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ACME California Pale Ale - North Coast Brewing Co.

ACME California Pale AleACME California Pale Ale

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445 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 445
Reviews: 281
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 13.62%

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 chicagoabbot


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

12 oz into a snifter...pours a clean and clear golden with a sizeable head. I like how light and pale this beer is; it seems like a lot of pale ales have been getting darker as a style lately.

Aroma is pretty sweet, but most pale ales are a little on the sweet side. Not a ton of complexity, but nothing objectionable and it's an enjoyable nose.

It's good on the tongue, some hop bitterness comes through with the malt and this balances out the aroma nicely. Decent complexity here, there are a number of things I can appreciate about this malt profile.

Mouthfeel is good too, zesty and light. I'll probably continue to buy more reasonably priced pales like SN more often, but I do like this beer and will get it again.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2011 17:14:31 | More by chicagoabbot
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

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

The pour was decent, nice even amber in color with a modest head that settled down slowly and evenly over the course of the session, but left little in the way of lacing or any formative layer of foam. Light malted grains open up as it warms. Caramel, hints of piney hops, a nice touch of rich bready malts and a definite herbal quality to it.
Smooth and even with a nice soft and even consistency to it. Rich, warming hop notes great me across the palate and melt into a fine mix of caramel and smooth, subtle and lovely buttery notes. Final smack down comes from the hops which are nice and prominent in the finish and really go a long way into the final taste. Easily session able and much easier to put down then I thought it would be. I have to admit I grew quite fond of this one.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2011 01:58:41 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of Riggo


3.88/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Sampled last night at the Brickskeller. My first beer from North Coast and I was a little underwhelmed. Pours a clear honey-gold color with moderate white head. Nose is understated floral and malt notes. On palate, a clean and crisp ale but seemed to me to be lacking in depth/complexity and most importantly body. The mouthfeel of this beer is the letdown; just too thin. Flavor profile is dominated by slight cookie sweetness and cleanness of hops, but just not alot going on here. Drinkability here is very high indeed, but ends up sacrificing flavor and charm.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2003 08:10:52 | More by Riggo
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

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2007 14:19:53 | More by Naerhu
Photo of dsa7783

New Jersey

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...

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2008 00:02:57 | More by dsa7783
Photo of popery


3.88/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a toned down pale ale that might be a little under-hopped, but when compared next to the IPA, the two beers seem to complement each other and provide more insight into North Coast's intent. The hops are understated compared to the IPA but this allows more time for the malt flavors. The flavor is floral and yeasty and smoother than most California pale ales. I enjoyed it more than I would have thought from a description, but I like hops and would ultimately prefer the IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

10-21-2008 05:10:13 | More by popery
Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS


3.85/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very good, average, non-offensive, here sweetie try this pale.

A. Small head, hazy, unfilterness, bits of sediment.

S. A bit lacking.

TM&D. A very drinkable offering from this brewery. I necessarily wouldn’t consider this a true Pale Ale, but more along the lines of an Extra Pale Ale. Drinakbility is very high. I think it is generously rated at 5%.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2005 01:12:24 | More by FLAbeergutinMASS
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2008 20:56:45 | More by BigRedN
Photo of Bitterbill


3.85/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This bottle courtesy of Wasatch. Thanks John!

It pours a clear bright medium gold colour with a 2 finger head of foam. Lots of bubbles!

The smell is citrus hop bitter with some light notes of malt and maybe some grain. Not that inspiring.

The taste is more balanced...the hop bitterness is subdued compared to the nose and the malt brings a nice sweet aspect to the table and that's what I called nicely balanced. A "simple" brew that works well to my palette.

Light mouthfeel with medium carbonation and the head retention, well, it just won't go away.

Drinkabilty? I like what's going on here so, it's defintely very good. More than 1 bottle at a sitting would be a piece of cake.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2009 22:43:39 | More by Bitterbill
Photo of bishopgary


3.85/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured clear, golden to copper. About one inch of relatively thick off-white head. Took a while to dissipate, left some lacing.
S: Not much aroma, light malt and a bit of citrus or hops. I was expecting more here.
T: Overall good. Plenty of smooth malt, just a hint of hops and a slight bit of spice at the end.
M: Nothing extraordinary. I was not expecting quite as much carbonation.
D: Good. This is light, with enough complexity to keep it interesting. Good session beer in my opinion. Plenty of other folks must find it very drinkable because North Coast has been brewing this for a while.

Serving type: on-tap

12-06-2010 19:49:14 | More by bishopgary
Photo of BeerKangaroo


3.85/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Into a pint glass:

A: golden colored body that leaves a one finger white head that dies with a moderate pace to a thin coat of foamy head. Some light fast carbonation is seen rising. Barely any lacing is seen.

S: centers around some English malts and light citrusy hops come in.

T: citrus coming in a bit stronger. It has a slightly clean hop bite.

M: light to medium with nothing harsh on the tongue.

O: this is not a bad brew. I like this enough to have it again.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2012 17:29:42 | More by BeerKangaroo
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2006 14:44:08 | More by veech
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2007 23:43:53 | More by peabody
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2007 05:19:49 | More by stevecee2003
Photo of scooter231

New York

3.83/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very hazy, very cloudy golden orange, with a tannish head and decent lacing. Can't see through it at all. Kinda looks like a wheaty bear, actually.

Nose is lightly floral, lightly grassy. A little lemon comes through. Not very potent. There's far more to the taste than the nose- more hops, a decent punch of bready maltyness, and more lemon flavors come through. It's light and simple, nothing unexpected.

