This week’s beer: Acme California Pale Ale from North Coast Brewing Co. in Fort Bragg, Calif.
Acme California Pale Ale is from a wonderful brewery that also brings us Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout, Red Seal, Brother Thelonious and Scrimshaw Pilsner.
At 5.0% ABV, this ale is brewed with Yakima Valley hops and American pale malt and British specialty malts for color and complexity of flavor.
It pours a light amber color with an off-white head that quickly dissipates, but a nice lacing follows the ale down the glass with each sip. The aroma is clean, mild and malty without much hops present, but with a hint of orange blossoms.
The flavor is a nice balance of hops and malt without either rising to prominence. There is a lingering aftertaste that is not unpleasant, but unique. It has an overall nice flavor and is really easy to drink. The kiss of hops compliments the malt backbone and creates a nice balance.
This is one of the better pale ales I’ve ever tried. Of course I’ve yet to have a beer from North Coast Brewing Co. that is anything but top-notch. They obviously take care to produce fine products and it shows.
Pair with seafood or a medium rare steak.