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ACME California IPA - North Coast Brewing Co.

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ACME California IPAACME California IPA

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BA SCORE
83
good

549 Reviews
THE BROS
89
very good

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Reviews: 549
Hads: 1,198
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 11.72%
Wants: 28
Gots: 82 | 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 mpedara429
3.36/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: A hazy, golden color. Poured out with two fingers of white head with good retention and sticky lacing.

S: Not too overpowering with floral, lemon, and piney notes. Sweet caramel malt is definitely present.

T: Similar to the smell. Seems kind of tart probably because of the lemony citrus hops. There is a big herbal and floral flavor. Light malt backbone.

M: Light to medium body with light carbonation. Goes down smooth and clean with little residual.

O: I'm not interested in having this one again. It was bland and boring. If you are into floral/herbal IPA, then this is a must have. Otherwise, It didn't seem much better than other IPAs I could get for half of the price and worse than ones I could get for the same price. (733 characters)

Photo of vette2006c5r
3.91/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

ACME California IPA poured a clear golden color, with a nice head. Their wasn't a strong aroma, but hints of floral notes. The taste had a nice solid hoppy flavor, with slight bits of malts coming through. Good full flavor, and drinkable. Overall a very solid IPA. (264 characters)

Photo of harperman69
3.82/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up in Corinth Ms, usually a wasteland for craft beer, but Pizza Grocery is a nice little oasis and their food is pretty damn good as well. On to the beer!

Poured a light golden color leaving a finger tall head. Smell is somewhat piney with a little more complexity to be desired. Left a thick beautiful lacing as it drank.

Mouthfeel was spot on for what I expect out of an IPA. carbonation was mild, nothing too bubbly as I poured it down the gullet.

Man those floral hops came out as it slapped the taste buds. Got a good citrusy vibe mainly grapefruit as it broke down. Clean and crisp and way easy to drink, this is really on the verge of being a great session beer might be slightly high on the alcohol side. Will definitely buy again. (751 characters)

Photo of BryanCarey
3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden in color with tinges of orange, this beer has a nose that is mild by IPA standards, but still offers some noticeable citrus, bread, and a touch of pine. The foam is good at first, but it settles down and behaves itself for the duration.

Taste- wise, this IPA is a little milder than I expected for a North Coast product. Its flavor profile is one of citrus, light pine, and lightly toasted malts. The finish is bitter, but only slightly so, and the taste continues to go back to that of citrus fruits like tangerine and grapefruit.

This is a nicely balanced IPA, but I must say that, for a North Coast product, it leans a little too far toward the tame side. After all, this is the company that brought Old Rasputin to the world and with a beer that big, bold, and incredible, I expect greater things than Acme California IPA. Still, it is a decent beer overall and certainly nothing I would turn away. It has some nice flavor characteristics but I wish North Coast would develop them more thoroughly so that I could rate this a great beer. Until then, it is still a good beer that most will like but not the amazing beer it promises to be. (1,151 characters)

Photo of ubenumber2
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I feel bad reviewing an IPA because I'm not a huge hop head , but for people who are not maybe this will help.

Poured from 12 ounce bottle , its a very pretty beer , thats what my wife said anyhow. Nice head and I've have never had a beer that had lacing like this beer had.

Smell and flavor were pleasant , they didnt go overboard with things I dont believe , crisp tasting beer with that citrus aroma .

Over all its a good beer , I proballly wont purchase another ,just because I'm not an huge IPA fan and I just wanted to try another North Coast product (562 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz undated bottle served in a Samuel Smith becker.

pours a clear amber with a large off-white head. The head settles fairly quickly but leaves an exceptional coating on the glass. A small amount of sediment lines the bottom of the bottle.

A fine aroma of citrus hops with a touch of earthy and herbal elements. The herbal part is more prominent in tasting. The flavor is juicy but becomes more earthy by the aftertaste. Medium bitterness and hop flavor.

O: A good if not particularly distinguished IPA. (511 characters)

Photo of blackcompg
3.41/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from their 12oz bottle...

Appearance - Poured 2 fingers of gorgeous foamy eggshell head, body is a slightly hazy orange amber, a full cap remains for the session and leaves intermittent lacing.

Smell - Not a big nose on this one - light bready malts, mild citrus, touch of grapeftuit.

