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ACME California IPA - North Coast Brewing Co.

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ACME California IPAACME California IPA

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1,158 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,158
Reviews: 545
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 12.71%
Wants: 23
Gots: 58 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
North Coast Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-08-2000

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.27/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass after work.

A- ACME has a light orange tangerine like color which is nice looking, but with a stealth pour I mustered very little head, not even a cap, just some faint twirls of white stuff on top, no stick. This smells very weak. I know it's a single IPA, but the hops don't really make a dent in the nose, come to think of it neither does the sweet malt. Get some caramel, that's about it. Tastes include uninspired hop additions, brewers tears with no blood but possibly some sweat. In short, there really is not much to add on the taste category. Feel is less than medium, kinda dead, slight carb, no bitter. This IPA for sure came from ACME because it is in the C-squad.

Photo of ejimhof
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a light copper color. It has a pinky finger head that leaves a medium amount of lacing. A good dose of malt comes through in the nose - this is almost more APA compared to the rest of California's IPAs. The hops come through a bit more in the taste, but again more subtle than expected.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.86/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

ACME California IPA
North Coast Brewing Co.
Style: American IPA
ABV: 6.50 %

LOOK: 12 oz stubby bottle. Pours a pale orange color with a large pillowy foam and plenty of lace work down the glass. Decent clarity.

SMELL: Orange blossom, pine, resin, caramel and bread aromas. All are signs of a solid American style IPA.

TASTE/FEEL: Pine and citrus upfront with a strong bitterness. Pale malt backing does little to soothe the onslaught of hop flavor. Oily and resinous but still manages to be crisp. Very hop forward but not a bad thing as the flavor is very good.

OVERALL: This is a nice rendition of an American IPA. Plenty of hop character, simple malt backing and easy drinking. Went along just fine with a BBQ Bacon Burger dressed with onion straws.

Photo of tdm168
3.41/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark, hazy orange with a quarter of an inch of soft, foamy, white head that has great retention. The nose is extremely faint; light bread, light citrus. The flavor is lightly malty with a big fruity, sweet, citrusy hop character. The hops give notes of mango, grapefruit, lemon, and orange. There is a very faint bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, smooth, but a little heavily carbonated.

This is a solid beer. It's drinkable and enjoyable, but it isn't outstanding in anyway. The flavor is a little fruity and sweet for my liking and the malt character is also a bit subdued. I would however have it again if offered.

Photo of brandoman63
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Zorro
4.17/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear orange colored ale with no real head formation. We should probably start calling this color "IPA Orange" by now.

Smell is all strong and aggressive American C type hops. Strong aromas of eucalyptus, orange, mint and pine. Malts contribution is sweet and honey like.

Taste is strongly of hops at the start, mostly bitter oranges and wood. Strong hops and is what the West Coast IPA is all about and this beer certainly delivers on that. Mostly the first flavors remain as you drink this but in the end the flavor of strong tea joins the rest of the flavors. Pleasant bitter after taste that carries the flavor of orange zest.

Mouthfeel is good.

Drinkability is completely subjective based on your tolerance for hops. Super hoppy beer that just isn't for a non-hophead.

Photo of jdhilt
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Decent IPA without the hoppy after taste.

Photo of BillRoth
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of dmorgan310
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of sendbeer
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of plaid75
2.68/5  rDev -26%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer poured a very nice copper hue with a soapy one finger head. There was no head retention and minimal lacing.

The smell of the beer was uneventful. A very faint hop aroma and with hints of grass.

The taste was equally flat. No real hop characteristic. However, the ale was extremely dry and crisp. Quite refreshing and light.

The mouthfeel was average. Not what I would expect from an IPA, but average and clean nonetheless.

A good drinkable beer as long as you are not expecting a hop wallop.

Overall, not a model example of the style.

Photo of PEIhop
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of beerthulhu
3.37/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a nice bright but hazy tangerine orange with a thin off white head.

S: Light oranges and citrus on nose. Nice creamy caramel palate and flavor with a great citrus hop bite.

F: Malty and citrusy with an oily mouthful and texture. Leaves a dry bitter orange in the finish and a malty coating on tongue. A decent session ipa, not as hoppy as one would expect.

M: moderate mouthful, some liveliness from carbonation

D: Would drink two or three but probably get bored with it after that. Overall a good ipa with moderate drinkability.

