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

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of mentor
2.81/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle obtained from "To Your Health" in Iowa City and consumed later that evening. Poured a one-finger head that was very faintly orangish. Crystal clear and very faintly orange colored. Smelled faintly of malt and fruit (apples?). Tastes primarily of malt. Where's the hops in this pale ale...I get more bitter from the carbonation than the hops. This is very sweet and somewhat fruity. Medium mouthfeel. How many times did I say 'faint' in this review. My review is 'faint' because there is little to say.

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Photo of skybluewater
2.88/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a peachy orange color. Smell's nearly non-existent. Taste is average. Nothing really jumps out at me, perhaps a little peach and grapefruit, but overall this is really pretty weak.

This is a servicable pale, nothing more than drinkable, and I say that only because there's nothing truly awful about this beer. But the price alone ($8.50 for a sixer) would prevent me from buying again (or at least often), as there are better tasting pales (Summit, Goose Island, Full Sail, etc.) available around here for $1-$2 less.

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Photo of garymuchow
2.68/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to my brother John from bringing me this one.
Aroma is a pretty much straight malt character. In time picks up some mild hop spiciness. Somewhat sweet. MIld and mildly complex.
Orangish gold. Clear. Bright white head with a creamy character. Lacing.
Flavor has a weak quality to it, even a bit watery. Also carries a soft quality too. What taste is there is a mix of a light malt with a mildly spicy hops. Hops present with bitterness mid to somewhat long finish, but it's not all that pleasing.
Soft and thorough carbonation. A bit too thin with a real watery quality.
Average or below for style. I tend to be a generous scorer, especially with this style, but it's just not there. Flavors improve a little with warmth, but not enough to make a difference.

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Photo of necoadam
3.55/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured out a hazy golden/orange color with a nice head that thinned out eventually.

Smell consisted of a fruity/grainy aroma. Some light hops also meddle around. Malts also appear, but not as strong. Slighty on the sweet side, but wasn't a problem.

Taste was good. Malts show up along with some grain and fruit flavors. Towards the middle the hop bite shows up, but was quite tamed. The hops were there, but there weren't big or small. Basically, they'er were just..there. Moutfeel was good. Finished with a grainy taste along with a little hop bitterness, but overall the finish was on the dry side.

Not bad. It's nothing to write home about, but a good beer to wash down food.

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Photo of arizcards
3.13/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bottle of this at Cost Plus for $1.79.

Orange colored brew that poured flat and left little lacing. Notice a bit of citrus smell but not much else. Taste had a citrus start with an underwhelming hop finish. Mouthfeel was semi-full but was not lively on the palate. Overall this is a easy drinking beer, almost like a macro but having more oomph than a macro. It was worth a try but not something I will seek out.

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Photo of SixpointJMH
3.65/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a fairly tasty but too run of the mill pale ale, which actually makes it a decent candidate for a crossover beer for the bud/miller/coors crowd, i think. it pours a crisp orange colour wuth a surprisingly small head, which was very thin and left only a minimal amount of residue on the glass. the smell was sweet and a touch fruity first and foremost, with hop and malt present as well. very basic. the flavour was very much like the smell in that fruit sweetness dominates. hop and malt are well balanced though i was expecting more of a hop kick from this west coast brew. there's not much punch in this pale ale, but it'll suffice on most occasions nonetheless. i'd drink it again but it's not something i'd be looking to pick up on a regular basis.

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Photo of SeanChouffe
3.28/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours an amber color, transparent, with low carbonation. Head is an off white with medium retention and sticky lacing. Aroma is fruity (citrus and peach) and grassy, with a maltiness and some soapy perfume thang goin’ on. Flavor has sweet start, malty, with a lightly dry finish. Palate: light bodied, watery and low in co2 with a light hop bite. IMHO: No big deal. Seems to lack character.

