ACME California Pale Ale | North Coast Brewing Co.

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79
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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:
39
For Trade:
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Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.34/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Pours a hazy light orange with a foamy beige head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Broken rings of lace form around the glass on the drink down. There is a bit of sediment that sinks to the bottom of the glass after the pour. Smell is of malt and some subdued citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with a malty flavor on the finish. There is a very mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that is drinkable but nothing too exciting going on here.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

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3/5  rDev -13%

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 djrn2
3/5  rDev -13%

Photo of Knapp85
3.7/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured out as a very lightly hazy yellowish color with a white foamy head on top. The head leave a little lacing on the glass. The smell of this brew is well balanced between malts and hops. The taste of the beer is sweet upfront with a good bitter finish. The mouthfeel is light and very drinkable with a nice crisp bite to it also. Overall this brew is pretty good, easy to drink and good to have anytime.

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3/5  rDev -13%

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 metter98
3.46/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is slightly hazy yellowish amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high off white head that died down, leaving a thin head covering the surface and lots of lacy rings of bubbles down the sides of the glass.
S: Light aromas of toasted malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, but has slightly stronger flavors of pale and toasted malts along with hints of fruity yeast and slight bits of citrusy hops.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink and isn't a bad choice if you are a fan of maltier pale ales.

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2.84/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 fl oz brown glass bottle acquired as part of a 6 pack at the Cap N Cork in Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are fairly high given the brewery, which I'm a fan of. Label art is as generic as they come; you could easily mistake this for a World Brews offering.

Served cold - straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a two finger wide head of beige/light khaki colour. Decent frothiness. Okay creaminess and thickness. Retention is nice - about 3-4 minutes. Inconsistent lacing sticks to the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

Body colour is a vibrant orange-copper. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Overall, it's pretty standard fare for a pale ale. No overt flaws are obvious. It's not unique or special.

Sm: British malts are evident. I get toffee, caramel, biscuit, a bit of nutty digestive, pale malts, and floral hops. A simple aroma of mild strength. No yeast character or alcohol is detectable.

T: Pale malts are overtaken by the British malts - including the aforementioned toffee, biscuit, caramel, and digestive notes. Too bready and grainy for the style. Hop character is reticent - a crime in a pale ale. What little I do pick up is generic and floral in character. Some toasted grain. Almost a light butterscotch (diacetyl) note. Balance is okay, but the build is all wrong for the style. Not very pleasant as a result. A simple brew without much subtlety. I'm not a huge fan.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Overcarbonated. Thickness suits the style. Fairly full-bodied. Suits the flavour profile generally well, but it doesn't feel custom-tailored to it. Decent execution.

Dr: Ultimately, it's a disappointing attempt at a pale ale from a brewery that should know better. I definitely wouldn't buy this again, but I'm glad I got the chance to try it. Downable stuff, but by no means high quality. I expected better from North Coast.

C

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Photo of brentk56
3.57/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Golden; little head that quickly fades; very little lacing

Smell: Fruity, sweet smell; honeylike

Taste: Fairly sweet, sustains that honey, butterscotch taste even as the light hops appear; hops don't last long, but the sweetness lingers

Mouthfeel: Pleasant; not too much carbonation

Drinkability: This is a beer to quaff on a hot day, not to linger over and contemplate

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4/5  rDev +15.9%

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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Photo of zeff80
3.72/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of LXIXME
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of zestar
3/5  rDev -13%

Photo of Boone757
4/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

ACME California Pale Ale pours a slightly hazy amber body with golden highlights beneath a creamy head of off-white froth. The head retention is quite good, and it holds a solid, creamy surface covering throughout most of the glass. Lacing is very nice as well.

In the nose it expresses a combination of lightly sweet and just mildly biscuity malt and notes of apricot.

It's medium-light bodied and smooth across the palate with a very-fine-bubbled, median carbonation.

The flavor reveals more maltiness than the nose suggests, and it's fruitiness becomes quite wrapped up in it. It's supple and delicious with a kind of a honeyish and floral character to it, but in a way lacking the "bite" or "snap" that's expected of an American pale ale - not that that's a fault, just an observation! In fact, it leaves it very rounded and smooth, and quite drinkable! It finishes fairly short and dry with a lingering note of tangerine/apricot, and a mild bit of floral, piney, and even grassy, hops.

Nicely done! Interesting, and perhaps, quite unique... I'm not sure I've ever had a beer like it.

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3.39/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rich golden with a pretty fizzy head that really is non-existent,seems to be pretty carbonated though.Aromas are nicely mixed though nutty malt mixed with some piney hop that lingers nicely.Wow very subdued flavors here some toasted malt and caramel malt but very light the toasted aftertaste seems to be the most dominat aspect of this beer.The aromas only set me up for a let down of this beer,now not horrible by any means maybe like a lighter English "pale" but not what I expected from Cali.

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Photo of nickfl
3.73/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours with two fingers of white foam on top of a perfectly clear, copper colored body. The head exhibits excellent staying power and leaves very nice lace as it recedes.

S - Light, spicy hops with some bready caramel and fruity, almost british, yeas notes of red apple.

T - Biscuity notes of malt and toffee up front with a bit of apple. The fruity, red apple yeast flavor swells in the middle where it is joined by a bit of spicy hop character. The beer finishes with dry biscuit malt flavor and a bit of mild caramel, all of which is balanced by moderate bitterness and lingering herbal hops.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a somewhat dry finish.

D - Very drinkable, this is a finely balanced beer with a thick, rich malty quality and just enough hop character to keep the sweetness in line. It is not as, well, "American" as I would have expected with a kind of neutral hop flavor and a distinctly British quality to the yeast and malt character. Aside from the carbonation and strength, this almost comes across like an ESB or a mild. Regardless, it is very drinkable and quite good.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

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

Photo of russpowell
4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured honey colored with white lacing. Good lacing & average head retention

S: Grassy notes & piney hops as the ale warms

T: Malt sweetness with piney & floral hops up front. Fruittyness follows with a slight alcohol tinge. Finishes fruity with a piney hop kick

MF: Medium bodied with a good balance & carbonation

Drinks pretty easy, just not super complex

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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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