ACME California Pale Ale | North Coast Brewing Co.

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ACME California Pale AleACME California Pale Ale
BEER INFO

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
292
Ratings:
544
Avg:
3.45
pDev:
18.55%
 
 
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9
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Photo of henrysunset
4.02/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

clear, visibly carbonated yellow beer with white head. pretty unspectacular.

sweet and florally hoppy. "crisp", bit of citrus; oranges.

taste is sweet and citrusy. clean, very mild citrus and malt finish. very nice. sweeter and less hoppy than most pale's i've had lately.

smooth enough for a 4.5 mouthfeel. exceptionally drinkable.

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Photo of Offa
4.02/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a pretty good, refreshing, light beer, but it seems to me more like a pilsner or pale lager than typical American pal ale.

It is light, golden amber with a medium off-white head steadily shrinking to a thin top and no real lace.

The aroma is bread, honey, apples, like a good pale lager.

The taste is very mild with light bread, apple, grass, honey and lemon, with a mineral hint. It's light, crisp, easy to drink, and goes well with food. It has a light honey sweetness and a very light bready-hoppy finish kind of like a Czech lager.

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

Beer is deep honey in color. White, frothy head that faded fast. Mild hop nose with hints of citrus. Light and refreshing flavor with mild hints of hop. Taste doesn't linger. Very wet on the palet, mouth watering. I think this beer was very good...perhaps one of the best I've had. I would definetly recomend it.

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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 NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

ACME California Pale Ale pours a slightly hazy amber body with golden highlights beneath a creamy head of off-white froth. The head retention is quite good, and it holds a solid, creamy surface covering throughout most of the glass. Lacing is very nice as well.

In the nose it expresses a combination of lightly sweet and just mildly biscuity malt and notes of apricot.

It's medium-light bodied and smooth across the palate with a very-fine-bubbled, median carbonation.

The flavor reveals more maltiness than the nose suggests, and it's fruitiness becomes quite wrapped up in it. It's supple and delicious with a kind of a honeyish and floral character to it, but in a way lacking the "bite" or "snap" that's expected of an American pale ale - not that that's a fault, just an observation! In fact, it leaves it very rounded and smooth, and quite drinkable! It finishes fairly short and dry with a lingering note of tangerine/apricot, and a mild bit of floral, piney, and even grassy, hops.

Nicely done! Interesting, and perhaps, quite unique... I'm not sure I've ever had a beer like it.

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

Poured honey colored with white lacing. Good lacing & average head retention

S: Grassy notes & piney hops as the ale warms

T: Malt sweetness with piney & floral hops up front. Fruittyness follows with a slight alcohol tinge. Finishes fruity with a piney hop kick

MF: Medium bodied with a good balance & carbonation

Drinks pretty easy, just not super complex

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

appearance - Copper in color, small white head and some lace left on the glass.

smell - A balance of some hops and malt here.

taste - Nice balance here, not a lot of hops, less hops then what I expected here.

mouthfeel - Medium body.

drinkability - Nice balanced beer, worth a try. Body was nice on this one.

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

Drank from bottle at around 50 degrees 5.0 percent alc,lightly flavored and goes down beautifully easy. One of the finest pale ales i`ve tried to date. nice very light carbonation, and nothing bitter about it, its got a nice slight malt taste to it. Definatly a nice smooth summer drink, could easily kill a couple of these on a day. this brew is of great quality and I highly recomend it.

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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 KYGunner
3.98/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Dark golden coloring this poured magnificent bright white head. Cloud like billowing and frothy thickness this scores points for its brilliant structure.

The scent is malty of course, but it has a light lemony citrus backdrop. Weak piney hops are not quite as strong as it should.

What a great smooth, crisp taste and feel. Strong barley malt flavor with hints of tea leaves and pine. This just rolls across the palate with utter ease and holds a biscuity aftertaste.

Overall, what a pleasant surprise. I'm a fan of North Coast but this really helps solidify my love.

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

12 oz squatty bottle with no freshness date; nice looking retro label.

The ale poured a clear, orange to light amber color with a quickly dissipating white head that does leave some lacing on the glass.

There is a sweet tangerine odor and mild hop aromas.

This is a very refreshing, light style for an American pale ale. There is some faint hop bitters up front but mainly a soft, fruity taste. I believe this ale is very fresh even though there is no freshness date.

Perhaps a little too carbonated, this is a very smooth ale that leaves a lingering fruity taste on the tongue; a rather light-bodied pale ale.

This is extremely quaffable, and at only 5.0 % ABV, this would make a good session ale. Not very complex, but it can be a respite from some of the overly hopped ales available.

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

03/15/05- Purchased at Trader Joe's in San Francisco, CA

Presentation- 12 oz bottle with no best by dates to be found. Poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance- Amber-brown color pour with a nice inch white head and decent lacing.

Smell- Not much of a smelling beer. Maybe some sweet malt and a bit of orange or lemon?

Taste- Decent mixture of malt and hops. The sweetness of the malt and the slight bitterness of the hops works very well together.

Mouthfeel- Moderate carbonation.

Drinkability- An excellent session beer IMO. A great balanced brew.

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

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: slightly hazy yellow-golden color with a one-finger white head.

Smell: light malt aroma with light, citrusy, floral hops. Subtle but enticing ... something about its restraint edges up my score a little bit.

Taste: malty, quite citrusy, not too bitter. The hops continue to be floral but there is also a little bit of an earthy quality to them in the flavor. Quite good indeed.

Mouthfeel: light-to-medium body with a nice level of carbonation that yields a good creaminess.

Drinkability: quite nice. This might be one to keep around the house ... should have bought a whole sixpack.

