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ACME California IPA - North Coast Brewing Co.

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ACME California IPAACME California IPA

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1,150 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,150
Reviews: 544
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 12.71%
Wants: 24
Gots: 55 | 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 wingnutter
3.87/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Golden hazy in the pint glass, nice pillowy head. Upon first look, appears a bit thin.

Smells piney, citrusy, Floral. Nice aroma.

Very bitter up front, with citrus rhinds and a malt sweetness behind it.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin...maybe too fizzy. Dry finish.

Easy to drink, would be a nice summer quencher.

Not a bad IPA. Not great, but you could do much worse.

Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS
3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I really liked this beer. Bought a sixer from a pretty good beer store in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.

Not much detail on the bottle, I'd guess it was bottle condition considering all the sediment at the bottom. Cloudy, unfiltered appearance, with a healthy head. Enormous fruit esters, one I found unusual for an IPA was bananas. Has a nice hop kick to it as well.

This North Carolina brewery would be better suited identify where it was from rather than adhering to a style.

Good session beer, trust me.

Photo of oberon
4.27/5  rDev +18%
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.

Photo of Naes
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out a golden brown color with a small white head.
The aroma is a bit piney and citrusy.
The flavor has a nice grapefruit presence with a bit of pine and is nice and bitter in the aftertaste.
Mouth feel is highly carbonated and medium in body.

I had overlooked this beer many of times, but now will definitely pick it up more often. It is a great IPA. Nice and bitter, just the way I like them.

Photo of SteveO1231
4.13/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought a 6 pack from Trader Joe's.

Nice, bright amber pour, thick frothy off white head, very good lacing. Quite a bit of carbonation.

Decent, spicy hop aroma. Very crisp and refreshing initially, with a nice bitter hop finish. Aftertaste of citrus fruit.

Balanced IPA, very drinkable. I polished off the 6 pack before I knew it. I'd grab another next time in Trader Joe's.


Photo of Illinick
2.9/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Orangish hue with a golden touch. Almost like a mix between apple juice and orange Hi-C. Medium white head that dissipates quickly to a sticky ring. Lacing is decent up front but dies by the end.
S: Aromatic scents of grapefruit, sour piney/fruit, floral hops and a slight bread/malt backing that adds a scent of sweetness.
T: Grapefruit, piney and floral hops up front over a malty sweetness that ends very pungent with noticeable alcohol. Ends with a big punch in the face-bitter, strong, and not for everyone. As the temp comes down so does the bitterness.
MF: Light with a semi-dry to dry, bitter finish.
Overall: Overall a decent West Coast IPA, although this style IPA is not for everyone. North Coast produces great brews, but be warned that this one finishes strong and bitter unlike some less pungent IPA offerings.

Photo of jasonpeckins32
2.28/5  rDev -37%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Pours a golden orange color, with an average-sized white head that soon disappears. The smells are a touch faint, but I notice fruity aromas, especially oranges. Also smells a little sweet. The mouthfeel is strong and choppy. Robust. Not a very smooth beer. The taste is fine at first, but in the end it has an overly sour and almost oily aftertaste. A little overdone I believe. The drinkability is a bit handicapped as well. This one goes down fight'n.

Photo of Beaver13
2.62/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle. Pours a golden orange with a soapy white head that retains well and leaves some lacing.

The aroma is grassy hops, a little bready malt and quite a bit of DMS. Floral hops come out as it warms.

The flavor is fruity (melon) and toasted malts follwed by an earthy floral hoppiness. It has a big lingering bitter aftertaste. Skunky Canadian beer burps. It's medium bodied and lightly carbonated, a little watery.

Overall, a pretty pedestrian IPA. It's pretty unbalanced and just doesn't do much for me.

Photo of chOAKbarrell
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a tasty IPA, even though the one i had differs slightly from what is described. The Acme California IPA I had has a different bottle label, and says 6.5% on the label.

The appearance and smell are exactly as this style should be - crisp & light colored. All sorts of floral complexities in the nose.

The taste is good - sharp & bitter, but never overpowering. The mouthfeel may be lacking a bit. My girlfriend says it hits you all at once & quickly dies away.

I would purchase this IPA again, and could drink several of them, so high drinkability points for Acme California IPA.

Photo of charlatan
3.67/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This has a surprisingly light amber colour, but a decent head. It is only slightly darker than North Coast's Scrimshaw Pilsner. The nose is unusual: a standard hoppiness is complemented by a saltiness which seems incongruous even though I am sitting a few hundred metres from the Pacific.

This has a brown sugar flavour jousting with the expected citrus element. The citrus wins out, but this is a fight well worth hosting. Carbonation is good.

Photo of Gusler
3.72/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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

Poured into a pint glass, this beer is a crystal clear, light golden color. There is an inch of head that leaves some nice lacing as it retreats. The nose is of floral hops and slight caramel malt.

The taste is one of balance between the malt and the hop. Yet I detect a slight bit of resin, or juiciness from the hops. This is one of the few IPAs that satisfies me. Not that I dislike the style, I am just picky when it comes to hops. The mouthfeel is of moderate carbonation, and is good. The drinkability is great. This beer is not the hoppiest IPA out there, but it tastes damn good.

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 tgbljb
3.47/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured a deep amber color with moderate white head that rapidly fell to a thin coating. Smell is piney, hoppy and enjoyable. Taste is strongly of hops with much dryness and bitterness. Aftertaste is dry and enjoyable and begs for more. A nice drinking ber but nothing that stands out from the crowd.

Photo of Buildscharacter
2.76/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Being a huge fan of Old Rasputin, I always have high hopes for any offering from North Coast Brewery.
I felt like this one fell a little short of the other great offerings that they have. Don't get me wrong, it's not that this is a bad IPA or anything, it's just not the greatest one that I've ever had.

