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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 | website

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

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.32/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Hopefully this goes well...I mean, look what always happened to Wile E. Coyote... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear amber-brass topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises lemon peel, funky grass, very light orange zest, and some mild toffee tossed in for good measure. The taste brings in more of the same, though the lemon is now just as funky as the grass. Luckily, this ain't entirely detrimental to the proceedings. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda dry finish. Overall, a decent little pale ale, nothing really all that special, but enjoyable nonetheless.

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Photo of patpbr
3.58/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Acme Pale Ale poured golden with steady carbonation and a nice head that fills out the glass. The smell is mostly malty. I taste some citrus, some sweet malt character, honey and some hop bitterness, its subtle and pleasant. The mouth feel has a bit of bitterness. A crisp easy drinker.

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Photo of barnzy78
2.96/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle, pours a hazy peach color with a tall, frothy, white head that fades fast leaving some chunky lacing at the top of the glass. Aromas seem muted with some earthiness, maybe caramel malt, but not much else. Tastes are earthy, bready malt, nice balance, peppery, slight frutiness - apple or grape, maybe apricot also. Body is thin-to-medium, modest carbonation, finishes nice and clean. Overall, pretty middle of the road here, definitely no wows, but drinkable and sessionable.

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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 BeerKangaroo
3.83/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Into a pint glass:

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.

S: centers around some English malts and light citrusy hops come in.

T: citrus coming in a bit stronger. It has a slightly clean hop bite.

M: light to medium with nothing harsh on the tongue.

O: this is not a bad brew. I like this enough to have it again.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.4/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - A touch hazy but fairly clear pale with a golden orange color and a 1/2 inch of foam.

S - Smells kind of English to me. Might be the malt but the hops are pretty good giving a nice blast of citrus.

T - The malts give it an almost "ESB" feel making it taste more of an English pale than an American. Pale malts are nicely blended and it has a clean hop bite in the finish. Not bad.

M - Light to medium quite easy to drink.

Overall not something I would seek out but WAY better than the Acme IPA (and by that I mean less bitter and more balance) A pretty nice Pale.

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Photo of lawlerj
3.41/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a NB globe glass.

A - Pours a slightly hazy light orange w/ two finger width white head. Moderately carbonated.

S - I mostly get bready malt on the nose and a touch of floral hops.

T - Follows the nose; fairly malty with a nice dose of hop bitterness through the middle and finish. It doesn't quite have the hops that I find myself wanting, but still pretty good.

M - Medium bodied. I wanted it a bit lighter, or maybe a bit more carbonation.

O - Overall, a decent beer. Definitely not the best pale ale out there, but worth a shot.

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

I saw the bottle on the shelf (the hot chick in the swimsuit caught my eye) and I decided to try this something new.

I always go for a decent pale, and I figure that Acme, I mean North Coast, should do a good job.

This beer smells really good. There is a light flowery top. The flavor is kind of simple, but I could drink this all afternoon.

I would say that this is a good example of a pale, but it is nothing to go out of your way for.

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

Poured a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Poured a slightly hazy golden color, produced an average white creamy head. Head retention was average, some lacing stuck on the glass. The aroma of this pale ale consisted of fruity easters and husky grain. Medium in body, this apa consisted of malted grain, the taste of bread, some sweet husky grain flavor. The yeast produces a fruity flavor that is unique. Overall, its fairly easy to drink- a little light on hop finish- it could use a little more balance.

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Photo of rangerred
3.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a slightly hazy dark yellow with a billowy 1.5 finger head with great retention.

Aroma has a belgian yeast quality to it with lots of fruity esters, especially orange and lemon. A little light bready malt as well.

Taste is quite fruity and full of orange and grapefruit. Again there is that Belgian quality with the spice and fruit. Some light bread it detectable but no flavor is very strong. A light bitterness cleans everything up at the end.

Overall, it is an ok pale ale but somewhat lacking in flavor. The spice and malt is different than other APA's out there but not really enough for me to seek out again.

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Photo of beergoot
3.27/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a cloudy, amber color with an off-white, thin head. Aroma is sweet, pine-like, sweet malt (light caramel). Taste is malt-forward. Caramel and other light diacetyl charateristics. Rather thick and sweet with some subtle grapefruit character. Bitterness is nice. Medium body mouthfeel.

This is a strange one. Okay, but not something I'd go out of my way to try again. But, if you're looking for the more British take on this style, this one fits the bill.

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Photo of Labeerfinder
3.3/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy golden orange colour with a frothy off-white head. Green, fresh, leafy, grapefruit, and pine aroma, with caramel notes. Pine and citrus bitter flavours lingering though the finish, with some caramel sweetness to back it up. Medium bodied. Overall not bad.

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Photo of tdm168
3.49/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark orangish gold with a quarter of an inch of soft, white head that is dense and has great retention. There are very noticeable carbonation bubbles rising to the top. The nose has a faint, bready maltiness to it. The taste is bready and malty with some faint grassy hops. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth with a decent amount of carbonation.

This is a very drinkable APA, but it's reminds me of a maltier pilsner considering it's hop profile. It's enjoyable and sessionable, but I'll probably pass in the future.

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Photo of Samp01
3/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy pale golden yellow with a medium white head. Aroma and Taste of biscuit malt, some grapefruit and fruity notes, with some light grass and a bit of barnyard and yeasty notes, followed by some hops bitterness. A medium body and soft carbonation on the palate. Finish is biscuit malt some light grapefruit and citrus notes with some grassy and mild funky notes. This seems a bit light for the style, needs more hops, and carbonation. Nothing really standout about this brew. Overall an ok brew. I was expecting more from North Coast.

