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ACME California IPA - North Coast Brewing Co.

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ACME California IPAACME California IPA

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1,079 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 1,079
Reviews: 540
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.67%
Wants: 16
Gots: 38 | 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 +3.3%

Joey-bags1990, Jul 04, 2014
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

bigeyedfish89, Jul 03, 2014
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

Shark_Mandro, Jul 02, 2014
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3/5  rDev -17.4%

ArtZan, Jul 01, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

Marco_Gtz, Jun 30, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

YalovaIA, Jun 29, 2014
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3/5  rDev -17.4%

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.

kristenspaintings, Jun 28, 2014
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

pjbfromkc, Jun 26, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

Zachariah1978, Jun 22, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Klebe, Jun 20, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Necronomad, Jun 20, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

tykechandler, Jun 19, 2014
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

cbuckl14, Jun 18, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Mattias, Jun 16, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

ahommell, Jun 16, 2014
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3/5  rDev -17.4%

Mlawrence, Jun 14, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

chicagoish, Jun 13, 2014
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1/5  rDev -72.5%

DrRei, Jun 13, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

DrunkenMonk, Jun 11, 2014
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3.35/5  rDev -7.7%

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.

Fatehunter, Jun 09, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

GRG1313, Jun 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

swierczt, Jun 09, 2014
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3.74/5  rDev +3%

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.

BeerDocT, Jun 08, 2014
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3/5  rDev -17.4%

BcOneSeven, Jun 06, 2014
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

ramrod666, Jun 03, 2014
ACME California IPA from North Coast Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 1,079 ratings.