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Photo of TheHammer
3.96/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this one from Ludachris, I never really heard of it, so lets get to it.

Appearance: A solid pour gives me a good solid thumb of head, off to a good start. The head laces and retains fairly well and the body boasts good carbonation. The color though is a bit odd as a somewhat cloudy and sickly orange and yellow appearance which isn't completely out of place given the style, but a bit odd.

Smell: Mild citrus hops that took a bit of warming to come out, merely nod to a backdrop of simpler malts. Certainly nothing bad in this department, although I've had beers with less of a hop presence turn out disastrous.

Taste: Wonderful stuff, it starts with a bit of mild malt that could be a little bit sweeter, which then shifts to an almost marmalade taste as the citrus, almost orange like hops take over which gradually turns to a nice light kick of a light grapefruit element.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation for this beer is perfect, it seems to flow fairly evenly throughout the beer and as a result very smooth transition between flavor. The hop aftertaste lingers a bit too long on the back of the tounge, but it doesn't leave the mouth too dry or too moist. I'd give it a 4.25 if I could, but I'm gonna go with the higher rank since I have to.

Drinkability: This stuff went down fast, and despite solid carbonation causes no gas issue and sits light on the gut. Tastes refreshing, even despite the slight hop dryness and goes down very smoothly. The hops at the end could use a slight reign in, but that is a minor complaint.

Final Thoughts: If you've read my reviews before, you know I'm not a big fan of beers that have a monstrous hop presence. This is the perfect hoppier beer for me. The hops are balanced with the malt to be dominant but not excessive. The carbonation however also play a huge factor in this beer. Best of all, perfect for any occasion save possibly at dinner. I highly recommend it, and would gladly pickup a 12 of it.

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Photo of andyinsdca
3.95/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: a light amber, great head with lacing that lasted through the whole pint.
S: A little bit toasty, maybe some nuts? A bit hoppy, but not strong. Very nice!
T & M: A lightly hopped PA, very good taste, with a bit of spice for after taste. A great mouthfeel.
D: Very drinkable.

A great beer! I really liked this. It's not a super strong west coast pale ale, but a solid pale ale that stands on its own.

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Photo of btorsdog
3.93/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Acme Pale-A Rock Solid APA. The name makes me want to watch some "RoadRunner" cartoons though!
Anyhow.. definetly a good brew. Extremely well balanced and a semi-hoppy bitter finish on this one ,makes it quite enjoyable!Very clean, light and crispy mouthfeel keeps these going down real nice like. Not a show-stopper but a decent one to check out.

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Photo of BeenJammin
3.93/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - pours a pale straw color with a large white head
S - floral and grape fruit hops with a nice fruity malt character
T - the flavor has some nice fruity malts with some hops that taste herbal and somewhat like grapefruits. Has a slight amount of bitterness in the end.
M - a bit too light
D - The beer is drinkable and I like looking at the label.

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Photo of jsprain1
3.92/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-It pours a nice dark straw color, with a large head that fades sort of rapidly and leaves a moderate amount of lacing.
S- The scent reminded me of a farm, not at all in a bad way. It was a very grainy scent, with a bit of citrus and light hops.
T- The taste is similarly grainy up front. This fades to a mild hops taste with a bit of citrus and honey. Overall, a pretty good taste.
M- Decent, but it leaves my mouth a little dry.
D- A worthy choice for a pale ale. It's a bit sweet compared to your average pale ale.

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Photo of PEIBeerGuy
3.92/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The colour is right about where I thought it would be; about halfway between an IPA and a generic pale ale. It's pale, but has a cloudy amber-rose appearance... like a translucent apricot. I found the head disappointing. I didn't give it a hard pour, but a very little head was gone before I could turn the camera I took its picture with off. At least its ring of suds left some lacing.

The smell is very subtle. A bit malty... like caramel with some orange peel. It's a nice blend of malt and hops.

The taste kicks it up a bit. It's what you get in the smell, but more pronounced. The flavour turns a bit to a mix of orange and grapefruit... even a hint of cherry, backed up with some malt sweetness / slight fullness.

The mouthfeel is good. The carbonation is just about right, and it's a little viscous like their IPA. It's not overly bitter, dry, or anything else. It's pretty well-balanced.

It's a pretty refreshing ale, and quite good overall. Against other American pale ales, I think it fares pretty well, as compared to the ACME IPA, which doesn't stack up quite as well to its IPA competition.

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Photo of ADR
3.88/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Medium amber color, clear in the glass. Head of pale color, fluffy and of average height. Laces in simple vertical strings. Fruity aroma, lightly floral and apple-ish. Body is light and the carbonation is lively, a bit too much for my preferences. Subdued but noticeable maltiness, bready with some jam elements. Hops are more subtle than many, dialed down and peppery, pollen-like with a gentle snap. Easy-to-take profile, there's good drinkability here and its nice to run across an Amercan Pale with a more easy-going hop profile.

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

12oz bottle into pint glass.

Slightly hazy golden hue with a thick and frothy off white head that slowly settles to a thick cap. Solid and sticky lacing along the glass.

Light grain with a little bit of a citrusy smell. The hops aren't very bitter and provide a very grassy aroma, along with some eathy yeast.

Powdery and slightly sweet grain. A little bit of diacetyl can be detected. The hops are low and there for balance. Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Some very light fruit flavors are in there too. The finish is the lingering grains, with a touch of the hops sticking around as well.

This is a rather refreshing Pale Ale that doesn't try to do too much. It's nothing too bitter and would go great with a meal or alone (or paired with another one of these). Recommended.

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ACME California Pale Ale from North Coast Brewing Co.
79 out of 100 based on 292 ratings.
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