ACME California Pale Ale | North Coast Brewing Co.

ACME California Pale AleACME California Pale Ale
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ACME California Pale AleACME California Pale Ale

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

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by kbub6f on 10-29-2001

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Photo of ThreeWiseMen
3.23/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours orange-gold with thin white head. Head appears fizzy and loose (though it tightens up later), and produces very minor lacing. Fair amount of carbonation can be seen when held up to light. Slight cloudiness to this brew as well.

Smell: Toasted grainy malts, nuts, caramel, melon, very faint grapefruit and a little alcohol.

Taste: Bready malts, citrus (grapefruit), caramel, maybe some melon, honey, and piney hops. Took a while for taste to really come out, though once it did this brew wasn't bad. Word to the wise: let it warm up first.

Mouthfeel: Pretty chewy, above average carbonation, fairly light bodied.

Drinkability: A pretty easy APA, though nothing very special. There's better pale ales out there. Could drink several of these without even realizing it.

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Photo of dbaker61
3.22/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Orangey-amber color, poured with about a finger of head which dissipated quickly. Left little spots of lacing down the glass.

Aroma: Sweet and malty, with a touch of floral and pine.

Taste: Malt sweetness up front, then some hops bitterness. Good balance to the flavors. Overall, just a shade on the sweet side.

Mouthfeel: Good. Light carbonation, which is fine with me.

Drinkability: At the first taste I could tell this would be a good repeat beer. I could see having this as a session beer.

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Photo of hopbar
3.22/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

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Photo of jcdiflorio
3.21/5  rDev -7%
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.

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Photo of maleman
3.21/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - deep opaque caramel color. one finger head that quickly transformed to about half of that. above average carbonation. nice full lacing.

S - a distinct malty, yeasty frangrance. A bit of grass and resin.

T - bready. some citrus in there somewhere. nothing that really made a statement to me.

M - again, you could sense the above average carbonation. it leaned toward the watery side. tasted it in the back roof of my mouth.

D - better than a Bud Light, but not by much. probably won't buy it again.

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Photo of fropones
3.21/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a nice clear straw yellow with minimal white head. Smell is kind of skunky with some malt and muscat notes as well. Vinousy aroma like a k├Âlsch, but in the end just too skunky smelling. Taste has some crispyness up front with a nice malt backbone to it. More vinousy flavors as well. Thankfully less skunky than the smell, also. A nice effervescence and creaminess to the mouthfeel. Overall not great, but not terrible either. If I had a choice, however, I'd probably choose a different IPA.

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Photo of hunteraw
3.21/5  rDev -7%
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.

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Photo of SitkaSteve
3.21/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This was poured into a pint glass.
The appearance was a glossy pale orange color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within less than a minute. Light lacing speckled the sides of the glass nicely.
The smell had some light citrus and bready malts.
The taste was basically the same sweetly. There's a light bready aftertaste and sweet finish.
The mouthfeel was about light bodied with a crisp carbonation to it. Carbonation seemed decent for the style and for me.
Overall, its a decent APA, nothing to go overboard about but probably could have again if in a bind.

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Photo of orangemoustache
3.21/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly hazed orange with a nice tight foamy head that retains nicely with no lacing to speak of. The nose smells of soured pear,earthy notes and a hint of underpowered hops. This has a biscuity backbone with a very even balance of malt and hop. There is some light spicy yeastiness and a residual amount of light fruit that emerges mid way and continues to linger on the finish. The mouthfeel is perfect for this style creamy, velvety and flowing right into a dry finish that just makes me want to have another sip. Not a top notch APA ,but a enjoyable one none the less.

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Photo of mynie
3.21/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pretty bottle, prettier pour. More orange than red with a very large, strong head that sticks around until the glass is finished.

Smells like dullish malt and memories of hops. Those memories are good, yes, but far too weak.

Tastes like fruit, caramel, and subdued hops. A little old, maybe? The malt is still present, and it's nicely sweet, but the hops are almost all dead.

I'll have to see if I can find a fresher one of these. Might be very good.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.2/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

The appearance was 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. The taste was centered around some English malts and light citrusy hops come in with a certain citrus coming in a bit stronger. It has a slightly clean hop bite. On the palate, it sat at/about a light to medium with nothing harsh on the tongue. Overall, this is not a bad brew. I like this enough to have it again.

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Photo of CHSLBrew
3.19/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a glass.

A-Gorgeous head, bright and white with a sustaining retention. Dark golden color, very clean.

S-Minimal, but earthy and herbal tones come through with a dry malt coming through.

T-Earthy and hoppy with a biscuity, dry maltiness. Bitterness is assertive and lasts into the crisp finish.

M-Medium-light body with a refreshing carbonation. Crisp and clean feel.

D-A tasty session brew, but it seemed to lack complexity.

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Photo of lhaqq
3.18/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Haven't had a pale in awhile. Served in pint glass with little or no head.
The smell is sugary and fruity, with apple being predominate.
Tastes largely of butter and hops, but the hops are not overpowering.
Good mouthfeel, but not much of an aftertaste.
An easy to drink beer.

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Photo of KMani
3.18/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Branlott42
3.16/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Gobzilla
3.16/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured golden orange with yellow highlights that had a very thin head and left a little lacing sticking to the glass. The aroma was really malty but with subtle caramel citrusy notes aand not anything else popping out. The taste was moslty malty sweetness like the nose but had subtle citrusy and honey notes. The brew was medium in body with a good amount of carbonation which had a sweet and malty finish. It drank good but was basicin flavor and IMO would make for a pretty good session beer.