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Photo of putnam
4.07/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This label, like the other two Acmes in my posession, bears an image of a redhead exhuberantly swinging on a rope with a full glass of beer in her free hand.
This is the first time I've seen this brand, though have been curious since learning of its existence on the North Coast Brewery's website.

Pale for a Pale, though high-chroma orange colors draw attention to its radiant clarity. The aromas are bronzed, glazed orange blossoms underlain with sticky, sour fruit sugars and spices. Analog aroma pairing: buttermilk squash fritters, touched with nutmeg.
I served 1/2 of this beer quite warm and let it sit for 30 minutes before drinking. I expected a sugary mess yet that has not been the case. Its texture is silky and aethletic. Sooty tannins and light body effect a bright, cleansing mood : pleasant, even if a bit like scouring powder. The fruit is jellied lemon and purple grapes -- mashed seeds and all. Sweet pastries and butterscotch nourish the fruit.
Cold, and the bite is tougher. It's kind of a rustic he-man beer now, nice and dry for drinking in the desert. A steely fizz squeaks tunefully now. It's finished now.

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Photo of TastyTaste
2.5/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Dark copper-gold in color, head is not that muc, just a thin layer of white bubbles on the top of the beer. Only light floral hops are present in the smell, and maybe a little malt. Very watered down and bland flavor. Some of the weakest hop presence for any pale ale I've had. North Coast struck out on this one.

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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 sacfly
4.04/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lightly cloudy, dark golden color. Head dissipates rapidly. Malty, faintly sweet smell. Light, slightly bitter flavor. No malt to speak of. Clean finish.

Nothing special, but a nice, pleasant, easy drinking brew. If you are looking for complexity, you will not find it here. But a refreshing brew to drink while cutting the grass on a hot summer day.

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

It poured light amber in color, with no head and only the slightest of laces formed as I drank. The carbonation was light on the tongue but enough to help quaff out a sweet aroma. The hops were average, not really a taste bud delight because they only seemed to be on one level. There does not appear different types of hops used. The beer is more sweet than bitter, but not what I would classify as "sweet."

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Photo of WesWes
3.62/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a golden color with a thick frothy white head that eventually fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice pale malt scent along with a pleasant citrousy yeast smell. The taste is decent. It has a dry, but smooth grainy pale malt flavor a citousy yeast and hop aftertaste. It goes down smooth. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a low bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a decent pale ale. It drinks fine, but it has a weird palate.

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Photo of surfmeister
2.75/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: orange/bronze with a sturdy head that resembled most of the other pale ales I have tried
Smell: very fruity and herbal, quite pleasant again nothing special
Taste: bummer man, fill a glass approximately 2/3 full of SNPA then add water until the glass is full, that's the best description I can give...watered down
Mouthfeel: thin
Drinkability: yeah, sure on a hot day, nothing evil about this beer, but who cares?

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Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
3.07/5  rDev -11%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I was really hoping for a little bit more out of a California pale ale. There was very little that resembled a pale ale. This had virtually no bitterness or hoppiness. I would not say that this was a bad beer, but it was nothing more than average. Not too impressed. I wish I would have tried their IPA.

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Photo of Zorro
4.1/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark gold almost orange clear beer.

Smell is very malty with a nice dry hay and tea aroma from the hops.

Taste is quite nice, a bit complex malt and caramelized sugar flavor. It's not as sweet as it sounds in the first sentence. Grain tastes like biscuit are here too. Very tasty brew.

Mouthfeel is very good.

Super drinkable brew. Tasty and has no over the top dimension, a good beer to lure Budweiser fans with.

