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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

1,084 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 1,084
Reviews: 540
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.67%
Wants: 16
Gots: 39 | 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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Photo of jeremyd365
4.43/5  rDev +22%
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.

jeremyd365, Jul 12, 2008
Photo of chicagoabbot
4.4/5  rDev +21.2%
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.

chicagoabbot, Aug 06, 2011
Photo of oelergud
4.4/5  rDev +21.2%
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.

-Oelergud

oelergud, Apr 07, 2007
Photo of TripelJ
4.4/5  rDev +21.2%
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.

TripelJ, Oct 29, 2003
Photo of mjstacker
4.39/5  rDev +20.9%
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.

mjstacker, Dec 07, 2013
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.38/5  rDev +20.7%
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.

NeroFiddled, Sep 05, 2006
Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.38/5  rDev +20.7%
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!

RJT

RonaldTheriot, Sep 24, 2010
Photo of Gavage
4.38/5  rDev +20.7%
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.

Gavage, Nov 08, 2003
Photo of GClarkage
4.38/5  rDev +20.7%
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.

GClarkage, Jun 09, 2005
Photo of Durge
4.38/5  rDev +20.7%
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.

Durge, Mar 03, 2010
Photo of dickroop
4.38/5  rDev +20.7%
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.

dickroop, Mar 17, 2012
Photo of GoodBeerTire
4.38/5  rDev +20.7%
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.

GoodBeerTire, Jul 11, 2009
Photo of Phatz
4.35/5  rDev +19.8%
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.
Cheers!

Phatz, Oct 24, 2006
Photo of MarkSCCOT
4.35/5  rDev +19.8%
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.

MarkSCCOT, Oct 23, 2007
Photo of schusterbauer
4.33/5  rDev +19.3%
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.

schusterbauer, Apr 08, 2007
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.33/5  rDev +19.3%
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.

TheManiacalOne, Jun 14, 2007
Photo of sholland119
4.33/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at The Drafting Room, Exton.

A-A clear apricot/golden color with a thin white head. A little lacing.

S-Sweet malt in the front, citric hops in the background.

T-Malty sweet in the front followed by crisp grapefruit hops in the finish.

M-Crisp, medium bodied with light lingering hop bitterness.

D-Very drinkable. Good balance and tasty.

HV

sholland119, Apr 14, 2009
Photo of 1fastz28
4.33/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazey orange color with lots of carbonation and a thick frothy head, pretty, while the foam is normal for an IPA, it seems very hazey, almost as hazey as a hefe. smells alot like a skunky european pilsner, but with hops thrown into it. when it first hits the tongue it is very spicy, almost attacks the tastebuds, but then warms the entire mouth with its spicy hop wonderfulness, very good beer, shame i can't find it anywhere around me. i picked this one up in indianapolis.

1fastz28, Aug 04, 2007
Photo of Greenlabel
4.33/5  rDev +19.3%
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

Greenlabel, Apr 28, 2003
Photo of Arithmeticus
4.33/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured chilled in ale glass

A: classic IPA-style golden yellow; thin head; little carbonation; great lacing
S: very malty, little hop aroma
T: very highly hopped; nicely spiced; malt base in the background; intense flavor--all IPA
M: buzzes on the tongue; creamy

Arithmeticus, Oct 10, 2011
Photo of oberon
4.3/5  rDev +18.5%
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.

oberon, Nov 17, 2005
Photo of becktone
4.3/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From notes 10-18-08

Eye: Hazy tangerine in color. Head is thick and pillowy, creamy...kinda like a whipped topping...but not. All I can say about it is that it looks really appetizing, very sexy. Great head retention and formation, the head is thick, I mean thick....it has sustenance, not just a buch of bubbles collected together, more like a living breathing thing...like a symbiote living off of the beer. Reminds me of meringue but not as thick, less air tight. Nice lacing too.

Nose: Sweet malt aroma fills the room as it is poured. Citrus and grapefruit notes from the hops. Unlike all other Northcoast brews I've had, this one hides the "house yeast" aroma that I always get...prolly the hops hiding it. Also a woody aroma in here, cedar chiefly. Malt supports the hops, but really only comes through as that-support. Nice IPA. Finally got that Norhtcoast house aroma, along with some grainy notes.

Tongue: Grassy notes, citrus, and then a nice pleasant bitterness are all key players in this beer, and all make it a very nice IPA. Nice floral notes from the hops as well. I think that this one covers just about every flavor and sensation you can get from hops. I'm really quite surprised at this one, I think this is the first time I've noticed, or tasted, hop complexity and been able to treat it like malt complexity. There seems to be alot going on in here with the hops, mixes to create different flavors to come forth. Fruity notes from fermentation are also present. Grainy malt notes come through as well. Sweetness from malt is here as well...when it first hits the palate, right on the tip of the tongue. Then it is overcome by hop flavor that steals the attention. This is a really nice IPA.

Mouthfeel and Drinkabilty: Grassy semi-dry finish on this beer. Its not really all that dry, but the hops and the bitterness and grassy flavors they give at the end make it feel so. Body is medium-full here. Carbonation is just right, it doesn't interfere with the flavors that are going on here....just enought to tell you that this is a carbonated beverage and it helps to scrub the palate and bring forth all the other hop flavors that are in here. This is one that I'll be buying again. It is an easy drinker and is now on my list of great IPAs that I can get my hands on.

becktone, Nov 09, 2008
Photo of tavernjef
4.28/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Musty clouded peachy yellow color, steady bubbles within, a very appetizing appearance to it, with a fine off-white medium sized froth that sits a good while before settling to a solid skim. Lacing sticks in some ink blobby sheeting.

Aroma is of a nice hop medley of woody, citrus mint, sweetly resinous with a nice pale malt of stale crisp bread.

Flavors are good in both the hop profile and malt backing, hops are slightly popping with a good zip of citrus, but maintains a mild front, more eager as it rides through to the finish where it gets a nice complex woody hop and bitterness clinging onto a very crisp pale malting. It takes awhile for the finish to render its full potential, but if your patient it makes a very welcome bite and squeeze of hops. Nice left over citrus pith and sourness brings an almost ghostly finish very late. Nice, quite nice. If it weren't for a mediocre start this would get a better number in the taste dept, but where it lacks in the front well makes up for it in the finish.

Feel is just right for an IPA, frothy yet slick and calming with a creamy front, gains an excellent hopping in the finish of bittering bite and dryness all maintained in a well balanced nearly full body. Well balanced throughout with a slight sweet front, malt stays firm yet crispy adding a grainier build towards the finish where the hops get fun and helps add a nice bite late.

This was gone in no time. Super drinkable and an outstandingly handled IPA. The west coast, or in this case, North Coast, has a yummy little drinker here. Solid offering!

tavernjef, Jan 19, 2005
Photo of RDW
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

RDW, Jun 07, 2012
Photo of Dwtucker90
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

Dwtucker90, Feb 22, 2013
ACME California IPA from North Coast Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 1,084 ratings.