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ACME California IPA - North Coast Brewing Co.

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ACME California IPAACME California IPA

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BA SCORE
82
good

1,181 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 1,181
Reviews: 552
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 12.71%
Wants: 24
Gots: 75 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
North Coast Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-08-2000

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Ratings: 1,181 | Reviews: 552
Photo of graemeiam
4.48/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My father and I picked a couple of these up on a whim. This is a good beer plain and simple. The clarity and color are pleasant to look at, the taste is good and the smell is yummy. If I was to label it anything it would be to say it was more like an Imperial Pale Ale due to the malty taste and color with the lack of a high ABV and bitterness. All in all this is a beer I will keep on hand from now on.

Photo of WineGuy3000
4.2/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Quick review. This is one of the first IPAs that really spoke to me. It's an odd-duck for the style, focusing more on fruit (odd fruits like apple) than straight hop-chop. It's so quaffable with a light body & pretty damn good carb too.

Photo of THoff94
2.48/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Tastes like a British style fruity ale. Not good.

Photo of Beeeeeerman
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Just an OK IPA for me. Not their best

Photo of smith_s4765
3.77/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Love this stuff. So easy to drink.

Photo of reitzbrewing
2.74/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

too much grapefruit taste for me

Photo of Gabriel_Vaughn
4.55/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

appearance not quite as dark as most IPAs but this isn't like most IPAs.
Tart, citrus aroma, taste not too far from. Bitter aftertaste.
A unique IPA

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a slightly hazy dark amber with a thick, pale golden tan head. Aroma is decidedly hoppy with a fruity undertone. Hoppy flavor has yeasty and malty notes and a sort of varnishy hint. Smooth texture has average body but good fizz. An acme? Maybe not, but tasty.

Photo of RyanK252
3.44/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a BarrelHouse Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours slightly hazy golden amber with a frothy off white head that settles and laces very well.

S: Fruity, some floral notes, with some light malt sweetness.

T: Floral hops, some fruitiness, maybe a touch of very light citrus, earthy, with a light caramel malt sweetness. Fairly crisp, but not that bitter.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: This one just strikes me as odd. For a nearly 7% IPA with California in the name I was expecting a bolder hoppier brew. This reminds me more of a Belgian style IPA with all the fruity notes, but also like an amped up pilsner. Not a fan.

Photo of tekstr1der
3.14/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Hazy golden pour with thin, clingy white head - looks great. Nose is floral and earthy, not to my liking. Flavor is some malt and not much bitterness for an IPA with same earthyness. Best part is the appearance, no need to drink.

Photo of chogm54
3.59/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bottle poured into IPA glass.

L - pours a frothy offwhite head, burnt orange colour, clear.

S - citrus fruits dominate, with some caramel and a hint of pine

T - Initially sweet and sour citrus like flavours (grapefruit), followed by a resepctable resin bitterness halfway through. The finish has earthy malts, moderate bitterness, and lingers.

F - low carbonation, light bodied, dry texture, soft bodied.

O - reasonable IPA - not too bitter. More like a pale ale.

Photo of Heath_Haley
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Not as hop forward as I would have liked but like a lot

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Tony's Darts Away in Burbank, CA.

Pours a hazy gold with a foamy beige head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus zest, and herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest and herbal hop flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a nice balance of citrus and herbal hop aspects all around.

Photo of kristenspaintings
3.03/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer has a lot going for it. It has a thick mouthfeel and pleasant honey flavors. It has a very bitter flavor while sipping that lingers as a strong aftertaste. This is something I am not particularly fond of in beer, though it's something that others sometimes look for. I finished drinking the beer I used for this review but I wouldn't buy a 6-pack of it. If you like hoppy IPAs then you might love this beer. It's other flavors are quite nice.

Photo of Fatehunter
3.34/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours two fingers of head on an almost clear medium straw colored body.
The aroma has some apricot, banana and orange. A nice departure from the normal IPA but too faint.
The taste is malt forward, but maintains a mild to moderate bitterness from the middle to end. The finish is a longer bitter.
The texture is softer with moderate carbonation.
Excellent balance and tastes great.

Photo of BeerDocT
3.74/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance 3.5: Pours out a lovely dark brown. Slightly cloudy/opaque. Nice, 1/2" head faded to swirls of foam on top. Excellent lacing.

Smell 3.75: Nice bouquet with a very distinct smell of grains here. Very similar to the other brews I have sampled from North Coast. Nonetheless, there is a very appealing and warming bouquet on this beer that somehow transcends the usual malt and hops.

Taste 3.75: Front is slightly sweet and grainy. Middle is somewhat watery, but redeems itself with a very nice blend of biscuit malt and noble hops. Finish is where a big hit of mid-level palate hops come in and tap-dance all over the palate. Very nice. Aftertaste is interesting: more Belgian than California-biscuit malt, Special B, light hops, rich malt. Finish is big and spicy, almost rye-esque. Lasts for a short time and fades away with hints of barley.

Mouthfeel 3.75: Smooth, silky and balanced. Actually, a bit too smooth for the style.

Overall 3.75: Very good IPA. I do not understand the "California" appellation -especially since there is a distinct nod to Belgium. This beer stands out in a sea of IPAs, but it -in itself-- is not outstanding. Figure that out. Still, I would recommend this brew to fans of IPAs just to try the entry from the brewery most famous for one if the world's greatest Imperial Stouts.

