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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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BA SCORE
79
okay

486 Ratings
THE BROS
85
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 mempath
4.08/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

different (later?) label on the bottle (black with the same trapeze femme...)

nice foamy head with excellent lacing...light amber/red look

very malty, barely hoppy smell...same for the taste...though wanting the hop punch in the face, loving the maltiness today. my second favorite beer flavor component.

very similar to (am i repeating myself today?) anchor steam and yuengling lager...

a quite drinkable, fairly distinctive brew.

mempath, Mar 21, 2009
Photo of NODAK
4.08/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The aroma here is quite malty and creamy...some caramel there...certainly a bit sweet. Surprising for style.

For an APA, this is pretty unique. There isn't much of a hop profile on this one at all. In fact, it reminds me more of an English Pale Ale. Taste is a malty combination of some caramel with a bit of biscuit...a good deal of creaminess. Tastes a lot like some red ales I've had. Finishes very clean, with basically nothing lingering on the palate.

This beer is light in body, and somewhat light on taste, but is very drinkable because the flavors present are tasty. I can imagine some people may wonder what the heck hoppened to any semblence of hoppiness here, and I wouldn't blame them, but I am just fine with it.

NODAK, Oct 24, 2010
Photo of nighthawk
4.05/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with no freshness date, poured into mug.

Appearance: Bright, clear straw body turning to gold in the middle, with a good-sized white head that leaves some lacing as it settles. Good retention.

Aroma: Mild honey and caramel backbone with a nice overlay of floral hops.

Taste: Fairly sweet honey and biscuit with a nice mix of floral, citrus and spicy hops. Light bittersweetness on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, clean, and light in the mouth. Carbonation is perfectly light.

Drinkability: Tasty and refreshing. Goes down quite nicely. A bit pricy in my neck of the woods, but would definitely recommend it.

nighthawk, Apr 14, 2009
Photo of putnam
4.05/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This label, like the other two Acmes in my posession, bears an image of a redhead exhuberantly swinging on a rope with a full glass of beer in her free hand.
This is the first time I've seen this brand, though have been curious since learning of its existence on the North Coast Brewery's website.

Pale for a Pale, though high-chroma orange colors draw attention to its radiant clarity. The aromas are bronzed, glazed orange blossoms underlain with sticky, sour fruit sugars and spices. Analog aroma pairing: buttermilk squash fritters, touched with nutmeg.
I served 1/2 of this beer quite warm and let it sit for 30 minutes before drinking. I expected a sugary mess yet that has not been the case. Its texture is silky and aethletic. Sooty tannins and light body effect a bright, cleansing mood : pleasant, even if a bit like scouring powder. The fruit is jellied lemon and purple grapes -- mashed seeds and all. Sweet pastries and butterscotch nourish the fruit.
Cold, and the bite is tougher. It's kind of a rustic he-man beer now, nice and dry for drinking in the desert. A steely fizz squeaks tunefully now. It's finished now.

putnam, Oct 30, 2004
Photo of sacfly
4.05/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lightly cloudy, dark golden color. Head dissipates rapidly. Malty, faintly sweet smell. Light, slightly bitter flavor. No malt to speak of. Clean finish.

Nothing special, but a nice, pleasant, easy drinking brew. If you are looking for complexity, you will not find it here. But a refreshing brew to drink while cutting the grass on a hot summer day.

sacfly, Aug 05, 2004
Photo of Mark
4.03/5  rDev +16.8%
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.

Mark, Jan 27, 2002
Photo of ctdfalconer
4.03/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I was pleasantly surprised byt his beer. I was expecting the usual west coast pale ale Sierra Nevada clone, but this was only similar in color (a tad darker) and not much else. It did not have the overt, assertive hop character that one generally comes to expect in west coast pales, but rather it was a very malt--oriented brew. I quite enjoyed the lightly toasty-bready character that dominated the palate. It carries just enough hoppiness to dry out the finish so it doesn't remain cloying. If I lived near this brewery, I would seek out and frequent tap houses that carried it.

ctdfalconer, Apr 01, 2005
Photo of schoolboy
4.03/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This seems like an innocuous little ale that would simply be very nice to drink, and that's exactly what it turns out it is.