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Photo of Boilermaker88
3.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've been seeing this brew sitting of the shelf at my local Trader Joe's for, well, longer than I've been a BA. I've just never been sure if I wanted to give it a try or not.
Presented in a stubby 12oz bottle as depicted, Acme CA Pale Ale had a clear amber color with lots of large clots of carbonation desparately clinging to the side of the glass, seemingly unwilling to rise to the frothy white head that slowly petered out to a light skim.
The nose of this brew was tartly sweet; of Yellow Delicious apples and not-quite-ripe pears. A light grainy malt aroma and some modest floral hops were also present. Tasting this beer, the fruit-inspired sweetness rolled across the tongue with an easy-going, medium-bodied manner. The malt component had a mild graininess and a lightly citric hoppiness briefly shone through in a dry, clean finish.
This pale ale is definitely more restrained in it's application of hops than in most other West Coast-brewed American Pale Ales. It has a completely benign, non-threatening nature that makes it a good intro beer to offer the macro-drinker looking to expand their horizons a bit. If you're not looking for much in the way of hops or bitterness, this pale ale is for you.

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Photo of mschofield
2.94/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crystal clear light ambered gold, two finger off-white head that leaves small bits of lace, light carbonation/
Has a flowery hop aroma, butterscotch, and an unpleasant note of wet dog.
Butterscotch again in the taste, accompanied by apple, honey and apricot. A sweet fruity taste as well - could be passionfruit.
Medium feel, smooth, would be a good drinking beer if the taste was better and stronger.

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Photo of Brent
2.7/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Not one of North Coast's better efforts. The hopping was in the right range for a pale ale, but is was bland and one-dimensional. Sort of "Hi, I'm just here for the bittering, don't mind me, I'm just passing through." Malt was a bit sweet and bready, and not of much interest, either.

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Photo of WetCoaster
3.14/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Billowy pure white head that faded quickly. No lacing. Beer a golden honey color. Looks good to me.

Smell: Hello? Where y'at, hops? Malt, is that you? Anyone? Let's call this one timid at best.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Come on, come on, gimme something here... Oh, here we go. Starts with a caramel malt sweetness, but all too soon we arrive at an unfortunate macro metallic grain. Yick. Hops pop in at the last minute to save the day. Mouthfeel, too, smacks of Big Three foam-n-fizz.

Drinkability: It's very drinkable, granted. But with similar tasting macros available for far less cash and much better micros at the same price, why would you? Not bad, but nothing special.

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Photo of stirgy
3.46/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Poured out a clear and crisp bright amber color. The head never really had a chance and stayed thin throughout. There’s a slight fruitiness with some grains in the aroma. Light and slightly sweet in flavor. Nice balance of hops. This beer is mild and unobtrusive in just about every aspect – not too hoppy, not too sweet, not much body, but just enough. A plain and simple Pale Ale that is highly drinkable. This one is proof that a beer does not have to be in your face or distinctive to be good. I like this beer and took it for what it is.

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Photo of dpend
3.26/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured light golden color that was clear and produced a good off-white head.Smells lightly malty and lightly hoppy.Very mild in taste as well, but is balanced throughout.A bit thin but leads to high drinkability. I would probably recommend this to friends that are switching over from the big brewers but not to experienced ale drinkers. It's just an average non-offensive beer.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.55/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: clear amber color, nearing peach, with a solid, snowy-white head.
Aroma: bare, hidden, with some fruit, sweet malt, but just barely.
Taste: very light, easy, breezy, little hops, but solid body, fine taste, smooth and untroubled, an excellent example of a session ale, in that it bothers one not a whit and provides no distraction from the chat and the snooker, etc...
Taste is nice and rich, yummy, sweet and malty, fruity, applish, cherry-like...not a great pale ale, but good enough.
thanks to el mocoso

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

The pale ale was a hazy orange color in the glass with a limited head. The smell was somewhat singular, only fruit was evident. The taste was of malt and fruit (oranges?), and some slight bitterness crept through during the swallow. There was a soapiness in the mouthfeel, and it did not have to do with the glassware (rinsed with water only after last beer !). Not very exciting, kind of a mellow pale ale in my opinion.

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ACME California Pale Ale from North Coast Brewing Co.
3.45 out of 5 based on 553 ratings.
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