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ACME California IPA - North Coast Brewing Co.

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ACME California IPAACME California IPA

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550 Reviews
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Reviews: 550
Hads: 1,206
Avg: 3.66
pDev: 18.58%
Wants: 30
Gots: 87 | FT: 0
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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-08-2000

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Photo of wordemupg
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

355ml bottle poured into pint glass may4 2010

A a hazy golden with lots of carbonation but no retention on a thumbs width of head and no lace

S some mellow hops with a little toffee and I pick up on some faint honey of all things

T a little more action here with some bread, earthy hops and a some more caramel and toffee with some citrus

M nice and thick with almost a syrupy feel and it has just enough carbonation, a high point for this beer

D a well rounded beer that I enjoyed, I was expecting a little more of a hop bomb but decent nonetheless

I'd drink this again with out doubt and hopefully I will one day. I can get North Coast beers in Alberta but I don't think this is one of them. Thank you Moniker for sending this one my way

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Photo of Bighuge
4.1/5  rDev +12%
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.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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Photo of dgilks
3.2/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear dark amber colour with a small off-white head. Poor to fair head retention.

Mild to moderate citrus hop aroma. A bit muddled. Nothing special but fair enough for an IPA.

I don't like it that much. The bitterness is there but it isn't backed up with hop flavour or malt. This needs one of those two to balance it out a little bit. There's a touch of citrussy hop flavour but I get a dominant hop bitterness which is quite harsh. It slowly builds a little more hop flavour but the overall picture isn't pretty.

Medium-light body with moderately-high carbonation. Fine.

On the whole this IPA fails to live up to expectations. It lacks vibrancy and the bitterness while acceptable for an IPA lacks the balance of either malt or hop flavour.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.46/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a translucent medium copper with some awesome bubbling and a thick doughy head. Leaves thick spongey lacing. The aroma hash a crisp,almost metallic hop twang in the nose. Offers a light to medium citrus nose wit some spiced biscuit and honey malts. The taste starts very faintly sweet, then a blast of blast of faintly metallic hops with some clean lemon zest notes and a resiny palate in the middle and finish of the palate. The finish brings some light honey and toasted white bread.

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Photo of Brad007
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light copper color with a two-finger head that fades to leave lacing on the edges of the glass.

Aroma is full of grassy hops with just a hint of buttery malt underneath. I'm not feeling an American IPA here.

Taste is full of grassy, slightly citrus hops followed by a hint of buttery malt. Pretty standard. Nothing harsh.

Mouthfeel has only a slight hint of hops and malt. Nothing really impressive.

Maybe my expectations were too high. Regardless, this is still a drinkable example of the style. It's just not what I was expecting.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours amber gold with a slight haze that gradually clears as it warms. A clingy 3” white foam collar perches on top
S: Grainy nose with traces of fresh grass and pine.
T: Apricot to peach supported by melon over light biscuit.
F: Medium body and carbonation, creamy.
O: Full flavored, easy to drink IPA.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.46/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz Bottle

Appearance - The beer pours a hazy amber colour with a large frothy off white head. I can't make out much carbonation due to the haziness and there is a fair amount of lacing. The head lasted for quite a while before it started to dissipate.

Smell - a grassiness, breads/grains, pale malts, light hops, citrus zest

Taste & Mouth - The beer has a above average amount of carbonation and the beer feels very light and fluffy on the tongue. The most noticeable flavours are citrus zest and a honey dew melon sweetness. There is a pale malt taste mixed with floral notes and very light hops. The beer finishes with a citrus zest aftertaste.

Drink - probably a good beer for someone looking for an introduction to hoppy IPA's. Not a whole lot of hop flavour punch, but a nice session beer for sure.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Found this at the Carnivores mix and match cooler during 3 dollar anything night.

A - Pours a murky amber with a half inch of bubbly head. Slight sticking of lacing.

S - Very nice in fact I get some solid pine and citrus from this one.

T - Wow this one was pretty bitter. Aggressive pine hits the palate with little to no balance at first. As you work your way through it does start balancing with the malt but comes off kind of bland. I remember calling this "dirty hop water"

M - Pretty light to medium it drinks rather easy.

