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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Reviews: 294 | Ratings: 553
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 WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Magnificant appearance another notch in the belt for North Coast, with this copper orange apricot colored brew with a magnificant cream colored head full and vivacious foam layer that leaves even patches of lacing. Aroma is primarily nice wheaties like tones of cereal grain full malty and nice with a mild hop aroma just a kiss to finish it off. Flavor is more of the same Wheaties in a glass but it works so well the beers that have that cereal texture always hit me the right way, slightly citric with a bready finish. Mouthfeel has a medium body with nice smooth even carbonation making each sip joy in my mouth. Drinkability is like whoa I could drink this stuff for the pure simpicity and goodness I love the grainy tone just awesome session brew complex, cleand, and crisp.

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

Pours a clear golden amber, with a nice fat white head. Some sticky cobweb-like lacework.
Aroma is mildly hoppy, with a strong malt presence, and a little bit of apple fruitiness. Solid, but not very exciting.
Flavor is clean and malty, with a fairly strong malt backbone. I'm tempted to call this an almost there copy of Sierra Nevada pale ale. It's sort of in the sierra nevada vein, in the fact that it's a pretty hoppy pale ale, but there's not enough complexity going on with the malts. A light cookie bready aftertaste and moderate carbonation, but not enough going on with the malts
Pretty good, but there's better beers made exactly like this. A great session beer, but too hard for me to find even for that.

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Photo of PhantomVodoo
3.53/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Coppery golden color. Off-white head.
Aroma of sweet pale malts. Minimal hops in the aroma gets this one off on the wrong foot for an APA in my book.

Taste is laid back. Sweet pale malts and a very mild hop balance. Hint of fruit. Odd dry taste at the finish that lingers a bit. Again, not enough hops for an APA, IMHO. Seems like they brewed this one to be palatable for the macro drinkers.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin and fizzy.
Drinkable and easy-going, but not enough flavor to make this one enjoyable.

Overall, a decent pale ale that I won’t be looking for again. Nothing particularly wrong with this one, just doesn't leave me wanting another.

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Photo of beerguy101
3/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light gold color, medium head. A lighter bodied pale ale. Mild hops and malt. Good flavor. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter. Kind of mild and a touch uninspired. Light and refreshing, drinkable but nothing special.

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

Well I must say I like the label. This beer was a pretty big disappointment to me. The pour created an intial great look, but it didn't last. The great golden tan head evaporated almost instantaneously. There was no lace whatsover. The color was dark amber and a bit cloudy; small numbers of floaters present - not appealing at all. The smell was of some malt with, perhaps, a dash of lemon. The mouthfeel was extremely watery and thin. There was very little sense of any balance. Someday I'd like to try this again to see if I somehow got an off bottle.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
3.56/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright yellow-orange body, topped by a sizable foamy white head which rises briefly above the glass before stablizing at two-fingers. Some decent lacing. Aroma is herbal and floral and mild, not the grapefruit grove asault one might expect from a "California Pale Ale". Inital taste of malt is immediately followed by a coating of mild hops, again floral/herbal not citric, and finishes with a stronger, lasting hop zing/tingle. Nice rounded mouthfeel. Very easily drinkable at the proper temperature. The first one I had was too cold, and covered the taste's subtle aspects and was far too fizzy. Let it warm up a little out of the fridge. Except for that final lingering hop burst, this is a very English pale ale. Not the superstar that Red Seal is, but not too shabby a little brother.

Thanks to Wile E. Coyote for the trade.

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Photo of mickeymac
3.23/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

It's yellow-gold with an initially fizzy head that was all but gone shortly after pouring. Hops are detectable in the smell, but mainly a pretty strong lemon smell came through. The lemon was also quite strong in the taste with some malt sweetness and a bit of hop bitterness. The flavor is somewhat bland and lacking in complexity. It is, however, quite drinkable. This was my first disappointing experience with a North Coast product.

