ACME California Pale Ale | North Coast Brewing Co.

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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

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Added by kbub6f on 10-29-2001

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Ratings: 556 |  Reviews: 295
Photo of Tpsauer
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of blmar311
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Osiris9588
3.4/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, no date. Pours a copper color, a decent creamy head rests on top--decent retention and slight lacing. The aroma is dominated by fruit and subtle malt.

The tase is dominated by apple, grain, and light, sweet malt. The mouth is very light and does not demonstrate much complexity.

This is a very drinkable and rather enjoyable, though lightweight and somewhat forgettable beer.

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Photo of OlRasputin989
3.43/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: hazy copper colored brew with a decent head and lacing on the glass

S: oarnge peel and biscuit.

T: sweet, grapefruit up front with a toasty and moderately bitter

M: light-medium body, good carbonation leaving the mouth just a little dry

Overall, I like the fruity sweetness of this beer and its balance.

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Photo of Byeast
3.38/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-darker Amber orange , slighly hazy , thin head

S- citrusy/sweet fruit , slight pear , some grain , nothing very strong

T- a little fruity-citrusy , crisp , mild bread , small hop bitterness

m- crisp and carbonated

D- flavors are not really strong , but pleasant and drinkable.

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Photo of BWH3
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Light gold with large white head. head fizzles a bit fast to a thin veil of foam.

S/T: Balanced. Lightly floral hops aroma a top a fruity tinged caramel malt backing. The grains are good quality and create a slightly creamy richness without being buttery.

M: Thin to medium. Lightly carbonated.

D: An above average, balanced APA. I would be proud if I could mass produce this beer with consistency. I would be proud to call it my home town brew that you can find on draft in the region. I just wouldn't waste my time tracking it down.

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Photo of Nofear048
4/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of Gabriel_Vaughn
3.23/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of BerkeleyBeerMan
3.08/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

No freshness date.

App: Clear carbonated orange amber color with creamy 1 finger head with light lacing.

S: Light aroma. Malts and some resinous and spicy hops. Faint hint of citrus. Some off-aromas.

T: Malt. Bready and doughty. Light biscuit. Grainy lager hops. Lemon zest, some oiliness. Not as bitter as I prefer pale ale's. I am using Mirror Pond as my baseline ideal pale ale. Secondary hints of fermented sugar and candy.

Mfeel: Weak flavors. Somewhat watery. Leans toward the malty side with some faint citric flavors. Finishes quick and clean.

Overall: This beer is weaker in comparison to the more flavorful pale ales available locally. I'm not sure if this is supposed to be a revival of some more archaic recipe or just taste different than what I am used to.

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Photo of klesniew
4.75/5  rDev +37.7%

Photo of Rocketman8911
5/5  rDev +44.9%

Photo of Jasoncpace
4/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of RedwoodGeorge
4.22/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

North Coast Brewing's "Acme California Pale Ale" was an unexpected surprise; more like an amber ale than a typical PA it's certainly a beer I want to revisit.

The pour was rather typical, slightly cloudy and a dark orange-amber color. The head was a bit on the thin side and it disappeared quickly.

The smell was quite inviting - lots of fruit and malt notes with only the slightest hint of grassy hops. Taste was even more of a surprise; this was a rather sweet Pale Ale with some very strong fruit notes of apricot, peaches and raisins. Overall well balanced and quite complex with enough of a dry hop finish to keep you coming back for more.

As is often the sign of a new brew that I'm trying for the first time, if my reaction is "I need to get back to the store to get more of these!" then it rates high on drinkability. While I might be tempted to deduct points for deviating from the style (this is much more like a typical Northern California Amber Ale) it's just so tasty that I'm going to let it slide...

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Photo of AllHailBeercules
2.5/5  rDev -27.5%

Photo of kagent777
3.35/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle from the Utah State system poured into a goblet.

Appearance: Crystal clear light golden/copper. Tiniest little bit of head that settled and went a way really quickly.

Smell: Sweet corn and honey like smell. A hint of earthy hops in the nose.

Taste: Not as sweet as the nose would suggest, this beer actually has a bit of hop bitterness. There is some grain and corn flavors in the taste. One dimensional but pleasant.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation is prickly and the body solid, not too thick or too thin.

Overall: A tasty beer at a reasonable price point. This one simply is not exceptional, but solid. I will get this one again. May be a good gateway beer for BMC drinkers.

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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 cdean801
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of elmocoso
3.06/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer looked promising on the pour - a dusky gold with a slight head and a nice clinging collar - but I was ultimately disappointed in the total product.

The nose was hard to detect - but what i did get wasn't bad, a decent blend of malt and a citrus hop smell.

The taste wasn't bad either, but again, It just wasn't where i thought it could have been. It seemed very docile and the taste and mouthfeel was a little watery.

maybe i'm starting to expect too much from a beer, maybe not. either way, i can't say this beer was bad or offensive in anyway. It was about average - as my score indicates.

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Photo of enfield249
4.3/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Mid amber color. 1 finger of head when poured, no lacing.

S - When I first opened the bottle I had a strong fruity smell. Apples a little, or pears. I don't taste any of that in the beer however.

T - Really good taste. Crisp, clean, not overly hoppy. Nice amount of carbonation, just enough that you know it's there but not to much to make it sharp.

M - Sharp, not too much body, a good mix of "light" and dark"

D - Very drinkable. Good flavor, great looks. I very much enjoyed this beer.

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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 psinderson
3.04/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap in a pint glass.

Appearance: Slightly murky golden brown with a thick off-white head. Good lacing.

Smell: Some citrus present, but a strong yeast aroma prevails. Not much hops in the nose.

Taste: Somewhat metallic. A bit of malt with a mild bitter finish. Overall, not much here.

Mouthfeel: Thin to medium body.

Drinkability: Drinkable, but not very memorable.

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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 brakspear
3.97/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very drinkable pale ale. Cloudy orange body with faint wispy head that disappears quickly. The aroma is malt and yeast esters 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. I imagine this would be a very good beer on draft and on a warm summer day.

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

12 oz into a snifter...pours a clean and clear golden with a sizeable head. I like how light and pale this beer is; it seems like a lot of pale ales have been getting darker as a style lately.

Aroma is pretty sweet, but most pale ales are a little on the sweet side. Not a ton of complexity, but nothing objectionable and it's an enjoyable nose.

It's good on the tongue, some hop bitterness comes through with the malt and this balances out the aroma nicely. Decent complexity here, there are a number of things I can appreciate about this malt profile.

Mouthfeel is good too, zesty and light. I'll probably continue to buy more reasonably priced pales like SN more often, but I do like this beer and will get it again.

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Photo of Alek
4/5  rDev +15.9%

ACME California Pale Ale from North Coast Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.45 out of 5 with 556 ratings
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