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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

1,072 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 1,072
Reviews: 540
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.67%
Wants: 16
Gots: 37 | FT: 1
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-08-2000)
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.1/5  rDev +12.9%

ACME IPA opidomizes the traditional identity of what west coast IPA's are. The crisp maltiness gives a modest and receeding caramel flavor without the cloying sweetness of caramel candies. Lightly bready and with a grahm cracker dry sweetness, the malts are ultimately clean and well attenuated.

But that's not why this beer is so good. It's all about the hops. Resiny and mouth coating with citrusy grapefruits, orange zest, and pineapple. Throw in shaddows of pine, lemon grass, and fresh cut herbs and we have a complex hop profile with refreshing and thirst quenching bitterness.

Because ACME IPA isn't larger than life, as are the Blind Pigs or the west coast, this one might share the same status as Sierra Nevada's Pale Ale: A basic error free beer that exemplifies the style to perfection but ultimately underminded because of it's moderate take on the style, and not the extreme. I beg to differ.

06-09-2009 14:17:54 | More by BEERchitect
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4.13/5  rDev +13.8%

Fuzzy, flaked, flecked apricot-amber. It looks like someone squeezed some variety of citrus fruit into the glass, pulp and all. The beer is capped with a nice looking head of lemony dark cream that is semi-firm, persistent and chiseled as it deflates. A good bit of chunky lace graces the glass in sputters and spatters.

After the underhopped ACME APA, it crossed my mind that this beer might suffer a similar fate. My fears were unfounded if the nose is any indication. Although it isn't nostril candy, it is plenty hoppy. Citrus zest is the focal point, with a musky, mid-frequency pungency... as opposed to a bright, high-frequency, bright citrus burst. Some variety of floral hops have been added to the 'one or more of the 4-Cs' hop bill if I'm not mistaken.

California IPA is lovely stuff. It's abundantly clear that my hop deficiency worries were misplaced. There's a more than competent, biscuity maltiness on hand to push back against the fruity, lip-smacking hops. The balance is still a bit askew in favor of hoppy and bitter, but then balanced IPAs have never seemed quite right to me. Although this is far from hop juice, hopheads will find a lot to like.

I'm still convinced that some other, non-routine hop variety is in use; the flavor has just enough 'otherness' to keep that notion in play. I'm a little surprised at the 52 IBUs; I'd have guessed a little higher.

The long finish is somewhat resiny with echoes of white grapefruit pith and pine needles. The mouthfeel has a lot to recommend it; it's medium-full and smooth. Lace update: I continue to be impressed since crusty sheets are adorning more than half the glass at present.

ACME (why the shouting?) California IPA is a pleasant surprise after the lackluster showing of its little brother APA. California is bursting at the seams with quality (indeed, mind-blowing) IPAs. This beer clearly doesn't deserve to be mentioned in the same breath as the all-time greats, even within its own state, but it's a fine example of the style. If I had access, I'd reserve a spot for it in my fridge.

06-15-2005 13:25:02 | More by BuckeyeNation
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beerhast

Indiana

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

08-31-2014 20:57:57 | More by beerhast
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dvmin98

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

08-31-2014 15:10:13 | More by dvmin98
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Varls


3.4/5  rDev -6.3%

08-31-2014 03:32:29 | More by Varls
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CaptainQ

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

08-29-2014 18:58:02 | More by CaptainQ
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JeffONeal

Ohio

3.6/5  rDev -0.8%

08-24-2014 01:25:58 | More by JeffONeal
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pascilla

Nebraska

4/5  rDev +10.2%

08-23-2014 01:46:08 | More by pascilla
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robertjskelton

Alabama

2.5/5  rDev -31.1%

08-21-2014 03:18:53 | More by robertjskelton
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Nbdreher


3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

08-19-2014 16:52:39 | More by Nbdreher
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Oakengroves

Oregon

3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

08-18-2014 06:07:06 | More by Oakengroves
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bwtsa

Pennsylvania

3.52/5  rDev -3%

08-18-2014 00:34:37 | More by bwtsa
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rxthree

Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

08-17-2014 02:14:18 | More by rxthree
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JOHNKNEEGEEZ

Maine

3.24/5  rDev -10.7%

08-15-2014 20:10:15 | More by JOHNKNEEGEEZ
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petewheeler

Maryland

4/5  rDev +10.2%

08-15-2014 03:40:54 | More by petewheeler
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Rojada1988

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

08-14-2014 20:57:05 | More by Rojada1988
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Colin32


3.24/5  rDev -10.7%

08-14-2014 12:49:26 | More by Colin32
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Beerlover

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

08-13-2014 04:46:23 | More by Beerlover
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BrettMRogers

Georgia

3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

08-13-2014 00:08:59 | More by BrettMRogers
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Aidan_Stewart

Virginia

3/5  rDev -17.4%

08-12-2014 13:53:21 | More by Aidan_Stewart
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.53/5  rDev -2.8%

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.

08-11-2014 06:53:10 | More by UCLABrewN84
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Doomcifer

Rhode Island

3/5  rDev -17.4%

08-01-2014 15:10:33 | More by Doomcifer
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zestar

California

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

08-01-2014 07:31:49 | More by zestar
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Westyn

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

07-31-2014 17:53:31 | More by Westyn
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rolltide

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -17.4%

07-29-2014 21:15:27 | More by rolltide
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ACME California IPA from North Coast Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 1,072 ratings.