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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by kbub6f on 10-29-2001

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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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3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

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4/5  rDev +15.9%

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3/5  rDev -13%

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4.25/5  rDev +23.2%

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4/5  rDev +15.9%

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4/5  rDev +15.9%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of beergoot
3.68/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Re-reviewed May 18th, 2017

Original ratings: 3.0 3.5 3.0 3.5 3.5

Head was thicker and creamier. No grapefruit quality to the flavor, just a nice toasted grain sweetness throughout with a gentle hop bitterness; perhaps a faint note of pear as far as esters go. The feel was warm and sulky.

I'm glad to revisit this beer and find it much palatable and inviting.


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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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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3/5  rDev -13%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

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3/5  rDev -13%

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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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3/5  rDev -13%

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4/5  rDev +15.9%

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3/5  rDev -13%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

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3/5  rDev -13%

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3/5  rDev -13%

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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3/5  rDev -13%

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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ACME California Pale Ale from North Coast Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.45 out of 5 with 555 ratings
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