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ACME California IPA - North Coast Brewing Co.

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ACME California IPAACME California IPA

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1,164 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,164
Reviews: 548
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 12.71%
Wants: 25
Gots: 64 | FT: 0
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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Ratings: 1,164 | Reviews: 548
Photo of TheBungyo
3.94/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow, the pour results in an inch thick head and a nice burned orange body. The lacing left behind is like an intricate work of art. Nose is a nasty skunkiness and pine. Taste is pine, orange and grapefruit mingled with caramel. Nothing that impresses though. Mouth is big and bold. I dunno ... it's good, but nothing too special, especially here on the west coast. Wouldn't refuse it, wouldn't seek it out.

Photo of hanco005
3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up because I thought the label looked interesting (see picture on the site), 12 oz bottle poured into a nonic pint glass

A—pours burnt orange, slightly hazy with a 2 inch tan fluffy head, fades over 15 minutes or so, lacing forms in sheets down the side

S—a lot sweeter than I expected, lots of malty sweetness up front, some hidden grapefruit lingers, doesn’t smell like other IPAs that I have had

T—citrusy and bitter, from start to the dry finish, a touch of pine as well

M—a little chalky, medium/light bodied, medium carbonation

D—not bad, the chalkiness takes away from the drinkability a bit.

Photo of MeLikeBeer
2.86/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale blonde in the glass...thick, rich head that hangs around for the duration of the drink.

Smells lightly of hops and a sweet aroma of fruit.

Flavor left some to be desired...brief hop bite, it does not linger on the palate, some bitternesss, but overall a little dry.

It's drinkable, but I won't be seeking it out again.

Photo of mobyfann
3.31/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Paid $1.69 for a single....

The beer pours a cloduy light amber and hazy colored base, with a medium white base, good head retention and a few lacing effects of the side of the glass. The aroma is as cloudy as the beer, a light hop tone, but nothing too noticeable.

The taste is the same as the aroma, nothing too impressive, for an IPA. The beer is noticeably smooth, very nice on the palette. Drinkable, but I would hold off on another.

Final Thought: Ehh, an ok IPA that appears to be overrated here on BA...

Photo of medic25
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber color with persistent white head the laces nicely along the edges of the glass. Hoppy aroma. Taste is very typical of the west coast IPA's. Strong, oily hops flavor, with a pine-like quality. Mouthfeel is very dry, with a bitter aftertaste. Drinkability was fairly decent; a little too hoppy to polish off more than a couple, but enjoyable none the less.

Photo of supercolter
2.8/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Ok so this was my first IPA, maybe I had a bad bottle... not sure, so take this review with a grain of salt...
A- Looks good, nice golden color, lots of foam- dissolves average with some really nice webbing
S- smells good as well- bitter citrus, no real hop smell at all-(kinda surprised
T- No I would not recommend the taste- very bitter- not crisp, but not skunk either- just not my favorite combo of flavors
M- pretty dry to the tongue
D- couldn't finish my beer because the taste repelled me

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 sinstaineddemon
3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

mine also has the changed label

A- pours a true golden color with half a finger of head

S - smells like a good IPA, a hoppy aroma with a zest of citrus, probably orange

T - a very refershing bitter, a slight sweetness with the expected bitterness, a very bright flavor

M - typically dry, but very smooth at first

D - damn drinkable

Photo of Luigi
4.2/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

They have changed the label. Now, it is a hot blonde girl in a yellow short skirt swinging from a rope holding a pint glass full of ale. The girl of my dreams! but anyways.. to the review.

Has a hazy orange color. The head starts off two fingers thick then settles down a bit. Sticky all around the class and great head retention. The aroma is sweet and citrusy. Has a good amount of pale malt sweetness to blend in with the citrusy hop. The taste is very blalanced. A blend of floral hops and sweet pale malts make me want to sip more and more. Has warming alcohol level too. Finishes off dry and hoppy. Hmmm I think I could drink pint after pint of this beer. This is one of the most balanced and tasty Cali IPA's I have ever had.

Photo of jmz62565
3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours a light yellow red with an average white head. Nothing special with the appearance. The smell has some hops with some citrus scents,but it's not as strong as other West Coast IPA"s. The taste is very crisp and clean with a good bunch of hops. The citrus flavors are pretty strong with a nice bitter hop aftertaste. The m/f is light and refreshing with a well balanced flavor mix. This is a good beer, but I can't help being alittle disappionted because I like North Coast so much.

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

ACME- California IPA

Appearance- hazy dirty/ cloudy orange with a thick billowy head. Alot of lacing going on.
Smell- light floral hops. Grapefruit rind.
Taste- immediate grapefruit/ nectarine rind hops.
Mouthfeel- fruity at first followed up by a mild dry bitterness. Watery.

Overall- once again a decent offering from ACME but just a little too toned down for me.
A nice mild IPA that would be a good intro to the style though.

Photo of objectivemonkey
4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very lovely opaquish gold with a good head that shrinks down to a thickish film, and the lacing down the glass is really quite nice. Aroma is very floral, and citrusy. Love the hops here, very aromatic and perfumy, and the malts show up faintly, but sweet. A great mouth to this thing, rich and smooth, but still with some action on the tongue so its not too flat. Taste-wise, this is really what I come to expect from an IPA, a nice load of hops, floral and citrus hints, piney, and has this sweet malt presence underlying that comes out and makes itself known near the end to balance out this lovely act of craftsmanship. I'm really starting to enjoy North Coast brews, and can't wait to try more.

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

This beer pours a cloudy slightly orange honey color with an inch of nearly white head that fell to a ring that left nice bands of lace. Smells of earthy hops with a sweet malt base. The malt tastes like watery oats and candy and the big hop character that follows is an oaky, grassy hop that isn’t all too bitter. The mouth feel is light to medium bodied and clean with a small gentle carbonation. This is a subdued IPA that is extremely easy to drink.

Photo of Tallboy
3.03/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle.
Pours: A dull orangeish honey colored body with a nice allaround white head.

Scent: Was of both citrus and faint piney aroma with little to no hops.

Taste: Sweetness is verry strong at first, followed by the bitterness of the hops, and the dryness of the citrus.

Mouthfeel: Surprisingly crisp and smooth with an abundace of carbonation.

Drinkability: Was not as strong of an IPA as I am used to drinking....or would have liked, but still overall was not bad.

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.

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ACME California IPA from North Coast Brewing Co.
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