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Photo of Riggo
3.85/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Sampled last night at the Brickskeller. My first beer from North Coast and I was a little underwhelmed. Pours a clear honey-gold color with moderate white head. Nose is understated floral and malt notes. On palate, a clean and crisp ale but seemed to me to be lacking in depth/complexity and most importantly body. The mouthfeel of this beer is the letdown; just too thin. Flavor profile is dominated by slight cookie sweetness and cleanness of hops, but just not alot going on here. Drinkability here is very high indeed, but ends up sacrificing flavor and charm.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.08/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours with a fantastic, lovely looking deep white head, the consistency reminds of a deep bubble bath covering. The head settles to about ½” - ¼” eventually, but it still looks great set atop the light almost clear golden body of the beer, for it has a very feint milky haze. Tilting my beer glass to 45 degrees and quickly returning it to its upright position, a cloudy myriad of small bubbles quickly rush to rejoin the underside of the head, this is a sign of good carbonation and hence fresh Cask beer in the UK. This is a bottled beer though, but it still goes to show high inherent carbonation nevertheless. This contributes to the beers mouthfeel and gives a lively mouth tingling experience as you down this beer. And it is “downed”, very quickly as it happens.
Aromas are quite malty, the initial taste is of sweet pale malt, the middle has some mild honey sweetness, and the finish slowly fades away with a mild bitterness and some biscuit residues. A highly drinkable, easy going, very smooth, clean and crisp tasting beer.
Not the usual American Pale Ale, in fact as some other US reviewers have stated, and as an Englishman I will reiterate it - this is very English in character for a Pale Ale.
That said, regardless of style conformity – which I ignore, this is a highly quaffable, reasonably priced beer nonetheless. Good stuff.
Oh, and I am in deeply in love with the “Woman in Red” on the label. LOL.

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Photo of DarthMalt
4.29/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Why, this is just a lovely beer!

I was expecting (actually looking forward to, in a voyeuristic sort of way lately) to getting knocked on my ass with the typical 1-2 hop-punch of what is found in many APAs, but instead, what I found is this sweet little beer (with the buxom beer wench on the cover) just wanting to be loved.

There is all this sort of honey/malty/caramely aroma and flavor about this beer, but it comes completely devoid of any of the cloying aspects of those sickening-sweet characteristics, and instead displays with a very stout and manly balance of hops and malt and water profile.

It is reserved like a good bitter or English ale, but it is distincly not of those genres. It takes what is best of those styles, and incorporates them into this seriously ssssssscrumptious quaffing machine that makes me want to dye my hair blonde and buy a surfboard.


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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 BeerManDan
4.38/5  rDev +27%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep golden in color. The there is a strong smell of hops with a slight hint of barley. This beer is clean tasting and well balanced in it hops and barley. Avery smooth and pleasant after taste. Another great beer from North Coast!

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

A little on the bland side, but nothing offensive about it. Light copper color. Mild hop flavor and nice crispness but not much else. Passable hops finish. Not too bad as a summer brew but not really memorable overall.

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Photo of StevieW
4.5/5  rDev +30.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear copperish to brown color. A very impressive foamy beige head, falls over the edge of the glass and settles very slowly. Nice balanced smell of a west coast hop variety,and malty biscuit bite. Taste was balanced, and very good. Big malty biscuit taste, matched with a slow bitter hop taste transition. Sublte finish, great balanced taste lingers on your taste buds. Medium bodied, very good rendition of an American Pale Ale. Love the name, and label. If you see it, and are not sure, buy it, you won't be dissapointed.

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

I was hoping it would be a bit better and hoppier, but still not bad. A nice mix of hoppy bitterness for the lower hophead on the totem poll. Well worth a try. Prost!

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

Presentation: 12oz short brown twist, no freshness date.

Appearance: Light amberish gold with slight chill haze, a creamy bubbly white lace sits on top.

Smell: Mellow fruit, subdued esters and grain in the aroma.

Taste: Smooth and semi crisp malt flavours of bready grain, sweetness (honey?), subdued husk and fruit are dominant. A mild hop bitterness (faint citrus) is in and out quick, lingering grainy flavours and residual dextrins fade slowly.

Notes: Easy drinking pale ale even for the faint of heart. The specialty malts and an extra depth to this brew.

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

Slightly sour, a tad dry finish. Maltier than the consensus american-Pale Ale. Filtered almost to the exclusion of any sediment. Sediment is present, just very very little. Not a complete dissapointment. Better than the average beer..

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Photo of Mark
4.01/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A good solid, smooth ale from North Coast. Like a another reviewer said, it has an English feel to it. That makes it allright in my book as Englsh Ale is tops. I liked the mellow bitterness and smooth taste. Good head retention and my glass was sheeted in lace, a good ale all around. I feel this is an excellent beer to start someone out on the road to becoming an advocate. It's smooth taste and subtle hopping will not put off newbies or swill lovers.

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