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.31/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a tumbler pint, the beer is a bright, vibrant, copper-yellow coloring with a thin, white, filmy coating. Aromas of bright, citrus blending with a hoppy and roasted caramel overtone. Flavors are extremely tart and peppery, with a sharpness due to the lighter body and the increased carbonation. Roasty toasty backbone with a slightly tangy and syrupy sweet highlight throughout, and peppery and dark hops overshadowing everything. The aftertaste is mostly tang, with sharpness cleaning the palate for a quick, mostly clean finish.

Photo of Boone757
4.15/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of johnnnniee
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Firefly, served a bit cold in a shaker pint.
Pours a deep copper with a thinnish white head that sticks around for a bit. Smells of pine and earth with a bit of a biscuit and caramel backbone. Taste is what you would expect from the nose. Bready and caramel up front with enough earth and pine to remind you there are hops in there. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a slick resinous mouthfeel. Decent IPA, nothing exception here, but nothing objectionable either.

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.56/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz purchased at the Boise Coop for about $1.40... enjoyed from shaker pint... still listening to Nick Warren's Shanghai mix.

Big fluffy head that towers more than a half inch out of the pint.. pretty white color that leaves lace all the way down the glass... hop hazed deep golden liquid.

Hop aroma is dominated by citrus with some spring flowers mixed in... pineapple and green apples also in there... malt is aroma is there but hard to pick apart because of all the hops.

bracing bitterness... the flavor is again all about the hops... more citrus than the aroma... toffee malts are low but there... yeasty fruitiness is all over the mid palate... juicy. low medium viscosity with a sorta fizziness to it... burpy.

I seem to be on an above average kinda IPA night... this brew is good, and I buy it quite a bit... but I would tone down the carbonation half a notch.. maybe up the body the same... none the less... a pretty good but not stellar example of the style.

Photo of Derek
4.23/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Bronze with a white head, good retention and amazing lace.

S: Great hop aroma... citrus rind, pine and a little grassy.

T: Hop flavour echoes the aroma, with plenty of bitterness and some underlying grainy biscuit.

M: Moderate body has a hint of hop acidity a slightly drying finish.

D: A good drinker. This is a solid west coast IPA that's really well-crafted. Great to have it fresh at the brewpub.

Photo of Bighuge
4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A hazy, darker shade of golden brew. Small, fluffy white head sits on top. Lace is nice, with rings marking my glass incrementally all the way down. Mix of floral and citrusy hops on the nose with a biscuity malt backing. This IPA tastes pretty good, but in a real subtle sort of way. Lemon poundcake, orange rind, hop resin all come into play...in an intricate way. Nothing over the top here, but it's good in its delicacy. Malts are based in toffee and biscuit. And the drinkability is really nice. This would make for a good "keep in the fridge at all times" kind of IPA. Not top of the line, but quite the easy and tasty drinker.

Photo of beertunes
3.12/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a light orangeish-gold color with just a thin cap of off-white head that had low retention and lacing.

The aroma had some nice pine and floral notes, with a hint of citrus at the back,and just a touch of malt sweetness. On the tongue the citrus aspects were a bit more noticeable and the malt was just apparent, otherwise it was like the aroma, mostly pine and floral hops.

The body was fairly typical for the style. Drinkability was a touch better than average, due to the fact that this isn't a tongue burner of an IPA.

Overall, a solid, average IPA. I wanted to like it more because I'm a big fan of the brewery, but while this isn't bad, it's nothing special either. Worth trying if you see it.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Great appearance, copper and ruby. Aroma, one of the old school ipa's that smells like a new school citrus hop buzz.

Taste, restrained malt, good hopping, Columbus and/or Centennial? Mouthfeel, what was apparent immediately, fades gently into the background. Very drinkable, while it fades, it doesn't morph into something you don't like. Good stuff.

Photo of IPAchris
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pour is copper with a surprisingly light-colored (white) head. The dissipation is slow and leaves fantastic lacings.

S: This is very American in smell; floral as well as bitter hops are very American; citric and piney notes; pineapple and grapefruit. Caramell malt, with some sweetness gives it a bready backbone.

T: After the nose; no surprises. Pine and citrus dominates but doesn't overpower the caramell malt.

M: Nice feel: medium carbonation and body - smooth. Aftertaste holds a pine-like bitterness (if that is possible) and stays for some time.

O: Obviously a west-coaster. Nice (very nice), but it doesn't stand out from other great west-coasters.

Photo of ZEB89
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

ACME California IPA from North Coast Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 1,158 ratings.