Mouthfeel is a little thin, but still has some sudsy punch. Very slick, too. Overall, this would probably make a good session beer. It's refreshing and light, easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2009 02:45:34 | More by scooter231
Photo of JBogan


3.8/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

My glass was greeted by a somewhat pale copper colored brew with a nice slightly off white one fingered crown of cream. Good lacing remained after each sip.

Smelled of sweet maltiness. This was a pleasant surprise as I'd had this before and it had a wet cardboard/tobacco smell and flavor to it. Not this time. Much nicer.

Tasted of malts and maybe a small hint of caramel. I'd have wished for maybe a bit stronger taste, as this seemed a little on the weak side, but still not bad.

My mouth was somewhat let down by this brew. Leaning towards the thin side, it would have been nice if there was more body. There was some creaminess to it along with just enough carbonation to keep it from being too flat.

All in all this was a beer I'd have again, but not a first choice type of brew. With a bit more body and taste it would move up to the next level but for now, it's a good but not great offering.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2008 19:56:26 | More by JBogan
Photo of spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle

Appearance - The beer pours a hazy dark amber colour with an average size frothy and rocky off-white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation, and there is some good lacing on the sides of the glass. The head lasted for several minutes before it began to dissipate.

Smell - Breads/grains, hops, dough, tangerine

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation on the tongue and the beer feels every creamy. The most noticeable flavours are breads/grains, light hops, a grassiness, and a hint of fruit sweetness.. perhaps melon? The beer finishes with a light hop aftertaste.

Drink - The beer didn't have a very powerful smell and doesn't have a whole lot of hop taste. But it does have a nice flavour and is extremely easy to drink. The light fruit sweetness adds a nice touch as well. This would be an excellent session beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2010 15:28:08 | More by spinrsx
Photo of goindownsouth


3.78/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was hoping it would be a bit better and hoppier, but still not bad. A nice mix of hoppy bitterness for the lower hophead on the totem poll. Well worth a try. Prost!

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2002 03:39:16 | More by goindownsouth
Photo of brewmudgeon


3.78/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

a hazy coppery amber. the one-finger head fades quickly and leaves very little lace, which itself promptly disappears.
s modest amount of cascade grapefruityness along with a faint grain and just enough sweetness to complement the acidity.
t a moderate, straightforward citric bitterness is primary. a husky grain flavor comes and goes flirtatiously.
m a little watery. swishing around the mouth produces a creaminess from the abundant carbonation.
d i would prefer more grain flavor, particularly as what's detectable is very tasty. as is, a tiny bit too much on the seltzer water side. yet there is certainly enough to like here for those times you want a light version of an APA. nothing in your face about this one, and it's reasonably well balanced. a good summer afternoon APA.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2008 00:34:42 | More by brewmudgeon
Photo of ummswimmin

New Jersey

3.78/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I saw the bottle on the shelf (the hot chick in the swimsuit caught my eye) and I decided to try this something new.

I always go for a decent pale, and I figure that Acme, I mean North Coast, should do a good job.

This beer smells really good. There is a light flowery top. The flavor is kind of simple, but I could drink this all afternoon.

I would say that this is a good example of a pale, but it is nothing to go out of your way for.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2012 01:50:51 | More by ummswimmin
Photo of Jason


3.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12oz short brown twist, no freshness date.

Appearance: Light amberish gold with slight chill haze, a creamy bubbly white lace sits on top.

Smell: Mellow fruit, subdued esters and grain in the aroma.

Taste: Smooth and semi crisp malt flavours of bready grain, sweetness (honey?), subdued husk and fruit are dominant. A mild hop bitterness (faint citrus) is in and out quick, lingering grainy flavours and residual dextrins fade slowly.

Notes: Easy drinking pale ale even for the faint of heart. The specialty malts and an extra depth to this brew.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2002 15:10:04 | More by Jason
Photo of grindcore666


3.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance is golden orange and bubbly. Head retention sucked. Oh well. Smells like apple juice from concentrate with a tiny hint of apricots and spice. Medium carbonated, shy and pleasant hops with a base of honey and (still) apricots. Reminds me of Great White, but the sweetness is a lot more subdued and carbonation less aggressive. Nice buttery finish. Mouthfeel is a little light, which bumps up the drinkability; however, I'd prefer this one take some chances - it's just a play-it-safe Pale Ale.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2005 02:09:36 | More by grindcore666
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2007 01:27:42 | More by zeff80
Photo of kellywilson50

Costa Rica

3.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hazy golden appearance, and not much head retention. Aroma is very faint, but pleasant. First flavor is of the hops, which gives some citrus character and a light bitterness, then followed by a sweet maltiness. A little suprised it doesn't have more mouthfeel, but could be due to CO2 burn. Not a bad pale ale, but not one of my favorites. Given the choice between this or a Red Seal, I'd take their Red Seal.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2009 03:13:33 | More by kellywilson50
Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy


3.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice orange to amber color with a strong white head that disipates about 1/3 of the way down. It is very easy to drink due to its nearly perfect mouthfeel. The lacing follows the brew all of the way to the bottom of the glass. The mild hops make this a pretty weak APA but that's not a slight in this case. If I were to name any faults I would say that toward the end of the pint there was the slightest hint of metal almost a tap water after taste, though not strong and not lingering. This is a mild APA perfect for the guzzle.

Serving type: on-tap

05-01-2009 02:32:40 | More by ArrogantDeadGuy
ACME California Pale Ale from North Coast Brewing Co.
79 out of 100 based on 445 ratings.