type: bottle
07-16-2013 08:39:26 | More by doktorhops
ACME California Pale Ale from North Coast Brewing Co.
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