ACME California Pale Ale | North Coast Brewing Co.

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

A - Clear amber. Foams up well with 1.5 inches of dense, tan bubbles. Sticky lace.

S - A bit metallic with pine and grapefruit. Noticeable malt and slight earthiness.

T/M - Well balanced. Slight tartness up front with a solid malt middle and citrus hop. Husky grain and a light bitterness in the finish. Body is light and carbonation zippy, but not harsh.

D - Solid middle-of-the-road, balanced pale ale. Maybe a touch on the light side but still tasty.

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Photo of Offa
4.02/5  rDev +16.5%
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.

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Photo of joekfsu
2.68/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle. Pours cloudy orange with 2 cm of nearly white foamy head that is mostly diminishing. Aroma of citrus and bread. Initial taste is sweet with malt and citrus, but changes to a more balanced flavor with hops and bread flavors. Light body, not particularly having an alcohol presence, moderate lacing, and some aftertaste. Overall, doesn't compare to the other beers in this category.

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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 changeup45
3.12/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy orange color topped with a relatively thin head. A little lacing but nothing out of the ordinary. Fruity aroma as apricots and peaches come to mind. Faint but decent. Decent mix of malts and hops, with a mild spicy sugary flavor. This is pretty much middle of the road. I'd like more hops out of a Pale Ale. Probaby won't blow many away but it's quite drinkable. North Coast makes better brews than this one.

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Photo of ectomorph
3.33/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a mixed 6 pack and this one I haven't had in a while.

A - Clear golden/copper color with a medium white head that fades pretty quick but leave some on the pint glass.

S - Mild citrus/pine scent with a little malt/bread balance.

T - Really mild for a pale ale. Mild hops are balance with biscuit tones.

M - A little weak/watery for my tastes here.

D - A great pale to convert others from Macros, but there are better representatives of this style to be had.

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Photo of HalfFull
3.4/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden orange into a pint glass with a touch of haze. Head dissipates quickly yet the glass maintains a nice film.

Smells of light pale malts and fruit, citrus perhaps, and is a bit sour. Citrusy hops notable when agitated, yet overall a bit hollow on the nose. Taste is falsely sweet and offers more fruit, cherries and orange? Feel and drink are ok if you like the taste. While certainly not a fruit lambic, it had me thinking in that direction. Initially thrown by the flavor, it did grow on me a bit. Unique for a Pale Ale.

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Photo of brewmudgeon
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a cler sienna color with small bubbles, very light Brussells lacing and a light film of foam after a minute after the pour. The aroma has biscuit dough mixed with some funky English style hops. Starts with an invitingly sweet biscuit and bagel malt quickly mixed with some balancing hops. The palate is mixed between faintly malty sweet and sessionably bitter. Not a bad session beer, but has a lingering taste that turns a little funny aftr it lingers for awhile.

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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 Overlord
3.1/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tastes like a Sierra Nevada Pale Ale light.

Pours bright yellow with a hint of orange, bit white foam head. Smells like a bit of yeast and some piney hops. Taste is blandly pleasant, with some malt sweetness and piney hops.

No idea what this sells for, but it seems like a pleasant enough introduction into non-macrobrews. Mouthfeel is zesty, if a bit watery.

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Photo of jwc215
3.13/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazed copperish amber with a white head that thins to a lasting cover. Little lacing sticks.

The smell is of doughy yeast - a tad musty - some grain, not much in the hop department - maybe some orange.

The taste is doughy with some caramel. Both malt and hops are a bit underwhelming. There is some slight astringency with a peek of metallic, leafy, bitterish dryness in the finish.

The feel is on the weak/watery/swishy side. Light bodied - approaching medium.

A rather bland APA - average/mediocre. Something of a disappointment considering the brewery.

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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 shadow1961
3.59/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acme Pale Ale pours a nice creamy head of foam over a cloudy orange
brew. Carbonation is very active, and the nose is mildly fruity barley malt.
The flavor is mellow light barley malts up front with a mild herbal hops for
balance. Mouthfeel is light but not at all watery and crisp. The intention here
was clearly to create a nice, easy drinking APA with very moderate bitterness.
This would be a perfect gateway for macro drinkers looking to upgrade, and
there's enough here to interest you more experienced drinkers as well. Who
would have thought it- a West Coast brew that's not trying to be over the top?
If it weren't so hard to come by in my area this would have a regular place in
my fridge.

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

A: Pours a nice bright but hazy tangerine orange with a thin off white head.

S: Light oranges and citrus on nose.

T: Nice creamy caramel palate and flavor with a great citrus hop bite. Malty and citrusy.Leaves a dry bitter orange in the finish and a malty coating on tongue.

