ACME California IPA - North Coast Brewing Co.

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ACME California IPAACME California IPA

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1,126 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 1,126
Reviews: 541
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 12.71%
Wants: 22
Gots: 49 | 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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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of kristenspaintings
3/5  rDev -17.1%
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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4/5  rDev +10.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of Mattias
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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3/5  rDev -17.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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1/5  rDev -72.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of Fatehunter
3.35/5  rDev -7.5%
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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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of BeerDocT
3.74/5  rDev +3.3%
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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3/5  rDev -17.1%

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of ONUMello
3.79/5  rDev +4.7%
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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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of hophugger
3.49/5  rDev -3.6%
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

ACME California IPA from North Coast Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 1,126 ratings.