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North Coast Acme California Pale Ale
Written by Matt
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.
Grade: A-North Coast Acme California Pale Ale,