Taste - Starts bready malts with light citrus and tropical flavors of tangerine, ruby red grapefruit, touch of mango - also getting some nice floral hop flavors, there is some grapefruit pith long into the finish.

Mouthfeel - Lighter side of medium, medium carb is smooth and barely cleansing, a foaming silky feel to it. The finish is slightly dry with a hint of chalk. Nice overall and pretty drinkable.

Overall - There are some nice flavors here and some complexity, fairly well balanced. The floral hops win the show with this ipa, a little more citrus would go a long way, but still a very nice ipa. If you like floral hops then try this one for sure. (953 characters)

Photo of TwelveOunces
4.08/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip glass

A- Pours a very hazy golden orange with a one finger off white head. A classic unfiltered IPA.

S- A lot of sharp pine in this one. There is a ton of grapefruit. Some lighter lemony citrus. A big breaddy malt backbone to smooth it out.

T- A relatively low bitterness up front. Followed up but a piney resinous hop flavor. A really clean palate. Slight caramel breaddy malts. A crisp pilsner style malt. Some lemon grass. A really nice tasting IPA.

M- This beer is low on the bitter scale of IPA's. It has a nice feel to it, extremely silky. clean palate. Very drinkable.

O- Another impressive beer from north coast. This is a classic west coast IPA. While it may not be on par with a stone or green flash IPA, it holds its own and wont disappoint. (790 characters)

Photo of BeerKangaroo
4.08/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Into a pint glass:

A: very clear copper colored body with a huge three finger foamy white head, there is no carbonation seen rising. Some spider web lacing is seen around the sides of the glass.

S: malts up front, lemon and orange present themselves as the beer warms.

T: refreshing light crisp maltiness to it that I like as well as some pine presence comes out in the taste.

M: light to medium with some bitter sharpness on the tongue, but a good sharpness.

O: this is a good beer. I would say this is a mostly drinkable beer that I would definitely seek out again. (572 characters)

Photo of DoreenAndDave
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer is a clear amber. A light ivory head. Smell is ok. Not that strong. Some bread and piney hop notes. Taste is good although somewhat nondescript. Some malt up front and a nice bitter hop finish. Beer has a very nice mouth feel. It is well carbonated and very drinkable. Overall, this is a pretty good IPA. However, there are so many other good IPAs right now that this doesn't really stand out. (398 characters)

Photo of Oakenator
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours amber brown with a thick head and good longevity. Laces well. Hops smell a bit muted compared to other IPAs - some citrus, primarily orange and grapefruit. Coarse carbonation on the front changing to a finer grain. Compared to other IPAs of late this is border line closer to a pale ale taste (but not in color). Well hopped but on the milder side. (354 characters)

Photo of ummswimmin
3.46/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up based on a very eye catching label and my positive experience with North Coast in the past. Not as eye catching as the Pale, but the bright color stands out.

On an aggressive pour I got quite a bit of fluffy head in my goblet. This went down pretty quickly and left some good lacing.

The smell was pretty simple. I got the requisite citrus and an added passion-fruit smell.

The flavor was good. It was a lighter hopped IPA. Very drinkable with good balance. I would suggest this as a decent flavor choice for BBQ on a warm summer evening (mine worked well with ribs).

For novice beer drinkers I would pick up a six pack of this for the next outing. (670 characters)

Photo of rangerred
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear copper with a huge billowy white head. Really good head retention and lacing.

Aroma is very piny with a lot of lemon and orange rind as well. A little bit of biscuit sneaks through.

The flavor is quite resiny with lots of pine. The lemon and orange is more muted and some musty, earthy notes come through. Not a huge amount of malt is present but enough is there to back up the hops. Bitterness is average for an IPA.

Overall, a drinkable but pretty average IPA. Not something that is really worth seeking out. (559 characters)

Photo of imasloth
3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Orange with high carbonation and persistent, creamy, off-white head. Sparse lacing.

S- Citrusy/tropical. Light malt and bitterness beneath.

T- Strong bitterness with a subtle piney flavor. Sweet underneath.

M- Medium to even heavy for the type. Lots of bitter feel.

O- Enjoyable but not special ... Rather plain and unnecessary as an American IPA. (354 characters)

Photo of EgadBananas
3.03/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a nice pale orange color, with a light off-white colored, frothy finger and a half of head. The aroma had some tinges of citrus fruits, biscuit malts, and some slight caramel. The taste was again of light citrus fruits, some breadiness and a fairly mild bitterness. Finishes clean. The feel was somewhere in between light and medium, more light though. Medium carbonation and overall average on the palate.

