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RATINGS: 545   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.88   IBU: 21   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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ACME CALIFORNIA PALE ALE is a smooth, clean ale with faint citrus and honey flavor notes and a dry finish. It is brewed with Yakima Valley hops and the finest American two-row malt, but with a measure of British specialty malt for depth. This easy drinking pale ale is a "session beer" which will be welcomed at neighborhood taverns and restaurants (and refrigerators) throughout the west.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
thedm (5005) - Fort Wayne, USA - MAR 10, 2005
This bottled brew poured a small sized head of off-white colored fine to medium sized mostly lasting bubbles that left behind a softly carbonated hazy brown colored body. The aroma was mild malty hoppy pale ale like notes. The mouth feel was tingly yet smooth with a mild hoppy finish. The flavor contained notes of mild caramel with malt and a mild hop content.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Jonathan3584 (323) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 1, 2005
Light, malty, boring beer. Nothing of note in this one. Grabbed it in Harris Teeter in Carborro because it was one of about four beers on the racks I hadn’t tried. Next time I’ll just grab another six of Sierra Nevada.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 3/20
turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - FEB 26, 2005
Poured cloudy light amber with a good head and good lacing. Flavor is malty with a strong metalic finish and palate. The metalic finish made this a beer that I would not buy again.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - FEB 18, 2005
Sour bisuit aroma with some apple dumplings. Deep golden in color with some haze. Cheap malt flavor with a tad of crispness. Me not much likey. Somewhat swill-esque.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
heemer77 (5153) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - FEB 15, 2005
Full bready aroma with some light apples. A fairly light amber coloring with a decent sized white head. The taste is subdued with dried apple chips. It also reminds me of chewing on wood. Strangely made. Thin, slick mouthfeel.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
hotstuff (4391) - Indiana, USA - FEB 14, 2005
Bottle. Very small off-white head that quickly dissipated, sparse lacing, fine sized bubbles, carbonated, transparent, and an orange hue. Malty, caramel and hoppy aroma. Flavor was sweet, mild smooth hoppiness, and lightly bitter. Mouthfeel was slightly tingly and thin. Light-mediium body. Nothing special.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
irishsnake (355) - Oakland, California, USA - FEB 3, 2005
pours a slightly hazy amber that heads well and leaves good lace. aroma is amazing-extremely fruity, with apricot being the dominant note. honestly, more apricot than DFH’s Aprihop. and while it is an amazing aroma, I am buying an APA, not a fruit beer (hence the score). still, what a crazy combination of esters and hops (amarillos?). fruitiness still a big component in the flavor, with some sweetness from the malts and some ok finishing bitterness. unfortunately, the flavor of the hops is a little soapy, and it carries into the aftertaste.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
jasonp (1556) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - JAN 23, 2005
Pours a very nice clear copper with a thick beige head. Aroma of toasty, biscuity malt with lightly floral hops. The taste has more of the same along with caramel and citrus characteristics. Thin and watery with subtle carbonation. Uninspired and boring. Doesn’t really have the hop character to be considered an American IPA. More like a bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JAN 17, 2005
Dull golden honey orange color, sparce but compacted and finely bubbled whitish cap slips away quickly. Keeps a whispy skim and thin collar; lacing is glaring and clear with some small globby spots sticking. Aroma has a toasty caramel, crispy biscuit malt, light floral hop notes with a very slight herbal edge. Clean but restrained a bit. Taste has a creamy malt in the front, baring a caramel smoothness, medium built toastyness that gains more crispness and grainy edge as it finishes off. Hops are slightly noted with a small herbalness and faint fruityness bordering citrus. There seems to be a bit of lingering nuttyness under the grains. Not bad, but could be better as like em more hoppy. This is closer, if not the same, as something I would expect from an English Pale. And there’s nothin’ wrong with that when done right, which this is. Feel is quite smooth and creamy, lighter medium body with a nice toasted finish and malt gain across the palate. This is a fine pale, more along the lines of a sweeter/maltier pale then hoppy. Very reminescent of a Vienna.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ernest (6541) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 13, 2005
Head is initially small, frothy, off-white, mostly diminishing. Body is clear light amber. Aroma is moderately malty (cookie), moderately hoppy (flowers, apricot/peach), lightly yeasty (dough). Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation. Very ordinary textbook APA, nothing interesting...an American analog to the "average bitter" that can be found everywhere in England. Balanced and aromatic, but...zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.

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