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ACME California IPA - North Coast Brewing Co.

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ACME California IPAACME California IPA

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1,096 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 1,096
Reviews: 541
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.67%
Wants: 20
Gots: 42 | 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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5/5  rDev +37.7%

Tpsauer, Dec 12, 2011
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5/5  rDev +37.7%

haddyhustle302, Dec 06, 2011
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5/5  rDev +37.7%

mrmhsmith, Dec 18, 2011
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5/5  rDev +37.7%

Zeke14, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of utah44
4.85/5  rDev +33.6%
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.

utah44, Jul 10, 2009
Photo of pmcadamis
4.75/5  rDev +30.9%
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.

pmcadamis, Oct 03, 2008
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4.75/5  rDev +30.9%

FLBEERGUY25, Feb 07, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +30.9%

HenriqueBrumano, Sep 17, 2014
Photo of erosier
4.68/5  rDev +28.9%
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.

erosier, Oct 04, 2007
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4.68/5  rDev +28.9%

Jturner5, Oct 02, 2014
Photo of Jordan
4.55/5  rDev +25.3%
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.

Jordan, May 07, 2002
Photo of billybob
4.53/5  rDev +24.8%
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.

billybob, Mar 20, 2008
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4.5/5  rDev +24%

Nage37, Jan 12, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +24%

Yehuda, Nov 12, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +24%

Steven1024, Sep 28, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +24%

ericwilson54, Dec 24, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +24%

addison1203, Apr 14, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +24%

Nofear048, May 19, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +24%

loupap, Mar 16, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +24%

Dapperticus, May 13, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +24%

ElizabethEleanor, May 17, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +24%

trexnoize, Feb 15, 2012
Photo of Seanibus
4.5/5  rDev +24%
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.

Seanibus, Feb 02, 2010
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4.5/5  rDev +24%

MaddDogg84, Dec 25, 2012
Photo of Mark
4.47/5  rDev +23.1%
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.

Mark, Nov 19, 2004
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ACME California IPA from North Coast Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 1,096 ratings.