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ACME California IPA | North Coast Brewing Co.

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ACME California IPAACME California IPA

Brewed by:
North Coast Brewing Co.
California, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-08-2000

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Reviews: 554 | Ratings: 1,234
Photo of delta490
3.81/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a medium amber with a big foamy white head with great retention. It leaves some small smears of tight sticky lacing. The aroma has a nice malt punch with light floral hops and the taste is much the same. The body is both lighter feeling but full with a light carbonation and a bitter bite on the finish.

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Photo of toscanoigor
3.59/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pálida, dourada, com creme de boa formação e baixa duração. Aroma levemente frutado, predominância do lúpulo. O sabor, embora lupulado, surpreende com toques de malte, final cítrico e amargo, seca. Ótima IPA, boa drinkabilidde, corpo médio.

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Photo of milwaukee512
4.15/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

First try for this one; fan of several other North Coast beers and realize this is kind of a classic of the early California craft beer scene. With that in mind, I'm not terribly surprised by what I found; a medium-bodied, less balanced and more bland than many of its current competition. That said, it is still likable. Good carbonation, nice hazy copper color, and slightly lighter feeling than average for the style. A throwback to be sure; I would like to see what North Coast could do with a new hop-forward beer.

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Photo of SometimesIfart
3.47/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Acme IPA.

I don't think I've ever had one out of this brewery and I reluctantly pulled the trigger on it to round out my mix a six. I really hope it isn't old. $1.69 for the single so even if it isn't much good I cannot complain all that much. Not feeling a big intro here, let's drink it.

Look - From the twelve ounce bottle hard poured into a pint glass. Beer pours a rather typical 8:35 P.M. sunset on a Californian beach in San Diego with a big frothy slightly off white head that starts leaving immediate stick as it slowly goes down. Carbonation is about moderate as I had expected.

Smell - The scent on this one is loaded with moderately fresh grapefruit piths and a large amount of malt to back things up. Juicy with mango though that aspect is just a bit stale and browning. There is a touch of the old ipa dankness smell going on as well though it isn't onion like nor cat pissy.

Taste - Very juicy and drying at the same time if that makes any sense. The grapefruit piths are all there but now they do seem a bit stale. Now there is a touch of the onion but it surely isn't offensive or overly so. A bit dirty on the back end with a super high level of malt that makes you space out your drinks a bit.

Feel - The feel is about moderate to heavy bodied with a massive load of carbonation. The flavors really unlock a bit more here and the onion aspects become more apparent though it still is not offensive in any way. A bit of a peppery like spice to keep things balanced. Swallows very juicy.

Overall - Overall it was a good beer but it would have been better if it were fresher. They kept the hops in check even into their old age. Easy to drink without anything offensive. Worth the price tag I guess. I'll try more from these guys as long as I can get it fresh..

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Photo of LennyOvies
3.41/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L- Pale yellow filtered body with a very slight orange hue. Very creamy white head with great persistence.
S- Hops, not much else.
T- Hops well balanced with malts.
F- Medium.
O- Well done IPA, true to the style. Good.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.06/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear golden body with a dense white head, copious lacing. Aromas of biscuit, malt, a hint of pine. Balance of malt / hops with moderate bitterness. Mediocre.

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

Poured with a nice golden hue typical of the style with a slight head of foam. First taste revealed a generous amount of hops and a nice malt backbone, a nice balance. The 6.9% abv was well-hidden and actually went extremely well with the fish & chips I was enjoying. Truth be told, I selected this because it was a "west coast" IPA that I hadn't heard of and it is one of my goals to try them all! I'll have this again should I come across it!

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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 ordybill
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass
Aroma- Has a nice malt and fruit aroma
Appearance- Pours a murky golden amber with a nice off-white head
Taste- Hops come through nicely, with some malt as a backup. very flavorful
Palate- A medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. This beer has a crisp finish.
Overall- A really enjoyable beer, I will drink this again.

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Photo of graemeiam
4.48/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My father and I picked a couple of these up on a whim. This is a good beer plain and simple. The clarity and color are pleasant to look at, the taste is good and the smell is yummy. If I was to label it anything it would be to say it was more like an Imperial Pale Ale due to the malty taste and color with the lack of a high ABV and bitterness. All in all this is a beer I will keep on hand from now on.

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Photo of MUTINY
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Quick review. This is one of the first IPAs that really spoke to me. It's an odd-duck for the style, focusing more on fruit (odd fruits like apple) than straight hop-chop. It's so quaffable with a light body & pretty damn good carb too.

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Photo of Gabriel_Vaughn
4.67/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

appearance not quite as dark as most IPAs but this isn't like most IPAs.
Tart, citrus aroma, taste not too far from. Bitter aftertaste.
A unique IPA.

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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 RyanK252
3.44/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a BarrelHouse Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours slightly hazy golden amber with a frothy off white head that settles and laces very well.

S: Fruity, some floral notes, with some light malt sweetness.

T: Floral hops, some fruitiness, maybe a touch of very light citrus, earthy, with a light caramel malt sweetness. Fairly crisp, but not that bitter.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: This one just strikes me as odd. For a nearly 7% IPA with California in the name I was expecting a bolder hoppier brew. This reminds me more of a Belgian style IPA with all the fruity notes, but also like an amped up pilsner. Not a fan.