No idea how fresh this is or not, but as it sits, it's a shining example of an average IPA. (506 characters)

Photo of BlackBearForge
3.97/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

ACME IPA pours a peach tinged golden yellow with a small white head that falls quickly leaving a bit of oily lacing.

The aroma has strong malts with a nicely assertive scent of grapefruit and pine.

The flavor has strong biscuity malts balnced very nicely with the assertive citrusy/resinous hops which leave a pleasing bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium/light and full with a touch of creaminess from carbonation.

Overall a nicely balanced and very drinkable IPA from a brewery I already admire for some of their other beers. Recomended, however, I wish "one of the best breweries in the world" as the label boasts, could see fit to have some kind of bottle dating. (680 characters)

Photo of OtherShoe2
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours medium hazy gold with a decent head. No true retention, some spotty lace at best. A bit disappointing.

Pinecone heaven. Some toasted malt in the nose, even a little barnyard, but piney hops dominate.

Dried out malt pushed aside by resinous hops. You get some toasted malt, but no real fruit or sugars. Big hop finish. Spicy and biting and grown-up beer.

Medium bodied, smooth brew. Not mouth coating or tacky. Carbonation is appropriate and clears palate.

Very decent American IPA. Clean and aggressive and hoppy. (524 characters)

Photo of OWSLEY069
3/5  rDev -18.3%
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. (353 characters)

Photo of sethcroisant
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- pours a beautiful golden-orange color with a 2-3 finger head. relentless lacing down the glass

S- big citrus and some grassiness from the hops.

T- assertive hops up front with a spicy character. citrus follows soon after and adds a little sweetness. metallic flavor and grain in the end

O- pretty well balanced and definitely worth a try (343 characters)

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.26/5  rDev -11.2%
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. (1,024 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Firefly, served a bit cold in a shaker pint.
Pours a deep copper with a thinnish white head that sticks around for a bit. Smells of pine and earth with a bit of a biscuit and caramel backbone. Taste is what you would expect from the nose. Bready and caramel up front with enough earth and pine to remind you there are hops in there. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a slick resinous mouthfeel. Decent IPA, nothing exception here, but nothing objectionable either. (494 characters)

Photo of tbeckett
3.01/5  rDev -18%
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. (532 characters)

Photo of drakkath
3.2/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle (purchased at Whole Foods in a mix and match 6 pack) into my 32 oz mug

a: Hazy golden with a small off white head that ran off pretty quickly with little lacing.

s: There is not much here... of course, I can smell the hops, but even they are muted.

t: First the malty sweetness, then a small hop bite with some residual piney, hoppy bitterness. Not a bad flavor at all.

m: Light to medium body, seems well carbonated.

o: A very standard IPA here. Nothing to make it stand out from the rest of the pack, although not a bad IPA. I could do a session of these, but only if there were no better IPA options available. (647 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.86/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

ACME California IPA
North Coast Brewing Co.
Style: American IPA
ABV: 6.50 %

LOOK: 12 oz stubby bottle. Pours a pale orange color with a large pillowy foam and plenty of lace work down the glass. Decent clarity.

SMELL: Orange blossom, pine, resin, caramel and bread aromas. All are signs of a solid American style IPA.

TASTE/FEEL: Pine and citrus upfront with a strong bitterness. Pale malt backing does little to soothe the onslaught of hop flavor. Oily and resinous but still manages to be crisp. Very hop forward but not a bad thing as the flavor is very good.

OVERALL: This is a nice rendition of an American IPA. Plenty of hop character, simple malt backing and easy drinking. Went along just fine with a BBQ Bacon Burger dressed with onion straws. (757 characters)

Photo of smerrell
2.8/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I wanted to like this beer. I expected to like this beer. I really did not like this beer.

my wife summed it up: "Tastes like Beast." Indeed, it does resemble the best of Milwaukee- pale yellow, faint head, and a corn flavor that I didn't care for. I hope that I got a bad/old example of this, but I won't be buying it again to find out.

I really love Old Rasputin - it's one of my favorite stouts. I'm regretting buying a six pack of Acme - I have four bottles left - at least I have something to boil my bratwursts in. (523 characters)

ACME California IPA from North Coast Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 549 ratings.