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ACME California IPA - North Coast Brewing Co.

ACME California IPAACME California IPA

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983 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 983
Reviews: 533
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 12.33%

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.

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Photo of utah44


4.85/5  rDev +32.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass. Adequate head was produced and lingered awhile. Aroma was hoppy and wonderful. In fact, everything about this brew was wonderful. BA lists the ABV as 7.10%, but the label and the website state that the ABV is 6.5%. What's up with that? I would recommend this beer to those who enjoy hops that are adequate for IPA but not overpowering.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2009 23:52:52 | More by utah44
Photo of pmcadamis


4.75/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Hazy tangerine brew with a fat two finger head that ain't goin' anywheres anytime soon. Butt-loads of lace stick like crazy glue to the glass, and form solid crust that looks like it will be a bitch to wash off.

S - Round creamy malt notes provide a very mellow base for a smooth yeasty aroma with big hop notes and some winy grape accents. There is a vinegary saltiness off in the distance that give this a bit of a Mediterranean salty sea-air when you consider the little grape notes.

T - Sweet, mellow, creamy, and lusciously yeasty. That little hint of salt makes this extremely refreshing, and it tastes like it was brewed yesterday. This IPA shows PERFECT BALANCE. It's not enamel-strippingly bitter, although there is a big hop presence. And it's not overly sweet, although it is more sweet and creamy than most examples of the style. There is even a bit of coffee notes that are very stout-esque, as if someone poured a few drops of a smokes stout into my IPA. Amazing.

M - Medium bodied with luxuriantly silky carbonation and a fresh hoppy dryness at the midpalate. This reverts back to sweetness at the swallow, before drying up again gradually over the next two minutes. The aftertaste is gloriously hoppy and yeasty.

D - Outstanding. I'm blown away by this one. This may be one of the most drinkable beers I've ever encountered.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2008 17:09:49 | More by pmcadamis
Photo of erosier


4.68/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is possibly one of the best IPAs in the country. It pours a a very nice amber/orange color with a nice full bodied very hoppy smelling head. The hoppy aroma tells you this beer is no enemy of flavor and it certainly delivers. Crisp, clean, bitter hop taste yet refreshing and leaving you craving more. If you get the chance, you need to try this beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2007 04:38:10 | More by erosier
Photo of Jordan


4.55/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Splendid, rich bouquet of floral hops, very aromatic. Too overfiltered for my liking, but this doesn't seem to effect the potency all that much. This IPA will kick you in the pants. Medium-heavy body. Very well crafted, great flavor, excellent IPA.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2002 17:44:55 | More by Jordan
Photo of billybob


4.53/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a golden orange in color with a beige three finger head with a easy pour that settles rocky cap on top of the beer with lots of lace and chunks of foam on the sides of the glass.

aromas are floral and fruity.

taste is biscuity malt with hints of chocolate and citrus and nicely hopped.

medium body and carbonation is very good.

pleasantly surprised with this beer its a little different in taste from your standard ipa but just as good in every way.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2008 00:21:31 | More by billybob
Photo of Seanibus


4.5/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorites.

Pours a cheery clear golden with a big, jolly white head. The smell is sweet and citrusy. The flavor is flowery, with a little pine and lots of pale malt character, some breadiness, almost feels like there might be a small hit of wheat. The mouthfeel is thin but very sharply carbonated.

This isn't a complicated beer, but it is a happy beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2010 23:44:33 | More by Seanibus
Photo of Mark


4.47/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A decent beer from a brewery that is gaining a lot of respect from yours truly. this offering is a bit paler than other IPA'S. I find it quite comparable to Anchor Liberty in taste and appearance for that matter. not a bad beer to be compared too. The Acme name was purchased by north Coast and they produce a few beers under that name. Lightish amber with a nice head that retains wee, good lace. Despite the moniker of California IPA, it is not agressively hopped. Still very drinkable and refreshing when not in the mood for a hop monster. The last few bottles I have had of this fine underrated beer have been better in a few areas. First the lacing is vastly improved being vast. One time it's in solid sheets, the next in beautiful rings. Hoppiness seems a bit ramped up. Easily one of if not my favorite "mellow" IPA's.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2004 03:59:52 | More by Mark
Photo of 454onbeerss


4.43/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a great IPA in my opinion. Very tasty, easy to drink and fairly affordably priced for a great craft beer. The first one I had was courtesy of the wobbly mailman after a 10 mile or so trek through the woods! It seemed to fend of the diddlers so it must be a stong manly brew. I'm gonna go crack one right now! enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2008 03:07:25 | More by 454onbeerss
Photo of jeremyd365


4.43/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poors a medium-high bodied copper with a decent head on it. The hops waft up from this baby high avove the glass--mmm! It's slightly bitter and citrusy on the palate and just taste mostly of pure hops, perhaps with some caramel. The hops are pleasingly bitter on the back of the throat and it's full flavor hits you. Although heavy it's still a very drinkible beer, and a superb IPA. Would definitely get it again.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2008 22:45:18 | More by jeremyd365
Photo of TripelJ


4.4/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Now Quaffing: ACME California IPA