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Photo of tekstr1der
3.14/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Hazy golden pour with thin, clingy white head - looks great. Nose is floral and earthy, not to my liking. Flavor is some malt and not much bitterness for an IPA with same earthyness. Best part is the appearance, no need to drink.

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Photo of chogm54
3.59/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bottle poured into IPA glass.

L - pours a frothy offwhite head, burnt orange colour, clear.

S - citrus fruits dominate, with some caramel and a hint of pine

T - Initially sweet and sour citrus like flavours (grapefruit), followed by a resepctable resin bitterness halfway through. The finish has earthy malts, moderate bitterness, and lingers.

F - low carbonation, light bodied, dry texture, soft bodied.

O - reasonable IPA - not too bitter. More like a pale ale.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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Photo of kristenspaintings
3.03/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer has a lot going for it. It has a thick mouthfeel and pleasant honey flavors. It has a very bitter flavor while sipping that lingers as a strong aftertaste. This is something I am not particularly fond of in beer, though it's something that others sometimes look for. I finished drinking the beer I used for this review but I wouldn't buy a 6-pack of it. If you like hoppy IPAs then you might love this beer. It's other flavors are quite nice.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.34/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours two fingers of head on an almost clear medium straw colored body.
The aroma has some apricot, banana and orange. A nice departure from the normal IPA but too faint.
The taste is malt forward, but maintains a mild to moderate bitterness from the middle to end. The finish is a longer bitter.
The texture is softer with moderate carbonation.
Excellent balance and tastes great.

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Photo of BeerDocT
3.74/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance 3.5: Pours out a lovely dark brown. Slightly cloudy/opaque. Nice, 1/2" head faded to swirls of foam on top. Excellent lacing.

Smell 3.75: Nice bouquet with a very distinct smell of grains here. Very similar to the other brews I have sampled from North Coast. Nonetheless, there is a very appealing and warming bouquet on this beer that somehow transcends the usual malt and hops.

Taste 3.75: Front is slightly sweet and grainy. Middle is somewhat watery, but redeems itself with a very nice blend of biscuit malt and noble hops. Finish is where a big hit of mid-level palate hops come in and tap-dance all over the palate. Very nice. Aftertaste is interesting: more Belgian than California-biscuit malt, Special B, light hops, rich malt. Finish is big and spicy, almost rye-esque. Lasts for a short time and fades away with hints of barley.

Mouthfeel 3.75: Smooth, silky and balanced. Actually, a bit too smooth for the style.

Overall 3.75: Very good IPA. I do not understand the "California" appellation -especially since there is a distinct nod to Belgium. This beer stands out in a sea of IPAs, but it -in itself-- is not outstanding. Figure that out. Still, I would recommend this brew to fans of IPAs just to try the entry from the brewery most famous for one if the world's greatest Imperial Stouts.

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Photo of ONUMello
3.79/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Light orange color with a one-finger head
S: A touch light but a nice blend of wheat, citrus and herbs
T: Also light but also balanced with flavors that match the nose
M: Medium-bodied, fresh
O: A nice balance of flavors, they just need to be a bit more bold for this to be outstanding

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Photo of hophugger
3.49/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A clear golden-orange color, nice head. The flavor of this beer is really nice. The aftertatste is a slighty bready, malty taste. A nice IPA that lacks a little of the oomph that should be there. overall very nice and well done, just seemed to be lacking a little more of the nice aroma and taste that I expected

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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 SmashPants
4.04/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle: a stubby brown 355mL bottle with a very retro throwback label per the 'Acme' name. Something different.

Appearance: pours a fantastic golden amber with a thick, fluffing off-white head with good retention. Thin lacing across down the entire glass also. Only sporadic fine carbonation visible.

Aroma: orange citrus with sweet malts - predominantly biscuits. A very tempting proposition - I just hope the palate can deliver.

Taste: a big, almost overbearing hop bitterness up front which flows into a sweeter citrus, caramel and biscuit IPA loveliness.

Aftertaste: the bitterness lingers through nicely along with a more defined citrus character. Very nice indeed.

Mouth feel: quite thick in body with a fine yet spritzy carbonation across the entire palate characteristic of a good IPA.

Overall: I wasn't expecting much from the cool yet slightly tacky-looking package, but it sure did deliver. Plenty of citrus and malts, with hop bitterness throughout the session. Very drinkable, and very enjoyable.

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Photo of FLima
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Amber orange color with a thick two finger off-white head with good retention and leaving laces.
Nice orange citrusy aroma with notes of pineapples, biscuit and slightly toasted malts and earthy hops.
Nice bitter flavor balancing both earthy and citrus hops and slightly toasted malts. Notes of spices, grapefruits, American Amber yeast, caramels, tangerines, tea leaves and a bit of grass. Some herbal pine, flowers and lemon comes later. Dry aftertaste with a pleasant lingering bitterness.
Light to medium body with appropriate carbonation. Alcohol of 6.9% abv is incredibly well hidden specially considering its body.
Quite nice IPA and very easy to drink, not stupidly hopped. Good bridge for beginners of hoppier beers or for taking in large quantities.

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ACME California IPA from North Coast Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 554 ratings.