ACME California Brown Ale | North Coast Brewing Co.

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ACME California Brown AleACME California Brown Ale
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ACME California Brown AleACME California Brown Ale

Brewed by:
North Coast Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by kbub6f on 11-01-2001

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 104 |  Reviews: 96
Reviews by loving44:
Photo of loving44
3.05/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy dark amber with a bubbly head that left quickly.

smelled sweet with some musty notes.... some carmel and other more pleasant sweet aromas.

nice flavors... but I keep getting a weird "wet-cardboard" aftertaste.... It's really throwing me off

lightly carbonated and sticky mouthfeel

pretty easy to drink if you can get past the weird aftertaste.

This is just an OK brown ale IMHO... I might give it another go sometime.

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Photo of oberon
4.08/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poures amber with a pretty big white clingy head seems light in color for the style but looks quite nice.Caramel malt and roasted nuts are dominant in the aroma doesnt smell overly sweet,wow nice brown here roasted nuts and caramel up front but a big dry earthiness takes over late making this very well balanced and quaffable.A top notch brown the earthy hoppy finish is a winner in my book,much beeter than the overly sweet browns that are abundant.

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Photo of RoyalT
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – This is a terrific-looking solid brown in color with a modest off-white head.

Smell – The nice, toasty malt nose is well-complimented with a few different types of hops, like citrus and maybe even a bit of pine. I can pick up some good caramel notes as well.

Taste – This has a pretty big hop balance. The malts though are the stronger of the two and clearly define the flavor profile. The small caramel lurking in the background makes for a nice finish.

Mouthfeel – This is a solid medium-bodied with some decent carbonation and a lingering bitter aftertaste.

Drinkability – This is a very fun Brown to drink. It’s no wimp but it’s not too big for the style, either.

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Photo of skybluewater
3.62/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours what is actually a dark amber color, fairly nice head. Smells a bit of hops (like an amber ale actually), and nouget-type chocolate. Taste is pretty nice, a bit hoppy for a brown, but not bad. There's just a touch of chocolate.

Overall, this is an odd brown. Not bad at all, but not quite what I'm looking for in a brown. I'd drink again, though.

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Photo of Jason
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Appearance: Copperish with a slight chill haze, a sticky off white lace is on top.

Smell: Fruity and some mellow malty toasted aromas.

Taste: Assertive toasted malt, breadiness and some malt sweetness in this crisp yet smooth beer. Mild hop lets through a citrus twang flavour and a little bitterness. More warming toasted malt flavours linger to the end with some drying grain.

Notes: Big on quaffablity ... an easy pick for a session beer.

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Photo of Billolick
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on tap at the Brazen head in Brooklyn NY, Poured a warm auburn, chestnut brown, nice high quality tiny buble head, lacing, whispy. Sweet, smooth and fragrant malt carries this one. Mellow and smooth, some roastyness and then a chalky dry finish. Nice brown ale. good session brew.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.26/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A sturdy looking brown, good viscosity. Head didn't form so well, but what was there had nice lacing and retention. Woody brown ale smell.

Taste, rich, smooth as advertised. Does what a brown ale is supposed to, just not my thing. Someone else could probably rave about the mellow complexity, mild qualities, but you know he's probably a pasty nerd. This one is a little more than average hopping.

Not bad, just expensive for my enjoyment level.

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Photo of ADR
3.15/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear dark amber, resembles a coppery Red Ale more than a Brown. Slightly fizzy head, settles at under 1/4 of an inch. Decent stringy laces. Sweet smell, just a touch of nutmeg. Mouthfeel is light and a bit overcarbonated. The taste starts fairly muted, light molasses and then transitions into a woddy hoppiness that's more than many Brown Ales bring to the table, but a little ill-matched to the expected malty profile. The finish comes off a little like tree bark at the same time the texture thins and the carbonation becomes too apparent, at least for me. Ultimately the finish is a detraction.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.15/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a deep copper brown murky tone with bubbly cream colored head leaves behind nice bunches of lacing. Aroma: Quite a stale hop character thrown in with some fruity undertones and toasted malts bringing out mild chocolate and toasted nuts. Taste: Flavor is clean sweetness with toasted malts and mild bitterness here ont bad just nothing overwhelming. Mouthfeel: A bit thin to me medium to light bodied ale not horrible. Drinkability: I will be sure to update this review when I get a fresher bottle but it wasn't horrible just rough around the edges.