Pours a nice clear golden-yellow with a thick cloud of a head. This beer smells so good I'm considering replacing my current cologne selection. Sweet, floral, hoppy delightfulness with a touch of pine entices the olfactory system into taking a sip from one of the best IPAs I've had to date. Taste is surprising. I was expecting a horribly imbalanced and extra-hopped concoction of bitterness--what I got instead was a lesson alchemy. Initially sweet turns suddenly bitter with an amazingly smooth hop profile that gets a little piney at times. Overall it is incredibly smooth, and definitely hides the ABV very well. A great example of an IPA that is both big and balanced.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2003 03:03:45 | More by TripelJ
Photo of oelergud


4.4/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy orange and brown unusual color. White uneven clumpy head with great retention and clumpy lace.
Fresh hoppy scent with a very faint pine note and good balance.
Crisp hop flavor, very invigorating and delicious. Malts come through briefly just before the aftertaste kicks in with a nice resin rush which has great length.
Good mouthfeel, full body and viscous, some coating and just abit dry finish. Very drinkable, this may be a newly found gem among the multitude of micro breweries.


Serving type: bottle

04-07-2007 21:59:28 | More by oelergud
Photo of chicagoabbot


4.4/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz into a snifter...bright body with a lacy white head, very appropriate for the style. Bitter hops in the nose, but very well-balanced. Not a huge-hoppy IPA, but clean. Taste has the hops at the front with a clean solid and balanced malt backbone. Excellent mouthfeel. Recommended, I really like this beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2011 07:44:52 | More by chicagoabbot
Photo of mjstacker

New Hampshire

4.39/5  rDev +20.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2013 22:57:49 | More by mjstacker
Photo of Gavage

New Jersey

4.38/5  rDev +20%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly cloudy gold / orange color. A thick bubbly and foamy head was present for most of the drink. The aroma was good showing some floral, sweet, and citrus tones. The taste was even better, as the sweet malt and hops were nicely balanced, and some citrus tones were present. Mellow on the mouthfeel, but also crisp. The bitterness lasted very long after swallowing. I was surprised at how good this was.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2003 04:00:18 | More by Gavage
Photo of GClarkage


4.38/5  rDev +20%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

06/08/05- Purchased at Whole Foods in Redwood City, CA

Presentation- 12oz undated bottle poured into my Moose Drool pint glass.

Appearance- Darker golden pour with a small 1/2 inch head that evaporates soon after. Leaves nice lacing behind though.

Smell- Touch of pine and woodsy notes. A slight bit fruity, but mainly that outdoorsy forest smell.

Taste- Good mixture of malt and hops. One of the more bitter pine hops I have tasted which balances out well with the amount of malt. A bit of citrus in the finish, but primarily pine hops flavor.

Mouthfeel- Average carbonation, smooth drinking IPA.

Drinkability- One of the upper eschelon of IPA's. Nicely balanced and tasty.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2005 23:01:12 | More by GClarkage
Photo of NeroFiddled


4.38/5  rDev +20%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Solid. A perfectly balanced, sharp triangle of hops, yeast, and bitterness with malt at the center.

It pours a hazy deep golden/amber body beneath a frothy head of bright white that holds exceptionally well and leaves some really nice, thin rings of lace about the glass.

The nose expresses sharply citrusy, piney, and grassy hops over a caramel tinged, biscuity maltiness.

The natural, bottle-conditioned carbonation leaves its medium body gently zesty across the palate.

The flavor delivers all of the promised citrusy (grapefruit, pineapple) and piney hops, along with some more juicy, yeasty fruitiness (apple, red berry, papaya) and a touch more toffee in the malt. It's well balanced by a solid springboard of bitterness that allows the malt and hop to toss and tumble without ever getting out of line; and the grassy and juicy citrus flavors linger long into the aftertaste.

Really nicely done! Full flavored and satiating.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2006 21:54:04 | More by NeroFiddled
Photo of GoodBeerTire


4.38/5  rDev +20%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured a light amber with a 1 finger head. Light lacing.

S - Hopsy, but not too overpowering. Clean & more pine than citrus.

T - The start is a nice hoppiness which immediately gives up to a sweet caramel malt. This is not a complex ale. It is simple, mellow, and very enjoyable.

M - Nice and creamy. A very nice amount of carbonation. Hops holds onto the tongue after the malt melts away. Not a lot of heat, but it does not have a high ABV.

D - After the first, had to have a second.

This is a nice, simple, mellow IPA which I will buy again.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2009 22:10:50 | More by GoodBeerTire
Photo of Durge


4.38/5  rDev +20%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Found this on tap at My Place in Newtown, CT. Poured cool into a pint glass, this shows a clear light amber color with a nice white top and solid lacing. The aroma is a mild citrus hop bread, clean and pleasant. The flavor brings a very nice tart citrus hop with a slight malt kiss. Simple and oh so satisfying. Medium bodied and a sumptuous cover for the tongue. Hugely drinkable. Just wonderful with spritely carbonation. This gets high praise.

