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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
83
good

1,119 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 1,119
Reviews: 541
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.67%
Wants: 21
Gots: 48 | 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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Ratings: 1,119 | Reviews: 541 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

t0rin0, Dec 01, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

spycow, Apr 28, 2013
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Tony's Darts Away in Burbank, CA.

Pours a hazy gold with a foamy beige head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus zest, and herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest and herbal hop flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a nice balance of citrus and herbal hop aspects all around.

UCLABrewN84, Aug 11, 2014
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

djrn2, Dec 17, 2011
Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

zestar, Aug 01, 2014
Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +10.2%

nmann08, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of Texasfan549
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Texasfan549, Jun 13, 2012
Photo of GRG1313
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

GRG1313, Jun 09, 2014
Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

kjkinsey, Jun 05, 2012
Photo of brentk56
4.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy honey color with a fluffy head that sticks well and rings the pint glass with lace

Smell: Pineapple and grapefruit with some underlying caramel

Taste: Starts with a caramel flavor that is joined by some grassy elements at mid-palate; after the swallow the pineapple and pink grapefruit flavors kick in to make for a nice finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A very nice middle of the road IPA

brentk56, Aug 18, 2007
Photo of BEERchitect
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

BEERchitect, Jun 09, 2009
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a dark golden color ale with a huge foamy head with above standard retention. Aroma of citrus hops and sweet malt is well balance and very pleasant. Taste is sweeter then expected but very well balance by citrus hops and a medium bitter finish. Not the most extreme IPA but a very well balance example that I enjoyed more then expected.

Phyl21ca, Jun 05, 2006
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.13/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

BuckeyeNation, Jun 15, 2005
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

kylehay2004, Jun 19, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

jaydoc, Dec 22, 2013
Photo of mikesgroove
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Pint Glass

A - Poured a very clear amber with a decent sized frothy white head on top and a good two inches of lace. There was some nice streams of carbonation coming up from the bottom. Decent retention left behind some nice side glass lace.

S - Aroma was kinda light. Light floral hops dominating, but nothing really standing out or pungent about it. Seemed to be a bit weak here. Light grapefruit and pineapple with a bit of a grass like thrown in as well.

T - The flavor was decent, nothing really standig out here again. Lots of grapefruit like hop flavors, very sharp and crisp without the really sugary deep resin notes. Light grain and grass like finish to it.

M - Very light bodied with a good amount of carbonation. This was definitly one that was easy to drink and I had no issue really with the feel of it.

D - Very nice session ale, albeit somewhat bland and the profile was light enough that you could easily put down more then a few in a sitting.

Overall this was an ok IPA. Nothing really special here and I probably wouldnt pick one up again. Dont get me wrong there was nothing terrible about it, just to me seemed really to be about average. In a pinch not too bad but would not seek this one out for any real reason.

mikesgroove, Dec 24, 2007
Photo of Knapp85
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pretty good IPA here, It poured out as a golden yellow color with a white head on top that leaves a little lacing behind. The smell of the beer has a pretty good amount of hops on the nose along with some sweet malts to balance it out. The taste of the beer was pretty good, it had enough hops in there to classify it as an IPA and enough malts to give it a little sweetness. The mouthfeel was pretty light and refreshing. Overall this brew is pretty good for casual and social drinking for sure.

Knapp85, Oct 06, 2011
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3/5  rDev -17.4%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 15, 2011
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2.83/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Light copper-colored body with a small, foamy white head.

Smell: Faint lemony citrus aroma with lesser notes of apricots and pale malts.

Taste: Starts with a faint, remote sweetness then moves to a grapefruit twang. Finishes lightly bitter, lighty metallic.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Sharp carbonation.

Drinkability: Little malt, hop, or yeast character. Entirely underwhelming.

ChainGangGuy, Mar 02, 2007
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

SocalKicks, Jan 21, 2014
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 TMoney2591
3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Well, I didn't get the coyote treatment last time, so I'm gonna press my luck... This stuff pours a lightly-hazy brass-amber topped by a finger of cream-white foam. The nose comprises grass, light grapefruit zest, and rice cake. The taste brings in more of the same, along with a generous dose of orange rind and a soft backbone of toffee. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, a generally solid IPA, nothing overtly special, but an enjoyable enough option.

TMoney2591, Feb 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

JAHMUR, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of zeff80
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out an orange/amber color with a pillowy, off-white, 2+ finger head. Very nice lace.

S - It smelled of grasses and had floral notes.

T - It had a nice sweet flavor and maltiness. Good hop character and a hint of coriander or some citrus.

M - It was crisp and quite sharp. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a good IPA. Good blend of hops and malt. Plus some nice sweetness.

zeff80, May 11, 2007
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4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am not sure how ive missed this beer before, didn't even know it has existed honestly, but as a big fan of north coast, I was stoked to see it on the menu at a champagne bar called pops in downtown Chicago. it pours a dense brass color, perhaps faintly tinted reddish underneath, with a foamy white head that's quite dense, and about an inch tall. it smells like west coast ipa, that's for sure. much more oily than bitter, with some pine notes and a sappy sort of sweetness. the flavor agrees with the nose, but this beer has achieved remarkable balance. the pale and caramel malts do provide a touch of sweetness, but more than that they contribute a hearty, muffin-like density and texture to this brew, which in collaboration with generous pine hop additions, amounts to a lively, drinkable, and very enjoyable ipa. I would be happy to engage this one again, should I be fortunate enough to stumble upon it like I did last night. a real good brew.

StonedTrippin, Jul 09, 2013
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ACME California IPA from North Coast Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 1,119 ratings.