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Photo of rastaman
2.06/5  rDev -43.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

[email protected] Coast. Brown sugar with some roasted malt, grainy again, and a bit short. Have to say, i don’t really like there ’Acme’ range of beers and i don't really like the Brown Ale style anyway. Bit sweet and thin, with not much happening, but as far as Brown Ales go, its OK i suppose.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.29/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

ACME- California Brown Ale

Appearance- light copper brown with a thin soapy head.
Smell- light roasted hops. Slight assorted nut aroma like the basket of nuts you have around the holidays. (brazil, hazel, walnut, and almond)
Taste- very light roasted nut mixed with a fruity peach/ grape flavor.
Mouthfeel- slighty bitter with a fruity aftertaste.

Overall- not a bad brown ale, but why does ACME subdue every 1 of their beers? If they could just boost the flavor a tad!

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.3/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A slightly hazy (bottle conditioned) chestnut body is topped by a frothy head of ivory that holds quite well and leaves nice rings of lace that, unfortunately, fade with time. The rich nose delivers milk chocolate, cocoa, brown sugar and malted milk balls with just a touch of citrusy hops. The body is medium and lightly zesty on the tongue before warming to become slightly creamy. The flavor offers a subtly sweet blend of caramelish, nutty and cocoa-ish malt and delicate citrusy hops balanced by a firm bitterness that dries the finish but leaves a sticky note of brown sugar that subsides to reveal deeply kilned brown or chocolate malts in a long aftertaste. Quite enjoyable!

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Photo of ElGordo
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice cloudy amber hue with a sizeable frothy head that disappates pretty quickly, leaving behind some very nice ring lace. Malty, nutty, sweet aroma that foretells its wonderful taste. Sweet roasted malt, a hint of brown sugar, pecan nut to start, developing into an even more complex melange of flavors as it lays on the tongue. Roasted malt on the finish. A fine beer, I don't know why I hadn't picked it up until today.

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Photo of Troyone
4.13/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased in a 12 oz. bottle, poured a root beer color with a 3 inch head and some carb action.

Not a significant smell with some cookie dough caramel malt and perfumy hops. Bit into the froth a couple of times for a sweet cotton candy vanishing act that had the hint of a caramel malt.

The taste is a moderately sweet and acidic caramel malt with lots of stuff going on like herbal, grapefruit, and over ripe orange hops; this is refreshing.

The mouthfeel is light to medium body, not real syrupy texture, instead smooth with an even balance of soft carbonation, and a metallic finish.

The drinkability borders a session beer since the aftertaste only has a slight linger of a slightly hoppy malt.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a mug, the appearance was a murky brown color with a finger’s worth of white foamy head that fell off at a decent pace. Stringy sliding lace. The aroma had some roasted nuts, light caramel/toffee malts up front and then had some sweet cherry wood coming out as it warmed. Light toast and then some butterscotch softened the edges. Light earthy hops. The flavor blended all of the previously mentioned aromas together for the most part and lightly touched the aftertaste. Finish is malty and lenient on the cherry wood. Seemed more like cherry sweetness on the finish. The feel was about medium bodied and punching the carbonation with a little bit of those earthy hops I smelled earlier. ABV felt as projected. Overall, nicely done brown ale worthy of having again.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.25/5  rDev -11%

Photo of hotstuff
2.92/5  rDev -20%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The head on this beer was tan, very small in size and it quickly dissipated.The body was carbonated and murky.The hue was the color of cider and there was very little lacing with this beer.The nose was that of alcohol as was the flavor.The mouthfeel was tingly on my tongue and it had a burning sensation as it was swallowed.It also was a thin beer.I did not really care for the taste of this beer.