M: oily mouthful and texture.

D: A decent session ipa, not as hoppy as one would expect. Would drink two or three but probably get bored with it after that. Overall a good ipa with moderate drinkability.

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

12oz bottle into pint glass.

Slightly hazy golden hue with a thick and frothy off white head that slowly settles to a thick cap. Solid and sticky lacing along the glass.

Light grain with a little bit of a citrusy smell. The hops aren't very bitter and provide a very grassy aroma, along with some eathy yeast.

Powdery and slightly sweet grain. A little bit of diacetyl can be detected. The hops are low and there for balance. Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Some very light fruit flavors are in there too. The finish is the lingering grains, with a touch of the hops sticking around as well.

This is a rather refreshing Pale Ale that doesn't try to do too much. It's nothing too bitter and would go great with a meal or alone (or paired with another one of these). Recommended.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.35/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a cloudy orange body with faint wispy head that disappears quickly. The aroma is malt and yeast with faint citrus from the hops. The taste is slanted towards the malt and fruity esters with just a faint bitterness to balance the malt. Pretty average pale at best.

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Photo of morimech
3.63/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy golden color with an attractive one-fingered head that slowly settles to a thin cap. A good amount of lacing is left on the glass.

Smells of biscuit malt with a little grassy hops in the background. Very little aroma coming off this beer.

Taste is likewise mild. A nice slightly sweet malt flavor with just a hint of bitterness from the hops.

A light body with maybe a touch too much carbonation.

A nice sessionable ale but I prefer a little more hops in my APA.

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Photo of dsa7783
3.85/5  rDev +11.6%
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...

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Photo of jsprain1
3.92/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-It pours a nice dark straw color, with a large head that fades sort of rapidly and leaves a moderate amount of lacing.
S- The scent reminded me of a farm, not at all in a bad way. It was a very grainy scent, with a bit of citrus and light hops.
T- The taste is similarly grainy up front. This fades to a mild hops taste with a bit of citrus and honey. Overall, a pretty good taste.
M- Decent, but it leaves my mouth a little dry.
D- A worthy choice for a pale ale. It's a bit sweet compared to your average pale ale.

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Photo of dsigmon
3.48/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: nice straw color with frothy thin white head

S: smells of grain and some sweet citrus, little malt in the background

T/M: First notice is the light malt flavor that is then quickly accompanied by a decent amount of sweet hops in the theme of mandarines with a little lemon juice drizzled on top for that tart aftertaste. Cleans up at the end with a nice not so bitter honey taste. medium-light body with medium carbonation.

D: nice pale ale that I could sit back with and enjoy a sixer of over the weekend.

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Photo of Pencible
3.47/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured a slightly hazy, light honey color with white head. It had a weak scent of orange hops and honey wheat mixed with cultured malt. It tasted very mild and sweet, like watered-down honey. It was oily with moderate carbonation and a slightly bitter aftertaste. Overall this was a very clean and mellow beer; not bad.

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Photo of BigRedN
3.83/5  rDev +11%
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.

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Photo of MerkinMan
3.33/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Though the head is a little disappointing, the color is beautiful.

S: Smell is faint, yet clean. No big hop aroma, which I expect from an APA. I am not completely disappointed at the fact.

T: A good beer, but not exciting. Personally, I think this should be the goal of a pale ale. Keep the hop bombs for IPAs.

MF: A little thin, not bad.

D: I won't go out of my way to buy more; I prefer my homebrew for a beer like this. I think I would really go for this on tap though. I see this as great with pizza or wings. A true session beer.

This beer says 'average' and 'balanced. Not for adventure types, but a good beer for drinking.

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Photo of Atlas1
3.61/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Gotta love the Acme label. What a timeless classic image in the beer world. Strangely enough, though, I've never consumed one. So here goes.

Pours a cloudy golden orange color with a fat frothy head on top. Seriously, this head really sticks around longer than I would have ever expected. Reminds me of the head you see on many a belgian ale, settling down into clumpy mounds and leaving lots of lace. The nose is faint, though, with distant notes of lemon and some grassy scents. Slightly earthy, but altogether muted. Not bad, just not there. But the taste delivers a bit more here, packing a nice little hoppy punch. Very tangy up front with lots of citrus and some light spice. It finishes a bit well, but gives off a soap-sudsy aftertaste. Still, it's a good flavor. Mouthfeel is crisp and tingly.

This is a fine pale ale. Really, I could drink this all day. Perfect for a hot summer afternoon especially. A quality version of the American style. Can't wait to try their IPA next.

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ACME California Pale Ale from North Coast Brewing Co.
3.45 out of 5 based on 554 ratings.
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