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Rating: 5.0/5 (1 vote cast)

Beer Profile

  • Brewery: North Coast Brewing Company
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  • Country: United States
  • State: California
  • Style: American Pale Ale (APA)
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  • PHM Grade: A-

North Coast Acme California Pale Ale

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Appearance: Pours golden straw, cloudy, 1 finger head, disappears to a film. As time passes this beer has turned completely clear.

Aroma: Very apparent, grainy, bready, yeasty smell, maybe hops – but not a hop dominated aroma at all. A bit fruity, maybe peach or apricot notes, pleasant.

This beer tastes very similar to how it smells, just more distinct. Malty, with a more pronounced hop presence but the malts definitely dominate. Clean, drinkable, a bit grainy in flavor and possessing some floral notes.

This beer surprised me the first time I had it. It was not what I expected – walking into this beer I was thinking California: big, over the top, hoppy and limit pushing. This beer is none of those things. Instead it’s a refined, clean, reserved and unique version of the wide style range we call pale ale. Thankfully there is plenty of room within the style guidelines for a beer like this. North Coast gets my vote again – now I want to find the Acme IPA and see their take on that. Good beer, great brewery.

ABV: 5%

Grade: A-

North Coast Acme California Pale Ale, 5.0 out of 5 based on 1 rating
  1. In my notes, dating back a year ago, I gave this beer a higher rating than the Acme IPA by a half a letter grade. I’m eager to see what you think.

    Tom — February 11th, 2010, 6:40 PM
  2. I was also expecting it to be a lot more hoppy (hoppier?). I liked how malty it was. Good review.

    John — July 5th, 2010, 8:43 PM
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