Photo of ONUMello
3.79/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Light orange color with a one-finger head
S: A touch light but a nice blend of wheat, citrus and herbs
T: Also light but also balanced with flavors that match the nose
M: Medium-bodied, fresh
O: A nice balance of flavors, they just need to be a bit more bold for this to be outstanding

Photo of hophugger
3.49/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A clear golden-orange color, nice head. The flavor of this beer is really nice. The aftertatste is a slighty bready, malty taste. A nice IPA that lacks a little of the oomph that should be there. overall very nice and well done, just seemed to be lacking a little more of the nice aroma and taste that I expected

Photo of barczar
3.38/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear copper orange color with a solid one finger cream head that dissipates fairly quickly, leaving no lacing.

Aroma is heavily dominated by bready caramel malt, which is accented by a hint of citrus hop, finishing slightly floral.

Flavor reveals a bit more underlying citrus hop, resting on a bready malt backbone, finishing with a bit of herbal tea-like hop and a touch of pepper.

Body is moderate, with fairly high carbonation and a touch of alcohol warmth.

Overall, not nearly enough hop flavor for the style. It's a fairly underwhelming selection.

Photo of SmashPants
4.04/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle: a stubby brown 355mL bottle with a very retro throwback label per the 'Acme' name. Something different.

Appearance: pours a fantastic golden amber with a thick, fluffing off-white head with good retention. Thin lacing across down the entire glass also. Only sporadic fine carbonation visible.

Aroma: orange citrus with sweet malts - predominantly biscuits. A very tempting proposition - I just hope the palate can deliver.

Taste: a big, almost overbearing hop bitterness up front which flows into a sweeter citrus, caramel and biscuit IPA loveliness.

Aftertaste: the bitterness lingers through nicely along with a more defined citrus character. Very nice indeed.

Mouth feel: quite thick in body with a fine yet spritzy carbonation across the entire palate characteristic of a good IPA.

Overall: I wasn't expecting much from the cool yet slightly tacky-looking package, but it sure did deliver. Plenty of citrus and malts, with hop bitterness throughout the session. Very drinkable, and very enjoyable.

Photo of FLima
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Amber orange color with a thick two finger off-white head with good retention and leaving laces.
Nice orange citrusy aroma with notes of pineapples, biscuit and slightly toasted malts and earthy hops.
Nice bitter flavor balancing both earthy and citrus hops and slightly toasted malts. Notes of spices, grapefruits, American Amber yeast, caramels, tangerines, tea leaves and a bit of grass. Some herbal pine, flowers and lemon comes later. Dry aftertaste with a pleasant lingering bitterness.
Light to medium body with appropriate carbonation. Alcohol of 6.9% abv is incredibly well hidden specially considering its body.
Quite nice IPA and very easy to drink, not stupidly hopped. Good bridge for beginners of hoppier beers or for taking in large quantities.

Photo of BierJager89
4.06/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours an opaque orange with a white head.

S: Orange, peach, nectarine, mango, pine and grapefruit peel in the nose.

T: Orange, grapefruit, a little bit of pine, tangerine and peach.

M: Medium bodied and smoothish.

O: If the flavors had been stronger, I would have loved this IPA. Definitely recommended, but I'd like to see them brew a stronger, hoppier batch.

Photo of glass_house
3.81/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter

Looks like a glass full of honey. Gorgeous. 2 fingers of dense off-white head with staying power and substantial lacing. Smell is dominated by piney resin with a floral background. I swear for a split second I get a bit of yeast that reminds me of a Belgian IPA like Houblon Chouffe.

Mouthfeel is more like a DIPA, more oily and creamy than most IPAs. The carbonation is lively and active and fits the medium body perfectly in my opinion. The taste follows the nose pretty closely. Mostly pine with some earthy notes and a bit of orange rind at the back end. Only picking up very faint caramel malt throughout. Slightly more bitter than I prefer.

Overall, I was impressed given the relative lack of fanfare this brew receives. It's not going to win any awards, but it is a solid IPA for sure. Definitely worth trying.

Photo of mjstacker
4.38/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I'm on my third 6 pack of Acme, i'm really starting to dig it as a daily drinker.

The appearance is solid, crystal clear pale orange. Tends to pour with a massive 3 or 4 finger head. Moderate lacing.

The aroma is very floral, not a lot of sharp tones but nice for what it is.

The mouthfeel is great, highly carbonated and american like.

The taste is impressive and enjoyable. Moderately hoppy, matches up well with the floral aroma.

Honestly, I think this beer is completely overlooked. I almost think it's label is doing it an injustice as it reads "California IPA." If you're judging on style, this is no Green Flash West Coast IPA. It's really not a west-coast ipa in any sense. It is however a solid American IPA and should be a New Englander's dream. Reminds me of something Southern Tier to Wormtown might put out.

Photo of macrosmatic
3.43/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes. Poured from 12 oz. bottle into an Upland pint glass.

A: Hazy gold, with a big two-finger white head, and medium visible carbonation.

S: Pine resin and citrus pith hops, and a cracker malt base with a hint of caramel and oxidation. Overall a pretty light aroma.

T: Pine and citrus hops, only moderately bitter, with bready malts, some caramel sweetness and a touch of alcohol burn. This does taste a bit oxidized as well. Moderate hop bitterness in the hang.

M: Medium body, good carbonation sensation. The alcohol is somewhat more present than it ought to be (especially at this ABV), but it's not "hot" as such.

O: This is an average American IPA that really pales in comparison to many of the easily available shelf options sitting around. An above average beer (thus my rating), but really just a run of the mill IPA. Nothing to avoid or seek out.

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ACME California IPA from North Coast Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 1,181 ratings.