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Photo of TheHoppiest
2.49/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from a squat 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a hazy amber color with a minimal 1/2" head that reduces to nothing, leaving a rather flat-looking beer.

Has a grainy, yeasty aroma, with plenty of malt and very little hops. In checking the bottle there is no "brewed-on" date, and I only bought this a few days ago, but it has all the characteristics thusfar of beer past its prime.

Tastes sweet and malty, with honey and orange blossom flavors. A hint of straw before the mildest hit of hops to finish.

Medium bodied, with no carbonation to speak of, and a slighty peppery finish, the mouthfeel is unremarkable.

I bought this at an Acme grocery store, and I believe this is brewed by North Coast for Acme. I'm drinknig it less than a week after purchase. As such, if this is a malt-bomb because it sat on the shelf, well, that is Ame's fault. I'd avoid this on that basis alone.

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Photo of thekanna
4.43/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a gorgeous orange-gold with what looks like a pretty hefty body and 2 fingers of thick, white froth at the top; this leaves patchy lacing down the side.

S: Fresh; A bit of sourness with hints of peaches and oranges.

T/M: Effervescence tingles the palate to begin with, followed by an slightly slick, juicy body with notes of apricot and citrus. Effervescence tingles the tongue at the end, with an aftertaste of subdued herbal, hop bitterness.

D: Incredibly drinkable and enjoyable. Would work as a fantastic session beer.

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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 garuda
3.68/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz brown bottle, no freshness dating

A - Orange, slightly hazed, one finger thick white head that retains decently, and laces well.

S/T - Orangey, tangerine hops on top of a sweet caramel malt base, finishing with moderate bitterness from some pine hops

M - Light side of medium body, medium high carb level, feels a bit thin and watery mid-palate through the finish.

O - Good beer, its on the hoppy side for a pale, doesn't have the bready malts which I like for the style, and could use a little more body.

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Photo of ZenAgnostic
3.98/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. No stamped date.

Appearance - Pours enormous four finger off-white head with low stick and decent to good retention. Very slightly hazy clear light gold body.

Smell - Slight musky corn and wet grass. Low but slightly noticeable maltiness, and no alcohol presence.

Taste - Grassy. Amorphous. Medium bodied.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied. Slightly creamy/chewy/sticky. Slight solvency/astringency. Some bite.

Overall Drinkability - Pretty decent for the style. The offcharacters aren't too unbalancing or annoying. Would be decent for both a session and somewhat decent for a tasting beer.

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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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Photo of soju6
3.98/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a copper color with a nice head and some lacing.

S: Fairly mild aroma of citrus and malty sweetness.

T: Flavor of mild malt sweetness with a nice bitterness. Has a dry finish.

F: Medium body, smooth and creamy. Very well balanced.

O: Very enjoyable pale ale. Easy drinker. Well worth a try.

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

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A solid simple off white head with a foamy texture of about three fingers off the pour. Head picks up some the body color which is dull orange and pale amber. Off white head has some orange tint to it. Falls slowly but leaves a minor collar while drinking. Kind of honey colored, with noticeable rising carbonation.

Bouquet is small, kind of muted simple sweet malt, some herbal sensation light tea like, Sort of a sweet hop profile, but it's very light and downplayed.

Taste is light, with a very wet texture. Some faint toast, but very small. Palate is slightly fizzy but mostly kind of watery. Sweetness on the nose sensed does not come through on the taste. A little gaseous also.

Overall pretty easy, straightforward but also kind of boring. It certainly better than the majority of macro produced swill out there, but certainly not a great pale ale.

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Photo of chocosushi
4.2/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Revisiting this one.

12oz->Hoegaarden Hexagon-style

A ~ Pours a toffee/honey color. Moderate lacing with some retention.

S ~ Pale malt, Caramel malt, medley of citrus & berry

T ~ Significant amount of complex & doughy malt flavors. Breadstick, dinner roll, crusty bread come to mind. Honeysuckle mid-palette. The hops lend a grassy yet spicy quality, finishing with pleasant graham cracker-like malt. No bottle date, but I believe this one is very fresh.

M ~ Really good flavor for a lower-abv Pale. Very toasty. This is the kind of Pale I would buy again & again for it's classic flavor & low-abv. I'm loving the finish.

D ~ At 5% this is easily drinkable after a hard day of work. Definitely seek out. I've been on a Pale-kick & this one shines out many others (besides the Schlafly). Complex yet simplistic.
It's a joy that it is Northcoast.

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

Poured a clear copper color from a 12 oz bottle. No freshness date or ABV on the label.
One finger head that dissipates fairly quickly.
Aroma is all malts with hint of grain coming through.
Very good lacing all along the insides of the glass.
Taste is also dominated by malts with hints of hop bitterness in the finish. There is a distinct sweetness upfront.
A very good sessions beer, crisp and refreshing with high drinkability. Perfect for a hot summers day.
Definitely worth a try.

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

On tap at St Augustines in Vancouver.

A: 1.8" white head over nearly transparent straw coloured liquid.

S: Citrusy hops and yeast with a hint of malt.

T: A faint, disappointing taste given the inviting appearance and smell. Citrusy hops which gives way to a sweet malty aftertaste.

M: Medium viscosity and a medium level of fine carbonation.

O: A good pale ale with a sweet aftertaste but it doesn't particularly stand out.

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ACME California Pale Ale from North Coast Brewing Co.
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