Overall a very cool find since it wasn't anywhere else even D's Six packs. Still with an aggressive pine taste and lackluster balance this is a pretty average IPA.

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Photo of glid02
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up at the Liquor Loft in Tallahassee.

Pours a clear gold color with a rocky two-finger head. The head recedes slowly into a patchy layer on top leaving sticky lacing on the edge of the glass.

Smells of citrus and pine hops up front, but the pine aroma soon fades and the citrus aroma attenuates, leaving light grapefruit, pale malt, and bitter aromas.

Tastes similar to how it smells, if a bit less intense. Husky pale malt flavors are joined by mild hints of grapefruit before ending with a solid amount of bitterness. It's not very complex or flavorful, but I'm a fan of it's simplicity.

Mouthfeel is a bit on the thin side, with less than stellar carbonation, though I did get a bit overzealous with the pour.

Drinkability is good. As I said before, it's not spectacular, but it's a simple beer that's well done. The alcohol is not noticeable and I could have a few of these.

Overall this is a solid contribution to the world of IPA's from North Coast, although it's lacking a few things to make it really good. Still, it's worth a shot.

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Photo of Gusler
3.72/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer after it’s emancipation from the 12-ounce stubby brown bottle with the new label pours a somewhat hazy golden amber color with a pleasing bright white modest in size creamy head, and after its erosion, the lace forms a tight concealing sheet upon the glass. Nice hint of hops at the front, sweet malt at the back and a fresh crispness though out, start is lightly sweet with a decent grain presence and the top, light to moderate in feel. Finish has a distinct acidity, the hops forthright in their spiciness, very dry lingering aftertaste, as with all their brews, delightful to drink, and would make a fine session beer.

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Photo of avalon07
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: When poured from a bottle to a pint glass, this beer had an amber color and fairly cloudy texture. Not a huge amount of head or lacing.

S: Had an aroma mainly of hops, but there were faint traces of malt.

T: The hops overwhelm the flavor, but that's not to say there are that many other elements. Not bad tasting, but kind of underwhelming.

M: There was a middle-of-the-road carbonation level and a smooth finish. This is a medium-bodied beer.

D: This isn't necessarily a bad beer, but it doesn't necessarily impress. There are other IPAs I would go for first (Bear Republic, for one).

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Photo of barczar
3.38/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear copper orange color with a solid one finger cream head that dissipates fairly quickly, leaving no lacing.

Aroma is heavily dominated by bready caramel malt, which is accented by a hint of citrus hop, finishing slightly floral.

Flavor reveals a bit more underlying citrus hop, resting on a bready malt backbone, finishing with a bit of herbal tea-like hop and a touch of pepper.

Body is moderate, with fairly high carbonation and a touch of alcohol warmth.

Overall, not nearly enough hop flavor for the style. It's a fairly underwhelming selection.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.49/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz, 6.5%. I had seen this in the past and not realized that it was a North Coast offering. Poured a brilliant golden-orange color with a sizable frothy white head that held good retention and left a sticky lacing down the side of the glass. Herbal and floral hops fill the nose with some faint citric and toasted grain aromas. Tastes are very earthy and herbal - bitter hops from the start all the way to the finish providing an oily and medium bodied mouth-feel. Slight malty sweetness holds off some of the bitterness, but it still finishes dry and bitter leaving a tingle on the tongue on the way down. Not much complexity, and I am not a fan of the more herbal noted IPA's, but this one was decent.

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Photo of tbeckett
3.01/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle from Beer Deluxe. From notes.

A - Poured bright with medium carbonation. Two fingers of fluffy white head. Golden colour. Film of retention and thin rings of lace.

S - Citrus, grapefruity, boozy, citrus, hop oils, oily, dusty, a little odd.

T - Citrus, grass, oily hops, orange, odd strange hop, sweet honey.

M - Strong carbonation, medium body, medium bitterness.