Hazy, yellowish pour. Slight head with carbonation bubbling through it the whole time.

Any little head that was made through the pour quickly dissapeared into a slight foam layer.

Warming, apple spice flavor pulls through the hops in the first taste, but coming in afterwards is a watery malt dryness that's not very pleasing.

Lace if left on the glass as you go. Decent brew, but I feel that there are other IPAs that offer a better experience.

Photo of DogFood11
2.93/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

everything leading up to the first gobble was dissapointing. Apologetic head and lacing. Burnt maltiness smell that I cant figure out. Its like the smell of an IPA mixed with charcoal and citrus. The taste was the best part for me, Smooth and easy on the palate, not as much hoppiness as I'd expect with this style, it actually has more of a balance between the malts and hops. Oh well, I continue my quest for the greatest IPA.

Photo of beertaster13
3.3/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This IPA pours the normal orange/amber, this one has a lighter shade of yellow in the color, the head rises while pouring then fades to a a thin lace around the glass. The smell is light and clean. The floral aroma from the hops is refreshing, the malts are clean with small hints of a sugar nectar. The taste is lacking definition, the malted sugar is noticable while the floral hops round it out, with so many IPA's on the market now in the PacNW, this one just falls into the category of good, but doesn't stick out of the crowd.

Photo of board45
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle

Bronze in color with a light white head. It has a citrus, floral aroma. Not strong at all but it is there. I took a deep sip and it tastes a lot of copper, some grapefruit, and apricot. The finish almost has a berry taste to it. It has lots of body to it for such a light IPA and is quite filling. Good beer though i wouldnt go out of my way to purchase this.

Photo of abcsofbeer
4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I have been drinking a few IPAs lately, and this is the best so far. Pours a pale orange, apricot color with a small white head. There is a small amount of sticky lace around the glass. The carbonation is medium bubble in a cloudy liquid.

The smell is both citrusy and nutty, but a bit mild compared to other IPAs. The taste is very good. Hinting at grapefruit, but not much of a pine taste as some other IPAs. Because of this, I give it higher marks even though I like the pine flavor. Overall, a very good IPA.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.13/5  rDev +14.1%
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.

Photo of hustlemuscle
3.62/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Suprisingly cloudy and light, a peachy yellow with a thin head but decent lacing. Good hop piny hop nose, with a mild biscuty malt profile. Bitter, from both the alchohol and the hops. The biscuty malts balance it somewhat. Smooth, but the bitterness slows down the gulping process. A decent, but not overwhelming beer.

Photo of GClarkage
4.35/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

06/08/05- Purchased at Whole Foods in Redwood City, CA

Presentation- 12oz undated bottle poured into my Moose Drool pint glass.

Appearance- Darker golden pour with a small 1/2 inch head that evaporates soon after. Leaves nice lacing behind though.

Smell- Touch of pine and woodsy notes. A slight bit fruity, but mainly that outdoorsy forest smell.

Taste- Good mixture of malt and hops. One of the more bitter pine hops I have tasted which balances out well with the amount of malt. A bit of citrus in the finish, but primarily pine hops flavor.

Mouthfeel- Average carbonation, smooth drinking IPA.

Drinkability- One of the upper eschelon of IPA's. Nicely balanced and tasty.

Photo of Shiredave
3.84/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pretty glass of beer - bright, clear golden amber w/ streaming carbonation. Frothy white head slumps to a persistant film and lots of lacing.
Aroma is dissapointing for me, note of earth and alcohol and a spritz of grapefruit. Doesnt smell like cascade, which in its self is a welcome change, but not powerfull enough to impress as an IPA.
Its nicely soft up front with some sugary malt to pave the way for strong hop flavors. High alpha bittering for sure and again, intersesting change from the typical west coast IPA profile. Chewy wet hay and grass flavors, sharp peppery bite on the tongue but little malt body to back it up. Hides the 7% very well, but the balance is missing in the light/ medium body.
Finish is a tasty mix of roof of mouth bitter and side mouth fruit - the malt comes thru a bit at the end.
A fine session IPA somewhat outside the norm of most left coast breweries.

Photo of lackenhauser
3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy,straw color. No head to be seen and no real carbonation present. Low aroma-somewhat metallic. Heavy citrus flavor. Causes one to pucker. Not alot of malt to balance. Almost becomes astringent from the heavy hops. Decent enough mouthfeel. An ok beer but very one dimensional. Just way overhopped in relation to the rest of the beer.

Photo of SupaCelt
4.14/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Honey coloured and hazy. Small head of off white appearance. Not much resiliency to the head. Sluggish bubbles embark on their quest to join the ring that forms around the edge of my glass. A weird piece of debris just drifted into my view. What the hell is that? I hope that didn't fall out of my nose. Lacing is manifested but not very pronounced.

Smell: The smell gives off a very enticing hop boquet. A bizarre, restrained smell of vibrantly fresh hops. Despite being quite subdued, this scent seems to be the only perceptable scent present. Weird. Low odour, but still so inviting. Beer pheromones!

Taste: This brew has the most unique "homegrown" flavour I have ever run across in an IPA. The taste is so natural and raw. A fantastic grassy character jives with spruce and raw grain to produce a splendid result. Super earthy and wildly wild.

Mouthfeel: Not heavy, but moderate. Nicely carbonated and pleasing to the palate. Natural feeling.

Drinkability: Good. No problems foreseeable with dropping these into the abyss. The taste lends heavily to the urge for repetition. Nice.

ACME California IPA from North Coast Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 1,150 ratings.