ACME California IPA - North Coast Brewing Co.
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Reviews by Buildscharacter:
2.8/5 rDev -22.9%
Being a huge fan of Old Rasputin, I always have high hopes for any offering from North Coast Brewery.
I felt like this one fell a little short of the other great offerings that they have. Don't get me wrong, it's not that this is a bad IPA or anything, it's just not the greatest one that I've ever had.
Hazy, yellowish pour. Slight head with carbonation bubbling through it the whole time.
Any little head that was made through the pour quickly dissapeared into a slight foam layer.
Warming, apple spice flavor pulls through the hops in the first taste, but coming in afterwards is a watery malt dryness that's not very pleasing.
Lace if left on the glass as you go. Decent brew, but I feel that there are other IPAs that offer a better experience.
07-11-2005 02:25:19 | More by Buildscharacter
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4.3/5 rDev +18.5%
Pours a lighter shade of copper with a thin white head,very well balanced aromas piney hop over top of sweet caramel malt makes this appetizing to the nose for sure.I have to say that this IPA is much more balanced than I expected sure the healthy dose of piney/citrusy,resiny hop is there but its held up niely to a lightly swwet caramel backbone that makes for a nice finish and aftertaste.This beer is alot more balanced than I had expected California IPA to be means tongue curling hop monster but this has the hops with the malt and I liked it,I would definently buy again.
11-17-2005 22:47:07 | More by oberon
4.13/5 rDev +13.8%
Appearance This one poured a beautiful, pure orange in color with some lively carbonation and a bit of sediment on the bottom of the glass. The head was puffy and showed a lot of retention. It was so fluffy that I had to touch it and, yes indeed, it is soft to the touch.
Smell There is a wonderful mix of hops in this nose. I can pick up some good citrus and a bit of pine. There are some light fruity notes that excel. The malt base is here actually its very thick but this is just a supporting cast to this hop bomb.
Taste Oh, yeah. This is East Coast meets West Coast. The big West Coat hop flavors are out in spades here. I can also pick up those light, fruity back East hops. The malt backbone is large and in charge.
Mouthfeel This very balanced medium to full-bodied IPA is a mouthfull to say the least. It is big and malty and really gets the gums working.
Drinkability This reminds me of Brutal Bitter. Its big with some good sweetness and offers a lot to the drinker/taster. Maybe it has crystal hops?
12-14-2004 15:55:38 | More by RoyalT
3.68/5 rDev +1.4%
A very sessionable IPA but not a standout at all. The beer poured a light amber color with a nice white head that left great lace on the glass. The smell was lightly hopped for a AIPA but still inviting with light citrus and hop scents. The taste was nothing outstanding with an over emphasis on the malts in my opinion. There was a touch of dry hop bitterness but this was definantly a more balanced IPA that would work as a good transition beer for people. Recommended but only if you are new to IPA's.
02-16-2005 09:46:49 | More by Dmann
3.63/5 rDev 0%
This is a tasty IPA, even though the one i had differs slightly from what is described. The Acme California IPA I had has a different bottle label, and says 6.5% on the label.
The appearance and smell are exactly as this style should be - crisp & light colored. All sorts of floral complexities in the nose.
The taste is good - sharp & bitter, but never overpowering. The mouthfeel may be lacking a bit. My girlfriend says it hits you all at once & quickly dies away.
I would purchase this IPA again, and could drink several of them, so high drinkability points for Acme California IPA.
09-13-2005 23:42:21 | More by chOAKbarrell
4.03/5 rDev +11%
Nice example of an IPA. The beer was an amber color with a thick white head and abundant lacing. The aroma was primarily floral, with a hint of honey. I think I could detect a little citrus also. The taste was more grapefruit, but I could taste some pine also. This was not a hop bomb, actually fairly mild. It went well with my Reuben.
06-15-2008 14:00:41 | More by lordofthewiens
4.05/5 rDev +11.6%
Presentation: 12oz twist-off bottle. A blonde beer maiden holds a tray of full beer mugs, and two mugs in the other hand. She is smiling (at me?) amongst a field of hops and malt. "Marry me fair beer maiden." comes to mind as a drool for the first sip of malty nectar.
Appearance: A very clear rich amber colour crowned by a frothy white head that retains, and sticks to the glass. Small bubbles.
Smell: Malty sweet, grainy, perfumy, with alcohol notes.
