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
northcoastbrewing.com

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
Ratings:
554
Reviews:
295
Avg:
3.45
pDev:
13.62%
 
 
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8
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39
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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 twelvsies
4.17/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pale orange amber, actively bubbling and a smooth finger of head. Great representation of grains in the nose - lightly sweet and toasty malt, doughey, milk and honey, and a faint hint of herbal tea hops. Really inviting. Nice malt profile to this one - lots of flavor coming through, grainy and fresh, warm biscuit, cream soda, subtle but tasty. Very restrained on the hops, interesting. Excellent, smooth soft and creamy on the palate and the winning bright malt profile here make this beer a real session beer and quite the nice change from the normally hoppy west coast pale.

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Photo of oelergud
4.13/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden copper transparent body, low carbonation, big fluffy white head of tiny to large bubbles, great retention and clumpy lace.
Light scent of bread and mild hay, just abit of honey.
Nice and relaxed malts just gliding along with hops scattered here and there. Good balance. An aftertaste so mild and gentle it's barely there.
Nice mouthfeel, full yet light, abit of coating.
Perfect summer session brew, mild but still with enough flavor and low abv.

-Oelergud

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.1/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Acme Pale Ale has a medium, off-white head and a cloudy, orange-golden appearance. Lacing is decent. The aroma is of citrus and wood, with a sharp sweetness to it. Taste is a fine balance of barley, spicy hops, and other subdued flavors. Mouth-feel is surprisingly light and watery. Acme Pale Ale finishes refreshing. This was quite enjoyable to drink. Another winner from North Coast Brewing Company.

RJT

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

different (later?) label on the bottle (black with the same trapeze femme...)

nice foamy head with excellent lacing...light amber/red look

very malty, barely hoppy smell...same for the taste...though wanting the hop punch in the face, loving the maltiness today. my second favorite beer flavor component.

very similar to (am i repeating myself today?) anchor steam and yuengling lager...

a quite drinkable, fairly distinctive brew.

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

The aroma here is quite malty and creamy...some caramel there...certainly a bit sweet. Surprising for style.

For an APA, this is pretty unique. There isn't much of a hop profile on this one at all. In fact, it reminds me more of an English Pale Ale. Taste is a malty combination of some caramel with a bit of biscuit...a good deal of creaminess. Tastes a lot like some red ales I've had. Finishes very clean, with basically nothing lingering on the palate.

This beer is light in body, and somewhat light on taste, but is very drinkable because the flavors present are tasty. I can imagine some people may wonder what the heck hoppened to any semblence of hoppiness here, and I wouldn't blame them, but I am just fine with it.

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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 nighthawk
4.05/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with no freshness date, poured into mug.

Appearance: Bright, clear straw body turning to gold in the middle, with a good-sized white head that leaves some lacing as it settles. Good retention.

Aroma: Mild honey and caramel backbone with a nice overlay of floral hops.

Taste: Fairly sweet honey and biscuit with a nice mix of floral, citrus and spicy hops. Light bittersweetness on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, clean, and light in the mouth. Carbonation is perfectly light.

Drinkability: Tasty and refreshing. Goes down quite nicely. A bit pricy in my neck of the woods, but would definitely recommend it.

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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 schoolboy
4.03/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This seems like an innocuous little ale that would simply be very nice to drink, and that's exactly what it turns out it is.

California looks outstanding in the glass. The color is beer yellow with moderate bit persistent head. It is very clear.

taste is moderate paddle ale. Nothing is out of place. It stays nice and well mannered, but the aftertaste is more boozy than the lower alcohol would seem it should taste. I would buy and recommend this ale.in the future.

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

I was pleasantly surprised byt his beer. I was expecting the usual west coast pale ale Sierra Nevada clone, but this was only similar in color (a tad darker) and not much else. It did not have the overt, assertive hop character that one generally comes to expect in west coast pales, but rather it was a very malt--oriented brew. I quite enjoyed the lightly toasty-bready character that dominated the palate. It carries just enough hoppiness to dry out the finish so it doesn't remain cloying. If I lived near this brewery, I would seek out and frequent tap houses that carried it.

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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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4/5  rDev +15.9%

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4/5  rDev +15.9%

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4/5  rDev +15.9%

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4/5  rDev +15.9%

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4/5  rDev +15.9%

ACME California Pale Ale from North Coast Brewing Co.
3.45 out of 5 based on 554 ratings.
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