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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

1,050 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 1,050
Reviews: 539
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.67%
Wants: 16
Gots: 31 | 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.

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t0rin0

California

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

12-01-2012 13:52:46 | More by t0rin0
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djrn2

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +10.2%

12-17-2011 00:02:06 | More by djrn2
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2005 13:25:02 | More by BuckeyeNation
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brentk56

North Carolina

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

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2007 00:14:57 | More by brentk56
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +10.2%

11-28-2011 23:02:05 | More by nmann08
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2007 01:42:04 | More by mikesgroove
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2006 19:50:42 | More by Phyl21ca
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2009 14:17:54 | More by BEERchitect
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kjkinsey

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

06-05-2012 22:38:06 | More by kjkinsey
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2007 04:04:27 | More by ChainGangGuy
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Texasfan549

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

06-13-2012 17:11:45 | More by Texasfan549
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jaydoc

Kansas

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

12-22-2013 16:26:09 | More by jaydoc
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kylehay2004

Florida

4/5  rDev +10.2%

06-19-2013 02:16:46 | More by kylehay2004
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spycow

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

04-28-2013 21:59:39 | More by spycow
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oberon

North Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2005 22:47:07 | More by oberon
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GRG1313

California

3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

06-09-2014 18:43:03 | More by GRG1313
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2011 04:51:48 | More by Knapp85
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TMoney2591

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2013 07:31:40 | More by TMoney2591
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zeff80

Missouri

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2007 00:33:37 | More by zeff80
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

3/5  rDev -17.4%

11-15-2011 19:27:59 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +10.2%

11-20-2011 05:38:59 | More by JAHMUR
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2006 21:54:04 | More by NeroFiddled
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nickfl

Florida

3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - One and a half fingers of white head on top of a reddish-copper colored body with good clarity. The foam sticks around for a while before leaving thick rings of lace on the glass.

S - Toasty caramel malt with some mild pine hops and an odd note of licorice.

T - Dry toasted malt with just a bit of caramel thickness, followed by musty pine and cedar hops. Moderate, soapy bitterness kicks in towards the finish with more bready, toasted malt notes and a little fruity yeast. Some lingering notes of caramel and spicy, licorice hop notes.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - Pretty good, this could be sessonable if you are into it. The hop character is a bit musty and English in flavor for my taste and the bitterness is a bit harsh, but it is still a good, drinkable IPA.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2009 05:27:01 | More by nickfl
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clouded orange with a crème head that leaves a decent amount of lacing. Nose seemed like there more than a minor amount of alcohol there. Citrus and wood is there as well. The flavor exhibits much of the same qualities with a touch of salt on the side. Seems a bit bright and unbalanced. A bit too much citric oomph. Feel is okay, as is this beer overall IMO. A bit too bright and unbalanced, especially with so much else out there.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2008 16:15:06 | More by RblWthACoz
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2007 03:13:58 | More by TheManiacalOne
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ACME California IPA from North Coast Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 1,050 ratings.