Taste: What a mouthfeel! Very rich, smooth, full, complex. Loads of malt sweetness up-front, some toasted notes, with some major alcohol presence. All of this is underlined by some fruity esters and a well balanced citrus/flowery hop characteristic.
Notes: This brew finishes strong, semi-dry, and warms the body @ 6.5%. An excellent West Coast IPA, with a kick. FYI ... my lust for the label had nothing to do with this review.
07-08-2000 00:00:01 | More by Todd
2.63/5 rDev -27.5%
12 oz bottle. Pours a golden orange with a soapy white head that retains well and leaves some lacing.
The aroma is grassy hops, a little bready malt and quite a bit of DMS. Floral hops come out as it warms.
The flavor is fruity (melon) and toasted malts follwed by an earthy floral hoppiness. It has a big lingering bitter aftertaste. Skunky Canadian beer burps. It's medium bodied and lightly carbonated, a little watery.
Overall, a pretty pedestrian IPA. It's pretty unbalanced and just doesn't do much for me.
09-29-2005 23:24:40 | More by Beaver13
3.55/5 rDev -2.2%
From the tap it came a nice medium golden with a white creamy head of teensy bubbles. Nice light and fresh scent, citrus... Alot of lacing. Nice hoppy bite, but not too intense. Good flavors. Grapefruit juice and rind, itsy bit of pepper in there, not much. Some dark fruits. Very easy drinking.
08-07-2004 13:57:59 | More by shapudding
3.93/5 rDev +8.3%
The look is golden amber with a beautiful white head
A nice mix of pale malts and citrus hops
Starts fresh and sweet and quickly moves to a fully hopped flavor. beautiful hops with a earthy citrus it finishes with a slight bitters but is complete very nice
12-08-2010 01:22:23 | More by bishopdc0
3.98/5 rDev +9.6%
Pours a hazy light copper with a finger head that sticks around and leaves some nice lacing. Aroma is very nice citrus with hints of pine. Taste is citrus with nice crisp hops and enough malts to keep the bitters from getting too bad. Mouthfeel is slightly resiny, but okay for style. Very drinkable and much much better than the California Pale Ale.
04-19-2007 21:39:01 | More by Duster72
3.85/5 rDev +6.1%
Presentation: 12 oz short brown bottle with no freshness date.
Appearance: The shaded golden colour shows a good clarity, a healthy looking foamy head draws attention as it sticks to the glass.
Smell: Citrus and mild minty hops in the nose, light esters and pale malt character as well.
Taste & Mouthfeel: The semi-aggressive hop character brands a citric piney and almost minty bitter flavour from start to finish. Alcoholic esters are mild yet quite warming. The solid foundation of malt does not build any higher but holds together well. Finishes with a steely grain and raw hop bitterness.
Notes: This is the typical west coast IPA love it or hate. I for one love it and will come back to it for sure.
08-08-2003 02:16:34 | More by Jason
4.22/5 rDev +16.3%
A treat to try this one on tap at the Blind tiger NYC, poured, bronzed golden and cloudy, but a citrus nose. Crisp malt backbone, smooth and nicely rounded on the tongue. Hops appear quickly, with a nice grainyness and cirtus notes, nice long piney tastes on the palate. Finishes with a well balanced dance across the tongue. Nice IPA, wish we saw this on a regular basis in the NY area.
05-13-2004 02:01:23 | More by Billolick
2.93/5 rDev -19.3%
I am really of a fan of most of the 'west coast' IPAs, but I felt that this one fell a little short.
The appearance was OK. Poured a great light orange color with a small amount of white head. Smelled pretty good with a lot of that west coast citrus hops.
The taste is where it really went down in score. The great smell did not translate to the taste. Perhaps I had an older bottle and didn't realize it. The hops did not really come through as I expected. A little thin in the mouth feel.
Good to try it, but I don't think I'd seek this one out again as there are just too many great beers out there to enjoy.
09-17-2010 13:07:37 | More by kramerboy
2.63/5 rDev -27.5%
Maybe I missed something or got a bad batch, but this beer really did not do it for me. It pours a very light orange with a big white head. Aroma lacks the hops I would expect from an IPA. The taste is the same; missing the citrus hop bite, but leaving you with the pilsner-like taste. A good beer, but a bad IPA.
12-10-2008 22:35:04 | More by magictrokini
ACME California IPA from North Coast Brewing Co.
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