California looks outstanding in the glass. The color is beer yellow with moderate bit persistent head. It is very clear.

taste is moderate paddle ale. Nothing is out of place. It stays nice and well mannered, but the aftertaste is more boozy than the lower alcohol would seem it should taste. I would buy and recommend this ale.in the future.

schoolboy, Mar 09, 2013
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 BCMan
4.03/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer is deep honey in color. White, frothy head that faded fast. Mild hop nose with hints of citrus. Light and refreshing flavor with mild hints of hop. Taste doesn't linger. Very wet on the palet, mouth watering. I think this beer was very good...perhaps one of the best I've had. I would definetly recomend it.

BCMan, Jan 21, 2005
Photo of Offa
4.03/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a pretty good, refreshing, light beer, but it seems to me more like a pilsner or pale lager than typical American pal ale.

It is light, golden amber with a medium off-white head steadily shrinking to a thin top and no real lace.

The aroma is bread, honey, apples, like a good pale lager.

The taste is very mild with light bread, apple, grass, honey and lemon, with a mineral hint. It's light, crisp, easy to drink, and goes well with food. It has a light honey sweetness and a very light bready-hoppy finish kind of like a Czech lager.

Offa, Sep 09, 2008
Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Magnificant appearance another notch in the belt for North Coast, with this copper orange apricot colored brew with a magnificant cream colored head full and vivacious foam layer that leaves even patches of lacing. Aroma is primarily nice wheaties like tones of cereal grain full malty and nice with a mild hop aroma just a kiss to finish it off. Flavor is more of the same Wheaties in a glass but it works so well the beers that have that cereal texture always hit me the right way, slightly citric with a bready finish. Mouthfeel has a medium body with nice smooth even carbonation making each sip joy in my mouth. Drinkability is like whoa I could drink this stuff for the pure simpicity and goodness I love the grainy tone just awesome session brew complex, cleand, and crisp.

WVbeergeek, Sep 05, 2003
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 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
Photo of jrw
4/5  rDev +15.9%

jrw, Sep 07, 2012
Photo of mbacon3227
4/5  rDev +15.9%

mbacon3227, Feb 04, 2012
Photo of DrunkenMonk
4/5  rDev +15.9%

DrunkenMonk, Sep 16, 2012
Photo of kurt5316
4/5  rDev +15.9%

kurt5316, Sep 07, 2012
Photo of cousineddy
4/5  rDev +15.9%

cousineddy, Sep 01, 2012
Photo of auxiliary
4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance - Copper in color, small white head and some lace left on the glass.

smell - A balance of some hops and malt here.

taste - Nice balance here, not a lot of hops, less hops then what I expected here.

mouthfeel - Medium body.

drinkability - Nice balanced beer, worth a try. Body was nice on this one.

auxiliary, Jan 01, 2009
Photo of vhmf1978
4/5  rDev +15.9%

vhmf1978, Jan 15, 2014
Photo of jgammoniv
4/5  rDev +15.9%

jgammoniv, Jun 18, 2013
Photo of vodkammunion90
4/5  rDev +15.9%

vodkammunion90, Feb 12, 2013
Photo of barbasucia
4/5  rDev +15.9%

barbasucia, Sep 27, 2014
Photo of callmeclemens
4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank from bottle at around 50 degrees 5.0 percent alc,lightly flavored and goes down beautifully easy. One of the finest pale ales i`ve tried to date. nice very light carbonation, and nothing bitter about it, its got a nice slight malt taste to it. Definatly a nice smooth summer drink, could easily kill a couple of these on a day. this brew is of great quality and I highly recomend it.

callmeclemens, Aug 17, 2010
ACME California Pale Ale from North Coast Brewing Co.
79 out of 100 based on 486 ratings.