ACME California Pale Ale | North Coast Brewing Co.

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ACME California Pale AleACME California Pale Ale
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by kbub6f on 10-29-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
554
Reviews:
295
Avg:
3.45
pDev:
13.62%
 
 
Wants:
8
Gots:
38
For Trade:
0
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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 chuckgietzen
3.12/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Blackop555
3.52/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours pale gold with a lighter red Hue. Medium, foamy, white head, short-lived.

Smells floral, light malt, light grassy, light citrus and fruit.

Taste malt and light fruit. Hints of citrus. Finish is dry with short Citrus linger and light bread. Lighter body and fizzy higher medium carbonation.

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Photo of Libeertarian
3.67/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From notes taken 01/04/17:

Semi-clear peach-and-pink-toned amber gold. Creamy white head of fluffy foam and moderate retention. Resin, honey, tart apple nose. Much the same to palate, though tartness is thankfully more subdued, but with a pineapple suggestion, or at least pineapple gummy bear. About like an English Pale Ale overall, but a little less tea-like and more honey-like. Honey character is interesting in itself. That’s more of a Pale Lager quality whereas Pale Ales tend to be more so caramel. White and pink peppercorn retro-olfaction. Medium-bodied, sudsy and sloshy.

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Photo of mojohawk21
3.86/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Darthrell
4.41/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Momon
3.73/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dertyd
3/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of bankboy66
4.25/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Squire123
3.71/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of allstar255
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

12 oz. bottle, no apparent bottled on date. Acquired a single bottle of this stuff as part of a mixed six pack at the local Binny's. A new one to me from North Coast, my first of their ACME line of beers. No abv listed on the bottle.

Poured into a Duvel tulip snifter.

A - Pours a semi-translucent coppery amber body; some sediment visible in the body. Two fingers of frothy off-white head. Appears adequately carbonated. Looks good.

S - Aroma is comprised mainly of crisp, creamy, bready malt body. Notes of tea leaf sweetness & some white sugar / dried leaves.

T - Taste follows the nose: sweetened tea leaf / bready malt body. Leafy, sweet, grainy, lightly earthy. Not bitter, resinous, or piney. Maybe perhaps a bit of apple? cream?

M - Feel is smooth, crisp, & creamy. Very light-bodied & easy drinking stuff. Good carbonation.

Overall, an interesting pale ale from North Coast; definitely a welcome change compared to many of the American hop bombs that pass as pale ales these days. Also much better than it's poor ratings here on this site will lead you to believe.

North Coast ACME California Pale Ale -----4/5.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.48/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

3/4 yellow and about 1/4 orange is how I would describe the color. Good 3/5" white head. Small bubbles. Aroma hit some hoppy notes, grapefruit for the most part.

Taste was a nicely sessionable pale ale, replete with hops and bitterness that aren't over the top but still enjoyable with the lightly toasted pale malt.

A good standbye, I pick up a 6 pack every other year or so.

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Photo of PatrickG
3.31/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Donkster46
2.97/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of beertraveler08
2.47/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.73/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Perhaps not quite as hoppy as some of its other California counterparts, I still think this classic American pale is a lot better than its ratings, and these guys never get enough credit for their hoppy offerings I don't think. Some ready slightly sweet malt backbone, but it's more about structure than flavor, and I appreciate the role of the slightly richer grain bill here. Citrus in the hops, orange to me, with plenty of balancing bitterness on the back end and a grassy bite that makes it distinct. A little more filling than others, but also somehow more balanced and approachable. I don't dig it quite as much as the acme IPA, but this is really solid beer, especially when it's fresh. Surprised to see it so fresh here in Puerto Rico, but interest in American craft has exploded, and I am pleased to find such a diverse selection of beers not available in Colorado on the island deemed to be a beer wasteland by those less inclined to seek out the goodies. I dig these guys, and I dig this pale ale.

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Photo of Miami66
3/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of LennyOvies
3.54/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

L- Pale yellow, slightly towards amber. 3 finger frothy head, fades within a minute.
S- Sweet caramel bready malts and a slight earthy hop note.
T- Very well balanced malts and hops. Bready sweet malts, lemon, melon and some earthy hops. Crisp clean dry finish.
F- Creamy and refreshing.
O- Nice APA, could use a slightly stronger hop touch.

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Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.46/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Volsdawg10
3.42/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of Shanty76
3.27/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of KShophead
3.67/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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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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