O/D - Soapy and plain. Not a better IPA. I would tolerate this as a backup but nothing else. Just unexciting. Wouldn't seek it out. Maybe it's a bit older.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a slightly hazy dark amber with a thick, pale golden tan head. Aroma is decidedly hoppy with a fruity undertone. Hoppy flavor has yeasty and malty notes and a sort of varnishy hint. Smooth texture has average body but good fizz. An acme? Maybe not, but tasty.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle served in my SA Perfect Pint. No freshness dating on the bottle. Poured a light, translucent copper, with a one inch, loose, off-white head. Head settles into a solid quarter inch cap, with some residual spots and strands of lacing appearing as the head dissipates. Nose was primarily caramel malt with a hint of citrus. Taste is consistent with nose; however, a resinous hops qaulity permeates the flavor profile and lingers between quaffs. Mouthfeel is medium-light with an assertive carbonation. Decent IPA, but lacks balance.

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Photo of Durge
4.35/5  rDev +18.9%
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.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.52/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark amber with a creamy head.
Nose shows piny and resinous hops, not much else going on.
Flavours are similarly hoppy, lots of pine. Some sweet caramel underneath but it can't compete with the potent, hard-hitting bitterness.
Nice moderate carbonation.

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Photo of Brenden
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one pours out a deep yellow-gold color. There's just a touch of haze on the outset, after which it shines with perfect clarity. W just off-white head is about a finger high and retains a dense cap well, depositing sticky patches of lacing down the glass.
The nose is expressive, a dry, resinous piny hops aroma with some grapefruit and herbal hops notes mixed in with a light, dry malt that isn't weak but accentuates the hops.
The taste follows suit; this is a nicely hopped IPA. Mostly pine is complimented by the same herbal hops notes and a touch less but still present grapefruit, and it goes so dry as to nearly offer that aspirin flavor in the finish, as crackery dry malts are used for balance. This is sharp and clean with a lingering dry, grassy finish.
The body is medium with a complimentary crisp and smooth feel
in the mouth and well into the finish.
This is a nice one, and more what I expect from NC than the ACME pale ale.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.26/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance – Pours a medium golden amber color with a huge white head. The head has big bubbles entrapped within which rapidly lead to a recession of the head, to leave a moderate level of lacing.

Smell – A citrus hop aroma is the heaviest, but overall it is quite light. Mixed with the citrus are some tastes of caramel and a bit of pine.

Taste – The taste starts out sweeter and maltier with nice citrus and caramel sweetness and maltiness a white bread malty nature. As the taste advances, it bitter more with heavier citrus hop notes as well as a very light pine hop flavor. These flavors take the taste to the end and overall leave a somewhat bitter-sweet citrus hop flavor on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is just slightly above medium with the carbonation level bordering on the same (just above average). Both are quite nice of the style and the flavor profile of the brew.

Overall – A easy drinking IPA that is slightly on the sweeter side. Not bad.

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Photo of popery
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A smooth but hoppy IPA. This golden beer has good clarity and a bubbly head that sticks around well. The aroma is mostly hops, citric and floral. The taste is similar. It's a nicely hopped IPA with good balancing malt. Compared to the Acme Pale Ale, I enjoy this beer more, but then I like hops. It's still a relatively smooth drink, not quite as smooth as the Pale Ale, but it's enjoyable and well-balanced. All that said, there are a lot of IPA's out there and I'm not sure if I would go out of my way to get this one.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clean deep yellow color with a white head. In the aroma, mellow hops of pine. In the taste, a mellow hops of the pine variety, very balanced, more like a pale than an IPA. Quite smooth and a medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a dry pine like hop in the aftertaste. More a pale ale than an IPA, not bad, but not as hoppy as I was expecting.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.28/5  rDev +16.9%
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!

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Photo of mltobin
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at BevMo in beautiful La Jolla, California.

Appearance is a fine honey color with a medium sized head, that soon laces.

Smell is slightly spicy, with some cinnamon aromas as well.

Taste is medium hoppy, kind of sweet, and pleasant.

MF is above average, finishes strong.

This is a good beer, it was enjoyed at sunset at Windansea beach in La Jolla, and made an excellent compliment to another great day spent in Southern California.

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ACME California IPA from North Coast Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 550 ratings.