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Photo of TheJudge
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

very light brown pour with a nice head. looks on the light bodied side. Slight caramel smell, with some light malt and easy hop undertones. Taste is inoffensive. Not very complex, some malts. Not bad, not great. Feels OK in the mouth, washes down without lingering. Better than newcastle, but I wouldn't have another if there are other choices.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a dark amber when held up to the light with a light beige head that settled to a slight foamy layering.

S: bready with a nice nutty aroma (almonds), with a sweet dried fruitiness.

T: starts out with a nice smooth and light roastedness with some nutbread and sweet caramel/brown sugar. There was a nice nuttiness as well a spicy hoppiness.

M: light with a smooth texture, slightly creamy.

D: A light drinking brown making for a decent pub session drink.

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Photo of buzzy
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of ncbrewerbun
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Short 12-oz bottle left over from our homebrew club's Christmas party. Thanks to whomever left it....

The beer poured a rather clear rosewood brown with a small head that quickly disolved into a ring of bubbles around the glass.

Aroma is bready and malty toastiness with a discernable fruity hop presence in the background.

Flavor favors malt. A hint of caramel, the bready flavor. Mouthfeel is predictably chewy. A nice slightly bitter aftertaste.

A decent beer. Easy to drink.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz from the basement cooler.. I think it's from Cost Plus.. price tag says $1.40.. poured into my New Belgium tulip.

Off white head.. nice chesnut/lite walnut ... slightly hazy..minimal lacing.

Toasted malt and low caramel malts.. some vanilla.. a little bready.. reminds me of cookie dough.

Flavor is toasted and slight roasted.. low hop bitterness and a light bourbon finish.. better as it warms.. sorta like an amped up English brown. some cocoa and nuttiness as it approaches room temperature. Medium body and low but ever present carbonation.

I've always liked this beer and wish the Coop still carried it.. not overpowering in anyway, but still not watery.. A good session beer when you don't want either a malt or hop bomb.

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Photo of tattooedtolley
3.3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Light brown in color, decent head retention and some lacing.

Smell: Mild aroma of hops and malts, nothing jumping out screaming at me but I wouldn't really expect it to with a brown ale.

Taste: Good balance on the hop and malts, the bitterness is just enough to balance the sweet somewhat caramel malt flavors.

Mouthfeel: Medium in body.

Drinkability: Sessionable, especially if you like a brown ale.

Overall not bad, worth a shot. I wasn't huge on it, but I wouldn't run away from it either, middle of the road for me.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The pour was decent enough, amber color with a few hints of copper sprinkled in throughout the glass. Nice carbonation could be seen coming up to the top of the glass through the good clarity. A smallish head of maybe a half an inch in height settled down to all but nothing after a few moments.

The aroma was nice as well, nothing earth shattering going on here for sure, but still decent enough. Light piney hops with a hint of a balanced, earthy grain in the middle. More of the same in the flavor, again nothing blowing my socks off here. Taste was a bit light for me, not so much watered down, well maybe actually. Started with some light hops that were just enough to perk my head up before they faded and were washed clean by a rather muted profile that just left me looking for something more to drink. Just did not have that kick I would like it to have, Crisp and clean, refreshing with a light body that did make it rather nice to drink.

Overall I would chalk this one down to nice, but forgettable. An average pale ale with a touch of hops that were too faint to really make a difference. Not the worst by any means, but don't think I would be at a loss if I did not have it again.

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Photo of AsburyParkJMH
4.05/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

north coast brews have somewhat underwhemled me thusfar. none have been bad, but they haven't lived up to the hype either. this one seems to be a bit underhyped, and, while not a brown ale to end all brown ales, it's still pretty good. it pours a nice dark amber colour with a decent tan head. the colour reminded me a bit more of an amber ale, but oh well. the smell here is nice as well: dirty, chocolate and semi-sweet. yum. the flavour echoes the smell somewhat, with a sweet start, a chocolate middle and a dry earth/wood/dirt finish. there's a nice creamy smoothness to this one as well that had a slight chocolate milk quality to it. this is a tasty brew that i'd be happy to revisit anytime.

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ACME California Brown Ale from North Coast Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.65 out of 5 with 104 ratings