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Photo of GatorBeerNerd
3.16/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours an extremely clear light golden yellow color. It has a bit of an oily look which I hope means that it has some nice hop character. With a bit of an aggressive pour the head was about 2 fingers thick. I had to let it settle a bit to finish pouring the rest into the pint glass. The frothy head leaves a small amount of lacing but it slides down the glass quickly.

S: The smell is a bit musty and yeasty which surprises me for the style. It reminds me more of a saison than a pale ale in that respect. It has hints of fruity and piney hops which is more appropriate for the style.

T: The taste is a bit yeasty once again like a saison. Its very bready and yeasty with just a small amount of grain flavor coming through. There is a fruity tone that helps with the taste. The hops are there, but seem out of place since it almost wants to be a saison to me. They do create a dry finish. I really can't say that I enjoy the flavor all that much but its not terrible either.

M: The carbonation is there in the mouth when rolled on the tongue. That is a good thing because the liquid is very thin and watery. The creaminess from the carbonation gives it at least a bit of interest on the tongue.

D: The dry bit not bitter finish along with low ABV makes this one a session brew. However, the lack of real interest in the taste or mouthfeel would make me not really look for more than just one of these to say I tried it. So you could easily knock them back, but do you really want to?

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Photo of magine
3.16/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a nonic glass.

Pours a hazy orange color, fluffy white head. Head settles to a nice island and has good lace. Good looking brew.

Brew smells of grainy malts, slight floral or fruit hop profile. Average pale ale smell.

Brew is light; thin and grainy malts. Sweet malty profile. A bit thin and underwhelming. A crisp drinking brew. A little dryness in the finish. Maybe some honey on here as well. Brew is average at best in the flavor department. Meh.

Brew is drinkable; but rather ho-hum, so why session this one. A very unoffensive, but forgettable pale ale. Not much to this one.

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Photo of Dukeofearl
3.15/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Moderate golden, slightly hazy with virtually no head.

Aroma is very faint, not unpleasant- slight hops, maybe a touch of sweetness. Malt is there, but not much to it.

Flavor is a reasonable blend and balance of malt and hops- generally a decent drinker, but nothing to stand out from the pack.

Mouthfeel is decent, and this is easy drinking. Ironically enough, though, I think it's mostly the lack of interesting flavors and complexity that make this slide down the throat easily on a hot day.

EDIT: as a follow up, this one actually might be a good candidate for a "from-the-bottle lawn beer"- it was pretty drinkable sliding down my throat out in the hot weather, straight from the bottle!

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Photo of TheLiterati
3.15/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a sparking amber color, more orange than red, with a thick, two-finger high creamy and substantial off-white head.

Aroma is hard to describe - though not unpleasant, nothing stands out. There are hints of burnt caramel, citrus, malt and hops that also translate to the taste which again is unremarkable, but not necessarily in a bad way. It seems wrong to say, but this is a simple beer that, for the style, is well done.

I think of Acme's Pale Ale offering as being a good gateway beer to other offerings. It is different enough from the usual macros in the way that Fat Tire once was - has enough stand out characteristics to begin to tempt the palate of a beer newbie without being overpowering.

I say this with all humility as this was one of the beers I "experimented with" before graduating to - and becoming enamored with - Acme's IPA offering.

One thing that stands out in this beer is the mouthfeel - I find it quite refreshing, with just the right amount of carbonation to keep the caramel and malts from being syrupy.

A good choice and definitely drinkable.

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Photo of NEhophead
3.15/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Foamy white head with decent retention a top a weakened copper in color with a slight, chill haze. Thin, hanging lace with decent strength.

Floral hop aroma; perfume-like. Musty apricot with a touch of pine. Hints of lime and orange peel.

Powdery and musty floral hop character that encompasses the palate. Dried tropical fruit: pineapple, peach, honeydew. The carbonation and mid-sip bitterness leads to a full and dry finish. Almost bland beyond the initial floral hop profile.

Medium bodied; dry on the palate. Musty and gritty.

Annoying film-like floral hojp profile with not enough additional flavors to convince me to have another one.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.15/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12-oz. bottle into a pint glass at my house on Sept. 7, 2012 (purchased at Cost Plus World Market in Grossmont (San Diego, Calif.) for a solo price of $1.99 on Sept. 6, 2012). Two fingers of head. Poured a caramel orange with off-white lacing. Below average cretention on the top and average on the sides.

Smelled light citrus hoops, seemed to be orange more than anything else. Caramel malts, lemon, wheat and honey.

Tasted similar to the nose. Malty. Light citrus (orange), iced tea and slightly bitter.

Light body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Abrupt, bitter finish.

Pretty average beer overall.

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Photo of WetCoaster
3.14/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Billowy pure white head that faded quickly. No lacing. Beer a golden honey color. Looks good to me.

Smell: Hello? Where y'at, hops? Malt, is that you? Anyone? Let's call this one timid at best.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Come on, come on, gimme something here... Oh, here we go. Starts with a caramel malt sweetness, but all too soon we arrive at an unfortunate macro metallic grain. Yick. Hops pop in at the last minute to save the day. Mouthfeel, too, smacks of Big Three foam-n-fizz.

Drinkability: It's very drinkable, granted. But with similar tasting macros available for far less cash and much better micros at the same price, why would you? Not bad, but nothing special.

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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.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.13/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a copper color ale with a medium foamy head with good retention and average lacing. Aroma of light bitter hops with some subtle floral undertones. Taste is a well balanced mix between some lightly bitter hops with some notes of caramel malt. Body is about average with good carbonation. Not bad but lacking character and additional hops presence would have been great.

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ACME California Pale Ale from North Coast Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 29.6% out of 100 with 554 ratings
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