ACME California IPA - North Coast Brewing Co.

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ACME California IPAACME California IPA

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BA SCORE
82
good

1,178 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 1,178
Reviews: 552
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 12.71%
Wants: 24
Gots: 76 | 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: 1,178 | Reviews: 552
Reviews by beerguy101:
Photo of beerguy101
3.2/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Medium gold color, medium head. A medium bodied IPA. Crisp and hoppy and slightly bitter. Typical of an IPA. Nice malt flavor. Malt sweetness is overbalanced by hop bitterness. Yet, the hoppyness is very fairly mild, not too bitter. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is crisp. Aftertaste is bitter. Very nice IPA.

More User Reviews:
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.13/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of BEERchitect
4.12/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of oberon
4.27/5  rDev +18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of RoyalT
4.15/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 it’s 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. It’s big with some good sweetness and offers a lot to the drinker/taster. Maybe it has crystal hops?

Photo of Dmann
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Photo of chOAKbarrell
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Todd
4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Beaver13
2.62/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of shapudding
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of bishopdc0
3.91/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Duster72
3.99/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Jason
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Billolick
4.2/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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 kramerboy
3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of magictrokini
2.63/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

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

Reviewed 04/02/09

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a 16oz pint glass. Firm pour yields an impressive inch of snow white head. Head has good staying power, and a spotty lace. Color is a nice clear yellow amber.

Nose- Lots of yeasty ques, with mild lemon citrus hop profile.

Palate- Smooth, somewhat sweet, with an almost pilsner quality to it. Moderately bitter quality to it. Bitterness creeps in slowly and builds. Pine and floral lemon rind really come through. Very nice

Mouthfeel- Crisp and clean, very active

Drinkability- Very good.

Photo of far333
3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazed light honey color with an off-white tightly bubbled head that sinks quickly, but leaves a fine cap atop the liquid, and a ring of lace rising up the sides of the glass. Aroma is low, but has notes of citrus and grassy hops, some ripe sweet fruit, honey, and lemon zest. Mouthfeel is full and creamy, leading to an initially bitter hop flavor, reminiscent of citrus peel shavings. Slight malt nuances of honey and fruit lay in the back, and a bitter pine flavor emerges in the finish. A good beer, but a little too much orange peel and pine for my tastes, and somewhat one-dimensional.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Great appearance, copper and ruby. Aroma, one of the old school ipa's that smells like a new school citrus hop buzz.

Taste, restrained malt, good hopping, Columbus and/or Centennial? Mouthfeel, what was apparent immediately, fades gently into the background. Very drinkable, while it fades, it doesn't morph into something you don't like. Good stuff.

Photo of ADR
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Medium sub amber color, good golden luminosity and clear in presentation. Pale head is medium bubbled, holds some bumps, and rises to just under 1/2 an inch in height. Nice lacing, some thin and complex spider web patterns stick to the far side of the glass. Nose is nicely hoppy but fairly straightforward, grapefruit pithiness with some unripe currant characteristics. The mouthfeel is adequate, the carbonation is a bit on the high side for me. A fairly solid biscuity malt is quickly overtaken by the hops, which are solid but not overwhelming. A clean but somewhat metallic close marks the end of the berrs flavor profile. Respectably solid, middle-of-the-road for west coast IPAs in many categories.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.08/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Advised to me by fellow BA...xlperro,

Appearance: Pours a pleasant true honey like golden with a nice fluffy vibrant white head, leaves great amount of speckled disparsed lacing. Aroma: Citrus tone hopping with hints of clove and some other herbal quality to be balanced by a nice sweet biscuit malt presence. Taste: Rich spritzy sugary sweetness upfront balanced by a haunting dose of bittering hops that morph throughout each sip of the brew, honey and biscuit tones blended with the hoppy earthy tones and citric piney characteristics each does their duty but in the end the word to describe this IPA is balance. Mouthfeel: Medium body smooth spritzy carbonation and a slighty chewy mouthfeel to it. Drinkability: Interesting brew glad I gave it a shot I could definitely enjoy this one I would love to see it on tap, maybe one day I will meet up with this brew at the North Coast taproom.

Photo of chinchill
3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz undated bottle served in a Samuel Smith becker.

pours a clear amber with a large off-white head. The head settles fairly quickly but leaves an exceptional coating on the glass. A small amount of sediment lines the bottom of the bottle.

A fine aroma of citrus hops with a touch of earthy and herbal elements. The herbal part is more prominent in tasting. The flavor is juicy but becomes more earthy by the aftertaste. Medium bitterness and hop flavor.

O: A good if not particularly distinguished IPA.

Photo of stereosforgeeks
3.62/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance — Hazy orange with fluffy head. Mild retention and awesome lacing.

Smell — Floral hops, grapefruit, caramel malts.

Taste — Grapefruit and the caramel malt starts the flavors but the hops quickly take over leaving a lasting bitterness.

Mouthfeel — Medium bodied. Adequate carbonation.

Drinkability — Nicely balanced IPA.

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ACME California IPA from North Coast Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 1,178 ratings.