Serving type: on-tap

03-03-2010 04:53:37 | More by Durge
Photo of RonaldTheriot


4.38/5  rDev +20%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Acme California IPA has a thick, creamy, off-white head and a cloudy, golden-orange appearance. The aroma is of hops, citrus, barley- a wonderful blend. Taste is a fantastic balance of barley, bursting and bitter hops, bread, earthiness, and citrus. Mouth-feel is medium, and the ale finishes quite satisfying and refreshing. I loved this beer and would absolutely have it again and recommend it to others!


Serving type: bottle

09-24-2010 21:58:46 | More by RonaldTheriot
Photo of dickroop


4.38/5  rDev +20%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The bottle boasts an interesting red label, which claims the brew to be "profoundly hoppy" and has a Marilyn Monroe-style blong swinging airily across the front. Brew is goden, light amber (not quite blonde), with a 1-finger beige foamy head that persists surprisingly. Nice fine-bubbly carbonation is evident.

Aroma is nuanced, faint, but complex hops, slightly floral and fruity, with early undertones. Taste provides a burst of great flavor, a combination of toasted malt and piney hops with peppery notes. Beautifully balanced, intense hoppy finish. After the initial hop blast, a sort of sweet, blue bounce-back flavor comes that slides down the tongue, like when you stare at an intense bright image, then look away and in you mind you see the negative counter-image branded on your sight.

For mouthfeel, this beer has light-to-medium body and slight astringency. 6.9% ABV is well hidden, no alcohol evident. I think this beer is highly drinkable. Heavy hopping sort of ruins the palate, but I'm a hop-head, so this is what I want - no complaints. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2012 16:17:44 | More by dickroop
Photo of Phatz


4.35/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to SwillBilly for giving me this terrifically tasty IPA.

Appearance: Pours a gorgeous rich orange gold color with loads of lacing just plastered to walls of my pint glass.

Smell: The smell of caramel and mangos with pineapples and a drop of pine, sit in a biscuity bread bowl and taunt the taste buds.

Taste: A lively citrus tingle prances on the palate with flavors of tangerines a bit of honey then some pine and then some yeast and malt balance with a decent bready malt backbone. Nothing about this beer is extreme it is simple a beautiful display of what a balanced but hoppy IPA can be.

Mouthfeel: It has a smooth and mellow feel along with that zesty hop tingle just keep the beer interesting and pleasant beginning to end.

Drinkability the feature of this beer is its irresistibility; "Once you pop you can't stop" =) it is so tasty and pleasant in the mouth (even the burps taste good) that the beer just disappears before you had time to figure out what it is you like so much about it.
I am going to need to figure out where I can actually buy some of this.
Thanks again SwillBilly.

Hope this is helpful.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2006 06:37:37 | More by Phatz
Photo of MarkSCCOT

South Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle received in trade from my fellow Charlestonian BA Infomercial into a pint glass.

A. Poured a clear yellow color with a classic looking head. Leaves a decent lacing.

S. Great balanced smell. Citrusy, piney hops with an after smell of malty biscuity yeast.

T. Very typically West Coast hops ala SN with a pretty balanced but available malt background.

M. Very smooth an drinkable. This IPA deserves a much higher score. Definitely a smooth and available IPA. An everyday staple.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2007 01:03:37 | More by MarkSCCOT
Photo of Greenlabel

New Hampshire

4.33/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Although IPA is my favorite style, I haven't had a lot of the West Coast brands. Thus, I was very pleased to see that the Acme version is now available in Mass. If this is indicative of West Coast IPA"s, I'm a big fan of them. Seems like a hoppier Sierra Nevada Pale Ale but not so hoppy it wouldn't make a great session beer , a comment which I wouldn't make about some IPA's. I was a bit surprised by the light golden color and lack of aftertaste but not by the overall flavor. At $8.99 a 6-pack, this is a pricey item here in the northeast but I'll be back for more

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2003 21:18:43 | More by Greenlabel
Photo of schusterbauer


4.33/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

very hazy and pale with a tint of light orange and a creamy head. soft aromas of melon, cold pizza crust, and freshly picked green herbs. the taste puts me in the mind of a light breakfast -- hearty whole grain wheat toast served with fresh marmalade, grapefruit, orange juice. rich and full-bodied in the mouth. citric and toasty on the finish, and very dry. as forward as the flavors are, there is something very contained and refined about this that i like. there are plenty of american pale ales (not IPAs) that are hoppier than this. easy to drink. beer for outdoors.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2007 01:46:06 | More by schusterbauer
Photo of TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

4.33/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color with a medium white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is full of fruity citrus and caramelized malt, with a good compliment of hops.

T: The taste is much hoppier than the smell leads you to expect. The grassy hops presence hits hard which is exactly what you want from this type of beer. Flavors of sweet citrus and caramelized malt come in and create a very good balance. The after-taste strong with hops bitterness.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, clean and dry finish.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not very filling, good kick, very good representation of style, this is a very nice IPA and has all the right qualities to make it a beer that you can drink for a whole evening.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2007 03:13:58 | More by TheManiacalOne
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ACME California IPA from North Coast Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 983 ratings.